Pukeoware School children made a splash at Whiteside Pools on Friday at the school’s annual Swimming Sports and Fun Day. With a combination of great weather and children ready, the competition proved to be fast and friendly.

The Senior Syndicate raced competitively throughout the day, with children earning points for their house.  Aroha claimed the top spot in the house competition with a total of 111 points, followed by Toa, Mana and Kaha.

The Junior Syndicate tested their water skills in the pool in a variety of simple activities, followed by free play.

The behaviour of competitors provided a good demonstration of the school’s core principles, including aroha (caring), which was shown in all events and on the sidelines, with plenty of support for all the swimmers, regardless of age or house.

Pukeoware School Principal Eamonn Kelly said it was a fantastic day and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  “What was most rewarding was the levels of aroha shown by the senior students towards the juniors,” he said.

Paris McDonell Murdie, Hannah Mercer, Zaria Porter, and Olivia Lowe dress in House colours

Swim Sports 1: Yr 7/8 teacher Ellena Wilcox, Octavia Torpey, Principal Eamonn Kelly and Tempest Spires enjoyed competing in the House Relay

Paiton Taylor, Tahlia Costello and Ava Hughes enjoy the day

Kaha House Captain Korbyn Thomas dressed in green