Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 1, Term 3 2021 - 28 July 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

Nau Mai Haere Mai ki Week 1, Term 3!

I hope that you have had a really good two-week school break. Mine was a really good mixture of rugby, chilling, movies, whanau, beach, Rotorua with a bit of mahi mixed in there.

While our ākonga have been away it has been a big two weeks at school with heaps of workers in and out. We very much appreciate the mahi put in by Mr Quince to supervise all the subbies.

As well as the ongoing work in the admin block and a general repairs around the school,

we are installing a new fire alarm system and the front of the school outside of the office has been modified for easier access at the start and end of the day.

The new classrooms build is progressing - foundations, power cable and storm water work is currently happening. This will mean that the Ara o Tuna walkway at the end of field onto Dillon Drive will be closed for around two weeks.

Over the break some of our staff have been very busy:

  • Congratulations to Johnny and Josh for making the Taranaki Bulls Rugby Squad for the upcoming Bunnings NPC. We wish you all the best.
  • Well done to Brody for making the semi-finals and to Johnny, Josh and Avon for winning the club championship and to Avon for making a miraculous recovery to play in the final.
  • Massive congrats to Alejandro for winning the 8 week challenge at Anytime Fitness, New Plymouth for his dedication to being the best trainer and most shredded over the 8 weeks.

Nau mai, haere mai to our 10 new students and 3 new teachers who have started this week. We look forward to another great term ahead together.

Ngatai Walker

Te Ara o Tuna is Closed

Due to the groundworks for our new classrooms, the Ara o Tuna pathway between the field and Dillon Drive will be closed for the next two weeks.

Please use either the front entrance or the Northpoint Church carpark gate.

Thank you for your patience while this essential work is done.

school photos

The codes for ordering your photos have arrived and should have gone home with your child on Monday or Tuesday.

If you have not received your code yet please check with your child's teacher.

School lunches

A new term and a new menu! Compass have made a few changes based on the feedback they received.

This term you will see:

  • A healthy croissant on the menu both weeks
  • Increased variety and nutritional content of meals
  • Reduced the number of chicken based lunches
  • Removed some unpopular items (potato salad etc.)
  • Added vege sticks/dips, tomato based salsa with nachos and more variety with the pizza scroll, muffins and slices.

We are also looking forward to lasagne and butter chicken on Fridays!

Log on to Hero to check out the full details of the rotating 10 day menu.

Hoodie & T-shirt orders

Last terms hoodie and tshirt orders should be here by next week. We will do another order towards the end of this term.

Home & School

Breakfast Club Volunteers Needed

If you have an interest in volunteering a regular or casual spot for our Breakfast Club please let us know by emailing homeandschool@puketapu.school.nz or pop into the school office.

Cooking Demo with Brett McGregor

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Home and School Meeting
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design tech hub

During the first week of the holiday, Whaea Claire and Whaea Shaina attended the Blake Inspire for Teachers.

We attended this course in Auckland along with 20 other teachers from around New Zealand. Over the five days we tested some streams, completed a Rocky Shore investigation, learnt about Maramataka (Maori phases of the moon), Virtual Reality googles and (the highlight for us both) we got to meet Ruud Kleinpaste, aka The Bug Man. He took us on a walk through the bush and explained to us about all the native birds, flora and fauna.

Whaea Shaina showed HEAPS of Kia Maia and Kia Kaha while holding the native NZ Wētā, Whaea Claire on the other hand was terrified....but held it in the end!

Overall the week was amazing and both of us feel very privileged to have been selected to attend.

Watch this space for our Action Plan for Puketapu School.

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Term 4 Touch

we are on the hunt early for some touch coaches, please register your interest with Kim Sowman- ksowman@puketapu.school.nz


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Puketapu Gems after their final dress up netball game - Erin Sowman (Coach Assistant), Layla Read, Sapphire Kuchler, Layla Hardgrave, Iniyah Zandbergen, Lydia Walthew ( Coach Assistant), Parker Smith and Briar Walthew.

Time to Return Borrowed Uniforms

We still have many borrowed Sports Tshirts out from Touch in Term 1 and Year 5&6 Interschool in Term 2. We need these back now please.

Netball - Dresses for year 1-6 can be returned now. Year 7 & 8s your season will run into term 3.

Basketball and Miniball - your competition is still running so keep your uniform for now but we will need these back as soon as you are finished.

From the classroom

Learning happens in so many ways!
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Max Wilson, Connor Scholtz and Cazzy Roberts with their amazing art work

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Some of our big Rimu tamariki who have moved up to Totara this term

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Whaea Anna on the last day of Term 2 before heading off for maternity leave

Look at these amazing pictures from Max, Tiaki and Ollie with their dream pets

Learning in the Community

Sunhaven Rest Home had a special Matariki Day and they invited a group to come and perform to them.

A small group of Year 3 students from the Totara Kapahaka roopu were chosen to perform.

Ngā tamariki walked to Sunhaven and were greeted by the lovely staff and residents at Sunhaven.

They were a little nervous but showed great Kia Kaha and Kia Māia when performing. The roopu showed great Kia Manawanui towards the residents and ensured that they sang more softly than usual so that the residents enjoyed their performance. They also went out to talk to and spend time with the residents after a lovely afternoon tea.

