2023 to 2024

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)  

See all of our Water Award Winners for 2022-23

We will be running 10 regional multi-school water workshops around the country and your school will be contacted if you are in the surrounding area.

These workshops are open to teachers and students currently on the water theme and are a fantastic opportunity to: 

  • brainstorm actions for your work on the water theme, 
  • get advice from other schools, Uisce Éireann 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 which will include a USB loaded with useful water information, kicktesting and clean up kits, as well as water saving devices. 

We also have primary and secondary school virtual water workshops that are available upon request. These workshops also come with loads of additional information that you may find useful such as, how to run a clean-up, carry out water quality testing, infographics, and videos on Think Before You Flush and Think Before You Pour, water saving infographics and activities etc.  You can contact us on water@greenschoolsireland.org with any queries. 

Applications are now open for the Water Ambassador Programme 2023 – 2024. Please read below for Ambassador Guidelines and Application Form. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 4th October.

The aim of this programme is to engage directly with second-level students on the topics of water, water conservation, treatment and aquatic environments and to 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.

Water ambassadors will also be able to take part in:

  • Green-Schools facilitated online wellbeing workshop
  • Clean-up of a local beach, river or lake and/or water quality testing
  • A second focused support and training day

The Green-Schools co-ordinators and/or support teachers will also receive simultaneous support, training and the opportunity to network with other coordinators.

Participants will receive a water ambassador pack, including a hoodie, USB with relevant information, water saving devices, litter picking and water testing equipment. They will also be in with a chance to win fantastic prizes and trophies.

This programme is open to students in secondary schools that are currently on or have already achieved the water flag. Previous participants can re-apply but priority will be given to new applicants.

Applications are now open for the Water Ambassador Programme 2023 – 2024. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 4th October. To apply please carefully read the Guidelines document below, then apply using the online form.

Water Ambassador Guidelines 2023 – 2024
Water Ambassador Application Form

Keep an eye out for this year’s Water Poster and Video Competition – always a great event!

You’ll see the 2023 Competition winners here!

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. 

Registration for  official walk for water events organised by Green-Schools, March 2024, is not yet open, please check back closer to the date. 

Looking for activity inspiration?

Check out our interactive water pdfs for both primary and secondary below. And you can find other water resources on our resources page.

Download Water Interactive PDF for Primary
Download Water Interactive PDF for Secondary

Did you know?

Green-Schools has a full playlist of videos related to the water theme, created by participating schools and our Green-Schools team. Click the below button to view videos on the Green-Schools YouTube Channel.


Click the button below to view weeks of fun and educational activities on water for children of all ages to do at home or in school.

There are plenty of experiments, videos, quizzes, crafts, marine wildlife sheets, water conservation actions, and more in English and in Irish. 

Go to Water Activities for Home Page