Mount Saint Agnes students in dolphin swim

Make text smaller Make text larger

  • Making a splash: Mount Saint Agnes Academy students visit Dolphin Quest in Dockyard (Photograph Supplied by Dolphin Quest)

    Making a splash: Mount Saint Agnes Academy students visit Dolphin Quest in Dockyard (Photograph Supplied by Dolphin Quest)

  • Making a splash: Mount Saint Agnes Academy students visit Dolphin Quest in Dockyard (Photograph Supplied by Dolphin Quest)

    Making a splash: Mount Saint Agnes Academy students visit Dolphin Quest in Dockyard (Photograph Supplied by Dolphin Quest)


Pupils from Mount Saint Agnes Academy proved they care about the marine environment — and were rewarded with a chance to swim with dolphins.

Youngsters from the school won first place in a conservation contest organised by Dockyard’s Dolphin Quest after they submitted a video about plastic pollution in the seas.

Dolphin Quest invited the fifth grade pupils to enjoy the sea creatures up close in the recently expanded Ocean Sanctuary as a reward.

Krysta Walker, manager of marine animals at Dolphin Quest, said: “Dolphin Quest is very much involved with education as well as conservation.

“We thought it would be a great opportunity for the schools to get involved and really get inspired to make a difference in their own lives.

“We wanted to not only do our education programmes here, but also see what they could do in the classroom.”

Teacher Anna Faria-Machado’s class, with the help of 12th grade video editor Noah Brady-Soares, made the video.

Kaylee Almeida, 11, said: “We decided to do this because all the plastic is killing animals and we really like animals because they’re beautiful. And they were here before us.”

Chloe Bothelo, 11, said: “We wanted to give a powerful message because we’re learning about how much plastic we’re putting in our oceans and why we should use things that aren’t plastic.”

Video editor Noah, 18, “loved every minute” of working with the pupils.

He said: “To see how passionate these guys were about it was really inspiring to me.”

Ms Walker said: “I hope that it gets schools more involved in their community and gets them to really help out their local environment.

“We hope that the younger generation understands the importance of the environment, realise the impact they have.”

She added: “I think it’s important for youth to get an idea of conservation and really understand it.”

Ms Faria-Machado said: “They really managed to carry out the vision we had.

“We all can make a little bit of difference in our corner of the world.”

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Jul 3, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Jul 3, 2018 at 7:07 am)

Mount Saint Agnes students in dolphin swim

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    • "Who do you think will win the World Cup?"
    • Argentina
    • 5%
    • Belgium
    • 12%
    • Brazil
    • 20%
    • England
    • 16%
    • France
    • 6%
    • Germany
    • 9%
    • Portugal
    • 25%
    • Spain
    • 8%
    • Total Votes: 4375
    • Poll Archive

    Today's Obituaries