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Fashion report highlights waste

People in Sierra Leone
Sacred Heart school works with a charity in Sierra Leone

Students at Sacred Heart Catholic College in Crosby, Merseyside, explored Britain's "throwaway culture" for a special report.

The school works with a charity in Sierra Leone, and recently held a fashion show from which all proceeds were sent to a school in the African country.

"It's been a really good day," said teacher Karen Kays. "The kids have really enjoyed it.

"We have been highlighting the throwaway culture, things like cheap clothing, which leads to increased landfill problems.

"Last month we staged a fashion show of recycled clothes, and students have interviewed members of staff who've been to Sierra Leone to see the benefits.

"We've also got chat-room style interviews with pupils about the whole event."

'We have it easy'

While Year 12 and 13 students helped with the fashion show, 17 Year 9 students put Sacred Heart's news reports together, including Kitty, who worked on the Sierra Leone story.

"It's been extremely hectic today," said Kitty. "We've been making all our recordings, doing interviews with people who co-ordinate the Sierra Leone project, and writing news articles.

"I interviewed a couple of people about Sierra Leone, and I made a news article about self-sufficiency.

"During the 1930s everybody made their own clothes and did everything themselves. That's how it is elsewhere in the world, we have it easy.

"We didn't quite make our two o'clock deadline for our news reports, because we had trouble getting our video onto the website, but we were close!"


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