Date: 17 July 2018
As part of ferry operator DFDS’ ongoing partnership with ORCA, the charity were invited to address 120 Year 7 students at Dover Girls Grammar School, on Tuesday 10 July. ORCA is one of the UK’s leading marine conservation charities protecting whales and dolphins.
The students were presented with an engaging array of facts on these mammals and other marine species, forming part of an Enrichment Programme, during which students participated in a wide range of creative, sporting and educational extra-curricular activities.
UK and European waters are home to a third of the world’s whales, dolphin and porpoise species and many of the students were shocked at what resided in the waters around the UK. One year 7 student said, “It was amazing to hear just how many kinds of whale and dolphin species surround us in the UK”. Mr Benson, Head Teacher at Dover Girls Grammar School said, “My thanks to ORCA and DFDS for providing this stimulating and fascinating experience for the year 7 students”.
ORCA Education Co-ordinator, Anna Bunney presented a number of interesting exhibits for the students to study, ranging from baleen and sperm whale teeth to cetacean skulls, quizzing the students on what they could be, along with a discussion around the threats facing marine life today. “Inspiring the next generation is a crucial part of ORCA’s mission to create safer spaces for whales and dolphins around the UK. A huge thank you to Dover Grammar School for Girls and DFDS for giving us the opportunity to meet such an enthusiastic group of students and to talk about our work in the English Channel, North Sea and beyond.”
ORCA’s community outreach programme aims to raise environmental awareness at a local level. The interactive presentation was intended to educate, inspire and encourage the students to be more environmentally and ecologically aware. Anna also hopes to have stimulated interest in her audience to consider a future career in marine biology.
Speaking of the event Stephen House, Head of UK Campaigns at DFDS said, “DFDS is very pleased to be able to support the Dover Girls Grammar Enrichment Fortnight by utilising our partnership with ORCA. The student engagement from the day was fantastic and it was great to see the girls getting enthused about the marine ecology that surrounds our shores.”
DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of around 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.
DFDS prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.
In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Newcastle to Amsterdam and Newhaven to Dieppe.
DFDS has been named ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for eight years running (2012-2019), as well as the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last seven years (2011-18).
DFDS currently operates up to 54 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes. DFDS also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam. In addition, the DFDS network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries.
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