Week 3, Term 4 - Friday 4 November 2022

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

From our Principal

Kia ora whānau

It has been a delight this week to see all the learning in so many different settings and with so many different elements. From the beautiful performance of our kapa haka roopu at Tātarakihi on Friday, Tо̄tara's trips to Puke Ariki and the art gallery, Rimu exploring possibilities in clay, to art, music, sport, cycling, climbing, writing and so much more, it makes me very proud of all our tamariki and kaiako.

Next week education outside the classroom takes centre stage as our Year 8s head out on camp for the week and our Year 7s enjoy a week of activities around New Plymouth. Great fun for all and huge thanks to all the parents who are supporting all the activities and the staff who are going the extra mile to make lasting memories - we couldn't do this without you.

Enjoy the sunshine over the weekend.

Whaea Corinne

Tātarakihi Festival

Tātarakihi - By Harmony Lambert

Our school kapa haka group performed at the War Memorial Hall in Waitara last Friday. I liked watching the performances. Our school kapa haka group went on a bus and got ready across the road from the hall. We had to get moko, black lipstick and feathers for our hair. There were lots of people helping us get ready. We took lots of photos and some parents took some good videos. We practiced the haka and then we went into a little room where we had to wait for our performance. I was really nervous and I was worried I was going to muck up. The performance went really well. My mum said we must have been really disciplined because we had our heads up and we were smiling. I was proud of myself for getting up on stage and performing. I think our kapa haka group was great. Something we need to work on is slowing down during our haka. I’m hoping we do more competitions next year. Thank you to everyone who helped us get ready.

Tātarakihi - By Bonnie Rupe

Last week the kapa haka went to perform at Tātarakihi. We have been practicing for the last 2 months. We worked really hard to get to the competition, we practiced every week and sometimes after school. I was nervous before we performed, as I stepped onto the stage I saw lots of people but I was excited to show all our hard work. I worked so hard to get to the front line and I am so proud of myself and roopu for how we performed on the day. I am excited for Kapa Haka next year! A special thank you to my Mum, Miss Knuckey Matua Phil and Whaea Jo for helping us get to Tātarakihi!

Tātarakihi - By Koen Adams

Last week we went to Tātarakihi for kapa haka. We had to perform our school waiata, Tenei te Takiwa and more. I think we did a good job. It was also fun practicing and performing in front of the school.

It was nerve-racking, fun and exciting. I was proud to put on our school kapa haka maro and tatua. I was excited when it was time for the haka, we had been working so hard on it. It was a bit fast because we were nervous but we did so well.

I look forward to performing at SOMADD. Thank you to the people who support us everyday!

*We practiced twice a day every week for 2 months, sometimes even after school
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Behind the scenes at Tātarakihi. Thank you to all the parents and supporters who helped us to prepare.

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On stage!

Gumboot Friday

Today is Gumboot Friday. Through I Am Hope, Gumboot Friday gives young Kiwis, our precious rangatahi, free and fast access to qualified counselling. This service relies on the continued generosity of many New Zealanders. They need our help!

We are also very lucky to have one of our school parents as a Gumboot Friday ambassador - Natasha Murrell. Earlier this year Natasha ran a Bingo night fundraising event for I Am Hope - Gumboot Friday and raised over $5,000!

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Thanks Trisha Chand and Quinn Murrell for being our fabulous donation collecters

Tо̄tara take on Govett Brewster, Puke Ariki and the Library

On Monday and Tuesday this week our Tо̄tara tamariki took a bus into town and visited Govett Brewster, Puke Ariki and the Library.

"We learnt about how you can make little houses out of twigs and lego bricks at the library. My favourite thing was the museum"

Oscar Nicholas, Tо̄tara 1

"I learnt how to make things out of rubbish, like animals and coral. That was at the Art Gallery. My favourite thing of the day was that my parents got to come on the trip with us."

Ella Gollan, Tо̄tara 2

"I learnt about different types of fish at the museum, there were millions of different types. My favourite thing was watching the golden sky snakes spinning around."

Euan Robinson, Tо̄tara 1

"I learnt that you can make lots of different things out of different shapes and objects at the Art Gallery. My favourite thing of the whole day was eating time because we sat on the grass outside and it was fun."

Aurelia Takerei, Tо̄tara 2

A big thank you to our parent helpers - without you this trip would not have been possible.

Planning for 2023

Following the Board meeting yesterday, we can confirm that the Term Dates for 2023 are:

Term 1: Monday 30 January - Thursday 6 April

Term 2: Monday 24 April - Friday 30 June

Term 3: Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September

Term 4: Monday: 9 October - Friday 15 December

school values

PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning
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Week 3 has seen some amazing Superstars. These tamariki have been showing our school values. Kei whea mai tamariki!

