Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 1, Term 2 2021 - 5 May 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

Welcome back to Term 2!

We hope you have had a refreshing break with your tamariki and enjoyed some of the great weather together.

It has been awesome hearing about the learning experiences our teachers have planned and organised for your tamariki this term. I love this term, seeing and experiencing 'Ko Miharo o te Putaio - The Wonder of Science'. It will be great hearing from the kids around their favourite and most exciting learning experiences from this learning theme.

Ngatai Walker

Positive Behaviour For Learning (PB4L)

Te Kura o Puketapu has been developing PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) as part of kaupapa, of who we are.

PB4L School-Wide:

  • looks at behaviour and learning from a whole-of-school as well as an individual child perspective. The framework is based on international evidence.
  • Helps NZ schools build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life. The framework can be tailored to your school’s own environment and cultural needs.
  • It’s not about changing the students; it’s about changing the environment, systems and practices you have in place to support them to make positive behaviour choices.
  • PB4L School-Wide is based on the Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework developed at the University of Oregon.

The purpose of PB4L at Puketapu School is to:

  • Develop a healthy, safe and supportive environment within our hapori (community)
  • Build positive and respectful relationships
  • Empower all akonga (learners) to be independent, lifelong learners

One of the first steps in the PB4L journey was developing our SCHOOL VALUES

Kia kaha - do your best

(integrity, pride, work ethic, persevering, get stuck in, go for it)

Kia māia - be courageous

(resilience, courage, being your own person, take a chance, push yourself)

Kia manawanui - have a heart

(kind, caring, respect for self, others and environment, empathy)

We unpack what each value means and look like in action in our classes:

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We aim to connect our values into EVERYTHING we do and EVERYWHERE we are... for all our people - tamariki and adults.

Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more about how our journey in PB4L

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Welcome to our new staff and students

This week we welcome 13 new students and three new teachers to our school!

Lois Rushton has joined us in Totara 1. Whaea Lois and her family have moved down from Waiuku. Here she is being welcomed by some of her new class.

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Becky Wells is a brand new teacher - she did some of her training here and is now teaching in Totara 2. Here she is with some of her students:
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Prishlena Lawerance is also new to teaching and has joined Rimu 3, where there are also 11 new students. Here is Whaea Prishlena with Cooper Murray - they both started here on the same day!
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Welcome also to our new students:

Cooper Murray, Freya Collinson, Aaliyah Gunn, Ayaan Faruk, Hadleigh Waldon, Jayden Tamati, Lucita McNarama, Dwayne Michefski, Chase Gallichan, Jaytee Tangiia, Cairo Mcleod, Xanthe Rushton, Aston Chadwick.

We hope you have a great time at Puketapu School.

You Need Hero!

For your child's learning, permission slips, finances, absences, sports team info...

Hero is our primary method of communication.

Parents/Caregivers will need Hero to give permission for trips and to find out about sports team games and other school events.

If you haven't already, download the Hero app and save it to your home screen today.

Check out all the things that you can do with the new Hero app:


Ko Miharo o te Putaiao - The Wonder of Science

Our Learning Theme for Term 2 is...

Ko Miharo o te Putaiao - The Wonder of Science


We believe that students will explore, learn from, respect and make sense of their world. This exploration involves all aspects of the environment - living world, physical, material, planet earth and beyond.

Our Why? At Puketapu School we believe it is important to:

  • To learn what science is and how scientists work.

  • Students will develop the skills, attitudes and values to build an understanding of the world around them

  • For our tamariki to respect our natural world in terms of Papatūānuku and Ranginui.

Your child's learning team will be explaining more about the activities your child will be doing as part of this theme. Watch our for your Learning Team newsetters coming out in Hero soon.

anzac day

Our school commemorated Anzac Day on the last Thursday of Term 1 as this year Anzac Day fell during first term break. In our school entrance, we had thirty crosses in a small piece of grass as a silent reminder of New Zealand’s major contribution to freedom and the considerable sacrifice of what was then a very small nation. This field of crosses commemorates New Zealanders killed in war and honours returned and serving servicemen and women.

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On the first day of term we had 10 new ākonga start in Rimu along with our new teacher Whaea Prishlena. Please make our new ākonga feel welcome if you see them around school.
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On the last Thursday of term 1 our Totara team transformed into superheros. Their teachers set up a fun day of superhero activities and there were smiles all round.
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On the last day of term 1 our Kowhai team participated in a fun colour run. It was a great way to finish the term off and there were even teachers & Mr Walker joining in the fun.

It was a colourful & fun way to raise over $1000.


"On the last Thursday of term 1 we had shared kai and then went to the Bell Block pools. The big inflatable was set up for us to play on. It was so much fun and a great way to end the term" - Maddison Gates, Kauri 3


Home and School Needs You!

Our Home and School has been an important part of Puketapu School for many, many years.

We have three vital functions:

  • Fundraising to earn money for projects

  • Spending the money to benefit our school

  • Connecting the people of our school community

Some of our projects have included, junior playground, swings, monkey bars, swimming equipment, play gear, supporting events such as cross country and school picnics and many other events.

We are really appreciative of everything past members of our Home and school have achieved.

As you are aware, 2020 was a time of reflection and change.

We want to revitalise and revamp our Home and School to be new and different as we move through 2021 and beyond.

We would love to gather your knowledge, ideas and experiences and work together to refresh our Home and School.

Please join us for coffee and cake on Tuesday 11 May, 7.00pm in the Design Tech Hub. All welcome!

