Week 4, Term 1 - Friday 24 February 2023

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

From our Principal

Kua timata te Kapa Haka
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Ngā mihi

Thank you for the first three weeks of Kapa Haka with Matua Phil. Every ākonga in our school has had the opportunity to learn waiata and be together in the hall learning together. We are so pleased to have our hall back in action.

Bringing in Matua Phil to our kura is assisting us in achieving one of our strategic aims below:

Kawa o te mauri tangata whenua
All akonga in our school will have the opportunity to participate and thrive in Kapa Haka.

Why Kapa Haka?

The most important components of kapa haka are its intrinsic link to culture and Māori identity and the essential element of whanaungatanga, the importance of people and connectedness. Kapa haka has a dynamic role as a vehicle for the revitalisation and retention of te reo, tikanga, ritual processes and histories.

Kapa Haka in 2023

These next three weeks Mātua Phil and I will be looking at the Year 5 - 8's and at the end of Week 6, we will be selecting a Whakataetae (competition) rōpū (group) and a Whakangahau (non-competition) rōpū.

In 2023 we want to have an opportunity for our gifted and talented ākonga in Kapa Haka to thrive, hence the decision to create a Whakataetae (competition) rōpū this year. However, we want all ākonga to have the opportunity to be in Kapa Haka no matter what their age or level is.

Matatini Kapa Haka Nationals

A big mihi to all of our whānau that are competing or supporting their whānau/iwi/hapū Kapa Haka at Matatini in Tamaki Makaurau over the week.

Te Matatini is a significant cultural festival and the pinnacle event for Māori performing arts. Held every two years, it is one of the most highly anticipated events for performers, their whānau and the mass of passionate Kapa Haka fans throughout the world.

NZEI Paid Union Meeting

(Wednesday, March 1st @ 1.00 pm @ Devon Intermediate School)
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On March 1st at 1.00 pm, NZEI (our union for Primary Teachers) will have a Paid Union Meeting to vote on whether to accept the new offer for the Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement.


  • Approximately half of our staff will be attending this meeting

  • If you can pick up your child at 12.30 that would help us with our teacher-student ratios for the afternoon.

  • The school will remain open for the families that can not pick up their children at 12.30


It was really heartening when members stood together in November and strongly rejected the Government’s first offer for our collective employment agreement. This has prompted a second offer for primary teachers that has made some improvements which we will consider and vote on at this paid union meeting. This second offer only came about because we stood strong together. This meeting will be critical in determining the next steps for our collective agreement for our profession.

In this new offer, we are fighting for:

  • Increased classroom release time.

  • more professional learning and development.

  • increased support for children with higher needs.

  • the reduced teacher-student ratio in our classes.

  • Increased pay for primary teachers and principals

We believe that these factors all support a better education for all children and we thank you for your support.

Picnic by the pool & Farewell to Kim Sowman

The Board of Trustees and Puketapu School Invites you to join us for...

A Picnic by the Pool and a Farewell for Kim Sowman.

Mark the date in your calendar: Friday 3 March, 5pm-7pm.

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black & white Day for the bay

To show our support to the Hawkes Bay and Te Tairāwhiti Schools, we will be having a small gold coin fundraiser on Wednesday 1 March.

Wear Black & White to school and bring a gold coin donation (if you can).

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school values

At Puketapu School we have four School Values.

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

Ask your tamariki about our values and see how you can incorporate them into home life.

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In Week 4 the boys have been showing us how it is done. Ka pai to mahi e tama!

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Pavihi Ekeroma, Zac Waddington, Alexander Den-McKay, Taine McKenna, Tiaki Leaf,
Carlos Zenovich and Jaytee Tangiia

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We are so grateful for our wonderful kai team and the meals they make with aroha for us every day.

On the menu for next week...

Monday: Mac n Cheese

Tuesday: Macho Nachos

Wednesday: Chicken Tacos

Thursday: Bread Day

Friday: Burger Day

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Pizza, wedges, watermelon and grapes = delicious!

This week's Meal of the Week was : BUTTER CHICKEN

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Chef Teresa says: "This weeks Butter Chicken was a HUGE hit with the tamariki. For the first time this year we had absolutely NO leftovers."

breakfast club

Breakfast Club is available in the Design & Tech room every day between 8.30-8.55am.

It's free, it's delicious and it's a great way to start the day!

Check out our awesome new Breakfast Club sign! Thank you to Whaea Claire & Ari and Romie Marlow's Koro for their help with the laser cutter and making the frame.

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Wednesday night was our first Touch game of 2023 - 130 players representing our school at Hickford Park is always awesome to see.

