Ex-Worfield school pupil Jess Grimsdale returned to her former primary school last week to promote her forthcoming research expedition to Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Circle.
Jess, 24, who graduated from Falmouth University School of Art in 2016 and still lives and works in Falmouth as a professional illustrator, will be one of an 18-strong team of scientists, photographers, filmmakers and artists embarking on ‘Sail Against Plastic,’ a 12 -day expedition aboard the tall ship Blue Clipper in June to highlight the issue of micro plastics in the marine environment. The group’s aim is to ‘make the invisible visible’ and their work will go beyond the publication of academic papers and will include the production of a documentary film and a children’s book, to be written and illustrated by Jess.
On her visit to Worfield School, Jess delivered an assembly for Years 2 – 6 and then lead an art workshop with the Year 6 children. One of the highlights of her visit was meeting 8 year old Oliver Winborn, who, as part of his homework project on inventions, has created a model of a robot named ‘The Tentacled Tidier’ designed to clear up all the plastic waste in our oceans. ‘ I was thrilled to learn about Oliver’s idea,’ explained Jess, ’these children will inherit this beautiful planet, so it is vital that we engage with them now to help them understand the importance of their role in its conservation’.
Sail Against Plastic is a not-for –profit organisation, and the group are appealing for sponsors to help fund their expedition. If you would like to contribute to their ground-breaking research or learn more about the expedition, you can contact them via their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SailAgainstPlastic/ or search online for Message from the Arctic.