United by water

(L-R) St. Anne’s student Grace. A, sustainability leader Jo Hannan, student Tiara. S and student Matilda. W (Ljubica Vrankovic). 368376_01

Zoe Moffatt

Students from Sunbury and Macedon Ranges have shown off their artistic flare, taking out 11 of the 17 awards in Greater Western Water’s (GWW) poster competition.

St Brigid’s Primary School in Gisborne collected five of the top spots, while St. Anne’s Primary School in Sunbury had three students win.

Bolinda Primary School, New Gisborne Primary School and Holy Cross Primary School in New Gisborne, had one student each collect an award for their work.

The competition, which concluded in national water week, highlights the important role water plays in bringing individuals and communities together through the theme ‘united by water’.

St Brigid’s Sustainability teacher Emma Barker said she was really excited by what the students produced and they were met with such a positive response from GWW.

“The students love letting their creative skills shine and produce some amazing posters illustrating their connection to water,” she said. “I think our winners are so proud of their efforts.

“[They] are very aware of how essential water is to life on Earth and we think this competition is a chance to remind ourselves just how many ways water contributes to our daily health and wellbeing.

“It also serves as a reminder of how fortunate we are to have clean water so readily available to us.”

Speaking about the importance of the topic, St. Anne’s sustainability leader Jo Hannan said the passion shown by the students gives her comfort that the future is in capable hands.

“I think it’s extremely important that students realise and get in touch with the environment and what’s happening around the world at the moment,” Ms Hannan said.

“Knowing about the environment and how we affect it is an invaluable lesson going into adulthood.”

Ms Hannan said she recently told the winners and they were absolutely overwhelmed, especially the year 5 and 6 winner, Tiara.

“Tiara has been entering it every year and for her to win a prize in her last year of school, I can’t tell you the expression on her face, she’s overjoyed,” she said.