Corinna’s bold move

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By SAM DUFF

A Porirua East school is now par­tially pow­ered by the sun thanks to a group of brightspark stu­dents.

Corinna School has be­come one of sev­eral schools in the area to em­brace so­lar pan­els.

Late last year, the Hutt Mana Char­i­ta­ble Trust gave the school $ 8000 to in­stall eight so­lar pan­els on the school roof.

Prin­ci­pal Michele Whit­ing said the pan­els were great for teach­ing stu­dents about sus­tain­abil­ity.

‘‘We are fu­ture-fo­cused, so we are al­ways look­ing for ways of teach­ing the kids about sus­tain­abil­ity,’’ she said.

Ms Whit­ing said the school spent about $8000 a year on elec­tric­ity.

‘‘We hope to save about $200 to $300 a year off the power bill,’’ she said.

‘‘We are hop­ing the kids will be able to work out what that sav­ing will be each year.’’

The project be­gan in 2012, when a group of year 5s queried how much money could be saved if class­room lights were turned off at lunchtime.

The stu­dents were given a copy of the school’s elec­tric­ity bill and did a maths in­ves­ti­ga­tion to find out.

Daniella Gib­son, 11, said when some­one was fin­ished with a de­vice they should pull out the plug.

‘‘Even if it is turned off [but plugged in] it is still wast­ing power,’’ she said.

‘‘We learnt that if you turned off the lights at lunchtime the school could save $450 a year,’’ Daniella said.

The stu­dents said that if they were given the choice they would spend any money saved on li­brary books.

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