Week 9, Term 3 - Friday 23 September 2022

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

from Our Principal

Kia ora whānau

This week we have had some wonderful stories of our tamariki showing and talking about our Values. One of our 5 year olds happily explained to her Nana that she did indeed know what ‘Resilience’ was - that this was Kia Kaha - doing your best always.

I am so proud of our tamariki and the kaiako who teach and model our values every day.
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Kaiba Tuapawa-Poutu giving it his best and having the courage to problem solve, showing Kia Kaha and Kia Māia. All the school values being shown here by the Gorrie family.

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Kia Manawanui from siblings Damion & Lesley Paora and also Matua David & Ridhaan Chand spotted in the playground.

Farewell to Mrs Benton

One of our most fine examples of living our values is Mrs Diane Benton. Mrs Benton has been part of our Puketapu community for nearly 20 years, firstly as a parent and volunteer then as a Learning Assistant. She has capably lead this team under three different principals and has been outstanding in her role.

Diane has a beautiful big heart, extraordinary organisational skills, a calm and steady presence and wicked sense of humour. She has touched the heart of many past and present students and staff.

At the end of this week Diane is leaving the Puketapu team and happily starting on the next phase of her life, retirement and more time with her grand daughter.

We will absolutely miss Diane being part of our team but know that she will always be in our Puketapu hearts and we will be in hers.

Diane's career with us will be celebrated quietly (as she wishes) but we intend to have fun this Friday afternoon surprising her with a whole school send off and we will be inviting her to a Student Showcase when she is free.

Enjoy the long weekend with your whānau, have fun, celebrate one another and what taonga our families are.

Ngā mihi
Whaea Corinne

thank you home & school

We are so lucky to have such an amazing HOME & SCHOOL team and wanted to give them a MASSIVE SHOUT OUT!

Without our Home & School Committee we would not have been able to do some of the amazing things they have done, like heating our school pool.

There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes. This year our Home & School team are in charge of the calendar art orders, it has been a massive job and we are very grateful they have volunteered their time for this.

Last nights quiz was a huge success and a great way for our community to come together.


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Changes in Kōwhai 1 for term 4

For your information, Mr David Martin will be taking leave for all of Term 4.

We have been very fortunate to secure an excellent replacement teacher for the class: Ms Sarah Reddish (Whaea Sarah) who has already been a recent guest teacher across our school and has very much enjoyed teaching your beautiful tamariki.

A highly qualified and experienced teacher and counsellor, Whaea Sarah is able to build very strong and positive relationships with our tamariki.

We are delighted that she has committed to teaching in Kōwhai 1 for the whole of Term 4 giving the class continuity and security as well as excellent teaching and learning and fun.

Matua David and Whaea Sarah will get together to share information to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible for our tamariki and we hope you will get the chance to meet Whaea Sarah soon too.

No school Monday

To mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the Government has announced a one-off national public holiday, to take place on Monday 26 September 2022.

Enjoy the day off with your whānau.

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Will you join us for showcase??

We are delighted to be holding a Student Showcase on Wednesday 28 September and even more delighted that we are inviting family and friends to join us!

Held at Northpoint Church on Mangati Road, Showcase will start at 10:20am and finish at approximately 11am.

Come and join us as we present some of our learning and celebrate some of our achievements together.

maakete Puketapu

Our very first Puketapu Market day is going to be held on Wednesday 28th September, after our school showcase.

The Market starts at 11.30 and will be all over by 1pm (but get in quick for the best bargains!)

Everyone is welcome. Please come and support our creative Kauri and Kōwhai students with the showcase of their mahi and fundraising for camp and EOTC week.

There will be a sausage sizzle, bake sale, butter chicken, earrings, badges, posters and laser cut creations.

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Poster created by our year 7 & 8s

sparky the kiwi

Sparky The Kiwi Visit - by Kayden Lucinsky & Pavihi Ekeroma

We were so lucky we got to meet Sparky the Kiwi.

On Wednesday we made sure our school looked nice and tidy for Sparky's visit.

On Thursday, people from different organisations arrived and set up different stations in Kōwhai and Kauri.

We were split into groups and got to rotate round different stations learning about Kiwis and Predator's.

The first station we learnt how they track the kiwis once they have a tracker on their leg. They track them so they can check on them. If the kiwi needs help the tracker beeps loud and lots.

The second station we learnt about Kokako - the North Island one has blue pouches and the South Island has orange pouches. The South Island Kokako are extinct. They are a type of bird that don't fly they just jump.

