Last term, the primary students at Murringo Public School studied an integrated unit of work about Places and Spaces.
The students learned about traditional indigenous shelters, public and private spaces, the way people build houses all around the world and the way that people interact with the spaces around them.
They created artworks using one point perspective to reflect city skylines and spent time in the nature area creating some traditional shelters from found materials.
One part of the unit was about sustainable home design.
The students learned about the features of sustainable homes and the need to build in this way into the future.
Their research project was to design and then build a model of a sustainable home design.
They also had to create an information poster, explaining their sustainable features.
The students presented their designs and ideas at a Design Expo on the last day of school, with other students, families, staff and members of the community attending to ask questions and cast their votes in the design competition.
All of the designs were outstanding and the students put in a huge amount of work.
The winners on the day were:
People's Choice Award - Sienna Wheeler
Most Sustainable Design - Toby Dowling
Aesthetic Award - Sofala Neville
Best Overall Design - Sarah Miller
Teacher's Choice - Rex Sherwood
Highly Commended - Addison Bennett
According to James Cook University sustainability can be defined as the ability to maintain healthy environmental, social and economic systems in balance, indefinitely, on a global and local scale.
There are three main pillars to sustainability that include:
or are more commonly known as