Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 7, Term 3 , 2018

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

Kia kaha - do your best * Kia māia - be courageous * Kia manawanui - have a heart

Principal's Message

Kia ora koutou,

Kia Kaha te Reo Māori

‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

Yesterday we had the performance group ‘Taki Rua’ come into our kura and perform their play, Hine Kihāwai. The whole 50 minute performance was in Te Reo Māori and it made me think about our place of teaching and learning Te Reo Māori at Puketapu School.

We have a growing group of students who now are bilingual in te reo Māori and te reo Pakeha. What percentage of their day is spent speaking reo Māori v reo Pakeha? What opportunities are there to learn Te Reo Māōri at our school in our classrooms? How can we support our staff, students and community in learning Te Reo Māori?

The reason this resonates with me so strongly is that I cannot speak te reo Māori as a proud Māori male. My father speaks fluently and I feel embarrassed in many situations that I don’t. How do we show our ‘Kia Maia’ value of being courageous and now learning the language as an adult. This is my challenge over the next few years and one that I want to prioritise. It is something that we will continue to work on in our school too with all of our Aotearoa learners.

“Strength for an endangered language comes from its status, people being aware of how to support revitalisation, people acquiring and using it and from the language having the right words and terms to be used well for any purpose."

Next week is Maori Language Week so be courageous, show ‘Kia Maia’ and use the Te Reo Māori you do know with others.

Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui

Matua Ngatai

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Our School Role is... 321

Happy Birthday to...

Birthdays this week:

  • Mallory Leaf
  • Losa Fonoti
  • Taaj Prestney
  • Justyce Drake
  • Imogen Den-McKay
  • James O'Neale
  • Sophie Tudor
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Cross Country Fun Run & Walk 2018 Winners

At Student Showcase last week we presented the certificates to the winning runners and we handed out the prizes for sponsorship winners. Did you know we raised almost $2,000 in sponsorship! What an amazing effort from everyone! Thank you to everyone who ran, sponsored, donated, dressed up or generally contributed to such a great day.

The winners are...

Girls 5yrs

1st Alexis Gorrie (Kakapo)

2nd Iniyah Zandbergen (Kiwi)

3rd Kaitlyn Veza (Tui)

Girls 6yrs

1st Te Waiaurere Mahinekura (Kakapo)

2nd Luca Podevin (Kiwi)

3rd Indie Rose Smith (Tui)

Girls 7yrs

1st Ella Rauputu (Kakapo)

2nd Iona Den-McKay (Piwakawaka)

3rd Brianna O'Keeffe (Kakapo)

Girls 8yrs

1st Erin Sowman (Kiwi)

2nd Sophie Tudor (Tui)

3rd Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa (Kakapo)

Girls 9yrs

1st Honor Boisen-Rau (Kiwi)

2nd Amy-Jaide Paki (Piwakawaka)

3rd Skylah Hill (Tui)

Girls 9+

1st Alexis Lind (Kiwi)

2nd Keira Adams (Tui)

3rd Ayla Gadsby (Kakapo)

Girls 10yrs

1st Tayte Hancock (Kakapo)

2nd Emma Warring (Kakapo)

3rd Mercedez Tagatauli (Piwakawaka)

Girls 11yrs

1st Tirahia Ormsby-Turner (Kiwi)

2nd Petra Keith (Kakapo)

3rd Kyla Dorne (Tui)

Girls 12yrs

1st Serennah Hobin (Piwakawaka)

2nd Miya Roberts (Kakapo)

3rd Alex Innes (Piwakawaka)

Girls 13yrs

1st Tyler Read (Kiwi)

2nd Megan Frank (Tui)

3rd Shaylecia Thompson (Tui)

Boys 5yrs

1st Taaj Prestney (Tui)

2nd Hamu Adams (Tui)

3rd Kasey Judd (Piwakawaka)

Boys 6yrs

1st Rhys Warring (Kakapo)

2nd Kemp Hancock (Kakapo)

3rd Kayden Lucinsky (Kiwi)

Boys 7yrs

1st Isaac Wilson (Tui)

2nd Harry Smith (Kakapo)

3rd Dahrell MacDonald (Piwakawaka)

Boys 8yrs

1st Poutama Murray (Tui)

2nd Ethan Cross (Kiwi)

