Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 10, Term 2, 2019

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

Parent Portal and Reporting

Kia ora koutou,

Today we are delighted to be able to launch our new reporting system, LINC-ED. We are excited to share this with you and involve you in your child’s learning journey.

At Puketapu School our aim has been to implement a robust system that allows teachers, parents, and students to access learning in an online environment that is secure, easy, and effective.

LINC-ED allows teachers to share learning anytime, anywhere and this can be viewed on any device. We are excited about the potential that the software offers. The report is designed to build year on year so that over time you will have access to comments, assessments, images, video and helpful resources all in one place.

What you would expect to see:

  • Reading, Writing and Maths (Number & Algebra) Goals (what they are working on and what they have achieved)

  • Learning Comments (First half of Year) and School Values Comment (Kia Kaha - Do your best, Kia Māia - Be courageous, Kia Manawanui - Have a heart)

In the future we want to use this platform to:

  • Share Student Learning that your child has selected to share with you

  • Communicate through Team Newsletters & Notices

  • Have Parents share learning that has happened at home

How do I access my child’s LINC-ED page?

LINC-ED can be used on your mobile device.

The following article gives you instructions on how to do this. Install the LINC-ED app

LINC-ED can be used on your computer.

Step 1

Visit https://puketapu.linc-ed.com/

LINC-ED is supported on all modern browsers, for example, Google Chrome or Safari.

Step 2

Click the Lost your Password button.

Step 3

Enter the email address you have given the school to send you communication. Click Get New Password.

Step 4

An email will be sent to you containing a link for you to click on. (This email address is the one that you have given to the office.) The link will take you to a page where you will see your new password.

If you choose to, you can delete the automatically generated password and enter your own strong, secure password then click Reset Password.

Step 5

Enjoy reading, viewing and listening to your child’s learning. Become part of the conversation by writing a comment or adding a 'Like' to the post or adding to the Parent Voice page.

If you have any problems with access please contact our office at office@puketapu.school.nz

Kind regards

Congratulations To...

Congratulations to our Puketapu Superstars this week:

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

  • Natu Robert
  • Sapphire Kuchler

Duffy Awards

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

  • Ava Allan
  • Abbey Houghton
  • Alex Cross
  • Anton Roper
  • Briar Walthew
  • Caitlyn Bellairs
  • Channing Rajput
  • Dominic Olander-Collison
  • Drevious Te Kura
  • Hamu Adams
  • Iniyah Zandbergen
  • Jahzaia Waiwiri
  • Jarvana Ardern
  • Jaxyn Sandford
  • Katie MacRae
  • Kayden Burnard
  • Keisha Lowry
  • Khorus Ihimaera-Te Waaka
  • Levi Roberts
  • Liam Smith
  • Losa Fonoti
  • Malachi Hargreaves
  • Marley Sutherland
  • Mikayla Scholtz
  • Natu Robert
  • Nusaybah Merdj
  • Parker Smith
  • Patrick Radcliffe
  • Rico Rauputu
  • Shaun Galiste
  • Skylah Meston
  • Taaj Prestney
  • Taylor Harvey
  • Toby Ryan
  • Yasiin Falaniko
  • Zakaia Martley

Our Duffy Awards are generously sponsored by First Gas.

Thank you First Gas.

Values Awards

Our Values Awards are awarded to one student per Learning Team for demonstrating our School Values.

Vinny Sturmey-Christiansen

For always demonstrating all our school values and striving to do his best.


Yelena Poching

For always demonstrating our school values and being an outstanding leader and example.


Xavier Peters

For showing all school values throughout his learning.


Rhikyda Pirini

For being such an amazing helper to our whole class, all day, every day.

Maths Special Award

Elody Perrett

For outstanding effort, showing Kia Kaha, Kia Maia and Kia Manawanui through her maths with Mrs P.

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They Braved the Shave!

A big thank you to everyone who contributed over the last couple of weeks for Brave the Shave.

