2020 Overnight Rafting Trip

Thank you Ivet’s mum for the photos.

We had good fun playing and exploring in the forest. We had so much fun rafting down the rapids. That was the best part because it was bumpy. We got splashed. Rickon   

It was fun going down the rapids. I liked having river weed fights with everyone. I also liked jumping off the rock. My favourite part was jumping off a rock. Also I liked doing the tracking tunnels with Hunter. Mikaire

When it was the last trip Rickon and I were in a ducky together and he was lying on me. Then we got at the camp and we unloaded all the gear off the big boat. Later on that day we set up our tents and then we went for a swim in the river. The next morning we had a quick look on the rocks for river bugs  and later on we went on the rapids. Then we stopped and we pulled in the rafts. Then we started to walk up the hill. I was the first one at the top. Hunter

On the rafting trip we went swimming in the rapid. When you go down the rapid you can go two ways   when you go the wrong way you have to try to put your foot in the eddy. Keeva and I were in the blue ducky and we didn’t tip at all but we did get stuck about two times. At one point we went on Max’s raft and Mikaire and Hunter went on the blue ducky but Keeva and I got back in the blue ducky. On the last day Keeva and I paddled hard when we were at the back and got to the front.   I can not wait until 2021. Luca

On the school rafting trip Luca and I went in the ducky. On lots of the rapids we got stuck. Luca and I had lots of fun in the ducky. At half way we stopped to have lunch. The lunch was so yummy. After that we swam over to the other side and we jumped off the jumping rock. When we got to camp we had to take all the gear up to the campsite, then we set up camp. After a bit we had dinner and dessert. All of the kids went to bed at like 7:30, 8:00. In the morning we packed up camp. When we were at the end of the trip we had lunch and left. Keeva

We started early in the morning. One by one pupils started arriving at River Valley Lodge. When everyone had arrived my mum/one of the guides started to tell us what was happening. After that we got into our river gear, and set off to the boats where Max gave us a safety briefing. Then we were off! A few hours after we had left it was time for lunch! After lunch most of us went and jumped off the jumping rock right on the other side of the river. Then we were back to work, on the rapids! After another few hours we were at our destination, at camp! Once all the gear was unloaded at the camp and all the tents were up, we could go for a swim in the eddy. Then we did some tracking stuff with Sarah from horizons. Before we knew it, it was time for burgers for dinner and cheesecake for dessert. Then off to bed. During the night no one had a good sleep because the wind was so loud. In the morning everyone was up by 8:30 am, breakfast was bacon and eggs! Then we were straight into our river gear. Once all the gear was back in the boats we hopped back in the river and set off to Tarata. Once we arrived we got dressed into warm dry clothes, and started walking up the hill. When everyone was there we had lunch and it was good. Then we drove back to the lodge and that was our 2020 raft trip! Isla


Prizegiving 2019

Rickon, Mikaire, Hunter, Keeva, Isla and Luca giving their all to singing our Pukeokahu School song.
Our cup winners!
Hunter for the most improved pupil academically and Keeva for the pupil who most demonstrates our Pukeokahu values. Miranda for being an amazing Board chair (sorry Miranda, no cup just our thanks).

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We did it! Pukeokahu has now become a Bronze Level Enviroschool

When we got our bronze enviroschool award most of the community came and participated in the day. They came to see if we had done enough to achieve the bronze award. Rickon’s dad loved going down in the wilderness as some of the parents had helped plant it when they were at Pukeokahu School. We gave speeches to explain what we had done with the worm farm, vegetable garden, wilderness, pool, as well as native tree planting at school and River Valley Lodge. We explained about the pest traps and tracking tunnels. We had painted a river and everyone (including the adults) wrote on water drops about the things we had done as well as what they thought our next steps should be.. They were put into the five guiding streams/principles for enviroschools.

It was a really good day. Thank you Ron, Rowena and Emily

Keeva, Luca, Hunter, Mikaire, Rickon.

Productive Knitters

This photo won a prize from ‘The Sheep’s Back’ company. They felt it showed multi-tasking as the girls were knitting as well as doing their reading – listening to the story before doing the follow up work.

This photo will be used for marketing their product including, featuring on The Sheep’s Back website, and in promoting the Knitting in Schools campaign.



This term we have been learning about coding. Botley has been helping us.

We met Botley earlier this term. First we started practising coding using obstacles, barriers and commands. Now we can make Botley do all kinds of things. Isla

We used coding cards to help us with coding the instructions. He also makes noises when he is going and when you click the sound button. Keeva

We learnt how to use his black line tracks. He gets dizzy when he goes in circles. If you forget to turn him off he makes a noise. Mikaire

We know how to design an obstacle course. Luca

Botley is funny. He makes silly noises when he is moving.Hunter

Botley is the best. Rickon

Rickon and Hunter’s turn to cook lunch for us

Rickon and Hunter are cooking lunch. We are making stuffed baked potatoes and Eton Mess for dessert.  First we washed the potatoes and then cooked them in the oven. When they were cooked we cut them in half, scooped the potato out, mashed it with milk, butter and cheese and stuffed the potato skins. Then we put some bacon on top and put them back in the oven.

For dessert we whipped some cream and put it in glasses with strawberries and meringues and topped them with sprinkles. 

Lunch was delicious.

Rickon and Hunter.  

Making bees wax wraps

All photographs remain the property of Pukeokahu School. Photos by Isla.

Tuesday afternoon Kylie (Rickon’s mum) came to teach us how to make beautiful bees wax wraps (a substitute for plastic wrap to put around our lunches). It was fun and it smelt like honey. When Kylie came she had a heap of extra fabric and might come back so we can make some more.

The class