Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 5, 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,

On Friday I walked around the school in the middle block and it would have to be the most amazing walkaround I have had in the two and a bit years I've had as a tumuaki at our kura.

Here is what I saw in that 30-minute snapshot:

  • Totara - Kapa haka, folk dancing and Samoan sasa being taught to their akonga
  • Kowhai - kids engaged talking to each other around number lines, students setting up their High 5 goal setting books, hands-on activities making and creating
  • Kauri - excited about setting up, finishing and presenting their Science Fair projects to share with the rest of our akonga in our school then in the afternoon being really proud of finishing and sharing their learning with so many people.
  • Rimu - kids showing me on the world map where Samoa is because of their learning, students playing games outside smiling, interacting and helping each other and having fun.
  • Playtimes - everyone being active, football with over 25 students of all ages, basketball shooting half court shots and challenging each other, four square,
  • Teachers - smiling, facilitating learning and enjoying themselves.

This is the school that I love being at and on that Friday it gave me the snapshot that drives us as leaders to strive towards our vision and mission.

Matua Ngatai

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Our School Role is... 317

Welcome to Lyric Falaniko and Cainan Murray who started at Puketapu School this week.

Happy Birthday to...

Birthday's this week:

  • Zach Plant
  • Alexandreah Gutang
  • Ngariki Brown
  • TJ Weeks-Phillips
  • Raiden Rangi
  • Brianna Edgecombe

Cross Country Fun Run & Walk 2018

Wow! It was AMAZING! How brilliant to see everyone dressed up in their whanau group colours and everyone taking part, whanau included!

We would all like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who played a part in organising, but especially to:

  • Gay Harvey and the people from the Lions Club who marshaled our course for us
  • Miss Sowman for pulling it all together!

So who were the winners? Results will be announced at Showcase next week...

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A little bird told us that someone has been shopping for the cross country fun run and walk sponsorship prizes! Get your sponsorship forms back by next week. Prizes drawn at the next showcase... Every sponsorship form returned goes in the draw!
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Kauri Science Fair Display

There was edible slime, coloured yoghurt and milk magic, bath bombs, fire snake, teeth and marshmallows... even a liquid oxygen rocket!

Our Kauri akonga were justifiably proud of their learning and what they had achieved and delighted to be able to share their learning with the rest of the school and visitors.

Congratulations to...

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

Kia kaha - Do your best

  • Taylor Harvey
  • Katana Haddon
  • Harper Sutherland

Kia maia - Be courageous

  • Te Waiaurere Mahinekura
  • Joseph Tudor
  • Mati Sioli

Duffy Awards: Caught Being Good

Presented at Showcase on Friday 17 August:

  • Luke Sowman
  • Shaylecia Thompson
  • Oracle Rangi
  • Serennah Hobin
  • Rosheel Prasad
  • Noah Keith
  • Poutama Murray
  • Tayte Hancock
  • Lockie Urbahn
  • Ameliah Martin
  • Justin Ryan Inocencio
  • Taylor Harvey
  • Harlee Ruwhiu
  • Lillian Wakeling
  • Horizon Scott
  • Shairah Hori
  • Kylah Neilson-Hamblin
  • Evie Roberts
  • Kallana Bradnock

Our Duffy Awards are sponsored by Groundworkx Taranaki Ltd, a Taranaki wide earthmoving business with 16 years experience in the game. You can see more about them on Facebook - Groundworkx taranaki ltd. Thank you Groundworkx - you're awesome!

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My Trip to Rotokare

Writing by Joseph Tudor, Totara 3

On Monday we went to Lake Rotokare on a bus to visit Ash. We saw lots of birds and a lake and some trees. We went to the Bush Classroom and played games. It was fun. I ate my lunch there. I had a yum lunch. There was an electric fence. It was really big and long to keep the predators out and the animals sale and then we got to ride the bus back to school.

Awesome writing Joseph!

