Week 6, Term 1 - Friday 10 March 2023

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

Thank you

Ngā mihi ki a kōutou mo tō kōutou awhi i tenei ata.

Thank you to everyone who helped at our working bee on Saturday morning. We managed to get the front entrance and driveway gardens all full with mulch, cleaned up a few internal spaces and moved the bike racks to their new home.

Our next working bee (date and time TBC) we will be looking for helpers to tidy up our vegetable gardens, bike pump gardens and our Dillon Drive alternative entrance garden. If you or someone in your whānau are interested in helping out during a school day just email me at nwalker@puketapu.school.nz.

Ngatai Walker


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Thanks 'Stumped' for helping out once again!

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Community picnic

What a success our Community Picnic / Farewell to Miss Sowman was. It was great to have our school community and whānau together.

Thank you to our Board of Trustees for the ice blocks! Thanks to Home & School for the sausages and thanks to Flo, Brody and Avon for running the sausage sizzle - they raised $459 towards the Kauri and Kōwhai camps!

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Our guest of honor Miss Sowman was dressed in yellow to represent her whānau group Kiwi

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A big thank you to all of the staff, whānau and community who came along to the community picnic for my official farewell.

I am grateful for the kind words, big hugs and beautiful gifts. It was a highlight to stand in a place I love so much surrounded by people I care about while singing our school song together.

Puketapu School has been and will always be a very special place for me. Thank you.

From Puketapu to Puketapu with Aroha

Did you know there are two Puketapu Schools?

The "other" Puketapu School is in Hawkes Bay and has been very much affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.

Take a look at this video about how some Puketapu kids get to school now:

How Puketapu kids get to school
Like our Puketapu, they are very much a hub of their community, so we are very pleased to be able to give them all the funds we raised from our Black and White Day for the Bay last week (over $600).

If you would like to help more, check out the Puketapu Cyclone Relief page.

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

We love spotting our tamariki showing these values and we have two kinds of certificates to acknowledge this.

MAKO Certificates (small certificates) are for everyday recognition of our Values. They are handed out by members of staff any time they spot our values in action - some days there are a lot of certificates! Tamariki bring their certificate to the office to get it signed by a member of the leadership team and have their photo taken. A selection of photos make it to the newsletter each week!

Te Mako Matawhero Awards (big certificates) are awarded one per class every two weeks and are chosen by each teacher as recognition to one student who has particularly embodied our Values. These are presented to the student in front of the whole school. As well as a certificate, these students receive a special mystery treat the following week.

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Mahi pai Imogen Papprill, Nivahn Clarry & Rhikyda Pirini

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Liam Wilson and Hamu Adams are future leaders and heroes already, helping Whaea Rachel with Rimu set up every day! He toki korua!

Te Mako Matawhero Awards

This week was our first week this year giving out Te Mako Matawhero Awards at our Wednesday whole school get together. As part of recognising their efforts, the winners will also get a special surprise next week.
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Congratulations to our Te Mako Matawhero Award winners this week:

Rimu: Asher Greenfield, Faith O'Brien, Lily Ponting & Rory Meijer

Tōtara: Keaton Feather-Smith, Sophie Engels, Jayden Tamati, Hoani Adams & Brynley Smith

Kōwhai: Dylan Bublitz, Harleyah Kipa, Addyson Chalenor & Claire Asai

Kauri: Ayaan Azad, Conrad Hobin & Evie Roberts

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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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Butter Chicken was a HIT again this week!

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!

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lucky book club

Issue #2 is out! Grab your copy from the school office and order online at scholastic.co.nz/loop or at the office.

Orders must be in by Friday 17 March.

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home & School


Get your friends together and register!

Register by clicking here now!

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Look at our amazing sign! We appreciate every business and family that has helped us reach our goal to heat the School pool. The students have been excitedly enjoying heated swims this term, and the feedback has been nothing but positive. We value their contribution and this is a small token of our appreciation.

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thank you

Andrew Georgeson from A C G Property Services has been around school fixing our bench seats, building fences and making scooter ramps for our tamariki.

Thanks Andrew!!!

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from around school

Week 6 @ Puketapu School
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Learning Assistant Jay Lane with Tyde Simpson, Clara Wallace, Tui Robinson and

Fletcher Bublitz

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Vinnie in a box! We were wondering how this box was moving, then realised it had a human inside!

