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WATER AMBASSADORS TEACHING OTHER KIDS

On Tuesday 20th October the Water Ambassadors headed off to the Mallee Schools Environmental Festival to run an activity to help the year 3 and 4 students in Sunraysia to learn more about water messages and practice what they talk about.

Thank you Water Ambassadors for volunteering your time for this worthwhile event. Thank you Ms Hogan for taking the Ambassadors.

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Melbourne Water Conference 2009

What a terrific presentation at the Etihad Stadium in the Victory Room on Thursday night 4th June 2009. The topic ‘Creating Water Smart Cities – a Country perspective’ was very well received by the audience.
Thank you to Woolworths Mildura for supplying the fresh fruit and veggies for the play. Thank you to our mentors Maxine Schache and Paula Robinson.

Congratulations Ashley, Courtney, James, Jake, Teagan, Amelia, Indi and Abbey. You were all fantastic ambassadors for Mildura West.

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Prep C Water Mates 2008

Nicola and I worked out a lesson for the Prep class and prepared everything we needed for the half and hour. We told the kids the purpose of our session to learn about what being a water mate is. We were surprised that the Prep class knew so much about water and how to save it. All the kids got involved and we were very pleased with the results.

Water saving is important not just to talk about it but to actually do it!

 

Meg and Nicola's poster for teaching the little kids about water.

Meg and Nicola's Water Slogan's Poster to help teach the little kids about saving water. Slogans are fun to write and they give a very quick message.

 

 

We helped the Preps so that they understood what water saving really means.

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Paint the Tank

We have a design to paint the tank but we have run out of time in 2008. We hope the 2009 Water Ambassadors can continue our job. We had some great entries and here are some for you to think about.

 

 

 We also had a Parent category and the entry included is the winner.

Congratulations Mrs. Haig!  

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Teaching a song: DROUGHT AFFECTS LIFE!’

 DROUGHT AFFECTS  LIFE!

I am a tree great and tall

Here are my green leaves

And here are my roots.

When the drought came over

All my leaves dropped

I tried to grow some more but they just

STOPPED!

 

 
 
 

In Water Ambassadors my team decided to teach the little kids a song about the River Red Gums with actions to help them understand why these trees are very important to the river.

The song is written above and called ‘Drought Affects Life.’ When we went to Wallpolla Island earlier in the year there were many River Red Gums dying; some of them were over 300 years old.

 

 
 
 

Hannah, Kristin and I were surprised how many of the little kids knew about the trees and why they had to care for them. We had fun teaching the kids and they all listened. 

 
 
 
 

I would also like to thank Mr. Powell for giving us all a book this year for being Water Ambassadors. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MILLY LEARNS TO SAVE WATER

Rheanna, Tanzina and I wrote a play to help the little kids understand how important water is. We wanted them to understand what a slogan is and how a few words can give everyone an important message.

Our play is about a little kid called Milly having to learn what saving water means. We thought the Preps did a great job and came up with some very good slogans.

Characters: Rheanna – Milly, Tanzina:Narrator and Cheney – Mum.

NARRATOR: Welcome everyone. Today we’re here to teach you about water saving. At the end of our presentation we have some fun activities lined up. So let’s get started. Here we have a little girl; her name is Milly.

MILLY: [To the audience] Oh hello where did you people come from? My name is Milly. I’ve been told I’m not allowed to go out and play until I learn how to save water. I think it’s really unfair. How am I supposed to learn so much stuff!  [To the audience] Do you know how to save water?

MUM: Milly, who are you talking to? Oh look Milly, there’s people over there.

MILLY: Yes Mum I know! Mum how am I supposed to learn how to save water? It’s so hard!

MUM: Maybe we could ask these lovely people to help you. [To the audience] What do you do to save water? We need to help Milly learn what to do. [Brainstorm ideas and Narrator to record on whiteboard]

MILLY: I get it … but how do I remember all of this? It’s all too much!

MUM: Oh Milly…[sigh] that’s why we have slogans.

MILLY: Slogans what are they?

MUM: They’re easy ways to remember messages, like ‘ONLY RAIN DOWN THE DRAIN.’

MILLY: WOW does that mean that we can’t let any rubbish go down the drain, only water. Otherwise the rubbish would end up in the river and we don’t want that to happen!

