Te Puru School

Week 4 Newsletter

This week at Te Puru School...

Bits and pieces from the Principal

Bits and Pieces from the Principal

Tena koutou katoa, nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa.

Greetings parents, whanau and members of our school community.

This week has been one of those wow weeks. It started with a great turnout for our Senior Swimming Sports and then finished with the School Inter-Whanau Duathlon yesterday. Huge thanks to all the parents who supported both events and the staff who planned and organized so well:

Emily Darrah – Swimming Sports

Scott Sell – Duathlon

An enormous Well Done to all the students who gave their best in both events. Congratulations to Ranginui for their win in yesterdays Duathlon. The swimming sports announcement has to wait for the junior swimming sports to be held next week with the points being combined to find this year’s winning whanau.

NZ Flag Referendum

The students from our school have had the chance to vote in a school-wide referendum whether or not to change the NZ flag.

The NZ Electoral Commission is behind this opportunity for all students throughout NZ who decide to take part. Results will be published by them through the media.

Below is the Te Puru School result:

Current NZ Flag – 39% (54/135)

New NZ Flag – 61% (84/135)

I wonder if this will be an indication in a week’s time of the flag the adults choose?

New Sports Shirts

Today is the last day to order a new sports t-shirt. We have had lots of orders right across all class levels. We will email the order through asap and hopefully the shirts will arrive in a week or two. If there is enough interest, there will be a second opportunity later this term or early next term.

Parent Interviews

When: Tuesday 8th March – 3.15pm until 6pm (Kowhai Thurday 17th March until 5.30pm)

Wednesday 9th March – 1pm – 5pm (school will close early – bus to leave around 12.30pm)

This is a change to previous years where we have had Student-Led Conferences during term 1.

After consultation with a number of parents we have decided to conduct Parent – Teacher Interviews this term and Student-Led Conferences in Term 3. This will allow parents and teachers to sit down and discuss a wide range of topics, if necessary, without the child being there. I will be interested in your feedback afterwards to how useful this format is compared to Student-Led Conferences. Please see Tania at the office to book your interview time.

Principal’s Award goes to two people this week:

1. Helena Mayer, for her outstanding effort in both swimming and duathlon and they way she supported others during the duathlon.

2. Caroline Auld, for her above and beyond effort during yesterday’s duathlon. Caroline had the role of supporting students out in a kayak in the swim leg of the duathlon and created some entertainment for the parents as she rode the waves.

Well done to you both.

Have an awesome weekend. Super Rugby starts tonight, so don’t spend too much time on the couch watching over the next few days.

Mike Friis


school will finish early on wednesday 9th march at 12.30 pm. bus will run early on this day.

Junior Swimming Sports

These are next Tuesday, 1st March, and will involve Kauri, Nikau, Pohutukawa and the year 4s in Kowhai. Starting time will be 1.30pm.

Good luck, swimmers!


Our Swimming Sports

What a fabulous day we had! All of our 9 year olds through to our 13 year olds took part wholeheartedly - great job, everyone!

Here are a few snaps of the day.

A special thanks to our parents and to Miss Darrah

We couldn't run our swimming sports without our parent time-keepers! Thank you!

And to Emily Darrah, you did a brilliant job of organising it all! Thank you!!

Our School Duathlon

Another great day at Te Puru School!! Everyone swam and ran with courage, determination and big smiles, from our oldest to our youngest. Ka pai, kura!

Thanks to all of our parents who came to support us!

Today we saw, enthusiasm and support. We are so proud of all of you. A massive thank you to Scott Sell, who put the whole event together.

Sesame Street: Respect (Word on the Street Podcast)

icas 2016


If you wish your child to participate in ICAS tests, click the link above for online registration.

Login Details


School Code: 02001912

Password: THIFYK

ICAS will be administered in school.

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Te Rerenga o te Wiki

Te rerenga kōrero o te wiki = The

sentence for the week.

What are you doing this weekend? = mahi koutou i tenei wiki?

Office Cell phone 0277572058

Remember this is a great way to let us know if your child is absent. If you have a change of pick up plans or need to get a message to your child/ren, please let us know as soon as possible.

Have you paid your invoice?

Invoices have been sent out this term. Please remember to pay bus fares and class stationary before the end of the term. If you would like to set up an automatic payment, please come and discuss this with Tania. Thank you.

Our Assemblies

Today, our assembly is being led by our Ruma Kowhai. Kia ora, Ruma Kowhai!

Coming Up

Wk 4 Kowhai

Wk 5 Rimu

Wk 6 Matai

Wk 7 Pohutukawa

Wk 8 Good Friday (no assembly)

Wk 9 Nikau

Wk 10 Whanau Leaders

Wk 11 Kauri (Certificate Assembly)


29.2.16 Life Education Caravan here

01.2.16 Junior Swimming Sports 1.30 pm (Kauri, Nikau, Pohutukawa, Kowhai)

04.3.16 Cricket Festival - Paeroa

08.3.16 Thames Valley Swimming Sports

10.3.16 Multi Sports

15.3.16 Rimu Camp

15.3.16 Thames Valley Triathlon – Cooks Beach

23.3.16 Pohutukawa - Tararu

24.3.16 Yr 7 students vaccinations, Yr 8 girls only vaccinations

25.3.16 Good Friday

28.3.16 Easter Monday

29.3.16 No school (nationwide for schools due to long weekend)

05.4.16 Vision tests 9 am

13.4.16 Pohutukawa - Tararu

14.4.16 Grandparents Day – Anzac Ceremony

15.4.16 Last Day Term 1

02.5.16 First Day Term 2

hearing & vision checks in school

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yummy recipe you can make at home

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community news

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Te Puru Creative Kidz Art Club

Spaces available Tues – Fri 3.00pm – 5.00pm, phone Linda 8682991 (by tennis courts at Te Puru Hall)

sport section

attention all rugby players

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BMX racing is a great sport for all the family. We cater for children as young as 3 who can ride a strider bike to parents who want to do some form of sport with their kids.

Our club nights are fun and you get to ride with other kids of your ability.

Come give it a go.

Tuesday nights 5.30pm.

Paeroa BMX Club

Taylor Ave, Paeroa.

For further information cal Terry on 0275626438 or email paeroabmx@hotmail.co.nz





Sheryl Krissansen is an internationally recognised IDTA cheerleading instructor and dance teacher of 40 years.

Her classes are fun, effective and are designed to build skill upon skill.

To register your child email aliasf@xtra.co.nz or call 027 448 7967 for more info.

netball workshops

Netball season is fast approaching and if you are looking to coach and/or manage a team, Thames Netball Centre is hosting a weekend on the 5th & 6th March with workshops run by Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty. Please see the Tania at the office for more information.

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Do you need to hire a costume? Well, we have the place just for you

Catalogue viewing hours, Tuesday to Friday 9 - 5 pm & Saturday 9 - 12pm. Fittings are available on Fridays or by appointment only.

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have a great weekend