Week 4, Term 4 - Friday 11 November 2022

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

from our principal

Kia ora whānau

One of the things that I love about our kura is the way our tamariki (and the adults) are learning to embed our values into life at school, outside in the community, at sport and at home. After all, while we call them School Values, they are really values for us all to live by.

Here are two awesome tamariki and their favourite values:

Kaivah: My favourite value is Kia Kaha (trying my best). I try my best in handwriting and math.

Rhikyda: My favourite values are Kia Kaha (trying my best) and Kia Manawanui (being kind). I try my best to be kind.

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Kaivah and Rhikyda are big basketball fans too.
We wonder how the Lakers would show our values?

Our values can be applied to many situations. Try asking your children about how they can use their values at home - you might be pleasantly surprised by the outcome!

Kia pai tō rā whakatā - Have a lovely weekend

Whaea Corinne

student showcase

Our senior year 7 & 8 students were away and Camp and on EOTC so Year 6 students Bonnie Rupe, Tyreece Joines and Harmony Lambert stepped up and lead the showcase. They did a great job!

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Matua Phil kept the tamariki happy by putting the teachers on the spot...

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... kia kaha teachers!

We are looking forward to having our wider school whānau attend our final Showcase for the year on Wednesday 14 December.

Save the date and we would love to see you there.

Gumboot Friday


As a school we raised a total of $347.90 for Gumboot Friday as well as the money parents and teachers donated online. Koia kei a koutou!

BELL BLOCK COMMUNITY BUCKET SHAKE (with the help of Bell Block Cricket)

Bell Block! You legends!
Our community managed to raise $1,769.40 for gumboot Friday with the help of Bell Block Cricket. We need to thank those that sponsored the cricket club, with 100% of that sponsorship going to Gumboot Friday.

  • Naki Plumbing & Gas Ltd
  • Xtreme Concrete and Landscaping
  • Maida Vale
  • Taranaki Steelformers
  • Poppet in a Box
  • Bell Block Bakery
  • Bell Block Cricket
  • Gadsby Brothers Garage Doors and Building
  • Ian Roebuck Crane Hire
  • Adams Building and Construction
  • Corson Tyres

Get out and support these guys back, they 100% care about all kids and young adults.
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Sophie McGovern from Totara 1 with her little brother Jacob. They shook their bucket and raised LOTS for Gumboot Friday and I am Hope. Well done team!


Last Saturday night millions of dollars went up in smoke as many 'celebrated' Guy Fawkes. But for Parihaka, the 5th of November has so much more meaning as it marks the day that colonial forces invaded their village despite their policy of passive resistance.

Some of our tamariki have been learning about Parihaka and a book called 'Remember that November' by Jennifer Beck & Lindy Fisher

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school values

PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning

“If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach.

If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach.

If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach.

If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach.

If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we..... teach?..... punish?

Why can’t we finish the last sentence as automatically as we do the others?”

~ Herner, 1998

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Our Week 4 Te Mako Matawhero Award winners will enjoy morning tea with Mrs O today.

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Kowhai Te Mako Matawhero Award winners:
Alexander Den-McKay,
Riahn Paki, Jade Christmas, Roam Harvey-Smith, Kupa Brider & Zakhaan Faapulou (absent)

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Totara Te Mako Matawhero Award Winners:
Ayaan Faruk,
Hanale Adams, Yulla Te Kura (Absent), Kendall Perrett & Kaylee Mortensen

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Rimu Te Mako Matawhero Award Winners:

Ruchita Medasetti, Ahkira Takerei-Holswich, Arlo Macbeth (Absent) & Ryan Chand

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Kauri Te Mako Matawhero Award Winners:

Jarvana Ardern, Cassandra Wall-Colvin and Taylor Harvey

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Yulla Te Kura, Brax Owens-Thomason, Tiaki Leaf, Romie Marlow & Ayaan Faruk

Be sun smart

Term 4 means SUNHATS when outside - even when it's cloudy.

Why is this so important?

This week tamariki have been learning why being sun smart is so important - although the sun is wonderful, it can also do us a lot of harm very quickly and nobody wants to get skin cancer!

Teachers are on the lookout for sun smart behaviour and handing out tokens when they see a good choice being made.

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Yes to Crocs, No to Jibbitz

The current craze of Jibitz on Crocs is causing some tensions at school, with some lost, some swapped and some going missing.

Crocs are welcome at school but please keep the Jibitz at home.

If your child brings their Jibitz to school, they do it at their own risk.


On the menu for next week...

Monday: Mac n Cheese

Tuesday: Macho Nachos

Wednesday: Chicken Tacos

Thursday: Bread Day

Friday: Burger Day

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It is so great seeing our wider community at touch on Wednesday nights. We are lucky that we have some amazing kaiako who have volunteered their time to coach teams or to come down and support their tamariki. Hoani Adams was super excited this week when he saw his teacher Louisa Sharrock at his touch game.


If your child is considering playing hockey in 2023 I cannot recommend BOOST enough as a great way to learn new skills and game plays from experienced coaches.

