Week 5, Term 2 - Friday 26 May

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well


This week we were delighted to have a group of school leaders travel to NYLD23 in Palmerston North.

NYLD is an annual event that takes place in cities all around the country, featuring inspirational speakers and activities and attended by thousands of young people from schools all around the motu.

Here is what our Kaitiaki Tama had to say about the trip:

We had to be at school by 5.15am so it was an early start to the day. The drive down was fun and we listened to music and did some challenges. When we arrived in Palmerston North we went to the National Young Leaders Day presentation. They spoke about being a leader and leading yourself. It was great for us Puketapu Leaders to learn more about good leadership skills. After the presentation we did some fun challenges which ended up with a couple of us wearing bibs and having dummies. The drive home was fun but as we got closer to New Plymouth it got quieter as we were all sleepy. It was a great opportunity, thank you Mr Lewis and Anya for taking us. - Kingston Benton

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Changes to our School Leadership Team

As we bid farewell to Corinne Sattler, our current Deputy Principal, at the end of Term 2, we are pleased to announce the promotion of Amanda O'Dowda and Micaela Westrupp to fully released Associate Principal roles.

This decision aims to ensure consistent and effective leadership for our staff, students, and parents. It will also provide our Associate Principals with additional time to dedicate to their ongoing learning initiatives and strategic goals.

school values


It is great to see some of our Kauri students proud to be receiving their Mako Values certificates this week. You are never to old to appreciate someone else noticing you are putting in the effort!

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Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa from Kauri

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Kayden Tango & Alex Morrison from Kauri

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Pippa Perkinson & Sophie Engels from Tōtara


Kōwhai had their team assembly on Thursday and these wonderful tamariki got to choose a free Duffy book to keep. As Duffy says - It's Cool to Read!

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Ka pai Hamu Adams, Pukauae Kipa, Lola Parkinson, Kayden Lucinsky, Alakay Taylor, Billy MacRae, Reeve Hunt & Carlos Macioce


We love seeing all the Student of the Day tickets coming in to the office (once they have been taken home to be signed by a parent). It is looking pretty even at the moment but which whānau group will have the most tickets at the end of the term?

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Whaea Kerie might think Kiwi is winning, but Whaea Paula thinks it must be Kākāpō for sure... We will see in a few weeks time!

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On the menu for next week:

Monday: Wholemeal Pizza

Tuesday: Meatball Subs

Wednesday: Curry with Rice

Thursday: Toasted Sandwiches

Friday: Burger Day

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Sienna Wallace & Emily Judd enjoying their kai

keep warm this winter

Puketapu Hoodies, Zip ups and Crews are available to purchase.

Click on the link, make sure you select pick up as your collection option and we will arrange getting them all in one go.


Laybuy and Afterpay available

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mrs perry had her baby!

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Perry who welcomed a beautiful baby girl Milla Mae Perry on Wednesday 24th May.
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Speed limit

You may have noticed these new signs outside our kura last week.

These are permanent 30km/h speed limits so not just at drop off or pick up.

Reduced travel speeds make it easier for drivers to perceive the road in front of them and they are more likely to notice other road users - walkers, bikers, scooters and skaters - ultimately making journeys safer for everyone.

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It has been great seeing tamariki try new spots to be picked up from while the
Mangati Road / Parklands Avenue roundabout is being worked on.

Keep it up whānau and remember please DO NOT wait or park in the drop off bay.

this week at school

This week some of our Kōwhai students have their work to share. They have been learning about the ANZAC soldiers. These students recreated the ANZAC landing in Gallipoli.
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Imogen Papprill, Sapphire Kuchler and Lucy Nicholas with their ANZAC creation.

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Parker Smith & Madie Cadman with their ANZAC creation.

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A team of gymnasts (all different ages) practicing at lunchtime

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Last week's Interschool netball at Bell Block School

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Last week's Interschool Rugby at Bell Block School

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Well done Ava Falaniko for getting player of the day at Interschool Rugby

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Bryn Smith, Mason Cadman & Maleah Ruwhiu finding iron with magnets in the sandpit

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Big smiles from Charlie Ryan, Hudson Ryan, Harry Perkinson & Leo Jeffrey.

home & School

Forget Taco Tuesday - this week it was Noodle Tuesday!

