Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 10, Term 3 , 2018

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

Principal's Message

Kia ora koutou,

As we wrap up the term, we would like to say a huge thank you to all the people who have supported our learning outside the classroom, sports teams, trips and other adventures. Parents, teachers, support staff, whanau and volunteers... we couldn't do it without you!

We have really enjoyed the learning this term, all about He Aō Mo Tātou - Sharing the Planet. We have learned so many things about our precious planet and the people on it. We are looking forward to the Kauri Team sharing their learning tomorrow, enjoying different cultures and sharing of pepeha.

We are looking forward to Term 4 already - keep an eye on our School Calendar for events that are coming up, including the Marae Trip, Car Boot and Market Day, Camp, Celebration Evening and much more.

Over the holiday break, enjoy time with your whanau, have fun, have adventures, relax and most of all, be kind to one another.

Whaea Corinne

Our School Role is... 324

Welcome to Mikayla Cousins who started at Puketapu School this week.

Happy Birthday to...

Birthday's this week and in the holidays:

  • Matthew Crook
  • Bella Stainthorpe
  • Connor Christian
  • Abbey Houghton
  • Raven Falaniko
  • Rhys Warring
  • Jahlia Manukonga-Te Uira
  • Roman Meijer
  • Alexis Gorrie
  • Nova Davies
  • Keira Adams
  • Ryan McGreal
  • Mati Sioli

Congratulations to...

Congratulations to our Puketapu Superstars this week, who have been spotted showing our school values:

Kia kaha - Do your best

  • Kayne Adrian
  • Liam Smith
  • Chayse Hodson
  • Harlee Ruwhiu

Kia maia - Be courageous

  • Zackavahn Thompson
  • Te Omeka Akariri-Buckley

Kia manawanui - Have a heart

  • Raven Falaniko
  • Conrad Hobin
  • Ethan Cross
  • Jaxyn Sandford
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Kowhai Knowledge Hunt

Last Thursday Kowhai Learning Team spent the day at Pukekura Park and Brooklands Zoo on a Knowledge Hunt. Working in teams we had to search out the answers to many questions. There was also a special water challenge.

We had an amazing day out and about in the spring sunshine.

Thank you to all the parents who came along and took part.

Road Patrollers and Green Team Reward Afternoon

They have kept us safe at the crossings and helped save the Planet and keep our School clean, so we said thank you to the Road Patrollers and Green Team with an afternoon at the Bell Block Aquatic Centre.
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Reading... the best Holiday Homework!

Last week we welcomed Duffy Role Model Kingi Biddle, who came to our school to talk about reading and how you get heaps of information from reading and why this is so important.

After Kingi's talk, all the classes were presented with their Duffy Books.

What perfect timing for the holidays!

Over the break, as well as enjoying some sunny days outside, make some time for reading.

Talk with your tamariki about the books they received, what they liked about the story. Talk about the characters, the pictures, the words...

Reading to, reading with or listening to your tamariki reading are all things you can do together which make a very positive difference to their learning, at any age or level.

Curves from Straight Lines?

Did you know you can draw curves by drawing straight lines? Totara 1 has been learning about parabolic curves

Isaac was working especially hard on his - earning a Superstar Award for being courageous in his learning. Tino pai Isaac!

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I love the Whale

Check out Tariana's gorgeous picture of a whale! Great creative skills Tariana!
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The Greatest Storm

The moon was black. It was raining cats and dogs. It was blacker than a haunted house. A handful of people died. A flash of lightning flashed before my eyes. The ocean swirled like a beast. The ship crumbled before my eyes. Raindrops were bullets shooting on me.

By Parekaiuru, Totara 2

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Maths in Rimu 3

Anika and Lillian are problem solving numbers in the thousands!
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Animals Galore!

We have been very lucky to have had visits from Wilhelmena and Gavin the pigs and Oreo the lamb!
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Taranaki Cross Country Championships

Well done to all our competitors at the Taranaki Competition in Hawera today and for all the parents who transported and supported them. Our kids did amazingly well. All doing their best and finishing well. #pukeproud

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School Notices

Kauri Sharing Celebration

On Thursday morning, Kauri will be celebrating their learning and the diversity of cultures within our team. We encourage students and their whanau to wear cultural attire and to bring a plate to share. This event will begin at 10:30am and we will share morning tea together in the school hall. Students will talk about their learning around Sharing the Planet; Sharing their Pepeha and all they have learnt about the Pacific Islands. We look forward to celebrating with you.

Loud Shirt Day - this Friday

Don’t forget to dress up for our last day on Friday. Dress in your loudest shirt, with your wackiest hair!

Loud Shirt Day is the annual appeal of The Hearing House and the Southern Cochlear Implant Paediatric Programme, two charities dedicated to enabling deaf children with cochlear implants or hearing aids to listen and speak like their hearing peers.

We have children at Puketapu School who have hearing challenges, so we will be raising awareness and showing our support by dressing up LOUD!

The Final Student Showcase for Term 3...

This Friday we have a special Student Showcase! There will be performances from our Kapa Haka Roopu, Choir and Pasifika group.

Come along and help us celebrate the end of Term 3. Starts at 9.15am.

Water only School

Puketapu School is happy to be a Water Only School.

Please don't send your child to school with juice/fizzy/energy drinks or flavoured milk, all of which have way too much sugar for school.

Water bottles are very welcome, especially as the weather is warming up.

Touch in Term 4

Wow! We have 12 teams registered and all with coaches! Awesome!

Team lists will be sent home on Monday 15 October. Coach's packs and gear bags will also be ready on this day. Anyone who needs a shirt will be able to buy or borrow it in Term 4.

Games start on Wednesday 17 October.

