Week 2, Term 3 - Friday 5 August 2022

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

Celebrating our Learning

We are delighted to say that this week we held our second student showcase of the year!

For many students it was their first showcase. It is great to be able to get our kura back together to connect with one another and celebrate our tamariki.

Thank you to Northpoint Church for the use of their wonderful auditorium again.

While this time was just for students and staff, we are looking forward to including whānau again soon - we will invite our community to our Student Showcases in Week 6 and Week 10. More information will be on our school calendar and in upcoming newsletters.

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Our Showcase

On Wednesday we had a Student Showcase. Luckily we were practicing kapa haka and didn't get wet walking over to Northpoint Church. The rest of the school arrived and got into their whānau groups. Everyone was a bit loud because it was exciting being together as a school. We sung some songs with Matua Phil. We got to see some work that Kauri had been doing. The teachers got on stage to hand out their Te Mako Matawhero Awards for their students who get morning tea on Friday. One of the new Rimu children asked a question at the end "how long is left?" and made us laugh. The rain stopped when we left so we walked back to school for kai and morning tea play. - Te Waiaurere Mahinekura & Kaitlyn Veza, Kowhai 6

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Kaitlyn Veza and Te Waiaurere Mahinekura

During Term 2 we created a 3D Maunga for 'Our Living World; mini project.

We were inspired by our trip up the mountain and seeing all of the living things up there.

We made the mountain out of chicken wire and paper mashay and then we painted it.

We wanted to add native birds to represent New Zealand. We added Kiwi, Tui and Piwakawaka.

Jahlia Manukonga-Te Uira & Ella Rauputu - Kauri

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Jahlia Manukonga-Te Uira and Ella Rauputu

Living our Values

PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning


This week we celebrate the below children for showing our school values in the classroom. Today they will enjoy morning tea with Mrs O in the Tech Block.

Rimu- Kierah Graham Moore, Freya Collinson & Allyssa Taylor

Totara- Dylan Christmas, Ella Gollan, Azura Savage, Preston Cooper, Spence Waddington

Kowhai- Damion Paora, Carter Silich, Tyreece Joines, Ryan Wharram, Ava Falaniko & Kemp Hancock

Kauri- Marlia Cooper, Aiden Scrimgeour & Liam Smith

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Thanks Whaea Shaina for this cool video you made earlier this year showing the ways our tamariki display our values around our Kura.
2022 Puketapu School Values

OOPS... we may have missed some super star photos in the office this week. There were definitely more than this one photo!

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Tino pai... Charlie Ryan, Levi James Hotene and Brodie Houghton


On the menu for next week...

Monday: Loaded Wedges

Tuesday: Beef Nachos

Wednesday: Sweet & Sour pork on rice

Thursday: Teriyaki Chicken with Roast Vegetables

Friday: Burger Day

Sport - Congratulations!

Congratulations to our Puketapu students who made the below Taranaki Teams:

Central Football U12 rep team:

  • Aryan Chand
  • Ethan Cross
  • Farhaan Faruk
  • Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa

North Ross Brown Rugby Team:

  • Poutama Murray
  • Kayden Tango

Mihi nui!

check hero for your child's learning

Mid Year Learning & Wellbeing Comments

These are now available to be viewed for all students. Follow the steps below to see your childs Mid Year Comments from their teacher.

  • Open the Hero App
  • Click on the three lines (menu) at the top of the left hand side of the page
  • Click the downward arrow next to the childs name who you would like to view
  • Select 'Learning ... and the team they are currently in (Rimu, Totara, Kowhai or Kauri)
  • You should see the most recent Mid Year Comments from your childs teacher at the top

You can also look back at previous Reports and Learning Comments for your child.

Board of Trustee Elections

We are delighted that at the end of the nomination period we received seven nominations for:

  • Hayley Adams *
  • Candice Armoogam
  • Megan Corin
  • Steph Julian *
  • Paul Rauputu *
  • Rebecca Thomson
  • Shannen Robinson *

* Current board members

This means that we will be holding an election for the five spaces. (It is a shame we can't have all seven as they are all great nominees.)

