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.


All photos remain the property of Pukeokahu School



Second Attempt At Making Slime

Tiana went online and got the method and ingredients on paper so Jen and Mrs Casey could get them at New World.  The first slime we made failed but it tasted really nice. The second slime we made was a pretty pink like soap. It failed. The third slime we made worked. (But we did use a lot of cornflour.)         Isla

When we first made the butter slime it did not work out. But the next time it did and we got to take it home. It was fun making edible slime.   Kawana

Tiana, Isla, Tor, Bayden, Kawana, Pippa and I made slime. On Friday all of us made slime. We made an edible one, a toothpaste one and a shampoo one.   And the most exciting thing was the edible one because we could eat it.     Keeva


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!!

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