Boys only .. The all-male Year 0-3 junior class at Omihi Primary School, in Waipara, with their teacher Penny Vincent in the school grounds. There are 12 boys, but two were absent when the photograph was taken. PHOTO: MAREE LUCAS


Omihi Primary School’s Year 0-3 junior class is all male, the first time this has occurred at the school.

There are 12 boys in the class at the school, in Waipara, where most of the 34 pupils are male, with only 12 girls enrolled.

The junior class teacher Penny Vincent says she enjoys having a class of boys.

“It’s a special point in my teaching career. We spend lots of our day learning through movement and I have now learnt a lot about tractors and know how to spell lots of tricky dinosaur names.”

School principal Maree Lucas says most pupils come from the immediate area.

“The boys love our local environment, farms, getting outdoors and anything to do with tractors. It has meant that Penny can really tailor her teaching to suit the boys’ needs.”

That may change later this year. “We have three girls starting in the middle of the year in this class, which is exciting and will add a new dynamic again,” Maree says.