Week 3, Term 3 - Friday 12 August 2022

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

From our Principal

This week I had the pleasure of attending the Board of Trustees meeting where our Learning Team Leaders presented their mid year achievement data to the Board.

I am hugely proud of the mahi that all of our teachers have put in and their resilience, overcoming challenges of staff and student illness, problem solving and working together to help many of our students make great gains in their learning.

I am also hugely proud of our Board of Trustees who have overseen many changes in our school over the past three years. Much of their mahi is behind the scenes but their time, expertise, thoughts and awhi makes a huge difference to our school.

Under their guidance we have navigated almost three years of COVID-19 disruptions and still managed to follow our Vision, achieve our strategic aims and complete some major building projects. They have also ensured that everything we do is compliant with the many laws and regulations that we must follow and that we continue to be in a financially sound position as a school.

The most important thing for our Board, as for all of us, is the wellbeing and learning of all of our tamariki and school community.

This meeting was the last of our current Board as the election is taking place this month. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to:

Paul Rauputu

Marnie Reinfelds

Steph Julian

Shannen Robinson

Hayley Adams

Avon Lewis

By now all parents should have received their yellow voting slip in the post. I encourage you all to take a few minutes to read through the candidate statements and cast your vote for the people you would like to have as our new Board.

Time to vote!

Voting papers for our Board of Trustees election are on their way to every parent/caregiver on our voting roll. Almost 500 envelopes were sent on their way this week.

In each envelope there is:

  • Candidate statements to tell you more about our 7 candidates
  • A yellow voting paper
  • A return envelope

The seven candidates are:

  • Hayley Adams *
  • Candice Armoogam
  • Megan Corin
  • Steph Julian *
  • Paul Rauputu *
  • Rebecca Thomson
  • Shannen Robinson *

* Current board members

Once you have made your choice, please use the yellow voting form to select up to 5 people, then pop it in the return envelope and drop it back to school. (If you want to post it back that's fine, but you will have to buy a stamp.)

Voting papers MUST be in the return envelope and must be back at school no later than noon on Wednesday 7 September 2022.

You do not have to wait until then to vote - as soon as you get your envelope you can make your vote count.

Learning is Everywhere!

There was learning in every space in our school this week, digitally, on paper, inside, outside, with friends and individually.

Our kaiako showed they are learners too: Whaea Kelly and Whaea Kennedy using rākau to learni te reo Māori; Rimu tamariki worked together on how to show our values when sitting on the mat, made a Meal Time Treaty.

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Hello Harold!

You're never too old to enjoy going to see Harold the Giraffe in the Life Education Bus.

Kauri 3 had some great discussions around digital safety, what to do, what you shouldn't do, how to be safe and what makes a good digital citizen.

Harold saw us after we did our mahi and we got to see the magic lights!!

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Science is Amazing!

We have been very fortunate to have some great science resources at school this week, including some skeletons!


You can open its mouth

The kid was teaching.g us about science

Humans have skeletons

The jaw is in the skull

The jaw has teeth

The jaw can open and close

The spine is at the back

Skeletons are interesting!

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Harlem Rangi with some of the skeletons - how cool is that!

Living our Values

PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning

Check out all these wonderful young people who have been showing our values this week:

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duffy school

We are delighted to be a Duffy School - which means we get to reward our learners with books they get to take home and keep. Well done to all those tamariki who will be bringing home their books today - Ryan Judd definitely looks happy with his!
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Our Values in our community

We know our tamariki have really taken our school values to heart and are living them well when they show them to others out in our community.

These five boys made a very positive ripple this week when they were out seeking sponsorship for the Cross Country. They made such a positive impression on one neighbour that she was moved to telephone the school to say how impressed she was. Her phone call to the school made staff happy and proud and we know their parents will also be happy and proud of them too.

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Living our School Values out in the Community:
Kaydince Brill, Tyreece Joines, Kyzahn Brill, Rihari Hotene and Slade Walker.


On the menu for next week...

Monday... Spaghetti Meatballs
Tuesday... Vegetable Curry with Rice

Wednesday... Cottage Pie

Thursday... Pizza

Friday... Burger Day

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Makaia Sherry showing the new re-usable trays with a firm favourite meal: Loaded Wedges! We love the variety of fruit - today was pineapple!

design technology

It has been a busy week in Design Tech & Whaea Claire has lots to share this week...


