Week 4, Term 2 - Friday 27 May 2022

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

a message from whaea corinne

Tihei Mauri Ora!

It has been week full of learning fun through a wide range of rich experiences for our tamariki:

  • Our young leaders had a thoroughly enjoyable adventure down to Palmerston North for the National Young Leaders conference (NYLD22)
  • The Mangati Stream became the outdoor classroom for Totara tamariki being the Kaitiaki they are
  • Kowhai tamariki have had beautiful days to explore our Mounga / Mountain, strengthening their knowledge and sense of belonging in who and where we are
  • Our Rimu tamariki explored our local area by visiting BBK beach with our Kowhai students guiding as tuakana teina.

Thank you to all our parents and whānau who support these learning experiences.

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Leadership Observations

As part of our Leadership Team's meeting yesterday, we visited classrooms to observe the learning. It was a buzz to visit learning spaces, engage with tamariki and soak in the beautiful wairua of Te Kura o Puketapu.

Some of the things we observed in the 15 classes on site (three were away exploring the mountain):

  • Positive class room cultures - calm and inclusive
  • High levels of engagement
  • Teachers enjoying teaching and interacting with their kids - happy kids and happy kaiako
  • Learners connecting with one another through a range of activities
  • Work shop groups with kaiako taking place while other students engaged in working independently or in small groups
  • Tamariki collaborating in groups, teaching, coaching and learning from one another
  • The BIG 6 in action (a Kauri initiative)
  • Students having choices and being able to engage in a variety of things going on
  • Kids happy to engage with anybody who comes into the room to talk about their learning
  • Te Reo and Waiata with everyone participating and enjoying
  • Fine ukelele music!
  • An online science fair with a parent helping
  • A lovely learning buzz all around our school

We also loved to see the great parent involvement and support for the Mounga trip and the excited tamariki and whanau as they headed off.

What a great day!

Enjoy your weekend and we look forward to another great week of learning next week.

Whaea Corinne Sattler
Acting Principal

Nyld 2022

National Young Leaders Day (NYLD) is an annual event which brings together thousands of the country’s student leaders and their teachers. Schools select students who demonstrate leadership potential and qualities to attend NYLD.

We were delighted to take a group of 18 leaders to NYLD22 to share in this excellent experience.

This is what they had to say:

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'On Wednesday 18 leaders from our school went to Palmerston North for the National Young Leaders Day. We had to be at school at 5am to travel there. Mrs Perry and Anya took us down. The car ride was like a party van with music and singing on the way down.

We went for a walk when we arrived then went to the Leaders Day. There were lots of people there from schools around the bottom of the North Island.

They talked about how little ideas turn out to be big ideas and we learned about people that became leaders in life. It was a fun and good experience.

Afterwards we were given a task by Mrs Perry to buy her clothes from the Op Shop. Each team had $3 to spend on an item. It was a good way to use team work and work together.

Even though we woke up early the car ride back was loud and fun too. We came away feeling inspired and good.

Thank you to Mrs Perry and Anya for taking us and to the NYLD people for the fun interesting day.'

Zion Teddy, Kauri 1

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We are almost half way through the school year so it is time to get students, teachers and whānau together to reflect on learning so far and think about goals for the rest of the year.

So, we will be holding Learning and Wellbeing Conferences for all students in Week 9 of this term.

How does this work?

Every student, along with their parent(s)/caregiver(s), comes to meet with their child's teacher. Each meeting is for 20 minutes and the aim is to review how learning is going, reflect on progress, talk about hopes and goals for the rest of the year.

When are they?

You can choose from either after school on Thursday 30 June (3.30pm - 8.00pm) or all day on Friday 1 July (8.00am-4.00pm)

Is Friday a school day?

There are no classes on Friday, only conferences, so children only come to school for their 20 minute meeting, then go home again. (Thursday is a normal school day as conferences don't start until after school.)

How do I book?

Easy! All bookings are made online through School Interviews. Our event code is hfszt

Simply enter your details and your child's name, then choose your child's teacher and the time that suits you. If you need to change your time, you can log back in to change it.

If you are not able to book, please contact the office or speak with your child's teacher.

