School’s Ocean Trail Project

Designed specifically to create further awareness and to better educate school children about the importance of protecting our oceans and marine life, the School’s Ocean Trail Project is open to all local and regional schools in the Telford & Wrekin area. In continuation of our work with Telford and our aim to continuously tackle social issues, we have specifically chosen the town as the focal point for this trail as they have never undertaken a project like this and we believe their young people will greatly benefit from it.

Project Purpose

Every day, our ocean and marine life are exposed to a number of hardships, many of which are directly impacted by humanity and the way that we live our everyday lives. With eight million metric tons of plastic entering our ocean every year, 80% of marine pollution coming from land-based activity, over 300,000 dolphins and porpoises killed by discarded fishing nets each year, and our coral reef on the brink of extinction, among many other shocking statistics, it really is time that we all step up to better protect our ocean. Whilst hundreds of ocean clean-up and protection initiatives exist across the world, we feel that education lies at the heart of it all. Through projects just like this one, we hope children and young people are given the knowledge and tools necessary to make a real difference to our future environment.

This project feature 20+ fish sculptures, which have each been primed and readied to be painted/decorated by school students. Each participating school will receive a fish, which they must paint/decorate using their chosen design. It is up to your school and community to come up with the design for your fish but it must encapsulate the children’s thoughts and feelings surrounding our ocean and the way in which our society can make positive changes to the damage that has been caused. The chosen subject can be as broad or specialised as you like depending on the educational focus that you wish to take with the project. For example, one school may choose to focus on just the coral reef whilst another may wish to focus on the poaching industry. Whatever you choose, all schools must ensure that their subject involves the ocean whilst providing an important point of tuition for their students.

School Ocean's Trail

Shoal of Fish for the Project

Once the project is completed and all decorated fish have been handed to the Telford & Wrekin Council, a sculpture trail will be created spanning across Telford Town Centre. The trail will then allow young people from all across the country to reflect upon the way we interact with our ocean, with every participating and non-participating school benefitting from the educational messages behind each fish design.

We are currently in the process of contacting all regional schools about the project but, if you’re a school in the Telford & Wrekin area and want to get the ball rolling as soon as possible, please do contact us via email at info@britishironworkcentre.co.uk.

Contact Us

When contacting us, please include the following information. This will help us to easily process your application and provide you with further information regarding your eligibility as quickly as possible.

1.) The full name and address of your school.
2.) The contact details of your project leader. Please note, the project leader must be a staff member at the school. We cannot accept applications from parents, carers or students.
3.) Your chosen subject and some details over how your students will decorate their fish.

As all fish will form a part of a sculpture trail throughout the Telford area, it’s important that a variety of subjects are addressed through the art used to decorate them. Because of this, we will not be able to involve every school in the Telford & Wrekin area and will carefully choose participants based on the originality and importance of their chosen subject. Once we have read and reviewed all applications, we will notify you whether or not your school has been successful and will organise getting your fish sculpture to you at your earliest convenience.

Important Information

If you are chosen to participate in the project, please keep the following information in mind.

1.) We will provide and deliver all fish sculptures free-of-charge however, if your school are able to collect your fish from the Centre, we would be very grateful. The fish will easily fit in most cars.
2.) If you have been chosen to participate, you’ll be required to complete your design and hand your finished fish over to the Telford & Wrekin Council before the start of the December holidays.
3.) Once all completed fish have been handed in, we will work in collaboration with the Telford & Wrekin Council to hold an awards ceremony. The ceremony will be designed to showcase all designs and highlight the efforts of every school involved.

If you have any further questions about the project or require more information, please get in touch with us via telephone on 0800 6888386 or via email at info@britishironworkcentre.co.uk. We really look forward to hearing all about your project ideas and can’t wait for the trail to come to life!