Challis Community Primary School has been officially recognised for its commitment to waterwise education by becoming Western Australia’s newest waterwise school.

Members of Water Corporation’s education team were on hand to present staff and students with a special certificate recently, and to welcome the school into the Waterwise Schools Program.

Across WA, 586 schools are now endorsed under the program, which promotes the importance of conserving precious water supplies.

Challis Community Primary School earned recognition for teaching students how small changes to daily habits can help save water.

For example, Year 2 science lessons are now waterwise themed, sustainability messages are read out at school assemblies and students will also participate in water and sustainability-themed activities during upcoming NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Water Corporation General Manager Customer and Community, Karen Willis, congratulated the school for helping spread the waterwise message.

“It’s really important children learn at an early age why we all need to use water wisely, and that begins at home and in the classroom,” Ms Willis said.

“We know children who are introduced to waterwise behaviours early in life are far more likely continue those habits into adulthood, and this is a big reason why the Waterwise Schools Program is so important.

“The impact of climate change means we can no longer rely on rainfall to meet our drinking water needs so it’s up to us all to ensure we use every drop wisely.”

Challis Community Primary School teacher Kate Lamason said staff and students were thrilled to become the state’s newest waterwise school.

“Our curriculum has a real focus sustainability so it’s exciting to join the Waterwise Schools Program,” Ms Lamason said.

“It’s great that these kind of partnerships exist, and the support we receive from Water Corporation goes a long to helping students understand why its so important we don’t waste water.”

Further information about the Waterwise Schools Program is available from the Water Corporation’s website at

Did you know?

• There are 586 waterwise schools across Western Australia – this represents over 55 per cent of schools across the State.

• Now running for over 25 years, the Waterwise Schools Program takes a long-term approach to water education and behavioural change and complements the curriculum across all major learning areas.

• Since 2007, nearly 300,000 WA school children have participated in programs run under the Waterwise Schools Program.

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