On Wednesday 15th January Shark Guardian had a fantastic morning at High Green primary School in Sheffield, UK. As we played the introduction video to the 200+ pupils, the excitement was off the scale! Many shark mad children were so happy to have Shark Guardian at their school and by the end we definitely had a hall full of Shark Guardian cadets. All are now determined to help spread shark awareness and education far and wide.
Enthusiasm for sharks
As children sat ready for the presentation to begin, a school hall packed to the brim, many were asking questions about sharks and telling Liz and Brendon their knowledge. It was so nice for Liz and Brendon to see and hear this enthusiasm and they knew it was going to be a successful morning.
Many intelligent questions
The children aged 4 through to 11 were captivated throughout the shark and marine presentation. They could not hide their anger and disgust at the brutal act of shark finning. There were many questions at the end including one that led to a discussion on finning and fishing. Shark Guardian are clear to point out that we are not aiming for an end to shark finning or shark fishing entirely – this is highly unrealistic. What Shark Guardian opposes is the brutal and wasteful act of shark finning. This is what needs to be exposed and understood and with that right knowledge and understanding, peoiple will never want to support such an industry.
Fun in the school playground
After the presentation, armed with tea and coffee in the chilly northern weather, Shark Guardian joined the school pupils for break time! Immediately Liz and Brendon were mobbed by children with questions about the presentation coming from all directions. Children expressed their love of sharks and asked how they cold become Shark Guardians. Children even showed their posters which they had created in the matter of minutes!
True Shark Guardians in the making
Shark Guardian were delighted to have this enthusiasm from the children to help in our campaign. All pupils were given a copy of the Shark Guardian leaflet so they could pass the information on to friends and family. Lots of children were also excited to speak to their parents about going on their next holiday to Scotland or Cornwall to swim with basking sharks! We cannot wait to see more of the childrens’ posters and even power point presentations which the shark presentation inspired.
Thanks to headmistress Diane Smales for organizing this event and Carol Wells, a friend of Liz, for getting the ball rolling (and helping her two boys stay shark focused with some cool shark tshirts!).