Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 7, Term 1 2021 - 17 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,

ERO Report 2020

We are delighted to share our confirmed ERO report. We are proud of all the time and effort that has gone into improving our school over the past 4.5 years and this is reflected in the report.

You can read the full report at Education Review Report

Building Work

Over the next few weeks you will notice building work at the front of our school as our front entrance is transformed - something that we are very excited about. The current staffroom will be the first major change and we look forward to bringing you updates as we go along.

Matua Ngatai


Goodbye Staffroom
Matua Ngatai farewelling the old staffroom before demolition begins- "goodbye my friend"

A message from one of our whānau leaders

Kia ora everyone, my name’s Yelena and I am one of the Whānau Leaders for Piwakawaka.

I’ve noticed that the weather is getting a bit colder so we need to make the most of the rest of the warm weather. This also means that we need to have our hats on at morning tea and lunch.

This Friday we have senior swimming sports. All years 5-8 will be walking to Bell Block pools on Friday afternoon. We’ll be doing races, manu competitions, whānau relays and the kids versus adults relay ( which I’m sure the kids will be awesome at ), so make sure that you don’t forget to bring your togs.

The school also has got the Student Body Council up and running again, unfortunately, last year we didn’t do it after COVID interrupted it. We discuss different issues around Puketapu, and try to find solutions. We organise different events and fundraisers. So make sure if you have any ideas for the school then just come and talk to us, we would love to hear your ideas.

Make sure if you see me around the playground that you come say hi.

Yelena Poching


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.

Lunches in schools

Our Lunch providers have made a few changes to the lunch menu following feedback from students and teachers.

Five of the least popular items are being swapped out so you will no longer be seeing frittata, tabbouleh, pesto, beetroot or feta. The salad dressing will be more simple with more of a thick mayonnaise.

Details of the updated menu is available on Hero - check the community notice sent by Matua Ngatai on Monday.

Day one of the change went down very well - Yum!

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The Kowhai students enjoying their ham & cheese croissants in Mondays lunch.


Rimu is growing! We have had a few new ākonga start in Rimu over the past couple of weeks.

Transition visits are starting in week 8 for our 12 new entrants that start on the first day of term 2.

If you see new faces around the school please say hi and make them feel welcome.

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Jade Drummond , Khalise Clement and Wynter Silich learning about Kia Manawanui in Rimu caring for their babies in the whanau corner.

Design tech in Totara

As part of the Design process designers use an exercise to get lots of ideas quickly. This is called Crazy 8's.

With the Totara Design Tech classes we are practicing Crazy 4's.

Our Totara designers have 1 minute to draw their design ideas into a box. Once 1 minute is up they have to stop and then start on their next box for another minute.

The point of this process is to get different ideas quickly and then work in more detail on the best ideas.

Totara have been designing Monsters to then light up with LED lights.

I think the best part of this process is that there is no right or wrong way to do your design. It is helping students to be ok with making mistakes and then learning from them.

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Mrs Wigley with some of our Totara tamariki.


Kowhai 4 & 5 have been doing statistical investigations, asking investigative questions and making statements about data. This week we created gathered some multi variable data and plotted it on an enormous bar graph.
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Kowhai are studying Aotearoa Histories. One of the rotations is learning about the ANZACs. These kids have worked hard to produce an ANZAC poppy each in preparation for ANZAC Day.
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Chords in Kauri

Ukelele lessons around the school with Rachel have been a huge hit, especially with our Kauri kids.

"We have been learning the cords and the song Don't Forget Your Roots. We look forward to it each week and I even did my own song." - Vengeance Hellier

If you would like to know a bit more about the ukelele lessons click here.

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Emma Hoskin, Yelena Poching, Celestial Roberts & Rylei-Jay Dellow with their Ukeleles

Congratulations Mrs Claire Wigley

Congratulations to our wonderful tech teacher Claire Wigley for being one of the educators selected from across Aotearoa for the Dr Vince Ham eFellowship.

