2020 to 2021
Welcome to the Water theme for this academic year. This page is a central location for schools doing the water theme to go to for the year. It will show all the events, forms, activities, workshops and competitions for the year. It will be updated throughout the year so check back regularly.
If you want to find out all about the theme watch the video below
(or click here to watch in Irish)
We will be delivering several Water Workshops online (an hour and a half approx.) starting in November (TBC). The workshops are open to teachers and students currently on the water theme and are a fantastic opportunity to:
- engage with other schools,
- share experiences,
- get advice from other schools, Irish Water, Local Authorities and Green-Schools staff,
- learn about important issues surrounding water, and
- how to run the water theme in your school.
The workshops will be fun, practical and employ a mixture of:
- interactive demos,
- water related games,
- PowerPoint presentations,
- water themed clips,
- videos, and
- group work.
Each participating school will also receive a water resource pack.
If your school is partaking in the Water Theme this year and you are interested in doing an online Water Workshop please click on the button below to fill in the registration form.
The aim of this programme is to engage directly with second-level students on the topics of water, water conservation, treatment and the marine environment and provide them with the tools, information and support to act as ambassadors for Green-Schools and pass on what they learn in their own schools and local communities.
This year’s programme will start in January 2021 and run till October 2021. Successful candidates will first take part in an online, interactive, training day which involves speakers from Green-Schools, Irish Water, Clean Coasts and past ambassadors, as well as, group work, demonstrations, quizzes and games.
Water ambassadors will also be able to take part in:
- Green-Schools facilitated network meetings with other schools
- Clean-up of a local beach, river or lake and/or water quality testing
- Virtual tour of a water or a wastewater treatment plant
- A second focused support and training day
The Green-Schools co-ordinators and/or water ambassador support teachers will also receive simultaneous support, training and the opportunity to network with other coordinators.
Participants will receive a water ambassador pack, to include: hoodie, USB with relevant information, water saving devices, litter picking and water testing equipment. They will also be in with a chance to win tablets, trophies, and vouchers.
If your secondary school would like to take part in this programme please click on the button below to fill in the registration form and to receive further information.
All students from Green-Schools currently working on the water theme are invited to submit an A3 poster under a selected water related theme. This year’s competition’s theme is Valuing Water.There are three categories for entry and regional winners are selected from each category (a total of 12 regional winners). National winners are selected from the regional winners in each category (totalling three national winners). Our competition deadline has been extended to April 23rd due to school closures.
Students from secondary school are also invited to submit a video competition under the same selected theme.
In the build up to World Water Day on Monday the 22nd of March, 2021. We’re asking schools to join in on a UN international campaign for World Water Day. The campaign involves people sharing what water means to them so that everyone can become aware what a valuable resource water is to us all and the need to protect and share it sustainably.
You can do this through social media by sharing what water means to you with the hashtag #Water2Me and please tag Green-Schools Ireland social media in the post or tweet so we can share it. You can include an image also that illustrates what water means to you.
Find out more by clicking the button below:
Due to the Covid19, we will not be doing large Walk for Water events this year. However, we are encouraging schools to promote students and teachers doing a Mini Walk for Water in their home or in the school (if safe and possible). A Mini Walk for Water is a way to celebrate World Water Day (22 March each year) and spread awareness of water poverty around the world. It helps raise awareness about women and children in countries around the world who walk on average 6km a day to access water and have to carry heavy loads of up to 20 Litres on their way back. Participants are encouraged to carry water on a walk to get some experience of what this is like.
Click below to download a mini walk for water infographic and instruction sheet.
During May we have a Water Conservation Photo Competition were parents are invited to post a photo of a water conservation action being carried out by their children at home, along with a short description on the story behind it. More details here: https://greenschoolsireland.org/water-conservation-photo-competition/
Water handbooks are given to each school at the start of their first year of the water theme, if you need a replacement please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The water theme guidance document should be used in conjunction with the water handbook. Click below to download it.
Download our interactive water pdfs for both primary and secondary below. And you can find other water resources on our resources page.
Click the button below to view weeks of fun and educational activities on water for children of all ages to do at home. There are plenty of experiments, videos, quizzes, crafts, marine wildlife sheets, water conservation actions, and more in English and in Irish.