The Waterwise Schools programme aims to educate not only students, but also their families and the wider community.
It is hoped that, through Waterwise Schools, students will adopt environmentally responsible behaviour towards the use of our water so that now, and in the future, they become advocates and spokespeople for sustainable water usage habits.
Is Your School a Waterwise School?
There are currently 25 schools in our local community who have taken the six steps to become a Waterwise School.
|1st||Coffs Harbour Christian Community Junior School||24th July 2007|
|2nd||Toormina Public School||26th October 2007|
| 3rd||Karangi Public School||22nd October 2008|
|4th||Casuarina Steiner School, Coffs Harbour||21st November 2008|
|5th||Coramba Public School||15th December 2008|
|6th||St Augustines Primary School, Coffs Harbour||1st June 2009|
|7th||St Francis Xavier School, Woolgoolga||15th June 2009|
|8th||Upper Orara Public School||30th September 2009 |
|9th||Kororo Public School||20th October 2009|
|10th||Mary Help of Christians School, Sawtell||4th June 2010|
|11th||Nana Glen Public School||22nd October 2010|
|12th||Bonville Public School||18th November 2010|
|13th||Tyalla Public School, Coffs Harbour||19th November 2010|
|14th||Coffs Harbour Public School||24th June 2011|
|15th||Sawtell Public School||1st July, 2011|
|16th||Boambee Public School||19th October 2011|
|17th||Narranga Public School||31st October 2012|
|18th||Sandy Beach Public School||20th November 2012|
|19th||William Bayldon Public School, Toormina||3rd December 2012|
|20th||Crossmaglen Public School||17 September 2013|
|21st ||Bishop Druitt College Primary School||24 October 2013|
|22nd||Ulong Public School||6 November 2013|
|23rd||Lowanna Public School||10 June 2014|
|24th||Corindi Public School||3 August 2015|
|25th||Mullaway Public School||19 October 2015|
|25th||Woolgoolga Public School||18 March 2016|
Delivering the Waterwise Schools Programme
In partnership with the NSW Department of Education and Cascade Environmental Education Centre, Council offers a holistic programme of water education to local schools, so that they may take a long term approach to teaching wise water attitudes and behaviour to students in the Coffs Harbour City Council area.
Waterwise Schools is a tried and tested programme that has been successfully delivered by Water Corporation of Western Australia since 1995. In 2007, the WA Water Corporation granted Coffs Harbour City Council a License to work with Cascade Environmental Education Centre to deliver Waterwise Schools to local schools.
Six Steps to Becoming a Waterwise School
If your school is not already a Waterwise School, find out below how you can become a Waterwise School:
Contact Cascade Cascade Environmental
Education Centre on 02 6657 4188 to find out about the programme and to arrange an in-service
at a staff meeting.
The Waterwise Educator can help you establish an Action Plan.
You also need to appoint a Waterwise School Coordinator and establish a date for your
accreditation ceremony so that you have a clear target to aim for.
There are five criteria to be met by your school:
- Devise and implement a Water Education Policy, which needs to form part of your
Submission to become accredited. This only needs to be brief, but the Water Education
Policy can dovetail nicely with the required School SEMP (School Environmental
- Participate in water curriculum activities at all year levels across a variety of learning
areas. The Waterwise Educator can offer fantastic support to your school to achieve this. You
will need to provide a Waterwise Curriculum Overview and one work sample from each class
as part of your Submission to become accredited.
- Participate in National Water Week, which is held in the 3rd week in October every year.
The Waterwise Educator can assist with this or visit the official National Water Week website
at www.nationalwaterweek.org.au. Provide a record of your National Water Week activities or
what you plan to do during the week as part of your accreditation Submission.
- Encourage students to educate their parents about Waterwise principles. You will need
to provide school newsletter samples or copies of media articles as part of your Submission to
become accredited. The Waterwise Educator can provide your school with material for this
- Ensure that the program is ongoing. Your accreditation Submission will need to include a
statement showing how your school will continue the Waterwise Schools Program. The
Waterwise Educator will be able to offer advice and assistance to achieve this.
As you progress through the first three steps of the Waterwise
Schools Programme, you will need to document your efforts so that you can provide evidence that
you have met the requirements for being officially accredited as a Waterwise School. Your
submission is sent to the Waterwise Educator for assessment. Once your school is accredited,
you will not have to send in another submission.
The Waterwise Educator will
advise if your Submission has been accepted. If so, this should be a special day for your
school! You will be asked to send in the "Ceremony Information Sheet" to Coffs Harbour City Council
to allow our communications team to prepare an article for the local
newspaper about your school and also prepare a speech for the Councillor who will attend the
ceremony to present your school with a framed certificate for the inside of your school and an
aluminium sign for the outside of your school.
This ceremony is your chance to showcase all you have learnt through the Waterwise Schools
Programme to the Councillor, Coffs Harbour City Council representatives, parents, teachers and
students. We encourage you to celebrate all of your efforts and the fantastic achievement in
becoming a Waterwise School through song, dance, art, performance, presentation, electronic
production, etc. Have fun!
The ongoing implementation of the
Waterwise Schools Programme in your school demonstrates your commitment to the Programme
goals of encouraging environmentally responsible behaviours and decisions around water use
by your students and their families, both now and in the future.
On an annual basis, your school will need to return a completed "Monitoring Summary" to the
Waterwise Educator to provide evidence of your school's ongoing commitment to the
Waterwise Schools Programme. The Waterwise Educator can assist in running the Waterwise
Schools Programme in your school on an ongoing basis, so that you fulfil the requirements for the
criteria and maintain your Waterwise School accreditation.