Native Tree Planting

Yesterday Pukeokahu School and some of the Playgroup went to River Valley Lodge to measure the trees we planted two years ago.

fullsizeoutput_bf2Then we all down to the old slip area, behind the Lodge’s  vegetable garden, and Brian Megaw showed us how to plant a native tree.


All the trees had been spaced out ready for us to plant so we went and stood beside the first tree we wanted to plant. Brian and Janey dug the holes for us so we could plant them.

First we put in a fertiliser pellet at the bottom of the clay, then we covered it with soil. We measured the plant in the hole to make sure it was deep enough and then we took the plant out of its pot, loosen it’s roots and then placed it carefully in the hole.


Then we packed soil all around the plant. A coconut pad was put around the little plant to stop the grass from growing over it.


The next step was to put a plastic tube around the plant and then put four canes inside the tube to hold it in place.


Once we had finished our first tree we were able to go and plant another. We planted about five or six trees each. We will be going back to check on them.

Tor, Kawana and Pippa


My mum is in the photo. She is digging a hole for me to plant a tree. It was so much fun. One of my friends was helping me. Keeva

On July the fourth, 2017 we went down to the slippy and slidey native tree area, of River Valley Lodge, where we last planted trees. They were taller than us now. When Isabel and I went to see our flax  Isabel said “ run from the pink zombie!’’ the pink zombie was Pippa. Then we went to our next  tree planting area on the old slip. There were a lot of trees, but we did not get them all done. At the end Isla thanked Brian.  Bayden


Two years ago Pukeokahu school planted lots and lots of trees at the lodge. So on the 4th of July we went back to measure them.  All of us hopped in the cars and went down to the golf course and walked up a big hill. My Grandad (Brian) showed us how to plant a native tree. First you dig a hole and put the plant in it to see if it is the right size hole. Then you put a fertilizer tablet in the hole and put some dirt on top. After you pull off the pot if it doesn’t budge squeeze around the pot and pull the roots of the soil. Then you need to place the tree in the hole and place soil around it. (If you see worms in that’s good).  Afterwards you place the coconut pad around the tree. Place a plastic tube over the tree and put for bamboo sticks into the coconut padding. Once you have done that you are finished and ready to start all over. That was a really fun day we will come back there in two years time and see how big they’ve grown. I thanked Brian, my Grandad, for letting us plant all of the trees.  Isla


A fun day


In this picture Kawana,Tiana,Tor and me are getting ready for an amazing Kapa Haka song. We are at  REAP in Taihape and  we are wearing our fabulous school uniform. Isla

Yesterday at R.E.A.P we had an amazing day. The first haka I learnt was the thrilling kamate.  Bayden  doing the pukana with his mates.


Pippa and I are in the photo we are weaving a four plait tassel for a poi. It was a great day.  Keeva



At kapa haka Tiana, Isla and Victoria were plaiting  four strands of wool into a rope for a  poi. Next term we will make the ball part of the poi.  Victoria  


Yesterday it was kapa haka. This is a photo of some of  the girls plaiting the rope for some poi. Pippa


On the 3rd July it was Kapahaka. Victoria, Holly and I were the kuias. In this photo we are doing E Rere Taku Poi. I am swinging my poi around in circles. It was a fun day. Tiana



River Valley Horses

Yesterday in the afternoon we went down to River Valley Lodge. We rode four horses. I rode Rico down to the river and my friend, Tiana, led me there. Then on the way back I led her. I enjoyed riding the horse and I would like to go horse riding again.


On 29 of June Pukeokahu school went to River Valley Lodge it was amazing. My grandma’s horses were there. I rode my favorite horse  Fat Boy. We took the horses down to the river. It was so much fun. After we had finished Isla and I rode up to my grandma’s house. There were photographers there and they took lots photos of us.     



On the 29 June we went to the amazing River Valley lodge to go for a ride on their horses. We lead the horses around. Bayden was on Tioni while I lead him around and then I hopped on Tioni and Bayden lead Tioni.

That was my first time hopping on a horse and leading it around. I had a great time at the Lodge.



Yesterday we went to the amazing River Valley Lodge by the awesome Rangitikei rapids. The first thing we had to do is get our black,strong helmets. After that we rode and lead the amazingly cute horses. Pippa rode Rico, I rode the famous Tioni, Keeva rode Fat Boy and Isla rode Bailey. Since I rode Tioni I thought I was famous!

Thank you to all the photographers and stable crew.



On Thursday Janey came up to Pukeokahu School in the River Valley Lodge van. We went to the stables and got Bayden, Pippa, Kawana, Tiana and Victoria a helmet. Isla and Keeva helmets are already down at River Valley Lodge. We all got in the van and Janey drove all of us to River Valley Lodge. We walked down to the horses. Janey, Kaysanne and Nicola got four horses for us. We took turns on the horses. Keeva rode Fat Boy down to the river and I rode him back up to the other horses. I felt a bit scared because I haven’t ridden many horses, but it was a lot of fun.



On the 29 of June we – the kids at Pukeokahu school went down to River Valley Lodge in the van. First we went to the dusty stables to pick up helmets. Then we went to the Lodge. There were about nine horses there but we only rode four of them. I rode Bailey, Pippa and Tiana rode Rico, Keeva and Tor rode Fat-boy, and Bayden and Kawana rode Tione. We took the horses down to the river. Bailey was frightened of the river and of the people going on and of the noisy flying fox. I had to hop off Bailey because he was getting way too frightened. There were photographers everywhere! It seemed like they took a zillion photos! I don’t think I will forget that horse ride.



Yesterday, which was Thursday the twenty ninth of June, Isla and Keeva’s mum, Janey, came and picked up all seven of us. We stopped at the stables, and got a helmet. I said,

“Janey are we going to go horse riding?”

Janey said, “I don’t know.”

Once everyone had a helmet we all hopped back into the van. Janey drove us down to River Valley lodge. I saw a white horse and a creamy, cream, white horse. I could see all the horses had saddles on their backs so I said,

“ I think that we are going to ride horses,” and I was right because Nicola came out and said,

“ Ok is everyone ready to ride a horse?”

We all said,

“ Yes!”

We all followed Nicola down to the horses. The first people to ride a horse were Bayden, Isla, Pippa and Keeva. Victoria, Kawana and I were the second to ride the horses. Pippa and I rode Rico, Tor and Keeva rode Fat Boy, Isla rode Bailey, and Bayden and Kawana rode Teoney. Teoney is a famous horse because, he was on tv.

I had to lead Rico down by the river.

Pippa said, “Woah, that was scary!”

Pippa hopped off and then Kaysanne had to push me up onto the horse. At River Valley Lodge, when I was on the horse, Pippa and Isla led the horse back up to where we started, Pippa said,

“ Tiana do you want me to lead the horse around the Kowhai tree?”

“ Yes please,” I said.

So Pippa lead me around the Kowhai tree five times. Pippa went to get Janey to help me get off. Janey came over to help me get off the horse. I slowly slid down. Everyone hopped off the horses and gave them a pat. Mrs Gilbert said,

“Everyone follow me.”

So we all followed Mrs Gilbert to the van and Janey hopped in and drove us all back to school. I had so much fun yesterday. Thank you to the photographers for coming to take photos.



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!!!

By Tiana, Isla, Tor, Bayden, Keeva, Kawana and Pippa


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.


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……