John Butler Primary College students get water conservation lesson from Capt Doorknob


Year 2 student Chloe Macneeney with Swabby (Tayla Johnston from the National Theatre for Children). Picture: Martin Kennealey
John Butler Primary College students get water conservation lesson from Capt Doorknob
Year 2 student Chloe Macneeney with Swabby (Tayla Johnston from the National Theatre for Children). Picture: Martin Kennealey

CAPTAIN Doorknob and his crew in The Water Pirates of Neverland visited John Butler Primary College recently to teach students about water conservation and sustainability.

The National Theatre for Children (NTC) partnered with Eglinton’s Amberton estate developer Stockland for the second year to present the play on March 23 at no cost to the school.

“We have an important role to play in helping to educate the next generation, who we know care deeply and have a strong interest in preserving and protecting our environment,” Stockland sustainability manager Penny Courtie said.

“This play goes hand-in-hand with our focus on environmental preservation, protection, rehabilitation and stewardship within our communities and across all of our residential, retirement living and commercial property developments and assets.”

NTC designed The Water Pirates of Neverland to be educational and entertaining, and give schools access to digital games and activities that reinforce the educational points of water conservation.

Those include the uses of water, the importance of water, ways to conserve it and ways water can become polluted.

NTC managing director Tobias Benn said live theatre was an ideal format to share information with children.

“The teaching points are packaged in fun,” he said.

“The story moves quickly to keep kids excited, and it’s that excitement that makes them so ready to absorb what they’re hearing and inspires them to help make the world better.”

Other schools can register for the show via nationaltheatre.com.au.