Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 4, Term 1 2020

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 whanau

It was a privilege to start this week with six Puketapu kaiako and two Puketapu kindergarten kaiako at Aotearoa Marae in Okiawa. We were there to begin or continue our Te Reo journey with Te Ahu o te Reo Māori.

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori represents the Government’s commitment to strengthen and grow and education workforce that can integrate te reo Māori into the learning of all ākonga and students in Aotearoa by 2025.

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori means the future pathway of te reo Māori – a pathway that seeks to inspire and aspire for improved te reo Māori proficiency, acquisition and use across the education sector.

The aim of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori is to grow and strengthen an education workforce that can integrate te reo Māori into the learning of all ākonga and students in Aotearoa New Zealand by 2025. It also provides opportunities for te reo Māori to be normalised, and Māori identity and culture, to be shared and embraced.

While it is a big commitment to learn a new language, we are really excited to be able to learn together and bring that learning back to our kura, whanau and communities.

Matua Ngatai

Learning @ Home

Well done Emma Warring who designed the cover for this year's Learning @ Home books.

Kauri, Kowhai and Totara will definitely make good use of these throughout their learning this year.

A huge thank you goes out to the sponsors! When you see the book come home, take a look at the names on the back cover - local businesses who are helping our community and we ask that you support them in return if you can.

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Maths in Rimu

Our Rimu students have been practicing counting things we could find in class. Well done showing Kia Kaha, doing your best with counting.
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School Policies

SchoolDocs is the place where all our school policies are kept - online, searchable and regularly reviewed.

To view them: Go to https://puketapu.schooldocs.co.nz/

Username: Puketapu

Password: whakamanatia

You can use the search to find out about any topic - just type a keyword in the search box and you will see everything related to that topic.

You can also be part of our policy review process: just click on Current Review to read the policy and make any comments. The policy currently being reviewed is Recognition of Cultural Diversity

School Garden Club

We are starting an informal group for any tamariki interested in gardening.

Matau David and Whaea Claire will be there on Wednesday lunchtimes. We are looking and creating a kitchen and community garden in the planter boxes outside Kauri.

Any donations of edible plants would be much appreciated.

Design Technology 2020

Kia ora everyone and welcome to Design Technology 2020.

This year all students are going to be learning Design Technology through 4 modules. These are: Soft Materials, Food, Coding and STEM. Each of these modules have been designed to cover all aspect of the Technology curriculum.


Students are looking at Healthy food and school lunches. They will learn basic techniques to create healthy snacks. Part of their work will be looking at working within a budget and using easy basic ingredients. During practical lessons, students will work in pairs to complete the work.


Students are looking at several sewing techniques including using a sewing machine, surface applications (stenciling and printing) and hand sewing. Students will work towards making products that might be sold as part of fundraising for school events. I have kindly been donated lots of fabrics and accessories from various people, including people in the fashion industry, but students are invited to bring in their own fabrics if they would like.


Students are looking at the coding and creation of games. They will look at a variety of coding techniques, including Scratch, Micro:Bits and Raspberrypi. We are looking at hopefully introducing Minecraft for Education later on in the year. The aim is for the kids to design a game that would show visitors around our kura.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

Within this module students will be looking at a variety of STEM activities including Renewable energy sources and paper circuits. The school is working with Genesis Energy who have provided some cool hands on resources.

Even if you are not a year 7 or 8 student, there are lots of ways you can do Design Technology at home such as:
  • Cook with your kids, get them to help you do a food budget or go food shopping, garden and grow your own food.
  • Let your children sew on buttons or use the sewing machines.
  • Coding can be done at home, with or without a computer.
  • Play, build, experiment and make tons of mistakes.

Next week the Food Tech students, who have this on a Tuesday, will be making banana pikelets. If you are able to provide some ingredients for this it would be much appreciated.

Here is the recipe.

Banana Pikelets

Serves 2


For the Pancakes

1 large banana, peeled, mashed

1 egg

1 tablespoon oil

Berry sauce

1 cup fresh or frozen berries

2 tablespoons water


1. Place banana and egg into a bowl and mix together using a fork.

2. Heat ½ tablespoon of oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.

3. Place 3 to 4 tablespoon amounts of mixture into the pan. Avoid overcrowding.

4. Cook pikelets for 1 minute on one side or until bubbles appear on the surface. Turn using a spatula and cook the other side for 1 minute or until golden.

