Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 10, Term 3, 2019

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

Kia kaha - do your best * Kia māia - be courageous * Kia manawanui - have a heart

From Matua Ngatai

Kia ora koutou,

What a beautiful week of weather we had last week. It was great to hear around all the learning that happened in and out of the classroom during this sunny week.

I loved hearing about our learners going to the retirement village as part of their Auaha learning. Ngariki spent time with an elderly man playing drafts while Koda and Raiden taught five elderly women a game.

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Emma W and Yelena had made Blueberry muffins and chocolate cookies for them to enjoy also.

For another Auaha project, students made games and organised science experiments that they took over to the kindy.

Contributing to our community is something we always work hard to do and to hear such stories makes me proud of our kura.

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Community Korero

Thank you to all the families that came along to our Community Korero.

At our school we are continuing to develop and document the Puketapu curriculum, to better reflect valued outcomes that guide learning programmes. Thanks for putting your ideas, opinions and judgements down onto paper so that the BoT and staff can unpack and find common themes to aid us in developing our curriculum alongside educational research.

The BoT and leadership will be canvassing our learners, teachers and community online to gather more voice to help us in developing our curriculum and strategic plan for the next three to five years.

Below are our current strategic aims:

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Currently at school you might have noticed some building work going on. We are doing this so that we can provide quality learning environments for all of our teachers and learners.

The modifications in the hall are going well to turn this into a multi-purpose learning space. We are doing this to accommodate some classes while their roof is replaced.

The plan at present is for Rimu 3 & 4 to be in the ‘hall’ for the start of Term 4 until their roof has been replaced. After that, we will be having Totara 1 & 2 in there while their roof is being replaced. We envisage those classes to be in the ‘hall’ for approximately a month while the building is happening however with this is an approximate time frame as we do not know what the weather will be doing.

Behind the scenes, we are planning with our project manager and architects to minimise the disruption for our teachers, learners and parents.

This is an exciting time for our kura as we are currently in discussions with the Ministry of Education Property team and our architect on the design and building of our four new learning spaces. We are fighting for library space and a large communal space for us to gather and connect.

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Everyone here at Puketapu School wishes you and your family a great two weeks with your child over the school break.

Kia Kaha - Do your best, Kia Māia - Be courageous - Kia Manawanui - Have a heart (Be Kind)

Friday is going to be BIG!

This Friday 27 September is Loud Shirt and Wacky Hair Day... and whole school Student Showcase... and Ranui for Kowhai... morning tea bake sale...and the last day of school for Term 3!

Dress up in your LOUDEST shirt, style your hair LOUD too! (A gold coin donation is optional.)

Come along to Student Showcase at Northpoint Church at 9.30am. The whole whanau is most welcome to come to celebrate the end of term with us.

Loud Shirt Day supports children with hearing loss and cochlear implants. You can read some real life stories or donate online at https://www.loudshirtdaynz.org/real-stories

For morning tea, the EMR (group is selling baked goodies, so bring some coins!


1st: Kerrin Ormsby-Turner

2nd: Jalana Smith

3rd: Ann Dombroski

4th: Myra Teddy

5th: Trish Hicks

6th: Fiona Warring

7th: Nathan Polata

Thank you to everyone who supported our raffle, donating goods and buying tickets. We have raised almost $750 to be put towards our Year 5 & 6 camp!

Congratulations To...

Congratulations to our Puketapu Superstars this week:

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best
  • Reece Speedy
  • Skye Ramsay
  • Kasey Judd
  • Horizon Scott

Kia Maia - Be Courageous

  • Jakaila Hori
  • Liana Birch

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

  • Madison Webby

Chayse Hodson has read over 200 nights at home!!! Ka pai!

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Dinosaur Dash

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This Saturday 28 September Mr B will be running in a Dinosaur Dash over at the Racecourse!

Mr B is after a “student handler” to parade me in front of La Mer Lounge, my student handler will need permission from parents to attend and not mind being on television! This event will take place between 1pm and 2.30pm.

Handlers will be given a Bluelight cap to indicate that they are my dinosaur handler.

