Pupils at Fairhaven School think it's cool to go to the only school in Te Puke that holds its own fireworks display.

The Thinkwater Bay of Plenty-sponsored fireworks gala takes place for the 18th time on Saturday.

"The gala is a really fun family night with food, rides and prizes and people have a really good time, then get to see a professional pyrotechnics display," says principal Paul Hunt.

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Five-year-old Kyrian Atkinson will be experiencing his first gala as a pupil at the school although, living across the road from the school, he is well aware of the excitement of the event.

His favourite parts of the gala are the bouncy castle and the fireworks - although he admits to getting a bit of a fright at one of the loudest fireworks last year.

"I like them because of the different colours," he says.

Rachel Taihiarunga, 11, is a member of the school kapa haka group that will perform at the gala.

"Showing our talents is really fun," she says.

She says she remembers when she was younger exploring the gala and playing games then, when the fireworks started, running back to the bonfire to watch them.

Zara Martin, 11, and Heavenjot Singh, also 11, are part of the Indian dance group that will also perform.

Heavenjot says he enjoys performing for the huge crowd at the gala.

"We've made up a dance especially for the gala," he says.

Zara loves the colourful costumes the dancers wear, but thoroughly enjoys everything about the gala.

"One of my favourite things is that you tire yourself out doing lots of fun stuff and then you can just sit down and watch the fireworks," she says.

"I like the fireworks, I like the way they fall and the patterns and colours and when there are two at once and they mix."

When he isn't dancing, Heavenjot will be playing the various games - especially the ones, like the hoopla, where it's possible to win prizes.

Chloe Hamblyn, 11, enjoys watching the various performances at the gala and, with Zara, will help the junior pupils with their Jump Jam performance.

Paul says that as well as the various sponsors, he is grateful for the support of nearby residents.

"Our neighbours have a lot of people descend on the street and we do appreciate their support and the support of people that come because they come from all over."

Gates open at 5pm and the cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.