5. Transfer pikelets to a plate.

6. Add rest of oil to the pan, then repeat steps 3 to 5 until mixture is finished, then turn off heat.

7. Serve with berry sauce on top.

Berry sauce

1. Place berries and water into a saucepan.

2. Heat slowly over low heat with the lid on until berries have thawed and are bubbling a little.

3. Remove lid and continue to cook over a low heat until most of the liquid has evaporated.

4. Spoon sauce on top of pikelets.

Biking, Skating and Picnics

The Kauri Learning Team had a great time last week at East End Skating Rink.

We cycled along the walkway, over Te Rewa Rewa bridge and on to East End. Skating was challenging for some - very challenging for others! The Picnic Challenge was amazing! Everyone did so well that the judges could not make a decision on the day.

Watch this space for the results!

Super Stars

Congratulations to the following children who have been caught showing our school values of Kia Kaha, Kia Maia and Kia Manawanui:

Kia Kaha- Do Your Best

  • Nixon Gadsby
  • Campbell Luke
  • Toby Ryan
Kia Maia - Be Courageous
  • Carter Silich
Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart
  • Ocean-Pearl Ardianta

Head Lice

Oh no! They've joined us again. Spotted in multiple classes last week, headlice are feasting on heads again.

Please check every head in your household and take action if you spot any lice or nits.

Don't forget to check every day for 3 weeks to be sure you have got rid of all of them.

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Sports Corner

TOUCH: This is now in full swing. If you don't know your team please come to the office to ask.

If you have decided not to play now please return your Tshirt and let Mrs Martin know so that your account will not be charged.


Please get all registrations in for winter sport by THURSDAY 5th MARCH

That is miniball, basketball, hockey and netball. All forms are at the office if you need one.

Each of these sports will need coaches to be able to proceed.

Rugby, league and football are all run through clubs. Please watch our Facebook and future newsletters for more information.

Weet-Bix Tryathlon is coming

Weetbix Tryathlon - Wednesday 29 March 2020

This is a great event for 7-15 year olds, competing against kids of their own age from all over Taranaki. A great challenge and heaps of fun too.

Register online today - https://tryathlon.co.nz/locations/new-plymouth/ - places are filling up fast.

Free places for first timers! Just 4 free places and 5 days to fill them!

The rules:

- It must be your first time entering the Tryathlon

- A parent must be able to take the child to and from the venue (Ngamotu Beach, from 8.00am)

- Get your details to the office asap!

After School Swim - Juniors

Every Wednesday afternoon for term 1, there will be an opportunity to go for an after school swim for the Junior School and their siblings. The swim will go from 3:00 - 3:30pm.

All students must be accompanied by an adult or they will not be swimming.

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Keeping our Kids Safe on the Road

Thank you to everyone who has been using the drop off zone so well - you are showing Kia Manawanui for other parents and students. It's great!

A couple of tips from Roadsafe Taranaki for this week:

  • Take extra care and look out for children before and after school – they can get distracted and not look

  • Provide 1.5 metres of space to cyclists when passing them – if you can’t pass safely then WAIT for a safe passing spot

As always, we ask that you lead by example - our tamariki look up to their adults and big siblings, so let's show them the safe way to behave around vehicles and on the roads.

House to House

For the month of March some of the Puketapu staff are fundraising for Ronald McDonald house with the House to House Challenge.

Every month New Zealand families travel an average of at least 210km for their child to receive hospital treatment away from home. Our wonderful Pedagogy Panthers Team is taking up the challenge. As a group we are going to walk a total of 1000kms and have a fundraising goal of $1500.

We would love your help to reach our fundraising goal. If you would like to sponsor us please go onto our fundraising page -


On Monday March 2nd we are going to kick off our walking goals by walking around the bike track at lunchtime. Come show your support and walk with us.

Puketapu Tryathlon 2020

Puketapu Tryathlon for Years 4-8 (Kauri and Kowhai) is next Thursday, 5 March.

Like the Weetbix Tryathlon, this event is about participation and completion - giving it a go and showing kia maia.

Starting at 9.30am, competitors will race in small batches, cycling, swimming and running as individuals or as part of a team.

Students taking part in the cycling will need to wear their helmet and closed in shoes.

All welcome and we hope to see lots of whanau colours too!

The Tryathlon for Rimu and Totara will be on a different date later in the term.

Found: Rings

These rings were found on the field last year. If they are yours please collect them from the office.
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Order and pay at the office before 3:30pm on Wednesday.

