Pukeokahu is a small, sole charge, full primary school, 30 kms east of Taihape. Located in a rural setting and surrounded by hills and farmland, the school was established in 1902 and moved onto its present site in 1903 when the original school building was completed. The ‘new’ class was built in the 1970s. The windows of the classroom look up at the imposing Aorangi.
The Rangitikei River runs along the base of Aorangi and the school actively encourages EOTC with an annual overnight rafting trip (combined with ecology study), a biennial school camp that always has an large outdoor component, and an annual ski trip. We have recently achieved Enviroschool status and place a strong emphasis on caring for, and enjoying, our environment.
Our community is diverse and made up of families involved in both the farming and tourism industries. Some of those families have had many years of involvement with the school – there are currently members of the fourth generation of a family to attend Pukeokahu at school. We enjoy great parent support and involvement as well as support from the wider community.
Our current role is 5 pupils with some preschoolers waiting in the wings.
Members of our staff are:
Stacey Buchanan – Principal
Sue Whale – Release Teacher
Kylie Gilbert – Teacher Aide and Office Admin
Melissa Megaw – Cleaner
Steve Stoney – Caretaker