Voting papers will be posted out from 10 August and voting will close at 4pm on 7 September 2022.

Thank you to everyone who has put their name forward, both existing members and new candidates.

sick tamariki

For the health and wellbeing of everyone at school, please remember to keep your sick tamariki home.


You must self-isolate for at least 7 days while you recover. Day 0 is the day your symptoms started or when you tested positive, whichever came first. Your Household Contacts will also need to isolate for 7 days, unless they have had COVID-19 within the last 3 months.

Please continue to inform the School office of any positive cases in your home.


Children must stay home if they have experienced diarrhoea and/or vomiting until they are well and for 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting occurred.

Home and school


Our School Fun Run / Walk Talk is coming up and we are looking for some sponsors to help sponsors prizes for the tamariki. Individual sponsorship sheets for all tamariki will be coming home within the next two weeks.


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Art Calendars are Coming!

Calendars, Notepads, Cards, Mousemats or Diaries - all with your child's artwork.

All classes are working on some amazing art works! Details of how to order and prices will be coming out soon.

The school office has some samples of what is on sale if you would like to check them out.

this week at school

Its Week 2, Term 3 and we have celebrated 100 days of school, had fun in Friendship Space and found some CROCS around our school...
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Kowhai 3 ended the week on a buzz with their amazing art work

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Dre-shae'a Awa & Aiden Terrill being kaitiaki and collecting rubbish from around the school

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Piper Waldron & Avery Phillips creating in class

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100 days of school in Totara 2!

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Fun in friendship space

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4 square, ball skill fun in the quad

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Ollie Hardy & Bryn Smith getting creative with pastel & dye in Rimu

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Kia Manawanui with friends in the sickbay helping each other and in the playground keeping each other warm.

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Two monkeys in a tree, learning skills and showing Kia Māia

From home

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 had birthdays this week and have birthdays coming up over the next week:

  • Rhikyda Pirini
  • Carlos Zenovich
  • Rosalie Rodgers
  • Kayden Lucinsky
  • Ollie Hardy
  • Ivy Ana Edwards
  • Eden Lucinsky
  • Dylan Perry
  • Hamu Adams
  • Lucas Wharram

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates specific to your child's class - for example, Year 8s have lots of High School Promotional Visits and Open Days coming up in Term 3.

Monday 8 August

  • The Life Education Bus (with Harold!) arrives for two weeks

Wednesday 10 August

  • Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday 23 August

  • Puketapu School Fun Run / Walk Talk

Wednesday 24 August

  • Puketapu School Fun Run / Walk Talk (postponement date)

Friday 26 August

  • Teacher only day (School Closed)

Wednesday 31 August

  • Showcase - parents are invited! (time TBC)

Wednesday 28 September

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

Community notices


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Taranaki Disability Swim Clinic

Swimming Taranaki and Swimming NZ are bringing a Disability Swim Clinic to our region on Wednesday 21 September at the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, New Plymouth.

The clinic starts at 4.30pm and there will be food afterwards for the swimmers and parents involved with an approx finish time of 6-6.30pm.

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waitara high school open day

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Winter fire safety

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the lemon club

Bookings for Term 3 are open!!!

Click here to book your childs space at The Lemon Club https://enrolmy.com/the-lemon-club/book-now/9-Before-and-After-school-care-at-Puketapu-School-Term-3-2022-


The school holidays are the perfect time to go through your children’s bookshelves and sort out all the books that they have outgrown in preparation for….


“The Taranaki Toy Library is holding this year’s Children’s MONSTER Book Sale on Friday and Saturday 16th and 17th of September. On their behalf, we will be collecting any good quality 2nd hand children’s books after the school holidays. The holidays are the perfect time to have the kids go through their bookshelves, sorting out books that they have outgrown. If you have any unwanted books that you wish to donate, please drop these off to the school office from week 1 of Term 3. Please do not include colouring-in or activity books unless they are in new condition.

To find out more about this book sale, please browse the Taranaki Toy Library Facebook page under “Children’s Monster Book Sale”.

Facebook Page, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/585598643105798/585710696427926

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