Pupils swim in 'polluted' pool to understand plastic problem

Teacher Grace Wong, 29, leading the pupils through a reflection session after their swim in the "polluted" water last Tuesday. Grade 4 pupils from Gems World Academy (Singapore) took on the role of sea turtles and navigated the "polluted" water in th
Grade 4 pupils from Gems World Academy (Singapore) took on the role of sea turtles and navigated the "polluted" water in their school's Olympic-size swimming pool to finish different tasks, such as finding food and hiding from predators, last Tuesday.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Teacher Grace Wong, 29, leading the pupils through a reflection session after their swim in the "polluted" water last Tuesday. Grade 4 pupils from Gems World Academy (Singapore) took on the role of sea turtles and navigated the "polluted" water in th
Teacher Grace Wong, 29, leading the pupils through a reflection session after their swim in the "polluted" water last Tuesday. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Given the chance, most young people would jump into pristine clean water for a swim, but last Tuesday, 80 pupils from international school Gems World Academy (Singapore) in Yishun dived into the school's Olympic-size swimming pool, which was filled with plastic bottles.

They thrashed about amid the trash, using their hands to bat away the rubbish to clear a path through the "polluted" water.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 10, 2019, with the headline 'Pupils swim in 'polluted' pool to understand plastic problem'. Print Edition | Subscribe