Education

Festival delights

The annual Puni Multicultural Festival has been a highlight for the Franklin community for 11 years, from its early days at Puni School to the event it has become. This year’s naming rights went to Puni Motors Ltd on Waiuku Road. “It is an amazing opportunity for schools and community groups to come together to perform on stage in front […]

Pukekohe High hosts sevens tournament

On Thursday 12 April, Pukekohe High School hosted the Counties Manukau Secondary Schools Rugby 7s. The event featured Manurewa High School, Wesley College, Alfriston College, Papakura High School, Tuakau College and Pukekohe High School. The grades were Open Girls, Open Boys and U15 Boys. Photos by Richard Spranger.

Sand to Mud champions

Waiuku Lions Nick Herrold visited Glenbrook School to present them with a new piece of silverware. The School were the winners of the Sand to Mud Schools Cup. Glenbrook School had more than 30 student participating in the Sand to Mud fun run which took place on Sunday 8 April. The first six runners in were Hunter Maxwell, Connor Moynihan, […]

Class of 1941 reunite

The Standard 2 class of 1941, from Pukekohe Primary School, have been holding reunions since 1991. This was started by ex pupils after they attended the centennial school celebrations. This year’s get together was held at the Pukekohe residence of Mr and Mrs C. Shaw, with six pupils attending. Memories were exchanged of the past school days. Particular reference was […]

Pukekohe High School jazzing it up

Pukekohe High School’s Jazz band won the Best of Festival Trophy for the most outstanding jazz band at the 41st National Youth Jazz Competition held late in March. The school’s been competing in the competition every year since 2006, however this was the first year for teacher Simon Schofield. In the lead up to the event the students practiced twice […]

United front for head students

On Friday 6 April, students from ten high schools around Franklin, North Waikato and South Auckland met at Franklin: The Centre to discuss how best they can leave a positive influence on their schools. The day was hosted by Pukekohe High School’s head students who said it was a great opportunity to get to know the other head students and […]

New school a step closer

According to Education Minister Chris Hipkins, construction of the new Pukekohe West primary school is set to begin next year. Hon Chris Hipkins says the school, which will initially be called Pukekohe West School, will be built on a four-hectare site in Belmont, and have an initial build roll of 350 students. “Once selected and appointed, the Establishment Board of […]

Adult Literacy Rural Trust’s “Catch up literacy camp”

Being able to read and write is something many adult New Zealanders probably take for granted, however, some New Zealand-born adults are illiterate. The Adult Literacy Rural Trust was started in 2011 to help illiterate adults learn to read and write and this month, from 16 to 20 April, they will be helping 29 boys, aged between 14 and 16 […]

Malcolm Pukeoware proud

Malcolm Laurence is the new Principal of Pukeoware School. Just one term into the job, he’s shown his passion, commitment and encouragement of the students, and their families. Malcolm was formerly deputy Principal at Pukekohe Hill School for ten years, before that he was in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, and Waikato areas. Now, he’s 100 per cent local. “I […]

Franklin Community Toy Library turns 25

It was all family fun, food and old-fashioned party games on Saturday, 7 April, as families from the community celebrated the Franklin Community Toy Library’s 25th birthday. The Toy Library, which started in 1993, has kept going thanks to the time and effort put in by some very dedicated people. Amanda Bailey, the current librarian, welcomed previous librarians and volunteers […]


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