Pets welcomed at school
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.
Trinity Allison gives Oscar some encouragement. More photos on P25