Champion chant a big hit
An awed hush descended on Holy Family School’s breakfast club last Thursday when Saints basketball player Steven Adams stood up and revealed his full seven-foot height.
Whispers and giggles soon subsided as Mr Adams congratulated the pupils for winning a Heart Foundation ‘‘ Chant for your Champion’’ song competition, netting the school $1000. Holy Family beat 40 schools nationwide to come first-equal in the competition with an Auckland school.
Mr Adams was not the only cause for excitement at the school’s breakfast party – a crew from television show What Now filmed the school receiving the prize, a certificate and a plaque from a Heart Foundation representative.
A group of 17 senior Holy Family students, who call themselves the Polynesian Dragons, wrote lyrics for their song Breakfast Eaters, which promotes eating healthy breakfasts and pays tribute to the Welsh rugby team, whom Porirua will host for the Rugby World Cup.
Their catchy chant has the chorus, ‘‘Breakfast eaters have more fuel for work and school’’ – a key Heart Foundation message which NBA hopeful Mr Adams reinforced on Thursday morning.
The Polynesian Dragons posted a video of themselves singing and rapping their song on YouTube, where it has gained 700 views. That’s a remarkable number, as many of the students’ families don’t have computers, Holy Family deputy principal Caron Watson said.
The school will spend the $1000 voucher prize on a microwave, a food processor and nice cutlery for the breakfast club, which feeds 30 or 40 children daily. Using the money to buy food, which is soon eaten, would not give the kids a sense of achievement, Ms Watson said.
‘‘We want the kids to be able to say ‘ we won that microwave’.’’
Breakfast Eaters, penned by teacher aide Metua Tengaru, became a hit among schoolchildren, to the point of driving the teachers crazy, Ms Watson said – but its catchiness was a testament to the children’s talent.
Polynesian Dragon Tyreek Fuiava, 11, said his favourite part of the competition was seeing himself rapping on the video.
To watch Holy Family’s chant visit youtube.com and search ‘‘Polynesian Dragons Breakfast Eaters’’.
Munch bunch: Breakfast fans and Wales supporters Jayne Malu-Fuimaono, 10, and Tyreek Fuiava, 11, have helped win Holy Family School $1000 in a songwriting competition. Saints basketballer Steven Adams congratulated the songwriters at the school last week.