Te Panui o te Kura o Puketapu

Week 1, Term 4 2021 - 20 October 2021

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

Kia kaha - do your best * Kia māia - be courageous * Kia manawanui - have a heart

From our principal


Term 4 resumed this week and a significant milestone has been reached. Our roll has now headed over 400 with 10 new students starting on Monday.

Nau mai, haere mai ki te kura o Puketapu, Piki mai kake mai to all of our new whanau here at our kura. We look forward to a great term of learning.

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Late last term I was notified that I had won a 2022 NZ Primary Principals’ and Teachers’ Study Award. The Study Award allows me to study fulltime for 32 weeks at a university or wananga.

I am hugely grateful (and nervous) for having this opportunity to learn Te Reo Māori in an immersion environment at Te Wananga o Raukawa in Otaki. Learning Te Reo has been a lifetime goal of mine for personal and professional reasons.

For the first 6 weeks of Term 1 I will continue to lead the school then, during my 32 weeks of study, Corinne Sattler will be our Acting Principal with Amanda O’Dowda being our Acting Deputy Principal, until I return from study in Term 4.

In the weeks ahead we will be communicating our entire leadership and staffing structure for 2022.

Ngatai Walker


COVID19 Level 2 Update

Just a reminder for our school while we are in Level 2:


Here are our key guidelines:

(Note: Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there to “receive, provide, or support education services”, and also exempt from the normal mass gathering rules)

MASKS/FACE COVERINGS – we strongly encourage parents to wear masks/face coverings when dropping off their children to their classrooms or when entering the school site.

We ask all parents and visitors to wear masks in the school office area.

Children and staff do not need to wear face coverings because other public health measures will be in place. However, they are optional to wear if children know how to wear them properly. For more detailed information please refer here: https://www.education.govt.nz/covid-19/face-coverings/

DROP OFF - Parents are highly encouraged to drop their children off in the drop off zone (front of school), Northpoint Church Carpark, Te Ara o Tuna (alternative entrance off Dillon Drive) or for children to bike, scooter or walk to school.

Our friendly team will be on hand at the front entrance from 8.40 am to meet and greet students, and provide support.

No students before 8.30 am, please

PICK UP - To avoid congestion at the end of the day, please have a think about where you will park and pick up your child. Clearly, there is not enough space in our drop off/pick up zone and not enough carparks and spaces for 400+ students to be picked up at the same time. Please consider parking around the many side streets/park and walking to school to collect your child(ren). This will be a lot smoother and faster for you, than trying to use the main drop off/pick up zone. If you choose to use the main drop off/pick up zone, we urge you to show our Kia Manawanui value - patience, kindness and support.

PARENTS ENTERING SCHOOL - Parents are only to enter the school if you really have to (e.g. dropping off your child, collecting a sick child). Unfortunately, parents will not be able to join their learning classes at the start or end of each day. Parents, maintaining physical distancing and masks is encouraged.

CONTACT TRACING - Parents - if you are entering the school grounds, you will need to contact trace using the QR codes that are around the school

ABSENTEES - We anticipate that some families may still be reluctant to send their child(ren) back to school, and we understand this. Please use the normal processes to advise us of your child’s absence (Our HERO app is easiest, or email office@puketapu.school.nz text 027 755 0973 or phone 06 755 0973).

Thanks in advance for your support and understanding.

Naku noa

Ngatai, on behalf of the Puketapu School Staff and Board of Trustees

Property Update

Roll Growth Learning Spaces

We are delighted with the progress of our four new learning spaces. The foundations have been poured and we are now above the ground with the framing going up over the past week.

With the building and construction sector being impacted by delays of supplies from COVID19, we are hopeful that we will be able to get into our new learning spaces in Term 2 of 2022.

We will keep you updated with progress.

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Welcome to our new Inclusive Education Coordinator - Brooke Gibson

We would like to welcome Brooke Gibson into our Puketapu staff for Term 4 as our Inclusive Education Coordinator. She will be working two days a week, so if you see her, say ‘Tēnā koe Brooke’.

