Visit to The Poplars County Primary School and First Base pupils 13th February 2013.


After a 6 hour train journey to Lowestoft I arrived on a bitterly cold evening to have a night’s rest before working with the children from Poplars County Primary School, then the Poplars Eco-Club and First Base pupils.

I was welcomed by 400+ five to eleven year olds who were all really interested in the Orangutan Appeal project presentation and video clips I showed them, but they also especially liked the merchandise I took along! Earlier that week the children had an assembly where the staff played out the story of an orangutan who had lost his home in the rainforest, so the children already had a good understanding of the plight of the orangutans in Borneo.

I was given lots of drawings the children had done which I photographed for our website and then I worked with the Eco-Club members and pupils from the First Base Unit, who created their own stories and drawings about endangered orangutans. A few days later the school was planning a non-uniform day to raise much needed money for our Appeal – and we are very grateful.

I had a great morning at the Poplars and returned home tired but happy, so thank you to everyone I met at the Poplars County Primary School for a great time.

Kate Wall, Education Consultant to Orangutan Appeal UK.