The environmental sustainability message was not watered down for the Beresford Road Public School pupils whose study on waterways was complemented by an EnviroMentors visit.
The ‘catchment action’ workshop at the Greystanes school in April used a three dimensional model, dyes and a spray bottle to show pupils in years 5 and 6 what happens to water quality and biodiversity when rubbish and other pollutants are washed into creeks and rivers.
It was the first time since 2008 that the council-supported Keep NSW Beautiful environmental education program had visited a school in the Holroyd area.
‘‘It brought the whole unit of work together for the students and they were very excited by that,’’ stage three teacher Jaqui Doran said.
Before the workshop, pupils had tested the temperature and levels of phosphate in two local waterways at Pemulwuy and Pendle Creek, behind the school’s grounds.
They also documented examples of pollution including a shopping trolley and palm tree which had been dumped at the creek.
Mrs Doran said she was grateful for the support of Holroyd Council, who funded the workshop and supplied resources such as aerial photographs of Pemulwuy’s waterways and water safety collector cards for students to use.
Keep NSW Beautiful chief executive David Imrie said council’s participation in the program showed a responsible approach to environmental management.
‘‘By supporting EnviroMentors, and sending us into schools they show children how to minimise their environmental footprint and develop a high sense of personal responsibility,’’ he said.
The program reached about 40,000 primary school pupils in NSW and the ACT last year.
Holroyd Council previously supported the program for a decade.