Calf Club

An annual tradition for rural families and schools throughout New Zealand, calf club is an integral part of the Pukekawa School annual calendar. Calf Club Day takes place on the Friday of the first week of Term 4.

This year’s Calf Club will be held on Friday 29 October 2021. Franklin South Group Day will be held at Mangatangi School on Thursday 4 November 2021.

Calf Club Day encourages our children to rear a farm animal and learn the basics of animal care. Children can choose to raise a calf, lamb, goat or chickens.

Children who choose not to raise an animal complete an indoor project. Past indoor projects have included scarecrows and weaving.

In the lead up to Calf Club Day, all children complete art projects and flower arrangements in the classroom.

Calf Club Day is a fun day out for our school families and is a major fundraiser for the school with the PTA selling food and the Calf Club committee organising auctions and raffles. In addition to the animal and art judging there is a Fathers’ Cake competition.


Please see the Entry forms below, download the form, fill it out the fields digitally on your phone or computer and email it back to

Forms must be sent in before 17th September 2021.






Animal care instructions are on the newsletter page of the website.

Calf Club Committee

President – Melanie Thomas

Staff representatives –  Paula Cunningham

Committee members
Natasha McLellan
Melanie Thomas
Dana Foley
Gemma and Tyrone Shorter

Elyse Price

Paula Cunningham – Secretary

Lauren Chissell
Raymin Turner – Treasurer