Zero Waste

Mrs Goodall

Last week, Mrs Goodall from Zero Waste, came to teach us about reusing, recycling and composting. We learned how to read the recycle triangle – in Taihape it has to be between 1 & 5. She showed us how we can reuse and recycle like turning cans into telephones or stilts.

Do you know that 3,000,000 cubic metres of rubbish is put into landfills each year. In one week New Zealand makes enough rubbish to fill a 30 storey building – that’s like the Sky Tower. Mrs Goodall explained how landfills work. She gave us a booklet that had recycling activities in it.

At one point Mrs Goodall took us outside to explain about how tree roots work and where the drip line is.

After morning tea we learned about compost – what you can put in and what you cannot.


After lunch we got to make our own compost. Mrs Goodall showed us how to make a worm farm using compost, nitrogen and carbons. We got to put some dragon fruit in our compost but you cannot use citrus fruit, onions, meat or bread. Then we made farms in clean milk bottles and Mrs Goodall gave us some of her tiger worms to put in them. We learned a lot about tiger worms like they have five hearts. Do you know that the scientific name for tiger worms Eisenia Fetida. A tiger worm can eat its body wait in a day.

We are looking forward to making a worm farm for school next term. Yah!!!

Hart Sports

On May 21st it was iBike4 Kids. We had a race on our bikes with other kids and it was fun. We won a $500.00 voucher for sports equipment. We used it to buy heaps of stuff like a dart set, a croquet set, a boxing bag and gloves and a free skipping rope. We got a score board, gear for an egg and spoon race, 2 scooter boards, and a court marking set and a ball each.We have been having fun with our new gear.




Sunday the 21TH of May.

Almost all the kids from the coolest school ever – Pukeokahu School – went to i-Bike and won $500 dollars!

Bill Russell from Hart Sport came to our school to present the voucher and he brought his little dog inside school. The puppy was adorable. (I was the one that received the voucher).

On the 14 of June the kids at Pukeokahu school ordered the sports equipment. We got to choose the equipment ourselves. On the 16th and 19th of June our sports equipment arrived. It was so exciting. The kids at Pukeokahu school got the sports equipment we all deserved. We got….

Rubber chickens, farm animals-we got a pig and a elephant, also a lizard, a turtle and a whale, egg and spoon sets, boxing equipment, a safe target set,  1-2-3-4-5-6 mats, two scooter boards with four wheels! three legged bands, a Croquet set, a Tug-a-war rope and a score board. On the box it read thank you for ordering. Inside that box was seven balls and seven packets of lollies! (I ate all of mine after school.)  Pippi, Bayden, Keeva, Tiana, Victoria and I were wondering why the balls and lollies were there. We said, “We didn’t order this.” But on the top of the box it said thank you for ordering          

                                              Written by Isla   


         Day 1

We, the kids at the amazing Pukeokahu School, went to ibike and won $500! Can you believe that!?!? $500?!

      Day 2

“So children” said Mrs Casey “time to choose our gear”

“Yay!” the kids said.

Day 3-4

 “Morning and wow look at that equipment!”

The first thing the kids saw was an egg and spoon race. (medium size). My favorite is the boxing bag. At the end of the day it’s all about participation (and the  $500!)

Thank you for reading Bayden



On Sunday it was iBike4Kids. We won $500 dollars. We have won three times in a row now.

Mrs Casey said, “Let’s do our jobs first and then we will open the hart sport stuff that we got.”

“YAY!! we all said and rushed to get all our jobs done.

I pulled out a pretend whale, a pig, elephant, a frog and a turtle for when Rickon and Lochy come to our school. We also got the gear for a three legged race and an amazing punch bag with boxing gloves. There was a safety dartboard set and  very cool scooter boards. It was my first turn on one today. We got an awesome tug-a- war rope, and a court marking set as well as egg and spoon gear. I have not had a turn yet. There was an amazing croquet set and a score board. Thank you so much for the $500 hundred dollar voucher.



On Sunday the 21st of May  it was iBike 4 Kids. A little school called Pukeokahu won $500. Bill Russell from Hart Sport brought the voucher to Pippa, Keeva, Isla, Bayden and Victoria. We were the ones who did iBike 4 Kids. It was fun. We counted up all the money and we bought a two metre tug of war rope, a boxing set with a free skipping rope, a safety  dartboard set, a croquet set, an egg and spoon race set, a three legged race, a court marking set, a score-board, two scooter boards that are blue and red and some animal bean bags. In one of the boxes they sent a soccer ball and lollies. On the soccer ball there where a sticker and on the Sticker it said thank you for ordering but Pippa, Bayden, Isla, Keeva, Victoria and Mrs Casey Said …… We did not order this. We all said hooray!

By Victoria .   


On Sunday the 21st of May it was iBike 4 Kids. We won $500 dollars and we spent it on sports equipment. We got a boxing set, a few beanbags, the gear for an egg and spoon race, a dart set, and a tug-a-war  rope. Now we play with it all the time because it is so much fun. We  had so much fun at ibike 4 kids.














iBike 2017


Early Sunday morning, some of us went to the very exciting, but cold, iBike for Kids. There were a lot of other kids there and they were shoving through the line and pushing Isla and Tor’s bikes.

When it was our turn to race, we got cold waiting at the start. Once it started we raced as fast as we could. Someone’s chain fell off and Bayden had to skid to the side.

Tor went a few of metres and then crashed into a couple of other bikes.

Isla was ahead of the Pukeokahu kids at the start but then Tor zoomed past and Isla didn’t see her throughout the whole race.


Some of us got spot prizes. It was fun.

