Students at Northgate High School and Dereham Sixth Form College are delighted after winning a competition with Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Youth Parliament and Swap2Save.

The aim of the competition was to create a short video to highlight what the school and college are doing to reduce plastic. Members of Northgate’s School Council starred in the video, which was filmed by Sixth Formers just before Christmas.

The judges said, ‘It was a fantastic video that we all enjoyed watching. Your students did an amazing job not just taking part but also creating the video’. The school received a whole host of books based around the environment and climate change, which no doubt, will be popular additions to the library.

Eco Initiatives in place already within the school and college include recycling schemes, bottle free Friday, use of a plastic recycling machine, passing on top tips on social media and much more.

The school also continues to run a number of recycling schemes through Terracycle. Members of the community can drop off items at Northgate or in the collection boxes in the Nationwide Dereham branch or Morrisons store in Dereham. The recycling schemes include bread bags and bakery plastic, Pringles tubes, biscuit, cake bar and cracker wrappers, writing instruments and ground coffee/coffee bean pouches.

To date, over 590Kg of plastic waste has been recycled, raising over £680 for the School Council’s chosen charity, Cancer Research UK. Thank you to members of the Dereham Community who continue to support these schemes.

Miss Theobald, School Council Coordinator, said ‘we are incredibly proud of the students’ achievements. There are so many students and staff who are passionate about reducing plastic both at the school and college, but also at home and in the community. In creating the video, we hope to spread the message a little further and get even more to think about their impact and start to take action.’