Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 6, Term 1 2021 - 10 March 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

Kia ora koutou,

I hope everyone had a great Taranaki Anniversary weekend. This is one of five short weeks in Term 1, which gives us time to be with whanau and friends and to explore. This weekend, I was able to have a mid term reset by watching some kids movies and sport, catch up on some school mahi and recalibrate after a positive and productive first five weeks here at Puketapu School.

We are well and truly into our learning rhythm here and I am delighted around the way the students and staff have worked to develop relationships with their teachers and classmates.

I am also looking forward to watching our tamariki grow as they develop our Learner Beliefs. This beautiful photo of Jahlia and our learner beliefs warms my heart. Our learner beliefs were developed from our community over the past two years and they represent the dispositions we value and teach our students.

Matua Ngatai

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School Driveway - Road Safety

The driveway to the staff car park is for vehicles only. If you are on foot, please use the main school entrance to enter and exit the school grounds.

Unless it is an emergency, the staff car park is for staff cars and couriers only. Children should be collected and dropped off at one of the main entrances please.

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Dont forget that you can use the Te Ara o Tuna gateway further along Dillon Drive, or the Northpoint Car Park gate across the field as an alternative pick up point.

Road Patrol Heroes

We would like to say a huge thank you to the ten ākonga who have stepped up to be our Road Patrol team for the remainder of Term 1.

Road Patrol is a big responsibility, requiring Police training to national standards and committment to be out there, keeping others safe, both before school and at the end of the school day.

Thank you also to the parents of our Road Patrol team for supporting your child to do this important job.

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Thank you to our amazing road patrollers who have started this week.

COVID update

As of Sunday 7 March, Taranaki is now at alert level 1.

Please remember to;

  • Keep signing in using your COVID Tracer App if you come onto the school grounds. We also have a manual sign in sheet at the school office. If you are going to be on school grounds for more than 15 minutes, please continue to sign in using the tablet at the office.
  • Keep up good handwashing practices, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and drying thoroughly.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Stay home if you are unwell
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New Admin/Office Space

Building work is about to start again - this time on the office block.

From Monday 15 March (Week 7) the staffroom will be out of bounds while the new office build takes place. For now the office will stay where it is and we will keep you posted on any updates.

Check out the Hero App!

We are loving the new features in Hero!

Check the School Calendar any time.

Keep up to date with Learning Goals and progress.

Link to our Policies and Procedures site.

Get notifications, information and give trip permission.

It is so easy to report an absence via the app - just click and send.

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If you haven't already downloaded the app, download it for free today.

Your account is linked to the email address we have on file for you, so once you have installed the app, use the "forgot password" link to have a new password emailed to you and you are good to go!

We would love to hear any feedback you have about the app.

Got a few hours to spare?

Sadly for us, our wonderful Annsuli has got a full time job elsewhere, so we are looking for someone new to help out with our gardens. If you know someone who might be interested, please pass it on.
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A Fern Garden for Rimu

It was a pile of horrible agapanthus... then a bare space for ages... then over the weekend it has been transformed into a fern garden!

Thank you to Annsuli for this final garden project, it's great!

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No Lollies or Fizzy Please

Healthy Food and Drink Please

Water is brain juice, so we like to make sure they bring and drink lots of water. Please don't bring fizzy drinks or sugary drinks (or packets of Raro) to school.

Lollies and lollipops are also not usually allowed, unless you re bringing them to share with your whole class, which you must ask your teacher first.

Hosting in the Tech Hub

On Tuesday, Puketapu School hosted a small group of visitors for a Hero Connect meeting.

Mrs Wigley and some keen Kauri chefs prepared kai for the group - which was delicious!

Well done and thank you to chefs Caylin Weideman, Celestial Roberts, Yelena Poching, Nate Stainthorpe, Achille de Bruyn and Poutama Murray.

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Ben from Coastal School was one of our guests at the Hero Connect catered by Kauri students.

Rimu shapes and phonics

Phonics time in Rimu is lots of fun! We are learning about our beginning letter sounds, their name and how to generate words that begin with that letter. We persevere to form the letter correctly and make sure they face the right way. We are showing lots of kia maia and kia kaha during our phonics sessions.

teepees in totara

Totara 1 and 2 are lucky to have a couple of teepees that the tamariki can use for a quiet space when they need.
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Mrs Den McKay, Hunter and Nivahn enjoying learning about letters in the teepee.

Fun From Kowhai

On Friday last week Kowhai dressed up for National Book Day as their favourite book character.

"There were all sorts of costumes like Captain Underpants, Cat in the Hat, Wheres Wally, Mario Brothers, Little Miss Tiny, Harry Potter and Matilda" - Erin Sowman & Lydia Walthew.

