Springlands School water inquiry and proposal for town Mayor
Here is an action that a Marlborough primary school completed after doing an inquiry study on Water, which included participating in-stream in the Whitebait Connection programme in their town Taylor River and then taking their proposal to the Mayor!
The children at Springlands School are happy to share their knowledge and the process they went through to help other schools join this campaign.
Check out this extract from their school newsletter:
Extract from the Springlands School Newsletter November 2010
FISH ON DRAINS
In Term Two Room 18’s inquiry unit focused on water conservation. Our group learnt about storm waterpollution and what affect it has on our water ways. We were surprised to learn how few people didn’t know where the water that goes down our storm water drains ends up. So as a class and a Green Gold Enviro School, we want to take action and do something to change people’s attitudes and educate them, so they think twice before they pour pollutants down our storm water drains. The community needs to realise how precious our water is and understand that drains are only for rain. We want to take action and put fish on drains to tell that message to our community. We wrote to the mayor and asked if the council would come on board and support our project. We got a letter back saying YES they were interested. This term we formed an action group with members from the Totara Syndicate. After a lot of emails and research we were ready to present our proposal to the Mayor. We were invited to his office. After lots of discussions, the council has said YES to stage one of our project to paint fish on 21 storm water drains around the Springlands area. Here is what we hope to achieve over the next few years.
Stage 1- To paint fish initially around the Springlands School area.
Stage 2- To develop a metal fish plaque which will then be placed around various locations in Blenheim.
Stage 3- To distribute information brochures to inform people about our project.
Stage 4- To educate other schools and encourage them to take action around their school region.
Stage 5- To become guardians of the Taylor River and help to care for it.
On the 10th December we are going to launch our project and put painted fish on drains and tell people that drains are only for rain! We have invited the Mayor and other groups of people and we hope to get lots of media coverage. We are hoping that this little step will be the start of something a lot bigger.
“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water“. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Poor Richard's
The Mayor helping the students launch their idea
Celebrating World Ocean Day by putting blue fish on storm water drains.