TE PĀNUI O TE KURA O PUKETAPU
Week 9, Term 4 2022 - Thursday 15 December
Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart
Kia Māia - Be Courageous
Kia Kaha - Do Your Best
Kia Ora - Be Well
From the Board
Tēnā koutou e te whānau whānui o Te Kura o Puketapu,
The end of the school year is upon us and I am sure you are all looking forward to a well-deserved break over Christmas. I have been fortunate this year to continue as board chair and I am well supported by a passionate and dedicated board. I would like to acknowledge our outgoing board member, Marnie Reinfelds for her commitment to our board over the past three years and welcome Meg Corin to the team. I am grateful to be surrounded by the talented, caring group of parents that make up our board.
Although the prevalence of COVID-19 in our communities subsided slightly this year, we saw a dramatic increase of sickness in general, affecting not only our children but staff as well. I must commend our senior leadership team for constantly juggling learning spaces and teachers to help keep as much consistency as possible for our learners.
I also acknowledge those students whom are leaving Puketapu this year. Everything that has a beginning must have an end; a few years back, you all came to our kura as charming, enthusiastic and little students and now you’re leaving as matured almost-teenagers willing to face any real-world challenge. Be yourself, whatever the circumstances will be. Watch the company you will have. Choose your friends wisely and be diligent in pursuit of your passions. Last but not least, wherever you are continuing your schooling, kia kaha, kia ora, kia māia, kia manawanui!
This is not just a week to acknowledge our graduating class but also to celebrate the parents, family and friends who work so hard to make sure their children succeed. We are extremely lucky to have such a supportive group of parents and caregivers who are dedicated to our school.
On behalf of the board, I wish to extend my gratitude to the Acting Principal Corinne Sattler for her dedication in leading our school in what has been a challenging year. Miss Sattler quietly goes about her mahi inspiring and nurturing and for this we should be thankful. To the senior leadership team and all our teachers and support staff, our school continues to deliver on its strategic plan, continues to grow leaders of tomorrow and to provide a healthy place for learning; we are grateful to have you all.
To our community of Puketapu School, be kind to one and another, enjoy the summer break and we look forward to welcoming you all back in 2023 – mauri ora!
Presiding member, Puketapu School Board
From our Principal
After 4 years of being at Puketapu School I have decided to move back into high school teaching, and will be working in the art and technology departments at Spotswood College in 2023, as a year 9 and 10 kaiako.
I have had an amazing time at Puketapu School and it has been an absolute privilege to create the Design Technology program within the school. I have had lots of help and support along the way, from my colleagues, the senior leadership team, the board and some amazing parents that have come along for the ride. The program that I have run really would not have been as good as it has been without the help of these people, so thank you!
While it is sad to say goodbye to the tamariki at Puketapu School, I will be joining 5 of our current year 8 students, and many more from the last 3 years. I am excited that I will be able to see how they have grown into young adults and help celebrate their successes. I hope to see many more Puketapu kids in the future when they come to Spotswood College.
"In a world where you can be anything, be kind"
It is sad to come to the end of my Puketapu journey. I have enjoyed growing and developing over these last four years and look forward to the next chapter. I appreciate all the support given through all my health challenges and study. Puketapu has been a special part of the journey, and I have made many special memories and connections.
Ngā mihi nui David.
After a whirlwind 12 months at Puketapu, I’ve decided to move on so I can be closer to home and give more time to my wife and children and their extra curricular activities. This will see me moving to Vogeltown Primary School to take up a position teaching Year 5 & 6 students. I have really enjoyed my time here and have learnt so much in such a short time. I’d like to thank the staff, students, and Puketapu community for being so welcoming and supportive and I would like to wish everyone the very best for their future endeavors.
Until next time,
Arohanui, Mr Goodwin
Recently I was asked by a new student what the kids at Puketapu School call me. Well, I replied, Miss Sowman, Whaea Kim, just Whaea, Mum, Aunty Kim and sometimes just Kim. Ahh he said. I think I'll just call you Multi Named Miss... and he does.
What a privilege it has been to be all of those things to so many beautiful children over the past 10 years. Luckily, even though my years of teaching at Puketapu School are coming to an end I will still be a part of the Puketapu whanau as Erin's mum. Many of my memories at Puketapu involve yummy food, glitter, mud, crazy dancing and bubbles but my best memories involve lots of hugs and feeling loved. Thank you for all your kindness over the years and I will definitely see you around.
