St Anthony’s year 6 students Billi Lanski, Ben Patch, Darcy Chadwick and Genevieve Spamer with their eco-friendly home project.
St Anthony’s year 6 students Billi Lanski, Ben Patch, Darcy Chadwick and Genevieve Spamer with their eco-friendly home project. Crystal Spencer

Students build eco model homes

STUDENTS at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School in Kingscliff are fighting on the side of conservation by building their own eco-friendly model homes.

Year 6 student Genevieve Spamer said learning about conservation and energy preservation had been an eye-opening experi- ence for her.

“I’ve really enjoyed it; we have been learning about energy-efficient houses and how we can improve things at our own homes,” Genevieve said.

“Some of the things my model house has are a broom instead of a vacuum, trees with leaves and flowers to keep the heat out, a rainwater tank, a grey-water tank, a bike instead of a car, an energy-efficient sign on the washing machine and solar panels.”

Genevieve said working on the project had led her to make some changes in her own life.

“I try not to leave the lights on at home and I turn the TV off at the power point instead of leaving it on standby,” Genevieve said.

“Everybody in year 6 has been working on their houses for the past week and we have been collecting materials to use throughout the term.”

Parents and students were invited to a display of the projects yesterday, where the budding conservationists explained how their homes worked.

St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School assistant principal Mick Kennedy said this was the first time the students had done a project like this on such a large scale.

“We have done smaller projects before, but this is the first time the students have made something like this,” Mr Kennedy said.

“The two year 6 teachers who have overseen the project have been outstanding.”



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