Express interest by giving me a handwritten note as to why they should be my handler. I will draw out the winner on Friday during Showcase.

Bake Sale this Friday

We are looking to raise funds for our EMR (Exploring Marine Reserves) Group. The students will be bringing in some delicious treats which they will sell at Morning Tea time on Friday. If there are any yummy treats left after morning tea then they will sell those during lunch time. The stall will be under cover outside Kauri 3.

Kowhai 4 - Our Cleanest Classroom

Kowhai 4 was the winner of the CrestClean Cleanest Classroom Competition for term 3!

Thank you to Makalita and the team at CrestClean for the yummy treats they bought in yesterday.

Check out our new playhouse - it's awesome!

From Kirsty Stoneman:

For our Auaha project Jahlia, Chyra and I decided to build a playhouse for Rimu to use.

We went through the 'Design of Thinking' process to complete our Auaha project. A huge thank you to ITM Stratford for donating to us the materials to build our project, we couldn't have done it without you. It Looks Outstanding! We had so much fun making it and I bet the Rimu crew will have so much fun playing in it.

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Cupcakes for Camp

This Monday and Tuesday, Kowhai akonga held a cupcake stall to raise funds for camp.

Want to say a massive thank you to the community for all the support. The cupcakes that were brought in by the Kowhai families were outstanding! We have raised $609.
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Animal Dress Up Day

Harper and Aidan found a common interest and both agreed they liked animals.

They wanted to contribute to the community by having a school dress up day where students dress up as animals and donate a gold coin which will be given to the SPCA. They emailed the SPCA and told them what they are doing. The SPCA were delighted to hear about their thoughtful and kind idea. The money will be delivered to the SPCA.

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Say hello to...

Kia Ora, I am Avon Lewis. I was born and bred in Taranaki, growing up in Inglewood. From there I went to Massey Uni in Palmy and studied to be a teacher. After that I returned to Taranaki and took up a job at Norfolk School in Inglewood where I worked for 6 years. Outside of teaching I also play rugby. I have pulled on the amber and black jersey for the Taranaki Bulls and Taranaki Sevens teams on numerous occasions. I spent a year living in Ireland in 2016 playing rugby and travelling around Europe. And most recently, I have spent the past year living in Russia playing professional rugby for Kuban RC. But now I am ready to return to New Zealand, and begin a new chapter of my life at Puketapu School. I am looking forward to being a part of the diverse culture and learning at Puketapu, meeting new people and working alongside new students and their whanau. Bring on Term 4!

We are delighted to welcome Avon Lewis to our teaching team in Term 4. Avon will have his own class in 2020 but in Term 4 will be working in all the Kowhai classes getting to know our kura and our akonga.

Thank you Ross and Stumped Tree Solutions

Totara Team have been working hard on the outdoor learning space this term and the gardens are starting to take shape.

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Ross Wilkinson for the hours he has put in helping us to spread mulch and his business Stumped Tree Solutions for organising the free mulch.

We are very appreciative of the hard work and services that you have provided us. If you ever need tree or stump removal or tree pruning please contact this local company who have supported us.

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Thinking of buying/selling a house?

Joanna Jacobs of RE/MAX Team Realty has made an amazing offer:

For every sale from 1 October until 31 December 2019, Joanna is gifting $250 to our school to support children in whatever way they need. Help her to help us.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, contact Joanna or 06 759 8084 or 027 422 9902 joanna@remax.net.nz

Calendar orders

Our learners have been working hard to create some amazing art for this year's Student Art.

Order forms will come out in early term 4 and all orders must be in and paid for by Thursday 14 November.

Choose from: Calendars $12, Diaries $16, Mouse Mats $14, Notebook/Sketch Pad $13 and Cards (x8) $13

Basketball: Puketapu Piranhas

It was so close! They made the final and we are so proud of them!

Unfortunately our Puketapu Piranhas lost their final by 1 goal. Kia Kaha team, you played amazingly well and displayed our school values - well done!

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Junior Netball

Years 0,1 and 2

Puketapu School will be running their own netball module for this age group. Boys or girls are welcome to play. Parental support will be needed.

