Year 6 A & B visit CERES

On Monday 26 February, both girls’ Year 6 classes ventured to CERES, Centre of Education and Research in Environmental Strategies. CERES is a not for profit organisation, dedicated and passionate about educating others on how to care for the environment. CERES staff taught us how to recycle water, test the quality of water in addition to teaching us strategies to use to keep our waterways clean. They also encouraged us to specifically think about how we can save environments and waterways close to our own homes, for example, writing to our local government to persuade them to provide a rubbish trap.

by Sophia, Rose and Sarah Zhu

After the adventurous excursion, we felt interested because we did not know that water can create so many shocking stages. Surprised just how much we can help prevent bad things that are happening in our fragile environment. Amazed because most of the waste that we throw out can get recycled and help our waterways. Devastated because we didn’t know that all the litter could cause disasters to our precious water. Finally when all the facts that we learned were glued into our minds, we felt more informed after all these events.

by Emma, Nesreen, Charlotte Collins and Melody

CERES is a Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies. Year 6A and B from Tintern Grammar went to CERES for an excursion to enhance our learning on water. We were surprised at how many new facts we learnt.

Did you know:

  • 97 % of the world’s water is salty
  • Every day, a dripping tap wastes over 170 Litres of water
  • 15,500 Litres of water is used to make beef that we buy
  • Some of the newest playgrounds are made out of recycled plastic
  • If the phosphorus (a chemical element) in natural water is 7 to 8, then it means the water is good quality

by Joanne, Elsje, Sarah and Ava

Surprised, shocked, startled, we were thrilled to find out more about our integrated studies topic, water. Did you know that you can recycle your old plastic bags to create useful objects, such as playgrounds, mats and roads? It was intriguing yet alarming to learn how much precious water we use each day without realising. Just from a dripping tap, you can waste up to 10 litres each day. And how about pollution? We discovered that detergent from our car washing and our sinks can run into our waterways and pollute our water. The amount of phosphate in our water was surprisingly low, and we were ecstatic with our result.

by Audrey, Charlotte Du Blet and Ainsley

After going to C.E.R.E.S and learning about the use of water, they had a great influence on helping us to choose the correct life choices.

Did you know that phosphate and salts can kill your plants? In some laundry detergents, there are phosphate and salts but it doesn’t have to be this way. By using ‘Earth’s Choice’ laundry detergent and dishwashing tablets, your plants are better and healthier because it has no phosphate and salt. We also now constantly check our washers. Around 10 litres of water drip from the tap every day. On a normal year that would be 3650 litres of water per year. I wonder how much we can do with that much water? This is because of the washer on the tap. The washer supports the tap to open and close properly. Of course when the washer wears out the tap can’t close properly. We should all check our washers constantly, they aren’t very expensive to buy, compared to our non-washer checked water bill. We will also now use Grey water for gardening and other purposes. Our water bills these days aren’t cheap. So now to save water and to help Mother Nature, we will use grey water (water that is used and can be reused.) Not only will it save environment, but also our water bill. We will save water by having much shorter showers. Did you know, one minute in the shower wastes two and a half big buckets of water? Some third world countries have no fresh, clean water, so we need to doing these things to help save our precious water.

by Abby, Jade, Aileen and Chloe



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