Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 8, Term 2 2021 - 23 June 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

Kia ora koutou,

In preparation for the ground breaking marking the start of construction of the four new learning spaces at Puketapu School, a karakia was said by Matua Glen Skipper.

Matua Glen is a parent, a respected representative from Tahwirikura hapu and has close ties with the Puketapu hapu. Matua Glen was one of the key creative minds and carvers involved with the cultural design of the new airport.

The purpose of the blessing was to acknowledge the whenua and the start of the project.

Emma Hoskin, one of our Year 7 students, used a shovel to break the ground after the karakia to signal the project is ready to begin. It was significant for us to have a student dig the first hole as the spaces are designed for our students of the present and the future.

Mauri ora

Matua Ngatai

Learning & Wellbeing Conferences

Have you booked Learning and Wellbeing Conferences for your tamariki?

These are NEXT WEEK!

Thursday 1 July (after school) or Friday 2 July (8.00-4.00pm)

All bookings are made online through School Interviews. Our event code is p6t2j

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.

More Hoodies... and T Shirts!

After the great success of our recent hoodie order, we are delighted that we are having another hoodie order with Game Changer.

Exactly as last time, you can order child or adult sizes in a range of colours, with a personalised name on the back.

This time, you can also order Tshirts.

Order at https://www.gamechanger.org.nz/puketapuschool

You will also be able to get your items delivered or collect from the school (the auto reply will say collect from Game Changer, but they will deliver them to us to save you a trip.)

Get your order in before the end of term and it will be ready early in Term 3.

School Photos

Your child's unique Photo Keycode to view and order photos will be coming out before the end of the term. As soon as they arrive here, we will send them home.

Once you receive this, you can go online and view your child's photos. You will have approximately three weeks to take advantage of the "free delivery" offer, but you can still order photos after that time.

The Wool Shed

"The Wool Shed has been at our school this week. We have learnt about how wool is made, how they make it fine and not hard. We got to brush the wool. You get two brushes and you put the wool inside the brushes to make it smooth. There were wool seats to sit on. You can also make the wool into balls by rolling it up. Thank you to the volunteers who came to our school to help teach us about it." - Marley Sutherland & Rylei-Jay Dellow
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design technology

In Design Technology Tarli, Amy-Jaide and Honor are designing a natural skincare range.

Today they have started testing their lip balm. We have ordered a lip balm kit to do this from Pure Nature. They are testing the flavour of the vanilla essential oil.

They are also looking at making a body scrub and bath bomb.

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If you would like a team photo like this please have someone take the photo on a day when all the team are present and email it to me ksowman@puketapu.school.nz

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From the classroom

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Mrs Perry - Kia kaha learning to knit

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Kauri 3 has been learning about plate tectonics and how they move. There were skittles representing the earth's core, inside marshmallows representing the earth's mantle and covered in chocolate representing the earth's crust.

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The best thing was we got to eat them after cracking the crust!!!!!

Totara 3 enjoying their ukulele lessons

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Bringing the classroom outside in Totara

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Kauri headed down to the beach to collect some wood for their up coming hāngi this Friday

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They came back with a great collection and are all ready to lay their kai on Friday

From the Playground

There is always so many fun things going on around our playground...

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A big thank you to these two Kauri kids Tarli Wilson and Esther Poching who offered to give up their morning play time to help out in the office so that Mrs Martin & Whaea Kerie could enjoy a shared morning tea.

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Kowhai kids hanging around

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Toby Ryan & Billy McRae

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Lunchtime 4 square

Totara 4 & 5 enjoying their school lunches

From home

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Koen Adams has taken part in his first music competition in the Classical piano 9yrs and under section. He did very well and received a 3rd in the ‘own choice‘ category.

Pai te mahi Koen!


Well done to all those who have earned Puketapu Superstar Certificates this week for showing our values at school. Here are just a few:
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Onaleah Zandbergen and Luka Herewini-Kelsen have been doing such an amazing job when on office duty. It is great to see our students using initiative and learning new skills while helping in the office.
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Hunter Wall-Colvin and Alaize Kake have been setting a great example for our younger students by showing their school values.

Home and school

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Hell pizza reading challenge

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We are on the look out for...

Kia ora Puketapu Whanau,

The Design Tech Hub is on the lookout for some plywood. For the last few weeks we have been lucky enough to have Ian come and work with some year 7 classes to make balance boards.......but now the word is out, and the rest of the year 7 and 8 students want to make boards too.

Do you have any plywood that you could donate to us? It would need to be 16 - 18mm thick.

If you do, please pop it over to the Design Tech Hub and we will store it until our next opportunity to work with Ian.


Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week:

  • Yelena Poching
  • Pukauae Kipa
  • Pandora Cameron
  • Tiaki Leaf
  • Yasiin Falaniko

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.

Still to come this week:


Thursday 24 June

  • Muru Raupatu Visit - Kauri Overnight (Bus leaves 9.15am)
  • BSL (Better Start to Literacy) Whanau hui for Rimu 1 & 2 parents: 3.15-4.00

Friday 25 June

  • Muru Raupatu Kauri & Kowhai (Kowhai leaves at 9.15am bus returning by 3pm)

and next week:


Monday 28 June

  • Kapa Haka (year 4-8) 11.30-12.30
  • Totara Sports 2-3

Tuesday 29 June

  • Kowhai 5/6 Interschool sports, home game 12.30 kick off

Wednesday 30 June

  • Spotswood College year 8 Open Day

Thursday 1 July

  • Learning and Wellbeing Conferences from 3.30pm

Friday 2 July

  • Learning and Well being Conferences all day - NO SCHOOL

Community Notices

Light in the Darkness

This coming Friday night - weather permitting!

This is a community event hosted by Northpoint. We'll be giving away sausies and hot chocolates and just creating a cosy space for people to hang out in the middle of winter.

See you there!

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noel leeming friends and family deals

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bellyful new plymouth is looking for volunteers

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