Kowhai 1 also spent Friday learning all about cooking and worked together to bake monster cookies. Thank you to the kauri girls that came along to help us! We had so much fun.

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Erin Sowman and Lydia Walthew put a lot of thought into their 'thing 1 & thing 2' costumes.
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Skylah Meston as 'cat in the hat'

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Kowhai 4 & 5 with 'Where's Wally?'

Getting crafty in Kauri

"We had to build the biggest tower out of pasta and marshmallows. We made a triangle and we thought to make an hour glass. We made supports on the bottom and a piece of pasta on the top then we were finished." - Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa
Kauri 2 had to work together in their teams to build the biggest tower.
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Ethan and Pare with their hour glass pasta tower.



Thanks to those who registered their children last week. We still have a few spaces left for winter sports. If you have not already done so can you please fill in a sports registration form at the office.

We have some parents who have offered to coach but each team will need parental support at game times. If you are able to help can you please let Kim Sowman know via Facebook PM or ksowman@puketapu.school.nz


Years 0-2 Played in Waitara on Wednesdays starting on May 5th. 3 Spaces available

Years 3- 4 Played in Waiwhakaiho on Thursdays starting on May 6th. 4 Spaces available

Years 5-6 Played in Waiwhakaiho on Tuesdays starting on May 4th. 6 Spaces available

Years 7-8 Played in Waiwhakaiho on Saturdays starting on April 10th. Teams are FULL


Funsticks years 0-2 This is played in May and children register directly with Taranaki hockey. Watch this space closer to the time.

Years 3-4 Play in term 2 and some of term 3 on Saturday mornings. 4 Spaces available

Years 5-6 Play in term 2 and some of term 3 on Saturday mornings. 4 spaces available


Years 0-2 and 3-4 Play at TSB Stadium on either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday in Terms 2 and 3.

This is confirmed closer to the time.Years 0-2 FULL Years 3-4 4 spaces available


Years 5-6 Play at TSB Stadium in Terms 2 and 3. Day to be confirmed closer to the time. 3 Spaces available

Years 7-8 Play at TSB Stadium in Term 2 and 3 day to be confirmed closer to the time. FULL

Year 7 & 8 Netball

This year we will have enough players for two year 7 & 8 netball teams. To help us put the players into the right teams we will hold two netball trainings/practices followed by 1 netball trials (dates below).

Lunchtime training #1

  • Monday 15 March 12.45pm-1.15pm

Lunchtime Training #2

  • Monday 22 March 12.45pm-1.15pm


  • Monday 29 March 3.15pm-4.00pm

Wanted: Netball umpires. At our two Year 7&8 teams' Saturday games we need to be able to provide a registered umpire for each team. Do we have any whanau who are able to help? Are there any whanau who would like to become a registered umpire? This is an opportunity for our high school students to learn a new skill. Netball Taranaki provide training and support with their next course on March 24th. Please email ksowman@puketapu.school.nz if you can help. Alternatively if you are in school please have a chat to Whaea Kerie in the office.

It's time to TRY!

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We are only 4 weeks away from the New Plymouth Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon at Ngamotu Beach on Wednesday 31st March.

We have 24 participants in our Puketapu group - and it's not too late to enter.

Participants need to be entered by midnight tonight! - 10th March to take advantage of the Early Bird price of $45 as well as the option of having their TRYathlete pack couriered to home .

Entries will continue to remain open but participants who enter after this date will need to collect their TRYathlete pack at our Early Pack Pick Up or on the event day.

Enter at https://tryathlon.co.nz/locations/new-plymouth/

lucky book club #2

New Lucky Book Club is out.

Last day for orders issue #2 is Monday 15 March.

Get your knitting needles out

Shirlene Paterson has been showing some keen learners how to knit during their lunch break.

Donations of woollen yarn are welcome for our growing group of beginning knitters.
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head lice

Head lice have been spotted in a few of our classrooms. Can you please check your child's hair and treat any lice. If children come to school with live head lice we will phone you to collect your child and treat them before bringing them back to school.
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From the playground

Here are just some of the great things spotted over the past week:
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Some of our lovely Kauri students made these bags up for the staff with a special note and a yummy chocolate chip muffin. Great Kia Manawanui.
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Big thumbs up from Hunter Sargeson enjoying his filled roll.
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Leon Corin and Hunter Sargeson- It is great to see our tamariki trying new foods and flavors with our lunches in schools.

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More smiles & thumbs up from the playground at our Kura.
So much to do during lunchtime play from digging in the sand pit to swinging like monkeys to balling around on the courts. We are loving seeing all the pōtae being worn everywhere - staying sun safe!


