Education

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 […]

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, […]

Students inspire at Matariki Festival

Six local schools came together recently to celebrate Matariki through Kapa Haka and dance. Waiuku College, Glenbrook, Waiau Pa, View Road, Sandspit Road School and Waiuku Primary schools entertained audiences with their performances. Matariki is a happy time of sharing and caring for the whanau and the community. “This is our second year of celebrating Matariki as a collective and […]

Mycoplasma Bovis taking the ‘calf’ out of calf club days?

The threat of Mycoplasma Bovis has meant a lot of schools in Franklin have said no to calves at Calf Club days. The Ministry of Primary Industries, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand have recommended farmers do not take part in Calf Club days/Ag Days. They advise farmers to reconsider movement of animals that is not absolutely critical in […]

Otaua School vege garden success

Otaua School recently established two new vegetable gardens, with the help and support of local herb growers, Jeanette Rea and Pam Maurice, from Scarborough Fare. A celebration of their success and a special assembly was held on Friday 13 April, before enjoying a delicious morning tea with produce from the gardens. ‘Nature Warriors,’ a student leadership group that run and […]

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 […]

Puni riparian planting project

Hon Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety and Rural Communities visited a riparian planting site on one of the Balle Brother’s farms on Tramway Road, Puni, on Friday 13 April. Four Puni School pupils, Tommy Gibson, Olya Eremee, Nate Molony and RJ Rapi, represented their school admirably when they met with the Minister. While chatting comfortably with the […]

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 […]

Waiuku College head students leading the way

Waiuku College head students are back for 2018, with a focus on bringing community to the school. Head girl Peta Butler, head boy James Hanna-Batty, deputy head girl Sidney McMillan and deputy head boy Andrew Goodare are excited about the year ahead. “It’s about being the role models of the school and maintaining the Waiuku Way which is respect, pride […]


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