Te Pānui o te Kura o Puketapu

Week 6, Term 4 2021 - 22-26 November 2021

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

Kia kaha - do your best * Kia māia - be courageous * Kia manawanui - have a heart

A Message from our Magic Netball Team

"AIMS games was cancelled so instead we got to go to Masterton and Palmerston North for a mini netball tournament against Masterton Intermediate and Roslyn School. We left school on Wednesday and had a fun & long car ride to Masterton. There was lots of singing and practicing our waiata. We stopped at Kowhai park in Wanganui on the way for a play in the water. We were so excited when we arrived at our Hotel, we discovered an indoor pool and an outdoor pool so got into our togs straight away. After a swim we had dinner and went to check out the netball courts we were going to play at the next day to get prepared."

Tarli Wilson, Kauri 3

"When we arrived at Masterton Intermediate on Thursday morning, three girls came and introduced themselves to us and made us feel very welcome. Then they started their karanga and welcomed us onto the School grounds. Then we went into the hall and the kapa haka preformed for us. Their kapa haka was fantastic and we were blown away. We were paired up with a buddy from their school and they showed us around. We got to do a hip hop / team building class which was so fun. We had some healthy kai before leaving on the bus with them to the netball courts. The bus ride was fun but loud with lots of singing."

Harper, Kauri 3

"We arrived at the netball courts and Mr Walker took us for a warm up. We had some vibey music during the warm up to get us pumped. The first game was up against MIS Tahi and they were a good challenge for us and took the win. Our second game was against MIS Rua it was a very tight game but again MIS took the win after a competitive game. There was yummy kai and tiktok dancing together after the games. We all did a big group dance on the steps. We had a player of the game presentation and MIS presented two of our players with a netball. I was lucky enough to receive one of the netballs and Areiana received the other one. Thank you to everyone that helped us with our fundraising and made this trip happen. Today we are heading to Palmerston North for our final game."

Celestial Roberts, Kauri 1

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Masterton Intermediates netball teams Tahi & Rua, with our Puketapu Magic girls.

Mitre 10 is EPIC!

Our Home & School sent in a submission for the Mitre 10 Helping Hands Project Playground programme. There were over 500 schools that put in a submission – almost half the primary schools in Aotearoa. And we have awesome news for our community.

While we did not get in the top three schools, who gain a brand new playground, they were so impressed by the application written by Eleanor Connole from the Home & School, they have gifted our school a $10,000 Mitre 10 Gift Card to help us make improvements to our existing playgrounds.

Thank you so much to our awesome Home & School and we are looking forward to putting this to good use for our playgrounds.

Read the full article at

thank you-kelele

We just wanted to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to Rachel Sandilands for coming in this year as our ukelele and music teacher.

Rachel has been an amazing teacher and the ākonga of Puketapu Kura have had a blast learning the ukelele and singing.

Tino pai Rachel!

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Getting Ready for 2022

As well as going all out for a great finish to 2021 it is all systems go getting set for 2022:

  • The finishing touches are being done to the class lists...
  • Stationery lists are being checked and uploaded to online providers...
  • Next week students will meet their 2022 teacher and find out which classroom they will be in...
  • Online bookings for our first day of 2022 Head Start Hui will be opening at the end of next week.
  • There are already things going into the Calendar in Hero for next year!

The first day of the 2022 School Year is Tuesday 1 February.

Time to download hero?

Student progress, communication, signing up for Sports and permission for EOTC is now all done via Hero.

So you don't miss out on information and your child doesn't miss out on getting into teams or included in activities, please make sure you have downloaded the Hero app and have notifications set up for your phone home page.

Hero is our primary means of communication so all permission slips and sign up sheets go out in Hero first.

How do I access Hero?

Hero can be accessed using a web browser, but we highly recommend downloading the Hero app to your mobile phone.

Your access is linked to the email address you have registered in your child’s record at the school (so if you change your email address, please let us know.)

Full instructions can be found here: https://hero.linc-ed.com/parents/.

If you have any problems accessing Hero, please let us know by emailing office@puketapu.school.nz. We can add multiple email addresses for each child and we encourage all caregivers to create log-ins.

home and school


Tickets are on sale now! $2 per ticket and we have some awesome prizes!

There are spare forms at the office.

Please keep sending in your items for our grocery raffle - it's going to be great!


The next Home & School meeting is on Monday 29 November at 6.30pm.

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Staff vs students - Netball

Well, what a game!

The Magic netball team got off to a hot start and led the staff 9 - 1 but the Pedagogy Panthers knew the girls would come out strong due to their experience of playing alongside one another.

Later in the game the Panthers were able to take a commanding lead for most of the second half. Nonetheless, you should never count teams out until the final whistle!

Magic clawed their way back into the game to draw level.

In the dying seconds of the game Matua Ngatai had a chance to secure a late victory for the staff... but his shot fell short with the final score being 18 all!

Well done girls on your efforts and all the best for your Netball Tour. Pedagogy Panthers are now playing the Championship winning Penguins basketball team on Friday!

Will the boys be able to secure a victory against the staff?

