Some students from Room 17 with their siblings, recently entered a competition  by Play it Strange Trust and Huawei called “The 100 Piano Project”.  The competition was giving away 100 pianos to New Zealand schools.  The children were challenged to create an original song, poem, story or artwork that needed to include the subject of a piano.

Here is what the Matipo kids created:

We were so happy to hear that the song “Play Together” was one of the winning entries, winning a brand new piano for Matipo!

Last Friday, Room 17 invited Mike Chunn from Play it Strange and Huawei’s Vera Wei to their assembly, where they performed the song and revealed the piano to the school.
Mike Chunn also spoke to the school and played on the new piano.

Many thanks to Michael Smith Photography for the photos, and to Play it Strange and Huawei for this wonderful opportunity – and of course – our shiny new piano!

Mike Chunn from Play it Strange tries out the new piano at our assembly.   Photography Michael Smith


Andrew Rosser, Charlie Preston and Oscar Duirs reveal the new piano!  Photography Michael Smith
Room 17 and friends perform the winning song “Play Together” at assembly. Photography Michael Smith
Cleo Duirs, Julia Rosser and Georgia Preston sing “Play Together”. Photography Michael Smith
Andrew Rosser and Charlie Preston rapping     Photography Michael Smith


Room 17 and friends say a big Matipo thank you to Mike Chunn and Vera Wei  Photography Michael Smith