Pukekawa School will celebrate 125 years of educating children in its lovely rural setting in October this year. Former pupils and staff who haven’t visited for some time will notice a lot of changes. The main classroom block still looks pretty much the same, but the staffroom and office are in different locations and the grounds have been beautifully landscaped, with colourful murals further enhancing the plantings. It has a lovely feel to it and if you have a few moments, it’s worth checking out the school’s website – www.pukekawa.school.nz....
These days there are around 110 pupils who go up to Year 6 (previously known as Standard 4). Back in 1957 the roll was around 130, but that included Forms 1 and 2, so it has remained pretty steady over the past 60 years.
On 17 October Pukekawa School will host a gathering to celebrate its 125th anniversary with a formal welcome and performances by today’s pupils, followed by an informal mix and mingle opportunity and photos taken. The annual Calf Club day will take place the day before. Anyone holding fond memories of training their own calf or lamb will be most welcome to attend.
For some photos and more news, visit pukekawareunion202.wixsite.com/reunion 2020. In the meantime, save the date - Saturday 17 October 2020 - and let others know about it.
Each year some amazing musicians perform at Onewhero Society of Performing Arts’ (OSPA) fundraising Gig in the Garden and this year is no exception. Aro are husband and wife duo Emily (nee Rice) and Charles Looker (Ngapuhi), who blend stories in song that express the people, the culture, and the heart of their home country, Aotearoa New Zealand.
Book now for the Gig in the Garden at Bob and Di’s on Saturday 22 February from 5pm at 610 Kohanga Road, Onewhero. Tickets, available through www.ospa.org.nz... are $25 for adults and kids under 16 are free. BYO picnic tea or support Onewhero Rural Fire Force and buy their much sought-after gourmet burgers. Net proceeds will go to OSPA to support local performing arts.