Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 11, Term 1 2021 - 14 April 2021

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

From our Principal

As-salamu alaikum - Peace be upon you

To all of our Muslim whanau here at Puketapu, as you enter the first week of Ramadan, we wish you and your family peace, harmony, happiness, good health, and prosperity - Ramzan Chand Mubarak to you and everyone at your home.


I am extremely proud of our first term of 2021 with the way the students and teachers have developed strong relationships and got into their learning rhythm. This time last year we had already had three weeks of Level 4 home learning and we would experience another month of being in Level 3 & 4. This year we feel hugely grateful to have taught the full term here at school and to have had so many enjoyable and authentic learning experiences through our learning theme of Ko Puketapu Mātou - We are Puketapu.

In Term 2, our learning theme is Ko Miharo o te Putaiao - The Wonder of Science. At Puketapu we feel that Science is able to inform problem solving and decision making in many areas of life. Many of the major challenges and opportunities that confront our world need to be approached from a scientific perspective, taking into account social and ethical considerations. We are looking forward to all the questions, curiosity, experiements and investigations from our akonga .

We wish you all a great two week school break with your whanau and look forward to seeing you back at Puketapu School on Monday the 3rd of May.

Noho ora mai

Ngatai Walker


Learning Posts will be Published this Friday

Our Teachers are finishing off the learning posts for all our students for the Term 1 learning themes, including:

  • Ko Puketapu Mātou

  • Swimming - Water Safety

  • ...and any other learning specific to your child's learning team.

These are being posted this week and will all be in Hero by Friday.

Look out for the notifcation in your Hero app.

If you want to get back to Learning Posts for your child at any time, simply click on the menu (three lines) in the top left corner in Hero, then select your child and under their picture will be their Learning Team name.

You can also see their Learning Goals under Reading, Writing and Maths in the same place.


Our school will commemorate Anzac Day tomorrow (Thursday) as this year Anzac Day falls in the first term break.

In our school entrance we will have thirty crosses in a small piece of grass as a silent reminder of New Zealand’s major contribution to freedom and the considerable sacrifice of what was then a very small nation. This field of crosses commemorates New Zealanders killed in war and honours returned and serving servicemen and women.

Last year, Anzac Day was during Level 4, and what I loved about this was the way all communities designed their own way of remembering loved ones, whether that was online or out at their letterbox with their neighbours and hosting their own service.

The Ode of Remembrance

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,

We remember them.

E kore rātou e kaumātuatia

Pēnei i a tātou kua mahue nei

E kore hoki rātou e ngoikore

Ahakoa pehea i ngā āhuatanga o te wā

I te hekenga atu o te rā

Tae noa ki te arangamai i te ata

Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou

Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou

Maria Gill - Role Model

Last Friday our whole school had the opportunity to listen to a great role model:

Maria Gill writes real stories about animals, birds and famous people.

She can take you on a volcanic journey, give you the ins and outs of how to save kiwi, let you on in the secret world of sports training, and tell you what Sir Edmund Hillary and other greats were like as children.

Many years ago, Maria taught Primary and Intermediate school children, and now she writes full-time with chickens pecking at her office window. She’s written 44 books including some for teachers and the classroom and has won awards for 'New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 25 Kiwi Champions' and ANZAC Heroes. Maria has just won New Zealand’s top literary prize for children’s writers, the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture award.

Check out www.mariagill.co.nz and say hi to her on Facebook: Maria Gill Children’s Books

Thank you to Duffy Books in Homes for arranging the visit and to Northpoint Church for being a wonderful host for us all.

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Some of our ākonga acting out a story at the Duffy Role Model presentation.


Yesterday our Rimu team took a trip to Pukepura Park & Brooklands Zoo. We enjoyed exploring the animals at the zoo and playing on the playgrounds. All of our tamariki showed our school values and did an excellent job of representing our Kura.

These were some of the children's favourite things from yesterday.

"My favourite thing was the flying fox" - Amira Azad

"Rolling down the hill" - Honor Wilson

"The bus ride was my favourite" - Casey Mangin

"The playround was my favourite, by the zoo" - Keaton Feather-Smith

"Going walking because it gave my legs good exercise"- Charlie Ryan

And a big thank you to the whanau that came along and helped make the trip possible.

