Pri­mary school wins global awards

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Pu­taruru Pri­mary School tri­umphed with their J Rock stage chal­lenge en­try this year.

The school’s per­for­mance, The Gift of Tan­garoa, won two ex­cel­lence awards in the Global Rock Chal­lenge Cham­pi­onships which means Pu­taruru Pri­mary is one of the top J Rock schools in the world.

As one of more than 700 school en­tries from Bri­tain, Aus­tralia, Ja­pan and New Zealand, the stu­dents won the Sound­track and Con­cept Orig­i­nal­ity ex­cel­lence cat­e­gories.

Pu­taruru Pri­mary teacher Kerry Far­rant said only three New Zealand schools won global ex­cel­lence awards. The other two were Auck­land schools Royal Oak and Ked­g­ley In­ter­me­di­ate.

‘‘We work hard to as­sure our stu­dents that they re­ally can do any­thing,’’ Ms Far­rant said.

‘‘ J Rock is also a very valu­able way of cel­e­brat­ing our school val­ues of ex­cel­lence, ci­ti­zen­ship and life-long learn­ing. We are ex­tremely proud of the amaz­ing, tal­ented stu­dents in the team and the adults who sup­ported them.’’

The event is staged each year in New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Dubai, Ja­pan and Bri­tain.

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