Corinna’s bold move
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.