Thanks to our friends at Noodlehead for giving us 15% of this Tuesday night's orders.

We raised $357.06 for Home & School just from ordering yummy kai and supporting a local business! The feedback we have had from parents, teachers and tamariki was great and Noodlehead did an excellent job of keeping their cool with all of our Puketapu orders.

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breakfast Club

LAST CHANCE - Bring a can of fruit for Breakfast Club and your class could win a $100 voucher!

We are asking students to bring a can of fruit to contribute to Breakfast Club. Cans are to be taken to the class and will be collected from there.

On Wednesday 31 May, official can recorders will tally each class's can tower and declare a winner. The winning classroom will receive a $100 voucher to spend!

One can = one point (no matter what size can)

Breakfast Club is available for all tamariki in the Design & Tech room every day between 8.30-8.55am.

It's free, it's delicious and it's a great way to start the day!

before and after school care

We are delighted that Good Seed Trust are launching their 'Good Seed Trust Bell Block OSCAR Programme' beginning on 12 June at Northpoint Church!

Sign your kids up to the before and after school programme and enjoy knowing that they are safe and being cared for in a fun, vibrant and innovative environment that's designed to bring out the best in each child.

For more information please contact Aioi on info@goodseedtrust.co.nz

Or enrol your child at


thank you

Thank you to Rotary Club for donating a dictionary for each of our Year 5 students.
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Very happy Year 5s with their dictionaries.

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John Coleman came to our Kōwhai assembly to hand out the dictionaries.

from home

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


Happy Birthday to all tamariki that have Birthdays over the next week:

  • Greta Phillips
  • Adelle Robinson
  • Skye Blair
  • Finn Barkla
  • Zakhan Faapulou
  • Euan Robinson
  • Aston Chadwick
  • Emilia-Rose Macioce
  • Aaron Gunn

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

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

Wednesday 31 May

  • Breakfast Club Cans - last day for collections

Monday 5 June

  • Kings Birthday / School Closed

Wednesday 7 June

  • Year 5&6 Rippa Tournament

Thursday 8 June

  • Home & School Meeting 6.30pm

Monday 12 June

  • Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

Tuesday 13 June

  • Year 7&8 Rippa Tournament

Wednesday 28 June

  • Manu Tukutuku Day
  • Whole School & Whānau assembly @ Northpoint Church 9.15am

Friday 30 June

  • Last Day of Term 2
  • Dress Up Day / PJ Day Ronald Mcdonald House


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Community notices

2023 census

Dear whānau,

We are supporting Stats NZ to encourage everyone to complete the 2023 Census.

So, this is a reminder that you need to return your census forms if you have not done so already.

Census data is used to make important decisions that affect us all. The census is the official count of people living in Aotearoa New Zealand, and everyone who was in the country on Census Day, 7 March 2023, is required by law to complete a census form.

Your participation will help ensure that our community receives funding for services for the number of people that live in our community. That includes education, health, and social services.

To complete the census, you can do it online at www.census.govt.nz using one of the access codes provided in the letters sent to your household. Or you can fill out paper census forms if you have them. To request a new access code or paper forms, freephone 0800 236 787 (0800 CENSUS) or order online at www.census.govt.nz.

The 2023 Census closes on 30 June, so you should do them online now or as soon as practicable. Ensure your paper forms are posted so they arrive with Stats NZ by 30 June.

Census collectors are no longer visiting households providing help to complete census forms (except in the cyclone-impacted areas of the Far North, Te Tairāwhiti, and Hawke’s Bay).

If you need assistance or more information:

· You can attend a census support event and get face-to-face help to complete forms (for more information go to www.census.govt.nz/census-support).

· We encourage you to help whānau, friends, and neighbours complete their forms.

· There is information in New Zealand Sign Language, Braille, Easy Read, Large Print, and Audio formats, as well as in 29 different languages at www.census.govt.nz.

· The 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787) helpline will be open until 30 June.

Thank you for your support in making sure our community is accurately represented in the census.

Bell Block Community Open Day

Head along, there are great activities for the kids including the chance to win a $400 bike in the colouring competition.
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recharge youth group

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electrical solutions

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