By Bridget Davidson
Purakanui School had a busy term 1 with our Kiwiana theme, learning all about the geography of New Zealand and what makes us unique as New Zealanders. Our Year 7 and 8 students and Mr Cook had a great camp at Quarantine Island with seniors from other schools in our cluster. We have had school swimming at Port Chalmers' pool every Tuesday afternoon and two triathlons – one at Warrington Beach, the WAWA Challenge, and one at Macraes Flat. Congratulations to all the teams and individuals in these events who competed very enthusiastically, with many gaining places. We were also part of the Waikouaiti Music Jam which took place on 4 April.
A very successful weekend on the Rail Trail was enjoyed by 12 children and 11 adults in mid-March. Some of our students biked 56 km from Ranfurly to Omakau on the first day, which was a superb effort. The second day was shorter, being rained off at Chatto Creek after 12km. We all enjoyed hot chocolates to dry out.
We are currently having Cybersafety workshops to help parents and children to learn about responsible use of the Internet. Our end of term community assembly happened on 4 April with a pot luck supper afterwards.
Mrs Allen has recovered from her knee operation and thanks to all our relievers who helped Mr Cook run the school while she was away.
Check out further school information and news at www.purakanui.school.nz. Don't forget our preschool Little Cockles and Tiny Pipis groups which run weekly. Anyone is very welcome to attend. Telephone the school on 482 1026 for further information.
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