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Waterwise Schools Programme

​​​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?

All 26 primary schools in our local community have now taken the  six steps to become a Waterwise School. Congratulations to everyone!

Continuing their WaterWise journey, most schools have now also been "Refreshed" once since their initial accreditation. Some schools have even completed their second "Refresher" - keep up the great work!


Order of Accreditation


Stage of WaterWise Schools

1stCoffs Harbour Christian Community Junior School
Refresher 1
1 March 2011
2ndToormina Public School
Refresher 2
24 October 2018
Karangi Public School
Refresher 2
10 August 2018
4thCasuarina Steiner School, Coffs Harbour
Refresher 2
10 November 2017
5thCoramba Public School
Refresher 2
6 August 2018
St Augustines Primary School, Coffs Harbour
1 June 2009
7thSt Francis Xavier School, Woolgoolga
15 June 2009
8thUpper Orara Public School
Refresher 2
22 November 2017
9thKororo Public School
Refresher 2
12 August, 2019
10thMary Help of Christians School, Sawtell
Refresher 1
18 November 2016
11thNana Glen Public School
Refresher 1
11 May 2018
12thBonville Public School
Refresher 1
6 September 2019
13thTyalla Public School, Coffs Harbour
Refresher 1
4 November 2016
14thCoffs Harbour Public School
Refresher 1
24 October 2016
15thSawtell Public School
Refresher 1
28 July 2017
16thBoambee Public School
19 October 2011
17thNarranga Public School
Refresher 1
3 November 2017
18thSandy Beach Public School
Refresher 1
15 November 2016
19thWilliam Bayldon Public School, Toormina
Refresher 1
5 December 2016
20thCrossmaglen Public School
Refresher 1
2 May 2018
21st Bishop Druitt College Primary School
Refresher 1
21 June 2018
22ndUlong Public School
Refresher 1
18 October 2017
23rdLowanna Public School
10 June 2014
​24thCorindi Public School
Refresher 1
17 June 2019
25thMullaway Public SchoolRefresher 1
21 August 2019
​26thWoolgoolga 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:

  1. 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 Management Plan).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 purpose.
  5. 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.