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Kaiba Tuapawa-Poutu, Maddox Adamson, Darcy Walthew, Arlo Macbeth, Carlos Macioce & Jayden Tamati


Term 4 means SUNHATS when outside - even when it's cloudy.

It is so great to see our tamariki demonstrating Kia Ora - Be Well and wearing their sun hats outside.

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Check out our new Puketapu School sun hats! 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.

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On the menu for next week...

Monday: Wholemeal Pizza with fruit & mini muffins

Tuesday: Hotdogs with fruit, cheese & crackers

Wednesday: Butter Chicken with fruit & bliss balls

Thursday: Club Sandwiches with fruit & popcorn

Friday: Meatball Subs with fruit & salad

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Delicious lunch in the sun with friends!

design tech

Our Year 7 & 8 students are working through a range of different Design Tech methods and techniques that are of interest to them.

How lucky are we that we have all these options here at our kura?


We are still waiting for some netball, basketball and rugby uniforms to be returned from last term as well as Sports Ts from NYLD, Rippa and other events. Please return these to school now.

Sports fees are now also due - please pop into the office to pay or pay online. You will find the school bank account number on the finance section of the Hero app.


It is wonderful that so many of our tamariki are involved in Touch every Wednesday and beautiful to see so many parents and whanau at Hickford Park watching and supporting the players.

Parents please make sure your children are supervised - especially keeping an eye on siblings who are not on the playing field.

home & school

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Sick Kids?

If your child is unwell, please keep them at home. There are still coughs, colds and tummy upsets doing the rounds.

We have also had a couple of cases of chickenpox at school. If you child has chickenpox please keep them home until their pox have scabbed over. Chickenpox often starts without the classic rash, with a fever, headache, sore throat or sore tummy so if your child is not 100%, please keep them at home.

A poem

In Kauri 1 we have been making our own connections to the things we read. This is Lucian's response to a poem about summer.

That Was Summer

Remember the barbeque, the kids playing and screaming and the adults' stomachs were growling for the food ?

Remember when the adult that was manning the barbeque burnt himself while making sausages?

That was summer

Remember when you went swimming in the ocean and it was as cold as an iceberg and everyone screamed.

Remember when you got hit by a wave and sand went in your togs and after you got out everything was itchy.

That was summer

Remember the time that you were going back home in the car and when you were close to home you faked sleeping for your dad to pick you up and put you in your bed.

Remember when you woke up and your school alarm went off because summer was over.

That was summer

By Lucian Hosking

ceramics in rimu

A big thank you to parents Kayla Haylock from KJO Pottery and Jade Parkinson for coming in and spending the day in Rimu. Our tamariki made clay Christmas decorations and learnt about different textures and ways to manipulate clay.

If you would like to check out Kayla's page you can view it here: www.facebook.com/kjopottery

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Kayla Haylock with our newest Rimu tamariki Oscar Jacobsen and Mila Hyland

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Jade Parkinson having lots of fun with Azalea Parkinson and Olivia Pryce

this week at school

Creative art, Cycling, Climbing, Clocks and Keyboards - Lots of learning through all different ways this week.

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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 this week

  • Travis Purdie
  • Kohanna Marris
  • Dylan Bublitz
  • Wynter Silich

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

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

Tuesday 8 November

  • Year 8 Camp starts, Year 7 Activity Week

Wednesday 9 November

  • Student Showcase 10.20am

Tuesday 22 November

  • Year 6 Camp starts

Friday 2 December

  • Tough Kid Challenge, Hawera (Year 5-8)

Wednesday 7 December

  • Meet the Teacher for 2023

Thursday 8 December

  • Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

Friday 9 December

  • SOMADD Community Event

Thursday 15 December

  • Last Day for 2022 - School finishes at 12pm

Community notices

Spring carnival

A community event at Northpoint church.
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Noel leeming friends & Family

Noel Leeming is delighted to again be supporting KidsCan by raising funds with our Friends and Family Promotion this November. With your help, we hope to make a difference by providing the essentials Kiwi kids need to learn, with 2.5% of the total sales from this event being donated to KidsCan. We are proud to say the event we ran earlier this year (June), together we raised over $8,400 for KidsCan.

This offer is open to you, your staff, and wider Kura Whanau (including Parents, Students, and your community of friends & family). It gives them the opportunity to unlock amazing deals during the two-week period, starting on Monday October 31st and running through until Sunday November 13th, 2022.

To take advantage of this special offer, people can visit one of our Noel Leeming Stores located across the country and simply show the event flyer on their smartphone (or in printed form) to unlock amazing deals and raise funds for KidsCan.

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Rapley Photography & Media - Christmas Family Photos

Jayne Rapley is a freelance photographer based in Waitara, with a wonderful offer for Taranaki families this November - January - it makes a great Christmas present!

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