COVID-19 Update

Last term we had almost 50% of our staff and students off with COVID-19 within a very short space of time. We were very fortunate to be able to manage school by sharing classes within teams and we were very proud of the way we were able to keep school open and operating relatively smoothly - with learning carried on both at home and at school.

As of today, we currently have only 2 active cases of COVID-19.

However, other schools around Taranaki are experiencing a second wave and this week some schools are temporarily closed.

We ask all of our community to stay vigilant and keep up their hygiene and safety practices and keep us informed of any positive tests.

We will do our best to keep disruption at our school to a minimum by using guest teachers, sharing students among teams and keeping up with hybrid learning and do our best to stay open as long as it is safe to do so.


PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning

Our new value for 2022, Kia Ora - Be Well, has a focus on taking care of our wellbeing.

Getting outside supports our physical, social, emotional and mental wellbeing.

Enjoy getting outside this weekend and see what you can tick off from the below picture.

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Week 4 Superstars showing our School Values

Kia Manawanui, Kia Māia, Kia Kaha and Kia Ora

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Kua pai te mahi Aaron Gunn, Billy MacRae and Toby Ryan (with photo bomber Hudson Ryan)

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Seven Superstars

Freya Collinson, Kayden Lucinsky, Pavihi Ekeroma, Kaitlyn Veza, Whakairi Rangi,

Kaivah Murray-Green & Jada Graham Moore

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Te mako matawhero value awards

Mako Values Awards are new awards we have introduced this term. These are awarded every two weeks to one student per class who consistently shows all our values.

Fortnightly on a Friday our Mako Award winners will join our Principal/Deputy Principal for a special morning tea to celebrate them. Most are nominated by class teachers, but some get a special invite from other areas of school:

Today the below students joined Whaea Corinne and Mrs O for morning tea:

Kauri: Ella Rauputu, Ayaan Azad, Sathveer Chand

Kowhai: Mika Falaniko, Whakairi Rangi

Totara: Paris-Maree Yorke, Bethany Thomson, Maria Wano, Zoe Jones, Tui Robinson

Rimu: Kimi Wano, Harrison Spark, Indie Bird

Other Areas: Kasey Judd, Damon Judd, Charles Hardgrave, Layla Hardgrave

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A tasty way to celebrate awesome kids showing our school values!

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This week we have been making Banana Choc Chip Muffins, the recipe is below.

Give these a go, and try out some new combos - white chocolate and raspberry would be nice!

For the Kauri students - please continue to remember to bring in a container to bring your goodies home in. Next week will be a pasta bake!

Practical lesson 2 - Banana Choc Chip Muffins by Nadia Lim


Cook time: 15 minutes

  • 2 cups self-raising flour (or use 2 cups plain or gluten-free flour mixed with 2½ tsp baking powder)

  • ¾ cup brown, white or raw sugar (or coconut sugar)

  • ½ cup chopped chocolate (any kind), chocolate buttons or chocolate chips

  • 2 ripe bananas, well mashed

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup neutral oil (e.g. canola, grapeseed, rice bran) or melted butter

  • ¾ tsp baking soda

  • 1 cup milk (of any kind)

    1. Preheat oven to 200 deg C and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases (or if you don’t have any, just grease the holes with a little oil or butter).
    2. Sieve flour into a large mixing bowl. Stir in sugar and chocolate.
    3. In another bowl, mash bananas well, then mix in all remaining ingredients.

    4. Pour banana mixture into the flour mixture and mix gently until just combined – do not over-mix (or you risk tough muffins).

    5. Spoon into paper cases, dividing mixture equally, and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden and the muffins spring back when lightly pressed in the centre (which is a sign they’re cooked!).

    6. Leave in the pan for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.


    Incase you missed it last week, our Term 2 menu is below.

    MENU 1- (Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9)

    MONDAY: Mac'n'Cheese

    TUESDAY: Pizza

    WEDNESDAY: Mexican Day

    THURSDAY: Croissants

    FRIDAY: Burger Day

    MENU 2- (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10)

    MONDAY: Spaghetti Bolognaise

    TUESDAY: Sandwich Day

    WEDNESDAY: Mini Meatball Sub

    THURSDAY: Butter Chicken

    FRIDAY: Burger Day

    Whaea Teresa and Whaea Charlotte went to visit some classes today to get some feedback about the menu this week. It was great to see so many double thumbs up for our delicious kai.

