On Sunday, 13 students from The King’s School and King’s International College joined members of the Canterbury Society at a litter pick organised by Canterbury City Council.
The students cheerfully braved grim November weather to clear an area from Northgate and The Borough through to Kingsmead around the river pathways and behind the Leisure Centre. One pupil, Finn, commented on the experience:
“Mr Lister, myself and 12 other volunteers, ventured into Canterbury to help the Canterbury City Council with litter picking on Sunday 25th of this month. It was quite fun picking up litter as we felt we were doing our part for the environment. I was shocked to see just how much litter and rubbish there is in Canterbury. On the way round we spoke about how much of a difference it would make if everyone picked up just 2 pieces of rubbish every day. This is something I myself will change on an everyday basis – I hope others do too.”
Beverley Paton who helped to organise the event said:
“Thank you so much for organising the King’s School students to join in our volunteer litter pick today. They were a wonderful group of enthusiastic students who were a credit to the King’s School. Please do thank them again from the Canterbury Society Committee.”
The litter pick was just one of many events through the year as part of the School’s Partnerships programme and we were particularly pleased to see friendships forming between pupils from both the main school and the new International College. We hope that the School’s commitment to helping in the community in this way will continue as a regular activity, with some bulb planting and river clearing in the new year.