Year two children at Windwhistle School prepare to compete in their sack race

Fun with pets

by Ann van Engelen

Windwhistle School held its annual pet day last Friday with children beginning the day with kapa haka before showing their animals and getting creative.

“The week’s weather forecast did not look promising — so we all had our fingers and toes crossed for good weather,” says principal Bronwen Seaward.

“We were in luck when we awoke to sunshine and little wind. The children arrived with all their supplies, and the morning was spent in kapa haka and then creating sand saucers and vegetable animals, our posters and artworks were hung for display. Spring hats, Lego animals, pikelets and cupcakes all came out of bags for show, and at 12.30pm the animals arrived along with parents, siblings, grandparents and the all-important judges. The competition was fierce, and the judges had a hard time deciding each category. A lot of fun was had with one dog even turning up by helicopter.

The addition of the sausage sizzle this year was a roaring success with everyone well-fed thanks to Darfield Village Meats for supporting us with the yummiest sausages and to Sarah McCarron for organising it for us.

“We would like to thank our parent community and judges for supporting our event — we couldn’t do it without you. A special thanks to our junior room teacher, Mrs Mac, who runs the show like clockwork each year. We had such a fun day and can’t wait till our 2020 Pet Day.”