Kawerau Pūtauaki School

Newsletter - Friday, 10th of February 2023

Kia ora whānau

Two weeks down already! Thank goodness we have had the sun shining this week. What a busy start to the year. Our students have enjoyed getting outside playing this week in between all the mahi they are doing in class.


All classes have now started swimming. Swimming is a very important part of our curriculum. The need for children to know how to be safe in the water is so important. This is even more evident with the statistics in the water this summer.

Please make sure that your child has swimming appropriate togs and their own towel (named). If you need some togs please let us know. If your child struggles with drying and changing themselves please practice this at home.


It is great to see so many tamariki biking to and from school. However it is alarming to see so many without helmets. It is law that everyone riding a bike must wear a helmet. We would hate to see any of our tamariki get a $55 fine or worse, hurt themselves.


Attendance is a big focus of ours and all schools in our Kahui Ako this year.

It is so important that all our students are here everyday. Last week our attendance was 89%present over the week, this week we have gone up to 90%. Let's keep this trend going.

Coming up next week

Swimming continues weather permitting. See timetable below.

Monday and Tuesday - Super Smash Northern Brave Cricket skills workshops at school for all students.

Tuesday - Road Patrol Training with Constable Maree

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How to help with your child's learning at home: part 2


Play is an integral part of your child's development. Play improves thinking skills, reasoning skills, confidence, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and young people.

Free play is child driven where they create their own fun out of whatever they can find. Building huts, water fights, playing shops, making up games, mud play, blocks and lego, and creating with loose parts.

Guided play is when children are playing with assistance/guidance of adults or older children. This could be board games, cards, sports, anything that has a chosen outcome.

It is good for children to be bored at times. This is when the real creativity begins!

Teachers Paid Union Meeting - Wednesday 1st of March

School will be closing at 12.30 due to all teachers attending their union meeting.

Supervision will be available for those who need their children to stay at school until normal closing time.

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Tēnā koutou katoa.

Ko Chloe Gardner toku ingoa.

Hello KPS whānau, my name is Chloe Gardner and I am one of the Board of Trustee members for Kawerau Putauaki School.

The Board of Trustees role is to provide strategic leadership and direction for our school by working alongside our staff, principle and community to provide a safe learning environment and quality education for our ākonga, (learners).

Every fortnight I will be giving you, our KPS whānau an update of what is happening behind the scenes. Currently as mentioned in previous newsletters, we are working on a replacement for our bus - which we hope to resolve as soon as possible. We are also overviewing our school policies and updating where needed and revising academic outcomes from 2022 to see where students have excelled and where we may need to apply more resources to help.

If you have any questions or you would like to attend one of our board meetings don't hesitate to contact me on chloeg@putauaki.school.nz

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