Puketapu School Newsletter
Week 7, Term 2, 2019
Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners
Kia kaha - do your best * Kia māia - be courageous * Kia manawanui - have a heart
From The Principal
Kia ora koutou,
Last week I was really pleased with how our culture was at our school. It was calm, kind and it felt good walking through the learning teams seeing our akonga sharing their learning with their teachers and myself.
Continue to look after your hauora, yourselves and your family. Enjoy this time of year and get outside as much as you can. Sleep well, drink water, exercise or move more and eat as well as you can.
Student Learning Conferences
Student Learning Conferences are next week.
Have you booked yet?
Thursday 20 June 3.30-6.30pm
Friday 21 June 8.00am -4.30pm
* While Friday counts as a school day, students only need to be here for their conference, then go home for the rest of the day.
Book Online at schoolinterviews - spaces are filling up fast so get in quick!
Parent Portal and Reporting
We are delighted to be able to launch our new reporting system, LINC-ED. We are excited to share this with you and involve you in your child’s learning journey.
At Puketapu School our aim has been to implement a robust system that allows teachers, parents, and students to access learning in an online environment that is secure, easy, and effective.
LINC-ED allows teachers to share learning anytime, anywhere and this can be viewed on any device. We are excited about the potential that the software offers. The report is designed to build year on year so that over time you will have access to comments, assessments, images, video and helpful resources all in one place.
Linc Ed Progressions Based Reporting to Parents (video link)
We will be opening up our LINC-ED parent portal in Week 10 (Wednesday) where you will be able to see:
Reading, Writing and Maths (Number & Algebra) Goals (what they are working on and what they have achieved)
Learning Comments (First half of Year) and General Comment (around our School Values and the Key Competencies from the New Zealand Curriculum)
Student Learning that your child has selected to share with you
Here is more information about for parents around how this will look for you: Slideshow for Parents
Puketapu School Gateway - Dillon Drive Entrance @ End of the Soccer Field
NPDC is working in partnership with Puketapu School and Puketapu hapū to improve the rear entrance/gateway from Dillon Drive into the School.
We want this entrance to be more obvious, have improved access, and be a welcoming entrance into the school.
We’d like your feedback on this draft design.
Please send your feedback to the school by Monday 17 June to firstname.lastname@example.org
Para Kore - Zero Waste
Cleaning up at the Park
Here are some photos from our Hickford Park Clean up and games day.
Students of Kowhai were outstanding last week on Thursday. They cleaned up lots of rubbish and showed their values when participating in the game rotations.
Cleaning up at school too
We love the way that students and parents and staff are all becoming more aware of our beautiful school and taking care of it.
Kia Manawanui in action
Kites for Matariki
Here are some of the prototypes:
... and dinosaurs can fly too!
Thanks Home and School!
Totara Home Reading
Congratulations to our Puketapu Superstars this week:
Kia Kaha - Do Your Best
- Lucy Nicholas
- Hamu Adams
- Madison Webby
- Losa Fonoti
- Nico Reeve
Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart
- Keanu Suthon
- Rangi Tau Brider
- Tyreece Joines
Our Amazing Breakfast Club
On Tuesday we had two of the nationwide organisers from Kick Start come and take a look at our Breakfast Club.
They were delighted with what they saw and we want to say a huge THANK YOU to Hayley Adams, Methanex and all the wonderful volunteers who make our Breakfast Club so brilliant.
Way to go team!
From Road patrol
Thank you to the drivers who drive all the way to the end of the drop off bay before stopping. This enables other cars to pull into the bay too.
We appreciate your consideration of others.
We had a visit from a friendly police officer on Monday morning. It was an unplanned visit. He was able to greet students and parents as they arrived and crossed over the crossing.
He will be visiting again soon. He will appreciate seeing great road respect too.
Very soon we will be training more Year 7s and Year 6s to be Road Patrollers. Any Year 6 or 7 students who would like to be part of this very responsible team, please pick up a permission slip from the office.
The Tech Hub
Kia ora whanau.
First of all I would like to congratulate Hana Ashworth Hall for winning our Design Technology logo design competition. You may have seen our huge sign outside the tech building - that is Hana's design. She has done an amazing job! Well done Hana. I'm so proud to have this as our department logo.
This week students have been working on making prototypes for their storage solutions. They have to take their measurements and make a half sized model of it.
Please ask your child what tech block they are in, and you are all welcome to come and see your child in tech next week.
If you didn't, it could be because we don't have your email address.
Please let us know as we need your email address to make sure you receive student reports and get access to our new parent portal.
Every banker earns whanau points and goes in the draw to win the Banking Prize.
If you need more information, ask at the office.
Mrs Paterson and Maths
Maths is all around us!
There are lots of things that can help develop children's maths skills at home. Here are just a few:
- Ask me to help with the shopping by comparing the brands of the things we buy to find the best value for money.
- Teach me a new card game we can play together.
- Let me show you my favourite app with some maths in it.
- Talk to my teacher about how I’m doing in maths and things we can do together so I can get even better.
- Help me practise the facts I’m trying to memorise at the moment - for example, forwards and backwards from 100, the 7 times tables or doubling and halving numbers up to 20.
- Ask me to help prepare dinner and talk to me about any maths involved - for example, halves, quarters, litres, grams, temperatures, etc. and get me to do any measuring or weighing needed.
