Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 8, Term 1 2021 - 24 March 2021

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,

Learning @ Puketapu

It was great this week being able to walk around your learning spaces with our Rangatira team and see our akonga in their learning rhythm. I was really impressed with the Year 0-1 students and how their independent play learning was so rich with literacy and numeracy and with the way they cooperated and collaborated together. I have also been really pleased with how many of our students are receiving Values Certificates for their learning behaviours.

Year 6 Te Wera Camp & Year 4/5 Activity Week

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou to Nicole and the team for planning an awesome EOTC week for 133 akonga and 20 adults. This takes time and collaboration to do this and we appreciate the effort you go to for our kids to have these experiences. Have an awesome week and remember to wear clothes you never want to wear again in the mud run.

Principal Learning

This week I have travelled to Te Tairawhiti (Ruatoria & Gisborne) to look at schools and marae and talk to key leaders around how Māori are enjoying and achieving education success as Māori, as they develop the skills to participate in te ao Māori, Aotearoa and the wider world. This PLD for me is part of my leadership learning for the Ka Hikitia - Ka Hāpaitia - The Māori Education Strategy and Tau Mai Te Reo - the Māori Language in Education Strategy for all Learners which are major strategies of our Government and MoE in the future.

I have been granted leave by the Board of Trustees to attend my daughter's Year 8 camp to Forest Lakes Camp in Otaki next week. While I have been away on PLD trips in the 4.5 years I have been at Puketapu School, this is the first discretionary leave I have asked for in my time at our kura and I am very grateful to be given this opportunity to be a parent helper at my daughter's camp.

Matua Ngatai


Wellness Space

Over the past two months, there has been building work and painting to create our schools new Wellness Space. We are looking for a Maori name for this area so will share that when we have it.

This space will be where our 24/7 Youthworker/Whanau Kaitiaki (Anya Poching), Literacy Support Teacher (Caro Den-McKay) and DP/SENCO (Corinne Sattler) are based.

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Anya & Corinne on their first day in the new wellness space

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Miss Sattler in one of the new meeting spaces in the Wellness Space

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Karla testing out the comfy chairs in the reception area of the Wellness Space


Next week we will be running a campaign to promote the HERO app to our parents through our newsletter, facebook, posters and handouts... and competitions!

We are working hard to make Hero our major form of communication from now on. If you haven't already downloaded the new app, please check it out.

Farewell to miss platts

Aoife (Miss Platts) will be leaving us at the end of Term 1. It has not been an easy decision for her to make, however she has decided to return to Christchurch to be with her partner and whānau.

Over the next two weeks, we will be advertising for a new Year 2/3 teacher and when we have made an appointment we will be communicating that decision with all the whanau of students in Totara 2.

New Gardener

Welcome to Sheryl, our new school gardener.

If you see Sheryl out and about working, please say hi and welcome her to our school.

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A big welcome to our two new students who started in Rimu today, Honor Wilson and Hanale Adams. Please show our new students the school values if you see them around the school.

Kia kaha Do your best
Kia māiaBe courageous
Kia manawanui Have a heart

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Honor and Hanale, our newest students


On Friday Totara 1 went for their first visit to Bell Block Library. We enjoyed a story from Karen the librarian and then we got to enjoy and share a wide variety of books. It was great to read books within a different environment. We are planning to make this a regular event while our school library books are currently in storage due to building work.

Totara 4 & 5 have been working on their school visual pepeha and bio poems. Ka pai Totara

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Kupa Briders visual pepeha

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Fleur Graces visual pepeha

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Caitlyn Bellairs bio poem

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Exodus Ihimaera-Te Waakas bio poem


Last week Kowhai took a small walk down to Bell Block beach to check out the rock pools, soak up the beach atmosphere and do some creative writing.
On Tuesday the Year 6s headed out to Camp at Te Wera. We haven't seen any photos yet but we know from previous years that they will be having a lot of fun!