Your Help with School Policies

Did you know you can check school policies online at any time?

Our school uses SchoolDocs - https://puketapu.schooldocs.co.nz/

Username = puketapu Password = whakamanatia

We also welcome feedback about these policies, especially when policies are due for review.

This term's scheduled review:

This term board, staff, and parents are reviewing Reporting to Parents on Student Progress and Achievement and we would like your feedback.

Go to the Current Review tab on your site for review instructions and links to the current review topics.


Winter Sports

Everyone should have now been messaged regarding their children's winter sport. Please make sure you have downloaded the Hero app to stay up to date with information.

Uniforms for netball have been handed out this week. Hockey will be handed out before the weekend. Miniball & Basketball will be handed out next week.

We have 19 winter sports teams... which is the most we have ever had.

Basketball Sponsorship Sought

I am really excited to be able to share that we have secured the Bell Block Community Hall for all year 5-8 basketball trainings. This will enable all teams to train in all weather conditions.

Booking the hall comes at a cost of $14 per hour so over the whole season the total cost is $1050. I have managed to secure sponsorship from Fleur Devonshire Hair, AP Plastering, M3P, Egmont Textures and The White Pear Cafe. This will cover the first $500.

If any other businesses would like to sponsor our indoor trainings please let me know.

If we cannot secure more funding then we will ask for a contribution from each family of $10 which will cover the rest. I will keep you up to date with this.

Year 5/6 Netball

On Monday 10th May at 3.15pm there will be a one off session with Lydia Radich from Netball Taranaki. Lydia is the Netball Taranaki ACC funded NetballSmart Centre Activator. NetballSmart is the official injury prevention programme of Netball New Zealand. Lydia will work with the coaches and players to promote and implement initiatives and activities to help prevent injuries during netball season. This is at no cost to the players.

Any whanau are welcome to join.

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Tarli Wilson, Esther Poching, Rihanna Dellow, Rylei-Jay Dellow, Maddison Gates, Areianna Zandbergen & Yelena Poching - Well done to these amazing superstars who put their hands up to help Coach & Umpire our year 5 & 6 netball teams.

Thank you

Thank you to the below business' - Fleur Devonshire Hair, AP Plastering, M3P, Egmont Textures and The White Pear Cafe for their generous sponsorship.
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A massive thank you to Dennis Putt who purchased some practice bibs for our intermediate Netball players.

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Thank you Jamie James for entering us in the David Reid sports gear giveaway (which we WON!) and thank you to David Reid Homes Taranaki.
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Last call for Hoodies

You have until this Friday to get your hoodie order placed.

Order online at


Hoodies are $59 each, which includes the school logo and name AND the name of your choice on the back.

Choose your colour and size and choose your option for payment.

(Sorry Kiwi whanau, yellow hoodies are proving to be impossible to source so yellow is not an option this time.)

Can you help? we are looking for...

Keyboards for our budding musicians

A functioning one for a child (and others) that love music and would like to learn an instrument


Broken ones for taking apart and exploring the mechanisms


Any that don’t work to use for play.

Old Household Appliances

We are also looking for old toasters or household appliances that can be taken apart by our budding scientists and technicians. (Not microwaves)

Dining Table

Mrs Wigley is on the hunt for a dining table for her tech room. No table is too big!

Competition Time!

The Learning @ Home books for 2022 need a cover design.

We are looking for a great design from one of our students.

Keen kids can pick up an entry form from the school office. Entries must be in by Friday 14 May.

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Lucky Book Club

Issue 3 is out now!

Orders and payment must be in no later than Monday 17th May.

from the playground

A view from the top.

Mrs Edwin climbed to the top of the spider web with some tamariki during play time. While up there she managed to capture these awesome photos of our Kura from the top.

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Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week:
  • Kallana Bradnock
  • Caylin Weideman
  • Hunter Sargeson
  • Zoe Jones
  • Savaanah Kokiri-Tarei
  • Zane Gillichan
  • Nixon Gadsby
  • Billy McRae
  • Varhn Tamore
  • Alexander Den-McKay

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.

Still to come this week and next:

Thursday 6 May

  • Duffy Theatre 11am @Northpoint Church

Friday 7 May

  • PCT Challenge - TSB Stadium - Year 8s
  • Last day for Hoodie orders

Monday 10 May

  • Year 4-8 Kapa Haka
Tuesday 11 May
  • Home & School debut (7.00pm)

Thursday 13 May

  • NYLD Palmerston North
Friday 14 May

  • Wā Whanāu
  • Kowhai Yr 5/6 Interschool vs Inglewood - Home game @ 12:30 kick off

Community Notices

ReCharge for Year 7&8s

Calling our Year 7&8s!

Come along to our ReCharge Launch night this Friday!

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Term 2 Art at Govett Brewster

Baker Tilly Staples Rodway programme

Young Visionaries 2021

After school art classes Term 2

Weekly after school art classes where kids are inspired by great art.

Join local artist Ellie Field and Gallery educator Chris Barry on a walkabout exploring Aboriginal and Pasifika art. Students will paint with natural ochres, ‘grow’ plant sculptures and have fun making art that moves inspired by the zizz of Len Lye.

Ages 6 – 8 | Wednesdays 5 May – 7 Jul | 3.45 – 5.15 pm

Ages 9 – 12 | Thursdays 6 May – 8 Jul | 3.45 – 5.15 pm

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery studio

$65 per term | Book online at govettbrewster.com/yv

Enquiries phone 06 759 6715

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