With shaved heads, hats, wacky hair and other donations, we have raised over $4,000! All proceeds go to Taranaki Cancer Society!

Big thanks to Tanz from Bell Block Barbers coming to support the event and much respect to the individuals who took part in fundraising and shaving their hair off!

Well done again: Meshach Murray, Toby Radcliffe, Neveah Neilson, Hana Ashworth, Harry Smith, Luke Sowman, Rudi Weideman and Mr B!

A huge thank you to Karen Leckie for the donation of beanies to sell. There are still beanies for sale at the office and the proceeds from these will also be donated.

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Beanies for Rimu!

Thank you so much to the Country Women's Institute who delivered these beautiful hats to all of the children in Rimu.

They had a lovely selection and the children were able to choose the one the liked the best.

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Creative Learning in Action

Collaborating and creating in Rimu learning through play. It is amazing what you can make with a few pallets, imagination and teamwork!
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Totara Home Reading

Sapphire has read 100 nights with whanau!

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Artists and Role Models at Work

The walls of Totara 1 & 2 have never looked so good!
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Vertical Horizons

On Monday the Kauri Hub spent the day at Vertical Horizons.

Through the activities the students were challenged out their comfort zones and were great support for each other.


On the 26th June, 2 teams represented Puketapu at the Inter-school Year 7 and 8 tournament.

They demonstrated kia kaha, kia mia and kia manawanui through out the tournament and did the school proud.

Uniforms to come back in please

Calling all borrowed uniform from:

  • Touch from Term 1
  • Year 3&4 Netball
  • Rippa Rugby Year 5&6 and Year 7&8
  • NYLD19

Please return your uniform right away to avoid being charged a replacement fee.

Cleanest Classroom this term is...

... Kowhai 3

Well done Kowhai 3 who beat Kowhai 4 by just ONE POINT to be the cleanest classroom this term and enjoyed their Crest Clean reward today.

Thank you Crest Clean for supporting our school and doing such a great job of cleaning up after us all.

The Tech Hub

Kia ora whanau.

One of our groups has been focussing on Photography - below are just some of the stunning shots they have taken.

Nga Mihi,

Mrs Wigley.

SPRING into Maths!

Could you be one of our whanau to be trained in taking a group of students for a SPRING maths program?

You do not have to be a whizz at maths but you do need a kind heart for our tamariki.

SPRING stands for:

Start counting,


Reinforcing strategy,

Identifying numbers,

Number facts,


SPRING is intended to help move students from one level of maths to another by consolidating the skills they need.

The SPRING programme is half an hour a day, 4 days a week, for 5 weeks only (then we can start another group of students if you are available for more).

Mrs Paterson will do the planning and training for anyone who is available to help with SPRING in our school, so if you are interested, please email Mrs Paterson spaterson@puketapu.school.nz

We plan to train people in the first week of term 3.

What's On: This week and next

Thursday 4 July:

  • Whole school Assembly (@ Northpoint 9.30am)

Friday 5 July - LAST DAY OF TERM 2

Students v Staff Basketball Challenge 1.20pm (postponed from Wednesday)

Term 3 starts on Monday 22 July

Heads Up! Dates for Next Term

These are just a few dates for next term. More will follow.

Week 1:

Monday 22 July:

First day back at school, 8.55am start

Wednesday 24 July

10.15-11.00 NPBHS / NPGHS promotional visit to our Year 8s

Thursday 25 July

Spotswood College Open Evening for parents and students from 7.00pm onwards https://www.facebook.com/events/782297425498528/?ti=icl

Friday 26 July

Home & School Clothes Swap 7pm

Week 2

Monday 29 July

Hearing & Vision Testing

Tuesday 30 July

New Plymouth Boys’ High School Open day (Year 8s and families) 3:30pm or 4:30pm


Wednesday 31 July

New Plymouth Girls’ High School Open day (Year 8s)

