Education

> Fun and interactive ways to learn about water

Water is a topic which can support many elements of the school curriculum and has strong connections with environmental, sustainability and science areas, and the AussiVic curriculum framework.

Our Education Officer is available to provide help and advice to teachers of preschool to tertiary levels on our range of educational programs and resources relating to water, wastewater and recycled water.

Please take the opportunity to consult with our Education Officer in the planning stage.

> Education activities slide show

 

 

> Contact us

For further information on any aspect of our education program email our Education Officer or call 1300 363 200.

 

> Schools Water Efficiency Program

The Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP) is a Victorian Government water saving initiative which addresses sustainable water use by providing data loggers to Victorian schools to improve awareness about water daily water use.

 

 

> Water: learn it. live it.

The Water - learn it. live it. resource features three volumes of curriculum-linked information and activities: Water in the Natural Environment, Water in the Urban Environment and Water in the Community.

 

> Murray Darling Basin Authority education resources


The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) provides many resources, activities and programs designed to improve the health of river systems by developing an understanding of the catchments and the effect of human impacts on waterways.

The MDBA website brings together new and existing educational material which is suitable for use in classrooms or take home tasks.

 

> Information for school projects

Water volume
Units of water volume (PDF)
Water storage levels
How to read your water meter (PDF)

Water services in your town
Our supply region diagram


> Useful websites

Cool Australia
North Central Waterwatch
Schools Water Efficiency Program
ResourceSmart Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative Victoria (AuSSI Vic)


> School Newsletter

Our email newsletter is sent to schools in our region.

To subscribe to our Schools Newsletter please enter your details below and click 'Subscribe'.


 







 

> School visits

Classroom presentations and activities may be arranged to suit all age groups on topics such as:

  • water provision
  • water and wastewater treatment
  • water conservation
  • water quality
  • other issues relating to water.

> Class Activities

> Catchment in the Sandpit

The school sandpit becomes the medium to convey the concept of catchment in a visual and dynamic way.

Ages: can be adapted for any age level but is particularly engaging for primary school students.

> Taps & Toilets

This role play activity is a hands-on, engineering design game which engages students in a real-life, problem solving exercise.

Ages: can be adapted for any age level but is particularly suitable for Grades 3 to 4.

> National Water Week and Poster Competition

National Water Week aims to improve community understanding of water issues in Australia.

Every year there is a state-wide poster competition where students are asked to create an A3 poster using paint, pencils, photos, felt pens, collage materials or computer graphics.

Ages: Prep to Grade 6.

> History of Bendigo’s water supply

The Coliban System of Waterworks has a rich history dating back to the times of the gold rushes.

We have brochures available for schools and more historical information is available on our website

Ages: suitable for senior primary to tertiary levels.

> Major projects in our region

We have an ongoing capital works program investing in renewing and building new infrastructure.

Our Education Officer can give presentations on specific projects to schools in the regions that are directed affected.

> Tours

Tours of facilities can be arranged for tertiary groups.

We can also arrange for headworks staff to talk to school groups at Lauriston or Malmsbury Reservoirs, our major catchment storages on the Coliban River, near Kyneton.

To arrange a visit please contact our Education Officer.

> North Central Waterwatch

We are a sponsor of North Central Waterwatch which facilitates community water quality monitoring programs in our region.

Schools are engaged through the established ‘River Detectives’ program where students assess the health of local waterways on an ongoing basis. In addition we endeavour to identify any events and opportunities in schools where we can work collaboratively with Waterwatch in the area of water education

 

 

 

 

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