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The residents were really happy to see the young kids performance, they were still taking about them after we had left.

Something like this makes their day, they treasure this to tell to others / Whānau when they meet them.

Ngā tamariki and Whaea Kelly were especially honoured by one of the residents David standing and giving a whaikorero around Matariki, the residents and the akonga. He spoke of the students being Leaders of Tomorrow and we tend to agree.

From the Playground

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Look at these beautiful fairies we found in the playground at the end of Term 2

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We love tamariki of all ages hanging out in the playground together, Kendall Perrett from Totara, Erin Sowman from Kowhai, Bryn Smith from Rimu and Ella Rauputu from Kauri

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Teamwork! Returning the the kai container from Rimu

From home

Learning happens at home too, if you have anything you would like to share from home please email ksmith@puketapu.school.nz
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Quinn Murrell from Kowhai 5 read over 105 books in one month (that's 5 books every day!) and raised over $500 for the Blind Foundation. Pai te mahi Quinn!
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In the holidays Bonnie Rupe from Kowhai 5 received a gold medal for her taekwondo patterns. Such an awesome achievement, keep up the good work Bonnie.
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Dylan Perry from Kauri 2 was Assistant Captain in the 10U Central Region rep team for the NZ Inline Hockey Inter-regional competition. This was held in Kerikeri over the first weekend of the school holidays. He came away with this medal for 2nd place. Great work Dylan!


Well done to all those who have earned Puketapu Superstar Certificates recently for showing our values at school. Here are just a few:
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Eli Longworth has been showing our school values in the classroom. Great work Eli
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Mahi pai Johnny Read and Justin Ryan Inocencio for showing the school values in the classroom.
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Four Netball superstars. Lydia Walthew and Erin Sowman showed Kia Manawanui helping coach the Puketapu Gems during Term 2. Layla Read and Iniyah Zandbergen were awarded the team awards for showing all of our school values throughout the season.
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Zoe Jones has been showing Kia Manawanui in the classroom and playground.

lucky book club

Lucky book club Issue 5 is now out.

Bring your order and payment to the office or order online through the Loop

The last day for lucky book club orders is next Friday 6th August.

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maths dress up

Maths Week is coming!

9-13 August 2021

We will have a week of maths games and fun incorporated into school learning.

As part of our celebration we will have a dress up day on Thursday 12 August - a maths themed dress up. There will be a prize for the best dressed.

Research a famous mathematician or find a mathematical idea to dress yourself as and join in the fun on Thursday 12 August - there are some ideas below.


Kowhai 1 - cleanest classroom

Congratulations to Kowhai 1 for having the cleanest classroom in term 2! As a thank you Crest Clean brought in some pizzas to celebrate.

We are on the lookout for...

Brown paper shopping bags please - these can be dropped into the office.

thank you

A big THANK YOU to Regan McRae and Alan Hutchings for making these new ramps for our school. Also thank you to Waitara ITM for their generous donation of wood. We have lots of super happy scooter riders!

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Its safe to say the ramps are already being put to good use

school enrolments

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Happy Birthday to all those who had birthdays during the school holidays:

  • Shylin Awa
  • Nabeel Sahrun
  • Billy Prestney
  • Brynley Smith
  • Kobie Wilson
  • Hunter Wall-Colvin
  • Mason Cadman
  • Amira Azad
  • Caitlyn Bellairs
  • Mason Waugh
  • Jewel Lendib
  • Kayden La-Rue
  • Aurelia Takerei
  • Nikola Panchorie

And to all those with Birthdays this week:

  • Fleur Grace
  • Kendall Perrett
  • Riahn Paki
  • Leila Parker
  • Rubeelee Jeffrey
  • Mireille Baker
  • Mckayla Sabine Almario
  • Osborne Grace
  • Jayden Williams
  • Aki Ekeroma
  • Shaun Galiste
  • Alaize Kake
  • Nate Stainthorpe

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.

Some important whole school dates to note this term:

  • Thursday 5 August
    - Home & School meeting 6.30pm
  • Wednesday 11 August
    - Brett McGregor healthy eating school talk
    - Board of Trustees meeting 5.30pm
    - Home & School evening event 6.30pm
  • Thursday 12 August
    - Maths dress up day
  • Friday 13 August
    - NZ Playhouse performance of "Rumplestiltskin"
  • Thursday 17 August
    - Dental bus on site (two weeks)
  • Thursday 19 August
    - School Cross Country
  • Thursday 26 August
    - School Daffodil Day (dress up in yellow)
  • Friday 27 August

Check the Hero App for other events/dates

Community Notices

after school activities at puke ariki

On Tuesdays until 28 Sept from 4-5pm we will have a LEGO free play session where children can come to the Library and make their own creations using LEGO. This is suitable for primary school aged children and a parent/guardian would need to stay with them. On Thursdays, beginning 12 August we are starting an After School Club where children can experience craft, digital and STEAM activities. The club will run for 8 weeks, has 10 spaces available, is suitable for 8-12 year olds and will run from 4-5pm. These spaces need to be booked and a booking form will be available via the Puke Ariki website- https://pukeariki.com/

ReCharge - youth group

Calling all Year 7 and Year 8 students! Make sure you keep these dates free for ReCharge!
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Marriage Course

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