Wembley Primary School wins big in national solar competition

Callum Barnes (y5) with principal Donna Snow and Jack Thackray (y5) at the compost area of the school. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Callum Barnes (y5) with principal Donna Snow and Jack Thackray (y5) at the compost area of the school. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

WEMBLEY Primary School has netted a national prize for their green schemes.

The school won a solar system package worth over $26,000 as the WA winner of Origin Energy’s Solar for Schools competition, recognised for their sustainable programs like fuel free Fridays, nude food Tuesdays and vertical gardens.

Principal Donna Snow said the money saved from the solar system would help reduce the school’s energy costs and put more money back into school programs and infrastructure.

“I think once it gets up and running and we see the difference, it will give us the impetus to go further and inspire the community,” she said.

Ms Snow said the school’s winning entry, an upbeat video, was an “unbelievable community effort”, with parents on the sustainability committee, student eco warriors and teachers getting on board.

Callum Barnes (Year 5) said the video was “quite fun” to make.

“Especially when we got to throw a bit of water at a teacher,” he said.

Jack Thackray (Year 5) said it was important people looked after the environment.“It makes sure people after us have a good place to live,” he said.

You can view Wembley Primary School’s winning video below.