MWKTK16 – Highlights

The 2016 Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference was a great success with over 550 excited Water Warriors from 57 schools and 5 states around Australia coming together to learn about a range of topics related to the theme Past, Present, Future.

Thank you to all of the schools who put together a workshop, video, mainstage performance or EPD activity

You can check out all of the fun from the 2 days in our Photo Gallery and on YouTube. But here are some of the highlights:

Conference Launch and Workshops – The University of Melbourne

  • Official launch by John Thwaites – Chair, Melbourne Water Board, and Lisa Neville MP – Minister for Water
  • Singing happy birthday and cutting the platypus birthday cake
  • Hearing from Professor Brendan Gleeson – Director Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, about some of the sustainability initiatives at The University
  • Seeing all the amazing Water Warrior shields
  • Posing for photos with Vinnie the Platypus
  • Learning how plastic bags are being given a second life in Gambia with St Mary’s Primary School, Williamstown and their Wakakiri performance
  • Learning about the changes that have occurred in billabong and how it can be restored with a mainstage performance by Dandenong West Primary School
  • 22 high quality school workshop presentations
  • Sustainable building tours hosted by The University of Melbourne and Lendlease

Gala Dinner – The University of Melbourne

  • Official opening by Gavan O’Neill – General Manager Waterways and Land, Melbourne Water
  • Hearing from Lily D’Ambrosio MP – Minister for Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Suburban Development
  • Finding out just how precious water in is farming communities with Neville Public School’s mainstage performance
  • Seeing how Dr Green saves the platypus from the dreaded Loom Bandit with a mainstage performance by St Peters Primary School, Epping
  • Shadow puppet performance by Hurstbridge Learning Co-operative about how Tiddalik the Frog spreads his water conservation messages
  • Dancing to music provided by Carranballac College rock band, Minor Sensation

Environmental Project Day – Collingwood Children’s Farm

  • Using pedal power to power the PA system with Melbourne Girls’ College
  • Getting up close and personal with some of the inhabitants of the Farm
  • Building nest boxes with La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Making puppets out of rubbish with Trash Puppets
  • Getting our hands dirty in the gardens with Collingwood Children’s Farm
  • Learning all about alternative energy with CERES Energy Van
  • 5 great school EPD activities
  • Sharing our take home messages in the reflection session with Richard Wood

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information about the 2017 Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference. We hope to see you there!