Tenison Woods College in Mt Gambier was the host school for the most recent STELR teacher professional learning day. The school recently purchased STELR Renewable Energy and STELR Sustainable Housing class sets. During my visit to Mt Gambier, Sustainability Coordinator, Tom Linnell, explained how students in the school are working with contractors and tradespeople to design clean energy projects to be installed in the school. These include a solar PV array, a wind turbine and a micro-hydro demonstration project.
The school recently won the Mt Gambier Chamber of Commerce Environment and Sustainability Outstanding Business Award in 2017 and were also short–listed for the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize for 2018. During the recent summer holidays, members of the College community travelled to the United Arab Emirates for Abu Dhabi’s ‘Sustainability Week’. Although Tenison Woods College was not ultimately the recipient of the major prize, they sat they will build on the experience and further the College’s awareness and action in the areas of sustainability and student leadership.
Another STELR school, Huonville High School in Tasmania, won the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Global High schools winner (Oceania) in 2017.