RollerCoaster win for funny flick

TEN-year-old Murwillumbah school student Harry Sherrah who produced a video comedy explaining why Mt St Patrick Primary is “the best school ever” has spent two days with the host of his favourite children's TV show.

Elliot Spencer, the “unique and eccentric” host of the ABC RollerCoaster show, and his crew spent yesterday and Thursday at the school after Harry's DVD won a nationwide competition open to all primary and high school students.

Harry (or Tazza, as he calls himself in the video) and his twin sister Eadie, both in Year 5 at the school, cooperated in making the video and convinced teachers and scores of other students to take part.

The prize was a visit to the school from Elliot and crew who warned they would expect to be met with a “red carpet, jelly beans and a dunking machine or something like that.”

Teacher Brendan Ryan said all three requests had been fulfilled - with the school able to locate a dunking machine, consisting of a chair which tips the adult or child sitting on it into a barrel of water once the target is hit.

The show's producers say Harry's comedy entry - which shows relaxing teachers and wild students - was chosen “as it was funny, creative, entertaining and involved a large group from the school community”.

Harry told Elliot he felt “ecstatic” about winning.

Asked why he entered he said:

“I thought our school's really good ... the best school ever.

“I did drama and I just thought it would be really good to do a funny thing.”

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