On Wednesday afternoon a group of four environmentally aware grade 12 students organised for their peers and grade 11 to participate in a beach clean-up activity in Southend-on-Sea. The girls were organising this for their CAS project, which had the broader aim of making people more aware of the damage plastic causes when it enters the water cycle. This much-publicised topic led the girls to carry out a range of activities from making recycled bracelets to sell at the Spring fair, to speaking to the MYP students in assembly. They should be commended on the leadership skills they have all developed as a result of this ambitious undertaking. Although the time on the beach was limited, it was clear to all involved that even a superficially clean beach actually has plenty of plastic debris swept in on the tide, from bottle lids to broken spades. On a broad scale, there is always more that can be done, but every drop in the ocean helps to lead to a tidal wave of change.