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The Great Gulp

Promoting and Celebrating tap Water in Peel

What is The Great Gulp?

The Great Gulp is an annual event held every March to help create awareness about the importance of Peel drinking water in our lives.

During Monday, March 19 – Friday, March 30, 2018 schools were invited to take part in ‘The Great Gulp’ by organizing a school-wide, synchronized drink of tap water.

The event, along with additional tap water activities, creates a memorable learning experience where students have the opportunity to learn about tap water in Peel.

All participating schools are entered into a draw to win a tap water refill station.

To register for the ‘The Great Gulp’ simply choose a participation date and register online. Registration is now CLOSED

Tweet your school performing The Great Gulp at #thegreatgulp

School Activities – Making the most of Your Experience

Participating in The Great Gulp is a fun way to spark awareness about tap water. Create an even larger splash with the sample activities listed below. Combining your Great Gulp celebration with these activities can also earn your school points towards Ontario EcoSchools certification.

  1. Host a 30 minute whole school assembly: Promote the benefits of tap water. Allow student to be creative through song, visual arts or an informative presentation.
  2. World Water Day: Create a Media Campaign: Students explore water conservation and the impact that human activity has on natural resources. Visit Ontario EcoSchools Curriculum Archives under grade 4-8 for full details on how to design and implement a campaign.
  3. Learn the cost of water: Compare the price of drinking water in Peel Region to the cost of other life requirements. Discuss how this compares with essential versus non-essential expenses.
  4. Compare the cost of water: Research and rank the cost of drinking water in the Region of Peel to that in other municipalities and or countries.
  5. Shatter water myths: Share facts from peeltapwater.ca over morning announcements during Canada Water Week.
  6. Take the ’30 Day tap water challenge’: Challenge your school to a one-month contest to see which class has the best participation in using reusable bottles filled with tap water.
  7. Decorate the school fountain: Create a mural or posters that say ‘I love my tap water’ to adorn the wall around the fountain and raise awareness of the benefits of tap water.
  8. Set up a tap water sampling station: Let students sample the cool refreshing taste of tap water. Add limes, lemons, or strawberries to make it extra tasty.
  9. Host a ‘Blue W scavenger hunt’: Have students look up Blue W locations (businesses that offer free tap water refills) close to their favourite hangouts, running routes, and sports fields. Visit peeltapwater.ca for Blue W locations.
  10. Take a trip: Extend the learning outside of the classroom and book a Peel Water Story bus tour, or use the Peel Water Story teacher resources in the classroom. Visit www.peelwaterstory.ca for more information
  11. Compare the nutritional difference. Take a look at the sugar content of drinks such as chocolate milk, pop, fruit juice, and sport drinks. Create a visual display to show how much sugar is added in each drink. Check out SipSmart!TM Ontario poster: How Much Sugar is in your Drink
  12. Health Benefits of Tap Water. Compare the effects of water on teeth vs sugar filled drinks on teeth.
  13. Student reusable water bottle tracking sheet. Post a tracking sheet and use it to monitor the how many students bring a reusable water bottle to school. Contact your schools Public Health Nurse to learn more about this campaign.
  14. How does water move through your body? Students explore how water moves through our bodies (water in, water out) and the importance water plays in bodily functions (tears, sweat, urine, etc.). http://www.healthylivingforlife.org/_web-assets/pdfs/water-promo/Tap into Health Water Promotion Toolkit/Water Promotion Toolkit.pdf
  15. Apply for BrightBites badges to enter in Hall of Fame! Achieve recognition for all the water related activities done in your school! Schools or classrooms can apply for Water Promotion badge or SipSmart!™ badge (grades 3-7). Visit www.brightbites.ca

The Great Gulp Prize Winners

The fifth annual 'The Great Gulp' was held this year at 263 Peel schools and had over 136,000 students participating. See below for this year's winners and participating schools.

2018 Winners

Tap water refill station

  • Edenbrook Hill Public School
  • Burnt Elm Public School
  • St. Rose of Lima
  • St. Valentine


Please join us in recognizing the following schools in their efforts to celebrate/make the most of the event.

St. Aidan

St. Aidan school celebrated the Great Gulp with a school wide assembly where the Healthy Eating and Active Team shared water facts with the school and led all students in a school wide countdown to the Great Gulp. Each class participated in a Water Quiz leading up to the event to get students thinking and excited about drinking water.

Whitehorn Public School

Whitehorn Public School where every student and staff member took a Big Crunch on a Gala Apple and a Great Gulp from an eco-friendly water bottle to 'model' their healthy living actions thanks to a grant of $1000 from Metro Foods and our very own eco-friendly water bottles!! Way to go Whitehorn!

Cardinal Newman

In preparation for our Great Big Gulp, Team Halo (Healthy Active Leaders of Cardinal Newman Catholic Elementary School) encouraged their school community to continue drinking water from their reusable water bottles. Students participated in announcements, posters with water facts, water audit check to see how many students were bringing in their water bottles as well as water liturgy and a school-wide assembly.

John Cabot

John Cabot Secondary School held a tap water taste test, education sessions led by students about tap water vs. bottled water, lunch time “Kahoot” to confirm learning where students could win a reusable water bottle for most correct answers, and Gr 12 International Business class working on The Great Gulp events for the school (researching, marketing, etc.).

The Great Gulp of 2017

The fourth annual ‘The Great Gulp’ was held this year at 262 Peel schools and had over 130,000 students participating. See below for this year’s winners and participating schools.

2017 Winners

Tap water refill station

  • James Grieve
  • Homelands Senior Public School
  • St. Joachim Catholic School
  • St. Andre Bassette

The Great Gulp 2016

The third annual ‘The Great Gulp’ was held this year at 166 Peel schools and had over 86,000 students participating. See below for this year’s winners and participating schools.

2016 Winners

Tap water refill station

  • Levi Creek Public School
  • Lorne Park Public School
  • San Lorenzo Ruiz
  • St. Catherine of Sienna

Revised: Friday April 06 2018


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