Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 10, Term 1 2021 - 7 April 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, ngā mihi o te Aranga, Happy Easter,

I hope you had a refreshing and relaxing Easter break with your whānau.

We are now into the last few days of Term 1. I'm looking forward to an awesome last 8 days that include:

  • Interschool Swimming Sports (Year 6 - 8)

  • Kapa Haka - Rimu and Totara beginning their Kapa Haka

  • Rippa Rugby in Kowhai

  • Our first Whanau Wā on Friday which Matua Ale will lead and is pumped about

  • Duffy Role Model Assembly with writer Maria Gill

  • Rimu Trip to Brooklands Zoo & Pukekura Park
  • Hero Learning Posts being published around Ko Puketapu Mātou and Swimming - Water Safety

Speaking of Hero, it was great to read the comments from our Hero Compeition Week last week. Thank you to everyone who replied and congratulations to the competition winners.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Matua Ngatai


Thank you everyone for downloading, commenting and learning more about the Hero App.

Congratulations to our winners:

  • Samantha Ferris
  • Kowhai Teddy
  • Sonia Ruakere
  • Jasmine Te Waaka

We have had some wonderful feedback...

  • "Paperless good for the environment"
  • "Easy way to keep up to date with the girls full on schedule!"
  • "It's a useful place to check for special events or school closure notices and etc"
  • "Love the communication and regular updates it’s awesome"
  • "It's great being able to see my childs learning progress online"

It is never too late to download the app and keep on top of your child's learning, school events, attendance and much more.


The Rimu children are very happy with the new artwork by their playground.

Thank you to Mark Parkinson for this AMAZING piece of work and for incorporating all of the children's requests in the painting. The 5-year-olds gave us a list of what they wanted on the wall and Mark has created a mural inspired by that list and the book 'Animalia'.

Some of our favourite things...

  • "The robots, because they are cool" - Leon Corin
  • "I like the wolf" - Cortez Stevens
  • "The elephant" - Kiah-jayne Wylde-Prestney
  • "The wolf" - Ivy Adams
  • "The Icecream by the elephants foot" - Mason Cadman
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Rimu ākonga and the wonderful new mural by Mark Parkinson.


Totara have been working hard on their phonics.

"Today we were learning our KN words with Miss Collier. With these words you cant hear the K so it is called a silent letter." - Parker Smith, Totara 3

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Caitlyn Bellairs, Ruby Tadikonda, Tariana Ormsby-Turner, Whakairi Rangi, Reeve Hunt,

Kohen Harvey, Parker Smith & Mikayla Scholtz


Kowhai 3 created a Korowai to visually represent our school values. We incorporated our names and values to show our pride in Puketapu School our class and our values.


Have you seen Kauri 3's portraits up on their wall?

As part of our learning theme of Ko Puketapu Mātou we have looked at who we are from many different perspectives through many different types of learning.

"Our whole class has been working on their portraits. Some chose to use colour and others did shading with pencil. My favourite ones are Esthers and Bellas, they did a great job" - Lucy Hatchard

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Self portraits from Nevaeh Hoeta, Esther Poching & Bella Phillips.

From the tech hub

Kia ora whanau.

Mrs O'Dowda's Year 7 Design Technology class started working with Micro:Bits today.

Micro:Bits are tiny computers that you can code to do different things. I have encouraged the akonga of this class to practice at home on the makecode.mircobit.org website. They will be able to use the simulator on this webpage to try out their coding skills.

If you are interested in a birthday or non-chocolate Easter gift, many of the kids said they would love to purchase one so they could play with it at home.

Micro:Bits can be brought from PB Tech for $26.00


I will also be running a Micro:Bit competition in Term 2 for Kowhai and Kauri students to win a Micro:Bit.

Mrs Wigley

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Weetbix tryathlon

Well done to our students who participated in the Weetbix TRY-athlon on Thursday last week.

"We had about 20 students from our school in the Weetabix triathlon. We all meet up in our tent and we had parents there supporting us. Everyone gets a medal for participating in the event. We started with a beach run because the water quality was no good, then we ran to our bikes and did the bike ride then we did the proper run part and went to the finish line where we were handed a medal. It was good being able to cheer everyone on." - Olivia Corin, Kauri 3

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We managed to snap a photo of Xavier Peters with his t-shirt and medal when he came into school after the TRY-athlon.


Winter sports notices have all gone out via Hero.