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Dont forget about Superhero Day tomorrow...

The teachers have some fun activities set up for a super day!

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Kowhai Colour Run

This Friday for the Kowhai team will be doing a colour run/walk. They will be doing laps around the field while having to complete obstacles such as the waterslide, crawling under things and jumping through tyres.

We encourage kids to wear old light (or white) clothes if they have them.

At the beginning of last week your child would have received a colour run sponsorship form. We encourage kids to get creative when it comes to fundraising. There will be prizes for our top collectors. Could these please be returned by Thursday this week.

This will be apart of our end of term Kowhai ranui and will take place between 1:30pm and 3pm.


In Kauri 3 students have been learning about volume and capacity. We learnt the formula for calculating volume and measured the volume of different sized boxes. Then we measured the capacity by putting a plastic bag in the box and pouring water in and measuring the amount of water the box held. Then we compared the volume and capacity of each box.

We also learned that Mrs J needs to get bags without holes in them and really this exercise should be done outside!!!!!

Whanau Wā

Last Friday was our first Whanau Wā. The purpose of Whanau Wā is to get students and teachers within a Whanau to connect and get to know one another. Older students to younger students and vice versa and teachers getting to know students of Puketapu beyond their own class and syndicate.

It was great to see Piwakawaka red, Kiwi yellow, Tui blue and Kakapo green throughout the school on Friday.

So many awesome bright colours to show people which whanau group they belong to.

The sack race was a favourite lunchtime activity.
(The Students v Staff race was great fun, but no photographic evidence!)

From the tech hub

A Makerspace at Puketapu School

A makerspace is a collaborative workspace for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high-tech to no-tech tools.

It’s more of the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests that’s at the core of a makerspace. These spaces are also helping to prepare those who need the critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence.

We are looking to create a makerspace which will be open to all akonga at Puketapu School.

We are looking for a 20ft container that a wonderful team of Puketapu Dads is going to kit out for us. (We had one lined up, but can no longer get it.)

Is there anyone in our Puketapu School whanau that might be able to help us to find another container?

Once we have this, we can start looking at the construction of the inside of the Maker Space. This will have workbenches and storage for tools and materials, and potentially an outside area for woodworking.

If you think you might be able to help offer a solution for our 20 ft container, please let the office know or email Claire Wigley directly on cwigley@puketapu.school.nz


A big thank you to one of our Dads (and ex-Puketapu School student) Craig Leathley, who came in and helped with our year 7 & 8 technology class. Craig was blown away with the enthusiasm of the kids and what they produced.

There were a few spares and some of the staff were lucky enough to have a taster of these delicious items.

What beautiful presentation of the yummy food.

Interschool Swimming

Last Wednesday a team of 17 swimmers went to the Bell Block pools to represent Puketapu at the annual Interschool Swimming sports.

This year we had some talented students showcasing their skills and we had our first ever Interschool Champion with Esther Poching taking out the Year 7 girls 50m Freestyle.

Every competitor showed Kia Kaha and swam their best and we had some very tired athletes at the end of the day having swum heats and finals in just about every event including the School relay. Many of those finals had not one but two Puketapu swimmers which is a massive achievement for Puketapu.

Many thanks to Nicola Gorrie for her support in timekeeping throughout the day.

Place getters:

Ella Raupatu - Year 6 Girls

2nd 25m Backstroke

2nd 25m Breaststroke

2nd 3 Stroke Medley

Esther Poching - Year 7 Girls

2nd 25m Freestyle

1st 50m Freestyle

3rd 3 Stroke Medley

Issac Wilson

3rd 3 Stroke Medley

Finalists: Kayden La Rue, Koda Herewini-Kelsen, Tayla Gorrie, Pare Te Atiawa, Yelena Poching, Natalie Corin, Vengeance Hellier, Liam Phillips

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Kapa haka

Our Kapa Haka Roopu has had a slow start to this year with limited sessions due to Covid and public holidays. This week we were able to split our Tane and Kotiro to work on the individual parts. It was neat seeing Tuakana/Teina in action with the senior girls teaching the younger students the poi. The boys worked hard mastering the haka with Miss Knuckey.


Winter Sports

It is so exciting that we have 19 teams of children playing sports. That's more than 170 children out there having fun and representing Puketapu School. All information has gone out via Hero. If you haven't received any please check your email junk folder and your Hero settings. Paula and Kerie are able to help.

