Happy Antarctica Day!

Around the world the 1st of December is celebrated as Antarctica Day. The children in Class 2 have been researching and finding out about Amazing Antarctica. One of the most important things about Antarctica, is the Antarctic Treaty. The treaty ensures that no individual or country can claim ownership of the polar continent, and that it can only be used for peaceful research and exploration.
After almost fifty-five years, the Antarctic Treaty continues to shine as a rare beacon of international cooperation. To celebrate this milestone of peace in our civilisation with hope and inspiration for  future generations – Antarctica Day is recognised to be December 1st: the day when the Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959. As an annual event, Antarctica Day encourages participation from around the world. To be a part of this, Class 2 have joined in with the Antarctica flags initiative. The Antarctic is the largest land mass in the world that doesn’t have a flag or a symbol that represents ownership or sovereignty, so we have joined in with a 100 other schools from all over the world to make our own designs for a flag for Antarctica.
The children thought very carefully about the symbols and images they wanted to use, and worked collaboratively to produce their final flag designs. We hope you like them. The flags, along with some information reports the children wrote on Antarctica, can be seen on our Winter Wonderland display in school.
 

Working with polar scientists and researchers from the UK Polar Network (UKPN), Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the Foundation for Good Governance of International Spaces (Our Spaces), copies of the children’s flags are now on their way to Antarctica, where they will be displayed and flown with pride! When our flag bearers return, they will send the children certificates and photos of their flags being flown in Antarctica.