Week 10, Term 3 - Friday 30 September 2022

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

Term 3 is done!

Kia ora Whānau,

It is the end of Term 3 already and with that comes a time to reflect on the past few months at school.

It is with a deep sense of gratitude and pride in our tamariki and adults that we celebrate the learning and well being in our beautiful school.

A wonderful example of how deep learning (both academically and personally) is thriving at Puketapu School was seen in our market day earlier this week. We thank the kaiako for their mahi in making this happen, our community for supporting this event and of course our tamariki who modeled all of our values in this learning process.

Learning opportunities here covered the whole curriculum - maths, statistics, financial literacy, the design process, technology, reading, writing, the Arts and science It was an opportunity to learn and grow in our values with perseverance, collaboration, problem solving and a wide range of soft skills.

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It has been exciting to see the deep learning in the design process with the Playground displays in Kauri. The depth of thought in these designs is clear to see in the examples below.
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Wishing you all a thoroughly enjoyable and refreshing change of pace with the school holiday break. Have fun with your whānau, breathe, relax and stay well.

Noho ora mai

Whaea Corinne

Student showcase

By Erin Sowman and Tayla Gorrie

On Wednesday we went over to Northpoint Church for our Student Showcase. It was a special Showcase because the community were able to attend for the first time in a long time. It's nice to be able to do things again without worrying about COVID.

When we arrived we sat in our whānau groups. We like sitting with our whānau groups because we get to sit with other tamariki from other learning teams and our family members.

First up at Showcase was the Kauri team. Kingston and Nate shared about our kaupapa and what we have been learning this term. We have been designing and creating playgrounds. Then the Kauri Te Mako Matawhero awards were handed out.

Rimu were next and they preformed a dance in front of everyone to the song Dance Monkey. They all showed Kia Māia for getting up on stage and dancing in front of everyone. They also showed Kia Kaha because they did so well. Then they handed their awards out.

We sung our school song with our Kapa Haka performance group up on the stage. We missed Matua Phil though as he was away.

The Tōtara team made a cool video / slide show of what they have been working on in Term 3 with the tamariki talking about it in the background. They handed their awards out afterwards.

Kōwhai showed us their sparky the kiwi projects that they had been working on. Some of them have been chosen to be displayed in Experience Purangi out in inglewood.

We cant wait for the next Student Showcase.

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Kauri team with Nate Stainthorpe & Kingston Bentons presentation

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maakete Puketapu

WOW What a success our School Market was. We have raised LOTS of money to go towards Kauri camp and Kōwhai EOTC week. We still have money coming in this week.

Congratulations to our Raffle winners - prizes kindly donated by The White Pear

Carrot Cake was won by... Ethan Cross

Foxton Fizz & Coffee Card was won by... Kayden La-Rue

MAAKETE PUKETAPU - By Taaj Prestney & Carter Taylor

We have spent the last few weeks in class designing and making our market ideas for the market day. Some people made business cards and posters for their stalls and they had to plan their product. Some of the things our class made were slime, tie dye T-shirts, key rings, bracelets, fruit juice and more.

On Market day we had to get to school a bit early to start making our juice we were going to sell. We had to use all of our school values but we used lots of Kia Manawanui working as a team and helping others in our class.

When we got back from showcase on Wednesday the market started. We set up our stall before hand so we were ready to go. It was fun, loud, happy and there were lots of people everywhere. We had to show Kia Kaha calculating our sales. Our juice we made was healthy showing our school value Kia Ora. We also saw Kia Māia around the school with the little kids showing courage coming over to Kauri and Kōwhai to buy products.

Carter Taylor - My favourite thing about the day was being able to buy bag key chains that were made from the laser cutter

Taaj Prestney - My favourite thing was being able to sell our juice to make money for Kōwhai

Thank you to our teachers and the community.

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hats hats hats!

Check out our new Puketapu School sun hats!
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Featuring our Logo, our Values and Te Mako Matawhero, these hats are a brand new design for our school!

The design is sublimated into the fabric, so there is no embroidering and even better - there is a space to write your name on the inside so your hat will never be lost!

You can pre-order yours from Game Changer:


There is a minimum order requirement and the hats take several weeks to manufacture, so the link will be open for three weeks and delivery will be towards the end of Term 4 - ready for Term 1 2023.

school values

PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning
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Our fortnightly awards were given out at Student Showcase on Wednesday. These tamariki enjoyed morning tea with Mrs O on Thursday.

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RIMU - Faith O'Brien, Mila Hyland, Darcy Walthew & Ethnie Stevens

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TŌTARA - Amalia Engebretsen, Maleah Ruwhiu, Romie Marlow, Leon Corin

& Nikita Faapulou (absent)

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KŌWHAI - Carter Taylor, Leo Luke, Toby Ryan, Tylah Taitoko & Nico Gunther

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KAURI - Marlia Cooper, Chloe Lepper, Conrad Hobin & Raiden Rangi

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Tyde Simpson & Carlos Zenovich


We are lucky to be a Duffy School.

These students received Duffy books this week as a celebration of being Caught Being Good!

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Te Koro King, Rowan Evans, Leo Jeffrey, Ivy Ana Edwards, Campbell Luke, Rayne Morehu & Audraea O'Brien

home & school

Thank you to everyone for your calendar orders. These should be here in Term 4.

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Thank you to everyone who supported the bake sale earlier in the year. Parker Smith, Lexi Gorrie, Lucy Nicholls and Summer Wilkinson are very happy with the cheese mats they were able to purchase for the school with the money they raised.
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Well done to our Year 5 & 6 Green Basketball team and our Year 7 & 8 Basketball team who played in the finals on Monday night and BOTH came away with the WIN.