A massive thanks to all the adults who have taken on a coach/manager role as well as all those people who help out each week. Your time, expertise and enthusiasm is valued and appreciated. We have many coaches who are showing lots of Kia Maia and having a go for the first time.

Coaches will be in contact over the holidays to let you know about any training and other team logistics. Some teams have changed slightly due to numbers so please check Hero for up to date emails.If you haven't seen this please check your settings or come into the office for someone to help you.

We have been able to welcome players from Inglewood Primary as well as Bell Block Primary who will join some of our hockey and miniball teams. I know they will be made to feel welcomed and we are grateful for them as we could not enter teams without them.

Our wider community has been amazing with people donating sports gear, Thanks to Denis Putt, Steve Lloyd, Paora Rauputu, Mark Kuchler and Marist Netball club for their kind donations.

Year 3/4 miniball coach required

Year 7/8 basketball teams still to be confirmed by trial.

Gear bags: We have 5 missing. These are most likely from 2020 Term 4 Touch or even 2020 winter sports. If you have coached a sport in the previous 12 months, please have a look.

All coaching kits/bags will be hopefully ready by Friday if not by the first day of term 2. Kim will make contact to arrange collection of these.

First Netball of the Season

Well done to our year 7 & 8 netball teams who had their first games on Saturday in the pouring rain. They all showed Kia kaha, Kia māia & Kia manawanui on the netball court.

Time to Return your Touch Top

If you have a borrowed Touch Shirt please return it to the office asap - we need them for winter sports.

Your $40 bond is returned when you return your shirt clean and in good condition ready for the next person.


Sponsors sought: We are on the lookout for sponsors to enable us to hire the BBK hall for all weather sport practices. $100 sponsorship. We will acknowledge your contribution on our facebook Page and in newsletters.

hoodie orders are OPEN!

New Plymouth based Game Changer will be providing our next batch of hoodies.

Order online at


Hoodies are $59 each, which includes the school logo and name AND the name of your choice on the back.

Choose your colour and size and choose your option for payment.

(Sorry Kiwi whanau, yellow hoodies are proving to be impossible to source so yellow is not an option this time.)

Orders close on Friday 7 May (end of Week 1 Term 2) - delivery will be later in the term.

An Art Competition for the Holidays

Mainfreight are looking for a design for their 2022 Duffy Calendar.

The theme for the design is:
"Things I learn at school will help me to..."

Entries must be:

  • Flat (no collage or glitter)
  • No larger than A3
  • Landscape (not portrait)
  • Have your name, school and age written on the back
  • Handed in to the school office no later than Wednesday 5 May (That is the first Wednesday of Term 2)

from the playground

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Mrs Edwin on duty with her special helpers Addison Leathley, Emilia-Rose Macioce

& Reeve Cooper.

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Miss Sowman & Rocky Lomano having a lunch time cuddle.

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Nova Davies making the most of the sandpit while the weather is clear.

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Ryan Jupp, Casey Mangin, Kobie Wilson, Joel Hunt & Dylan Christmas hanging out in their favourite place.

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Lesley Paora & Elody Perrett using team work to help accomplish the best handstand.

We love climbing at Puketapu.

Did you know climbing develops our spatial awareness, motor skills, & memory. Also when kids climb together, they learn lifelong social skills


The latest craze in the kid world (and some adults have been known to enjoy them too).

There are so many fun and educational games that can be played using these.


Well done to all our Superstars this week, spotted showing our school values. Here are just some of them:
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Rimu 3's Tyde Simpson, Ella Mackenzie and Hanale Adams have all been trying super hard with the letter 'S'. Super Stuff Superstars!
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Well done Kaylee Mortensen who was definitely doing her best and showing Kia Kaha with her reading, moving up to Level 15!
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Georgia-Lee Scrimgeour & Goo Pham have been showing Kia Kaha
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Well done Carter Silich for doing excellent work in phonics and showing great Kia Kaha
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Well done Kayden Jacobsen who has been trying really hard, showing Kia Kaha making great choices and being in the right place at the right time. Well done Kayden!
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Lyric Falaniko & Euan Robinson have been showing Kia Kaha and helping clean up the whole classroom.

