Puketapu School Newsletter
Term 4 2020 - Wednesday 18 November
Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners
Kia kaha - do your best * Kia māia - be courageous * Kia manawanui - have a heart
From our Principal
Kia ora e te whanau o Puketapu,
This year is racing along, with only a few busy weeks left.
For some, it is nearing the end of this stage of their learning journey. We have 35 Year 8 students heading to high school in 2021. Many of them are excited and really looking forward to going, many are nervous and anxious, many are a bit of both. We are looking forward to celebrating their last few weeks together with Year 8 Camp and Graduation and reflecting on their time at Puketapu.
Already underway are our transitions for our 2021 new entrant students. Starting last week and over the next three weeks, we are transitioning in the first 16 new entrant students and their families, ready for their first ever days at school at the start of next year.
Thank you to our teachers for their learning comments based around our school values which are part of our end of year reporting to parents. We look forward to putting them out to all whanau on Hero on Friday this week after an awesome day of Whanau Tabloid Sports.
Kia pai to wiki,
Year 8 Camp
Set on the shores of the Lake Karapiro Finlay Park was converted from farmland to a permanent camp site in 1946. Since then the facilities have been expanded and there are activities available for all skill and age groups either on or off the water. The outdoor activities aim to provide an opportunity for all campers to be challenged at each individuals level and provide each child the opportunity to succeed at challenges presented to them.
It is going to be a great, fun, learning experience!
If you would like to find out more, see https://www.finlaypark.co.nz/
SOMADD... Just over 2 weeks away!
It is our learning theme for this term and provides the material for our end of year Community Concert. Every child in every class has a part to play and we are practicing and getting everything ready to show you.
It is now just a little over two weeks until we perform for our community and we are excited!
Show starts 6.00pm Friday 4 December - book in the date!
There will be food on sale before the show, so we invite everyone to come along from 5.00pm to join us on the quad at school. Food sales stop before the start of the show at 6.00pm so don't be late.
We will also be having lots of Raffles, so bring some cash for raffle tickets.
Thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing everyone there - Friday 4 December - it is going to be great!
They’ve been working hard to create menus, design logos and come up with creative names for their businesses.
We even made a video about our own restaurant, with Mrs Perry as our first customer...
Totara Athletics Showcase Next Week
Week 7, Wednesday, 25 November, 2020 is our Totara Athletics Showcase
Parents please arrive at 11:40 for an 11:50 start. Come and watch as your children display their athletic abilities in javelin, discus, shot put, team replays and high and long jump. Your children have been working all term on developing their athleticism.
They will need covered shoes to protect their feet, covered shoulders to protect them from the sun, a sunhat, sunscreen applied before school and a drink bottle of water to help keep them hydrated.
We look forward to seeing you there - ALL WELCOME.
Thanks and best wishes, The Totara Team.
Last Call for Puketapu Tshirts to order
$20 each, in a range of colours and sizes. Order and pay at the office by the end of Thursday 19 November.
Lucky Book Club Issue #8
Year 8 Hoodies & Graduation Dinner
Huge thanks to Matt Ramsay for coaching.
Our Hockey Team:
from left: Sapphire, Summer, Ava, Mika, Chayse, Matt (Coach), Rico, Ella, Skye
Rico on defence
Ella on attack
Bell Block Rugby Club MVP's
Kayden Tango also received an MVP Award from Bell Block Rugby Club.
Well done Kayden and sorry we missed your name last week.
McKayla Sabine Almario - Kia Kaha, for putting in her best always!
Lucas Speedy - Kia Kaha, for wonderful maths thinking using doubles!
Chase Roberts - Kia Manawanui, for being patient and kind during Discovery!
- Rihari Hotene
- Brandon Parsons
- Georgia-Lee Scrimgeour
- Iniyah Zandbergen
- Keisha Lowry
- Lockie Urbahn
- Sapphire Kuchler
- Friday 20th November: Whanau Tabloid Sports Day 9.00-2.30
Year 8 Camp Week, Year 7 EOTC Week
- Monday 23rd November:
Y8's leave for Camp at Finlay Park, Cambridge
Year7 EOTC Week begins: Music & Art Challenge
- Tuesday 24th November
Year 7 EOTC: Rogaine challenge at Pukekura Park
- Wednesday 25th November:
Totara Whanau Athletics Day - 11.50am start
Year 7 EOTC: Drama Day
- Thursday 26th November:
Rimu 1 Learning & Wellbeing Conferences 8.00-4.00pm (Booking via School Interviews, ref: 8s9r9 )
Year 7 EOTC: Aquatic Centre
Year 8s return from Finlay Park
- Friday 27th November:
Totara Whanau Athletics Day (Postponement)
- Monday 30th November:
NPBHS & NPGHS - Students School Visits @ 2pm (@NPBHS and NPGHS)
- Wednesday 2nd December:
Board of Trustees meeting 5.30pm
- Thursday 3rd December:
2021 Meet Your Teacher (2.00pm - 3.00pm)
- Friday 4th December:
SOMAD Community Concert - 6.00pm
Kowhai EOTC Week
- Tuesday 8th December
Rimu Ranui shared kai
- Wednesday 9th December:
Totara Ranui Day - Hickford Park
Kowhai EOTC - Skate Rink
- Thursday 10th December:
Kowhai EOTC - Tabloid Sports
Kauri - Bell Block Pool Afternoon
- Friday 11th December:
Totara Ranui Day Postponement - Hickford Park
Kauri Bike Day
- Monday 14th December:
Year 8 Graduation Dinner
- Tuesday 15th December:
Final School Assembly (10.30) - Northpoint, School finishes @ 12.00