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Action shots from last Fridays game

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A few red faces and a couple of minor injuries including a broken nail

From around the school

The sun has been out this week at School. Fridays we are enjoying joint lunch breaks with the senior & junior school together.
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Rimu singing "Happy Birthday" to Mr Walker

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Live music at the gate Monday morning - thank you Xanthe and Bella

Our Rimu tamariki learning about showing kia manawanui towards caterpillars

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Harper Sutherland helping out in Rimu for the day, testing out her Leadership skills.

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Matua Ale has not only spent this year teaching at Puketapu school, he has also become a student of ukulele. Whaea Rachel has painted Maunga Taranaki, pohutukawa and the lyrics and chords to the Puketapu Waiata onto this ukulele as a gift for Matua Ale and encourage him to continue to be a healthy life long learner. Thank you Matua Ale for showing kia maia and kia kaha.

Some more wonderful art produced from Rimu

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Arm link races in the playground

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Monkeying around

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Ezra Haylock and his creative painting

From home

If your child has any achievements outside of school please email them to ksmith@puketapu.school.nz so we can share in our newsletter

Well done Raven!

Some talented young athletes have been invited to the NZU14 Camp to be held in Rotorua in April 2022... and Raven Falaniko will be among them.

They will have the opportunity to travel to the camp and compete against some of the best young players across the country and be exposed to some of NZ's best young coaches also.

Ka mutu pea Raven!

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We have so many great tamariki showing our School Values every day! Here are just a few:
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Mason Cadman and Kimiora Wano showing their school values

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Mason Waugh from Totara 3 showing Kia Kaha

Book Club Issue #8

Issue 8 is the last one for 2021 - so a great chance to get books for the summer holidays or Christmas presents...

Get your order in to the office by Thursday 2 December or order at The Loop

(Spare booklets are at the office.)

Duffy Summer Reading $5 offer

Don't miss out on Duffy's summer $5 reading offer.

Flyers came home on Monday (spares are in the office)

Orders and money must be back to the office by the end of school on Wednesday 1 December.

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Can you help our design technology?

Do you work for a business or own a business looking at upgrading your laptops? Would your business or you be willing to donate them?

The Design Technology Hub is on the lookout for old but functioning laptops for ākonga to use next year.

This year we were lucky enough to receive some PC's and laptops from Methanex but we still need a few more so that we can run our classes effectively.

Please let the office or Whaea Claire know if you might be able to help us out.


Happy Birthday to everyone who has a birthday this week:

  • Pippa Perkinson
  • Tayla Gorrie
  • Chayse Hodson
  • Cazzy Roberts
  • Natalie Corin
  • Maddison Gates

Dates for your Diary

Did you know you can see What's On any time with the Hero App? Check out Term Dates or the Events Calendar whenever you like.

Our School Calendar has been updated, however there may be events postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 new protocol.

Wednesday 1 December

  • Last day for Duffy Summer Book orders

Thursday 2 December

  • Last day for Lucky Book Club orders
  • Meet your 2022 Teacher (Students and Staff only)

Friday 3 December

  • SOMADD Community Concert (Students and staff only, being streamed for parents)
  • Last day for Raffle ticket orders

Wednesday 8 December - Friday 10 December

  • Year 8 camp @ Vertical Horizons

Friday 10 December

  • Year 8 Graduation Picnic

Tuesday 14 December

  • Final Assembly (Students and staff only, being streamed for parents)

Wednesday 15 December

  • Last day of school 2021 - School finishes at 12pm

Please check the Calendar on the Hero App for team and class calendar events.

Community notices

Food Bank

Due to COVID there will be no street appeal this year, but you can still be involved...
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via Zoom.

Eight one hourly sessions, weekly at a time convenient to you, available

Topics covered include Communication, Empathy, Setting Limits, Quality
Time, Consequences, Choices, Redirection, Problem Behaviour, Praise vs
Acknowledgement, Time In vs Time Out, The Pause, Erickson’s Stages of
Growth, Personality Types and how it affects your children.

WINZ funding assistance where eligible.

Website: www.nextchapterparenting.co.nz
Contact: brigid@nextchapterparenting.co.nz

Summer Holiday programme

Edventure Holiday Programmes Dec21' & Jan22'

These holidays we have a range of holiday programmes to cater for every child. Spaces limited, OSCAR available. Based at Fitzroy School.

Book now at www.edventure.co.nz

- Edventure Everyday - Arts, crafts, fun and games, 5-13 yr olds. $45/day Dec 16-24. Jan 10-28

- Edventure Outdoors - Head offsite, activities including archery, snorkelling, tramping, surfing etc 8-13 yr olds, $75/day Dec 20-22, Jan 24-28

- Edventure Surf School - Surfing lessons, water safety, SUP. 8-13 yr olds, $75/day. Jan 24-28

- Edventure Sports - Drills, skills, modified games and different sports. 5-13 yr olds. $45/day Jan 17-21

- Edventure Dance Academy - Dance, yoga mindfulness. 5-13 yr olds $55/day Jan 17-21

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Christmas gift boxes

Please drop off to The White Pear or Gather
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the lemon club

Did you know we have before and after school care onsite with The Lemon Club?

They also now have WINZ subsidies available!

Find out more or book online at:


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