Fairhall pupils go un­der­cover

Marlborough Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT - PAULA HULBURT

An abil­ity to blend in has won pupils at a Marl­bor­ough School first place in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Fairhall School pupils saw off com­pe­ti­tion from pri­mary and se­condary schools across the coun­try to win $3000 worth of prizes for their fun pho­tos.

Judges say it was a close call to pick a na­tional win­ner in the Chameleon Chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tion but chil­dren from Room 8 had proven to be the best.

Cen­tral Heat­ing New Zealand’s na­tional pho­to­graphic com­pe­ti­tion tasked chil­dren with the chal­lenge of blend­ing into their sur­round­ings. The idea of the com­pe­ti­tion was to help teach chil­dren about how an­i­mals can adapt to hide from po­ten­tial preda­tors.

Par­tic­i­pants were judged on their abil­ity to be cre­ative and have fun.

Their pho­tos were taken around the school grounds where they made use of a colourful mu­ral, bark and even a pave­ment.

More than 50 sub­mis­sions, from 10 schools were nar­rowed down to just two. Fairhall School beat Palmer­ston North In­ter­me­di­ate Nor­mal School to be named the win­ner.

Di­rec­tor at Cen­tral Heat­ing New Zealand Lyall Smith says he was ‘‘over­whelmed’’ by the stan- dard of en­tries. ‘‘This com­pe­ti­tion has been a lot of fun for all in­volved. Stu­dents have ob­vi­ously en­joyed tak­ing part and we have ap­pre­ci­ated re­ceiv­ing so many won­der­ful pho­tos. Pick­ing a win­ner was ex­tremely dif­fi­cult be­cause the standard of sub­mis­sions was top notch.

‘‘The com­pe­ti­tion was strong. Fairhall only just pipped Palmer­ston North In­ter­me­di­ate Nor­mal School to be named na­tional cham­pi­ons. I would like to thank every­one that took part and sub­mit­ted pho­tos. Well done to Fairhall’s Room 8 and every­one else who took part in the compe- tition,’’ he says.

Prizes, in­clud­ing three new Chrome Books worth $1200 and a cof­fee ma­chine for its staffroom, were awarded at a special assem­bly at the school on Fri­day.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Us­ing face paint and bark to blend into the play­ground at Fairhall School won pupils a na­tional pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion.

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