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,

Ngatai Walker


Puketapu School

Hero - Keeping you Connected with Your Child's Learning

Did you know you can get alerts through Hero?

Download the Hero app to your phone or tablet and you will receive notifcations whenever there is a new post that you need to see.

Year 8 Camp

Next week is Camp Week for our Year 8s and we are so excited to be off to Finlay Park in Cambridge.

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/

Big picture
Big picture

SOMADD... Just over 2 weeks away!

SOMADD = School of Music, Arts, Drama and Dance

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!

Big picture

Kowhai Restaurants

The Kowhai team have been learning about restaurants and food trucks this week.

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...

Kowhai Restaurant

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

We are putting in an order for Puketapu T-shirts at the end of this week.

$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

Issue 7 has only just closed and Issue 8 is open! The last chance for Lucky Book Club for 2020, orders must be in by Thursday 19 November - that is next week Thursday, so not long!

Year 8 Hoodies & Graduation Dinner

The deadline for ordering graduation hoodies for Year 8s is Friday 27 November. If your Year 8 would like a hoodie, please make sure you have ordered and paid before the end of next week.

Leaving Early? Sign Out Please

If you are picking your child up from school before 3pm for any reason, please make sure to sign out at the office.

Use the tablet on the front desk - it is quick and simple and makes sure we know all our akonga are safe.


Reminder: there will be no stationery pack sales at school for the start of 2021

Please check out OfficeMax My School for a simple and cost effective solution.

Nits again!

Spotted in two Totara classes this week...

Please check all heads in your household and take action.

Thank You to Treemachine

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to TREEMACHINE tree care specialists for giving us a heap of free mulch for our pump track.
Big picture
Annsuli has been busy planting and mulching around the track - it's looking great!
Big picture


It may be their first year playing but they are doing amazinly well - still undefeated!

Huge thanks to Matt Ramsay for coaching.

Big picture

Our Hockey Team:

from left: Sapphire, Summer, Ava, Mika, Chayse, Matt (Coach), Rico, Ella, Skye

Big picture

Rico on defence

Big picture

Ella on attack

Big picture

Go team!

Bell Block Rugby Club MVP's

Oops! We made a mistake last week:

Kayden Tango also received an MVP Award from Bell Block Rugby Club.

Big picture

Well done Kayden and sorry we missed your name last week.


Congratulations to Layla Hardgrave and Mikayla Scholtz for having great attitudes to learning! Kia kaha in action! Well done Layla and Mikayla.
Big picture
Achille de Bruyn and James Barnard-Perry earned their certificates for doing their best persevering in maths. Well done Achille and James.
Big picture
Proving that even Year Year 8s get a kick out of earning certificates for showing our school values (and that Miss Sattler can get a great smile out of everyone!), Kruize Davis, Keanu Suthon and Maui Walker have also worked really hard persevering with new concepts in maths. Well done Kruize, Keanu and Maui.
Big picture

Hunter Sargeson and Kobie Wilson received their certificates for showing Kia Manawanui by being kind friends to each other.
Big picture
These three Rimu learners were awarded certificates for:

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!

Big picture
...and Hunter Wallace was awarded his certificate for being kind and showing your friend how to play one of our new maths games - Well done for displaying our school value of Kia Manawanui.
Big picture


Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating Birthdays this week:
  • Rihari Hotene
  • Brandon Parsons
  • Georgia-Lee Scrimgeour
  • Iniyah Zandbergen
  • Keisha Lowry
  • Lockie Urbahn
  • Sapphire Kuchler

What's On

Week 6

  • Friday 20th November: Whanau Tabloid Sports Day 9.00-2.30

Week 7

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)

Week 8

  • 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

Week 9

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
    Kowhai EOTC
    Kauri Bike Day

Week 10

  • Monday 14th December:
    Year 8 Graduation Dinner
  • Tuesday 15th December:
    Final School Assembly (10.30) - Northpoint, School finishes @ 12.00

Community Notices

Big picture