Pupil pipeline helps promote water awareness at St Albans school

St Bernadette RC Primary School of London Colney

St Bernadette RC Primary School of London Colney - Credit: Photo supplied

Wellies and water were the order of the day for youngsters at a village school as they splashed into a pipeline challenge for an international charity.

More than 240 children took a welcome break from their classrooms at St Bernadette RC Primary School in London Colney, to pass buckets and other containers – including wellington boots – filled with water, without spilling them.

The activity was organised to help raise funds for pipelines to transport clean, safe water to children in countries such as Ethiopia.

Pupils, who said they enjoyed the challenge, formed a long ‘pipeline’ of 181m across the school grounds, going in and out of trees, as well as up and over the climbing frame.

They managed to pass a big bucket of water along the whole chain in eight minutes and 15 seconds.


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St Bernadette’s raised £190 – enough to enable international charity WaterAid to pay for 95m of piping.

Reception teacher Kirby Dominguez said: “It’s very easy for children to take clean water for granted, so the pupil pipeline was a fantastic way to teach them about the millions of people around the world who are not lucky enough to have this vital resource.”

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About 1,400 children die every day due to diarrhoeal diseases, caused by the lack of such basic services.

WaterAid works in 26 countries to set up practical and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene products.

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