Wiki 8, Wāhanga 3 - Rāmere 16 Mahuru 2022

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

Kia Kaha te reo Māori!

This year, 14 September (Mahuru) marked the 50th anniversary of the Māori Language Petition being presented to parliament, an event that led to many of the kaupapa we have today, including Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

One of Aotearoa New Zealand's three official languages, te reo Māori is unique to us and something to be treasured and enjoyed.

At our kura (school) we embed te reo Māori throughout many aspects of our learning, using tākaro (play), pānui (reading) and waiata (singing).

It has been wonderful seeing so many people showing our school value of Kia Māia - Be Courageous and making an effort to use more reo Māori in their day at school - students and adults!

Learning te reo Māori is not just for this week but something we can all learn more of every day.

How could you celebrate this at home?

How could you whakarongo (listen) to Māori?

How could you korero (speak) Māori?

How could you ako (learn) some more reo Māori?

There are awesome Facebook and Instagram accounts that can help you, TV programmes, books, podcasts and more!

Kia kaha te reo Māori!

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maakete Puketapu

We are delighted to be hosting a market to raise funds for Kauri and Kowhai camps and EOTC activities.

Join us on Wednesday 28 September from 11.30am.

Check out below some of the amazing things we will have on offer.

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Poster created by our year 7 & 8s


These are one of the things that are for sale as part of our market/fundraising. They are already on sale from the school office. 1 pair for $12 and 2 pairs for $20 - absolute bargain!!!

The stand gets updated regularly and some new styles get added as we make them.

After several requests we have added a few smaller styles too.

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As part of our Kauri fundraising (as organised by Conner, Conrad, Teone and Ethan from Kauri 3) we have 2 amazing raffles on offer, kindly donated to us by the wonderful Fi and Dan from The White Pear.

Raffle #1 - 1 x GF Carrot cake with yummy cream cheese frosting.

Raffle #2 - Foxton Fizz pack and a cafe voucher for The White Pear.

Tickets for both raffles are $2 each and can be purchased from the boys from 8.30 - 8.50 from the front office, Wednesday 21st September - Friday 23rd September and Tuesday 27th - Wednesday 28th September.

The raffle will be drawn and the winner will be notified by the end of the day Wednesday 28th September.

Huge thank you to The White Pear Cafe - we really appreciate your support.

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Another great product for sale at the market day - Butter Chicken and Rice! Yum!

We will have limited single serves of butter chicken and rice for $10 available at the market day.

Sorry, no preorders.

Huge thank you to Mumtaz Merdj for cooking and donating this to us to sell.

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Amarni, Zia and Anika of Kowhai 2 have been dyeing up a storm and creating great colourful Tshirts and socks to sell at the Market Day.

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Living our Values

PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning

WOW! What a week of school values. We have handed out so many Superstar awards this week. Our Te Mako Matawhero awards have also been handed out, however this week we have had to postpone our Morning tea for these ākonga. We will celebrate their successes next week instead.

Kei whea mai...

Kauri - Marcel Engels, Poutama Murray, Katie McRae & Elias Merdj

Kowhai - Reece Speedy, Horizon Scott , Parker Smith, Kylah Neilson, Toby Ryan, Nevaeh Cullen

Totara - Vidyasri Vathada, Aurelia Takerei, Aaliyah Gunn, Ivy Adams, Kobie Wilson

Rimu - Sienna Wallace, Avery Phillips, Cohen Robinson & Azalea Parkinson

Principals Award - Layla Read (Kowhai)

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This week tamariki from all around the school have been showing our school values...

Kia Manawanui - Kindness has been everywhere this week. Senior tamariki taking care of junior tamariki, teachers helping each other out & hugs, smiles and aroha all around.

Kia Māia - Courage & bravery has been shown with tamariki and kaiako speaking Te Reo & stepping outside their comfort zone.

Kia Kaha - Everyone around the school has been doing their best this week, whether it be helping tidy up the rubbish around the school or sorting through the lost property to learning in the classroom and trying to use more Te Reo.

Kia Ora - Our School whanau have been looking after themselves by staying active when the weather behaves, drinking water & eating our wonderful kai supplied from our amazing Chefs.

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Tiaki Leaf, Carlos Zenovich, Cara Edwards, Lola Parkinson, Briar Walthew & Nikayda Taylor

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Taine McKenna, Layla Hardgrave, Gabby Scarlett & Kasey Judd

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Daetin Taylor, Ryan Judd, Bohdi Wilson, Jewel Lendib, Nate Stainthorpe & Teone Mundt

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Te Waiaurere Mahinekura, Gabby Scarlett (again), Manaaki Taipari & Jada Graham Moore

home & school

CALENDAR ART - last few days!

