Education

School unites for CanTeen Week

Pukekohe High School held their annual CanTeen week from the 24 to the 28 of September 2018. Organised by the school’s community council, to raise money for CanTeen,  a charity for 13 – 24 year olds dealing with cancer. Events during the week included a Tug of War between sports teams, a Kiwiana themed mufti day, head shaves and a […]

Magical Mauku Country life day

Mauku School held their Country Life Day on Saturday 15 September 2018. With calves, lambs, goats, cats and chickens, there were plenty of animals to see. The magic carpet rides were a hit with the kids, and the bake sale a hit with the parents.  It was yet again a well supported community event. Mauku School held their Country Life Day […]

Words Will Work festival

Franklin Writers Group and South Auckland Writers, are putting together Words Will Work: festival; to be held on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October at Mangere East. This is a first-time festival and it is hoped it will become a biennial event. Sponsorship from Manukau Counties Writers Fund has enabled presentations from 17 already-published Auckland authors; whose workshops will cover […]

Tuakau take third

It was third place for Tuakau College’s ‘Yeetbix’ at the Vector EPro8 Challenge held at Mission Heights Junior College on Monday 3 September 2018.   The team came third in the year nine and ten category. Around 213 teams took part, and competed in 82 science and technology challenges.   Tuakau College Principal Chris Betty said they are all very proud of […]

New primary school principal for ACG Strathallan

ACG Strathallan is delighted to announce the appointment of Kristie Thomas as principal of the Primary School from Term 4. Pukekohe resident Ms Thomas has 14 years’ senior management experience in primary schools including, most recently, three years as Principal of Awhitu District School. In that time she has focused on developing quality individualised learning programmes for students and seen […]

Kingsgate go for good

Kingsgate Primary School shared their pictures of cans for good which finished up last week. The school collected more than 140 cans as part of the Watties Cans for Good programme, aiming to give people in need a helping hand. Students designed a K for Kingsgate, and an Eiffel Tower as part of the display. The cans will now go […]

ECA’s badminton success

Eden Christian Academy (ECA) had a successful badminton season this year with their D Grade teams placing first and second and their C Grade team placing second in the Counties Manakau Badminton competition. Every fortnight they played at the Counties Manakau Courts in Papakura, and many of the students had never played before. Coach Pieter Jansen van Rensburg, said “Badminton’s […]

Franklin Cross Country Zone Day

The forecast was for heavy rain and possible thunderstorms, but in true cross country fashion, the Franklin Cross Country Zone Day proceeded anyway. Held on Wednesday 29 August at the Pukekohe Showgrounds, only the very best made it to Zone Day, with a two-step process required to gain selection. Firstly students had to finish in the top eight runners in […]

Tuakau College’s budding reporters

On Wednesday 22 August I had the privilege of visiting Year 8 students at Tuakau College to talk about newspapers. The students, who are studying newspapers this term, will produce their own two pages of a newspaper by the end of the term with advertisements, articles and cartoons. The kids had lots of questions about all different aspects of newspapers, […]

Onewhero Area School’s ‘Can’ do attitude

Onewhero Area School took part in the Watties Cans for Good intiative, from the 13 to the 24 August, to donate canned food to their local Salvation Army to help those in need. This is the second year Onewhero Area School has done this and students have been well involved. Briar Gray, food technology teacher, said “it’s good to be […]


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