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.
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.
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
Rimu ākonga and the wonderful new mural by Mark Parkinson.
"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
Caitlyn Bellairs, Ruby Tadikonda, Tariana Ormsby-Turner, Whakairi Rangi, Reeve Hunt,
Kohen Harvey, Parker Smith & Mikayla Scholtz
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
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.
"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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Your $40 bond is returned when you return your shirt clean and in good condition ready for the next person.
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.
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
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)
Ka pai Nikayda Taylor for showing Kia Kaha.
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.
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
- 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...
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
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
Good sports - have a go day
Taranaki youth orchestra concert
Understanding SCREEN Addiction & What to do
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.