This National Water Week, students from John Curtin College of the Arts are celebrating the college’s first year as a WaterWise school by holding a Haiku writing competition.
The college was recently recognised as a WaterWise school by the Water Corporation for contributing to educating students about the need to protect, value and conserve water sources.
Science teacher Peta Scorer said the college chose to celebrate with a Haiku competition because Haiku poetry can convey a vivid and powerful message in a short and succinct way.
“The Haiku has to give a dominant impression with a strong appeal but using 17 syllables only,” she said,
“Our creative students are definitely up for the challenge in using this art form to talk about being water wise,” she said.
The 2017 National Water Week theme, ‘Water – the Heart of our Culture’ looks at how young people can explore how water shapes their everyday lives through their values, activities and in the natural world.
The college actively promotes being WaterWise through a diverse range of initiatives including an active sustainability group of staff and students, and an environmental Roots and Shoots group who engage with the community on several projects, including dune rehabilitation with Coast Care at Port Beach.
The Water Corporation’s Waterwise Schools Program provides students with opportunities to develop practical knowledge of issues surrounding water use and become advocates for using water responsibly.
To find out more about what is happening during National Water Week visit https://www.watercorporation.com.au/home/education/events/national-water-week .