Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 3, Term 1 2020

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

Kia ora koutou,

At Puketapu we are proud to be a PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) School.

PB4L School-Wide looks at behaviour and learning from a whole-of-school as well as an individual child perspective. The framework is based on international evidence.

The Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide framework, otherwise known as PB4L School-Wide, is helping New Zealand schools build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life. The framework can be tailored to your school’s own environment and cultural needs.

It’s not about changing the students; it’s about changing the environment, systems and practices you have in place to support them to make positive behaviour choices.

We teach our students expectations at our school. Here are some of the our expectations that we have been teaching at the start of the year.

PB4L Expectations:

  • Walkways are for walking - All students are to walk under the walkways, scootering and biking happen in their designated areas.

  • The School Driveway is just for cars - no families or students are to walk down the school driveway.

  • Hats - all staff and students are to wear hats when they are outside in Term 1 (we model what we want to see)

  • We are kind to others in our environment - we don't throw dirt on the dirt pile

  • We only wear hats outside, not inside.

Many classes have also taken on the 3G's:

  • Greet, Get Ready for Learning, Gratitude - we love being greeted in the morning and also greeting others, we get ready for our learning and we give thanks and show gratitude at the end of the day.

Thanks for a great week.


Hamu Taiawa

Puketapu School would like to acknowledge the passing of former student Hamu Taiawa who was sadly killed in an accident in South Taranaki last week.

Hamu attended Puketapu School from Year 3 to Year 8 and touched the lives of many teachers and members of staff.

Our hearts go out to his whanau at this sad time.

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Bike Day

Thank you to Andy Patterson for coming along last Wednesday for the Play Bike fun organised through the Let's Go team. Lots of fun on the bikes followed by a dip in the pool.

Thanks to Ethan Sheaf-Morrison for some of the great pictures.

Super Stars

Congratulations to the following children who have been caught showing our school values of Kia Kaha, Kia Maia and Kia Manawanui:

  • BaileighRose Ramsdale
  • Skyla Rose Pratt

Duffy Awards

Congratulations to our Totara akonga who were Caught Being Good this week:

  • Pukauae Kipa
  • Ridhaan Chand
  • Kupa Brider
  • Skyla Rose Pratt
  • Osborne Grace
  • Yasiin Falaniko
  • Toby Ryan
  • Zoe Wilkinson
  • Caitlyn Bellairs
  • Connie Upton-Fleming

Look at us!

The Totara team are busy creating self portraits. Totara 2 have finished theirs and are now on display in their learning space. Keep an eye out for other Totara classes as they finish theirs.

Can you recognise these tamariki?

Touch Season has landed!

All 12 teams are full! Thanks to the people who offered or had their arms slightly twisted to coach. You are appreciated.

Parents and players, please remember to support coaches by helping to do the subbing, keeping everyone is the right place and making sure everyone, children and adults, are following our school values.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the draw each week. If you do not use Facebook let someone in your team know so they can keep you up to date.

Great weather for Cricket

This week our Kowhai and Kauri students have been learning all about cricket with a group from Taranaki Cricket. This is Kowhai 2 practicing their throwing and catching skills.

... and for swimming!

Weet-Bix Tryathlon is coming

Weetbix Tryathlon - Wednesday 29 March 2020

This is a great event for 7-15 year olds, competing against kids of their own age from all over Taranaki. A great challenge and heaps of fun too.

Register online today - https://tryathlon.co.nz/locations/new-plymouth/ - places are filling up fast.

Free places for first timers!

We are very lucky to have 12 sponsored places.

The rules:

- It must be your first time entering the Tryathlon

- A parent must be able to take the child to and from the venue (Ngamotu Beach, from 8.00am)

- Get your details to the office asap! Places are limited, so if they sell out, we miss out!

Signing out

If you are collecting your child early, please make sure to come to the office to sign them out.

The tablet on the front desk is easy and quick to use and makes sure we know where everyone is and that they are safe.

Sunsmart at school

Hats are a must for the summer and it is great to see so many tamariki in their hats.

Wow! Thank you Joanna Jacobs of Re/MAX

We are so delighted to have been gifted $500 from Joanna!

We have decided that this will go towards something very special... watch this space!

If you are thinking of buying or selling, contact Joanna on 06 759 8084 or 027 422 9902 joanna@remax.net.nz

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Keeping our Kids Safe on the Road

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the whanau who are being responsible careful drivers outside our kura.

It’s wonderful to see so many tamariki walking, scooting or biking to school and using the alternative gates entering school.

It is also great to see our adults being great role models by using the proper entrances and not walking up the driveway. (The driveway is out of bounds for children.)

