On Wednesday 20th September 2017 Water Explorer UK's top 4 teams come together at the 41st floor of the HSBC tower in Canary Wharf. The day was packed full of activities and fun and games.
We welcomed ‘Cati CreACtive’ who taught us her amazing upcycling techniques to make bags and purses out of old cardboard. Queen Mary’s biological sciences team were also back and better than ever bringing with them watery critters, including starfish! They showed us the wonders of the water world, and taught us about some of the issues they are facing.
Each team created their own unique display of the work they had done through being a Water Explorer over the past school year. They then gave a presentation to the whole room, where the judges could also ask them questions. Corbridge Middle School gave theirs in the form of a News report and brought our attention to how water effects all aspects of our life, from the way we wash our hands, to what we do with our rubbish. Calthorpe Park, returning for their second year, performed an inspiring song and impressed the judges with their monitoring and fixing of leaking taps in their school. Beaconhurst showed how they really engaged with their community and reached out to their local town by asking which SDG they should tackle together. Monkspath Junior and Infant school managed to raise a whopping £500 for Oxfam by making their Water Festival a non-uniform day, and asking everyone to wear blue and donate £1.
These amazing presentations full of passion, research and creativity made the judges job of picking a winner a really difficult one. After a lot of deliberation Corbridge were announced the UK National Winning team of 2017 thanks to the real passion they showed for their water saving projects, as well as for their student leadership and creativity.
Overall, the day was a waterful success and every school should be immensely proud of what they have achieved.
Thank you to all the schools for participating. We already can’t wait for next year!
The Water Explorer Team
Global Action Plan UK (GAP UK) is an environmental behaviour change charity that has been helping people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles for over 20 years. GAP UK works with schools, communities and businesses to develop and deliver programmes that change behaviours.
GAP UK led the design of the global WaterExplorer programme and is coordinating its delivery across the 11 countries. You can find out more about us at www.globalactionplan.org.uk