Cham­pion chant a big hit

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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 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.

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