Brooke will be working on systems and plans for some of our students as we set them up for success in Term 4 and for 2022.

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School Patrols help to keep students safe on the road by controlling the flow of vehicles and pedestrians at pedestrian crossings and ‘kea’ crossings (school crossing points).

Operating before and after school, patrol members extend STOP signs onto the road in both directions, which signal approaching drivers to stop. Once the traffic is slowing or has stopped, the patrol signals to waiting pedestrians that it’s safe to cross the road.

Each duty patrol is typically made up of two students (with one designated the leader) and a supervising adult.

We are looking for whanau volunteers to be our supervising adults. There is a Road Patrol Supervisor training on November 4th @ 11.15am & 1.45pm for those that want to volunteer. This is led by the NZ Police.

Please contact the office if you could be one of our Road Patrol Whanau Volunteers and let us know which days you are available and whether you can do the morning or the afternoon.

Calendar orders


Our students have been working on some fabulous art which will be made into calendars, mouse pads, gift cards and notepads.

Your children should have brought home order forms for these (spares are at the office) and they need to be paid for and handed back into the office by Thursday 28 October.

Payment can be online or cash or EFTPOS at the office. (See the order form for details.)

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the lemon club

Did you know we have before and after school care onsite with The Lemon Club?

They also now have WINZ subsidies available!

Find out more or book online at:


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Have you had your say?

Have you filled out our Community Survey?

You have just a few more days to have your say and share your thoughts on our future.

This survey is designed to offer you, the valued parents and whanau of our school community, an opportunity to be involved in the future direction and development of our school. We encourage you to add comments which will help us gain a better understanding of your thoughts and feedback.

Community Survey 2021

Please complete this survey honestly and thoughtfully. All completed entries will go into the draw to win a school hoodie or a $50 Supervalue Voucher.

Positive Behaviour 4 Learning (PB4L)

Congratulations to Kowhai 1 & 2, first equal in the Kia Manawanui for our Environment Competition. Litter free and tidy spaces!

Team winners were Kauri who kept their whole area tidy and litter free.

Sometimes children have problems that they need to work through to find a solution. Here are some tips to help them:

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design tech hub

Kia ora Puketapu Whānau,


Are you looking for a quick project?

Are you good with wood and drills?

We are looking for anyone who would be interested in helping to make these children's round tables and seats. We have 3 large tyres all ready to be used!

Please email Whaea Claire if you would be interested. Can be made at home, at school or even with a group of amazing kids to help you!

Thank you!

Thank you to The Junction - Zero Waste Hub for the inspiring idea!!!


Over the holidays I had lots of requests for the Butter Chicken recipe that the Mr Lewis's Class made in the last week of term......so I thought I would pop it in the newsletter for everyone to try!

The coolest thing about this recipe is that it was written and given to me by Puketapu ex-student Jasmine Adams.

Show some Kia Māia - give it a go making it with your whānau!

I would love to see a photo of it, so please send that to cwigley@puketapu.school.nz and you may see it in next week's newsletter!

Butter Chicken

Serves 4

500g chicken

1 tin tomato condensed soup

300ml cream

1 TBSP oil

1 TBSP butter

1 tsp garlic, minced

1 tsp ginger, minced

2 TBSP honey or sugar

1 tsp curry powder

1 ½ tsp turmeric powder

1 ½ tsp garam masala

¼ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp cumin

1 tsp paprika

¼ tsp chilli powder - this is optional

  • Chop up chicken into small bite sized chunks
  • Heat oil and butter in a saucepan, add garlic, ginger and the spices Cook until fragrant.
  • Add tomato soup and the chicken to the saucepan. Bring to the boil.
  • Add honey/sugar and cream. Simmer for about 20 mins
  • Add salt and pepper, and more of the spices if needed.

puketapu school masks


We are going to do an order for the below face masks with our Puketapu Logo on them.

They will be $15.00 each.

If you would like to do a pre-order for one of these please let Kerie or Paula in the office know.

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Kia ora everyone,

TOUCH UPDATE 14/10/2021

I have just heard from Shane regarding how touch will run for term 4. Please read to the end as I have to start from scratch putting teams together.