3rd Khan Barnard-Perry (Kakapo)

Boys 9yrs

1st Noah Gomez (Tui)

2nd Hunter Wall-Colvin (Piwakawaka)

3rd Ryan McGreal (Kakapo)

Boys 9+

1st Jayziah Maindonald (Kiwi)

2nd James Barnard-Perry (Kakapo)

3rd Rosheel Prasad (Piwakawaka)

Committment to Cross Country Award - Noah Keith (Kakapo)

Boys 10yrs

1st Alex Cross (Kiwi)

2nd Keanu Suthon (Piwakawaka)

3rd Toby Radcliffe (Kiwi)

Boys 11yrs

1st Tiki Ngarangi (Kiwi)

2nd Maui Walker (Kiwi)

3rd= Cade Nickson (Tui)

3rd= Nathan Deacon (Piwakawaka)

Boys 12yrs

1st Nga Motu Rongomai (Kakapo)

2nd Ryan Duff (Kiwi)

3rd Joseph Stainthorpe (Kakapo)

Boys 13yrs

1st Zephaniah Taylor-Kelsen (Tui)

2nd Reuben Warring (Kakapo)

3rd Elijah Keith (Kakapo)

Once we added points for dressing up, participation and achievement, the winning whanau is...


Congratulations to...

Congratulations to our Puketapu Superstars this week, who have been spotted showing our school values:

Kia kaha - Do your best

  • Kaitlyn Veza
  • Khorus Ihimaera-Te Waaka
  • Sophie Bevan
  • Tiki Ngarangi
  • Toby Ryan

Kia maia - Be courageous

  • Kade Davis

Kia manawanui - Have a heart

  • Deja Tohi
  • Mercedez Tagatauli

Duffy Awards: Caught Being Good

Presented at Showcase on Friday 31 August:

  • Noah Keith
  • Chloe Pearce
  • Charlie Hardgrave
  • Sahkyla Graham
  • Shaun Galiste
  • Samsara Falaniko
  • Ryan Duff
  • Rihari Hotene
  • Yasiin Issa-Falaniko
  • Keanu Davis-Kelsen
  • Ella Rauputu
  • Lucas Wharram
  • Nour Daraghmi
  • Mati Sioli
  • Noah Gomez
  • Jimmy Sioli
  • Cara Edwards
  • Aaron Gunn
  • Krishiv Chetty
  • Hamu Adams
  • Keanu Prestney
  • Caylin Weideman

Our Duffy Awards are sponsored by Groundworkx Taranaki Ltd, a Taranaki wide earthmoving business with 16 years experience in the game. You can see more about them on Facebook - Groundworkx taranaki ltd. Thank you Groundworkx - you're awesome!

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To support Daffodil Day last week the Cancer Society ran a colouring competition and these clever colourers did a great job and won some crayons to keep colouring!

From left: Tariana - 2nd, Riahn - 3rd and Leila - 1st

Great job girls! Kia kaha!

School Notices

Staff Changes at Puketapu School

Our kura continues to grow and change and we have some important announcements for 2019...

Mrs Lesley McDonald has announced that she will be retiring at the end of this year.
Mrs McDonald has been a taonga of our school for a very long time and we can't even begin to count how many learners have enjoyed her teaching. We will miss her and we hope she has a very enjoyable last few months at Puketapu School before her very well earned retirement.

Mrs Ana Whelan is also leaving at the end of 2018... to have a baby! We wish her all the best and look forward to having her back with us after her maternity leave.

With the changes and our growth this year we are already advertising for three teacher vacancies to join our team for 2019. These are listed on our website www.puketapu.school.nz under Our People

Lost Property

Please come and check the lost property - there is way too much left behind. Huge thanks to Hayley Adams who took it all home and washed it.

Touch in Term 4

Touch: Registrations for Term 4 are now being taken

  • The Super 6 season will be played Wednesday 17 Oct - Wednesday 5 December, 2018
  • Games are played at Hickford Park, Bell Block
  • The cost will be $15 per player for the season

This year for Year 7/8 there is a girls, a boys and a mixed grade this year.

If you would like your child to play please pick up a registration form from the office.

Coaches and Managers are needed - without them we can not have teams so if you can help, please let Kim Sowman know.