The third station we saw taxidermied possums and we learnt the different possum lurers like cinnamon, peanut butter, flower spray. We got to touch the possums and their fur was so soft. You can make jerseys, socks and beanies with their fur.

The fourth station we learnt about traps for predators of Kiwi like stoats, weasels, possums, rats and ferrets. We got to see different types of traps and how they get triggered and set off.

The fifth station was taxidermized kiwis and we learnt they use these to train dogs to not attack kiwis to help keep the kiwis safe .

The sixth station WAS OUR FAVOURITE, it was SPARKY THE REAL LIFE KIWI. We got to touch Sparky and a couple of kids got to hold him. Sparky has only got one leg and he hops to walk. He was rescued as a baby and his owners take care of him and bring him to schools to teach students about kiwis. He is 20 years old. Kiwis can live up to 50 years old.

We had such a fun day meeting Sparky and learning lots about Kiwis. Thanks Matua Brody for arranging it and the other teachers who helped on the day.

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This is the creative projects we have been working on in Kōwhai 4 & 5 to help Sparky walk, stay away from dogs, get across water ways and help him feed.

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Trisha Chand, Osborne Grace and Audraea O'Brien created this masterpiece to represent Sparky the Kiwi.

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Hadley Smith's little brother Monty was one of the first lucky tamariki to meet Sparky the Kiwi in the school office on Thursday morning.

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Sparky the Kiwi brought smiles to a lot of faces on Thursday.

school values

PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning

This week we spotted...

Kia Manawanui - With a special visitor on Thursday, Sparky the Kiwi, our tamariki had to have a heart and be gentle, kind and quiet.

Kia Kaha - Tamariki doing their best creating their Market Day projects.

Kia Māia - Courage was shown by our new 4 & 5 year olds who are currently attending their school visits in preparation to start next term.

Kia Ora - Our Kauri and kōwhai teams had a big clean up around our school this week. Collecting lots of rubbish from around our school keeping our environment well so we can BE WELL.

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Te mako matawhero morning tea

Today our Te Mako Matawhero Award winners got to enjoy their morning tea with Mrs O (postponed from last week). Names of last weeks winners were in the week 8 Newsletter.
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Aurelia Takerei, Sienna Wallace & Aaliyah Gunn enjoying their kai made with aroha by Mrs O


Tino Pai to the tamariki below for showing our School Values. Just a few of the many superstars this week.

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Caitlyn Bellairs, Emilia Rodgers, Mikayla Scholtz & Isla Johnson


We are lucky to be a Duffy School.

These students received Duffy books this week as a celebration of being Caught Being Good!

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Emilia-Rose Macioce, Fletcher Bublitz & Quinn Murrell

design tech

Kia ora whānau,

Over this last term and term 2 and 3 last year, we have had several students working with New Horizons Aotearoa to build pest traps and a picnic table.

NHA work with a group of mentors and students to help build confidence through building.

On Friday we had our picnic table delivered for the school to use.

Thank you to The Red Cross for donating the materials, Kere and the NHA mentors and our tamariki who helped to make this picnic table for our kura to use.

Whaea Claire

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home & School


A huge thank you to Alex, Ross, Chris and Logan for giving up their time to lay the new cable to the pool yesterday.

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Now that is a big hole for a cable! Thank you team!


Are now closed. These will arrive at school in Term 4.



Last night at our quiz night we raised $1,190.00 and our Kauri Tamariki raised $500.00 from food sales to go toward their school camp fees.

We appreciate the support from all of the incredible businesses and thank you to the Bell Block Rugby Club for the use of their venue.

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Our wonderful sponsors

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A great night had by all. Check out Whaea Kennedys handstand! She's amazing

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Well done to our Year 7 & 8s who helped out with the food along with Whaea Claire and our amazing Kitchen team!



Touch teams are all full and all information has been sent out to players.

Fees have been billed and are payable at the school office or online. Due to limited numbers this touch season we need all players to pay promptly as their are others waiting to play if you do not pay.


Two of our Puketapu Teams are in the Basketball finals. If you would like to go along and support, they play at TSB Stadium on Monday 26 September.

Year 5/6 Puketapu Green - 5pm game

Year 7/8 Puketapu - 6pm game

Puketapu Sports ts

Did you know you can purchase Puketapu Sports T-Shirts from the School office for $45.00 and even better once the child has grown out of it they can get a $20 discount on a new top if the old one is fit to use as a borrowed top.