The eFellowship aims to provide inspiration, thought leadership, and provocation - it is a unique professional learning opportunity for educators around the country.

eFellows conduct a year-long action research project with mentoring from CORE Education with an emphasis on innovation and equity, focussing on how educators can produce sustained and transformative change in education.

We are hugely proud of Claire for her efforts to be selected for this fellowship.

Click here to read more.

Home and School Needs You!

Our Home and School has been an important part of Puketapu School for many, many years.

We have three vital functions:

  • Fundraising to earn money for projects

  • Spending the money to benefit our school

  • Connecting the people of our school community

Some of our projects have included, junior playground, swings, monkey bars, swimming equipment, play gear, supporting events such as cross country and school picnics and many other events.

We are really appreciative of everything past members of our Home and school have achieved.

As you are aware, 2020 was a time of reflection and change.

We want to revitalise and revamp our Home and School to be new and different as we move through 2021 and beyond.

We would love to gather your knowledge, ideas and experiences and work together to refresh our Home and School.

Please join us for coffee and cake on Wednesday 5 May, 7.00pm in the Design Tech Hub. All welcome!


Coaches Needed

We are looking for more coaches or team managers for our winter sports teams.

Currently, we have 9 Netball teams, 3 Hockey teams, 4 Miniball teams and 4 Basketball teams.

Some coaching will be provided in school and some sports do provide coaching sessions. Without coaches & volunteers these sports would not be able to go ahead so please if you have any whanau members that can assist get in touch with Kim Sowman ksowman@puketapu.school.nz or PM her through Facebook.

Hockey Years 7/8

We are 4 players short of a team. It would be so amazing to have a Puketapu Team for the first time in along time. If there are any children out there considering playing then this is the season! Played on Mondays or Fridays for term 2 at the Hockey Turf in New Plymouth. Please let Kim Sowman know asap.

Year 7 & 8 Netball

Our year 7 & 8 netballers have started some lunchtime practice before their trials on Monday 29 March from 3.15pm-4.00pm.

It was a great turn out and the girls were all happy to be back on the netball court after a long break.

School pool still in action

Remember to keep bringing your togs for the next couple of weeks. The pool will close on Easter weekend. Last day of swimming is Thursday 1 April.

senior swimming sports

Senior swimming sports will be held this Friday 19 March at the Bell Block pools, for years 5-8.

There is a number of competitive and fun events for students to enter. Students are encouraged to enter at least 2 events.

We will be walking to the pools after Morning tea on Friday. Students will be given their lunch to take with them. Please make sure your child brings a water bottle.

We are also asking for some adult helpers for recording and placings. If you are able to help on the day please let Mr Lewis or Mrs J know. And of course, the annual adults vs kids relay will be hotly contested - any parents/guardians/aunts/uncles that might be interested in joining the champion adults team please let us know as well.

Remember to dress in your whanau colours.

From the playground

Here are just some of the great things spotted over the past week:
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Team work in the sandpit
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Madie Cadman, Parker Smith & Ava Smith enjoying some lunch time colouring in.
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Mallory Leaf doing some tree climbing
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Headstand practice on the field.
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Lunchtime basketball against some of our Teachers and Learning Assistants.
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We love seeing our junior ākonga and senior ākonga playing together during Friday lunchtime.
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Bring your wheels and helmets for a lunchtime race.


Well done to all our Superstars this week, spotted showing our school values. Here are just some of them:
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Yulla Te Kura has been showing all three of our school values! Tino Pai Yulla, keep it up.
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Great work & fabulous smiles from Whakairi Rangi, Mikayla Scholtz & Keanu Tango
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Well done Sophie McGovern for being Courageous & showing Kia māia
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Well done Vengeance Hellier for being incredibly patient, calm and kind.
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Hunter Wall-Colvin has been showing Kia Kaha & Kia māia.