The Year 4&5s have been enjoying their Activities Week while the Year 6s are away - yesterday was a fun day at school while today they have been at Puke Ariki and the foreshore. Tomorrow they head to the Movies and Friday the Aquatic Centre!

Kauri- Leadership Talk

"Last week the head leaders from New Plymouth Boys High School came into Kauri and talked to us about leadership. They did a google slide presentation to show the leadership process at their school. The students were very interested and asked a lot of questions. It is great to learn more about leadership roles at high schools in New Plymouth " - Caylin Weideman, Kauri 3
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NPBHS Head Boy Joel Turnbull and Deputy Head Boy Lachlan Moles talking to our senior students.

From the tech hub

French Toast Huhu Grubs

Today we have made french toast huhu grubs... but it is not actual huhu grubs...it is banana!

It was from the Kuwis Kitchen kiwi kids cookbook.

You need 4 slices sandwich bread, 1 banana ( quartered -sliced lengthwise and then in half), 1egg, 2 Tablespoons milk (or almond milk ) ,pinch of cinnamon, butter or coconut oil, to grease the pan.

1- Cut crusts off the bead and flatten each slice of bread with your hand.

2- Place 1/4 of a banana on the end of a slice of bread and roll it up.

3 - repeat until they are all filled and rolled up.

4 - In a bowl, whisk the egg, milk and cinnamon.

5 - Place the pan over a medium heat. add a little butter or oil.

6- Dip the rolls in the egg mix until coated.

7- place rolls in the pan, they will turn the rolls to cook on all sides, until golden brown.

Ava Allen, Kauri 2

Kauri Monday elective Carving class

This term we are working with Doug Keith to learn about Carving.

First we drew designs on paper of what we wanted and researched on the internet. Then we drew it onto the acrylic tile - this is a waste product from kitchen bench tops. We have started to cut this out. Once we have cut it and then we file it. We also have some resin that was wasted from a surf shop that we might use next.

Ngariki - it's fun and hands on.

Koda - its awesome because we actually get make something that we can keep


This week sees the last games of touch for the Term 1 competition. Well done to all our players, coaches, helpers and supporters. A huge thank you to Shane and Toni for their organisation again.

Touch Coaches: Coaches, please return all bags to the office asap

Sport Uniforms: Please return all touch uniforms clean and in great condition as soon as possible. Your account will be refunded $40 once it is returned.

Touch Fees:

If you haven't paid for your touch fees yet, please do so asap.

Hockey, Miniball, Basketball, Netball: COACHES/MANAGERS needed.

So far we have had no parents respond to emails regarding coaching. This is not a problem and we can still enter teams. This simply means parents will need to take a turn to coach/manage. each week. All of these codes provide support for coaches.

If you are thinking of putting your hand up but are uncertain about what the role entails please make contact via email ksowman@puketapu.school.nz or Facebook Messenger

Great smiling faces from last week at touch


Netball teams: Miss Sowman is waiting to hear from whanau in regards to coaching and managing teams before she is able to finalise teams and send them out to families. Everyone who registered is in a team but until we have coaches we cannot confirm who is in which team. If you are able to help, please let Miss Sowman know asap.

Below is the Future Ferns course which coaches and helpers should all attend if possible.

Click on the link to register- https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/133327

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senior swimming sports

A big thank you to all our staff, parent helpers and students for making Friday's swimming sports a fun and successful event.

Swimming, smiling and supporting, it was great to see our ākonga showing the school values.

Well done KAKAPO for taking out the house group swimming race!

There are too many results to share but see below a few of the stand out swimmers who placed first in their heats.

Year 5 girls

Te Waiaurere Mahinekura

Kallana Bradnock

Bonnie Rupe

Year 6 girls

Ella Rauputu

Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa

Year 7 girls

Esther Poching

Year 8 girls

Yelena Poching

Celestial Roberts

Tayla Gorrie

Giselle Du Preez

Year 5 boys

Xavier Peters

Cohen Allen

Tyreece Joines

Cain Logie

Year 6 boys

Isaac Wilson

Johnny Read

Kayden La-Rue

Khan Barnard-Perry

Year 7 boys

Nate Stainthorpe

Poutama Murray

Year 8 boys

Keanu Prestney

Raven Falaniko

Lockie Urbahn

Shay Coomey

Koda Herewini-Kelsen

And a big well done to our teachers/parents team for winning the swimming race against the top students.

