Week 8, Term 1 - Friday 24 March 2023

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

Week 8 @ Puketapu with pare & Marlia

The mornings have been crisp but the sun has been shining this week at Puketapu.

In class we have been working on our visual pepeha this week. We have Taranaki te maunga and our awa along with iconic things from NZ.

On Wednesday we gathered as a school at assembly and Mr Walker got us to go into our whānau groups to play a game. Kākāpō won! The Te Mako Matawhero awards were given out too.

Today Kauri & Kōwhai have swimming sports at Bell Block Pools, it was cool to see everyone arrive at school dressed up in their whānau colours.

Our year 6's have camp next week and all of our school winter sports are starting soon.

Enjoy the next two weeks of school everyone before the school holidays start.

Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa & Marlia Cooper

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Our whole school gathered for Wednesday morning assembly.

school values

These Kōwhai tamariki borrowed the values rocks from Rimu (these were in last weeks newsletter) to explain how they show each of these values at school.

Kia Kaha with Addison Leathley: "I show Kia Kaha at school by trying my best with all my learning"

Kia Ora with Billy MacRae: "You can show Kia Ora at school by taking care of your belongings, putting your loose clothing in your bag and checking the lost property"

Kia Māia with Hunter Grey: "I have shown Kia Māia at school when I needed to say sorry and had to be brave to apologise"

Kia Manawanui with Lexi Gorrie: "If I see someone upset in class or in the playground I show Kia Manawanui by asking if they are ok and giving them a hug"

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Addison Leathley, Billy MacRae, Hunter Grey and Lexi Gorrie with the School Values Rocks (made by a school Mum Anna Fleet).


Our fortnightly Te Mako Matawhero awards were given out on Wednesday at our School Assembly.

These Tamariki have been selected by their class teachers for showing our school values. Next week on Tuesday they will get a special treat in the staffroom to celebrate.

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Tino Pai!

Rimu: Harry Perkinson, Melody Hanscombe, Willow Deed & Harvey Thomson

Tōtara: Kiah-jayne Wylde-Prestney, Cairo Mcleod, Liliana Hodson, Romie Marlow &
Emilia-Rose Macioce (absent)

Kōwhai: Charlotte Mangin, Sophie Jacobsen, Chayse Hodson & Goo Pham

Kauri: Erin Sowman, Iona Den-McKay & Connor Christian

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Here are just a few of the many tamariki this week recognised for showing their School Values.

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Aki Ekeroma & Te Aorangi Wanakore-Sioli have been showing Kia Māia and Kia Kaha in their learning.

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Lucy Nicholas from Kōwhai has been showing Kia Kaha in her learning.

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Ethnie Stevens & Cooper Kerr from Rimu have been showing their values in class.


Teresa, Charlotte and Sharron are the dream team, working hard, ensuring our tamariki are well fed and ready to learn.

On the menu for next week...

Monday: Mac n Cheese

Tuesday: Macho Nachos

Wednesday: Chicken Tacos

Thursday: Bread Day

Friday: Burgers!

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Toastie sandwich prep in the wharekai



Registrations close at 3pm today (Friday 24 March) for Hockey, Miniball and Basketball.

Register on Hero if your child wants to play any of these sports for the winter season.

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We have almost reached the end of another season of Touch! It has been great fun!

Two of our U12 teams (Matawhero & Steelers) are playing each other for the final which will be held at school on Monday at 2.15pm (as we have year 6s away for camp from Tuesday).

Thank you so much to all our coaches, parent helpers, supporters and sideline fans!

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Puketapu Pepemako having a good time on and off the field at Touch.

yummy stickers in schools

Bring your Yummy Stickers in to help us get FREE sports gear.
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home & School

BINGO NIGHT - Wednesday 5th April

Get your friends together and Register by clicking here now!

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lost property

Our Lost Property has filled up FAST! Please ask your tamariki to check the lost property and take any of their belongings before the end of term.
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Thanks to our Home & School team for keeping the lost property under control

(as much as they can)

health - watch out for spots!

We have had a confirmed case of Scabies and multiple cases of Chicken Pox cases at school this week. Please see below information from the Ministry of Health.
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this week at school

Tōtara tamariki were lucky this week when Mrs P brought in a Pilot's Jacket from WWII.

Below is What Mrs P had to say:

"I brought in this pilot’s jacket today as a prompt for talking about things in a museum. This was from my husband Mark’s Dad. He was a pilot in WWII (1942 onwards)."

The Tōtara 4 & 5 students who came were right into drawing the jacket and talking about a label for it. They talked about what it was made from, how old it is and how precious it is - It was a lovely discussion.

Some of the Tōtara 3 tamariki were able to engage in this discussion and so many were keen to try it on and take a photo.

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Big smiles from Tōtara with their WWII Pilot's Jacket.

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Creative thinkers in Whaea Lauries class have worked together to design and build an impressive home complete with swimming pool.

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Happy learners in Whaea Kennedys class!

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Count the Dominos in Rimu with Manaaki Taipari & Xavier Leaf.

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Ella Rauputu with her descriptive writing.

breakfast club

Breakfast Club is available in the Design & Tech room every day between 8.30-8.55am.

It's free, it's delicious and it's a great way to start the day!

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from home

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


Happy Birthday to all the students who have had Birthdays this week or have a Birthday coming up in the next week;

  • Channing Rajput
  • Elias Merdj
  • Sanjeet Chand
  • Zia Azad
  • Jayden Tamati

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

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

Friday 24 March

  • Puketapu Swimming Sports (Senior School @ Bell Block Pool)
  • Bell Block School Gala Day 5pm-7pm

Monday 27 March

  • Touch Final: Puketapu Matawhero vs Puketapu Steelers 2.15pm

Tuesday 28 March

  • Year 6 leave for Camp (Te Wera)
  • Year 5 Activity week starts

Friday 31 March

  • Year 6 return from Camp

Wednesday 5 April

  • End of Term Assembly @ Northpoint Church 9.15am
  • Home & School Bingo Night

Thursday 6 April

  • Last Day of Term 1


Monday 24 April

  • First Day of Term 2

Tuesday 25 April

  • ANZAC Day / School Closed

Monday 1 May

  • Staff Only Day / School Closed

Community notices

Recharge youth group

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We celebrate making our schools streets safer, as we aim towards a goal of zero road deaths in Aotearoa by 2050.
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