MUM: You understand what a slogan means! Well done Milly. [Milly looks very pleased with herself.]

MILLY: Are there more slogans? This is fun! Can any of you teach me some more slogans? The audience has some time to share what they know – eg Don’t be a drip, save every drop!

MUM: Milly do you know why it’s so important to save water?

MILLY: Hmmm…I think it’s something about water restrictions.  

MUM: We’re on stage 4 water restrictions in Mildura because we need to save water or our gardens, trees and even our grapevines could die!

MILLY: I’ve learnt heaps. I’m going to tell all of my friends now!

NARRATOR: So do you think Milly has learnt enough to go out and play? [Everyone nods their heads] That brings us to the end of our presentation. Let’s try an activity so we can teach everyone how to save water.

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Running

An excerpt of my story…

As I ran through the bush trying to hide from this blood hungry fox I suddenly tripped. Rubbing my head I turned around noticing the big mighty River Red Gum I had tripped over. Then, I saw the fox running towards me with foam dripping out of it’s mouth, I was panicking but my body seemed to pick itself up and before I knew it I was climbing the Red Gum.

:10 days ago.
As I woke in a cold sweat after a terrible nightmare… In it I was being chased by men with spears yelling at me that a man would come and kill me and this was only the beginning…
Then Mum called, “Out Josh, time for breakfast!”
As I rolled out of bed I replied,”Coming Mum.” I lazily walked down the stairs, I swore somebody had tripped me. As I cried out in pain I looked back to see nothing was there, not a toy nor a newspaper, so I asked myself what had tripped me?

Suddenly the images of my nightmare came racing back through my mind. I put my hand to my head just as Mum came running in. As I removed my hand I noticed my hand was covered in blood. Mum had a shocked, distraught look on her face.

I hope you will be able to read my mini novel when I finish it!

I have also included my interpretation of water = we have to all take responsibility for water usage and globally we can make a difference.

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Teaching other kids!

For the last 4 weeks for Water Ambassadors we planned some sessions to teach the little kids from Prep to Year 2. We had to think of the purpose for the lesson and then work out what we were going to do and time it. We needed to have enough for the kids to do for 30 minutes. We had to make sure they would not be bored.

Lauren and I decided to make some water saving bookmarks. We needed to collect enough paper and have it all cut up ready for our session. We also need to make some water saving bookmarks ourselves to show the kids what we expected.

We started off the session by asking the kids what they do to save water at home and at school. They suggested some great ideas.

  WATER FROM THE BATH

USE IT FOR YOUR

PLANTS AND GARDEN

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Water use for everyone to follow!

Water used for showers can also be used to water the garden. Many people can set up a recycled water system and these systems can be very different depending on the situation. This can save heaps of water for everyone. I would like to be able to design a recyled water system and see how well it works.

Does anyone know about a good recycled water system that people could use at home? And how they could build it for a low cost?

MWPS Water Ambassador 2008

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Teaching other kids!

For the last 4 weeks for Water Ambassadors we planned some sessions to teach the little kids from Prep to Year 2. We had to think of the purpose for the lesson and then work out what we were going to do and time it. We needed to have enough for the kids to do for 30 minutes. We had to make sure they would not be bored.

Lauren and I decided to make some water saving bookmarks. We needed to collect enough paper and have it all cut up ready for our session. We also need to make some water saving bookmarks ourselves to show the kids what we expected.

We started off the session by asking the kids what they do to save water at home and at school. They suggested some great ideas.

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Saving water!

 A picture tells a thousand words …

SAVE WATER OR SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES!

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The Adventure of Captain Sploshy: a Puppet Play

Trent and I are Water Ambassadors and we decided to write a puppet play to teach the Prep, 1’s and 2’s about ‘Water.’

Here is our puppet play. We hope you enjoy it!

Trent: ‘Welcome everyone to our presentation today.’

Kira: [To the audience] ‘Are you having a great day?’ [Put hand behind the ear to give the kids the idea that they need to respond]

Kids answer: ‘That’s good!’

Trent: ‘We’re going to put on a puppet show for you using a puppet theatre.’

Kira: ‘And at the end we’re going to have a quiz and maybe some prizes!’

Kira and Trent together: ‘LET THE SHOW BEGIN!’

Drum roll….

