St Joseph's Timaru has been awarded a new prize but a very old trophy.
For being the school with the most students pro rata participating in the Hadlow to Harbour event this year, they won the new Rotary schools award.
It is the first time the award has been given but the trophy has been around for over 100 years, according to Timaru North Rotary member Rose Regenvanu.
The trophy is made from one of the first fence posts used at a Hadlow property. When deciding what the trophy should look like, the club wanted something different and the 150-year-old post donated by Rob Rhodes made for a unique award.
Mrs Regenvanu said it is completely "as is" with staple, moss and even a trace of bird poo varnished over.
This year the award goes to the school with the largest number of online tickets bought for the Rotary-organised Hadlow to Harbour event.
St Joseph's Timaru had 42 students participating - 25 per cent of the school. Timaru Boys' High School was next with 17 per cent.
The award is to encourage schools to buy tickets together and build a sense of community around the event with the incentive being the new trophy.
Mrs Regenvanu said the club hopes to build up friendly competition between schools.
The school was awarded the trophy at the assembly yesterday by Timaru North Rotary club representatives and will be displayed at the school until next year.
- The Timaru Herald