Well done to all our Superstars this week, spotted showing our school values. Here are just some of them:
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Justin Ryan Inocencio has been showing Kia Manawanui, it is great to see our senior students being role models.
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Carlos Macioce is new to our school this year and is doing an excellent job at showing our school values. Keep up the great work Carlos.
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Kaleb Hapimana and Varhn Tamore showed Kia Manawanui when they helped one of our students who was hurt in the playground.
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Tariana Ormsby-Turner has been showing Kia Kaha learning her vowel sounds. Tino pai Tariana!
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Jaxon Kuchler showing Kia Kaha while working on his poster.

Duffy book award winners

Duffy Awards are given for academic achievement, progress, improvement or attitude to learning.

20 students in Totara and Kowhai received awards last week. Well done to them all!

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Awesome work Nova Davies, Charlie Hardgrave, Sanjeet Chand, Skye Ramsay, Summer Wilkinson, Mika Falaniko and Amarni Cooper


Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week:

  • Kiah-Jayne Wylde-Prestney
  • Exodus Ihimaera-Te Waaka
  • Jaxson Davis
  • India Mckenna
  • Tyler Kenny
  • Sophie McGovern
  • Liana Birch
  • Evie Roberts
  • Achille de Bruyn

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.

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

Week 7

Monday 15 March:

  • Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30
  • Building works start in the Admin block
  • Yr 7 & 8 Netball training 12.45-1.15

Tuesday 16 March:

  • 9.00-12.00 Vision & Hearing Testing

Wednesday 17 March:

  • NPBHS Leaders presenting to Kauri 12 - 2pm

Thursday 18 March:

  • Year 6 Te Wera Camp Hui with Parents (5.30pm)

Friday 19 March:

  • Senior Swimming Sports (afternoon)

Week 8

Mobile Dental Bus on site

Year 6 Camp Week, Year 4&5 Activity Week

Monday 22 March:

  • Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30
  • Yr 7 & 8 Netball training 12.45-1.15

Tuesday 23 March:

  • Te Wera Camp (year 6) Day 1
  • Year 4&5 Crafts & Pool Party
Wednesday 24 March:

  • Year 4&5 Puke Ariki and NP Foreshore

Thursday 25 March:

  • Year 4&5 Movie Day

Friday 26 March:

  • Year 4&5 Aquatic Centre trip
  • Year 6s return from Camp
  • Bell Block School Gala 5pm-7pm

Week 9

Mobile Dental Bus on site

Monday 29 March:

  • Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30
  • Yr 7 & 8 Netball Trials 3.15pm-4pm

Wednesday 31 March:

  • Weetbix Tryathlon

Friday 2 April:

  • Good Friday / School Closed

Week 10

Monday 5 April:

  • Easter Monday / School Closed

Tuesday 6 April:

  • Easter Tuesday / School Closed

Wednesday 7 April:

  • Interschool Swimming (Bell Block Pool)

Friday 9 April

  • Gumboot Friday (Wear your gumboots, gold coin donation optional)
  • 10.00 Whanau Wā
  • 11:45 Maria Gill Duffy Role Model presentation

Week 11

Monday 12 April

  • Kapa Haka (Year 4-8) - 1130 - 1230

Friday 16 April

  • 10.00am Whanau Wā
  • Last day of Term 1

Term 1 ends on Friday 16 April

Term 2 starts on Monday 3 May

Community Notices


Musters on the 14th & 21st March 1-2pm at Hickford Park Clubrooms please go to sporty.co.nz to register your interest.
This year we are offering FREE SUBS for all junior players.
All enquires to Brad 0210656530.

Taranaki Dio Open Day

The Taranaki Dio annual autumn OPEN DAY is on Wednesday 24 March.

Families who are considering Taranaki Dio for their daughter’s secondary education are warmly invited to call in anytime between 10 am and 2pm.

There will be an opportunity to meet our Principal Matt Coleman and tour our school campus and boarding house facilities.

In Term 2 we will be inviting families for enrolment interviews for those students keen to enrol in 2022.

Family Works

Taranaki Family Works runs parenting courses for parents of pre-school and primary school children and for parents of teenagers as well.

For example:

Parenting through Separation a free information programme which has been designed to help parents and caregivers to work out what’s best for their children when separating.

Negotiating the Minefield – for parents of teenagers, a 6 week program looking at emotional issues, confidence, self esteem and self concept, trust and respect, risk taking behaviours, problem solving, dealing with anger and much more.

Growing Together – for parents of pre-school and primary aged children, a 6 week program, looking at support with listening skills, communication and parenting skills, meeting the emotional needs of children, development ages and stages of children, strategies to manage behavior, positive ways to influence and manage children and support with difficult childhood behavior.

For more information or to register, call (06) 758 5037 or (06) 278 6385 or (06) 765 0531