20th January 23
A little piece of Claremont has finally reached Antarctica, courtesy of our fantastically talented pupils, our brilliant Head of Geography, Mrs Francis and the UK Polar Network! Antarctica Day marks an important moment in 1959 when 12 nations signed the Antarctic Treaty to ensure the continent would only be used for peace and science. In celebration of this wonderful day in history, the Polar Network recently launched its ‘flagship’ international outreach project which pairs schools with scientists in support of important research expeditions to Antarctica. In this project scientists take flags with them that have been specially designed by school children from across the world, so they can be flown on the continent.
This year Nina M and Freddie G from Year 6 represented Claremont with their wonderful flag designs. Freddie produced a collage featuring a King Penguin, representing our new King! The colours represent the Southern Ocean and the white cliffs, black nights and (hopefully) sunny days! Nina’s flag was carefully hand drawn and represents the work of Greenpeace in protecting the Antarctic and the need to have a Global Ocean Treaty. Look at the amazing photo of their combined designs in the hands of a scientist at the South Pole! So exciting!!!
Nina and Freddie clearly thought carefully about the message and symbolism, so it was decided to combine their two designs and submit them as one fabulous Claremont flag. In their own words, here are Freddie and Nina talking about their designs…
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