NEW START DATE Monday 1st November ( This is a change from Wednesday)

The competition will now be condensed to a 6 week comp.

There will be NO U6s and U8s this season. The reason for this is that if we revert back to the old Level 2 guidelines we would not be able to meet the old cap of 100 per bubbles.

Hopefully some parents/teachers can help run these grades after school. I will be in touch once I have a chance to chat to some prospective coaches.

There will be:

  • U10s
  • U12s
  • Intermediate teams

There will be no score cards for the U10s and 12s this season. Just appreciate the opportunity to be out playing sport and having fun with their team mates.
Teams will enter their zones 5 minutes before their game times and exit their zones straight after they finish. Teams must vacate the zone immediately.
In the interest of minimising crowd contacts there will be a restriction to 1 adult/caregiver per child present during their games.

With these changes I need to start from scratch putting teams together.

I need to know any player who will still play on a MONDAY. This is open to players 8 years old and older.

Under 8s and 6s I will try to organise something else for you.

We still need coaches so if you are able to assist in that way please let me know even if you have before because of the day change.

Regards Kim Sowman

Please comment on the Facebook post or reply to the email sent through Hero or email ksowman@puketapu.school.nz

Calling all uniforms and borrowed sports ts

All sports uniforms and borrowed sports Ts need to be returned now please:

* Netball * Miniball * Rippa * Interschool * Hockey *

*Touch from Term 1 * Rugby * Volleyball * NYLD * Basketball *

lucky book club issue #7

Issue #7 is out and the last day for orders is next Friday October 29th.

Order forms have gone home today and spares are all the office.

from the classroom

Outdoor fun and learning through play happening around the school this week.
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Whaea Judie taking her growing new entrant class for a look at the new classrooms going up.

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Woah! That looks like wobbly fun!
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Whaea Rachel and Waimirirangi Adams

From the playground

Climbing, running, sports, games and hanging out with friends have been favourites for the first week back of term 4.
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Time for Sun Hats!

Now that the weather is finally warming up, sun hats are required to be worn at school every day.

From home

Send in your achievements from home / out side of school to ksmith@puketapu.school.nz

Congratulations to the below students who were selected to compete in the annual Taranaki Indoor Netball Junior competition on Saturday 6th November.

- Brianna O’Keeffe

- Maddison Gates

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Congratulations Brianna and Maddison!


We have so many great tamariki showing our School Values every day! Here are just a few:
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Sophie Engels has been doing an excellent job of her writing and showing kia kaha.
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Savannah Tunnicliff-Jury, Ari Marlow and Lucas Speedy have all been showing Kia Kaha
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Te Aorangi Wanakore-Sioli has been a great helper showing lots of Kia Manawanui.
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Ella Rauputu and Teone Mundt have been showing Kia Kaha and Kia Maia in the classroom.
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Kiritopa Veza has been showing all of our school values.

We are on the look out for

We are now on the look out for an electric keyboard. We do have one, but one of the keys is broken...so making it a quite hard to play some songs!

If you have an electronic keyboard that you would be happy to donate, please let the office know.


Only two birthdays this week! Happy Birthday to:

  • Cassandra Wall-Colvin
  • Hunter Grey

Dates for your Diary

Did you know you can see What's On any time with the Hero App? Check out Term Dates or the Events Calendar whenever you like.

Our School Calendar has been updated, however there may be events postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 new protocol.

Monday 25 October

  • Labour Day / SCHOOL CLOSED

Thursday 28 October

  • ShakeOut 9.30am NZ Earthquake drill day
  • Keep NZ Beautiful - Clean Up Week begins

Friday 29 October

  • Loud Shirt & Wacky Hair Day - the national fundraising campaign for The Hearing House and the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP) - Dress up loud and optional gold coin donation

Friday 5 November

Tuesday 2 December

  • Meet your 2022 Teacher

Friday 3 December

  • SOMADD Community Concert

Please check the Calendar on the Hero App for team and class calendar events.

Community notices

"Unoriginal Sin" by David Tristram Directed by Christine King

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