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Ella Rauputu winning the boogie board race, even with her broken toe

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Olivia Corin, Lucy Hatchard, Imogen Den-McKay & Tayla Gorrie having a sit down before their next race.
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Rylei-Jay Dellow, Celestial Roberts, Yelena Poching, Marley Sutherland & Esther Poching enjoying their iceblocks.

From the playground

Here are just some of the great things spotted over the past week:
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What a beautiful shady place for learning

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Rimu enjoying the last of the summer days

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So many fun activities set up outside Rimu for the tamariki to explore

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Leon Corin swinging on the popular rope swing

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We love watching all the different ways the children use their imaginations while playing on the monkey bars.

Kia Manawanui out of School

What do you do if you notice a smashed glass bottle on the footpath just outside a neighbour's driveway?

You Have a Heart and pick it up - which is exactly what siblngs Rayne Morehu and Hayzyn Ruakere did on their way to school. Well done Rayne and Hayzyn, you are really showing our school values beautifully!

Thank you also to Gina for spotting this lovely act and taking a photo.

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Well done Hayzyn and Rayne - showing your kindness in our community


Well done to all our Superstars this week, spotted showing our school values. Here are just some of them:
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Well done Tui Robinson who has gone from being a bit scared in the water to bravely floating on her back like an angel! That is definitely Kia māia - be courageous!
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Well done Khalise Clement showing Kia Manawanui and helping a friend in need.
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Great job Mikayla Scholtz for showing Kia Kaha.


Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week:
  • Ameliah Martin
  • Channing Rajput
  • Jarvana Ardern
  • Elias Merdj
  • Sanjeet Chand
  • Zia Azad

Dates for your Diary

Did you know you can see What's On any time with the Hero App? Check out Term Dates or the Events Calendar whenever you like.

Here are some of the main items on our school calendar for this term. More information will follow closer to the time:

Still to come this week

Thursday 25 March:

  • Te Wera Camp (year 6) Day 3
  • Year 4&5 Movie Day

Friday 26 March:

  • Te Wera Camp (year 6) Day 4 / return from camp
  • Year 4&5 Aquatic Centre trip
  • Bell Block School Gala 5pm-7pm

Week 9

Mobile Dental Bus on site

Monday 29 March:

  • Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30
  • Yr 7 & 8 Netball Trials

Wednesday 31 March:

  • Weetbix Tryathlon

Friday 2 April:

  • Good Friday / School Closed

Week 10

Monday 5 April:

  • Easter Monday / School Closed

Tuesday 6 April:

  • Easter Tuesday / School Closed

Wednesday 7 April:

  • Interschool Swimming year 6-8 (Bell Block Pool)

Thursday 8 April:

  • Rippa Rugby (Kowhai) 11:10 - 3:00pm

Friday 9 April

  • Gumboot Friday (Wear your gumboots, gold coin donation optional)
  • 10.00 Whanau Wā
  • 11:45 Maria Gill Duffy Role Model presentation

Week 11

Monday 12 April

  • Kapa Haka (Year 4-8) - 1130 - 1230

Tuesday 13 April

  • Rimu Trip To Brooklands Zoo & Pukekura Park 9.30-1.30

Friday 16 April

  • 10.00am Whanau Wā
  • Last day of Term 1

Term 1 ends on Friday 16 April

Term 2 starts on Monday 3 May

Community Notices

Bell Block School Twilight Gala

Bell Block School warmly invite our Puketapu whanau to join us at our Twilight Gala next Friday 26 March 5-7pm for a night of fun, food and festivities.

We have heaps of amazing prizes generously donated by our local businesses who are keen to give back to the community.

