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Awakeri School is in the Bay of Plenty of New Zealand. We are 12km south-west of Whakatane (about a 10 minute drive).
Our school has about 350 students aged from 5 to 13 years. The school started in 1913, so we are over 100 years old!!
The little community of Awakeri is a farming community with lots of fruit growers and other horticulture. A lot of people have only heard of the Awakeri Hot Springs but Awakeri is a lot more than that. The village consists of a petrol station, automotive engineering shop, dairy, takeaways, and liquor store. It also has an Events Centre, which has a gymnasium, lounge and a kitchen/ bar.
Awakeri School may be a small community but we hold many events, such as Top School, which is held every year with all the schools in the area competing. Our school also has its own Ag Day, where students bring pet calves, kids and lambs to be judged. They also bring pets of many descriptions, and they enter exhibits in the indoor show, anything from cooking to flower arranging.
We are also keen on kapa haka - (Maori performing arts) and a lot of our students train for this.
Students have many sports to choose from. The school is strong in soccer (110 out of 350 play soccer). The school also has many hockey teams, but no rugby teams at the moment! We are good at cross country running, touch rugby, swimming and triathlons.
We have buses running around the community to get the kids who live in our school zone. There are four bus runs: White Pine Bush, Station Road, McDonalds Road and Angle/ Putiki. Our senior students are bus monitors. They look after the little kids on the bus.