(You can order on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday but Thursday is too late)

The lunch menu for the rest of this term is:

Thursday 5 March (teacher only day on Friday)

  • Mac and Cheese with Bacon - $5
  • Chicken Wrap - $3
  • Fruit Salad and Yoghurt - $5
  • Apple and Cinnamon Muffin - $3

Friday 13 March

  • American Hot dog - $3
  • Chicken and Bacon Salad - $5
  • Fruit Salad and Yoghurt - $5
  • Blueberry Muffin - $3

Friday 20 March

  • Mince and Cheese Pie - $4
  • Ham and Cheese Croissant - $3
  • Fruit Salad and Yoghurt - $5
  • Banana and Chocolate Muffin - $3

Friday 27 March

  • Sweetcorn and Bacon Quiche - $4
  • Cranberry, Chicken and Brie Panini - $4
  • Fruit Salad and Yoghurt - $5
  • Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffin - $3

Friday 3 April

  • Mince and Cheese Pie - $4
  • Ham, Cheese and egg Filled Roll - $3
  • Fruit Salad and Yoghurt - $5
  • Apple and Cinnamon Muffin - $3
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Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week:
  • Kiritopa Veza
  • Areiana Zandbergen
  • Poutama Murray
  • Daniel Polata
  • Isla Johnson
  • Gabby Scarlett
  • Lucy Hatchard

What's On - This Week and Next

Week 4

Friday 28 February

  • Kowhai Hickford Park Trip.
    All Kowhai walking, scooting or biking to Hickford Park.

Week 5

Monday 2 March

  • Dental bus on site (2-19 March)

Tuesday 3 March

  • Kowhai Beach Trip (part 1: Kowhai 2, 3 & half of Kowhai 1)

Wednesday 4 March

  • Kowhai Beach Trip (part 2: Kowhai 4, 5 & other half of Kowhai 1)

Thursday 5 March

  • Puketapu School Try-athlon - Kauri and Kowhai, from 9.30am

Friday 6 March

  • STAFF ONLY DAY (Waikato Schools Professional Learning Trip)

What's On - Later this term

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

Week 6

Monday 9 March


Tuesday 10 March

  • Year 7 & 8 Immunisations (Round 1)
  • Dental bus on site (2-19 March)

Thursday 12 March

  • Kauri overnighter at Muru Raupatu

Saturday 14 March


Week 7

Monday 16 March

  • Dental bus on site (2-19 March)
  • 12.15 Cat Levine talk to Y4-8 ‘Emotional Literacy’ @ Northpoint

Wednesday 18 March

  • School Photos

Friday 20 March

  • Puketapu School Swimming Sports (BBK Pool)

Week 8

Monday 23 March

  • St John Ambulance - First aid in schools (here all week)
  • The Wool Shed - outside the tech block (here all week)

Wednesday 25 March

Week 9

Monday 30 March

  • The Wool Shed - outside the tech block (here all week)
  • St John First Aid in Schools (here until Thursday)

Tuesday 31 March

  • Year 6-8 Interschool Swimming Sports - Bell Block Pool

Week 10

Monday 6 April

  • The Wool Shed - outside the tech block (here all week)
Wednesday 8 April
  • Kowhai Ranui Day

Thursday 9 April

  • Last Day of Term 1

More information about these events will follow closer to the time.

Community Notices


Can you drive and do you hold either a Learner, Restricted or Full license (or International license)?

Roadsafe Taranaki are providing FREE Driver Training at the A & P showgrounds in Hawera on Saturday 7th or Sunday 8th March 2020

The Course will take up to 2 hours and includes interactive displays and practical driving (emergency braking & cornering)

Yes we will supply the cars

To register text your name & preferred day & time to Marion at 027 279 2662 or call our free phone 0800 111 323

Complete the course and be in to win one of 12 Places on a full day advanced driver training session at Manfeild Raceway in Feilding.

Bell Block United Football

Tuesday night training is on Tuesday afternoons 5pm to 6pm at Puketapu School Field.

BBQ will be run with sausages for a coin donation.

Be great to see more girls at training. BBK United has a fun football girls-only team that runs during the winter season and could use a few extra players this season.

kiwiman kids triathlon

Calling kids aged 8-15 years of age!

Sunday 12 April 2020 - 9am-12pm - Lake Rotomanu (New Plymouth)

As part of the Kiwiman Extreme Triathlon event run over Easter Weekend 2020 we are proud to be running a Kiwiman Kids Triathlon for kids aged 8 years old to 15 years and of different level of abilities. You will have an opportunity to be part of this unique and fantastic event . You will be swimming, biking, and running a small part of the Kiwiman course. You will need to be able to swim, have a bike and bring with you an awesome attitude to compete in this unique event and to challenge your own capabilities.

Race fee until 11 April 2020 - NZ $40

Last minute fee (on race day sign-up) - NZ $50

8-11 year olds - 100 metre swim, 3km bike ride, and 1km run.

12-15 year olds - 200 metre swim, 6km bike ride and 2 km run.

go to www.kxtri.com to register and be a part of this awesome event!

Pukeiti Adventure Trail Run

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