We have great Puketapu coaches but not turf or goals to practice on. BOOST offers opportunities to grow as a player in a hockey environment.

Follow the links for more information.


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home & school


The Team at the Four Saucemen have offered Puketapu Home and School a delicious fundraiser just before Christmas.

These rubs will elevate your Home Cooking or Barbecue cooking to the next level. This New Zealand company is all about family and supporting local. With several award-winning rubs on the market, they have offered the school the following selection. The team at Smok’n Comrades use a lot of these rubs & sauces on a regular basis and has become a staple in a lot of people’s cupboards around New Zealand.

Order online via this link https://forms.gle/bj1eVj83t8CKmoBK8

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Bell Block Community Christmas parade will be held on Saturday 3rd December at 3pm

Home and School has registered to participate and have a Christmas sleigh that the kids can scooter beside or behind. We will need some adult helpers to walk beside the float too. If your child is keen to join us, they will need a Puketapu sport Tshirt, a Christmas hat and their scooter. Email homeandschool@puketapu.school.nz or let the office know if you can help or if your child is keen to join us.

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Keep those goodies coming! Our SOMADD raffles are legendary and we want this year to be the best yet!

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year 7 & 8 Activity & Camp week

Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) is an important part of our curriculum, great for developing interpersonal skills and relationships, encouraging students to connect with a wider circle of peers and get to know themselves their teachers better.... and have a whole lot of fun too!

For our Year 8s, spending the week at TOPEC has involved activities that build confidence, encourage teamwork, explore new strengths and give tamariki many new experiences - some of which push them outside their normal comfort zone.

Huge thanks to the teachers and parents who go along to camp with our rangatira and to everyone who has worked so hard to make it possible.

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For our Year 7s, EOTC week has been a little closer to home, but still filled with some great new experiences.
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Puketapu vs mangorei cricket

By Lachie Waldron

On Tuesday we were delighted to host Mangorei School in Cricket. Here is what our team had to say about it:

Yesterday Puketapu played Mangorei School in inter-school cricket. It was fun and we were happy that it was sunny.

The team was KOEN, KAYDEN, DYLAN, ZAKHAN, TAAJ, ZAC, HARLEE, LACHIE, NIXON, RICO, & HAMU. Nixon was captain and I was vice-captain.

Mangorei batted first and we fielded. Then we had a lunch break and we batted.

Dylan was our player of the day for showing Kia Kaha and playing some big shots.

It was a great day.


A great day for a game of cricket

this week at school

Other highlights from Week 4 around our Kura...
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From home

BMX Superstars Hudson Ryan, Carlos Macioce & Toby Ryan

We have some BMX superstars who are part of BMX New Plymouth. If your child is interested find out more on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/newplymouth.bmx

If you have anything you would like to share or celebrate from home please email it to ksmith@puketapu.school.nz

dogs at school

A few weeks ago we shared some tips on bringing dogs onto the school grounds. Thank you to everyone for taking this on and helping our school be a safe place for the dogs and our tamariki.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO PICK UP ANY DOG POOP! We have had lots of it around the school lately, especially on the playing field.

Dog poop + bare feet = YUCK!

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Happy Birthday to all the students who have Birthdays this week

  • Abbie Kendrick
  • Quinn Murrell
  • Te Koro King
  • Ella Rauputu
  • Radhira Chand
  • Brooke Balsom
  • Layla Hardgrave
  • Max Wilson
  • Jurnee Rei
  • Rocky Lomano

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates specific to your child's class.

Tuesday 22 November

  • Year 6 Camp, Year 5 & 4 Activity Week starts

Friday 2 December

  • Tough Kid Challenge, Hawera (Year 5-8)

Wednesday 7 December

  • Meet the Teacher for 2023

Thursday 8 December

  • Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

Friday 9 December

  • SOMADD Community Event

Wednesday 14 December

  • Final Student Showcase (Whānau invited) 10am Northpoint

Thursday 15 December

  • Last Day for 2022 - School finishes at 12pm

Community notices

Children's Eczema Study

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Spring carnival

A community event at Northpoint church.
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charity walk / run

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Golf fluro fun day

When: Thursday 1st December

Where: Manukorihi Golf Club

Why: Social/Participation event

Time: 10am - 12 noon

Cost: $5 per player

Ages: Years 4 - 8

Each team will need a couple of golf clubs (a putter and iron), golf balls, tees and an adult with them for safety. At a stretch one adult for two teams would be ok. We will have limited clubs available please let me know if you need any.

Once everyone has arrived we will do an event briefing and then set everyone off at various starting holes. We will have a couple of games set up from 9.15am for students to play while everyone is arriving. The format is Rotate Golf: One ball per team, one score per team. Team players get a number from 1-4, this determines when it’s their turn, one will start, then two will hit from where one finishes and so on.

Here is the link to register your teams: https://forms.gle/TcEVox5gZgLzqKXF9

You can find the poster here to share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/futurestaranaki

The purpose of the day is to get young people out on the golf course having a fun time and smashing a few good shots!

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