Pres Castleisland Students Selected to Water Ambassadors’ Programme

The Presentation Castleisland Water Ambassadors team includes, from left: Caoimhe Scanlon, Colene O’Callaghan, Amber Foley, Jasmine O’Sullivan, Emily Walsh and Ailbhe Fleming.

Presentation Castleisland third year students: Ailbhe Fleming, Caoimhe Scanlon, Colene O’Callaghan, Amber Foley, Jasmine O’Sullivan and Emily Walsh were among the 158 applicants nationwide, to be chosen to represent their school in the National Water Ambassador Programme.

The aim of this programme is to engage directly with second-level students on the topics of water conservation, treatment and the marine environment and provide them with the tools, information

and support to act as ambassadors for Green-Schools.

Online, Interactive Training

The year’s programme has already started and will run until April, 2022. Successful candidates took part in an online, interactive training day which involved speakers from Green-Schools, Irish Water, Clean Coasts and past ambassadors, as well as group work, demonstrations, quizzes and games.

Water Ambassadors will also be able to take part in Green-Schools facilitated network meetings with other schools.

Water Quality Testing

A clean-up of a local beach or river and water quality testing are also part of the programme.

They can look forward to a virtual tour of a water or wastewater treatment plant later in the year.

Participants will receive a water ambassador pack, to include: hoodie, USB with relevant information, water saving devices, litter picking and water testing equipment. They will also be in with a chance to win fantastic prizes and trophies.

Promoting Water Awareness

A total of 99% of the world’s water cannot be used because it is either saline or is locked up in glaciers and ice sheets.

“There is not an endless supply of water for our planet and we must all learn to reduce our consumption and promote water awareness within our school and the wider community,”said Amber Foley, Water Ambassador of Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland.

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