All pupils at David Nieper Academy take part in a co-curricular club of their choosing. Pupils get to pick from activities such as gardening, netball, chess, and photography, which they will then partake in on Wednesday afternoons each term.
As part of their co-curricular activities, David Nieper Academy pupils formed the club David Nieper Academy Saves the World, led by Mrs Thorpe, with an aim to improve elements of the world and the environment.
To kickstart their campaign, Mrs Thorpe took the pupils to Alfreton Welfare on Wednesday 19th January, equipped with gloves and litter pickers to tidy up the area. In the thirty minutes allotted to their co-curricular club, the pupils worked in pairs to pick up several full bin bags of rubbish.
Alfreton Town Council heard about David Nieper Academy Saves the World and proposed a joint litter pick in Alfreton Welfare. The pupils headed back to the park on January 26th to meet with Steve Marshall-Clarke, Mayor of Alfreton, plus councillor, David Taylor and clerk, Tina Crookes.
Together, the group swept across the park clearing litter and discussing other potential options for improving the area of Alfreton. Particular attention was paid to the park boundaries where debris had gathered and become stuck. Amongst the findings were many face masks, bottles, and the seat from a child’s ride on toy.
Pupils were proud of their efforts in cleaning up the park and were very pleased to have met with Alfreton Town Council members. The group is now working to develop further ideas for David Nieper Academy Saves the World, with a focus on the Alfreton community.