7 Jul 2011
For my final day of reporting for the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), we move from the chilling cold of Suntec, to the blazing heat of the mid-day sun as I wandered aimlessly for a while around Jurong, trying to find my destination: Fuhua Primary School, which was hosting the Primary School water festival, with over 20 other schools also taking part, on 7 July 2011.
The first event being held was the prize presentation for the Project H20 competition, with the guest of honor being none other than Ms Grace Fu Hai Yien, Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts, and the Environment and Water Resources in Singapore, as well as the MP of Yuhua constituency.
The rest of the festival consisted of several games stations set up by students of participating schools, for the enjoyment and education of all the students attending the festival, as well as a talk held by Senoko Energy about water conservation which was attended by the teachers.
There were many interesting sights to take note of whilst browsing through the various stations set up by the students. However, the thing that really caught my attention was an actual artificial which had been constructed in the school.
The wetland, as I’ve been informed, was only recently constructed, and accurately portrays the ecosystem of naturally occurring wetlands, such as the types of plants growing there as well as the ph level of the water. It even serves an educational purpose as students study the wetlands as part of their science lessons.
From what I’ve seen, the day really shaped up to be a rather memorable and enjoyable one for the students in attendance. Not only did they get to have fun, but they also walked away with plenty to remember of their day.
By Zainal Ariffin,