Te Poi School earns film con­test vic­tory

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Mata­mata’s tiny Te Poi School has taken out the An­other Hi­tachi Day com­pe­ti­tion ahead of schools from across New Zealand.

The com­pe­ti­tion in­volved tak­ing a typ­i­cal out­door ac­tiv­ity or sit­u­a­tion, such as surf­ing or a kiwi bar­be­cue, and recre­at­ing it in­doors.

A team of five stu­dents from room 9 took up the chal­lenge and filmed a short clip of stu­dents rid­ing the fly­ing fox right into the class­room. ‘‘We had to use the grass as a green screen,’’ crew mem­ber Casey Jones said. ‘‘We stood on a lad­der and filmed each of us on the fly­ing fox, and then we filmed the class­room and used the com­puter to mix the two im­ages together.’’

The school won a Hi­tachi heat pump and $500 cash by earn­ing votes on­line.

Prin­ci­pal Linda Wool­house said it was amaz­ing the way the com­mu­nity had sup­ported the school.

‘‘We had peo­ple ring­ing in find­ing out how to vote, par­ents set­ting their oven timers so they could vote ev­ery hour, even the other Mata­mata schools were vot­ing for us,’’ she said.

‘‘That’s what has made it so spe­cial for us – ev­ery­body be­ing in­volved.’’

The money will go to­wards ad­di­tions to the school’s li­brary.

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