Thank you Coaches for putting your hand up to help this Touch season - we couldn't do it without you.

Tamariki please remember to show our School Values on and off the field.

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NETBALL - Registrations are being taken now!

Notices have gone out via Hero for year 1 - 8 Netball.

To ensure your child does not miss out, please click on the Notice in Hero to give your child permission no later than Tuesday 28 February.

Netball is available for all year groups and boys and girls can both play in teams. Uniforms are provided.

Year 1/2: Free to play - Played on Wednesday afternoons in Waitara.

Year 3/4: Free to play - Played on Thursday afternoons at Waiwhakaiho

Year 5/6: 10 players per team, $35 per player. Played on Tuesday afternoons at Waiwhakaiho

Year 7/8: 10 players per team, $60 per player (This amount includes 15 x umpire fees which were paid separately last year). Played on Saturdays at Waiwhakaiho

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no jibbitz at school

Crocs are great, jibbitz are not. Please leave jibbitz at home.

(Also please remind your tamariki to leave other items like Pokémon cards and special toys at home).

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working bee... we need you!

Saturday 4 March from 8.00am-10.00am

We are having a truckload of bark delivered to our school and would love some helpers to help us move it. Many hands make light work!

Bring: gloves, wheelbarrow, shovels and a team attitude.

See you there!

thank you...

Thank you .... our Learning Assistants (LA's) for their big hearts and all the mahi they do.

From helping in class, in the pool, with programmes, health requirements, to preparing and sorting resources and so much more! They all have beautiful whanaungatanga and are so responsive to all our ākonga.

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Jay Lane, Yugi Kosuru, Sandra Fonoti, Michele Oldfield, Tara Curtis and Shaina Moratti
What a team!

Puketapu tshirt & Hoodie orders


These are available to order directly through Game Changer (they even have Afterpay & Laybuy available).

ORDER HERE- https://www.gamechanger.org.nz/puketapuschool

Select 'pick up' as the shipping option and we will arrange for these to be at the school office for pick up.

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home & School


Have you been to the Inglewood Lions Maize Maze? This year it's in a new location and a awesome family activity. Would you like a family pass for $25? These are normally valued at $35 and includes 2 adults and 3 children (under 15) or 3 adults and 1 child. The best part is the Lions Club will give $10 back from every pass sold to Puketapu Home and School. This offer is only available until the 28th of February. The maze is open for another month or so and these vouchers can be used next year when the maze re opens again!

Email home & school to purchase a voucher - homeandschool@puketapu.school.nz

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from around school in Week 4

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Last Friday Kauri went down to Bell Block beach to display some of their learning about

Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

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Wednesday mornings in the Quad with Matua Phil

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Rimu learning about the letter P

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Discovery in Rimu

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Tōtara 4 and 5 building additive strategies with playing cards addition

from home

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


Happy Birthday to all the students who have had Birthdays this week or have a Birthday coming up in the next week;

  • Izzy Mcmahon
  • Oscar Nicholas
  • Kiritopa Veza
  • Taran Singh
  • Gabby Scarlett
  • Isla Johnson

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

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

Wednesday 1 March

Black & White Dress Up Day for the Bay
Pick up your kids at 12.30 if you can

Friday 3 March

Community Picnic / Miss Sowman Farewell

Saturday 4 March

Working Bee 8am-10am

Monday 13 March

Taranaki Anniversary / School Closed

Community notices


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bell block junior rugby

Registrations are now open for Junior Rugby at Bell Block please register your interest at www.sporty.co.nz muster days are Sunday 12th , Saturday 18th and 25th March 1pm at the rugby clubrooms at Hickford Park
Contact Matiu 0221309628 for more information

year 7 & 8 netball

Netball Taranaki are excited to bring back our Player Development Programme starting at the beginning of March.

Our PDP programme aims to further develop our year 7&8 players by:

  • Improving their fundamental netball skills
  • Gain a better understanding of 7 a-side game play
  • Learn new skills to help adapt them to new rules
  • Retain and provide them with the opportunity to progress towards being the best netballer they can be.

To register, click the link https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/218622
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Coach Application also open

If this is something you are interested in, please follow the link to apply - https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/228509

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bell block school gala

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parent workshop

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free family swim event

Manchester Unity is running another free family swimming event at Bell Block Pool, on Sunday 5th March, 1.15 – 3.15pm.

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Bell Block Indoor Bowls

Bell Block Indoor Bowls opening night Monday 27 February 7.15pm. Bell Block Hall. Come and give it ago for the first 3 Mondays. Enquires to Judy 7550439 or 0274755150