Bring in your order forms to the Home & School box in the office. You can pay online directly to Home & School (not school) or bring cash in a zip lock bag or envelope and place in the box with your order form.

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Here are some amazing examples of this years art work


Email Home & School to register your team - homeandschool@puketapu.school.nz

Check out the Facebook event here - https://fb.me/e/1KnHI2zV7

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Touch teams are now full. There are two Under 10 teams looking for a coach. Details have been sent on Hero.

If you are having trouble getting onto Hero please see Paula or Kerie in the office.

This will be played on Wednesday afternoons at Hickford Park in Bell Block.

Grades available are Under 6, 8,10, 12 and Intermediate.

Each team will need a coach and a person to do the subbing.


Have now come to an end, THANK YOU to our wonderful VOLUNTEER Coaches, Managers and Supporters. Without you we wouldn't be able to give our kids these opportunities.

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Incase you are new to the school or have not been introduced to our amazing Sports Coordinater Kim Sowman, here she is... along with three of her year 7 helpers.

If you have any questions regarding our school sports you can email Kim ksowman@puketapu.school.nz


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cross country

Every child who brought back their sponsorship form went into a random draw to win a sports prize.

This year there were 15 children who earned $100 or more and were offered first choice of their prize.

Quinn Murrell & Kaiba Tuapawa-Poutu raised over $200.00 each!

Collectively they raised approximately $5600.

Kino kē tо̄ mahi

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Tamariki patiently waiting for their prizes

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Quinn Murrell & Kaiba Tuapawa-Poutu

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Puketapu Sports ts

Did you know you can purchase Puketapu Sports T-Shirts from the School office for $45.00 and even better once your child has grown out of it we will buy it back off you for $20.00.

We have lots of sizes available and your child will own their top instead of borrowing one, so they can wear it any time they want.

Child sizes 6 - 14 and Adult sizes XS - XL


On the menu for week 9:

Monday: Loaded Wedges

Tuesday: Beef Nachos

Wednesday: Chicken & Roast Veg

Thursday: Sweet & Sour Chicken

Friday: Burger Fri-YAY

Board of Trustees

We have a new Board of Trustees!

Thank you to everyone who voted, we had 120 valid voting papers returned!

Congratulations to:

  • Paul RAUPUTU
  • Stephanie JULIAN
  • Shannen ROBINSON
  • Megan CORIN
  • Hayley ADAMS

Thank you also to our two unsuccessful candidates:

  • Rebecca THOMSON
  • Candice ARMOOGAM

Thank you to all seven candidates who put themselves forward for election. Your interest in and commitment to our school is very much appreciated.

Enrolment at Puketapu School in 2023

Enrolment at our school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office.

In 2023 there will be four enrolment periods, one in each term. Information for enrolments within each of those periods will be advertised part way through the previous term.

As our school operates a Cohort Entry policy for new entrants which means that new entrants start school in groups through the year rather than on their fifth birthday, at specified points in the year: either on the first day of term or at a mid-point of a term after they turn five. More information is at https://parents.education.govt.nz/primary-school/your-child-at-school/cohort-entry/

For the first enrolment period, the board has determined that up to 10 places for Year 1-3 students and up to five places for Years 4-8 students are likely to be available for out-of-zone students to start at the beginning of Term 1 2023 (Monday 30 January). The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.

Parents of students who live within the home zone and intend enrolling their child at any time during the next year should notify the school by Friday 14 October 2022 to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year.

Applications are made online at https://enrolments.linc-ed.com/apply/NZ/2223

If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot for out-of-zone places is required, it will be held on Monday 17 October 2022. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held.

Details relating to the next enrolment period will be published in 2023.


Last Friday Whaea Elle (Elle Johns) and ex pupil/niece of Miss Sharrock/Sister of Ollie Sharrock, Tyla Sharrock-Maifea graduated at Waikato.

They both have a Bachelor of Primary Teaching.

Kia pai mai hoki!

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this week at school

LEARNING, Lambs & Laughter!
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From home

In the weekend these students participated in BMX here in Bell Block & Hawera. They all showed Kia Kaha and gave it their best even with the stron wind and crashes that were happening.

Well done Kemp Hancock, Carlos Macioce, Charlie Ryan, Billy McRae, Hudson Ryan and Toby Ryan.

