MWKTK Conference Highlights 2017!

The 2017 Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference was a great success with over 500 excited Water Warriors from 56 schools and 5 states around Australia (6 if you count New Zealand 😉 ) coming together to learn about a range of topics related to the theme Culture, Conservation, Community.

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

  • Official launch by John Thwaites – Chair, Melbourne Water Board, and Lisa Neville MP – Minister for Water
  • Q&A with AFLW players, Elise O’Dea and Karen Paxman (Melbourne Demons) and Emma Kearney (Western Bulldogs) on leadership, resilience and following your passion, followed by a photo opportunity
  • Water Warrior Shield Presentation – each school had the opportunity to create a shield to highlight the theme Culture, Conservation, Community and environmental initiatives at their school
  • Photo opportunities with Vinnie the Platypus during registration and morning tea
  • Involvement of student MC’s – Elena Turner, Williamstown High School, and Jacqui Du, Ruyton Girls School
  • Mainstage performance by Chandler Park Primary School titled “Plastic not Fantastic” about the impact of plastic bags on the environment
  • 24 high-quality school workshop presentations
  • Sustainable building tours hosted by University of Melbourne

Gala Dinner

  • Mainstage performance by Worawa Aboriginal College titled “I am a Child of the Dreamtime People” about the Indigenous understanding of seasons and weather and how this knowledge about caring for country is passed from elders to the younger generation.
  • Mainstage performance by Beaumaris Primary School titled “The Majestic Plastic Bag”; a mockumentary, David Attenborough-style, about plastic bags and the need to reduce our reliance on them
  • Mainstage performance by Spotswood Primary School titled “Treat Water Right. Don’t Rush to Flush!” A drama performance incorporating a shadow puppet play and live acting, the students followed the path of a fish flushed down the toilet to the Western Treatment Plant and eventually Port Phillip Bay
  • Lucky table prizes of experiences from organisations involved in the Conference or sustainability!
  • Entertainment by Carranballac College rock band, Minor Sensation

Environmental Project Day

  • Official launch by Greg Bain –Manager, Community Engagement, Melbourne Water
  • Eighteen hands-on activities including gardening, nest box building and creating puppets out of rubbish run by schools plus community organisations such as:

CERES Community Environment Group

City West Water

Collingwood Children’s Farm (3 activities)

La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary

Melbourne Water

Trash Puppets

Wild Melbourne

  • Reflection and pledge session run by Richard Wood to encourage students to think about what they had learnt over the two days and what they would take back to their school and community