Te Poi School earns film contest victory
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.