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


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

  • Aimee Gunther
  • Drevious Te Kura
  • Joel Purdie
  • Manaaki Taipari
  • Emma Hoskin
  • Bathany Thomson
  • Armand Spies

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates specific to your child's class.

Monday 26 September


Wednesday 28 September

  • Final Showcase of Term 3 - parents are invited! (time TBC)

Friday 30 September

  • Last Day of Term 3

Monday 17 October

  • First day of Term 4

Community notices

Who's Hui Showcase

Kia Ora,

We have a wonderful musical showcase on Tuesday 27th September at NPGHS Hall (6pm start – gold coin donation). This is an amazing evening involving jazz bands, orchestra, percussion, concert band, rock band, ukulele group, barbershop, choir, vocal and instrumental soloists, and Kapa Haka.

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Register now -Junior Tennis Coaching Program Term 4 2022.

Does your child want to learn or improve their tennis? Join our

Junior coaching program for Term 4 2022. Suitable for any ability,

ages 5-16, Mondays or Thursdays after school, times to be advised

once groups are sorted.

Run by a qualified coach, $50 each, discounts for families. If

interested, email shereeandrew@hotmail.com for a registration

form or contact via our facebook page. Get in fast to secure your

spot today.

Try, Learn, Explore Kayaking Coaching Workshop/Course

Kia Ora - please share with your school communities/whanau

On the 24th and 25th September Canoe racing New Zealand is holding a Try, Learn, Explore Coaching Workshop here in Taranaki for any keen people to learn about and become a TLE coach. Try, Learn, Explore is all about building skills and understanding in various water craft, alongside water safety, fun, fitness and making new connections with peers.

Following on from this free coaching course there will be opportunities for interested people 10 years and up to get involved in TLE sessions in Term 4 2022 and Term 1 2023 and beyond.

Any one Interested in the coaching component can sign up Via the CRNZ Website - TLE Coaching Course Sign up

Learn Explore is a safe and fun way to start paddling.

  • Introducing new paddlers to fundamental paddling knowledge and skills and with a strong focus on building water safety skills and confidence, Try Learn Explore is delivered by accredited paddling providers in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Try Learn Explore is a structured framework that consists of three progressive levels to inspire a life-long love of paddling:

Try Paddling
This is your introduction to paddling of a craft. It gives the paddler the basic essential information and skills needed to have a go paddling.

Learn Paddling
The Learn program develops paddlers’ skills to effectively paddle their craft. The program educates participants in water safety and helps develop the participants water confidence.

Explore Paddling
This program encourages paddlers to experience different types of paddling crafts and/or further develop their skills in a specific craft of choice.

Who is Try Learn Explore for?

Try Learn Explore is an entry point to paddling for participants of all ages. Providers will typically deliver TLE tailored to the following groups:

  • Young paddlers – 10-13 years old

  • Youth paddlers 14-17 years old

  • Adults 18+ year old

Participants should be able to swim 50metres wearing a lifejacket to take part in Try Learn Explore.

Why Try Learn Explore?

Try Learn Explore has been developed by Canoe Racing New Zealand based on the latest sport and education research to ensure new paddlers receive high quality learning experiences, develop confidence, wellbeing and skills and, most importantly, have fun!

Try Learn Explore providers are accredited by Canoe Racing NZ so participants can rest assured that they will enjoy positive early paddling experiences, whatever their needs or motivations.

  • Lead coaches must have achieved the Try Learn Explore Coach Award, meaning they have undergone training and demonstrated they possess the knowledge and ability to safely and effectively deliver Try Learn Explore.
  • Providers must have approved Safety Management plans and procedures to ensure all TLE activities comply with the HSWA 2015.

inline hockey

The Ravens Inline Hockey club are rebuilding their school league for Term 4 after 18 months of disruption.

If you are keen for your children/ students to participate as individuals or in a team we would love for them to experience this exciting team sport.

The club do have a limited supply of gear, we can loan skates on the night.

This is an informal fun event running over 7 – 8 weeks on Thursday nights. The league aims at giving the skaters exposure to a skate sport with an opportunity to join club teams if they wanted to investigate further involvement in the new year.

The league has been running since 1997 with many of the skaters moving into club hockey and several developing into NZ representative teams competing in various parts of the world ( Europe, Australia, USA, Canada) There is also an opportunity to develop as a referee if keen and being mentored by adult referees within the club.

The venue is at East End reserve in Strandon.

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