YOUNGSTERS at a preparatory school in Frinton are looking at the ways in which they can help the planet.

St Philomena’s School, in Hadleigh Road, is increasing the variety of items that they collect for recycling and pupils have been learning about the human impact on the environment.

The school welcomed Dawn Wood, from Essex Police’s Marine Unit for Essex Police, who undertook the Row Aurora challenge to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the oceans.

She spoke to pupils about her 3,000 mile journey, the highs and the lows, and the determination needed to complete the challenge.

Dawn is now the second fastest - and only seventh female - to row the Atlantic Ocean unaided.

Although strong winds prevented her from achieving her goal to become the fastest female.

Philippa Mathews, headteacher, said: “I hope her words inspire pupils to believe that with resilience and determination, they too have the ability to succeed in life and make a difference.”