Puketapu School Newsletter

Term 2 2020 - Thursday 2 July

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

Kia ora koutou,

whakahī - proud

I couldn't be prouder of our school - staff, students and whanau - in our return to schooling from Monday 18 May. 2020 has been an unprecedented year!

Find the Moments of Magic

On Friday I was fortunate enough to hear David Galbraith speak in our New Plymouth Principals Association Hui. There were a couple of things that really resonated with me as a leader and as a person that I want to share with you:

  • We choose what we see - do we see the Moments of Magic or do we see the Moments of Rubbish in our day?
  • Be Optimistic
  • Great questions: What needs to happen in your day for you to go to bed satisfied or happy? What are your success parameters?

Over the break I challenge you to look for the beauty, the magic in your day. Let's get our kids to look for those moments of beauty, kindness and magic and share them.

Let's shape our environment every day by looking for the beauty.

Have a restful and refreshing term break.


Matua Ngatai

From our Whanau Leaders

Kia ora, I’m Jeosh, I am Kakapo whanau leader as of 2020.

During lockdown near the start of term 2 the school has been doing online schooling for the majority for all year groups.

We have also had our holiday mixed into it, exiting lockdown might have been hard for some but all in all everybody got used to it.

The holidays are coming as it is the end of term 2 and they will be different to the last holidays. Here are some ideas of what you can do in the holidays.

  1. Spend time with your family.

  2. Find something that can keep you concentrated.

  3. Give love and affection to those you love.

  4. Look out for your well being.

Hello, I’m Chayce Wilson, 2020 Tui Whanau Leader.

We are nearing the end of Term 2, that means the Holidays are coming.

Recently, we’ve been learning about kindness at school and that doesn’t mean that we should stop when we get home.

I’ve got some top tips for things that you can do at home to be kind.

  1. Saying ‘Good morning (or) Good afternoon’.

  2. Giving compliments to relatives.

  3. Making breakfast for you and your family.

  4. Making your Parent(s) hot drinks in the mornings.

  5. Helping out with chores.

Learning & Wellbeing Conferences

These will be in Week 2 of Term 3, after school on Thursday 30 July and all day on Friday 31 July and are for all students, except the newest of our new entrants.

Bookings are made online through School Interviews. (Event code is jbpqc)

Book a time to meet with your child's Kaitiaki or Homeroom Teacher and if you would also like to meet with any specialist teacher (eg, Design Technology (Mrs Wigley), Maths (Mrs Paterson) or Literacy (Mrs Den-McKay) Specialist teacher) you can book a time to meet with them on the same day.)

Our Teachers will meet with you and your child to share and reflect on their learning, wellbeing, progress, achievements and goals you have for your child for the rest of this school year.

Don't forget: The Friday will not be a normal school day - only those with conferences attend, and you only come for your conference, then go home again.

Hero - Parent Portal

At Puketapu School our aim is to implement a robust system that allows teachers, parents, and students to access learning in an online environment that is secure, easy, and effective.

HERO allows teachers and students to share learning anytime, anywhere and this can be viewed on any device.

For more information about logging in: https://www.linc-ed.com/parents/

IT Equipment from Methanex

Thank you Methanex!

The equipment that Methanex have kindly donated will be used in our new Design Technology Hub.

Students in year 7 and 8 will be able to use this IT gear whilst using Minecraft Education. We are looking at designing our school in Minecraft so that it can be used by people via our website, as a way of introducing them to our school and grounds.

Students will also be using this equipment for online designing and graphic design. We will use the computers and laptops in conjunction with the Microsoft Micro:Bits for coding and programming.

As our intermediate students gain more knowledge and confidence through their learning, they will then be able to go and peer teach the younger students in our school.

Thank you again for supporting us in this.

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Environmental Issues

Breanna Mehaney-Johnston from Kauri 1 wanted to share with us some thoughts on environmental issues that we face today...

Our Environmental issues:

One of the environmental issues is rubbish. We are leaving too much rubbish around and our animals are taking the hurt getting tied up in nets and plastic on their body it is so sad if you go on the this website you will get all our animals in danger with rubbish.

School Photos Arrived Today!

These will be coming home with students today (unless we have been advised to keep them in the office, in which case they are here to collect now.)

Kowhai Kite Making

Kowhai have been working really hard on making kites. Well done Kowhai for showing our school values in doing your best in your learning - Kia Kaha!
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Level Onesie Day

We had unicorns and pandas, dinosaurs, cows, cats, bears... even Chewbaccas! Our Level Onesie Day was great fun.
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Happy in Maths!