WELCOME to the ADVENTURE of CAPTAIN SPLOSHY.

[*NB CS stands for Captain Sploshy]

CS: Falls on to the stage

CS: G’day Everyone. My name is Captain Sploshy! I’m on a mission to…hey because I’m a superhero, I need sidekicks! Would you like to be my supercool sidekicks everyone? [Kids answer…] Super-doopa Cool! Let’s go!’

Trent: ‘Hold on! You didn’t tell us what the mission is!’

CS: Oh yeah! Do you want to know what it is? [Kids answer…]Well the other day I heard some koalas talking about a couple of silly birds who weren’t saving water. They were taking showers for HOURS, they were having fun flushing the loo, they had sprinklers on at half past one in the afternoon and who knows what else they were doing!

So… our mission is to stop them wasting water and making sure they start saving it!’

Trent: ‘Then let’s go! So as Sploshy walked…”

CS: ‘CAPTAIN SPLOSHY TO YOU!’

Trent: Ok, ok! As Captain Sploshy and his sidekicks walked along the river bank, they bumped into a regent parrot singing a song in the shower! Captain Sploshy walks in on him.

Robby-Ray Regent Parrot [Known from here on as R-R RR] ‘AGHHHHH! What do you think you’re doing? You could have knocked! You could have said you were coming in instead of coming in without saying!’

CS: ‘Sorry, I won’t look. [Turns away but keeps talking] what’s your name and how long have you been in the shower?

R-R RR: I’m Robby-Ray  Regent Parrot and I have been in the shower 2.238560 hours to be precise!

Trent: ‘O..k? [confused] Let’s just say, that’s a long time!’

 CS: ‘Why have you been in there so long?’

R-R RR Because I smell bad as I haven’t had a shower for three hours!’

CS: ‘Don’t you usually have one shower a day?

R-R RR: ‘No! I have about… let me see.. 1…, 2…, 3…, around 32 showers a day!

CS: ‘Do you have any idea how many litres that is?’

R-R RR: ‘No and what’s more, I don’t even care!’

CS: ‘Well you should care because the river is drying up due to careless bird-brains like you who are wasting water. When the river is gone and there’s no more water left, you won’t be able to have any showers at all!’

R-R RR: ‘ NO SHOWERS!‘ Goodness gracious me! This will be my last shower for the WHOLE DAY!

CS: ‘That showed him! Come on let’s go and see who else needs to stop wasting water.’

Trent: ‘So along the river walked Captain Sploshy and his super- dooper side kicks… Who knows who he will meet next!’

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How to be WATER WISE this summer!

This summer it is important to be water wise. Due to the drought we are now on Stage Three Water Restrictions. Be sure to think twice before using water.

Here are some handy tips on how to save water.

How to maintain your pool!

-Don’t bomb or jump into your pool and splash water everywhere.

– Have a tank stored near your pool pump.

– If you don’t have any water in your tank buy recycled water.

– Buy a solar cover to prevent evaporation.

 How to keep your taps from dripping!

– Put a bucket underneath your dripping tap

– Get a plumber in straight away

– Put a bucket or small container underneath the tap and use the water to water your plants untill the plumber can come.

– Disconnect the water at the main switch

Did you know that a dripping tap can waste 20,000 litres of water a year! That’s a lot of water that could be used for something else.

What are some other ways we can be waterwise?

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Water Week

The following information has been forwarded to our blog from

http://www.savewater.com.au/programs-and-events/national-water-week/what-is-national-water-week

National Water Week is an annual event held in October across Australia, hosted by each state and territory. It involves the community in protecting and conserving our precious water resources.

National Water Week starts on the third Sunday of October each year. This year National Water Week is from Sunday 19th to Saturday 25th October.

National Water Week was first held in 1993. The initiative is designed to help members of the community of all ages and walks of life to understand and take action to protect and conserve our precious water resources and habitats. During National Water Week Australians are encouraged to Protect, Conserve and Get Involved in water resource management.

All the water needed by the environment, farms, households and industries comes from rain. Water is essential for life!

As a community we need to find solutions and be aware of the ways to manage our water resources today that will not threaten the ability of future generations to meet their needs. As individuals we can all help to protect and conserve our water resources.

What is an action you already do and what is a new action you could take to save our precious water?

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WATER SAVING TIPS

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