Coaches (or future coaches) there is one last foundation coaching course before the season starts: Sunday 30 September at Devon Intermediate Fields, 2.00-4.30pm.

Inline Hockey

Who wants to give Inline Hockey a try in Term 4?

It’s an exciting , fast-paced sport, and school league is where you learn and have fun!

School League Inline Hockey is a great way for beginners to have a go at a different fun sport and develop new skills!

Games are 30 mins played Thurs evenings (Oct 18 - Dec 6) between 5:30 and 7:30pm. $25/term

Who: Our mixed Primary team Yrs 0-6

Our mixed Intermediate/High School team Yrs 7-13

(mixed = skills and schools)

Gear: bring bike helmet, mouth guard, drink bottle. Elbow and knee pads are a good idea too. The rink has free hire skates available (if you don’t have your own) and you can borrow a school stick.

Contact Davina Perry if you are interested.

Kids Art Calendars, Diaries, Sketch Pads and Cards

Students will be creating a special piece of art for the cover of personalised fundraising calendars, greeting cards, sketch pads and diaries.

Prices this year are:

Calendars: $12

Greeting Cards (pack of 8): $13

2019 Diaries: $16

Mouse Mats: $14

Sketch Pad (plain pages): $13

Order forms will be out in Week 1 of Term 2 and all orders need to be in by Friday 26 October - that's the Friday of Week 2. Samples of all items are at the office.


Everyone hates them... and we all need to work together to get rid of them. They are persistent, so it usually takes more than one go to get rid of them.

Did you know you can get free prescriptions for treatment from your GP? Speak to your GP about what can be done.

What's On... until the end of this Term

Thursday 27 September

Interschool rugby team break up @ Icon Sports (leaving 11am)

Totara Team Ranui - Pyjama Party

Kowhai Team Ranui Day

Friday 28 September - Last day of term!

Loud Shirt Day - Dress up loud!

End of Term Performance Showcase - 9.15 start. All welcome!

Staff v Students... The Next Challenge

Its on like Donkey Kong! Will this be the time students take the win? The Panthers have suffered a loss with the injury to Matua Brody - this could be the race of the year...
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What's On... Next Term

More information about activities will follow:

Monday 15 October - First Day of Term

Wednesday 17 October - Touch season begins

Monday 22 October: Labour Day Holiday

Tuesday 23 October: Te Kai o te Rangatira - Muru Raupatu Marae Trip

Friday 26 October: Last day for Calendar orders; Home & School Wine Tasting Evening

Friday 2 November: Pukekura Toastmasters Yr 7&8 Speech contest 7pm

Saturday 3 November: PSG Car Boot & Market Day

Thursday 8 November: Road Patroller Training

Sunday 11 November: Taranaki Armistice Centenary Service and Parade

Monday 19 November: Year 7&8 Summer Camp

Tuesday 20 November: Road Patrollers Appreciation day at Todd Energy Aquatic Centre

Friday 30 November: Tough Kids Challenge (Year 5&6)

Tuesday 4 December: Helpers’ Morning Tea

Friday 7 December: Celebration Evening

Monday 10 December: Tabloid Sports Day

Wednesday 12 December: Meet your 2019 Teacher

Thursday 13 December: Final School Assembly (11.00am @ Northpoint Church)

Friday 14 December: Last day of 2018

New For Term 4... Friday Lunch from the White Pear!

Tired of making lunch every day? Order your Friday lunch made specially by The White Pear! There are two items to choose from each week. Choose, order and pay at the school office, no later than Wednesday 3pm. Lunches will be delivered to school just before lunchtime on Friday. Easy peasy!


Nachos: Mild mince, nachos chips, sour cream, cheese, relish $4.00

Chicken salad: Fresh mesclun, tomato, roast chicken, creamy dressing $5.00


Sliders with oven baked potato chips $5.00 additional slider $2.00

Fruit salad with yoghurt $5.00


Pizza $4.00 and fries $5.00

Ham wrap $3.50


Pasta and meat balls $4.00

Chicken salad: fresh mesclun, tomato, roast chicken, creamy dressing $5.00


Macaroni and cheese $4.00

Fruit salad with yoghurt $5.00

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Community Notices

Bell Block Athletic Club 2018/19

Bell Block Athletic Fun Club will be starting up next term on Tuesdays from 30 October at 6pm. It is open to ages from 2-14 years and held at Hickford Park, Smeaton Road, Bell Block.

Fees are $20 for one child or $30 for two or more children. For more information visit www.sportsground.co.nz/bellblockathletics or contact Christine on 027 747 0109 or cfeek@slingshot.co.nz

Govett Brewster Art Gallery

October School Holiday Art

Wed 3 I Thu 4 | I Fri 5 Oct

Wed 10 | Thu 11 | Fri 12 Oct

Suitable for ages 4+ I Kids bring an adult. Entry by donation. No booking necessary

10 am – 12 pm or 1 – 3 pm

Drop in with your kids to make art that surprises and inspires. Pick a morning or afternoon session or join them all. See www.govettbrewster.com for each day’s activities

Term 4 after school art classes

Ages 6 – 8 | Wednesdays 17 Oct – 12 Dec | 3.45 – 5.15 pm

Ages 9 – 12 | Thursdays 18 Oct – 13 Dec | 3.45 – 5.15 pm

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre

$60 per term | Booking essential at govettbrewster.com Enquiries phone 06 759 6715

At this term’s after school classes Okato graphic artist Lance Whiteman focuses on illustration styles with a Taranaki twist. Inspired by his own up-cycled painted surfboards, students explore colour and pattern, experiment with painting on unusual surfaces, and create comic strips and mosaic-style Christmas cards.

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