Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 5, Term 4, 2019

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

EOTC - Education Outside the Classroom

What a week to be out and about!

The Year 5 and 6 students are spending this week at Te Wera. Day 1 looked amazing, with sunshine and fun challenges.

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Our Year 4s have their Activity Week this week - yesterday was a mystery fun day - food, slime, sport, even a glow in the dark party! Today they are at the Todd Aquatic Centre, tomorrow is Bowlarama and Friday a special science day.
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Next week it is a group of our Year 8s heading away. They will head to Patea Dam and have the opportunity to abseil, waterslide, build rafts, build bivvies, swim and mud run... Sounds like a great experience! THANK YOU to those parents who came to the rescue by volunteering to be adult helpers on this camp.

Student Showcase

It was great to have the whole school together for Student Showcase on Friday, and great to see so many kids (and adults) in whanau colours. It made a very colourful playground too!
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Congratulations to our values award winners

Presented at Showcase on Friday, we would like to say a big Well Done to the winners of the Values Awards. These are awarded to one student in each Learning Team, for showing our school values at school and in their daily life.

Jahliyah McLeod Chard

For consistently being focused on her learning and always showing Kia Manawanui to her peers.


Hunter Wall Colvin

For working extremely hard in his learning this week and displaying all of our values.


Mika Falaniko

For trying her best and taking risks in all areas of her learning, never giving up, and always helping and thinking of others.


Nova Davies

For having a 'can-do' attitude towards her learning, who is taking more risks, and is becoming an independent learner.

The Values Awards are proudly sponsored by The White Pear Cafe

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Puketapu Te Kura - Our School Song

Here is a great video of Tirahia and Ashaela demonstrating the actions for our school song. This is something that all our students start learning from their first day and we all do at Showcase.
Puketapu Te Kura - waiata

Don't Miss Out! Student Artwork Calendar Orders

Last day to order!

Choose from: Calendars $12, Diaries $16, Mouse Mats $14, Notebook/Sketch Pad $13 and Cards (x8) $13

Orders must be in and paid for by tomorrow Thursday 14 November. Spare order forms are in the office.

These make great presents and also help raise money for our school.

Puketapu T Shirts - Lots of Colours!

Last order for 2019!

We will be making one final order of Puketapu coloured T shirts.

These come in many colours (not just whanau group colours) and sizes from Child XS up to Mens XXL.

$20 per shirt. Order and pay at the office before the end of tomorrow, Thursday 14th November.

Sausage Sizzle - Thursday

This Thursday (tomorrow) the Year 8s are holding a lunchtime sausage sizzle fundraising for their graduation hoodies.

$2 per sausage. Order at the office after school today or before 9.00am tomorrow.

Duffy $5 Summer Book Offer

There are some great titles for $5!

Look out for the leaflet in your child's bag.

Orders and payment need to be back at school by Friday 15 November


In Rimu 2, the children of have been teaching each other phonics. Here is Mason sounding out letters to Ryan and Roam.
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    Congratulations to our Duffy Award winners. Duffy Awards are given to recognise academic achievement or improvement and progress towards learning goals.
    • Evie Roberts
    • Layla Read
    • Gretta Keith
    • Miles Murphy
    • Dominic Olander-Collison
    Our Duffy Awards are sponsored by First Gas.
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    Kia Manawanui for our Kura

    Yesterday the wind had blown rubbish all over the place so lots of our tamariki helped to clean up.

    This group from Rimu picked up lots of rubbish and heaps of lost clothes too.

    Well done team! You have made our school look much nicer and helped lost clothes find their home.

    Congratulations to this weeks Puketapu Superstars

    Kia Kaha - Do your Best

    • Alexander Den-McKay
    • Aaron Gunn
    • Channing Rajput
    • Bonnie Rupe
    • Madison Webby
    • Kairyn Niwa-Te Huia
    • Skye Ramsay
    • Summer Wilkinson

    Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

    • Harlee Ruwhiu
    • Keanu Tango
    • Joel Purdie

    The Tech Hub

    Kia Ora everyone.

    Inventors this week have started making Paper Circuits. These are an easy way to learn about electronics. All you need is conductive tape, LED lights and a 3V coin battery. The students have been designing cards and artwork to use for their design.

    Soft materials are completing their zip up bags and screen printing. After several students asking, they also made a ton of scrunchies!

    Micro:Bits class have been coding their Micro:Bits. Alex, Jeosh and Chayce worked hard to code their Micro:Bit to help with fishing. They are looking at entering their design into the global challenge.

    Next week we are planning recipes for the Great Kauri Cookie Bake Off! It's time to make some cookies and share them around. Students are working in pairs to make a batch or 2 of cookies and Christmas treats.

    Permission Slips

    It is the time of year when there are lots of activities happening.

    For these activities, permission slips are sent home which must be signed and returned.

