St Therese’s aiming to break through

ST THERESE’S Primary School students are putting the final touches to their human-powered vehicles ahead of today’s Energy Breakthrough competition.
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Thirty-two grade 5 and 6 students will take part in the annual Maryborough event, hoping they will go one better and become this year’s champions.

The RACV Energy Breakthrough competition is an event where school communities work together to design and construct a machine that represents an energy breakthrough.

The school has taken part in the event for more than 10 years and as part of the preparation for their journey to Maryborough, Father Andrew Fewings blessed both students and teachers.

Energy Breakthrough co-ordinator Gabrielle Walsh said it was tradition to have Father Andrew come to the school every year.

She said it was about wishing the participants safe travels.

Mrs Walsh said more than 80 students had applied to take part in this year’s Energy Breakthrough.

“We have been working hard since April,” she said.

“There is a mix of boys and girls and grade 5 and 6 students.

“We have done training at Tom Flood, bike rides on the weekends, and we have done a lot of fund-raising.”

Mrs Walsh said there were many schools taking part in this year’s competition.

“The human-powered vehicles will race all day today until 9pm at night and then they will get up at 6am and race again,” she said.

Mrs Walsh said Energy Breakthrough was not all about constructing vehicles, it was about learning about energy.

“We have spent three months learning about renewable energy, greenhouse gases and alternative energy sources to better our world,” she said.

Energy Breakthrough runs at Maryborough until Sunday.

RARING TO GO: Father Andrew Fewings blessed St Therese’s Primary School’s Energy Breakthrough team and their vehicles before they headed off to Maryborough. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

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