Thank you also to...
To our Kai team - Teresa Julian, Charlotte McGoldrick and Sharron Arbuckle - who have kept our tamariki well fed with delicious and healthy kai made with aroha.
Kapai te kai! Our Kai team of Teresa, Sharron and Charlotte have kept us all well fed all year, including special events and treats like sizzled sausages!
To our Home & School - Jess Nicholas and the team for all they do for our school including their incredible fundraising efforts for the pool, which we are looking forward to being able to celebrate even more in Term 1.
Some of our superb Home and School team at Northpoint on Monday, taking on feeding all our Graduation Dinner guests. Great teamwork!
A BIG Thank you to Fred “The Milo Man” and June for all of their help over the years with Breakfast Club especially the kids much loved toast day!
Fred and June won’t be volunteering next year and we've appreciated their support.
To Northpoint Church - for all the support they have offered us throughout the year, including the use of their awesome venue. In the last week alone Northpoint have hosted us for SOMADD, Year 8 Graduation Dinner and our Final Assembly.
To all the sports coaches, managers, parent transport, supporters who have supported our tamariki in many competitions and codes throughout the year.
To all those who have volunteered in classrooms, on trips, in gardens and in multiple other ways to support out students, staff and school.
And to the wider community and whānau for everything they do THANK YOU.
Donated by former Principal, Mr Alan Smith, first awarded in 2006 to Misikei Fonoti.
This award is offered to the boy and girl, or boys and girls, in Year 8 who meet the following criteria:
They exhibit a respectful attitude towards themselves, and in their dealing with others
They exhibit high standards of personal conduct and of personal effort in their learning and in their social relationships
They are an excellent role model to other students in the school
They have evidence of strong school involvement
They have a positive attitude towards the philosophies of the school and to the people they work with, teachers and students
They exhibit the principles of ‘fair play’ in all sporting and cultural activities
They prove to be a ‘good friend’ to their peers
Congratulations... Tayla Gorrie
The Arts & Culture
Puketapu Arts Award
Donated by former Deputy Principal Steve Wright (1997-2012), first awarded in 2012 to Parris Faapulou.
The purpose of this award is to encourage and celebrate the arts and performance. Students eligible have made an Exceptional Contribution to Performing Arts:
Demonstrate an understanding of what a Performing Arts really is
Be an inspiration to others and have the ability to coach younger, less experienced students in the skills of Performing Arts.
Able and willing to take part in any formal or informal, production, concert or play.
Confident in fronting an audience.
Congratulations to... Kingston Benton
Excellence in Sports (School, Provincial, National Representative Teams)
Participation in and out of school
Team member – acceptance of rules and other persons
Attitude - Giving back to sport (e.g. coaching), determination, self-drive
Pride in achievement
Congratulations to.... Poutama Murray
Mainfreight Duffy Award for Academic Excellence
Donated by our Duffy major sponsor Mainfreight. First awarded to Jeremy McMillan in 1997.
The purpose of this award is to encourage academic success in the classroom. It will be awarded to the highest achieving Year 8 student based on their educational and academic achievements. This award is based on the following criteria:
- Achievement in school-based assessment and evaluation
- Results of standardised testing
- Demonstrate commitment to learning in all academic areas (i.e. all seven learning areas)
- Demonstrate high motivation, initiation, integrity, intellectual depth and leadership judgement
- Participation and success in external curricula events
Congratulations to... Nate Stainthorpe
Nate takes pride in everything he does. He is a learner who acknowledges that in order to seek reward – effort must come first.
Kapa Haka & Tikanga
In honour of the many years Mataatua Te Rongopatai worked with our tamariki, this award is presented to a student (Boy or Girl) from any ethnic group.
Be secure in the knowledge of his / her ancestral links
Positively model leadership in Maori Culture through a variety of opportunities, eg Tikanga, te Reo, Kapahaka etc.
Demonstrate self-worth, self-esteem and personal pride in his or her attitude, behaviour or demeanour
Display physical, spiritual and emotional well-being and knowledge and respect for him/herself and others
Congratulations to... Māhinarangi Rutene and Harper Sutherland
Māhinarangi joined Te Kura o Puketapu Kapa Haka Roopu this year. She is very driven and had many great ideas when putting together the bracket. Māhinarangi has shown strong positive leadership and discipline throughout the year. She leads and performs with mana.