Phrase of the week...

Ka pai to mahi = You did good work!

Emma and Petra star in this week's video. Well done again Kowhai 3 - ka pai to mahi!

School Notices

Quiz Night - Thursday 23 August - Tomorrow!

Home & School are holding a fundraising quiz night tomorrow, Thursday 23 August at the Plymouth Hotel. Tickets are $10 each or $50 for a team of 6. Tickets are on sale at the school office or on the door. There are great prizes and raffles, food and drink available and all proceeds go towards further development of our playground.

Choir Tickets

We have a limited number of tickets for the New Plymouth School Music Festival, on Wednesday 19 September, 7pm. $5 each at the office. First in, first served!

Sports Photos

We are delighted to have Le Toi Photography taking our sports photos this year! Photos for all teams will be taken at Northpoint Church on Mangati Road tomorrow (Thursday 23 August). Photos will be $5 each. Children need to come along in their uniforms at the below times. Each team should only take 10 minutes. Even if you are not ordering, it is important that everyone comes along to be in their team’s photo.


  • Touch: Under 6 Slade’s team
  • Miniball Year 1/2 Robbie’s team


  • Touch Under 8 Phil’s team
  • Touch Under 8 Jason’s team
  • Netball year 3/4 April’s team
  • Netball year 3/4 Rebecca’s Team


  • Miniball Year 3/4 Gold Hayley’s team
  • Miniball Year 3/4 Green Michael’s team
  • Touch Under 10 Miss Megaw’s Team
  • Touch Under 10 Brody’s Team


  • Netball Year 5/6 Diamonds Kayla
  • Netball Year 5/6 Pulse Sarah’s team
  • Touch Under 12 Mr B Team’s team
  • Touch Under 12 Aleasha’s Team’s team


  • Basketball Year 5/6 Green Jon and Mr B’s team
  • Basketball Year 5/6 Gold Mrs Gotz’s team
  • Touch Intermediate Pani’s team
  • Basketball Year 8 Mrs Whelan and Mr B
  • Netball Year 7/8 Rebecca’s team
  • Netball Year 7/8 Fiona’s team
  • Canoe Polo

NP Cross Country

This year's NP Primary Schools Cross Country Champs will be held Tuesday 11 September at Peringa Park. School will enter the children and do the online registrations. It is up to parents to take your children if you think they would like to have a go. This week's cross country will be a good indicator of how competitive your child is. They do not need to qualify as such but would need to be able to run just over 2km cross country. More details to follow as we receive them.

BBQ Sausage Sizzle @ The Warehouse Bell Block

Sunday 26 August there is a fundraising sausage sizzle at the Warehouse in Bell Block. Call in to say hello and buy a sausage to help our campers. If you can spare some time to help, please contact Fiona Pearce.

Headlice... are back again

These pesky little critters have been spotted at school again. Please check all the heads in your household and take action if you see any lice or eggs.

Sick Kids?

Please, if your child is unwell, keep them home until they are better. There are some nasty bugs going around as well as the usual coughs, colds and tummy upsets.

If you think your child is 50/50 in the morning, please keep them at home.

Life Education Trust

Harold is here!

We are delighted to have Harold and kaiako Michelle Williams here this week and next, working with the whole school in their mobile classroom.

The Junior school has chosen to have a nutrition focus for their learning, looking at how they can make good food choices. This ties in really well with our Sharing the Planet theme as we can learn about choosing foods that don't come in packaging and foods that come from the ground.

The Senior school is focussing on friendships and learning about the skills and attitude needed for building a positive reputation.

On 29 August - Wednesday next week - we would like to invite parents and whanau to come take a look inside the bus. Pop in between 3.00pm and 3.20pm to meet Michelle and see the mobile classroom. Kindy will also be visiting the bus on Wednesday morning - exciting!

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I love Harold the Giraffe. He does awesome stuff. He puts smiles on our faces.

