TALK about punching above their weight.
From a school of just 103, 18 performers from the Anakie State School blitzed older and bigger rival schools to win the $4000 best overall talent and another $100 for best dance troupe at the Stock up for Hope Battle of the Schools in Capella last weekend.
Teacher Carley Bettienes was justifiably proud.
"We had students from Prep to Year 7, mainly from the junior school though," Ms Bettienes said.
"It was a complete surprise, a great surprise.
"The reaction from the students was a lot of screaming and jumping for joy... they were very happy.
"We were up against a lot of high schools so it's a really good result, and definitely unexpected because there were a lot of good acts out there."
Ms Bettienes, who also choreographed the winning dance routine, said the money would go toward school resources.
"We would really like to thank all the parents who took the time to get the kids there," she said.
"Without them, it wouldn't have been possible and they deserve a big thank you."
The Central Highlands council has also opened the Sapphire Aquatic Centre to the school students for some much-needed relief from the heat.
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