- Always comes to their Design Technology (DT) class open to learning
- Enthusiastic about DT and learning DT through a variety of methods
- High interest in Food Technology
- Goes above and beyond - continues to learn and practice cooking (and/or other technologies) at home
- Helps others in class
Congratulations to...Marcel Engels
The purpose of this award is to acknowledge and recognise the involvement in the corporate life of the school and the contributions these students in these year groups make.
- Excel in modelling and living all our school School Values (Kia Manawanui, Kia Māia, Kia Ora, Kia Kaha)
- Demonstrate intrinsic behaviours in Class, Whānau Groups and School opportunities.
Congratulations to... Adelle Robinson and Lachlan Waldron
Adelle excels in all areas of school life. She embodies all of the Puketapu values and lives these each day at our kura. She sets a high standard in her work and behaviour and works hard to maintain and reach these goals. She is extremely considerate of other people and their feelings and always has respectful interactions with her peers. She is a real learner who is always willing to take risks and give new learning opportunities a go. Adelle is a natural leader with a friendly, bubbly attitude and a big heart.
Lachie is an outstanding leader and example wherever he is. He consistently lives all of the Puketapu School values and shows respect to all people. He consistently has a positive attitude towards learning. He challenges himself and takes risks both inside and outside the classroom. He is a team player and always supports his peers around him. Lachie's kindness extends to all and his compassionate and empathetic nature is admired by all.
2023 KAITIAKI TAMA ME KOTIRO
It has been great being part of the decision-making process for the 2023 Kaitaki Tama me Kotiro this year.
2023 Kaitiaki Kotiro me Tama Process:
- Year 7 aspiring leaders present to a leadership appointments panel
- Staff have input via a vote
- The Senior Leadership (Ngatai, Corinne, Amanda, Avon) take the staff votes and the appointments panel perspectives along with their own and then makes the decision.
We are delighted to announce our Kaitiaki Kotiro me Tama for 2023 will be...
Ella Rauputu and Kingston Benton
In 2023 Ella and Kingston will be the Kaitiaki for the entire year and we will be adding an additional Kaitiaki Tama me Kotiro in Term 3 to join them. This is so that any aspiring leaders can show their leadership skills and they will then apply late in Term 2. The same process will apply as above.
The old and the new:
Outgoing Kaitiaki Tama Liam Smith and Poutama Murray with new Kaitiaki Tama Kingston Benton, new Kaitiaki Kotiro Ella Rauputu and outgoing Kaitiaki Kotiro Esther Poching and Harper Sutherland.
OTHER STUDENT LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
In Week 3 of Term 1, 2023, students will have the opportunity to apply for the other student leadership positions in our school: Whānau Leaders, Sports Leaders, ICT Leaders, Environmental Leaders, Kapa Haka Leaders, etc (new positions could potentially be added also). These leadership positions will be confirmed early in Term 1
Keisha Lowry * Kiritopa Veza * Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa* Katie MacRae
Triston Kake * Anika Engebretsen * Sophie Jacobsen * Zakhan Faapulou
Hamu Adams * Addyson Chaloner * Willow Deed * Brynley Smith * Emily Judd
Lily Ponting * Likhitha Medasetti * Pandora Cameron * Azura Savage
Preston Cooper * Ellori Papprill
Hunter Cleghorn-Flynn * Raiden Rangi * Charles Hardgrave
Emma Hoskin * Koen Adams * Carter Taylor * Isla Johnson
Carlos Macioce * Ava Falaniko * Kaitlyn Veza * Rory Meijer
Declan Brooking * Maddox Adamson * Rowan Evans * Sophie McGovern
Bethany Thompson * Maria Wano * Michael Phillips * Tui Robinson
Teone Mundt * Jahlia Manukonga-Te Uira * Esther Poching * Onaleah Zandbergen
Roam Harvey-Smith * Nusaybah Merdj * Bonnie Rupe * Goo Pham
Waipuia Lomano * Claire Asai * Liliana Hodson
Avery Philips * Cyruz Ingram * Mila Hyland * Flynn Bird
Reeve Cooper * Brodie Houghton * Sasha Sudharsan * Lucas Speedy
Chloe Lepper * Ella Rauputu * Erin Sowman * Liam Smith
Iniyah Zandbergen * Greta Phillips * Channing Rajput * Kayden Lucinsky
Nixon Gadsby * Whakairi Rangi * Billy Prestney * Indie Bird
Emmie Lucinsky * Ryan Chand * Oscar Nicholas * Kohen Harvery
Joel Purdie * Zoe Jones * Sophie Engels
Rimu Award Winners
Totara Award Winners
Kowhai Award Winners
Kauri Award Winners
The Class of 2022
How do we show 'Kia ora' in summer? What do we do for our “Wellbeing” to be healthy in the summer?
