Te Puru School

Newsletter Term 2 2016 - Week 2

A Message from our Principal

Tena koutou katoa, nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa.

Greetings parents, whanau and members of our school community.

Welcome to the following new students to our school. We know that you will really enjoy being part of our student community:

Dayton Haare

Sharon Wensor

Daniel Palmer

Casey Palmer

Kieran Rossiter

Lily O’Neale

If anyone knows of other families in our area or in Thames that would like to consider enrolling their child(ren) here at Te Puru School, please encourage them to contact Tania in the office in order to come out and have a guided tour around the school and through classrooms. We do have spaces available for students who live outside our enrolment scheme area.

Rippa Rugby

Yesterday, students from Y5/6 (2 teams) and Y7/8 (2 teams) represented our school at the Thames Inter-School Rippa Tournament.

I watched several games played by each of our teams and was really impressed by the teamwork and skill level. This hasn’t happened overnight and is thanks to the many hours of coaching and the experience of Scott Sell. Both Y5/6 teams and one of the Y7/8 teams have qualified for the Thames Valley Finals in Paeroa. The Y7/8 team that missed out on qualifying only needed to score one more try.

Thanks also to the parents who supported Scott on the day by managing teams and supporting our teams on the sideline.


Last weekend, the netball season began. I watched the Y5/6 and the Y7/8 teams for parts of their games. Both teams played well and I know they will improve as the season progresses. In the Y5/6 team, a number of the girls are playing netball for the first time. It is great to see you involved and learning from your coaches and team-mates. I was really impressed in the first half by the teamwork displayed by our Y7/8 team and the shooting of Harena and Nikita. Well done to you all and good luck this weekend in your games. Remember to thank your coach, manager and parents after each game, and also your opposition whether you have won or not. It’s important to be a humble winner and remain positive when you lose.

School Bus

I would like parents of bus users just to remind their child(ren) of the importance of staying seated in the bus at all times. This is for the safety of all our bus users. We have noticed that many of our students are standing up before the bus stops, whether arriving at school in the morning or back into town after 3pm.

Thank you, also, for your support last Friday when we didn’t have a driver to drive the school bus up the coast to Waiomu and back into town. We also now have a list of parents, who have their bus license, who have offered to go on our Relief Driver list so if this happens again, we will have someone to drive the bus for us.

Principal’s Award this week goes to Ariah Savage for her honesty. Ariah, earlier this week on arriving at school, found a $20 note in the car park and immediately handed it in.

Have a great weekend!

Mike Friis


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Rippa Rugby Tournament

What a fabulous day Te Puru School had on Wednesday at the Thames Rippa Rugby Tournament. The juniors were totally unstoppable. Both teams won all their opposition games with the Snappers loosing just one game to the other Te Puru Junior team the Stingrays. In total the two junior teams scored 98 tries throughout the day and have both qualified for the Thames Valley Finals Day in two weeks time. It’s the first time we have ever had two teams at the same level qualify for this tournament. Well done juniors we had high expectations of you all and boy did you deliver.

But the true superstars of the day went to the senior team, the Te Puru Terminators. They had a lot more teams to compete against and of higher quality. After a draw against Mecury Bay, they then had to play them again in the semi final, which we easily won making up for the earlier disappointment. Next we had to play a very good Parawai A team in the final, after we had previously lost to their B team. The score ended in a draw so we had to have 3 extra time games before Jesse scored the most famous of all Te Puru tries and we won by one try. The win meant that they also qualified for the finals day. There will be many sore bodies tomorrow I am sure. I now have the hard job of trying to pick a player of the day from each team, which I will award at assembly on Friday. Thanks also to our positive sideline parent supporters. A huge congrats to all the children for playing hard and proving that with team work the best team will always win. Mr Sell.

This week at Te Puru School...

Room Kauri are busy bees!

Room Kauri students have been working hard on their writing. They even wrote books this week! Ka pai, Room Kauri!

Creative Seniors!

While many of our students were out for the day on Wednesday, representing us in rippa (and what an awesome job they did!!), the remaining senior students gathered in Rimu. Their challenge for the day was to generate their own activities, creating a plan so that they would be really focussed and have something tangible to show for their time.

What a lot of creativity happened! Zentangles; free-writing; wall-hangings; cars, boats, trailers models; masks and a working water-wheel. All of the students maintained their concentration and focus to high levels for much of the day - outstanding, team!


TPS Mini Master Chefs - Ruma's Kauri & Nikau buddy up to produce some yummy, scrummy food

Our Recipes - so you can try at home too

Broccoli Bites

1 egg beaten
grated cheese(1-2 cups depending how much cheese you like and how much broccoli you use)
salt and pepper
herbs from the garden chopped

Cut broccoli into small florets. Cook in boiling water until just cooked.
Grate the cheese put into a mixing bowl.
Add 2 cups of breadcrumbs, salt and pepper and chopped herbs. Add beaten egg
Add broccoli and mix with your hands until combined.
Take a small handful of the mixture (not too big) and place on to a baking sheet.
Cook in a hot oven for 5-10 mins until golden. Take out of the oven and eat.