There is so much to do at our Gala - pony rides, bouncy castle, face-painting, police radar run, horizontal bungy, car/truck rides and so much more. Plus loads of delicious food for a Friday night meal – burgers, chips, pizza, sausages, candy floss and ice-cream.

Taranaki kindness day

On behalf of Taranaki Retreat we would like to invite you to Taranaki Kindness day.

The aim of kindness day is to gather different demographics and communities together in a festive and educational environment that facilitates new and stronger connections to be made within the wider community.

Taranaki Retreat runs on Kindness, Kindness is what makes it work. Kindness of the volunteer support team, kindness of the donors, kindness of the shout-out supporters, kindness of the sponsors, and kindness of so many people within Taranaki.

We are lucky enough to have members of the Taranaki community who will be coming together and offering their kindness in the forms of their special gifts such as hauora/wellbeing workshops, food, music, healing, and of course space to connect and have fun.

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Maximising Abilities Expo

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Clifton Rugby & Sports Club

To register your child for the upcoming season please go to: www.sporty.co.nz and search for Clifton Rugby & Sports Club (Junior)

Fees for the season are $40.00 per player and are to be paid to

Clifton Junior Rugby: 15-3945-0299527-00 BEFORE the season starts.

Any questions please contact Shaun Buckley (Clifton Junior Rugby Convenor) cliftonjuniorrugby@gmail.com.

Waitara Soccer Club

Junior Registration Day

Saturday 27 March


Manukorihi Park, Waitara


First Kicks 4-6 year olds & Fun Football 7&8 year olds: $50.00

9th-12th grade: $70.00

13th-18th grade: $90.00

Subs paid in full before the 31 st of May will receive $5 of each sub

Eftpos will be available to pay subs

Coaching and manger positions are still available

2021 Term 2 Fun Sticks

Fun Sticks

This programme is developed for children in year 1 & 2 at school and 4 - 6 year olds who are ‘new players’ and relatively new to the game of hockey. It is an introduction to hockey with an emphasis on being a fun experience. This is an opportunity to develop fundamental skills, players to learn by self-exploring with full involvement for all participants.

A positive and quality coaching environment with regular changes of activities to maintain enthusiasm and interest within a safe environment.

Duration: 8 sessions (8 weeks)


  • Starts: Saturday 8th May 2021
  • Finish: 3rd July 2021
  • Time: 9 - 10 am (Saturdays)
  • Venue: NPGHS Tennis Courts on Mangorei Road
  • Costs: $35 per child

Click here to register

NPDC long term plan consultation survey

"Love on the Beach" At Cue Theatre

Have you booked your tickets yet?

Check out Cue Theatre Facebook page for interviews with Bryan Vickery

and cast profiles of very talented cast :-

Stephen Leeks, Kerryn Smith, Vicki-Ann Ritchie, Victoria Mills,

Bryan Vickery, Katherine Wolfe, Sharren Read & April Krijger

Book online www.cuetheatre.co.nz OR Funho phone 7567 030

Don't miss this fabulous comedy directed by Stephen Leeks

Play Dates: 17 - 27 March 2021

Evening shows @ 7.30pm

Matinee show Sun 21st @ 2.00pm

No show Monday 22nd March

Family Works

Taranaki Family Works runs parenting courses for parents of pre-school and primary school children and for parents of teenagers as well.

For example:

Parenting through Separation a free information programme which has been designed to help parents and caregivers to work out what’s best for their children when separating.

Negotiating the Minefield – for parents of teenagers, a 6 week program looking at emotional issues, confidence, self esteem and self concept, trust and respect, risk taking behaviours, problem solving, dealing with anger and much more.

Growing Together – for parents of pre-school and primary aged children, a 6 week program, looking at support with listening skills, communication and parenting skills, meeting the emotional needs of children, development ages and stages of children, strategies to manage behavior, positive ways to influence and manage children and support with difficult childhood behavior.

For more information or to register, call (06) 758 5037 or (06) 278 6385 or (06) 765 0531