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.
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.
Learning & Wellbeing Conferences
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
hoodies are here!
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.
Caitlyn Bellairs. Lucy Nicholas and Summer Wilkinson showing off some of the great colours available in Puketapu Hoodies.
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.
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.
Waste Free School ProjectThis 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 to Craig Marlow and the team at Ricoh Taranaki for their generous sponsorship for our sports training.
Puketapu Magic (Year 7 & 8 Netball team)
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
Lucky Book Club #4
Orders and payment must be received at the office by Thursday 10th 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.
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
From the Playground
So many awesome and fun things going on around our school.
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.
Two of our newest little ladies Cooper Murray and Aaliyah Gunn venturing out beyond the Rimu playground
Charlie Ryan performing CPR on a crocodile
Popits are still the craze around the playground.
Three Ryan brothers, Toby, Hudson and Charlie, walking into school with big smiles on their faces.
Ka pai te mahi Caydence Roberts and Aimee Gunther, it is great seeing our senior ākongashowing our school values.
Bonnie Rupe and Jakaila Hori with their chosen Duffy books
Isaac Wilson and Kemp Hancock both picked a Dragon Knight book.
Toby Ryan and his Zombie Duffy book.
- 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:
THIS WEEK - WEEK 5
Friday 4 June
- Wā Whānau 10.00-10.50
- Rimu Kapahaka 2 - 2.15
- Staff vs Student Rippa Rugby Lunchtime
NEXT WEEK - WEEK 6
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
Life Education- John Parsons
Time to ReCharge
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
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.