These are delicious!


1 Small white cabbage (grown in the garden)
4 sticks of celery (grown in the garden)
small handful chives and parsley (grown in the garden)
1 carrot grated
4 spoons of mayonnaise

Wash cabbage throughly, shred and put into a bowl.
Grate the carrot, chop the herbs and celery. Add to the cabbage.
Add mayonnaise until just covered and enjoy.

Kumara Rosti

4 kumara
1 carrot
1 egg
salt and pepper
chopped garlic

Wash kumara and carrot and grate. Add to a mixing bowl, season with salt and pepper and a teaspoon of chopped garlic and a beaten egg. Use a frying pan with a dash of oil and heat. Add a small spoon of mixture to the pan and fry until golden on each side. Yum!!!

Daily 5 in the Middle School

The Daily 5 Programme has 5 activities that the children do in their literacy programme.
Little Kids. Big Questions. | Can Lying Be a Good Thing?
Honesty Song Lyrics

Ever thought of becoming a parent representative on the board of trustees?

Feel free to come in and ask any questions you may have, if you are thinking about joining Te Puru School Board of Trustees.

Unfortunately our next board meeting is not until Monday 23rd May at 5.15 pm in the staffroom, however please free to come and observe. Nominations close Friday 20th May at 12 pm.

Following are some guideline dates for Elections for Board of Trustees

Nomination forms have been sent out

Nominations close 20th May, 12 pm

Election day 3rd June, 12 pm

Declaration of results 9th June

Board takes office 10th June

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beans, legumes and lentils - delicious, check this recipe out!

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Te Rerenga o te Wiki

Te rerenga kōrero o te wiki = The

sentence for the week.

Where are we going today? e tatou haere ki hea inaianei ?

Office Cell phone 0277572058

Remember this is a great way to let us know if your child is absent. If you have a change of pick up plans or need to get a message to your child/ren, please let us know as soon as possible.

Have you paid your invoice?

Invoices have been sent out out week for term 2 fees. We would appreciate payment for these as well as any outstanding fees. If you would like to set up an automatic payment, please come and discuss this with Tania. Thank you.

Our Assemblies

This Week: Room Rimu

Coming Up

Wk 3 Totara

Wk 4 Matai

Wk 5 No assembly

Wk 6 Kowhai

Wk 7 Pohutukawa

Wk 8 Nikau

Wk 9 Whanau Leaders

Wk 10 Kauri (Certificate assembly)

Dates for your diary

13.05.16 Ruben the Bear visit - Rm's Kauri, Nikau, Pohutukawa

19.05.16 YR 8 girls vaccinations 9.30 am

23.05.16 Board of Trustees meeting, 5.15 pm, staffroom

23.05.16 Scholastic Book Fair (all week)

25.05.16 Rippa Rugby finals (Paeroa)

26.05.16 National Young Leaders Day Yr 7/8's (Akld)

06.06.16 Queens Birthday (Monday)

08.07.16 Last Day Term 2

sport section

Te Puru School Saturday Netball Draw

Please ensure that you check the draw below to confirm game times on Saturday. Good luck to all Te Puru school teams.

Please note that Te Puru are on duty this week. Duty consists of working in the kitchen and shop etc. Can we please have as many parents as possible to help out, this does not include Coaches, Managers and Umpire's.

Parent Duty Roster

Te Puru Fusion 8.45 am - 10.15 am

Te Puru Panthers and Yrs 3/4 Future Ferns - 10.15 am - 11.30 am

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Thames Hockey is looking for a few more players aged 10 and over for the 11 aside team.

Games are played in Ngatea and are mostly on Wednesdays after school.

Practises are at Thames South School on Thursdays.

Contact Megan. 021 02690992


St Johns are providing the wider sporting community with the opportunity to learn about sporting first aid. Due to a shortage of volunteers, St Johns are funding a workshop for teams to educate, managing their own sporting injuries. These will be held on the 9th May and 19th May from 6pm to 8pm at the St John Training Hall, 1102 Queen St, Thames.

This will cover the following:

Dislcoated/fractured bones



Detecting unconsciousness

Head injuries

Spaces are limited, so if you would like to participate please contact Robyn Wilder on 07 8680555 or robyn.wilder@stjohn.org.nz to register.

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community news

Ear Nurse Schedule for term 2

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Wanted - Transport to Thames from Te Puru?

One of our local Mum's is looking for a ride to Thames and back on Monday's and Friday's. She starts work at 11 am and finishes at 2.30 pm, Mondays, 4 pm Fridays. She doesn't mind going into town early on these days (after school drop off). She is more than happy to contribute toward petrol costs. If you can help please phone Debi on 868-2522.

rental required

A new family with 1 child new to Te Puru School is looking for a rental property. They have no pets. Please phone Becky 021-154-3408.
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Thinking of getting a mortgage? Go with ASB for Our School!

If you take out a mortgage with ASB and you nominate our school, they will donate $1,000 to us. That is amazing!
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Term 2 ends Friday 8th July 2016