Events calendar

We have put together this calendar to help you plan your water-education activities and lessons, and keep your informed about upcoming initiatives and events for your school.

2 February 17 – World Wetlands Day

The theme for 2017 is 'Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction'. This was selected to raise awareness and to highlight the vital role of healthy wetlands in reducing the impacts of extreme events such as floods, droughts and cyclones on communities, and in helping to build resilience.

5–11 March 17 – Groundwater Awareness Week

Groundwater is the water that soaks into the soil from rain or other precipitation and moves downward to fill cracks and other openings in beds of rock and sand. It is, therefore, a renewable resource, although renewal rates vary greatly according to environmental conditions.

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5–11 March 17 – Kidney Health Week

Kidney Health Week is a national awareness campaign to promote good kidney health.   People who do not drink enough water can easily develop bladder and kidney disorders due to the heavy concentration of urine that is passed.

11 March 17 – World Plumbing Day

World Plumbing Day is an international event in March initiated by the World Plumbing Council celebrating the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society.

20–24 March 17 – Water Aid's Walk 4 Water

Over 750 million people don’t have access to safe water. In recognition of this, WaterAid's Walk 4 Water event held every March, asks participants to walk 10,000 steps a day for 5 days and to get sponsored to do so.

22 March 17 – World Water Day

International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

25 March 17 – Earth Hour

Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born out of a hope that we could mobilize people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 towns and cities, across 152 countries and territories, to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.

Earth Hour Schools Day:  Friday 24 March 17

20–26 March 17 – Seek a Leak week

Leaks play a big part in homes and businesses and can be quite costly if gone undetected. The aim of 'Seek a Leak week" is to help raise awarness on how to look for them and where to get help if needed.

26 March 17 – applications close for the Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize

The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize is an annual water science competition for high school students, run by the Australian Water Association, which showcases the unlimited potential of today’s high school students as they create solutions for current and future water challenges.for current and future water challenges.

7 April 17 – World Health Day

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world. The topic for 2017 is 'Depression'.

22 April 17 – Earth Day

The proclamation of 22 April as International Earth Day is an acknowledgement that the Earth and its ecosystems provide its inhabitants with life and sustenance.

9–11 May 17 – NAPLAN week

NAPLAN, an assessment of literacy and numeracy, is undertaken annually by all years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students throughout Australia. 

22 May 17 – International Day of Biological Diversity

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for 2017 is to be announced.

1 June – winter sprinkler ban begins

The winter sprinkler ban is in place until 31 August for all scheme and bore water users in Perth, Mandurah and some parts of the south west.

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5 June 17 – World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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8 June 17 – World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is our planet’s biggest celebration of the ocean.

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17 June 17 – World Day to Combat Desertification

The World Day to Combat Desertification has been observed since 1995 to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought.

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Winter sprinkler ban in place

The winter sprinkler ban is in place until 31 August for all scheme and bore water users in Perth, Mandurah and some parts of the south west.

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2–9 July 17 – NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC stands for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC week is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of indigenous Australians in various fields. Why not use our Water in Aboriginal Culture resource.

Water in Aboriginal culture

28 July 17 – Schools Tree Day

Schools Tree Day can mark the beginning of a long-term environmental program, engaging your students in a fun, hands on activity that can reinforce their environmental, maths, science and creative arts learning or simply contribute to creating beautiful school grounds.

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30 July 17– National Tree Day

National Tree Day provides all Australians with an opportunity to do something positive for the environment and reconnect with nature.

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Winter sprinkler ban in place

The winter sprinkler ban is in place until 31 August for all scheme and bore water users in Perth, Mandurah and some parts of the south west.

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12–20 August 17 – National Science Week

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science. There are loads of different ways you can join in with regards to water. 

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22–28 August  17 – Keep Australia Beautiful Week

Keep Australia Beautiful Week is held late August each year, to raise awareness about the simple things we can all do in our daily lives to reduce our impact on the environment and encourage action.

Help reduce litter in WA.

This month is biodiversity month. Biodiversity month aims to promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity both within Australia and across the world.

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13 September 17 – Kings Park's Kulunga Katijin Festival

Join Kings Parks annual school’s festival to explore Aboriginal culture, science and the environment. Engage in activities, performances and displays from an exciting variety of Aboriginal presenters and environmental education providers in an expo-style event that celebrates WA’s rich natural and cultural heritage and promotes a sustainable future for all.

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24 September 17 – World Rivers Day

An annual waterways celebration – why not hold a World Rivers Day event at your school?

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Monthly theme: Host a National Water Week event

National Water Week

5 October 17 – World Teachers Day

UNESCO's annual World Teachers’ Day is a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world. Why not celebrate your great work by uploading something to our Brag About It page and help other teachers.

Upload some great work

 15 October 17 – Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases. It is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.

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15–21 October 17 – National Water Week

Celebrating its 24th anniversary in 2017, this year's National Water Week theme is to be announced. National Water Week provides an opportunity to remind ourselves and teach others that water must be used wisely if there is to be enough to meet the needs of our future generations.

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13–19 November 17 – National Recycling Week

This annual campaign educates and stimulate behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives and giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school.

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17 November 17 – Whiteman Park Children's Gnangara Groundwater Festival

The Festival provides an opportunity for Western Australian middle and upper primary school students and their teachers to come together on a designated day with a specific focus to learn more about water, groundwater, sustainability and other related environmental topics.

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19 November – World Toilet Day

Mixing humour with serious facts resonates with people around the world. Having a special day to celebrate the importance of toilets in our lives, World Toilet Day serves as a reminder of the struggles faced by billions of people who still lack access to improved sanitation.

Monthly theme: watch water videos

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30 Nov–6 December – Coastcare Week

Coastcare week recognises the efforts of local volunteers to preserve our coast for future generations. Coastcare is an Australia-wide community of volunteers who care for their coast. Coastcare volunteers identify local environmental problems and work together to achieve practical solutions

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5 December – World Soil Day

World Soil Day is a platform for raising awareness on the importance of soils for food security and eco-system functions. Why not focus something on our precious groundwater sources in WA!

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Play a groundwater game

15 December – term 4 competition closes

Win fantastic prizes for your school and students by entering our competitions.

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