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Water on Desks

Our Aims

By improving pupil access to fresh drinking water we hope to:
  • Optimise their learning in school by preventing a dehydration induced reduction in their mental and physical performance
  • Prevent a range of medical problems including urinary tract infections and constipation
  • Should you wish to find out more about the research supporting this scheme investigate the following websites
(In search are type ‘water in schools’)
(In search are type ‘water in schools’)
(In search are type ‘water in schools’)

What is dehydration?

Lack of water (dehydration) can lead to:
  • Unhealthy skin
  • Unhealthy looking hair and nails
  • Smelly breathe
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Health problems such as urine infection and constipation
  • Not performing to the best of your ability at sports
  • Children need to drink more water – at least 6-8 glasses per day
  • Children will be encouraged to drink water throughout the day through our Water bottles on Desks Scheme

Water is Cool in School

Is a national campaign, which aims to improve children’s access to fresh drinking water.
Dehydration is associated with reduced mental and physical performance.
Most children show no obvious signs of dehydration therefore it is very difficult for teachers to spot.
Lethargy, irritability and lack of concentration may be considered normal during afternoon classes, however we now know that these signs may be due to, at least in part, the effects of dehydration.

Water Bottles on Desks Scheme

  • Children should drink only water during class
  • To help prevent tooth decay children will not be allowed to drink sweet and/or acidic drinks in classes
  • Every child will be given a special school bottle which will be clearly marked with the child’s name
  • In order to have uniformity in class and reduce the chance of spillage only Dunipace Primary School bottles will be allowed on table tops
  • Children can use any other type of bottle for lunch and break times
  • Subsequent bottles can be purchased from the office
  • Replacement caps can be purchased from the office
  • Bottles should be taken home at the end of the day for washing and refilling
  • Children can refill bottles at the water cooler outside the dining room at lunch time