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Teacher brings his whale rescue attempt to life for Dagenham pupils

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 January 2017

Dagenham pupils were shown how one of their teachers tried to save a whale in the Thames

Dagenham pupils were shown how one of their teachers tried to save a whale in the Thames

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A teacher’s brave attempt to rescue a stranded whale was re-enacted as part of a competition to improve pupils’ writing.

Teacher and member of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue Mark Gregory talking to children at Roding Primary School and demonstrating how they try to save marine lifeTeacher and member of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue Mark Gregory talking to children at Roding Primary School and demonstrating how they try to save marine life

Roding Primary School teacher Mark Gregory used an inflatable model whale to show year five pupils at the Dagenham school how he volunteered in a rescue attempt of a whale in the Thames 11 years ago.

After assisting the British Divers Marine Life Rescue volunteer in rescuing the model whale on Friday, the Cannington Road pupils will write up their own versions of Mark’s adventure, which sadly ended in the whale’s death.

A spokeswoman for the school said she hoped the presentation would encourage creativity among pupils.

All entrants have been promised a prize but the best write-ups will earn a trip to see Why the Whales Came at Broadway Theatre in Broadway, Barking, on Thursday next week.


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