On Monday the BLAKE vr in schools team came down from Auckland. Puketapu was the 1st school in the Taranaki region to try out the vr googles and marine environmental lessons.

"It was cool to see the manta Ray's up close, they had smiles on them"

"Mrs Perry screamed when the sting ray bumped into the camera"

"the sea lions scared me but it was cool to get so close to them"

Thanks to Methanex for funding this opportunity for us.

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Kauri students this term are looking at auaha and innovation.

In Design Technology we are looking at lots of different mediums to explore this.

These students are using the Lego Spike Robotics kit, which has motors and lights, to design machines to solve problems.

This has been a great way for students to work collaboratively in teams, requiring kits of communication skills.


One of the topics we are looking at in Design Technology is power and renewable energy.

We are starting with paper circuits and also have a small solar panels to collect power from the sun.

For the 2nd part of this project, we will be making wind turbines and will test out if we can power up the circuit board.

This kit came from The Wonder Project, sponsored by Engineering New Zealand to help introduce students to STEM subjects.


Some of our Kauri students are doing Photography as part of their electives. Look at this amazing work from Tess Balsom and Deja Tohi.

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Home and school


A Cross Country Sponsorship form should have gone home this week with every child. Extra forms can be collected from the office. Once money is all collected, please post money and forms together in the Puketapu Home and School letterbox located in the office.

Every form returned goes in the draw to win.

Home and School would love to thank our sponsors for supporting our school cross country and allowing us to be able to buy some awesome prizes.

Thanks too - Bout Time Brownie, Poppet in a Box, Pride Building Taranaki & White Pear Cafe

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Art Calendars are Coming!

Calendars, Notepads, Cards, Mousemats or Diaries - all with your child's artwork.

All classes are working on some amazing art works! Details of how to order and prices will be coming out soon.

The school office has some samples of what is on sale if you would like to check them out.

this week at school

The week started out with rain, but the sun must come out when there are so many smiles around!
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Brothers Leo and Vinnie Luke smiling under their umbrellas

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You know it's going to be a great day at school when you are met by a welcoming committee!

Thank you Bunnings!

This week three lovely people from Bunnings New Plymouth came out to our school to help in our gardens. They brought compost, plants, seeds, energy and enthusiasm with them and what a difference we made together!
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Sophie, Lance and Amant from Bunnings New Plymouth with our keen garden helpers. Watch this space for how we grow!

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Ari Marlow and Kasey Judd with Lance from Bunnings, learning how to plant seedlings in our garden.

From home

If you have anything you would like to share or celebrate from home please email it to ksmith@puketapu.school.nz


Happy Birthday to all the students who have Birthdays coming up over the next week:

  • Lyric Falaniko
  • Sathveer Chand
  • Ava Allen
  • Dre-Shae'a Awa
  • Tylah Taitoko
  • Nusaybah Merdj
  • Rynal Prasad
  • Maria Wano

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates specific to your child's class - for example, Year 8s have lots of High School Promotional Visits and Open Days coming up in Term 3.

Tuesday 23 August

  • Puketapu School Fun Run / Walk Talk

Wednesday 24 August

  • Puketapu School Fun Run / Walk Talk (postponement date)

Friday 26 August

  • Teacher only day (School Closed)

Wednesday 31 August

  • Showcase - parents are invited! (time TBC)

Wednesday 28 September

  • Final Showcase of Term 3 - parents are invited! (time TBC)

Community notices

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Taranaki Disability Swim Clinic

Swimming Taranaki and Swimming NZ are bringing a Disability Swim Clinic to our region on Wednesday 21 September at the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, New Plymouth.

The clinic starts at 4.30pm and there will be food afterwards for the swimmers and parents involved with an approx finish time of 6-6.30pm.

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the lemon club

Bookings for Term 3 are open!!!

Click here to book your childs space at The Lemon Club https://enrolmy.com/the-lemon-club/book-now/9-Before-and-After-school-care-at-Puketapu-School-Term-3-2022-


The Taranaki Toy Library is holding this year’s Children’s MONSTER Book Sale on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September. On their behalf, we will be collecting any good quality 2nd hand children’s books after the school holidays. If you have any unwanted books that you wish to donate, please drop these off to the school office. Please do not include colouring-in or activity books unless they are in new condition.

To find out more about this book sale, please browse the Taranaki Toy Library Facebook page under “Children’s Monster Book Sale”.