Held in October each year, National Water Week helps us to understand and encourages us to actively protect and conserve our precious water resources and habitats.
National Water Week 21–27 October 2019
The theme for National Water Week this year is 'It's time to change the world' which encourages young people and the wider community to think about how we use water and how we can protect it so we have it in the future. This has been adapted from The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a campaign to introduce the 17 sustainable development goals to young people all over the world and unite them to take action to meet these goals by 2030. It also gives us a huge opportunity to start conversations and encourage people to learn more about the value of water.
National Water Week provides an opportunity to remind ourselves and teach others that access to clean water is hugely important to every aspect of our lives, and we must do our best to protect our water environments and resources, use water wisely and respect its importance in our societies.
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Great ideas to help you celebrate
- Teach our Australian Curriculum linked water education lessons.
- Lesson directly related to this National Water Week theme of 'Water for me, water for all':
- Create a fun water facts display in your classroom.
- Conduct a school water audit. Look for leaking taps and any other water wasteful practices. Coordinate the reports and draw up a plan of action to prevent this water wastage.
- Throw a 'water party' and invite another class to join you.
- Maintain a water theme in the class for the week. For example, choose water related reading books for the class or have students write a water themed story.
- Learn and sing a water themed song.
- Create a roster for students to become water inspectors for the school. They can identify areas in the school where water is being wasted or report leaking taps.
- Book one of our water education school talks.
- Prepare a National Water Week themed tabloid involving the whole school.
- Setup an information display on the National Water Week theme near the drinking taps in your school.
- Create a board game with the National Water Week theme and run tournaments across the school.
- Hold a blue dress-up day (money raised could go to a worthy related cause).
- Organise visiting speakers from various water based organisations to talk to students, teachers and parents.
- Encourage students to write a piece of prose or poetry using the National Water Week theme. Collate and publish the writings for display in the school library. Submit a selection of the best entries to the local paper.
- Hold a whole school tree planting session near your local wetland or catchment area.
- Have students write their own community service announcements or commercials, and make a video of it. Upload the best video to our Ripple Effect page.
- Choose a day to celebrate ‘being healthy’. Promote the importance of drinking water for good health as well as making healthy food choices.
- Conduct a whole school competition to promote the National Water week theme (like a colouring competition, designing a water saving device, creating a poster, developing a bumper sticker, designing a badge or a bookmark). Arrange for a display of the best entries in the school library or reception area.
- Display water facts and tips around the school. Visit our facts page for inspiration.
- Create a public display in the local library, shopping centre, council chambers, church or other public place with the students water education work, activities and/or competition winners.
- Have a water festival and invite guest speakers to talk to classes.
- Invite neighbouring schools to attend a big get-together to focus on water.
- Prepare and present a water dance to the school and local community.
- Clean up a waterway near your school by removing all the litter e.g. a river, stream, or wetland.
- Hold a water expo at your school and invite the local community to attend.