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Third place in our Energising Young Minds competition, went to Waikino School, in the Waikato. The school has been awarded a $10,000 grant for solar and tech gear for its students.

Joanna Wheway, Waikino School Principal, says winning this grant is a real tribute to the investment the community has made in their small school – it has been a huge deal and all their hard work has paid off.

“From a teaching perspective, it is an opportunity to get some funding that is purely tagged to learning. It’s not funding that will go into the running of the school – like operations and wages – it will go to enhancing the children’s learning which is so awesome. The kids will be so excited,” said Wheway.

Members of the Genesis team visited Waikino in person on Monday to give them the news. Some of the Waikino students took them for a wander around their native bush surrounding the school after the presentation, showing off the beauty of their local area – which they are clearly very proud of.