Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 3, Term 2 2021 - 19 May 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 Kaitiaki Kotiro and Tama

Kia Ora my name is Celestial I am your Kaitiaki Kotiro.

Welcome to the beginning of winter sports season! I hope everyone has joined a sport they love to play this term. Good luck to those who are playing Rippa rugby on Friday hopefully we can get the win again.

Remember to wear warm clothes as it is very cold at break times. It would be best to bring a spare change of clothes since we will be getting heaps of wet days.

On Friday this week the student council are holding a sausage sizzle at Morning tea. So remember to bring your two dollars on Friday so that you can order a delicious sausage or you can pre order at the office.

Remember to show your school values around school. Have a great rest of the week everybody!

Celestial Roberts

Kia Ora my name is Achille I am your Kaitiaki Tama.

Last week some of our leaders got to attend the Young Leaders Day in Palmerston North. We had to get up at 5am to get there on time. It was a great day and we had lots of fun.

Its been nice to meet the new staff and students at our school, they look like they fit in already. Everybody keep showing your school values Kia Kaha, Kia Māia and Kia Manawanui around the playground.

Achille de Bruyn

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Celestial and Achille, our Kaitiaki Kotiro and Kaitiaki Tama

Student Council Sausage Sizzle

Our student council is holding a sausage sizzle this Friday 21 May (This week- the same day as Pink Shirt Day) at morning tea time 11.00am

Pre-orders are available from the office please.

Pink Shirt Day

Join us on Friday 21 May, 2021 as we Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

Wear pink this Friday to show your support. Gold coin donation optional.

PB4L: Exploring our Values

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

Kia kaha - do your best. (Integrity, pride, work ethic, persevering, get stuck in, go for it)

This is what Kia kaha looks like in Mrs Den-McKay's reading space:

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New Teachers in Rimu 3 and Kowhai 2

Following the news that both Whaea Ana Whelan and Whaea Anna Proffit will be taking some time away from Puketapu School at the end of Term 2 for maternity leave, we are delighted to announce that, as a result of our recent application and appointments process, we have appointed new teachers:

Flo Gibson-Harris has won a position with our kura. Flo has been a learning assistant and teacher at Puketapu School in the past and has two children at our kura. Flo is delighted to be re-joining our staff and is keen to get to know her new class and parents.

This term Whaea Ana will be working four days a week on advice from her doctor. This means that Flo will be teaching one day a week in Kowhai 2 to get to know the students before she starts full time in Term 3.

Judie Keane has also won a position with our kura. Judie is an experienced Junior teaching having taught in roles at Roslyn School and Russell Street School in Palmerston North. Her husband has won a Nursing Lecturer position at WITT and they are currently moving to Taranaki. Judie has a passion for the Year 0-1 area and is passionate about Learning through Play and has attended many Longworth Education PLD events.

Nau mai, haere mai, Judie and Flo.


Some of our youngest Rimu children have been learning the sounds of the alphabet. We learn these at phonics time and through craft activities. Look at the dinosaurs we made to help us learn the sound for the letter 'Dd'. We had to follow the instructions carefully and try our best to cut the dinosaurs out all by ourselves. The tamariki showed our school value of kia kaha - doing their best!
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Ayaan Faruk, Hadleigh Waldon, Cairo Mcleod and Chase Gallichan


How lucky are Totara 3 to have Mrs H volunteer her time on a Monday and Wednesday to read to small groups of tamariki.

Thank you Glenys for all your hard work.

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Hunter Grey, Maria Wano, Glenys Hutchings (Mrs H), Ava Smith & Parker Smith


Last week, the Puketapu Year 5 & 6's played Inglewood Primary School in our first interschool exchange. It was a great day with over 60 kids involved. The rugby team played extremely well, but unfortunately lost in the end. The netball and football also showed great sportsmanship and both won their games. A big thanks to the parents and teachers who coached and reffed these teams.


Last Thursday, the Puketapu leaders went with Anya, Shaina, Miss Sattler and Mrs J to Palmerston North for NYLD21.

It was a very early start (5:30 AM!!) but when we got there it was well worth it.

There were 4 very inspirational speakers; Cam Calkoen, Brooke Neal, Shay Wright, Orphee Mickalad and Benny Tipene. The message of the day was stronger together and this was what all the speakers talked about, although unfortunately we didn’t get to hear Benny's message as we had to evacuate.

Overall it was an awesome experience and I was super privileged to be able to go. We even had Jacinda Ardern on video call as a speaker.

Olivia Corin

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Our group of 20 Young Leaders attending the NYLD21 in Palmerston North

This term Kauri are running electives on Monday afternoons.

We have a HUGE range of options for akonga to pick from, ranging from basketball to art.

We would like to thank our AMAZING parent helpers Jade, Doug, Glenys, Rachel, Angela and lunchtime knitting parent Jackie for giving up their time and expertise for our akonga.

One of the electives running is a Baskball Program with the Mountainaires. We were lucky enough to have Francis and Tai come visit with coach Josh for our first session. They worked through different skills both on and off the court.

Just a reminder, if your child is attending this elective or rippa rugby they may need a change in clothing if it rains

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Design Technology

This week we have been lucky enough to book in two wonderful staff from Puke Ariki to come and teach a lesson using 3D printers and Tinkercad.