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Karen Thompson brought Pony's Chino & Jazz to pick up Jade & Dylan Christmas from school.

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Jade & Dylan with Chino & Jazz

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One bee sting + kind hearts = Kia Manawanui

Thanks boys for taking such good care of Michael Phillips

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The tamariki in Whaea Laurie's class show our values all through the day for Whaea Corinne.

Kia Kaha - Trying their best in their learning.

Kia Maia - Being courageous in trying new things and meeting the visiting Weta!

Kia Manawanui - Being kind and helpful to Whaea Corinne.

Kia Ora - Having fun playing games outside while wearing their hats.

from home

Two of our amazing Puketapu kids won trophies at the Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club end of season prize giving.

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Summer Wilkinson: Nipper 10 girls - Most Improved

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Oscar Nicholas: Nipper under 9 boys - Excellence


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

  • Jaxson Davis
  • India Mckenna
  • Tyler Kenny
  • Sophie McGovern
  • Hanale Adams
  • Evie Roberts
  • Nikita Faapulou

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

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

Monday 13 March

  • Taranaki Anniversary Day - SCHOOL CLOSED

Thursday 16 March

  • NZEI Industrial Action (Strike)- SCHOOL CLOSED

Sunday 19 March

  • Last day to order school photos with free delivery

Monday 20 March

  • Year 7 & 8 Vaccinations
  • BOT Meeting

Friday 24 March

  • Puketapu Swimming Sports (Senior School @ Bell Block Pool)
  • Bell Block School Gala Day 5pm-7pm

Tuesday 28 March

  • Year 6 leave for Camp (Te Wera)

Friday 31 March

  • Year 6 return from Camp

Wednesday 5 April

  • End of Term Assembly @ Northpoint Church 9.15am

Thursday 6 April

  • Last Day of Term 1


Monday 24 April

  • First Day of Term 2

Tuesday 25 April

  • ANZAC Day / School Closed

Monday 1 May

  • Staff Only Day / School Closed

Community notices


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bell block rugby

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free family bike ride

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bell block school gala

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Clifton rugby club

2023 Junior Rugby Registrations are now OPEN!

To register your child for the upcoming season please go to: www.sporty.co.nz/cliftonrugbyjnr/

Subs for the season are $40 for first child, $30 for second child and $10 for third/subsequent children

from one family to be paid to Clifton Junior Rugby: 15-3945-0299527-00 BEFORE the season starts.

Please follow us on FaceBook (Clifton Junior Rugby) for further updates on Muster Day

Any questions please contact

Kris Buckley (Clifton Junior Rugby Administrator) @ cliftonjuniorrugby@gmail.com.

Music classes in New Plymouth

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Cue Theatre

"The REVLON Girl" by Neil Armstrong Docking

15-25 March 2023, evenings @ 7.30pm, Sunday Matinee @ 2.00pm, no show on Monday

Tickets: Early Bird (Wed 15- Sat 18) $20.00; General admission (Sun 19-Sat 25) $25.00 pp & $23.00 for groups of 10+

Book online www.cuetheatre.co.nz OR FunHo Phone 06 7567 030

Winner of the 2018 Offie (Off West End) Award for Best New Play and nominated for a 2018 Olivier Award

The Revlon Girl is a story of grief, hope, guilt and make-up in the aftermath of the 1966 Aberfan disaster. In this tragic incident 144 people, including 116 children, were killed when a mountain of coal waste crushed homes and a school in the small Welsh town. This play is set eight months after the disaster and depicts four bereaved mothers who meet with a Revlon makeup artist in the local pub one evening to talk, cry and even laugh without feeling guilty – all while navigating how to cope with heart-breaking loss.

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Taranaki Diocesan School Stratford

You are invited to our:


Wednesday 22 March

Visit us anytime between 10 am and 2 pm

We look forward to meeting you and showing you our school

*Weekly Boarding, Part Boarding (2/3 nights), Day Students

*Daily transport options from and to New Plymouth and Hawera

*Contact us for a prospectus package

*Take a Virtual Tour via our website

Broadway North, Stratford

Telephone 06 765 5333

Email: office@taranakidio.school.nz


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Week 6 Mako Values Awards:

Here are some of the many ākonga who have been spotted showing one or more of our school values this week: