Week 2, Term 1 - Friday 10 February 2023

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

From our Kaitiaki Tama and Kotiro

Kia ora,

Welcome to 2023, we are your Kaitiaki Tama, Kingston Benton, and Kaitiaki Kotiro, Ella Rauputu.

It has been really awesome seeing all the smiley faces back at school.

We would like to thank the Home & School Committee for their fundraising efforts to heat our school pool. The kids have been loving swimming in a warmer pool.

About us:

Kingston - I am a Year 8 student and I have been at Puketapu School since 2020, when my family moved to Bell Block. I have two younger sisters, one that is in Miss Knuckeys class and the other one at Puketapu Kindy and will start at our school this year. Last year I was the Tech Leader and did the sounds and slideshows at our School Showcases. I also helped do this for our end of year SOMADD concert. My favourite thing about Puketapu school is how kind everyone is.

Ella - I am a Year 8 student and started at Puketapu in 2016 when I was 5, my first teacher was Mrs MacDonald. I have one younger brother in Matua Brody's class. Last year I was Sports Leader and was also in our performance group for Kapa Haka. My favourite thing about Puketapu School are the teachers, the kids, the energy, the EVERYTHING!

We are so excited for the year ahead and all the fun and learning that will be had.

Ella Rauputu - Kaitiaki Kotiro

Kingston Benton - Kaitiaki Tama

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school values and Te Mako Matawhero

Mahi Mako is one of the systems we use at Puketapu to recognise our tamariki showing our values.

This picture is from Matau Brody's class - you can see how our values are connected to the Mahi Mako awards.

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Have a chat with your tamariki about the Mahi Mako awards.

Miss Sattler has captured some of our School Values around school this week:

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Kia Ora in action - Bodhi Wilson showing he knows how to be sun smart.

Kia Kaha with pride - Ryan Chand tells us that Kia Kaha means to be strong and brave and try our best. He has even got it on a Tshirt!

Kia Kaha and Kia Manawanui in action - Tamarau Ahu has been helping keep our school clean in his own time outside of school hours.

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Isla Johnson, Lucas Stewart, Blake Kenny, Panapa Tangiia, Ayla Tai, Atlas Marshall, Olivia Pryce, Keri-Lee Edwards, Oscar Jacobsen, Erin Mackenzie, Zoey Haylock & Rowan Evans

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We are so grateful for our wonderful kai team and the meals they make with aroha for us every day.

On the menu for next week...

Monday: Mac n Cheese

Tuesday: Macho Nachos

Wednesday: Chicken Tacos

Thursday: Bread Day (Sandwiches, Filled Rolls, Paninis)

Friday: Burger Day

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Toasted sandwiches, fresh cool watermelon and delicious sweetcorn - Yum!

breakfast club

Breakfast Club is available in the Design & Tech room every day between 8.30-8.55am.

It's free, it's delicious and it's a great way to start the day!

Thank you to Anya and our wonderful team of volunteers who run this!

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Anya Poching with Lucy Nicholas, Summer Wilkinson and Parker Smith

Design tech

Design Tech has kicked off this Term with a Smoothie Wero (challenge). There was lots of trialing different ingredients to get the best tasting smoothie.
Rimu also made a visit to the Design & Tech block to make playdough.
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Puketapu tshirt & Hoodie orders

Orders are now open for Puketapu T-shirts and hoodies.

These are available to order directly through Game Changer (they even have Afterpay and Laybuy available).

There are also some new Puketapu Hats available in stock.

ORDER HERE- https://www.gamechanger.org.nz/puketapuschool

Select 'pick up' as the shipping option and we will arrange for these to be at the school office for pick up.

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scholastic orders


We are doing things a bit differently this year in an effort to help reduce waste. We have reduced the number of Scholastic / Lucky Book Club pamphlets we receive and instead of giving these out to every student they are now held at the school office.

If your child would like to place a Lucky Book Club order, come to the office for the pamphlet and order online through The Loop https://mybookclub.scholastic.co.nz/Parent/Login.aspx or return your order to the office by Thursday 23 February.

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home & School

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community picnic / Farewell for Kim Sowman

This was penciled in for next week, but has been postponed and will now be held in a few weeks time. More information will come out next week.

from around the school

Tōtara 4 and 5 are checking out the McDonald’s menu and looking at what they could get to eat for lunch if they had $5 to spend.

That is mouth watering maths at work!

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Whaea Kennedy's class made paper hats to celebrate Waitangi Day

Our Rimu tamariki have been having lots of fun in the pool

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Learning three letter words in Whaea Lauries class

from home

Congratulations to Taylor Harvey from Kauri 2 who has been selected as a Rotokare Youth Ambassador for the year!

Taylor had to complete an application process where he also had to create and share a portfolio on why he should become an Ambassador.

This programme is for environmentally savvy students in years 6, 7 and 8 who are passionate about learning, doing, and inspiring their peers in wildlife, environmental education, and community awareness, all as an advocate for Rotokare.

For one year, the chosen Ambassadors are invited to expand their role in conservation in a hands-on fun and inspiring environment at Rotokare. The programme includes:

  • Nine unique Ambassador workshops covering different aspects of New Zealand biodiversity, environmental awareness, and science communication, to level up their field skills and know-how;
  • Tour guide training for day and night tours;
  • Chances to represent Rotokare at special events. Our Ambassadors have helped release toutouwai (North Island Robins), hihi (Stitchbirds), and other native wildlife, and have also engaged in peer education at EnviroSchool events!
  • Networking opportunities, in meeting other Rotokare Ambassadors and wildlife experts, conservationists, and educators across Aotearoa
  • Annual field trips to unique sanctuaries

If you have anything you would like to share or celebrate from home please email it to office@puketapu.school.nz

Have you been to Rotokare?

Rotokare is a community-led conservation-based charitable trust in the heart of Taranaki - just east of Eltham.

As the kaitiaki of the beautiful Lake Rotokare and its environs, their primary focus is to achieve the highest level of restoration, protection, and enhancement of Rotokare's indigenous ecosystem. Our wetland and lowland forests are home to hundreds of native plants and threatened wildlife species including kiwi, hihi/stitchbird, tieke/saddleback, popokatea/whitehead, and toutouwai/North Island robins.

This magical natural environment today is so worth a visit. Your family will be amazed at the regenerating forest and abundant wildlife!


Happy Birthday to all the students who have had Birthdays this week or have a Birthday coming up in the next week;

  • Kayden Tango
  • Millie Collinson
  • Pavihi Ekeroma
  • Amber MacDonald
  • Brianna O'Keeffe-Wano
  • Kyzahn Brill
  • Slade Walker
  • Tamarau Ahu
  • Levi James Hotene
  • Harry Perkinson
  • Sasha Sudharsan
  • Anika Engebretsen
  • Aiden Scrimgeour
  • Waipuia Lomano

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates specific to your child's class.

Monday 13 Feb

  • Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday 16 Feb

  • Home & School Meeting (6.30m in the Staffroom)

Wednesday 22 Feb

  • Touch starts at Hickford Park

Friday 24 Feb

  • Loud Shirt Day
  • Home & School Golf Day

Monday 13 Mar

  • Taranaki Anniversary (School Closed)

Community notices


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netball taranaki

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Our Player Development Programme is one of the first opportunities for learning coaches to get a head start in their season.

The programme provides coaches with session plans, equipment, venue, resources, and player talent.

If this is something you are interested in, please follow the link to apply - https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/228509

Registrations close Friday 17th February 2023

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Central Zone have four workshops available for the months of February & March 2023.

· What makes for a good practice and season? (Building Effective Relationships)

· Who is at the center of all that we do as coaches? (Team Culture)

· How do we build effective relationships with players and parents, our schools, club and centre? (Player Centred Coaching)

· What vibe do you want to create in your team? (Planning)

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We have multiple Good Call Rules Workshops held throughout the year for those who are needing to learn or refresh on the rules of the game.

Our workshops are also a steppingstone in conjunction with Netball New Zealand’s learning to umpire module to become a registered umpire for Netball Taranaki.

The next two workshops are at the end of February, with venues in both Stratford and New Plymouth.

This is a great opportunity for both players and learning umpires to come along and learn some key umpire tools and tricks for the winter league.


We have brough back our L plate and Rookie Camp for the 2023 season!

Our Rookie Camp is a weekend full of learning many aspects of umpiring including game management, rules, vision and NetballSmart. The camp is aimed at our umpires who have had some experience in the L plate programme and are ready to progress to 7-a-side games. This camp is run across the mountain alongside our preseason competition in April for new and learning umpires.


Please keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for more information regarding Rookie Camp 2023.

Our L plate programme is a free weekly programme that runs alongside our FutureFERNS competition. Learner umpires are taken through basic theory of umpiring before they are assigned a buddy to assist them on court on a one-on-one basis. Our L plate umpires take on a ‘learn as you go’ approach to umpiring and wear a special yellow bib to identify them as part of the programme.

These programmes are designed to not only develop the fundamental umpiring skills but are also to ensure they have the best support on their pathway.

If you are willing to learn and are keen to be a part of the umpiring pathway; please register using the following link - https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/228107

Whats on @ Cue Theatre

"The Revlon Girl" by Neil Anthony Docking, directed by Michelle Chainey & Sharren Read

Play Dates: 15-25th March

Tickets available from cuetheatre.co.nz, FunHo phone 06 7567030

Get Your Early Bird Tickets Now

$20.00 pp for bookings made Wed 15 - Sat 18 March

All other tickets; Sun 19 - Sat 25 March

$25.00 pp or $23.00 for groups of 10+

Set 8 months following the death of 116 children during the Aberfan Disaster of 1966, The Revlon Girl tells the real life story of a group of bereaved mothers who met every week above a local hotel to talk, cry and even laugh without feeling guilty.

Let the cast entertain you; Kaila LeMaitre; Maddy Klever; Shae Trownson; Kijiane Pene; Suzy Adair

Check out Cue Facebook for updates

learn to kayak

The Waitara kayak Club are holding introductory kayaking session in Term 1 2023. These are for participants over the age of 10 years old. No experience in kayaking is required - Kayaks, paddles and PDFs are provided and sessions are facilitated by CRNZ endorsed coaches.

Below is a link to the info/sign up form. It would be hugely appreciated if this link could be shared with your school community/learners.

Try Learn Explore - Introductory Kayak Course
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Fun run

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Children's Eczema Study in New Plymouth

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