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Teone Mundt showing Kia kaha.

lost property

The lost property is piling up. If your child is missing anything please get them to check the lost property in the wharekai.
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"Pasifika is super cool and when we had a day of pasifika I was excited. When I was on stage I was so nervous but it was so jaw-dropping. After the pasifika performance, there was some prize-giving and I won lots of prizes one of the prizes was $20 and you had to run up and get the $20 so I sprinted up the stage and won the $20." - Harper Sutherland, Kauri

On a very cold and windy Saturday morning 9 Kauri girls performed at tukapa field to represent their school, Puketapu. There weren't as many people as I thought there was gonna be which made me feel a bit better. We watched a few schools and they were really good, my favourite was definitely NPGHS and I also liked Devon’s. Before we went on we took our jumpers off and went for a 2min jog to get us warmer. Once we were on the stage I was so nervous that my head piece was gonna fly off in front of everyone. I really enjoyed performing, it was so fun, but really cold at the same time. There werefun games going like volleyball and tug of war (and of course we took out most of them). I can’t wait until our next performance and hopefully, we could get some more boys on the team." - Esther Poching - Kauri

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Rylei-Jay Dellow, Esther Poching, Harper Sutherland, Areiana Zandbergen, Amy-Jaide Paki, Marley Sutherland, Rihanna Dellow, Yelena Poching and Celestial Roberts ready for their Pasifika performance.


Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week:

  • Ryan Wharram
  • Amalia Engebretsen
  • Chloe Lepper
  • Erin Sowman
  • Farhaan Faruk
  • Soliga Korewha-Tuavao
  • Dayna Adamson
  • La-Shaye Hoeta
  • Sharn Hoeta
  • Neveah Hoeta

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:

Still to come this week

Thursday 18 March:

  • Year 6 Te Wera Camp Hui with Parents in Kowhai 4&5 (5.30pm)

Friday 19 March:

  • Senior Swimming Sports (a12pm-2.30pm)

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:

  • Te Wera Camp (year 6) Day 2
  • Year 4&5 Puke Ariki and NP Foreshore

Thursday 25 March:

  • Te Wera Camp (year 6) Day 3
  • Year 4&5 Movie Day

Friday 26 March:

  • Te Wera Camp (year 6) Day 4 / return from camp
  • Year 4&5 Aquatic Centre trip
  • 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 year 6-8 (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 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.

Clifton Rugby & Sports Club

To register your child for the upcoming season please go to: www.sporty.co.nz and search for Clifton Rugby & Sports Club (Junior)

Fees for the season are $40.00 per player and are to be paid to

Clifton Junior Rugby: 15-3945-0299527-00 BEFORE the season starts.

Any questions please contact Shaun Buckley (Clifton Junior Rugby Convenor) cliftonjuniorrugby@gmail.com.

Waitara Soccer Club

Junior Registration Day

Saturday 27 March


Manukorihi Park, Waitara


First Kicks 4-6 year olds & Fun Football 7&8 year olds: $50.00

9th-12th grade: $70.00

13th-18th grade: $90.00

Subs paid in full before the 31 st of May will receive $5 of each sub

Eftpos will be available to pay subs

Coaching and manger positions are still available

"Love on the Beach" At Cue Theatre

Have you booked your tickets yet?

Check out Cue Theatre Facebook page for interviews with Bryan Vickery

and cast profiles of very talented cast :-

Stephen Leeks, Kerryn Smith, Vicki-Ann Ritchie, Victoria Mills,

Bryan Vickery, Katherine Wolfe, Sharren Read & April Krijger

Opening Night - Wednesday 17th March 2021 @ 7.30pm

Tickets: $24.00pp or $22.00 for groups of 10+

Book online www.cuetheatre.co.nz OR Funho phone 7567 030

Don't miss this fabulous comedy directed by Stephen Leeks

Play Dates: 17 - 27 March 2021

Evening shows @ 7.30pm

Matinee show Sun 21st @ 2.00pm

No show Monday 22nd March

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