Akonga have been able to watch a 3D printers in action and also design their own product to be printed.

Huge thank you to Nan and Daniel from Puke Ariki for their help.

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Sick = Stay Home

If your child is unwell, you must keep them home until they are 100% better.

If they have vomitted or had an upset tummy, they must stay home for at least 24 hours after the last spew.

If they have a cold or any flu-like symptoms please keep them at home until they are well.

Spare Clothes please

Winter = rain = mud = lots of spare clothes needed.

If your child likes to play outside (and we all know it is great fun!) please pack a change of clothes for them.

If you have spare old clothes that you could donate to the school, we would love some pants, shorts, tights, trousers etc for our spare clothes box.

Yummy stickers

It's that time of year when we can start collecting Yummy stickers from our Yummy Fruit.

Collect the Yummy cut-out labels from bags (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy apple stickers for your school’s share of the $200,000 free DG Sport sports gear prize pool. Yummy apples are available from New World, PAK’nSAVE and participating Four Square stores. The more we collect, the more sports gear we get so let's get going and start collecting our Yummy cut-out labels and stickers now!

Over the last 2 years we have been able to add equipment for the pool and Rimu classes but we can do better. So get crunching Yummy fruit and collect the stickers. We have until the end of September. Collection forms will be available at the office.


Puketapu Penguins basketball team had their first game of the season and managed a big win over Rangiatea Taniwha, winning 56 - 17. Well done to Raven Falaniko for winning Penguin of the Day on his debut for the Penguins. Next week's game is at 8:20pm on Monday against Highlands Scorpions at the TSB Stadium for anyone wanting to come watch and support the team!


Wednesday 16 June is our School Photos Day.

Start practising those smiles!

Thank you!

Thank you to Karyn Leckie for her donation of gorgeous crocheted beanies.

They are beautiful, bright and very warm!

Also thank you to Fiona and Daniel from The White Pear Cafe and Emma Feather from Headline Salon for their sponsorship towards our basketball training venue.

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We have been blown away by the generosity of our community and will be featuring more logos and thank yous next week.


Big Boxes

To create quiet spaces for some of our tamariki. Fridge or Freezer boxes would be ideal.

Music Keyboards

A functioning one for a child (and others) that love music and would like to learn an instrument


Broken ones for taking apart and exploring the mechanisms


Any that don’t work to use for play.

Old Household Appliances

We are on the hunt for old toasters or household appliances that can be taken apart by our budding scientists and technicians. (Not microwaves)

Dining Table

Mrs Wigley is on the hunt for a dining table for her tech room. No table is too big!

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From the Playground

So many awesome & fun things going on around our school - even on wet days!

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Kia kaha in building and design from Jaxon Kuchler

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Kia Kaha and Kia Manawanui in action in Totara 1 - Carlos Macioce and Taine McKenna

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Beautiful Kia Manawanui at Puketapu - Nikita Faapulou and Nevaeh Cullen

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Tarli Wilson with Kaia, our number 1 supporter for interschool

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Honor Boisen-Rau, Amy-Jaide Paki and Esther Poching posing in the playground

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Madison Webby and Anika Engebretsen with their popits in the playground

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 Annabella Aldridge who competed in a poultry show last weekend. She won 1st place with her chook below. Annabella entered the show with 18 different chooks. She spends lots of time grooming and training them for the competitions.

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Annabella Aldridge & Hammy her Black Hamburg Chook

Home and School

Thank you to all those who came to our meeting last week and to those who have indicated that they would like to be involved but couldn't make it to the meeting.

Watch this space - we will get back to you with more information soon!


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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Well done Taine McKenna showing Kia Kaha with fantastic reading and decoding with Mrs Lane. Tino pai Taine!
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Well done Rosalie Rodgers and Preston Cooper from Rimu who are both being great role models and consistently showing our school values. Well done Rosalie and Preston!


Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week:

  • Taylor Harvey
  • Deja Tohi
  • Nikayda Taylor
  • Michael Phillips
  • Lucian Hosking
  • Lucy Nicholas
  • Tariana Ormsby-Turner
  • Fletcher Bublitz

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:


Wednesday 19 May

  • Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

Friday 21 May

  • Pink Shirt Day
  • Student Council Sausage Sizzle 11.00am (Morning Tea)
  • Rippa tournament - Yr 4-6 @ Vogeltown Park


Monday 23 May

  • Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30
  • Totara Sports 2pm-3pm

Tuesday 24 May

  • Kowhai yr 5+6 Interschool vs St John Bosco @ 12:30pm - Home Game

Friday 27 May

  • Gumboot Friday (wear your gumboots/ gold coin donation optional)

Community Notices

NPGHS/NPBHS 2021 School Production

New Plymouth Girls’ and Boys’ High Schools presents the schools’ version of the ultimate musical classic. Featuring your favourite songs by a bunch of talented students. There are 3 evening shows and an afternoon matinee between Tuesday 25th May and Thursday 27th May.

Come along and bring the family! Tickets are reasonably priced at $10 - $15 (plus booking fees) and available online at: www.iticket.co.nz/events/2021/may/np-sound-of-music

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Thinking about home based childcare?

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It's ReCharge time again!

Calling all Year 7 & 8s : this Friday is time to ReCharge
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Kelly Sports

Pick up a flier from the office for more information.
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