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Briar Walthew has been trying her best during phonics with Miss Collier. Great Kia Kaha Briar.
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How is this for Kia Manawanui? Lucy Nicholas is a kind and thoughtful friend to one and all. Keep it up Lucy!

Duffy award

Duffy Awards are given for academic achievement, progress, improvement, attitude to learning or similar. As part of their award, children get to choose a book to keep!
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Yulla Te Kura with her Duffy book - for being an all round superstar and doing her best with all her learning.


A big pakipaki for one of our learning assistants, Josh Jacomb who has been selected for the 2021 University of Waikato Chiefs Under 20’s.
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Thank you to Leonard Morrison who kindly donated this guitar to our Kura.
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Thank you

Thank you to Stuart Urban and Countdown at The Valley for their very generous donation to Breakfast Club.

Reminder Breakfast Club is on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at the Wharekai.


Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week and through the holiday break:
  • Horizon Scott
  • Cain Logie
  • Carter Silich
  • Jade Grocock
  • Esther Poching
  • Waimirirangi Adams
  • Rangi Tau Brider
  • Charlie Ryan
  • Kayden Jacobsen
  • Audrea O'Brien
  • Indie Rose Smith
  • Ella Gollan
  • Leo Luke
  • Kian Devonshire
  • Zane Wilkinson
  • Cortez Stevens
  • Alex Morrison
  • Flynn Bird
  • Ollie Sharrock-Henry

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.

Here are some of the main items on our school calendar for this term. More information will follow closer to the time:

Still to come this week...

Week 11

Thursday 15 April

  • Rippa Rugby (Kowhai) 11:10 - 3:00pm
  • Kauri Ranui - Walk to Bell Block pools and lunch at park 11am-3pm
  • Totara Ranui- Superhero dress up

Friday 16 April

  • 10.00am Whanau Wā
  • Kowhai Ranui Colour Run - 1:30-3:00pm
  • Rimu Kapa Haka 2.00-2.20pm
  • Last day of Term 1 - school finishes at 3.00pm

Term 1 ends on Friday 16 April

Term 2 starts on Monday 3 May

Community Notices

Cherish Holiday Programme

Here is the programme for the holidays - heaps of fun!

Hours 7.30am to 5.30pm

Use this link to book:
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Activities at Rotokare

Just east of Eltham, Rotokare provides a unique environment with nature like you may never have seen it!
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Term 2 Art at Govett Brewster

Baker Tilly Staples Rodway programme

Young Visionaries 2021

After school art classes Term 2

Weekly after school art classes where kids are inspired by great art.

Join local artist Ellie Field and Gallery educator Chris Barry on a walkabout exploring Aboriginal and Pasifika art. Students will paint with natural ochres, ‘grow’ plant sculptures and have fun making art that moves inspired by the zizz of Len Lye.

Ages 6 – 8 | Wednesdays 5 May – 7 Jul | 3.45 – 5.15 pm

Ages 9 – 12 | Thursdays 6 May – 8 Jul | 3.45 – 5.15 pm

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery studio

$65 per term | Book online at govettbrewster.com/yv

Enquiries phone 06 759 6715

Nigel Latta in new plymouth

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Circus-Stunt Comedy Show at TSB showplace

Tuesday 27 April, two shows at the TSB showplace. Tickets from $15 each and available through Ticketek.
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Win a tablet this school holidays

At Noel Leeming Commercial, we love to bring you new and exciting initiatives from across The Warehouse Group. That’s why we’re excited to tell you about Get NZ Writing, a writing competition from Warehouse Stationery. We’d love your students to be involved. There are heaps of prizes to be won – they could win a tablet, a $200 gift card or spot prizes just for entering.

We believe writing is such an important medium to express thoughts and feelings and has great cognitive benefits for kids. In this increasingly technological world it’s now more important than ever to encourage writing.

Help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your school community and colleagues. Let’s help Warehouse Stationery Get NZ Writing!

Visit this link for the entry form.


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ReCharge for Year 7&8s

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Kelly Sports

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Good sports - have a go day

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Taranaki youth orchestra concert

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Understanding SCREEN Addiction & What to do

We have been sent some useful information about Children and Screen time. This podcast is great to listen to especially before the school holidays.


Family support consultant needed

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