Small school, significant savings and sustainability achievements
Wunghnu Primary School is a small, regional school that has achieved significant reductions in energy use over the last year. Students assisted the school electrician with an independent energy audit and all recommendations were actioned.
Combined with the installation of 15kW of solar panels, the school achieved an energy bill of $2.30 in June 2013. Students received approval from Moira Shire Council to utilise neglected local crown land and creek to help enhance whole-school sustainability education.
Guided by teaching Principal and ResourceSmart Teacher of the Year finalist, Brendan Kenna, the students have planted trees, conducted flora and fauna habitat surveys, installed bat and bird boxes and tested water quality.
Brendan Kenna is the Principal and only full-time teacher at Wunghnu Primary School. He is the driving force behind every sustainability initiative that the school undertakes. He has developed a whole-school environmental and sustainability program that forms part of the core curriculum. Brendan has successfully applied for grants including a $50,000 grant to install solar panels.
With limited resources, Brendan has established a sustainability network with many organisations including the Moira Shire Council where a student-initiated project was started to reclaim a neighbouring block of Crown land. He has shown great enthusiasm by organising educational activities and guest speakers to help develop the leadership skills of his students.