    Without permission, we can't take kids on activities. We don't want anyone to miss out, so please don't forget to get signed forms back. Please pay attention to the "must be back by..." dates - sometimes we need to advise final numbers and on the morning of is sometimes too late...

    Road Patrollers - don't forget that your permission slip has to be in by Monday morning to go to the pools on Tuesday.

    An update about money...

    You can log in to Linc-Ed at any time to check your account - just click on the money symbol.

    If you haven't already, please settle up your account before the end of the year.

    Touch Fees

    Please pay your touch fees at the office, by cash, cheque or EFTPOS, or online banking.

    School Accounts

    If you have a regular payment to school, please check that your payment is enough to clear what is owing by the end of the year. Log in to your Linc-Ed account to check your balance or ask at the office.

    If you are having trouble paying, please speak to Paula in the office.

    Grocery Raffle for SOMAD Community Evening

    Home & School are now collecting for the amazing raffles which will be drawn at our celebration evening at SOMAD Community Concert.

    Grocery Raffle:

    Food items, toiletries, Christmas treats

    (No alcohol please and please no more baked beans - we have HEAPS already)

    Business Baskets:

    If your family or business would like to donate a basket of goodies to be raffled, that would be AMAZING!

    Home & School Fundraising

    Our Home & School has a new fundraising venture - some very eco-friendly options.

    Great for Christmas presents, gifts or making pare kore changes in your home.

    Order by next Thursday 21 November.

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    Christmas Parade Float

    It is almost that time again - the Bell Block Christmas Parade is on Saturday 7 December.

    Are there any parents who would like to arrange a school float? If you can help out, please contact Cushla Walthew.

    Friday Lunches:

    Order and pay at the office before 3:30pm on Wednesday. (You can order on Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday, but Thursday is too late.)

    Week 6: Friday 22 November

    · Mince & cheese pie $4

    · Ham & cheese croissant $4

    · Fruit salad & yoghurt $5

    · Banana chocolate muffins $3

    Week 7: Friday 29 November

    · Sweet corn & bacon quiche $4

    · Cranberry, chicken & brie panini $4

    · Fruit salad & yoghurt $5

    · Raspberry & white chocolate muffin $3

    Week 8: Friday 6 December

    · Mince & cheese pie $4

    · Ham, cheese & egg filled roll $4.50

    · Fruit salad & yoghurt $5

    · Apple cinnamon muffin $3

    what's On: This Week and Next

    Thursday 14 November

    • Year 5 & 6 at Te Wera
    • Year 4 Bowlarama
    • Last day for calendar orders
    • Last day for Tshirt orders
    • Sausage sizzle for Year 8 Graduation Hoodie fundraising

    Friday 15 Nov

    • Year 4 Science Day
    • Year 5 & 6 back from Te Wera

    Week 6

    Tuesday 19 Nov

    • Road Patrollers' Reward Day at Todd Energy Aquatic Centre.

    Thursday 21 Nov
    • Year 8 Patea Dam Overnight Trip (leaving 8.30am)

    What's on: Later in the Term

    Below is an outline of the major activities planned in Term 4.

    Week 7

    Monday 25 Nov

    • 2.00pm NPGHS / NPBHS School Visit (Year 8s)
    • 9:00 - 3:00 all 2020 year 9 students Spotswood day.

    Friday 29 Nov

    • Tough Kid Challenge (Hawera, all Y5 & Y6s)
    • Rimu shared morning tea - fancy dress, book character 10.15-11 Rimu 1 & 2 space

    Week 8

    Tuesday 3 Dec

    • Helpers morning tea at 10:30am

    Thursday 5 Dec

    • Year 6& 7 Meet Your 2020 Teacher (2.00 - 2.40)
    • Year 8 (Exit Interviews) with Ngatai & Corinne

    Friday 6 Dec

    • SOMAD Community Concert - 6.00pm

    Week 9

    Monday 9 Dec

    • Kauri EOTC Week

    Wednesday 11 Dec

    • EMR Trip to Goat Island - Kauri (16 students)

    Thursday 12 Dec

    • Kowhai/Totara/Rimu Meet Your 2020 Teacher (2.00-2.40)

    Week 10

    Monday 16 Dec

    • Final School Assembly (1100) - Northpoint Church
    • Year 8 graduation dinner (6.00pm) - Northpoint Church

    Tuesday 17 Dec

    • School finishes @ 1200


    Happy birthday to all those who have Birthdays coming up this week:

    • Connor Parsons
    • Ella Rauputu

    • Brooke Balsom
    • Ariki Brown
    • Millah West
    • Layla Hardgrave
    • Jurnee Rei
    • Rocky Lomano
    • Lee Duff
    • Skyla Rose Pratt
    • Bijou Garcia Cielo
    • Kyra-Jae Paki

    Community Notices

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