School kids' saucy video is a winner

22:51, Nov 25 2013
Woodlands kids
Woodlands School Garden Gurus, from front left, Hendrix Poihipi, 8, Hamish Smith, 8, Tamzin Tomlinson, 9, and from back left, Jack Hurley, 9, Garoth Van der Straaten, 10, Caitlin Stuart, 10, Tessa Baird, 9, Maggie Fleming, 9, and Jessica Smith, 11, celebrate after winning the supreme award at the Great Southern Media Mash.

Tomato sauce and technology - they're not a common combination, but they are a winning mix for Woodlands School in Southland.

A video made by the Woodlands School Garden Gurus, sharing their recipe for tasty tomato sauce, has taken out the supreme award at the Great Southern Media Mash.

The media mash is a competition for Southland schools, celebrating creative ways to use information and communications technology in the classroom.

Teacher Heidi Wilcox said the school's gardening group filmed themselves growing tomatoes and making their Tasty Tomato Sauce to sell to the community earlier this year.

After adding some Masterchef and comedic touches to the film, the group decided to enter it in the competition, she said.


Media Mash committee member Steve Wadsworth said the event was designed to recognise the many creative ways information technology was put to use in Southland classrooms.

"Technology's just part and parcel of 21st century education these days. There's no way around it."

The high quality of entries had made judging difficult, and he expected the competition to get bigger and better next year.

For winning the supreme award, Woodlands School was gifted an iPad mini, as well as a new camera and a $100 Noel Leeming voucher.

Click here to view the media mash entries.

The Southland Times