Puketapu School Newsletter
Week 2, Term 1 - 10 February 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
Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to see the Harmonic Resonators at Ngamotu Beach for Waitangi Day and it was awesome. What was even more awesome was that Ana Whelan had a big part to play in their lead singer, Jeremy's development. He put out a shot out to Ana during the performance and thanked her for getting him to co-lead their Kapa Haka ropu with her in Auckland. Now he is a pakeha country singer that travels the country and sings in Te Reo. Tau ke Ana.
Please read the reading below around Te Tiriti o Waitangi to get a deeper understanding of the 'why' behind this important document in Aotearoa history.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi (10 min reading)
- Ranginui Walker: Te Tiriti and the abyss of meaning - Three decades ago one of the giants of New Zealand thinking and writing, Ranginui Walker, published Ka Whawhai Tonu Mātou, Struggle Without End. The book, originally released in 1990 and revised in 2004, is a history of Aotearoa from a Māori perspective had a profound influence and today remains as piercing and illuminating as ever.
Oops! We left out one of our wonderful support team last week!
How could we forget Mrs Sandra Fonoti who is a long-standing part of our team.
Lunches in Schools
It is a HUGE undertaking, with lots of learning and figuring out as we go.
Recap for lunches:
- Lunches are provided for free, to all students, delivered daily
- Lunches are put together by Compass Group, at their kitchen at NP hospital and delivered by Mainfreight.
- Menus will be shared in advance
- Remember to bring your morning tea snack and drink bottle
- Please let the office know of any dietary requirements
And the verdict? Yum!
KO PUKETAPU MĀTOU - WE ARE PUKETAPU
This term our school wide learning theme is all about who we are and where we belong.
Our akonga will have an understanding of the concept of:
our cultural narrative
who they are
our school vision and values
apply lessons from the past to shape our future
As part of this learning theme we are wanting our students to have a strong sense of belonging, where they come from and who they are. We also want our akonga to really think about who their role models are, why they are their role models and what they want to be when they are older. We want students to understand how the past can shape our future.
Our learning will be displayed visually around our learning spaces and we invite you to come in and have conversations with your children about these.
What Kowhai wants to 'BE'
Tina pai Nabeel Sahrun for showing Kia Maia
Keaton Feather-Smith has been doing his best and showing Kia Kaha
Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa has been showing our school values
Ka pai Jada Moore for having a great attitude towards learning, showing Kia kaha
Fantastic story Leila Parker
Two more wonderful superstars Bella Neilson & Carlos Macioce
Hockey's HEAT programme will be running again in Term 1 for 6 weeks, starting w/c 8 March.
The HEAT programme is a chance to upskill and be a superstar for the 2021 season!
Registrations are now open for everyone in years 3 to 10. Registrations via Taranaki Hockey www.taranakihockey.org.nz - click on our ‘registrations’ tab.
Who’s keen to play inline hockey?
School League restarts Thursday 18 February until Thursday 25 March (with 1st April as a backup date if any of the 7 weeks gets cancelled).
Cost: $25pp payable to the school.
First time players are welcome. Invite your friends who’d like to give it a go too!
Basic gear required:
- Bike Helmet
- Drink Bottle
- Mouth guard (recommended)
- Skate elbow & knee pads (recommended)
- Inline skates (recommended but can be borrowed each week)
- Inline hockey stick (provided or available to borrow each week)
Contact Davina Perry if you are interested in playing.
RNZB TUTU'S ON TOUR DANCE WORKSHOP
The cost is $5 per student, please collect notice & permission slip from the office and return along with your $5 by Wednesday 24 February.
the amazing dinosaur discovery - in New Plymouth this weekend
Picnic at the pool
Pack a picnic for your whanau and come join us for a swim in the school pool.
We would love to see you there!
We love our Pool!
Sports T Shirts
We will be doing another order for Puketapu Hoodies later in the term. Details will follow later this term.
Lucky Book Club
Orders and payment need to be back at school no later than next Tuesday - 16 February - or you can order online through The Loop.
- Nancy Chen
- Kupa Brider
- Kayden Tango
- Millie Collinson
- Pavihi Ekeroma
- Amber MacDonald
- Brianna O'Keeffe-Wano
Dates for your Diary
Here are some of the main items on our school calendar for this term. More information will follow closer to the time:
Monday 15 Feb: Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30
Tuesday 16 Feb: Last day for Lucky Book Club #1 orders
Wednesday 17 Feb: Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm
Friday 19 Feb:
- Board of Trustees and Home & School picnic at the pool 4pm
- Kowhai - Walking to Bell Block Pool (12.20pm leaving school)
Hockey in schools programme all week
Monday 22 Feb: Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30
Wednesday 24 Feb: Ki-o-rahi for Kowhai year 5&6
Thursday 25 Feb: RNZB Tutus on Tour - dance workshop (9.30am juniors, 10.30am seniors)
Hockey in schools programme all week
Monday 1 March: Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30
Wednesday 3 March:
- Kauri - Overnight camp at school
- Kauri - beach trip / water safety
- Kowhai year 5 & 6 - Ki-o-rahi
Friday 5 March: Teacher Only Day / School Closed
Monday 8 March: Taranaki Anniversary / School Closed
Tuesday 9 March: Year 7 & 8 Vaccinations
Monday 15 March: Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30
Tuesday 16 March: Vision & Hearing testing New Entrants
Wednesday 17 March: Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm
Friday 19 March: School Swimming Sports
Monday 22 March: Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30
Tuesday 23 March: Te Wera Camp (year 6)
Friday 26 March: Bell Block School Gala 5pm-7pm
Monday 29 March: Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30
Wednesday 31 March: Weetbix Tryathlon
Friday 2 April: Good Friday / School Closed
Monday 5 April: Easter Monday / School Closed
Tuesday 6 April: Easter Tuesday / School Closed
Wednesday 7 April: Interschool Swimming (Bell Block Pool)
Friday 9 April: Gumboot Friday (wear your gumboots, optional gold coin donation)
Monday 15 April: Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30
Term 1 ends on Friday 16 April
Term 2 starts on Monday 3 May
Festival of golf family day
A fun day of games, food and spot prizes for the whole family.
Visit the Facebook event for more information.