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Have you seen what's going on with our Sandpit? Our much loved sandpit is getting a makeover... or more accurately, a complete overhaul! We are looking forward to the new look area, coming soon!

Funky Friday!

On Friday 14 September our Kaitiaki Group will be holding Funky Friday, a wacky hair and dress up day to raise money to buy stainless steel straws to gift to the White Pear cafe.

The kaitiaki kids have spent a lot of time at the beach and out in our natural environment this year and have been disappointed about the rubbish they have encountered. As a group they decided that they could make a difference by reducing the single use plastic straws that are heading to our landfills daily.

Starting with the White Pear Cafe they want to gift stainless steel straws to eliminate the need for plastic. Kaitaiki means guardians of our environment and these kids are certainly that!

Gold coin donation to contribute to their cause please. Spot prizes will be handed out in the student showcase that day

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Camp Updates

Good luck and happy times to our Year 8s heading off on Ski Camp next Monday. Have a wonderful time on the slopes!

Only a little over ten weeks until the Year 7&8 Summer Camp... Fundraising is going full steam ahead: our next fundraiser is American Hotdogs for lunch on Friday 14 September. $3 each, order at the office before school.

What's On... the next Two Weeks

Wednesday 5 September

Thursday 6 September

Omata Cross Country Years 7/8

Board of Trustees Meeting, 7pm

Friday 7 September

Monday 10 September

Te Reo Maori Week

Keep NZ Beautiful Clean Up week

Year 8 Ski Trip heads for the slopes

Home & School Meeting (postponed from last week) 6pm

Tuesday 11 September

NP Primary Schools Cross Country, Peringa Park

Year 8s away skiing

Kapa Haka (2.00 - 3.00) - Hall

Wednesday 12 September

Kaitiaki: Wetlands and lagoon visit

Duffy Role Model Assembly 2pm. Our guest is Kingi Biddle

Year 8 Ski Trip returns

Friday 14 September

Student Showcase (Rimu)

Funky Friday - Get your best dress up ready!

American Hot Dog lunch - $3 each, order at the office before school

Last day to order your Puketapu School rainbow hoodie

What's On... later this Term

Monday 17 September - Dental Bus on site until end of term

Wednesday 19 September - Taranaki Music Festival, 7pm

Thursday 20 September - Kowhai Pukekura Park Trip 9:30am - 2:45pm

Saturday 22 September - Men in Education - Rugby - Taranaki v Manawatu (Curtain Raiser to Taranaki v Auckland - Mitre 10 Cup)

Tuesday 25 September - Puketapu Road Patrol & Green Team Reward Afternoon

Wednesday 26 September - Taranaki Cross-Country - Hawera

Thursday 27 September - Moving Smart 3.45pm

Friday 28 September - Last day of term! Loud Shirt Day - Dress up loud!, Student Showcase & Performances

Community Notices

Moving Smart

A Moving Child Is a Learning Child

Understanding why kids need to move and why it’s more important than ever today! exploring the impact movement has on early childhood development from birth – 5 years and its role as the central springboard to future success in school... and life!

Puketapu School is delighted to be hosting Moving Smart Thursday 27th September

3:45-5:45pm. $40 per person. (Spaces are limited but there are still a few left) Contact Paula in the office to book.


TENNIS HOTSHOTS COMMUNITY play at Waiwaka Tennis Club - every Sunday starting 14 October 4pm - bring friends and family down to the club for a hit - equipment available to use, have some fun or more serious practise - its FREE

JUNIOR COACHING starts first week term 4 - for all ages 5+years - a level to suit every player (Red Ball 5-8 yrs/Orange Ball 8-11yrs/Green10+yrs /Yellow). 1 hour weekly lessons in small groups with qualified coaches. Interclub optional on Fridays after school.

WAIWAKA OPEN DAYS on 8/9 Sept 1-4pm, also 23 Sept 1-3pm, all welcome.

If interested or any queries please email waiwakatennis@gmail.com

People with Disabilities Creating Great Lives

Presented by G.L.O.W. Great Lives Our Way, a collective of families in its 3rd year of working together, and Taranaki Network, a peer support group with a difference. Come along and learn more.

6:30 p.m. Friday, 28 September 2018, Northpoint Baptist Church, 116 Mangati Road, Bell Block

Free admission Light meal provided

RSVP by 20 September 2018 or for more information