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NATIONAL Water Week is again mak-
ing a splash across Australia inspiring
people, communities and organisations
to work together to build community
awareness and understanding around
water issues and opportunities for
growth and innovation.
This year’s National Water week’s theme is
‘Water - life - growth’, encouraging sound water
practices and investment in water sources to
ensure current water sources are not exhausted in
potentially challenging times ahead.
National Water Week provides an opportunity
for people to be reminded about the value of
water and to teach others that water must be used
wisely if there is to be enough to meet the needs
of future generations.
While the week is dedicated to encouraging
communities to take action to protect vital water
sources, it’s also a celebration of innovation and
water achievements that have and will contribute
to Australia’s sustainable future and economic
Why ‘Water - life – growth’?
Water is used every day. We use water to
hydrate ourselves when we’re thirsty, to keep the
plants alive in our gardens, to shower, brush our
teeth and wash the dishes.
But water plays an even bigger role in our
daily lives than we might think. Water is vital
to make sure the different industries we all rely
on are supported sustainably, like agriculture to
grow the food we eat.
Water is fundamental to make sure the
environment is healthy, and to make cities and
communities happy places to live. If we want life
and growth in the future, we need to make sure
we use our water wisely today.
The Australian Water Association encourages
everyone to get involved.
The Australian Water Association is the
national coordinator for National Water Week
and works with their members, interested
organisations, schools and communities to
promote National Water Week events, activities
and educational resources, and increase
involvement across the country.
KEEPING active and healthy is the
theme of the month at St Joseph’s Pri-
mary School, Wonthaggi.
The students of St Joseph’s are participating
in the State Government’s Walk to School initia-
tive during October.
Everyone is encouraged to take part by riding,
scooting or walking to and from school.
Even those who travel to school by bus or car
are encouraged to be involved by walking part of
This aims to promote healthy exercise habits
by becoming aware of the way everyone chooses
NEW Prep students are already starting
to adapt to school life at Wonthaggi Pri-
The school runs four Leap into Learning ses-
sions a week, which now run for three hours but
will gradually be extended as students get used to
the school routine.
Around 50 pre-Preps attend a maximum of
two sessions per week to put them on the right
track before they officially start school in 2017.
The sessions are taught by experienced early
children’s learning teacher Angela Smith and fo-
cus on oral language to help students with their
speaking skills before they start school.
“The children in the program are ready to
go once school starts. We start the program at
9.15am so the students are used to the routine and
are prepared for a normal school schedule,” prin-
cipal Leonie Anstey said.
“Each year we are continuing to see increases
in our new Preps’ literacy and numeracy skills.”
DURING winter on August 2, members
attended the treasurers training day at
Leongatha and were taught how to fill
in appropriate forms that have to be for-
warded to headquarters.
The annual meeting was held with no change
in officebearers, president is Glenda Arbuthnot,
vice president Lilly Farrar, secretary Margaret
Fisher, vice secretary Val Latham and treasurer
Deb Birkett. A lunch box of fish and chips was
enjoyed following the meeting.
September was a short meeting with coming
Mrs Arbuthnot welcomed new member Pau-
line Hetherton who is transferring from Upper
The Big Cake Bake Day raised about $150 to
be sent to headquarters.
Guest speaker was Susan Davies from Energy
Innovation Co-op who talked about moving to-
wards zero emissions and how to reduce electric-
ity bills by using heavy drapes with pelmets and
checking for draughts, as well about solar panels.
“We all learnt a lot on the day, especially
how to read our power accounts,” Mrs Arbuthnot
Christmas hamper raffle tickets will be on sale
from November and drawn on Tuesday, Decem-
ber 6 at the Christmas lunch at the Tarwin Lower
Community Centre with a meeting before hand
There will be no meeting in November due
to being the typical meeting date falling on Mel-
bourne Cup Day.
Vital for life: National Water Week is a time to remember to not take the value of water for
Keeping fit: from left, St Joseph’s Primary School, Wonthaggi, Grade 2 students Kai Heen-
an, Augustus Finsterer, Eva Brown and Mia Duggard walking through the school’s entrance
as part of the Walk to School initiative.
Walk, ride or scoot to school
Story time: from left, pre-Prep students Euan, Lewie and Oliver choose some books to read
during Wonthaggi Primary School’s Leap into Learning program.
Tarwin Lower Red Cross
Children ready for school start
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