Friday 2 Aug

LEAD 2019 - “It’s what’s on the inside that counts” - Kowhai Year 6s

Week 3:

Thursday 8 August

NZ Playhouse @ 9:10am "The Tortoise and the Hare" @ Northpoint Church

Friday 9 August

Yr 7/8 Sports Exchange with Omata

Week 4:

Monday 12 August

9:30am Inglewood High School Enrollment day @ Puketapu - Year 8s

Tuesday 13 Aug

Friday 16 Aug

Puketapu School Cross Country

Week 5:

Monday 19 Aug

TBC Year 7 / 8 Interschool Sports

Tuesday 20 Aug

TBC Year 7 / 8 Interschool Sports

Wednesday 21 Aug

11.00-12.30 NPBHS / NPGHS Enrolment interviews (Year 8s)

Week 7:

Tuesday 3 Sept

Life Ed Bus on site for two weeks

Week 8:

Tuesday 10 Sept

Year 8 Ski Camp/ Kauri EOTC week

NP Primary Schools Cross Country

Thursday 12 September

Year 7&8 Cross Country (Omata)

Week 9:

Monday 16 Sept

Dental Bus on site for two weeks

Kowhai Yr 5 & 6 ‘Food for Thought’ (TBC)

Week 10:

Wednesday 25 Sept

Taranaki Primary Schools Cross Country Champs (Hawera)

Friday 27 Sept

Loud Shirt Day

Last day of Term 3

Building Works Ahead

For many months now, we have been working with the MOE, architects and builders to arrange for our leaking roofs to be repaired. We are delighted that the work will begin early next term.

This is a BIG job and will take quite some time to do so we are all working hard to keep disruption to a minimum. We will share more information next term and keep you posted as we go.

Cross Country is coming...

Cross Country is on Friday week 4 in Term 3. This allows you 4 weeks of training at school but 6 weeks of training if you start now...

Our event allows the children to get a feel for if they would like to compete in the New Plymouth and Taranaki Cross country events later in the term. More information will follow next term.

Clothes Swap

Friday 26 July, Fred Tucker Hall

Clean out your wardrobe and bring your good used (adult) clothes to the school office.

On the night, come along and try on a bargain.Proceeds will be going to Kick Start Breakfast


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

  • Kyla Dorne
  • Marissa Gordon
  • Meihana Keefe-Smillie
  • Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa
  • Jahliyah McLeod-Chard
  • Natu Robert
  • Khan Barnard-Perry
  • Sarah Walker
  • Madie Cadman
  • Addyson Chaloner
  • Liam Smith
  • Madison Webby
  • Shylin Awa
  • Nabeel Sahrun
  • Hunter Wall-Colvin
  • Caitlyn Bellairs
  • Mason Waugh

Community Notices

Light in the Darkness

Friday 5 July, 6.30pm on the Northpoint Church field.

A community event for all ages.

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Bell Block Crop Swap

Sunday, 7 July 2019 at 14:00 UTC+12

Fred Tucker Hall Bell Block

See you there with your surplus. Have a cup of tea with like minded people. Koha for the hall cost appreciated.

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Holiday Fun at Puke Ariki

There is a bumper packed two weeks of fun planned at Puke Ariki and Community Libraries these school holidays!

Ever wondered what the inside of a computer looks like? Or wanted to make your own treasure box or time capsule?

Make a ladybird headband, enjoy a movie and popcorn with us or be entertained by the fabulous Erika and Coco Flash during Rainbow Storytime sessions!

And if you head on over to the museum, make sure you check out the creepiest and most disgusting items in the collection as part of the Whare Kahurangi exhibition!

Figure Skating

NZ Roller Sports Artistic Championships, TSB Stadium 16-20 July 2019

Come and watch skaters from all over NZ compete in Freeskating, Figures, Dance and Precision events. FREE ADMISSION. Opening night is Tuesday 7pm.