We have lots of sizes available and your child will own their top instead of borrowing one, so they can wear it any time they want.

Child sizes 6 - 14 and Adult sizes XS - XL


On the menu for week 10:

Monday: Spaghetti Meatballs

Tuesday: Vegetable Curry with Rice

Wednesday: Cottage Pie

Thursday: Wholemeal Pizza

Friday: Burger Fri-YAY

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Te Ariki Murray-Green & La-Shaye Hoeta enjoying their Beef Nachos

this week at school

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Jada Graham Moore with her wonderful creation

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Mikayla Scholtz has been working hard in class showing Kia Kaha

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Lexis Darby has been showing Kia Manawanui and helping keep the lost property sorted

Kia Māia shown on the bike track

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Chloe Lepper, Erin Sowman, Natalie Corin and Ella Rauputu attended the Taranaki Road Rely at Brooklands Park. The girls represented Puketapu School and came away with 4th place.

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Ari Marlow and Zac Waddington represented Puketapu at the Taranaki Schools Cross Country on Wednesday.

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Zane Wilkinson & Pippa Perkinson learning a new game

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Kelly Harvey & student teacher Liana Gifkins from Totara 1

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Strong tamariki showing Kia Kaha and great teamwork to move a very heavy table!

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Totara 4 & 5 have been doing an amazing job keeping their outdoor space tidy.

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 have Birthdays coming up over the next week:

  • Maleah Ruwhiu
  • Yulla Te Kura
  • Ryan Judd

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates specific to your child's class.

Monday 26 September


Wednesday 28 September

  • Final Showcase of Term 3 - parents are invited! (10.20AM-11AM)
  • Market Day 11.30am

Friday 30 September

  • Last Day of Term 3

Monday 17 October

  • First day of Term 4

Community notices


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Edventure Holiday Programmes

On these holidays @ Fitzroy, Merrilands and St Pats Inglewood, 8.00am-5.30pm, 5-13yr olds.

From $45/day, OSCAR available. BOOK NOW and more info at www.edventure.co.nz

- Edventure Everyday

- Edventure Dance

- Edventure Sports

- Edventure Outdoors

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Give golf a go

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Register now -Junior Tennis Coaching Program Term 4 2022.

Does your child want to learn or improve their tennis? Join our

Junior coaching program for Term 4 2022. Suitable for any ability,

ages 5-16, Mondays or Thursdays after school, times to be advised

once groups are sorted.

Run by a qualified coach, $50 each, discounts for families. If

interested, email shereeandrew@hotmail.com for a registration

form or contact via our facebook page. Get in fast to secure your

spot today.

inline hockey

The Ravens Inline Hockey club are rebuilding their school league for Term 4 after 18 months of disruption.

If you are keen for your children/ students to participate as individuals or in a team we would love for them to experience this exciting team sport.

The club do have a limited supply of gear, we can loan skates on the night.

This is an informal fun event running over 7 – 8 weeks on Thursday nights. The league aims at giving the skaters exposure to a skate sport with an opportunity to join club teams if they wanted to investigate further involvement in the new year.

The league has been running since 1997 with many of the skaters moving into club hockey and several developing into NZ representative teams competing in various parts of the world ( Europe, Australia, USA, Canada) There is also an opportunity to develop as a referee if keen and being mentored by adult referees within the club.

The venue is at East End reserve in Strandon.

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flourish taranaki

If you are raising a grandchild on a full-time basis or understand the blessings and challenges that this role brings, we would like to meet with you.

If you would like to share your experience and abilities to support and empower other grandparents and their whānau, or you just want to listen and be supported, we would also like to meet you.

We plan to meet up on a very informal basis initially on the first Tuesday of every month 11-1pm, starting on Tuesday the 2 nd August. We’ll have tea, coffee and soup to share with you – but, feel free to bring something to go with this if you wish.

We will meet upstairs at Flourish, behind the main yellow and blue seated grandstand at the

Racecourse, above the TRFU gymnasium. Go along Rogan Street, then towards the racecourse and follow the signs to Flourish. Through the double white gates, which are just past the TSB stadium, and the TRFU building is the first on your left.

There is no charge for this, we just ask you to bring yourself, your ideas and your open mind to see what comes. Our intentions are none other than to provide a safe space for you to create and grow your own support network in whatever way you need. You are very welcome to invite others, as this group is YOURS.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to text or call - Carla 021 758 220

Future dates until further notice will be:

September 6 th , Sept 27 th Term 4 dates to be released soon.

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