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)
A series of teacher training seminars will take place in September/October to answer questions and offer guidance on running the water theme. There will then be clinic style training sessions organised for January to offer further support.
If you are interested in taking part in these seminars, please click on the button below to fill in the form to register.
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).
Students from secondary school are also invited to submit a video competition under the same selected theme.
In the month before World Water Day on Monday 21st of March, we will be inviting schools to make a pledge to conserve water. The pledges can be made by tweeting on Twitter the details of the pledge using the hashtag #WaterDayPledge along with a creative photo that shows who is pledging and what they are pledging to do by World Water Day. The winning school will be given a prize of water-saving devices for the school and a water-related trip for the class.
To celebrate World Water Day (22 March each year) and spread awareness of water poverty around the world you can join other Green-Schools and organise a Walk for Water event or participate in one of the walks organised by Green-Schools.
Each year Green-Schools, in partnership with Irish Water, hold walks in locations around the country and encourage schools to do the same.
More details on these events will be announced soon.
Click below to download a walk for water infographic on how to do a walk for water.
During May there will be a Water Conservation Photo Competition were parents will be 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 will be announced here soon.
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 email@example.com
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.