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Schoolchildren's flags being taken to Antarctica

A Bury St Edmunds primary school has taken part in a project which will see five flags children from the school have designed be taken to Antarctica.

Sunday will mark the 60th anniversary of Antarctica Day, the day when the Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959.

Students from Year 1 to Year 6 in St Edmund’s Primary School designed flags and then designs were chosen from each year group to combine to form five flags in total.

Children from St Edmund's Primary School with the flags.
Children from St Edmund's Primary School with the flags.

Digital pictures of the flags were then sent off to the UK Polar Network, which is leading the project.

Katie Copeman, head of the school, said: “Our children’s flags will be printed and taken to the Antarctic with a flag-bearer – often an Antarctic scientist or researcher.

“These flags will be displayed around the Antarctic over the austral summer and photographed. One of the pupils in our school has an uncle who works for the British Antarctic Survey – his uncle is called Joseph Stebbing.

“He will be taking our flags to the Antarctic when he next visits after Christmas. When he returns, he will be coming into school to share photographs to show the children where their flags were displayed, and who took it.”

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