Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Local Schools Win Big Muffin Break

Media release: March 21, 2012

Local Schools Win Big Muffin Break

Two primary schools have won the chance to kick start their annual fundraising thanks to the Muffin Break Great Bake Sale.

Pompallier Catholic School from the North Island and Gilberthorpe School from the South Island are the lucky winners of the national Muffin Break Great Bake Sale.

Students around the country were invited to enter their school into the Great Bake Sale through Muffin Break's Facebook page to win the ultimate fundraiser.

Schools, teachers, students, parents and friends all rallied to get votes for their school and make it to the top of the National Leader Board in the five week long competition.

Muffin Break General Manager Garry Croft says the Great Bake Sale was an excellent way for schools throughout New Zealand to get their local community behind them and give their fundraising efforts a helping hand.

"At Muffin Break we pride ourselves on our community involvement. We are thrilled at the success of this campaign and the way we have been able to engage with so many schools, pupils and their families. We congratulate Pompallier Catholic School and Gilberthorpe School on their outstanding wins."

"We know that fundraising is sometimes difficult for smaller schools so we are hoping these muffins will be the kick start they need," says Croft.

Both of these schools managed to get enough votes to top the leader boards for their respective islands, winning 500 Muffin Break muffins to sell to raise funds for their school.

Pompallier Catholic School received 379 votes, while Gilberthorpe School received 215 votes.

Gilberthorpe School Chairperson, Penny Osborne, says the win is absolutely amazing.

"We are only a small school and for us to win this and get ourselves noticed in the community ahead of some bigger schools is fantastic," says Osborne.

Okaihou Primary School in the North Island and St Patrick's School Kaiapoi in the South Island were runners-up and received 200 muffins each for their own bake sale fundraisers.

St Patrick's School Kaiapoi's Principal Therese Coleman is also delighted by their win.

"This is HUGE for us! With a drop in roll due to the earthquakes our Ministry funding has dropped also, so any fundraising we can do to help purchase resources for the children is welcomed," says Coleman.

Te Kauwhata Primary School and Anderson's Bay School were also the lucky winners of a $500 prize each thanks to Muffin Break for making the biggest improvement to their ranking on the National Leader Board.

Throughout the competition Muffin Break's Facebook page allowed people to spread the word to their friends and family, as well as providing a running leader board that showed schools exactly how they were performing against their competition.

For more information, visit

About Muffin Break:

Encompassing over 200 sweet and savoury muffin recipes, Muffin Break is renowned for their freshly baked goods prepared daily onsite, providing an irresistible range of baked products as well as Muffin Break's distinctive blend of espresso coffee.

Muffin Break first launched in 1989 and has since grown to approximately 250 across New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. The Foodco Group Pty Ltd owns the well-known Muffin Break, Jamaica Blue™, and Dreamy Donuts™ brands.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland