Only rain goes down the drain
And chemicals do notROBIN RAYMOND
Blue plastic fish and poems are being used by a group of Marlborough school children to remind people to keep Marlborough drains and waterways clean.
Mayfield School Room 1 teacher Heather Stenhouse said the class began an environmental schools project looking at clean water in term one this year. As part of the project the pupils learnt about the water cycle and pollution.
Mayfield pupil Joe Etheridge, 10, said the pupils also learnt about the role stormwater drains played in the water cycle and why it was important to protect them from pollution.
"We learned that a lot of small fish live in the drains and they lead out to the river."
So the class prepared blue plastic fish which the school caretaker has mounted next to stormwater drains in and around the school.
Pupil Jack Uren, 10, said the fish reminded people that "only rain goes down the drain". For example, teachers and pupils cleaning up paint brushes after class were reminded not to tip the water down the drain and the pupils had been warning their parents to be careful what they put in drains as well, Jack said.
The fish are part of an international environmental campaign which was started in Marlborough by Springlands School in 2010, supported by the Marlborough District Council.
Anthony Forbes, 9, said the pupils also entered poems in a competition for poetry to feature on the Taylor River Writers' Walk.
Anthony's poem was one of three from Room 1 chosen by the judges from Springlands School to feature on the walk.
The poems will be combined into one poem and engraved on a plaque next to the river. The plaque will be unveiled on August 16.
- The Marlborough Express