- Picture and writing by Noah, Totara 1


A request from the Puketapu kindergarten kaiako...

Please ensure you do not park across the Kindy driveway at drop off and pick up times. We understand it can be manic and there is no where to park but we need our driveway clear at all times.

Nga mihi for your cooperation and understanding

PK kaiako team

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Rimu 1 have been reading a book called Lavalava and learning about Samoan cricket - kilikiti. We made our own lavalava out of paper and played kilikiti with a special Samoan bat. It was fun!

What's On... the next Two Weeks

Thursday 23 August

Life Ed Bus

Spotswood College enrolment interviews (Year 8s)

Year 7&8 Rugby 7s tournament (Inglewood)

Sports Team Photos for all teams (at Northpoint Church from 3.30pm)

Home & School Quiz Night, 7pm, Plymouth Hotel

Friday 24 August

Tatarakihi Kapa Haka Festival - The Hub, Hawera

Monday 27 August

Year 7&8 Interschool netball (Burkhart Cup) and football tournaments, both in Stratford

Tuesday 28 August

Rotary Readers

No Kapa Haka today

Bell Block/Puketapu Year 7/8 Rugby v St Josephs Hawera @ Puketapu 12.00pm

Skills for Life with Manuel (all day)

Wednesday 29 August

Parent/whanau open session in the Life Education Trust Bus 3.00-3.20pm

Friday 31 August

Student Showcase (Totara) including Cross Country results and presentations

What's On... later this Term

Monday 3 September - Bell Block/Puketapu Year 7/8 Rugby v Inglewood @ Inglewood 12.30pm, Home & School Meeting 6pm

Tuesday 4 September - Taki Rua Show - 9.15am - Mihi Whakatau, 9.30am show starts - ($2 each) http://www.takirua.co.nz/hine-kihawai)

Thursday 6 September - Omata Cross Country Years 7/8, Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday 10 September - Keep NZ Beautiful Clean Up week, Ski Trip - Year 8

Tuesday 11 September - NP Primary Schools Cross country, Peringa Park

Wednesday 12 September - Kaitiaki: Wetlands and lagoon visit, Duffy Role Model Assembly 2pm

Friday 14 September - Student Showcase (Rimu)

Wednesday 19 September - Dental Bus on site until end of term, Taranaki Music Festival

Saturday 22 September - Men in Education - Rugby - Taranaki v Manawatu (Curtain Raiser to Taranaki v Auckland - Mitre 10 Cup)

Tuesday 25 September - Puketapu Road Patrol Reward Afternoon

Wednesday 26 September - Taranaki Cross-Country - Hawera

Friday 28 September - Last day of term! Loud Shirt Day

Community Notices

The Taranaki Toy Library has their Children's Monster Book Sale on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September. They are collecting quality second hand books, so if you have any used but still in good condition books to donate, please pop them in the box in Reception.

St Mary’s Diocesan School, Stratford is an integrated Anglican Year 9 – Year 13 Boarding and Day School in the heart of Taranaki. They will be holding an Open Day Wednesday 26 September 2018 10 am – 2pm. They will take you on a personal tour of the school and boarding house

Broadway North, Stratford Phone 06 765 5333 office@stmarysstratford.school.nz

LOVE TENNIS at Waiwaka Tennis Club, Chilman St. Sat/Sun 8 / 9 September 1-4pm.
Fun activities - games on court, ball machine, jumbo racquets, drills with a coach, racquets at good price, spot prizes . Come and have a go or check out the club - something for all ages. All welcome. Register for Junior coaching Term 4. Enquiries Conrad 0272795135, waiwakatennis@gmail.com or Facebook Waiwaka Tennis

Urban Trappers Workshop

Sunday 16 September, Fred Tucker Hall 1.30-2.30pm

Come along to this free event to find out how you can be part of the effort towards a Predator Free Taranaki with Taranaki Regional Council.