St. Anthony's is not sheepish about synthetic grass
Super grass - St Anthony's principal Jim Smith
supervises year three students enjoying a game on synthetic grass.
Synthetic grass might not be popular with hungry sheep, but staff and
students at St Anthony's Primary School in Greenmount are full of praise for
Clever use of synthetic grass at a number of high-use outdoor areas has
significantly cut the school's water bill and maximised the availability of
play areas for its students.
According to St Anthony's principal Mr Jim Smith, the school has a history
of environmental care and its efforts to save water by using synthetic grass
date back 12 years. Last year, St Anthony's became the Water Corporation's
54th Waterwise School after meeting a number of criteria, including the
introduction of learning activities at all year levels and in all learning
"St Anthony's has been aware of the need for water wisdom for many years
and the use of synthetic grass has made a big difference. There are now several
areas of synthetic grass around the school and they are very popular play areas
with the kids,"said Mr Smith.
"In all, we have about 800 square metres of synthetic grass and it has
proved especially useful for high traffic areas where we have had difficulty
growing real grass. It's expensive to install synthetic grass, but the savings
on water and maintenance over the years repay the investment.
"A number of other schools have heard about what we have done and they have
contacted us for more information, so don't be surprised if the use of
synthetic grass at other schools becomes more common in the future."
Schools across Western Australia are playing their part in educating students
about water issues on an individual basis. The Water Corporation assists
teachers through the provision of resources, tours and lectures.
However, the Water Corporation strongly believes that to make a significant
difference, there needs to be a whole-of-school, long-term approach to water
education. The Waterwise Schools Program adopts this approach and so far more
than 70 schools throughout the State have been officially accredited as a
Contact: Steve Mackenzie
Position: Communications Officer, Water Corporation
Phone: 9420 3057
Mobile: 0413 028 690