Kia Ora e te whānau

We have lots of cool things happening this month so we’ll do an update now and again at the end of the month.


We welcome Grace Gilbert and her family who have joined us at school. Normally based in Germany, Grace has come to Pukeokahu School for a few months. She is teaching us a lot about what life is like in Germany and I’m sure we are showing her what country school life is like!

School Life:

It continues to be a busy time for us at school.

Our Year 7-8 students are heading to town weekly for the Primary Technology Programme (PTP) where they are studying woodwork / art with the students at TAS.

We continue to focus on modelling the value of Manaakitanga and showing care towards ourselves and our fellow classmates. For our younger students we have been learning about self regulation. If you come across one of them ask them about Eazy Peasey, Lemon Squeezy, Kara Freezy and Mary Cherry.

Make Day Friday is still very popular. This week we were gifted some sausages and carrots from Tom – thanks Tom! We decided to have a sausage sizzle picnic as part of Make Day Friday. Earlier in the day we’d listened to the story ‘The Little Red Hen’ which, as the kids put it, is about doing the ‘mahi’ to get the ‘treats’. That meant we had plenty of helpers to get the kai sorted. Different groups took responsibility for a different part of the meal. Rickon, Johnan and Charlie set up a lovely picnic area for us outside. Charlie, Mikaire and Kawana cut up the carrot sticks. Keeva and Luca cooked sausages for us. Te Awa, Skyler, Grace, Kaylee, Lennon and Te Rau helped make the pita chips and dip.

There is so much valuable learning that occurs during times like this. We chat away about the different kai, names of things (vocab learning), quantities (measurement), follow a process (maths, literacy and digital technology), sharing and taking turns (key competencies)…the list could go on.

Once all the kai was ready we had a lovely picnic outside in the winter sun. Check out these pictures.

Happy Friday all!

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