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Harper Sutherland, Bri Latavao (Coach), Poutama Murray (holding Kian Devonshires top, who is off with an injury), Omar-el-Farouk Merdj, Conrad Hobin, Alex Morrison, Khan Barnard-Perry, Elias Merdj, Aston Chadwick & Kayden Tango

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Liva Falaniko, Zakhan Faapulou, Yasiin Falaniko, Ava Falaniko, Tyreece Joines, Harleyah Kipa, Lyric Falaniko, Nat (Assistant Coach) & Mika Falaniko


It was an end of term treat....

We took a vote and it was unanimous = Chicken Nuggets and Wedges!

Thank you so much to our brilliant kitchen team, Teresa, Charlotte and Sharron, who have kept us well fed all term.

Check out our new Football Goals!

We are delighted to have new football goals!

We are looking forward to getting new basketball hoops very soon and new rugby posts next year too!

a story from quinn

Check out this great story from Quinn, who is part of the Kiwi Conservation Club and recently hosted Polly Pekapeka (NZ's Bird of the Year for 2022)

Polly Pekapeka arrived at my house on a Monday. One day later, I found out Sparky the one legged kiwi was coming to my school all the way from Whangarei. I was so excited to take Polly Pekapeka to my school. Polly and I got a special photo with Sparky, and Polly got to sit on Sparky’s back.

When Sparky was little, he got caught in a gin trap & lost a leg, and now uses his beak to help himself walk. Sparky is now 20 years old, and could live up to 40-50 years old. He was found by Robert who is the one who looks after him and takes him around the country to different schools. Because Sparky was raised by humans, he is not a nocturnal kiwi, and can no longer live in the wild, which is why he is able to go to schools and teach kids.

When I patted Sparky, I noticed that his top feathers were rough which keeps him safe and dry and his bottom feathers are soo soft on the inside so it keeps him nice and warm. I noticed that his leg was very hard like rock.

It was Sparky’s first visit to Taranaki since Covid. When we were allowed to ask questions, I asked if bats were a predator and luckily, they are not. This made me and Polly happy.

Since I still had time with Polly, I decided to take her to Brooklands Zoo and Pukekura Park. At the Zoo, Polly meet some monkeys, parrots, alpacas, capybaras, tortoises, a morepork, and meerkats.

We then went down to the stage at the bowl of Brooklands, and we took a walk around the park. We ended up at the teahouse, saw some ducklings and had an ice cream. We had a photo by the lake and another in front of the waterfall, then we went back home.

While at my house, Polly met a new friend who is my teddy Katty and they got a photo together at the park. The three of us had a great time together. I was very sad when the time with Polly was over, but I am glad she came to stay with us.

For the full story and pictures see https://kcc.org.nz/polly-pekapeka-visits-quinn/

this week at school

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Kia Ora from Enya Du Preez

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Kowhai 1 singing for Matua David before he heads off on leave for next Term

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Vinnie Luke showing Kia Kaha at Student Showcase while Signing the NZ National Anthem

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Last Friday our Kapa Haka performed to say goodbye to our wonderful Learning Assistant Diane Benton

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Kaiba Tuapawa-Poutu showing Kia Manawanui by walking his bike and keeping others safe.

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Wheel day for Rimu on Thursday. Whaea Laurie was showing Kia Manawanui helping Kierah Graham Moore.

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Nivahn Clarry has stepped up to a challenge. It was to create a table and chair. The table has to fit under the table. Showing our school values , with some troubleshooting and perseverance he accomplished it this week. Way to go Nivahn. We are proud of you.

From home

Waitara gymnastics held an in-house comp for their GFA and ninja kids.

There were a few Puketapu tamariki there competing. Well done Zane Wilkinson who came 2nd in the Ninja u9's group.

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Congratulation Jade Christmas on your Pony Club achievements! Ka rawe Jade!
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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 holidays and the first week back at school:

  • Connor Christian
  • Rhea Marshall
  • Bodhi Wilson
  • Ruchita Medasetti
  • Tommy Blandford-Noble
  • Steven Rupe
  • Jahlia Manukonga-Te Uira
  • Sienna Wallace
  • Roman Meijer
  • Jade Christmas
  • Trisha Chand
  • Bailey Takerei
  • CC Green
  • Kobie-Lukaz Ratana-Rawiri
  • Alexis Gorrie
  • Mikayla Scholtz
  • Dylan Christmas
  • Bella Owens-Thomason
  • Willow Deed
  • Tyde Simpson
  • Kaho Marris
  • Emilia Rodgers

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates specific to your child's class.

Friday 30 September

  • Last day of Term 4

Monday 17 October

  • First day of Term 4

Community notices

Weet-BixTM Kids TRYathlon

Spring is in the air and that means the 2022/23 Sanitarium Weet-BixTM Kids TRYathlon Series is just around the corner! Will you be joining us for a fun day out?

Enter the New Plymouth event today and secure the special Early Bird price of $49.50 - a saving of $16.50 off the full price! Entry is open to children aged 6-15 of all fitness abilities and you can enter as an individual, or in a team of two.
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Edventure Holiday Programmes

On these holidays @ Fitzroy, Merrilands and St Pats Inglewood, 8.00am-5.30pm, 5-13yr olds.

From $45/day, OSCAR available. BOOK NOW and more info at www.edventure.co.nz

- Edventure Everyday

- Edventure Dance

- Edventure Sports

- Edventure Outdoors

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