ecoFin Sculpture is making waves across the globe

Plastic FINtastic from St. Theresa’s pupils

school-ecoteam-teacher-shane-coyle-with-james-garvey-owner-of-rossnowlaghsurfschool-copyPupils at St. Theresa’s Primary School from the Glebe, County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, have been doing their bit to raise awareness of the plastic pollution in our earth’s oceans. As a Global Learning school we feel that it is vitally important to educate our pupils on world global issues outlined in the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

While learning about the topic ‘Water’ in their classroom and global environmental issues such as the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’, pupils have been researching companies around the world who are actively trying to reduce and recycle the amount of plastic in our oceans. One such company pupils discovered was a surfboard fin manufacturer from Byron Bay in Australia called Five-Oceans. Five Oceans manufacture surfboard fins from recycled ocean plastic.

pupil-collecting-lids-copyTeacher, Shane Coyle said, “We found out from their website ( that they were collecting plastic bottle caps for an eco-sculpture.  Five Oceans are hoping to unveil their 7ft surfboard fin sculpture at the Byron Bay Surf Festival in 2017. Follow the progress of Five Oceans and their EcoFin sculpture with the hashtag ♯ecofinsculpture and on their website

Currently pupils have collected around 2000 bottle caps and hope to have them posted off before the end of the school term. With school budgets stretched and cost of delivery to Australia from Ireland being very expensive we approached past pupil, local businessman and surfer, James Garvey from Rossnowlagh Surf School. James has been a fantastic help towards our project and very kindly sponsored the postage costs for sending our bottle caps to Australia. Without Rossnowlagh Surf School and, James’ assistance the completion of this project would not be possible.  Check out Rossnowlagh Surf School on Facebook and Instagram @rossnowlaghsurfschool and get more information on

We are incredibly stoked to receive that much support especially if it’s from the other side of the globe. Huge thanks go to the sponsors and initiators, Shane and James.

More information about the ecoFin Sculpture here

and on Instagram #ecoFinSculpture




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