The UN’s theme for world water day this year is ‘waste water’ and so at BISS Puxi, our conscious students have been planning a range of messages, activities and actions to reduce waste water and waste plastic water bottles and cups in our school. To do this, reusable water bottles have been on sale to students and staff in Primary and Secondary schools in order to stop our waste of paper cups and disposable plastic bottles. An art installation has been erected in the Secondary school for students to display their disposable water bottles which should be a clear, visual reminder of our waste.
Students have been enjoying a range of learning activities in Geography, Science and PE to highlight water issues at local, national and global scales. In Geography, students focused on small scale sustainable projects Water Aid support in developing countries which has strong curriculum links to development and the UN’s sustainable development goals. In Science, students explored the causes and consequences of water pollution and built water filters. In PE, students took part in team relays transporting water a total of 6KM, which is the distance that some people have to walk each day for water.
All Key Stage 3 students had an outside speaker during a special water day assembly. The guest speaker from Thirst, an international NGO to raise awareness of our global water crisis, gave a clear message to our students that a small difference can make a huge impact. For example, by not leaving the tap running while brushing your teeth will save 720 litres of water a month, or in a year would be the same amount of water you can drink in your entire lifetime.
The children in Primary enjoyed the opportunity to discuss such an important issue in our world and left the day with new knowledge to share with others on how and why water is so important. The water bottles were sold by student councillors to pupils who were full of wonderful enthusiasm for the day. The understanding behind why we need to re-use water bottles and not simply throw one away each day, was discussed and supported by many. Discussions and activities in classrooms around water usage promoted the need to be aware of our own water use as well as the amount of waste produced that affects our water all around the world. Thank you to everyone for their support for World Water Day.
Finally, all students and staff in Primary and Secondary wore blue clothes and paid a minimum donation of 10RMB. Of all the money raised from the non-uniform day, bottle sales and other fundraising events, we expect to raise about 16,000RMB for Water Aid. You can find more about Water Aid here. Alongside this mammoth fundraising achievement, our students have learnt this week how making a small difference results in a big difference to living a more sustainable life in the future.
Daniel Grocott and Megan Fisher