Why not make the most of the summer weather:

Support active transport by walking or cycling to school with your children – less cars = less danger and less pollution

If you do have to drive:

Be patient around schools – if you need to be somewhere leave 10 minutes earlier

Drop off bay:

Please remember to drive all the way to the end of the drop off bay before you stop to let your tamariki out…or before you know it there are five cars waiting behind you and they park on and across the road.


Order and pay at the office before 3:30pm on Wednesday.

(You can order on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday but Thursday is too late)

The lunch menu for the rest of this term is:

Friday 28 February

  • Sausage Roll - $3
  • Chicken and Avocado Sandwich - $3
  • Fruit Salad and Yoghurt - $5
  • Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffin - $3

Thursday 5 March (teacher only day on Friday)

  • Mac and Cheese with Bacon - $5
  • Chicken Wrap - $3
  • Fruit Salad and Yoghurt - $5
  • Apple and Cinnamon Muffin - $3

Friday 13 March

  • American Hot dog - $3
  • Chicken and Bacon Salad - $5
  • Fruit Salad and Yoghurt - $5
  • Blueberry Muffin - $3

Friday 20 March

  • Mince and Cheese Pie - $4
  • Ham and Cheese Croissant - $3
  • Fruit Salad and Yoghurt - $5
  • Banana and Chocolate Muffin - $3

Friday 27 March

  • Sweetcorn and Bacon Quiche - $4
  • Cranberry, Chicken and Brie Panini - $4
  • Fruit Salad and Yoghurt - $5
  • Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffin - $3

Friday 3 April

  • Mince and Cheese Pie - $4
  • Ham, Cheese and egg Filled Roll - $3
  • Fruit Salad and Yoghurt - $5
  • Apple and Cinnamon Muffin - $3
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Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week:

  • Alex Cross
  • Brianna O'Keeffe-Wano
  • Jamal Daraghmi
  • Kyzahn Brill
  • Omar-el-Farouk Merdj
  • James Barnard-Perry
  • Celestial Roberts
  • Slade Walker
  • Amy-Jaide Paki
  • Annabella Aldridge
  • Tamarau Ahu
  • Aryan Chand
  • Kobi Robinson
  • Anika Engebretsen
  • Aiden Scrimgeour
  • Davis Leaf
  • Waipuia Lomano
  • Keanu Prestney

What's On - This Week and Next

Wednesday 19 Feb

  • Touch starts at Hickford Park
    Thank you to all those who have stepped up to Coach a team: Without you, we could not have so many teams and so many happy tamariki. Thank you!

Thursday 20 Feb

  • Cricket Coaching (8x Junior classes)
  • Board of Trustees meeting 5:30pm

Friday 21 Feb

  • Kauri Team Building Day - Skating
  • Last Day for Lucky Book Club orders

Week 4

Tuesday 25 Feb

  • Cricket Coaching (Kauri)

What's On - Later this term

Here are some of the main items on our school calendar for this term. More information will follow closer to the event.

Week 5

Monday 2 March

  • Dental bus on site (2-19 March)

Thursday 5 March

  • Puketapu School Try-athlon (10.00 - 12.00 TBC)

Friday 6 March

  • STAFF ONLY DAY (Waikato Schools Professional Learning Trip)

Week 6

Monday 9 March


Tuesday 10 March

  • Year 7 & 8 Immunisations (Round 1)
  • Dental bus on site (2-19 March)

Thursday 12 March

  • Kauri overnighter at Muru Raupatu

Saturday 14 March


Week 7

Monday 16 March

  • Dental bus on site (2-19 March)
  • 12.15 Cat Levine talk to Y4-8 ‘Emotional Literacy’ @ Northpoint

Wednesday 18 March

  • School Photos

Friday 20 March

  • Puketapu School Swimming Sports (BBK Pool)

Week 8

Monday 23 March

  • St John Ambulance - First aid in schools (here all week)
  • The Wool Shed - outside the tech block (here all week)

Wednesday 25 March

Week 9

Monday 30 March

  • The Wool Shed - outside the tech block (here all week)
  • St John First Aid in Schools (here until Thursday)

Tuesday 31 March

  • Year 6-8 Interschool Swimming Sports - Bell Block Pool

Week 10

Monday 6 April

  • The Wool Shed - outside the tech block (here all week)
Wednesday 8 April
  • Kowhai Ranui Day

Thursday 9 April

  • Last Day of Term 1

More information about these events will follow closer to the time.

Community Notices

Bell Block United Football

Tuesday night training is on Tuesday afternoons 5pm to 6pm at Puketapu School Field.

BBQ will be run with sausages for a coin donation.

Be great to see more girls at training. BBK United has a fun football girls-only team that runs during the winter season and could use a few extra players this season.

Bell Block Rugby Club

Bell Block Rugby Club are having their Junior Muster on Sunday 23 February at 12.30pm and Thursday 5 March at 5.30pm at Hickford Park
All inquiries to Brad 0210656530