In October each year we hold our school Agricultural Day (Ag day).
For our families who are new to the concept of Ag Day, it is an opportunity for us to come together and celebrate what makes us different from town schools, and that is rural life. On the day itself we will have our traditional Ag Day competitions with experienced judges carefully assessing the lamb, calf and kid goat entries, but we will also have;
- Pet Day
- Baking and Gardening Competitions
- Refreshments and treats available to purchase
- Cow Pat Bingo
- A sausage sizzle
We encourage all children who are able to have a calf, lamb or kid goat, to rear and befriend one. Animals can usually be found for those families who do not live on a farm, often on a 'return' basis. In the past, children from town with an average sized backyard have still managed to raise a goat or a lamb. The programme caters for calves, lambs and goats. Children of all ages are able to enter, including pre-school children.
For more detailed information on how to rear an Ag Day animal click on the button below
AG DAY 2023
Ag Day this year is on Friday 13th October 2023 (Week 1 of Term 4)
Ag day has a great family atmosphere and all are welcome to attend. Nau mai, haere mai, piki mai, kake mai!
We'd love all our tamariki to be involved in the day, either by entering Ag Day, Pet Day or the baking and gardening competitions. Here's how they can be involved;
Entries for lambs, calves and kid goats must be in by Monday 4th September 2023. Please complete an entry form and return it to the office.
Calves and Mycoplasma Bovis
Whilst we are now able to have calves at Ag Day once again, Mycoplasma Bovis (a disease that affects cattle) is still around and can still be transmitted. To ensure we hold a safe event and minimise the risks of spreading such diseases, we must follow the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Primary Industries.
If your child is entering a calf on Ag Day please click the buttons below and make sure you and your child understand what is required before and on the day.
Once again we are incorporating a pet section this year, with an opportunity for our tamariki and their pets to win competitions like 'Owner and Pet who look most alike'. The most important rule with the pet section is that the pets will not be able to stay at school for the entire day. The competitions will be early in the day so pets can be at school by 10am but they must be taken home by 12.30pm. Please read the Ag Day Info for the current year and complete a Pet Day Entry Form by Monday 4th September 2023.
We would love some parents to help with various tasks for and on the day, including baking, marshalling and manning the refreshments stand. Please contact the office if you can offer some support with this, or email the PTA email@example.com
For more copies of forms and information please contact the office.
GROUP DAY 2023
Friday 20th October 2023 Hautapu Rugby Grounds
Please contact Roxy in the office if your child would like to enter Group Day competing against students from other schools with their animals. It's a great experience for them and makes all their hard work doubly worthwhile. You will need to let us know as close to our Ag Day as possible so we are able to pass this on to the school who is organising the event this year.
How did our tamariki get on? Check out the results below!