We hope you’ll have fun together these school holidays and enjoy life. If you are looking for games to play here are a few ideas.

Supporting your child's learning pamphlets https://nzmaths.co.nz/supporting-your-childs-learning-pamphlets

Happy in maths!

Ngā mihi, Shirlene Paterson, MST Teacher

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Office Helper Supreme!

You never know what jobs you might be asked to help out with on Office Duty - that's why we need volunteers who have initiative and enthusiasm. This week Olivia was helping Mr Quince put together kit set TV stands. Great Job Olivia!
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Pre-Schoolers Turning 5 soon?

Although we are only just half way through 2020, we are already starting to plan for 2021...

Now that we have an enrolment zone, we have to do this even earlier! So we are asking for your help:

If you have a pre-schooler turning 5 in 2020 or 2021, please use the online enrolment form to make sure they are pre-enrolled. This is particularly important if you live out of zone and have a younger child you wish to start at Puketapu School.

Wow! More Great Jackets!

We have been very lucky to have been gifted some lovely, warm jackets, courtesy of ASB and KidsCan. Barb from the ASB in New Plymouth will be coming along to school tomorrow to hand some of these out and the lucky recipients will bring them home tomorrow.

Superstar Awards/Duffy Awards

Congratulations Puketapu Superstars!
  • Oracle Rangi
  • Tayte Hancock
  • Damion Paora
  • Liana Birch
  • Riley Welbourn
  • Ari Marlow
  • Kaitlyn Veza
  • Toby Ryan
  • Landon Mottram
  • Emma Warring
  • Yelena Poching
  • Olivia Corin

Get Well Soon Noah!

We would like to give a big shout out to Noah Keith who showed amazing courage today during a rugby game. It was an excellent demonstration of Kia Maia on the field... and in the ambulance! We wish you a speedy recovery Noah.


Friday 7th August, 6pm - 9pm at the Fred Tucker Hall.

Time to clean out those wardrobes, if you hadn't already done so in lockdown!

$5 door entry, $2 per item or otherwise priced. BYO drinks, carry bags and your friends.

A great ladies night out.

Drop your clothes, bags, shoes, accessories to Puketapu School office or by arrangement (all donations need to be in good condition). Contributions will go to the Puketapu Home & School which will be put towards their next special project!


Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating Birthdays this week and over the holidays.
  • Mackenzie Wilkinson
  • Kyla Dorne
  • Marissa Gordon
  • Teina Williams
  • Meihana Keefe-Smillie
  • Nicole Jupp
  • Jahliyah McLeod-Chard
  • Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa
  • Triston Kake
  • Addyson Chaloner
  • Khan Barnard-Perry
  • Madie Cadman
  • Sarah Walker
  • Liam Smith
  • Reeve Cooper
  • Brodie Houghton
  • Madison Webby
  • Shylin Awa
  • Nabeel Sahrun
  • Hunter Wall-Colvin
  • Caitlyn Bellairs
  • Mason Waugh

What's On

First Day of Term 3 is Monday 20 July

Week 1:

  • Tues 21 July: Promotional Visits Year 8 Spotswood College 11.15am,
    Rippa Rugby - Kowhai
  • Wed 22 July: Rippa Rugby - Kowhai
  • Thur 23 July: Spotswood Open Evening

Week 2:

  • Wed 29 July: Year 5&6 Interschool Sports
  • Learning & Wellbeing Conferences Thursday & Friday
    (Friday is no school, only conferences)

More events and details will follow next term. Have a wonderful break!

Community Notices

On the House is Open!

Sharing surplus food with people from all over our area. Every Thursday. Come along to check it out.
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New Plymouth Boys High School Open Day

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Little Theatre Presents...

New Plymouth LittleTheatre are putting on their postponed show

August 5-15 at Little Theatre in Aubrey Street.

Set in the 1920's Enchanted April by Matthew Barber is a community theatre production by special arrangement with Josef Weiberger Ltd and Play Bureau
Feeling lost in the shadows of marriage and forgotten in the rush of 1920s post-war society, two London housewives pool their savings to rent a villa in Italy for a ladies-only holiday away, reluctantly recruiting a pair of difficult upper-class women to share the cost and the experience. Together under the Mediterranean sun, the four women clash — and then begin to bond and bloom — until men once again upset the balance
Book Now at iticket

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Thing 1 and Thing 2 are coming to you!

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Kit Set Challenge?

You never know what jobs you will be asked to help with on Office Duty! This week, Olivia Corin helped Mr Quince put together TV stands. Great job Olivia!