Primary school students from across the region have showcased their creative talents for National Water Week.
Each year, National Water Week makes a splash across Australia inspiring individuals, communities and organisations to work together to build community awareness and understanding of water-related issues.
Westernport Water and South Gippsland Water joined forces this year with water corporations from across the state to mark National Water Week (NWW) by running a poster competition for local primary school students within their service areas.
The competition provided a great opportunity for students to put their artistic creativity to the test by creating a colourful A3 poster that showcased the NWW theme – ‘Our water stories.’ Over 300 fabulous posters were received across the region in four age categories.
Both Westernport Water and South Gippsland Water awarded prizes to the best three posters in each age category, and local winners were entered into the state-wide poster competition and judged against winners of other regions for even greater prizes.
Quotes attributed to Westernport Water’s Managing Director Dona Tantirimudalige.
“Water education is essential for everyone, but above all, we must teach the leaders of tomorrow how to protect water by caring for the environment and using drinking water wisely.”
“The artistic talent and water awareness shown by the students is excellent and I congratulate the local schools and teachers on their participation and advocacy.”
“Through their art, students shared their individual connections to water drawing and painting their favourite watering holes, the beach, the environment and reducing plastic waste, and the health benefits of drinking water.”
“Congratulations to all the finalists and Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School who was the lucky winner of Westernport Water’s $500 school participation prize.”
Quotes attributed to South Gippsland Water’s Managing Director Robert Murphy
“This year National Water Week theme, Our Water Stories, prompted us to reflect and share our own connection to water and appreciate the impact it has on our lives and environment”
“It was so wonderful to see the diverse range of art that came through and how water plays such a pivotal role in the things we love to do – from swimming laps at our local pools, to going fishing or surfing at our favourite beaches”
“After a few years off over COVID, it was great to get out to schools again. I would like to extend a big thank you to all the schools and teachers who got involved, and to the students who shared their water stories with us.
“Congratulations to all the finalists and Kongwak Primary School who was the lucky winner of South Gippsland Water’s $500 school sustainability prize – we can’t wait to see what you will do with it.”
Westernport Water’s results
WPW Student Prizes: This year’s top 3 winners took home gift vouchers from Turn the Page bookshop in Cowes.
WPW School Prize (random draw) – $500 towards a sustainability project, water efficient products or educational materials – WINNER: Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School.
Top three posters in each category for Westernport Water
1st Place – Blake Ramage – Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School (Cowes)
2nd Place – Poppy Cargill – Newhaven Primary School
3rd Place – Nathan Campbell – Newhaven Primary School
1st Place – Venus Herath Mudiyanselage – Newhaven College
2nd Place – Tillie James – Newhaven College
3rd Place – Edward Lee – Newhaven College
1st Place – Madeleine Miller – Newhaven Primary School
2nd Place – Scarlett Findlay – San Remo Primary School
3rd Place – Levi Fisher – Newhaven Primary School
1st Place – Mackenzie Luz – San Remo Primary School
2nd place – Felix Maund – Cowes Primary School
3rd Place – Asha Carter – San Remo Primary School
South Gippsland Water’s results
Student Prizes: This year’s top 3 winners took home art supply packages.
SGW School Prize (random draw) – $500 towards a sustainability project, water efficient products or educational materials – WINNER: Kongwak Primary School.
Top three posters in each category for South Gippsland Water
1st Place – Millie Allott – Toora Primary School
2nd Place – Emilia Jozfowicz – Toora Primary School
3rd Place – Olivia Lucas – Toora Primary School
1st Place – Charlotte Perrett – Kongwak Primary School
2nd Place – Will Lagergren – Welshpool and District Primary School
3rd Place – Nellie Bowman – Chairo Christian School
1st Place – Lachlan Coyne – St Joseph’s Primary School Wonthaggi
2nd Place – Grace Luff – St Joseph’s Primary School Wonthaggi
3rd Place – Casey Bland – Foster Primary School
1st Place- Scarlett Dubignon – Toora Primary School
2nd place – Mason Wiggins – Foster Primary School
3rd Place – Lily Stark – Kongwak Primary School
Media enquiries Westernport Water:
Manager Communications and Engagement on 1300 720 711
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Media enquiries South Gippsland Water:
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