Competition. A golden token hidden in each edition of the Circular Head Chronicle for the past seven weeks has been eagerly found and stashed for the win.
Redpa Primary School started the final week of term with the news the school had won the Chronicle’s latest competition, including not one but two prizes!
Open to all schools throughout the region, the competition called upon students, staff, family members and friends to support a local school in collecting tokens for the chance to win.
The grand prize of $1000 was awarded to the school which collected the most tokens relative to the number of enrolled students.
A class prize, $100 to spend at Smithton IGA, went to the class that collected the most tokens.
Redpa, with its 42 students, collected 185 tokens to average 4.4 tokens per student.
Principal Sarah Cuthbertson said the school was over the moon to learn of the news on Monday morning, the competition drawing the community even closer.
“What a legendary community, definitely one of the reasons why this is the best place in the world to live and bring up a family!
“Our community is always ready to pitch in and support others when needed; whether it be in unfortunate circumstances, helping out the footy club, the school, making meals for a new mum, community members making cakes for a school cake raffle, the examples are endless!”
She described the win as “community-powered”.
“The children have great pride in seeing their efforts be successful and [this] helps to develop an understanding of what we can achieve when we work together.”
The winning kinder-prep-grade one class now plans to host an end of term event this week and will invite older students to join the fun.
With new pushbikes on students’ wish lists, Mrs Cuthbertson said this would likely be how the $1000 grand prize will be spent.
“Our current bikes are worn and a few are unusable so new bikes provides a great opportunity for children to participate in some physical activity and engage in social and imaginative play with their friends on the bike track.”