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Cambridge Principals' Association (CPA) members visited Tarras as part of a tour of South Island schools. The group went on an annual trip to "see good practice in other schools around the country", CPA chairman and Cambridge Primary School principal Mike Pettit said.
"Every school's a bit different."
Yesterday, after a welcome from Tarras principal Noeline Pullar, the visitors found out what the 25 pupils think about school life and learned what Shrek had done for their school.
Hearing about Shrek's impact had been a drawcard for the visiting principals, as had the school's Enviroschools programme and its small, rural make-up, which was similar to many of the schools under the CPA umbrella.
However, the pupils had been the main highlight, Mr Pettit said.
"The friendliness of the children and the pride and knowledge of their school."
Before the Tarras stopover, this year's CPA trip took in Hillmorton High School and Sumner School, both in Christchurch. Today, the principals will be hosted by Remarkables Primary School in Frankton and Queenstown Primary School, before returning to the North Island.