Written by Isla, Tor, Bayden, Keeva, Pippa

Photos by Jen and Janey.


River Valley Sleepover


Our local River Valley Lodge at Pukeokahu very generously let us stay for a one night sleepover during the school week. Look at us enjoying a warm spa at the Lodge. It is hard work, as you can see!



VERY wet weather prevented us from our stream study because the normally sedate, picturesque Rangitikei River became a raging torrent…..



However, that didn’t stop us having the traditional sausages, with copious dollops of tomato sauce.


Thank you, River Valley Lodge!!

Our new table and chairs

On the last day of term Mr Blakiston came and built our new table and seats for the pool area. We all had a try at hammering the slats in place. ‘No fingers were harmed in the making of this furniture’.

Now we just have to wait until next summer.

Later that day we got creative and made some yummy treats for Easter. What a great way to end the term.


Luca’s Farewell

Yesterday we were very sad to have a farewell for Luca. At lunch time parents came with delicious party food so we could have a shared lunch. Luca’s mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt came along too. Luca’s mother made a scrumptious chocolate cake with ‘exploding’ gooey  Easter eggs on top. We are very sad that Luca is leaving and we will miss her because she makes us laugh with her crazy karate chopping, her jokes, her positive attitude and her smile.

Good luck at your new school Luca. We will miss you and we hope you make lots of new friends and have fun. Don’t forget to come back and visit……

Rafting Trip

It  was fun in the rapids. We went swimming. There was also two big rapids that we had to hop off the raft.  When we hopped out of the raft it was a little while until we went swimming. I had so much fun.   We all had burger for dinner. We had roasted marshmallows. In the night we played Chubby Bunny. I won Chubby Bunny. I slept with my mum. My favourite bit was everything. By PippaDSCF6552

We had a funny toilet. We played Chubby Bunny. We swam in the river. We went on the raft through the rapids. My favourite bit was the rapids because it was bumpy on the rafts. I had so much fun. It was fun when we made some huts and Courtney made a hut for Keeva. We even made huts for our own teddies and we made a pretend spa. We brushed our teeth by the river. The water was really fresh.   By Luca


On Thursday all seven children went on a rafting trip  I was going down the big current and I nearly went down the other way. I also had a wiggly tooth and I wondered if my tooth would fall out. I had so much fun. I wish I could do it again and I will.   Keeva  


On Thursday we went on a school camp. We went there on a raft. When we got there we made a hut.

Afterwards we  went swimming in a rapid.

At 5:30 We brushed our teeth in the river. We used our imagination to make restaurants and houses for everybody. Everybody liked it. The whole school slept in cosy tents. I don’t think it could be any better. Four cheers for River Valley! Mrs Casey said that if it wasn’t for  River Valley we would have paid thousands of dollars for the trip. By Bayden


On  Thursday  the school was going to have a school camp. First we put the wetsuits on. Then we walked down  to the raft. We hopped in the raft and we were off. Max  took  all the luggage. He got a reward. It  was a marshmallow. When  we got there, we set up the tents. Then we got to have a swim. We went down the rapids and the strong current took us around back to shore. It was fun when we got splashed by the fast water. Janey and Brian were the lifeguards if we floated down the river. When Mrs Casey went down the river, my mum helped her when she got caught in a current. Janey threw her rope out to rescue Mrs Casey.  Victoria


One  Thursday Lochie, Pippa, Luca, Keeva, Bayden, Tor, Mrs Casey, my mum Janey, my grandad, Kaysanne, Jenny, Courtney, Craig, Max, and I went rafting. It was epic. The ice cold water splashed on my face and everyone else’s. The raft got stuck at the start but luckily my mum, grandad and Max pulled them free. Tor and I opened our mouths and got water in them. It was fun! We also hopped in and out of the rafts. Keeva and I floated down the shallow rapid. When we got there, we set up the tents and put down the bed rolls. Then we laid out our sleeping bags. Afterwards we went for a swim in the cool current by the campsite. While that was happening my grandad set up the funny toilet. Then we built huts and used our imagination and pretended that it was a hotel and started to calm down. We had a delicious dinner. The kids and Mrs Casey played chubby bunny.  After that we found sticks to roast gooey, ooey,  sticky marshmallows on the lava-hot campfire.  We roasted a lot of gooey marshmallows.  Afterwards, the kids brushed their teeth in the warmish river. Lochie was funny when he brushed his teeth. When the kids went to bed in the tents, the adults talked and  talked.  Once it got dark  the adults went to bed too.  

In the morning Tor and I got up first. We waited for grandad to get up and make breakfast, but my mum did it before grandad could. It was delicious!! We had muesli and greek yogurt. We also had sizzling eggs and bacon too!!! After that we went back to the huts and played some more until we had another swim before we left. All of us started to pack away all of the equipment and tents. We all wanted to stay there longer. Everyone got in the rafts and clipped up our helmets and life jackets. Then we set sail for Tarata. Luca wanted to be in the front, so she did. Tor and I still opened our mouths. The rafts bumpty-bumped into a cliff side. It was epic!!! The kids hopped back in the water. I could almost touch the stony, rocky bottom. Jenny usually pulled me up out of the water and into the raft. It took about 45 minutes from overnight camp to Tarata. My mum, Janey, pulled up the school raft that all the school kids and Mrs Casey were on. My grandad Brian pulled up the raft with little Lochie in it. We all had to walk up the big hill. It took almost an hour to walk up the hill!!!!! Then we all got changed out of our cold wetsuits and life jackets and had some lunch. Then we got in the bus and drove off. By Isla