PREPPIES WIN: The Glennie Heights preppies have taken out the best school tree for Jumpers and Jazz and (from left) Matthew Hinkley, Luca McKenzie, Jackson Hildred, Molly Cowling, Neveah Busittil and Kiarra Freeman are mighty proud of their efforts.
PREPPIES WIN: The Glennie Heights preppies have taken out the best school tree for Jumpers and Jazz and (from left) Matthew Hinkley, Luca McKenzie, Jackson Hildred, Molly Cowling, Neveah Busittil and Kiarra Freeman are mighty proud of their efforts. Jonno Colfs

Warwick students wow with interest-string entry

EACH year the Prep students at Glennie Heights are given the special privilege of preparing the Jumpers and Jazz tree jumper entry.

Though they are the smallest and newest members of the school, their talent has earned them first place int he school tree jumper competition.

Prep teacher Julie Nelson said the Preppies were rapt to be named as the winners.

"There are 26 pot plants in the tree - one for each child, which they will take home at the end,” she said.

"They are very excited they have won.”

The school tree is always reserved for the Prep students, with the rest of the school working on a tree in the CBD.

Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine said judges of the annual competition were blown away by the students' interpretation of the theme, string.

"We have entries from all over the Southern Downs this year,” she said.

"Smaller schools such as Dalveen, Murrays Bridge, Freestone, Yangan and Wheatvale spend a lot of time creating wonderful displays for us to look at.

"Choosing a winner is always difficult but this year is has been especially hard as the entries are just fabulous.”

Mikey Dwan from the Jumpers and Jazz in July advisory team also assisted in the judging process and enjoyed seeing the many different ways that the theme was interpreted.

"Most of the schools used a lot of string and recycled materials in their entries,” he said.

"The stories and poems written by the students are very clever and lovely to read.”

Ms Devine said there was tough competition for first place.

"Second prize was awarded to Central State School for their amazing display of a puppet parade,” she said. "Third prize was awarded to Yangan State School for their beautifully artistic entry using hessian, cardboard and twine.”



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