Although the rain meant we couldn't have our usual outdoor celebration, Northpoint came to our rescue and we got to enjoy performances of dance, music and drama on our theme of 'Kia Ora'.
Our SOMADD Sound/Lighting Crew Kingston Benton and Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa.
We are SO grateful to Northpoint Church for the use of their amazing facilities!
Thank you to our SOMADD Raffle Sponsors
Thank you to the generosity of our school community and these local businesses:
Noel Leeming * Robertsons Pharmacy * KJO Pottery * Mee o Mi * Toy World
Torpedo 7 * Hunting and Fishing * Bell Block Florist * Tartan Rose
Green Acres Bell Block * Allied Bell Block * White Pear Cafe * Palmers
Bell Block Pharmacy * Headline Salon * Bout Time Brownies * Neale from Bayleys
Smok'n Comrades * Countdown The Valley * Fleur Devonshire Hair Collection
Getting a Head Start on 2023
Our first day of school in 2023 is Tuesday 31 January 2023
On this day we have our Head Start Hui
These are short meetings for every student, when the student, parent and teacher meet together to get the school year off to a great start:
- To build a partnership of learning between whānau and school (whanaungatanga)
- For our families to share the strengths and dreams for their tamariki
- For our teachers to listen to and get to know their akonga
Each hui will last about 15 minutes. Book at time that suits you at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz (event: gmdbu)
The purpose of these meetings is whakawhanaungatanga - building strong relationships together. Children come to school with their whānau for their meeting then go home for the rest of the day. The purpose of these meetings is to get to know each other, establish great lines of communication, set some learning goals and get the year off to the best possible start for your child.
Lists for all 2023 classes are available now on https://www.myschool.co.nz/puketapubb
Don’t wait until mid-January when the ‘team of 5 million’ get home from holiday - order now and avoid the back to school rush.
OfficeMax have Laybuy*, so you can pay in 6 weekly, interest-free instalments - and still get your order right away. Or you can pay by internet banking, credit card or debit card.
When you shop on https://www.myschool.co.nz/puketapubb you’ll receive free delivery on orders over $46*. You will also help our school earn school rewards* that we use to purchase much needed extra resources for our school.
* Terms & Conditions apply, see myschool.co.nz for details.
Happy birthday to all those who have Birthdays coming up this week and over the holidays:
- Taylor Urlich
- Ethnie Stevens
- Reeve Hunt
- Indie Bird
- Summer Wilkinson
- Imogen Papprill
- Rayne Morehu
- Piper Waldron
- Blythe Fadlen
- Sophie Morrison
- Delylah Hall
- Ari Marlow
- Elody Perrett
- Kaydince Brill
- Faith O'Brien
- Kaitlyn Veza
- Addison Leathley
- Theo Connole
- Iona Den-McKay
- James Smith
- Charlotte Mangin
- Lola Parkinson
- Caydence Roberts
- Tui Robinson
- Declan Murphy
- Emma Hatchard
- Hoani Adams
- Maddox Adamson
- Ellori Papprill
- Connor Scholtz
- Parker Smith
- Briar Walthew
- Vidyasri Vathada
- Johnny Read
- Lucas Speedy
- Ava Falaniko
- Kaiba Tuapawa-Poutu
- Azura Savage
- Te Waiaurere Mahinekura
- Lydia Walthew
- Hudson Ryan
- Nico Gunther
- Toby Ryan
- Lily Ponting
- Amarni Cooper
- Skylah Meston
See you Next Year
Pre-season office hours will be:
- Tuesday 24 January - 10.00-2.00
- Wednesday 25 January - 10.00-2.00
- Thursday 26 January - 10.00-2.00
- Friday 27 January - 10.00-2.00
- Monday 30 January - closed (Staff Only Day)
- Tuesday 31 January - normal hours 8.30-3.30