- Teach me one of the games you played on the marae when you were young.
- Show me and talk with me about what the graphs and tables in our newspaper mean.
- Have a traditional games night at home where the whole family plays a board game like Monopoly together.
- Tell me about the games you played with your brothers and sisters before computers and TV.
- Keep playing with me, and encouraging me, in the hard games I’m learning, for example, chess, backgammon or mah-jong, even though I’m not very good yet.
- Try one of the internet maths games I’ve found, and try to beat my best score.
- Talk to me about the maths you use every day and at work.
- Show me the family budget and explain how you pay all the bills and save.
- Ask me to figure out how much change you should get back from a purchase. If I get the amount right, occasionally you might let me keep the change!
- Help me learn to estimate things like how much things weigh, how long they are, the cost of our groceries, or how long it will take to travel to a certain place.
- Set up a reward system at home to encourage me to remember what I need to do. Make the points large or small to match what I am learning at school, e.g. a child in year 5 might get 10,000 points for doing the dishes or 758 points for taking out the rubbish and a reward when they have 250,000 points.
- When we are driving or walking, play Launchpad with me. Spot a number, then use it as a launch pad for seeing how many combinations we can make that number make. For example, there’s a 12 on a letterbox, that's 3x4, 2x6, 10+2, 100–88, half of 24 etc.
- Have a look in the families' section of the NZ Maths website for activities and games we can do together: http://www.nzmaths.co.nz/families
Order and pay at the office before 3.30pm on Wednesday.
Friday 14 June
- 8" sausage with Mash potato and Cheese - comes with potato gems $5
- Cup of soup with roll and butter: Pumpkin $5
- Lunch pack (piece of fruit, yoghurt, mini cookie, raisins and Ham Sandwich) $5
*** Thursday 20 June *** (as Friday is Student Learning Conferences Day)
- Sausage Roll with potato gems $5
- Cup of soup with roll and butter: Chicken and Sweetcorn $5
- Lunch pack (piece of fruit, yoghurt, mini cookie, raisins and Cheese Scone) $5
Friday 28 June
- Macaroni and Cheese (Bacon) $5
- Cup of soup with roll and butter: Kumera and Bacon $5
- Lunch pack (piece of fruit, yoghurt, mini cookie, raisins and Savoury Pinwheel) $5
Friday 5 July
- American Hotdog $5
- Cup of soup with roll and butter: Veggie $5
- Lunch pack (piece of fruit, yoghurt, mini cookie, raisins and Mini Bacon and Egg Puff $5
Happy birthday to all those who have had Birthdays recently or have one coming up this week:
- Hunter Cleghorn-Flynn
- Cohen Allan
- Anton Roper
- Harmony Lambert
- Dominic Olander-Collison
- Nga Motu Rongomai
- Charlie Hardgrave
- Whakairi Rangi
- Katie MacRae
- Cara Edwards
- Serennah Hobin
- Charlotte Blackmore
- Jaxyn Sandford
- Jakiah Sutton
What's On: This week and next
Thursday 13 June:
- Staff Crazy Shirt Day - come and check out the crazy shirts...
Friday 14 June:
- Rippa Rugby finals. Our team of 10 will leave school at 9.30am to compete in the finals at New Plymouth Racecourse. Go team!
- Rimu shared morning tea to celebrate Puanga.
- Results of the Board of Trustees Election announced
Wednesday 19 June:
- Year 5&6 Interschool Sports - Away at Coastal School.
- Board of Trustees Meeting (first for new Board) 6.30pm
Thursday 20 June:
- Spotswood College visiting Year 8 students
- Student Learning Conferences 3.30-6.30pm
Friday 21 June:
- Student Learning Conferences 8.00-4.30pm (Students only come to school for their conference, then go home.)
What's on: Rest of the Term
Heads up! As we continue with our planning, more things and more detail will be added to our Calendar and further information will come home regarding trips and outings.
Monday 24 June:Hockey coaching this week for Totara, Kowhai and Kauri
Thursday 27 June: Last day for Pancake orders (see below), Home & School Quiz Night - see info below. Tickets are on sale at the office.
Friday 28 June: Brave the Shave, School Disco
Wednesday 3 July: Pancake orders delivered
Thursday 4 July: Whole school Assembly (@ Northpoint)
Friday 5 July - LAST DAY OF TERM 2
Spot Prize Donations Wanted!
Delicious Marcel's pancakes - plain, chocolate, mini, gluten free, blueberry...
Order forms came home with eldest students today, but more forms are available from the office. Get your order in by Thursday 27 June and we will deliver them to you in the last week of the term, just in time for holiday breakfasts!
Friday 26 July, Fred Tucker Hall - Free entry
Clean out your wardrobe and bring your good used (adult) clothes to the school office.
On the night, come along and try on a bargain.
Proceeds will be going to Kick Start Breakfast
SKATING DEMONSTRATION – Saturday 22nd June
On Saturday 22nd June skaters from our Figure Skating Branch will be giving a demonstration 10am – 11.30am at the East End Skating Arena, Nobs Line.
The Branch have 17 members who have qualified to skate at the forthcoming NZ Roller Sports Artistic Championships being held at the TSB Stadium 16 – 20th July.
This demonstration is free and we are inviting families, friends and supporters to come along and watch.