We are offering this skills and fun coaching on a Thursday as the Netball Taranaki run theirs on a Wednesday and the feedback from our families was that the clash with touch made it a challenge for families to be in two places at once. Netball Taranaki do have a module running on Wednesdays if you wish to join as an individual. There is information on our school facebook page plus further on in this newsletter. You are welcome to do both if you like.

There is no need to register for Puketapu netball... just turn up :)

Where: Puketapu School netball courts

When: Thursdays at 3.15pm for an hour

Dates: Thursday 31st of October for 6 weeks ( weeks 3-8)

Need: Shoes and a drink. Hair tied back.

Sports Photos - LAST CALL!

At this stage we cannot proceed as there are not enough bookings - unless we get enough orders by this Friday 27 September. Please order and pay by Friday 3pm. Photos cannot be put n your account as we need to pay the photographer upfront. We need 100 photos booked and paid for to make this happen.

If there are enough orders, Sports Photos will be held on Thursday 24th October from 3.30pm til 6pm at Northpoint Church.

This is for all miniball, basketball, netball and term 4 touch teams.

If there there are enough bookings we can include canoe polo too.

Photos will be $5 each and will need to be prepaid.

More information and details will follow closer to the time.

Touch in Term 4

All notices have gone home. If you think your child has missed a notice please let Miss Sowman know.

Every team needs parents on the side line helping to keep the children in the right place and ready to go on when it is their turn. Subbing is a challenging job so thank you to those people who offer to do it.

We ask that everyone else please support them by encouraging the children to stay on the side line and close to the parent doing the subbing. Please let your coach know how you can help.

Please remind children of our school values: Kia kaha - do your best, kia maia - be courageous and kia manawanui - have a heart. Please keep these in mind on and off the field.

If you are unable to take your children to the game, please make contact with another parent to be responsible for your child. As the coach is usually on the field supporting the team it isn’t possible for them to supervise children with no parents on site and isn’t a part of their coaching role.

The draw will be put on Facebook when it is available but first games are on Wednesday 16th October ( week 1 ). See you at Hickford Park!

Duffy Awards:

Congratulations to our Duffy Award winners. Duffy Awards are given to recognise academic achievement or improvement and progress towards learning goals.

  • Nova Davies
  • Ryan Wharram
  • Chloe Welbourn
  • Ava Falaniko
  • Texira Davenport
  • Tamarau Ahu
  • Liana Birch
  • Tyreece Joines
  • Mika Falaniko
  • Rynal Prasad
  • Claire Asai You

Our Duffy Awards are generously sponsored by First Gas.

Thank you First Gas.


A huge thank you to The Leathley Family and Gilmours for your generous donation of canned fruit to the Breakfast Club - You're Awesome!

What's on in Term 4

Below is an outline of the major activities planned in Term 4. More details and information will follow in early Term 4.

Week 1:

Monday 14 October

  • Immunisation HPV #2 (Year 8s)

Thursday 17 October

  • ShakeOut 2019
  • NANOGIRL at Northpoint

Week 2

Thursday 24 October

  • Sports photos - Thursday 24th October 3.30 - 6.00pm Northpoint Church.
  • Cricket superstars sessions for junior school.
  • EMR Sausage sizzle fundraising

Week 3

Monday 28 October

  • LABOUR DAY Holiday

Wednesday 30 October

  • Proposed Totara EOTC to Recycle Centre
  • Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

Thursday 31 October

  • Northpoint Light Party 5.30-7.30pm

Friday 1 November

  • 9.00am Year 8 CEM Testing NPGHS

Week 4

Thursday 7 November

  • Read-a-thon and whanau day (details to be confirmed)

Week 5

Monday 11 November

  • Kowhai Camp Week
  • Year 5&6 to Te Wera

Tuesday 12 November

  • Year 4 Mystery Fun Day

Wednesday 13 November

  • Year 4 Aquatic Centre Day

Thursday 14 Novemmber

  • Year 4 Bowlarama

Friday 15 Nov

  • Year 4 Science Day

Week 7

Monday 25 Nov

  • 2.00pm NPGHS / NPBHS School Visit (Year 8s)

