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A teacher’s guide to celebrating National Water Week

National Water Week

This week marks the start of National Water Week (17-23 October) and there are loads of ways you can acknowledge it in class   

Australia is the driest inhabited continent in the world – and water plays a critical role in protecting local environments, supporting food production and maintaining industry.

And then there’s the devastation that extreme flooding events are continuing to cause across the country.

The Australian Water Association’s (AWA’s) annual National Water Week event is dedicated to building awareness of the value of water in Australia – from the beaches to the bush, from major cities to the remotest communities.

This year’s theme is ‘Our Water Stories’, and the AWA has for the first time partnered with the Federal Government to help elevate the event’s profile.

“’Our Water Stories’ invites everyone to think more deeply about our relationship with water. With water comprising three-quarters of our planet and two-thirds of our bodies, its essentiality in our lives cannot be overstated,” says AWA CEO Corinne Cheeseman.

“With the AWA celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2022, ‘Our Water Stories’ encourages reflection and sharing of these experiences and relationships.”

National Water Week
Australian Water Association CEO, Corinne Cheeseman

Held the third week of October annually, AWA hosts National Water Week to promote the value of water across Australia, inspiring individuals, education providers, communities, and other organisations such a local businesses and water utilities to work together to raise community awareness and understanding of water-related issues.

3 ways to get your school involved in National Water Week

  • Host an event

Schools are encouraged to hold events around this year’s National Water Week theme – ‘Our Water Stories’ – during the month of October. These events can be hosted and promoted on the official National Water Week website. Head here for details.

  • Invite an Ambassador to your school

The National Water Week Ambassador scheme plays an important role in improving water literacy and raising awareness of careers in water management. As part of National Water Week, schools will be connected with Ambassadors to complement their water studies and increase students’ knowledge of this pivotal area.

AWA is encouraging education leaders to source a National Water Week Ambassador to come and speak their schools – a great way for students to get exposure to exciting next-gen water careers.

  • Encourage students to share their water stories

Students are invited to share their individual water stories on social media as part of AWA’s epic social media comp. Include the hashtags #NationalWaterWeek and #OurWaterStories for a chance to win a $200 gift card.

Want more info on STEM + water careers?

There are so many next-gen STEM careers dedicated to water management. If you have students keen on exploring careers in energy and resources, check out the inspiring pathways of:

  • Erica Deegan: Erica is in charge of all things water at City of Launceston
  • Danika Smith: Danika turned her love of STEM and passion for the environment into a fulfilling career focussed on water infrastructure
  • Bradley Moggridge: Bradley was recently appointed Associate Professor in Indigenous Water Science at the University of Canberra


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