Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 5, Term 2 2021 - 2 June 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

Last week I was invited by the iwi and hapu to attend a kiwi release. It was amazing seeing these stunning native birds close up and hearing the stories about how they have done a great job breeding them at Rotokare and how the predator-free programme up the mounga has been successful enough to now release them into the wild.

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One of the cool stories we were told was about the naming of the Kiwi, Maru Ao Nui.

Maru Ao Nui is a star that starts to disappear away from the horizon at this time of year. This signified for Māori in the past that it was time to rest the body and exercise the mind through wānanga (learn, hui, education). There are certain rhythms of a year, so at the moment, be kind to yourself, be organised, drink water, eat well and get good sleep.

Ngatai Walker

Gumboot Friday

Gumboot Friday was a great success with gumboots all over the school. Thanks to Addison Leathley and Lucy Nicolas for taking the gumboot round and collecting donations. We raised $150 for the I am Hope charity!

Learning & Wellbeing Conferences

We are almost half way through the school year so it is time to get students, teachers and whanau together to reflect on learning so far and think about goals for the rest of the year.

So, we will be holding Learning and Wellbeing Conferences for all students in Week 9 of this term.

How does this work?

Every student, along with their parent(s)/caregiver(s), comes to meet with their child's teacher. Each meeting is for 20 minutes and the aim is to review how learning is going, reflect on progress, talk about hopes and goals for the rest of the year.

When are they?

You can choose from either after school on Thursday 1 July (3.30pm - 8.00pm) or all day on Friday 2 July (8.00am-4.00pm)

Is Friday a school day?

There are no classes on Friday, only conferences, so children only come to school for their 20 minute meeting, then go home again. (Thursday is a normal school day as conferences don't start until after school.)

How do I book?

All bookings are made online through School Interviews. Our event code is p6t2j

Simply enter your details and your child's name, then choose your child's teacher and the time that suits you. If you need to change your time, you can log back in to change it.

If you are not able to book, please contact the office or speak with your child's teacher.

PB4L: Exploring our Values

PB4L (Positive Behaviour For Learning) works to build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life.

Some great examples of how our school values shown in the classrooms.

Our new office

If you hadn't yet noticed our office is now at the front of the school. It is still a work in progress and should be completed in the next couple of weeks. If you are running late for school there is a door on the side of the building for students to use.

hoodies are here!

The hoodie order has arrived! They look amazing, they are reallly warm and there are some great colours. We have collected the remaining hoodies from Game Changer and have them here at the office.

If you didn't order one this time, don't worry - we will be doing another order later this term. More information will follow soon.

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Caitlyn Bellairs. Lucy Nicholas and Summer Wilkinson showing off some of the great colours available in Puketapu Hoodies.


Autumn has left and winter has arrived. The Rimu tamariki made the most of the Autumn falling leaves outside their classroom.


Totara have been learning about being Firewise.

We have learned that fire is dangerous and that children should not play with lighters and matches, as they are tools and not toys, we should always be a metre from the heater, there should always be an adult in the kitchen when cooking, if we hear a fire alarm we need to get down, get low and get out FAST.

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"We filled up cups with different amounts of water in each and made a tune by dinging them with a spoon. Once we had made our song we wrote down the tunes and number of dings" - Quinn Murrell, Kowhai 5


Kauri akonga have opted into The Wonder project, Rocket Challenge.

Every week we have our two mentors, Taylor and Will, from Beca come in and work with us.

We are making bottle rockets from 1.5L soda bottles.

It has been really fun to test these with different water levels and psi.

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Waste Free School Project

This year we are working with the Taranaki Pare Kore team to make our school waste free.

We are working with Whaea Robyn to learn about close circle waste.

At last week's wānanga we learned about the five natural resources that are used to make almost all types of products that we recycle.

This picture shows an activity we did in groups so that we can learn it.

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Year 6 Design Technology

For Year 6 Design Technology with Whaea Claire this term we are looking at coding and using MicroBits.

MicroBits are tiny computers we can we code online to complete several functions.

We learned how to make games and followed several tutorials online.

We also looked to algothriums and input/processes/outputs.

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Year 7 Design Technology

Last week Mrs O's year 7 Design Technology class were lucky enough to have school parent Ian Walthew come in and work with them to design and make a balance board.

They looked at examples of boards that Ian and his kids made then designed and made a template on paper. Then they drew around this template onto wood. Ian then helped cut them out. The next stage is to sand them down and add designs onto them.


Sports Coordinator

We are very lucky to have our Sports Coordinator Kim Sowman. This year Kim is not always teaching at Puketapu school, however can be contacted on Facebook messenger or email ksowman@puketapu.school.nz

Winter Sports

All winter sports are well underway now. Any queries regarding games and times etc should go directly to your coach. if you have not heard from them can you please make sure that HERO has your correct details.

Each sport also has its own very useful website:




Whanau, please make sure your children are attending training and remind them of how lucky we are to have such amazing volunteer coaches. If your child cannot make training please let the coach know so they are not waiting for them to arrive.

Basketball Sponsorship

We are still on the hunt for a few more sponsors to help us cover the cost of the Bell Block Community Hall for our year 5-8 Basketball practices. Thank you so much to all those businesses that have contributed already.

Thank you!

Thank you to Craig Marlow and the team at Ricoh Taranaki for their generous sponsorship for our sports training.

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We are delighted to have the below students representing our Kura at the AIMS Games in Tauranga this year. This is the first time we have been in AIMS games so we are super excited for them.


