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.
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.
- 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:
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
Welcome to our new staff and students
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.
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.
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.
HOME & SCHOOL - a NEW dEBUT
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
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.
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.
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.
A massive thank you to Dennis Putt who purchased some practice bibs for our intermediate Netball players.
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)
Mrs Wigley is on the hunt for a dining table for her tech room. No table is too big!
Lucky Book Club
Orders and payment must be in no later than Monday 17th May.
from the playground
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.
- 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
- Home & School debut (7.00pm)
Thursday 13 May
- NYLD Palmerston North
- Wā Whanāu
- Kowhai Yr 5/6 Interschool vs Inglewood - Home game @ 12:30 kick off
ReCharge for Year 7&8s
Come along to our ReCharge Launch night this Friday!
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