What incredible weather we landed on our very special day! Many farmers in the area have since said that it was the worst day of the year, with freezing temperatures and driving rain! Well done everyone for showing such resilience and determination – we still had a great day.
We had 65 lambs, 16 calves, 2 kids, 22 ponies, 12 chickens, 20 caged pets enter, along with 5 lamb entries from preschoolers. For our inaugural Vege Garden competition we had 13 very impressive entries and there was amazing creativity and talent shown in the Horticultural Happenings.
Thank you to everyone involved. We realise it takes a lot of family support to make this day happen, with the caring for animals, growing of gardens and possibly giving up holidays away, through to collecting of the horticultural happening art resources. Celebrating the ‘country’ aspect of our school is important to us, as parents have expressed over the years. It is always wonderful to see the passion and love shown by students to their very special animal buddies.
A huge thanks goes to this year’s new Ag Day Committee, led by Frances McKenzie, Rachel Algar, Justine Cooper and Kate Millen, who coordinated Ag Day for the first time and did an amazing job.
A huge thanks also goes to our amazing teachers, who spent so much time putting the Horticultural Happenings, but in particular Nicola Spence & Hayley Smit for their coordination and extra work, along with Mandy Searancke. And finally but by no means least – thank you to all our parents who supported your children in their country endeavours – looking after pets, collecting flowers etc, etc. This will be a day and memories that will stay with them long always. Thank you all.
If you missed being able to attend this great day – check out some of the photos from the day depicting the fun had by persons & pets alike.
We will share our Group Day successes and photo’s next week. And we wish our students taking part in the Waikato Show good luck for next week!
This year we were very excited to run our first ever School Vege Garden competition, with prizes kindly sponsored by AMBER GARDEN CENTRE. We are very grateful to Christiene Ulrich from the Tamahere Garden Club, who took time to visit all the children’s home gardens over the school holidays to carry out judging. Thanks Christiene!!
We were so impressed with all the vege garden entries and the creativity and enthusiasm of our student gardeners!!!!
Special thanks to our amazing sponsors this year, without whom our Ag Day would not have been so special. Special thanks to LUGTON’S REAL ESTATE and WAIKATO EQUINE VETERINARY CENTRE for their sponsorship of all the ribbons; FMG for providing some wonderful giveaways and packs; HELLERS for providing the school with more than 500 yummy sausages, through their Sausages for Schools programme. Thanks also go to ASB, FARMLANDS, FIRST CREDIT UNION, TAMAHERE 4SQUARE, NEWSTEAD VETERINARY SERVICES, NRM, SNAZZY PAWS DOG GROOMING, YOUR LUNCH BOX, CAMBRIDGE VETS, PET STOCK, ANIMATES, DATAMARS LIVESTOCK, ACORN ITM, DAIRY NZ, CAMBRIDGE GRAINS AND CAMAROSA.
We had some amazing raffle prizes to give away from our generous sponsors!
The winner’s were:
Raffle 1: Andrea Dunseath
Raffle 2: Dave Watson
Raffle 3: Tania Sherwin
This year’s Horticultural Happenings entries were undoubtedly of the highest quality we have seen for a number of years, which made the Judges’ decisions extremely difficult. The time and effort that the students invested was clearly displayed, with minimal waste, fitting well with our Enviro school policy.