Pets wel­comed at school

Hauraki Herald - - RURAL - LEEANNE MACREADY

It wasn’t your typ­i­cal day at Hikuai School as stu­dents brought their furry friends for the an­nual spring pet day.

This pop­u­lar tra­di­tion amongst ru­ral schools saw a va­ri­ety of an­i­mals ac­com­pany stu­dents, from the more tra­di­tional ponies and dogs through to fluffy fe­lines and ban­tam chicks.

There was also a spe­cial visit from Char­lie the cock­atiel es­corted by chil­dren at Pauanui Pre-School.

Prin­ci­pal Jared Stein said an­i­mals were a part of nearly ev­ery stu­dent’s life at the school.

‘‘Pet day is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to see just how car­ing and re­spon­si­ble our pupils are through the love and com­pas­sion they have for their pets.’’

High­light of the day was the dog agility course where pupils put their four-legged bud­dies through their paces. The event has al­ways been a crowd pleaser with both dogs and stu­dents dis­play­ing great de­ter­mi­na­tion, con­tin­u­ing on even when the skies opened and the rain came down.

De­spite the fickle weather, this year’s event had a car­ni­val at­mos- phere and vis­i­tors were treated to a va­ri­ety of stalls run by se­nior pupils in­clud­ing face paint­ing, lucky dip, pop­corn and candy floss, plus a trea­sure hunt.

There were also some colour­ful hair­dos on dis­play and chil­dren’s art­work, fruit and veg­etable cre­ations and dec­o­rated cakes made by the stu­dents.

AN­DREW MACREADY

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