If you thought your child was playing as a sport and you haven't received an email please check your Hero app notifications first and then your junk mail folder. If you still can't find anything please make contact with Kim via Facebook messenger or ksowman@puketapu.school.nz

There are still a couple of spaces for players:

  • Netball Year 0-2 spaces for 3 players
  • Netball Year 3-4 space for 1 player
  • Basketball Year 5-6 spaces for 2 players
  • Hockey year 7-8 Space for 4 players

These coaching positions are still available:

  • Miniball Year 3-4 GOLD
  • Basketball Year 5-6 GREEN
  • Basketball Year 7-8 Development team
  • Netball Year 3-4 FLAMES
  • Netball Year 5-6 STORM
  • Netball Year 5-6 MAKO

Time to Return you Touch Top

If you have a borrowed Touch Shirt please return it to the office asap - we need them for winter sports.

Your $40 bond is returned when you return your shirt clean and in good condition ready for the next person.

hoodie order

Hoodies are coming!

We are delighted to announce that we have a local supplier lined up for our next batch of school hoodies.

New Plymouth based Game Changer will be taking orders online so you can view size and colour options, choose what you want and what name you want on the back. They will also have a range of payment options for you.

Full details will be coming out next week.

Lost Property - Last Call!

We still have a MOUNTAIN of lost property!

There are swimming bags (with togs and towel), shoes, jandals, jackets, hoodies...

Please check for your child's lost items.

Anything left this Friday 9 April will be donated to the Hospice Shop.

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Thank you Dayna Adamson & Savaanah Kokiri-Tarei for laying out all the lost property making it easier for us to see.

An Art Competition for the Holidays

Mainfreight are looking for a design for their 2022 Duffy Calendar.

The theme for the design is:
"Things I learn at school will help me to..."

Entries must be:

  • Flat (no collage or glitter)
  • No larger than A3
  • Landscape (not portrait)
  • Have your name, school and age written on the back
  • Handed in to the school office no later than Wednesday 5 May (That is the first Wednesday of Term 2)


Well done to all our Superstars this week, spotted showing our school values. Here are just some of them:
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Hoani Adams did a great job last week showing Kia Kaha - do your best & Kia Māia - be courageous.
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Ka pai Nikayda Taylor for showing Kia Kaha.

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Hunter Wall-Colvin has done a great job of showing our school values, Mīharo!
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Billy MacRae, Meihana Keefe-Smillie, Dahrell MacDonald, Aiden Scrimgeour and Cain Logie have been setting a great example for our younger tamariki. Tino pai boys.

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Ka pai Kohen Harvey for showing great Kia Māia.

Better Start Literacy afternoon tea for Rimu 1 & 2 parents


Rimu is using a newly available, research based, way of teaching reading and spelling.

It is called the Better Start Literacy Approach. www.betterstartapproach.com

Rimu parents are invited to come and hear about this approach and learn about how you can support the reading journey for your child at home.

Day and Time: Wednesday 07 April at 3.15pm

Place: Rimu 1 & 2

RSVP: To your teacher


Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week:
  • Rico Rauputu
  • Gretta Keith
  • Eli Longworth
  • Shairah Hori

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...

Week 10

Thursday 8 April:

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

Friday 9 April

  • 10.00 Whanau Wā
  • 11:45 Maria Gill Duffy Role Model presentation at Northpoint Church
  • Lunchtime Whanau Sack race followed by Staff vs Students
  • Rimu Kapa Haka 2.00-2.20

Week 11

Monday 12 April

  • Kapa Haka (Year 4-8) - 11.30-12.30

Tuesday 13 April

  • Year 7/8 Immunisations from 11.15am
  • Rimu Trip To Brooklands Zoo & Pukekura Park 9.30-1.30

Wednesday 14 April

  • Totara Kapa Haka 12.40 - 1.00pm

Thursday 15 April

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

Friday 16 April

  • 10.00am Whanau Wā
  • Kowhai Ranui Colour Run - 1:30-3:00pm
  • Rimu Kapa Haka 2.00-2.20pm
  • Last day of Term 1 - school finishes at 3.00pm

Term 1 ends on Friday 16 April

Term 2 starts on Monday 3 May

Community Notices

Good sports - have a go day

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Taranaki youth orchestra concert

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Understanding SCREEN Addiction & What to do

We have been sent some useful information about Children and Screen time. This podcast is great to listen to especially before the school holidays.


Have Your Say: NPDC long term plan consultation survey

Tired of sewage issues when it rains?

Worried about water?

Keen for the Multi Sports Hub or more outdoor walkways?

Have your say... Tell NPDC what you think are the most important issues to focus on.

Click on the link to complete the survey - you have just a few more days to have your say - closes 5pm April 6.


Family support consultant needed

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Maximising Abilities Expo

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