Tayte Hancock

Puketapu Magic (Year 7 & 8 Netball team)

Areiana Zandbergen

Celestial Roberts

Esther Poching

Harper Sutherland

Maddison Gates

Marley Sutherland

Olivia Corin

Rihanna Dellow

Rylei-Jay Dellow

Tarli Wilson

Yelena Poching

If you would like to help support our students, they are doing lots of amazing fundraisers to help them cover accommodation, transport and food costs. Keep an eye out on our school Facebook page for their fundraising.

Samoan Language Week

This week is Samoan Language Week... Have a go at one or more of the below greetings/sayings.

Talofa Lava - Hello

Oa mai oe? How are you?

Taeao manuia - Blessed morning

Ulu - head

Tauau - shoulder

tulivae - Knees

tama'ivae - toes

Vili mai - Ring me

Seki - Sweet/Cool/Ok

Aoga - School

Manuia le aso - blessed day

Home and school

We are delighted to welcome everyone to our next meeting of the Puketapu Home and School:
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Lucky Book Club #4

Issue #4 of Lucky Book Club is out now!

Orders and payment must be received at the office by Thursday 10th June.

school photos

School photos will be on Wednesday 16 June.

Flyers will be handed out to all students this week. Photo ordering is online - you place your order after photo day.

Every student will have an individual photo taken, however if you would like a sibling group photo you need to let the office know by Tuesday 15 June at the latest.

lost property

We have a few special items at the office that have been handed in over the last term. If you are missing a non-clothing item please come into the office with a description of what you have lost and we can check if we have it here.

The lost property box in the Whare kai is also bursting at the seams again. Please ask your tamariki to check it if they are missing any clothing or footwear.

Well wishes to mason

We are sending Mason Cadman some healing thoughts after his fall on Tuesday. Mason was super brave and Mum came to the rescue quickly. We are hoping Mason has a speedy recovery and we will see his smiley face at School again soon.
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From the Playground

So many awesome and fun things going on around our school.

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Kowhai kids- Iniyah Zandbergen, Te Waiaurere Mahinekura,

Harleyah Kipa, Liana Birch and Indie Rose Smith hanging out in the playground

Scooter crew! Bring your scooter to school and don't forget your helmet.

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Two of our newest little ladies Cooper Murray and Aaliyah Gunn venturing out beyond the Rimu playground

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Charlie Ryan performing CPR on a crocodile

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Popits are still the craze around the playground.

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Three Ryan brothers, Toby, Hudson and Charlie, walking into school with big smiles on their faces.

From home

If your child has an achievement they would like to have shared in the newsletter, please email a photo to ksmith@puketapu.school.nz


Well done to all those who have earned Puketapu Superstar Certificates this week for showing our values at school. Here are just a few:
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Ka pai te mahi Caydence Roberts and Aimee Gunther, it is great seeing our senior ākongashowing our school values.

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Well done Leo Jacobsen for showing great Kia Manawanui and awesome bike skills helping another student put the chain back on his bike. Great stuff Leo!
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Tiaki Leaf showed kindness and compassion to his friend in the playground - tino pai Tiaki

Duffy awards

Sponsored by Mainfreight, Duffy Awards are given for academic achievement, attitude to learning, progress or improvement. Recipients get to choose a book to keep!
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Bonnie Rupe and Jakaila Hori with their chosen Duffy books

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Isaac Wilson and Kemp Hancock both picked a Dragon Knight book.

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Toby Ryan and his Zombie Duffy book.


Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week:

  • Landon Mottram
  • Goo Pham
  • Casey Mangin
  • Erika Asai
  • Ivy Adams
  • Harmony Lambert

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:


Friday 4 June

  • Wā Whānau 10.00-10.50
  • Rimu Kapahaka 2 - 2.15
  • Staff vs Student Rippa Rugby Lunchtime


Monday 7 June

  • Queens Birthday Monday (No school)

Wednesday 9 June

  • Totara Kapahaka 12.40 - 1.00

Friday 11 June

  • Kowhai Y5+6 interschool vs Waitara East - Away Game Game starts @ 12pm
  • Wā Whānau 10.00-10.50
  • Rimu Kapahaka 2.00 - 2.15

Community Notices

Life Education- John Parsons

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Time to ReCharge

Calling all those in Year 7 or Year 8 - this Friday is time to ReCharge with a Movie Night...
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Edventure Holiday Programmes

We are excited to announce that Edventure Holiday Programmes will be running in New Plymouth in the July school holidays.

5-13 yr olds, mixture of themed days, outdoor activities and offsite field trips. Planned and run by teachers, Safe and fun!

From $45 per day, OSCAR available, @Fitzroy School Hall.

more info and book online at www.edventure.co.nz

Mark Bridger

Edventure Director




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NPDC Safer speeds review

Have your say with NPDC on Safer Speeds on Urban Roads.


Mangati Round About

To improve the safety of all road users and future-proof for growing traffic volumes, NPDC is

testing a proposed upgrade at the Bell Block intersection of Mangati Road and Parklands Avenue by installing a temporary, painted, roundabout.

The intersection has a history of crashes and will only get busier with the development of the

Area Q residential area (between Bell Block and New Plymouth Airport), so we want to make sure traffic can flow smoothly even as Bell Block’s population grows.

Now that the intersection’s new layout has been in operation for a while, we’d like to hear your

feedback on how well it is working. Your comments will help us decide if a permanent

roundabout should be installed, or if we should choose another option to improve road users’

experience and safety.

Have your say by clicking on the link here or searching


Surveys/Mangati-Parklands-roundabout before Friday 30 th July 2021.