Watery victory for local youngster

IT was a watery victory for Princes Street Primary School student Nicoleta Glynastsis recently when she took out second prize in the grades one and two category of TasWater’s National Water Week poster competition.

Students from 29 primary schools across the state got out their pencils, paints, computers and crayons to enter this year’s competition, with TasWater receiving more than 500 entries.

Each year, National Water Week events and promotions across Australia encourage individuals, communities and organisations to work together to build community awareness and understanding around water and sewerage issues.

The National Water Week theme for this year was: ‘It’s time to change the world.’

TasWater community engagement officer Kate Beard said it had been encouraging to see the level of participation by schools in the sixth annual poster competition.

“With the current awareness of many environmental challenges facing our local and global community, our poster competition shows young Tasmanians are carefully thinking about the importance water plays in our everyday lives,” she said.

“Here in Tasmania, it is easy to take our flushing toilets, running taps and hot showers for granted but across the globe, 2.1 billion people lack access to safe, readily available drinking water.

“As always, the judging isn’t easy, and everyone who entered should be very proud of their work.”

Priya Bowering from Lauderdale Primary (grades five and six); Spencer Cartledge from Sacred Heart Geeveston (prep) and Ula Gautam (grades three and four) from Southern Christian College all received a first prize for their posters.

Nicoleta won second prize (grades one and two) alongside Charlotte Rickards from Eastside Lutheran College (prep), and James Sargent from Fairview Primary in New Norfolk (grades one and two) won third prize.

Spreyton Primary School on the north-west coast won this year’s inaugural random prize ($250), which was open to every school entering TasWater’s poster competition.

The students’ posters will be on display at the Glenorchy, Rosny and New Norfolk libraries.

Caption: Princes Street Primary School student Nicoletta Glynatsis with, from left, mother Joanna, teacher Natalie Zeeman and TasWater’s Kate Beard.

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