South Thornlie Primary School will celebrate 10 years enrolled in Water Corporation’s Waterwise Schools Program at a special ceremony to be held today.  

The ceremony features singing of a water song, fun water facts presentation by A5 class and the special presentation from the Water Corporation.

As part of the program, teachers at the school have been educating students about the need to value, protect and conserve water resources for a decade.  It is a double celebration as the Waterwise Schools program itself celebrates 20 years in the Perth community this year.

Water Corporation General Manager Customer and Community Group, Catherine Ferrari, thanked the school for its dedication to the program.

"Students are the water users of the future, so its important schools continue to educate students about the value of water in our drying climate," Ms Ferrari said.  

"Thank you to students and teachers for your dedication to the program and I look forward to the next decade of waterwise education at South Thornlie Primary School.”

South Thornlie Primary School principal, John Miles and school waterwise coordinator Dot Oliver have worked diligently to maintain the program over the past ten years and are both in the same roles as they were in 2005 which is very rare.

Some of the things that South Thornlie has undertaken in the past ten years are:

  • Waterwise gardens
  • Waterwise poster competitions
  • Waterwise library displays
  • Professional learning by the staff on water shortages in the world
  • Talks from the Water Corporation education team
  • Waterwise work done as part of normal curriculum work

“As a result of the Waterwise program, the children at South Thornlie Primary School are more aware of the importance of saving water, the drought conditions in WA and how it is important to stop leaks and actively participate in stopping and water wastage,” Ms Oliver said.

Now in its 20th year, Water Corporation’s award winning Waterwise Schools Program takes a long-term approach to water education and behavioural change, and complements the curriculum across all major learning areas, especially science.

Further information on the Waterwise Schools Program is available at

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