Top pupils driven to school in cool Chevy

JOY RIDE: North Windsor School prizewinners, from left, Reuben Haywood, 11, Emma Riley, 11, Kate Loan, 10, and Alex-Helena Cope, 11, hang out in the bright yellow 1938 Chevrolet Master they arrived at school.
JOY RIDE: North Windsor School prizewinners, from left, Reuben Haywood, 11, Emma Riley, 11, Kate Loan, 10, and Alex-Helena Cope, 11, hang out in the bright yellow 1938 Chevrolet Master they arrived at school.

Four young achievers were the centre of attention yesterday when they arrived at school in a bright yellow 1938 Chevrolet Master.

Windsor North Primary pupils Kate Loan, Emma Riley, Alex-Helena Cope and Reuben Haywood were chaffeured to class in the classic car after receiving the school's top awards at the prizegiving on Monday night.

Sporting cup winner Alex-Helena Cope, 11, said the unusual ride to school was very exciting, but the lack of seatbelts was a little unnerving.

"In the back seat it was scary."

The vintage car belongs to teacher Harry du Mez, who bought it about a week ago, just in time for the end of the school year.

Mr du Mez said despite the car's age, it was safe and very driveable.

He planned to bring the car back for the next few years to treat future prizewinners to a ride.

"It's cool, isn't it? It might start a bit of a tradition," he said.

Last year, prizewinners were treated to a trip in a limousine, donated by one of the school's neighbours.

The yellow Chevy provided a way to continue the custom without having to fork out for a limo, Mr du Mez said.

He hoped the car could inspire younger children to put in more effort in the classroom.

"[Other pupils might think] ‘Look, if I win this cup, work hard at school, I could get to drive in Mr du Mez's car'."

To earn their seat in the vehicle, Kate Loan won the Academic Excellence Cup, Emma Riley won the Citizenship Cup, and Reuben Haywood won the Swimming Cup.

The Southland Times