Te Panui o te Kura o Puketapu

Wiki 8, Term 3 2021 - 15 Mahuru 2021

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

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Māori Language Moment

Wehi nā!

At 12pm on Tuesday 14 September at least 2 million New Zealanders joined together to celebrate te reo Māori together.

Our school gathered on the quad, sang waiata and a performed a haka.

We have had lots of fun this week focusing on using more Reo Māori in our classrooms and extra activities celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

Totara 4 & 5 colouring in their tiki guardians

Positive Behaviour 4 Learning (PB4L)

Positive Behaviour for Learning initiatives help parents, whānau and teachers address problem behaviours, improve children's well-being, and increase educational achievement.

By strengthening relationships and creating more positive home and school environments, we remove barriers to engagement and improve students' chances to achieve at school and beyond.

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Over the next few weeks our PB4L team will be bringing you some ideas from the
Incredible Years programme.

Incredible Years is a series of evidence-based programs for parents, children and teachers and is supported by over 30 years of research.

The goal is support young children’s behaviour and promote their social, emotional and academic learning.

This week we are focusing on Tips to Encourage Friendships:

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Update: School Photos and Lucky Books

We are waiting on deliveries of School Photos and Lucky Book Club orders. Both these businesses are in Auckland so are locked down in Level 4.

As soon as we know more we will let you know...

design tech hub - Puketapu Home Cooking Competition

Congratulations to Nancy Chen from Kowhai 3. Nancy was the winner of the Puketapu Home Cooking Competition. She won a copy of Nadia Lim's cook book.

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Enrolments for 2022

Enrolment at our school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office.

The board has determined that up to 6 places for New Entrant students are likely to be available for out-of-zone students next year. The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.

Next year there will be three enrolment periods. The first enrolment period runs from Tuesday 1 February to Friday 14 April 2022.

For students seeking enrolment within the first enrolment period, the deadline for receipt of applications for out-of-zone places is Friday 24 September 2021.

Parents of students who live within the home zone and intend enrolling their child at any time during the next year should notify the school by Friday 24 September 2021 to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year.

Applications are made online at https://enrolments.linc-ed.com/apply/NZ/2223

If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot for out-of-zone places is required, it will be held on Monday 4 October 2021. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held.

Details relating to the next enrolment period will be published in 2022.



Term 4 Cricket- We amalgamate with Bell Block School for cricket so if anyone in Years 1-5 would like to play please contact Gayle Davis Sport Co-Ordinator at Bell Block School for details.



Can all hockey sticks and shirts please be returned to the office unless you are playing summer league in Term 4.


Can all dresses and gear bags be returned to the office please.

Puketapu Penguins:

The Puketapu Penguins finished 1st in pool play and are now into the basketball finals against Devon! Our game is on Friday 24th, unfortunately due to level 2 restrictions spectators are not allowed to watch however, keep an eye out on the Puketapu Facebook page and the game will be live streamed. Time is yet to be confirmed. The team should be proud of their efforts as they have trained hard and played harder!

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Borrowed sports Shirts

We need ALL the borrowed Sports Ts back now please.

That includes Miniball, Term 1 Touch, Rippa, Interschool or any other event you may have borrowed a T-shirt for. A list of who is still to return theirs will go around the classrooms before the end of this week.

New Lost Property Trolley

To try to help manage our MOUNTAIN of lost property, our wonderful Home and School team have arranged for a new and improved lost property trolley, complete with HEAPS of coat hangers.

Thanks to Matiu Adams and Al Den-McKay for building it and to Jess Nicholas and Hayley Adams for washing, sorting and hanging everything up.

It is in the same place - the foyer of the Whare Kai - and there is A LOT!

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Please check the lost property rack in the foyer of the Whare Kai. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of term.

lunches in schools

Our School lunches will still be provided daily in Level 2, however our provider Compass have advised us that the hot lunches will be on hold for the remainder of Term 3. There are a few additional logistical requirements, and some of these are just unable to be performed safely under the current COVID-19 alert level.

Friday's updated menu:

Standard Meal: Curry Chicken Wrap with Carrots and Greens & Seasonal Fruit

Vegetarian Meal: Pulse Pasta & Broccoli Salad, Kumara and Mayo & Seasonal Fruit

Special Diets: Will be produced as per above with required variations

WANTED: Plants for our Garden

We have a plan for our garden area around the front of the school, so we are looking for the following plants.

If you have any of these or know where we can get some, we would love to hear from you:


Phormium "Dark Delight"

Phormium Cookianum "Green Dwarf"


Hebe Speciosa (Napuka)

Hebe "Emerald Gem"

Hebe "Red Edge"


Festuca Actae "Banks Peninsula Blue" (Pouaka)

Carex comans "Green (Manaia)

Carex flagellifera (Maurea)

Carex buchananii "Buchanan's sedge"


Haloragis erecta purpurea (Toaroa)

Acaena purpurea "Purple Native Bidibidi (Piripiri)

If you have any of these growing in your garden that you could divide or donate, please let Paula in the office know.

We are on the lookout for

We need your help!

Some of our Kauri students have started a band and are in desperate need for some more instruments!

We are mainly looking for drums at this stage.

If you have a old drum kit gathering dust at home and would be happy to donate them, please let Mr Lewis know.


onesie day

Everyone loves a onesie day!
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from the classroom

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Ava Smith & Parker Smith playing doctors, Parker has done a great job with Avas' arm bandage.

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Rimu 3 & 4 doing some colouring and cutting

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Kowhai 1 with their beautiful neat writing

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Khalise Clement practicing her big sister skills with Vidyasri Vathada

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Jaxyn Sandford & Nova Davies working hard on their writing

From the playground

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Layla Read having fun with messy play

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Waipuia Lomano, Jurnee Rei, Mika Falaniko, Jakaila Hori and Ava Falaniko all with wonderful big smiles

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Playground piggy backs with Amy-Jaide Paki, Yelena Poching, Esther Poching and

Rihanna Dellow

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Basketball with Noah Gomez, Alex Morrison and Aston Chadwick

Our ākonga are loving watching the new classroom construction happening

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Cain Logie & Kayden Tango having a snack break in between rugby games on the field


We have so many great tamariki showing our School Values every day! Here are just a few:
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Zoe Jones showed both Kia Manawanui and Kia Māia helping a sick child and coming to the sick bay all by herself. Tino pai Zoe!
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Vidyasri Vathada and Cairo Mcleod have been showing their big hearts being kind and caring to others in Rimu 3. That is a great way to show our school value of Kia Manawanui!
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Aston Chadwick & Khade Grary from Kauri 2 have been showing their school values and setting a great example for our younger tamariki.


Happy Birthday to all those celebrating their birthdays this week;

  • Xanthe Rushton
  • Tess Balsom
  • Aimee Gunther
  • Drevious Te Kura
  • Koda Herewini-Kelsen
  • Luka Herewini-Kelsen
  • Joel Purdie
  • Shay Coomey
  • Emma Hoskin

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.

Our School Calendar has been updated, however there may be events postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 new protocol.

Friday 24 September

  • Onesie dress up day

Friday 1 October

  • Last day of Term 3

Please check the Calendar on the Hero App for team and class calendar events.