Pet Day is when we celebrate Wairakei Primary School’s semi-rural nature and students exhibit their achievements in animal rearing, floral displays and homemade baking. 

This booklet will give you all of the information you need in the lead up to this important day on the school calendar.

Help on the Day

We need people to help with the setup, running of the stalls and clean up. There are spot prizes for volunteers. Put your name down to be in with a chance to win! The more volunteers, the shorter the time slots. We appreciate all the support that makes this event a fun day for all. Please fill in the form on the website to indicate where you can help.

Phone: (07) 374 8035       Email

In the Lead Up to Pet Day

Day we will be having a mufti day, a hat day and an ice block day.

Instead of sending along money with your child to wear a non-school hat or mufti day we ask you to bring along the following:

Mufti Day

Friday Week 1 - October 13, 2023

Wear mufti to school today and bring along a Jolly Jar.

Fill a jar with novelty items. This could include lollies, hair accessories, stationery, small toys, marbles. Look at the examples in the school office.

Hat Day

Friday Week 2 - October 20, 2023

Wear a hat of your choice and bring along a non-perishable grocery item. No items past their expiry date please.

Ice Block Day

Friday Week 4 - November 3, 2023

Bring along your home baking. A plate will be sent home with your child and we ask that you fill it with homemade sweets or baking.

Please write on the top what it is and if it is made to suit allergies e.g. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free etc.



Dogs are judged on:


  • Attention
  • Come, sit and stay


Lambs are judged in two categories:

  • Rearing – care and knowledge
  • Leading/Calling Lambs 


Calves are judged in two categories:

  • Rearing – care and knowledge
  • Leading


Horses are judged on:

  • Riders Ability
  • Temperament

Small Animals

Will be judged on:

  • Care and attention
  • Temperament


Will be judged on:

  • Care and attention
  • Temperament

Please Note: 

One pet per student.

Please register your large animal by Friday, October 20, 2023. The link to the registration form is available on the school website.

Dogs must have a current registration tag and owners must provide a current immunisation certificate as proof of immunisation. This must be done by Friday, October 20, 2023 at the school office. The school will not be contacting vets.

No certificate = no entry.

If you are bringing a horse to Pet Day there must be adult supervision with horses at all times. Please ensure that horse and car transport is parked by 8.30a.m.

Calves are returning to Pet Day. They will need to be tethered away from other calves and we ask that if your calf is unwell on the day you keep them at home. 

Small animal categories include water, crawly, feathered, furry and soft toy pets. Small animals must be kept in cages when at school.


The Grand Parade will occur before the start of all judging at 9.15a.m. 

Judging will start at 9.30a.m. All animals will need to be onsite by 9a.m. The final timetable will be released closer to the date. 

Judges like to talk to pet owners. All students must stay with their pet until judging is completed. 

Floral Art Friday, November 3, 9 - 11a.m.

Plan your arrangement

  • Find as many flowers as possible and practise arrangements at home.
  • Arrangements are made at school. All items required for exhibits will need to be brought to school on the day.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to do the arranging. Parents are invited to school to assist with these arrangements in their child’s classroom. All exhibits must be made by students, not parents.
  • If you have extra flowers, greenery etc, please send them along to school so they can be shared with others.
  • Each student may enter a pressed flower bookmark (if they have pressed the flowers prior).

Pressed Flowers Bookmark

All ages.

These flowers should be pressed weeks prior to floral morning. Flowers must then be arranged creatively on card and covered at school.

Start pressing flowers now. 

Aqua Jar

All ages.

Create an arrangement in a jar of water.

The aqua jar arrangement needs to:

  • Have no air bubbles
  • Have an arrangement that fills most of the jar
  • Have an arrangement that is stuck to the lid of the jar
  • Have an arrangement that does not touch the sides of the jar

Floral Sand Saucer

Years 0-1

Use a saucer, not a plate.

Use wet sand in the saucer.

Create interesting patterns with flowers, ensuring no sand is showing.

Button Hole

Year 2

Use flowers and greenery to create a button hole arrangement.

Novelty Container Floral Arrangement

Year 3

Choose flowers and arrange in an unusual container: an old shoe, tin can, bottle, etc. Containers should not be hidden by arrangement and be able to hold water.

3D Paper Floral Art

Year 4

Use paper to create a 3D image of a vase and flowers on an A4 piece of paper.

Students will need to bring any interesting, patterned paper to construct their flowers and vase from.

Paper Flower arrangement

Year 5

Use wire and paper to create a floral arrangement.

Students to bring any paper, tissue paper, crepe paper and a jar or tin can to create their floral arrangement.

Miniature Garden – in a metal oven dish

Year 6

Create a theme using environmental materials – no plastic toys. Handmade attachments can be used. Try to keep everything in proportion. Judges are looking for creativity and colour. These need to be in a metal oven tray, cake tin or plastic container.


Years 0-1

3 pikelets - plain, no toppings/raisins, etc.

Iced Biscuits

Year 2

3 biscuits - your choice of flavour.

Muffins or Cupcakes

Year 3

3 muffins or cupcakes - can be iced.


Year 4

3 pieces of a slice of your choice - can be iced.

Lamington or Donut

Year 5

3 lamingtons or donuts

Iced Novelty Cake

Year 6

Decorated cake of your choice.

All baking exhibits need to be brought to school on Saturday, November 4, 2023 by 9a.m. 

Please bring these to the hall kitchen.

Recycled Enviro Project

Mosaic Paver

The theme for 2023 is painted or mosaic pavers. 

Your painted or mosaic paver needs to:

  • Be made from reused, recycled or upcycled tiles or pavers 
  • Be colourful in design

You need to complete an explanation of the procedure either written, photos or both of the making of the painted or mosaic paver.

Judges will be marking on the following: 

  • Presentation of the paver
  • Explanation of the making of your painted or mosaic paver

Students can start sourcing materials now and constructing these projects at home. 

The completed art piece needs to be brought to school on Friday, November 3, 2023. 

These can be brought to the stage area of the hall.

On the Day

Stalls will include: 

  • Baking/Sweets
  • Face Painting
  • Enviro Group (plants)
  • Raffles
  • BBQ, Pork buns and hot chips
  • Remote Control Cars
  • Drinks/Ice Blocks
  • Coffee Cart


Assorted raffles will be available from the raffle stall and winners will be drawn at the conclusion of Pet Day. 

If you are a business that is willing to donate products or services for our raffles, please let us know.

Year 5 and 6 Stalls

Our Year 5 and 6 students are designing fun games for visitors to play. These games can be played by purchasing tokens for 50 cents each. These will begin at the conclusion of the animal section of the day.

Pet Day information booklet download

Download PDF copy here.

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