Students from Henry Kendall High School have won their school a chilled water station after taking out Central Coast Local Health District’s Thirsty? Choose Water! program.
The secondary school program aims to promote water as the drink of choice among adolescents and is part of a broader research project investigating student consumption of sugary drinks that aims to determine whether behavioural intervention and the introduction of chilled water stations will increase water consumption and change attitudes towards sugary drinks in high schoolers.
The program also aims to improve students understanding of plastic pollution and waster waste by promoting reusable bottles and refills.
As part of the Central Coast program a competition was opened to all local high schools to win a chilled water station, with the prize to go to the school that came up with the best way to promote water as the drink of choice among its student body.
At Henry Kendall High School a group of students championing the program decided to get creative with their entry.
Known as ‘The Water Gang’ the 10 students involved made a stop motion video about a cup’s journey through the school to a water station whilst students spoke about the environmental impacts of not using recyclable plastic water bottles.
The video also featured information about why students should choose water over other drinks.
Water Gang members, Milana St Clair and Pia McLean Barth said they beat out seven other schools to take out the competition.
“Central Coast Local Health District said Henry Kendall High School were unanimously the clear winners in the competition.
“We would like to thank Central Coast Local Health District for this opportunity, and we cannot wait for our new chilled water station to be installed,” St Clair and McLean Barth said.
Newsletter, Jul 3
Andrew Backhouse, Henry Kendall High School