Friday 29 Nov

  • Tough Kid Challenge (Hawera, all Y5 & Y6s)

Week 8

Thursday 5 Dec

  • Kauri - Meet their 2020 Teacher (2.00 - 2.40)
  • Year 8 (Exit Interviews) with Ngatai & Corinne

Friday 6 Dec

  • SOMAD Community Concert - 6.00pm

Week 9

Monday 9 Dec

  • Kauri EOTC Week

Wednesday 11 Dec

  • EMR Trip to Goat Island - Kauri (16 students)

Thursday 12 Dec

  • Kowhai/Totara/Rimu Meet their 2020 Teacher (2.00-2.40)

Week 10

Monday 16 Dec

  • Final School Assembly (1100) - Northpoint Church
  • Year 8 graduation dinner (6.00pm) - Northpoint Church

Tuesday 17 Dec

  • School finishes @ 1200

Learning Team Newsletters with more details will be coming out early in Term 4

Looking ahead to 2020

The 2020 school year begins in February:
  • Tuesday 4 February: Head Start Hui day for all students
  • Wednesday 5 February: First day of class


Happy birthday to all those who have Birthdays coming up this week and in the holidays:

  • Matthew Crook
  • Bella Stainthorpe
  • Connor Christian
  • Raven Falaniko
  • Rhys Warring
  • Steven Rupe
  • Jahlia Manukonga-Te Uira
  • Roman Meijer
  • Jade Christmas
  • Riley Welbourn
  • Trisha Chand
  • Alexis Gorrie
  • Mikayla Scholtz
  • Nova Davies

Community Notices

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Schools are invited to send players to represent their school at the Taranaki Tennis Association Primary/Intermediate Schools Tennis Tournament. This is an open competition for players up to and including Year 8. There are two grades: Open (7 & 8) and Year 6 & under grade. Each player is guaranteed 2 games.

ON: Wednesday 23rd October (postponement day Friday 25thth October)

AT: Year 6 and Under: Huatoki Tennis Club, Huatoki Street, New Plymouth

Open: Pukekura Park Tennis Club, Upjohn Street, New Plymouth

TIME: 8.45am Players should bring their lunch and drinks, and be prepared to stay for the normal school day.

COST: $5.00 per player to be paid by direct crediting to the Taranaki Tennis Association Junior account; 15-3953-0301439-01. Please use your child’s name and primary as the references.


The finalists of the Open Grade (boys and girls) and finalists of the Yr 6 and Under Grade (boys and girls) must be prepared to represent Taranaki at the Central Regional Primary Schools Tournament in Palmerston North on Wednesday 13th of November (Friday the 15th of November if wet on the 13th).

Please email entries to: ttatennis2016@gmail.com

Queries to Janet on 0272260947

Entries must be received by Friday the 18th of October 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.

Bell Block Fun Athletics

Bell Block Fun Athletics Club starts on Tuesday 15th October at 6pm at Hickford Park. All children from between the ages of 2-14 years are most welcome. The Cost is $20 for one child and $10 per additional child in your family. Any more information please contact: BBAFC@outlook.co.nz or Karen 0276481019.

We look forward to meeting and seeing you all there.

Taranaki Down Syndrome Association - Information Session Wills, Trusts, Legal Guardianship

Jasmine Morrison (solicitor) from Quin Law will be running the information session

Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Start: 6pm - please arrive a bit earlier for coffee/tea ready to start at 6pm

Venue: Taranaki Disability Centre, 28 Young Street, New Plymouth

RSVP: ASAP Jasmine is based in Hamilton she will be driving down especially so we would like to know numbers attending sooner than later.

The Wills, Trusts and guardianship part of the workshops is aimed towards families whose children are becoming adults and are 18+ but there is value for all age groups especially in regards to trusts, wills, epa's and planning for the future which is relevant for most families whether they have a child with a disability or not. They can and do tailor the workshops to suit the audience.

Please feel free to get in contact if you need further information.

Sandy Slattery

Community Liaison Person

Taranaki Down Syndrome Association

027 604 5786