    Macy Donaldson, Brynley Smith and Harry Perkinson showing our school values and eating all their kai on Butter Chicken Thursday.


    Winter Sports are all up and running.

    Thank you to our wonderful Coaches and Parents who make it possible for our tamariki to play sport.

    Last nights year 3 & 4 netballers with their coaches

    Stephanie Julian, Jess Nicholas and Kerie Smith

    Home and school


    One more week for our 'BRING A CAN' competition - last day is next week, Friday 2 June.

    Breakfast Club provides free breakfast every Monday-Thursday!

    There is a voucher for the winning class to spend on resources of their choice! So far on the leader board we have:

    • Totara 1
    • Kowhai 3
    • Kowhai 4
    • Kowhai 5

    ...but there is still time for any class to take the win! Keep bringing those cans in to school.

    Home and School - bring a can

    We've done it! We reached our target!

    Puketapu Home and School are so excited to share that we have hit our fundraising goal to heat our school pool!!!

    A huge thank you to New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) for their generous donation. Let's put out hands together to also thank all the business', families, home and school committee, who have also donated to this awesome project! We can not thank you enough!!

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    Some very happy tamariki when yesterdays GOAL was updated!

    We are now working hard to get everything ready to go for later this year. Well done everyone!

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    hoodie orders

    Now that the weather is getting cooler we have had a few requests for Puketapu Hoodies so we have opened Hoodie and T-shirt orders again.

    Get your order in before they close. Order online at https://www.gamechanger.org.nz/puketapuschool

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    this week at school

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    Kowhai 2, 3 & 6 up the Maunga on Thursday

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    Campbell Luke showing Kia Kaha - Do Your Best in his learning

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    Kia Manawanui: Two of our our kaitiaki who have been legends picking up rubbish from around our school. Great job Channing Rajput and Pavihi Ekeroma

    Creativity in Kauri

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    Totara tamariki spending their lunchtime in friendship space

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    Ivy Adams & Eden Lucinsky sharing the love

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    Koen, Ivy and Hamu Adams practicing their basketball skills

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    Bike track fun! Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

    from home

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

    thank you

    Thank you to our wonderful parents who made the Kowhai Mountain trips possible! We are lucky to have such supportive whānau at our school.
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    SUPER MUMS!!!!


    Happy Birthday to all those students who have Birthdays coming up over the next week:

    • Greta Phillips
    • Adelle Robinson
    • 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 and information

    Monday 6 June

    • Queens Birthday - School Closed

    Sunday 19 June

    • Last day for Hoodie orders

    Friday 24 June

    • Matariki - School Closed

    Thursday 30 June

    • Learning & Wellbeing Conferences (3.30-8.00pm)

    Friday 1 July

    • Learning & Wellbeing Conferences (8.00-4.00pm - No school except for conferences)

    Friday 8 July

    • Last day of Term 2

    Community notices

    free dental check ups

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    lemon club

    Before and After School care at Puketapu School with The Lemon Club.

    Check out their link for more info.



    Edventure Holiday Programmes - July 2022

    After reaching maximum capacity last holidays, we are excited to announce that these coming holidays we will be operating out of two venues in New Plymouth.

    - Fitzroy School

    - Merrilands School

    The same programme will be running each day at each venue.

    Week 1. July 11th-15th

    - Edventure Everyday, see daily activities below. Onsite, 5-13 yr olds, $45/day

    - Edventure Outdoors, Each day we head offsite for a new Edventure see daily activities below, 8-13yr olds $75/day $350 whole week special

    Week 2 July 18th-22nd

    - Edventure Everyday, see activity schedule below. Onsite, 5-13 yr olds, $45/day

    - Edventure Dance Academy, In conjunction with Taranaki Academy of Dance, we transport the kids to the dance studio for their workshop. 5-11 yr olds $60/day

    - Edventure Sports, A mixture of drills skills and modified games across a range of sporting codes 5-13 yr olds $45/day

    Book Now - www.edventure.co.nz

    Call - 02102241576

    Email - mark@edventure.co.nz

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    The amazing dinosaur discovery

    Here in Bell Block from 21 May - 6 June!

    0800 SEE DINO or www.dinosaurdiscovery.co.nz for more info

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