Solar success for school

November 29, 2017

Parent Corey Rogers, teacher Clark Pettigrew, parent Robert Morley, students Josh Rogers, Mason Papadopoulos, Danielle Jarman, Stephen Morley and Ryan Lee.

Students gather together at Hamilton Secondary College, Adelaide.

People gather around to practice with the solar boats.

Congupna Primary School sailed into second and third place at the Australian-International Model Solar Challenge on Sunday.

Principal Adam Cleary said it was a great achievement for the Years 4, 5 and 6 students who worked hard to create the best solar powered boats they could.

The school has been entering the Victorian Model Solar Challenge for a number of years and has consistently done well.

This year the school was fortunate to have two teams, Sea Shockers and Solar Smashers, make it through to the national competition in Adelaide.

Sea Shockers took second, while Solar Smashers came third.

Mr Cleary said the school was thankful to the community for their ongoing support in helping the students go to Adelaide.

‘‘For a lot of them it was the first time they left the state or boarded an aeroplane or left home,’’ he said.

Mr Cleary said taking second and third place in a national competition was a great way to finish the year.

‘‘They really have done a fantastic job this year and everyone’s been so supportive in the Goulburn Valley,’’ he said.

Congupna Primary School is thankful to the following sponsors: The Fairley Foundation, Goulburn Valley Trades and Labour, Deakin University, Scienceworks, Moretto Building, Zeerust Plumbing and Gas and Kiwanis Club of Shepparton Sunrisers.

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