Year 7 pupils from Saint Paul’s took part in a competition to design a flag for Antarctica. Students flexed their creative minds to design an original flag which they felt represented the icy continent. There were a number of really detailed and creative flags submitted.
As Antarctica does not have its own official flag, the UK Polar Network (UKPN) asks schools to design one which they believe symbolises this continent. UKPN then pair the flags with researchers that are heading down to Antarctica for the Austral Summer (November-January).
If selected by UK Polar Network, the wonderfully colourful flags will be transported all the way to Antarctica with these “flag bearers”. Upon the flags return, schools receive proof of travel with a certificate and photos of their journey.
Miss Helen Allsopp-Medley, Head of Geography, explained: “The national Antarctica Day Flag competition is run by the British Antarctic Survey and is designed to create awareness towards why it is important for us to protect one of the Earth’s last natural wildernesses. Antarctica is the fifth largest continent of the world at 14 million km2 and is covered in a permanent continental ice sheet.