Water central to four school meeting

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A recent Rural Enrichment Academic Challenge [REACh] attracted 46 gifted and high potential students from Humpty Doo, Bees Creek, Howard Springs and Girraween primary schools.

The problem solving event required the application of higher order thinking to a research topic.

Amber Hitchcock, Acting Assistant Principal of Humpty Doo Primary School, said cross school teams of years 4 to 6 students examined “current rural water-related problems”.

“The students had to identify the topics and develop questions to investigate,” she said.

“Those mainly focussed on water quantity, such as poor Wet Season recharge — and water quality, such as bore maintenance and pollution management.

“They spoke with local experts and went on excursions to develop strategic responses, including water conservation by taking shorter showers.”

Ms Hitchcock applauded the students’ confidence during a shopping centre presentation of their findings.

“They articulated their results at Coolalinga Central, demonstrating the depth of the critical and creative thinking they’d employed.”

Students at Coolalinga Central explain how to counter water wastage.

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