Swimming Sports

Huge congratulations to our swimmers who were like speedy fish in the water on Friday.

In the learner pool, Johnan showed off his cool learning to everyone, including putting his head under the water! Awesome progress. Then Rickon showed us how he can freestyle and backstroke, as well as dive through a hoop.

In the afternoon the length pool events began. In the widths races Mikaire came first in both freestyle and backstroke! Well done to you Mikaire and looks like you’ll be swimming lengths next year!

Both Keeva and Luca swam in the Year 7 girls lengths races with the following results.

Keeva – 1 length freestyle = 1st, 2 lengths freestyle = 1st, 1 length backstroke = 3rd, 2 lengths backstroke = 2nd, 1 length breaststroke = 1st, 2 lengths breaststroke = 2nd, 3 length medley = 1st

Luca – 1 length freestyle = 3rd, 1 length backstroke = 1st, 1 length breaststroke = 2nd.

Following such stunning results both girls have made the Rural School Interschool Team and will represent us this coming Friday (19th March) at the Taihape Interschool Event. We wish them the best of luck!

Huge thank you to the parents / grandparents who came along to support the children. Special shout out to Janey and Melissa for taking part in the parent-student relay at the end where we placed 3rd.

Ripper Skills

On Friday we took a trip around to Te Kura o Moawhango (Moawhango School) as they had invited us to come and join their Ripper Rugby skills session with Simon from Whanganui Rugby. What a fabulous time we had mixing with a different set of children as well as learning some new skills. This kind of social interaction is vitally important with our roll of 5. While we are like one big family and enjoy hanging out together, it is also important that we get out and about with other people.

Check out the pictures of us in action.

Rafting, Caterpillars and Tadpoles

Wowser! It’s been a busy start to the term.


Last week we went on our annual raft trip. It happened to coincide with two days of freezing weather so we decided to camp overnight at the Lodge rather than down the river and have a 1 day scenic trip. It was a great time to bond (girls vs boys) with each other and take part in some outdoor learning experiences.

At the Lodge we learnt about tracking or trail signs then made trails for each other to follow. We made our pizzas for Roger to cook in the pizza oven and watched a movie. On river we had many chances to challenge ourselves. Janey taught us about safe river crossings and we had several practices at that. For some of us the water was very swift and it scared us! We spent some time checking for invertebrate in the water, however it was super cold at our lunch stop so we didn’t stay there long. Near the end of the trip we were allowed to jump into some small rapids and practice rapid position which is on your back with your feet facing down river. Entertaining to watch and for those in the water it pushed them to their limits of challenge.

A HUGE thank you to Janey, River Valley Lodge, Ollie, Kylie, Roger B, Roger G and Melissa for helping us during our trip. Without this help we couldn’t take part in such amazing experiences.


In the classroom we are caring for and learning about the life cycle of both frogs and monarch butterflies. It’s been exciting for us all (adults included) to watch the daily changes, especially the caterpillars who seem to grow before our eyes.

Check out the photos of what we’ve seen.

We are back!

Welcome back to the 2021 school year.

We’ve hit the ground running at school and had lots happening in our first week.

On Monday we welcomed Johnan Gilbert to the school. We wish Johnan the happiest of school days!

Over the holidays our woodwork table arrived and goodness it has been well used already by all ages and stages at the school.

On Thursday Rowena from EnviroSchool’s came to visit to help us learn more about native bats. After a morning in the classroom we ventured out to the Pukerimu Bush to explore the area and see if it would be a suitable place for bats to live. We found old, hollow trees along with water and open areas, all of which are ideal for bat habitation. Our plan now is to head back one evening soon and see if we can hear bats in the area. A big thank you to Roger and Kylie for escorting us to the bush.

While we were out exploring the bush Tararua Line Marking arrived to smarten up our concrete areas. It was super exciting to return to school and see a ROAD painted on the concrete along with Twister, hopscotch, snakes n ladders, four square and tic tac toe.

The remainder of the term proves to be just as busy with the raft trip coming up in Week 3, athletics and swimming sports among other things.

Check out the pictures from our first week….

Mad Monday

Luca:  I dressed up as Izobie. Doing all the art stuff was so much fun.

Kawana: On Mad Monday I painted my face and we did mad activities. One game was Angry Tag. Later we had a leaf fight. For the last activity we had to create where our character came from. Mine was an army base.

Hunter: On Mad Monday everyone dressed up. Annie dressed up like a creepy little girl.

Keeva: On Mad Monday, in the last week of the school term, everyone at Pukeokahu dressed up. My sister and I dressed up as Thing One and Thing Two. Mrs Casey was in her pyjamas and dressing gown. Hunter didn’t dress up, so Mrs Casey let him wear some of her clothes.

Science Fair


For the Science Fair, the judges said, “Great idea and good photos. Your idea needs a little more work to get results that we can test. What happened with the drink test? A little more detail would have been good.”     Keeva




When we went to the Science Fair we saw heaps of cool science projects. The judges commented on our science.

They said, “Great problem solving going on here. You figured out the problem you had and came to a logical conclusion. Your photos show a great process and teamwork. Well done.”  Kawana






On the day the science fair was on, we looked at all the projects. The project that Kawana, Hunter and I did was called “Rocket Boat.”

The judges’ comments were, “Great problem solving going on here! You figured out the problem you had and came to a logical conclusion. Your photos show a great process and teamwork well done!”




The Science Fair was on Monday the 25 of June 2018. I read the judges’ comments. It said, “Great idea and good photos!

Your idea needs a little more work to get results that we can trust. What happened with the drinks test?  A little more detail would have been good.”

Keeva and I forgot to do the drink test – one of the most important tests.

We had lots of fun.    Tor



For the Science Fair, the judges commented on my work and they said…..

“Gosh, you had to work hard to fix these problems. Good on you for not giving up and continuing to research instead. Your results are a little confusing so more detail would have been good.”

I wasn’t actually there, but the Science Fair sounded fun!      Isla.



For the Science Fair, the judges said, “A good idea for an investigation. A simple method gave you a clear set of results. For next time think about a graph of your results and evaluating your experiment.”

At the Science Fair, there were lots of cool experiments. The one I liked the most was the growing gummy bears. All you need is:

16x gummy bears. 

4 containers.




White vinegar.

Lemon juice.


Red wine vinegar ½ cups.

Even though I didn’t win. I loved that we got the chance to participate in the Science Fair.    Tiana


Zero Waste


On Monday Mrs Goodall came and showed us how to make little pets out of cans. I made a chicken with eyes and a beak.


On Monday the 18th Mrs Goodall came to teach us about reusing, recycling and compost. Once she had finished talking to us about it we made our own recycled pencil holders! I tried to make a ladybird it didn’t work out how I wanted it to. Once we all had finished we learnt about water. It was really fun


On the 18th of June Mrs Goodall (from Zero Waste) come to our school. She told us how to make pencil holder. I made a bunny. Two people made a bunny.


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