Puketapu School Newsletter
Term 3 2020 - Wednesday 23 September
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
This week I invite you to find the beauty, the joy, the awesomeness, the manaaki and the amazingness of your whanau. Praise it, celebrate it and make a big deal of it.
Every week I read our school newsletter and I am in awe of some of the stuff our teachers are all doing in their classes and in their teams. Teachers reading in Te Reo Māori, inviting parents in to support with music and the arts, winning the morning, play coaching, dancing, singing, getting kids to love learning, phonics and writing and so much more too.
Have an awesome end to the week and a wonderful holiday break.
World Car Free Day
Puketapu School joined schools and businesses from all over the country and the world by leaving their cars at home and walking, biking, scooting to school.
Check out our Tech Mural!
You can see other examples of their work at The Collaboration Shop on Devon Street.
It's a great start to revamping our creative space. What will be next?
Totara Nature Learning Space
Totara 4 and 5 have been busy adding items to our Totara Nature Learning space.
We have been making bug hotels and concrete stepping stones. The children have had to design their bug hotels, de-nail pallets, redesign their hotels to use the materials we had and nail together a frame. Then they have had to nail in sections to create compartments for different materials.
Totara 4 had a go at making stepping stones out of concrete with Mrs Collier and unfortunately when they were put out into the garden someone has stomped on them and they have all been smashed.
So instead of letting it get them down they had another go with Miss Sharrock this time they made them super thick. They had to help mix concrete, put it into a mould and then they have laid ferns in them to create an imprint.
If you are in our special space please show Kaitiakitanga and look after it.
Charlie's Keto Nacho Chips
Thanks Charlie for sharing this great recipe and sharing the delicious crackers!
Gluten Free Nacho Recipe
2 cups grated cheese
1 cup ground almonds
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp garlic
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1. Mix all the ingredients together.
2. Melt in the microwave.
3. Roll out on grease proof paper
4. Cut into shapes
5. Bake at 180C for 8 minutes or until golden and crisp.
Experiments in Tech
Using conductive thread and sewable led lights and batteries the girls are prototyping before they make their final product, a light up plush toy.
Kowhai Duffy Award Winners
Rakau at Lunchtime
Kia Manawanui at Puketapu
Congratulations to Nathan Deacon
Open to primary school students from all around Taranaki, Nathan was selected for the North zone and will play in the tournament in October.
Well done Nathan, this is a great achievement and is a great reward for your hard work.
Puketapu Penguins have finished their basketball season on high with a record setting 60-10 victory and a record setting 18 points in one quarter!
I am extremely proud of these players who have grown immensely over the season and finished third in their competition. The Penguins farewell Year 8s Nathan Deacon and Maui Walker who have played their last basketball match for Puketapu, We wish them well for their future sporting endeavors at their next school!
2021 could be a promising year for the Penguins with the rest of the squad being year 7s! Well done again Puketapu Penguins!
It's all go for Touch in Term 4!
We have 16 teams in the competition - 156 players - a record for Puketapu School! Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to coach/manage a team - we couldn't do it without you! However, we still need more coaches for:
- Pepe Mako Under 6
- Flyers Under 6
- Piranhas Under 8
- Boosters Uner 8
- Stars Under 10
- Magic Under 10
- Amigos Under 12
If you or a family member can help please let Kim Sowman know asap.
The cost to play will be $20 per player (plus $5 to borrow a school sports top if you don't have your own) This must be paid before the start of the season. Please pay at the office or through online banking.
Uniforms to be returned please
Netball and Basketball uniforms also need to come back please.
Maths in the holidays
Snail 100. This games supports students learning of place value https://nrich.maths.org/8303
Strike it our for two - https://nrich.maths.org/10091
Always, Sometimes or Never? https://nrich.maths.org/12672
Multiplication activities https://nrich.maths.org/search/?search=multiplication&tab=1&fs=111110001000111
A whole range of activities for at home: https://nrich.maths.org/covid19?utm_source=sidebar&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=mah
This James Tanton video about multiplication on fingers is fascinating:
Seasons for Growth
Here at Puketapu we have had the privilege of running Seasons for Growth Small Groups throughout the year.
Like the seasons, our lives shift and change:
Friends come and go
We lose someone we love
Parents and families separate
We move to a new place
We experience a natural disaster
Illness impacts our life
Our family’s work-life changes
‘Seasons for Growth’ is an innovative grief and loss education program that uses the imagery of the seasons to illustrate the experience of grief. It aims to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people (aged 6-18) who are dealing with significant life changes.
Below is a link to a recent interview with Judy Wood the Coordinator of Seasons for Growth.
- Liam Puru
- Rihanna Dellow
- Rylei-Jay Dellow
- Trisha Chand
- Riley Welbourn
- Jade Christmas
- Roman Meijer
- Olivia Corin
- Jahlia Manukonga-Te Uira
- Steven Rupe
- Raven Falaniko
- Connor Christian
- Bella Stainthorpe
- Ryan Judd
- Yulla Te Kura
- Brooklyn Mehaney-Johnston
- Kade Davis
- Thursday 24 September: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
- Friday 25 September - last day of Term 3
Term 3 finishes this Friday 25 September
Term 4 starts on Monday 12 October
- Monday 12 October: School starts at 9.00am
- Thursday 15 October: Shake Out 2020
- Friday 16 October: Pink Shirt Day
The New Plymouth Event is on Wednesday 31 March 2021
Who can TRY?
Entry to the TRYathlon is open to all Kiwi kids aged 7-15 years. TRYathlete’s can enter an individual, or in a team of two.
6 year olds can TRY too with our special “Splash & Dash” event. Be quick as spaces are limited.
What do TRYathlete’s receive?
• Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon T-shirt*
• Champions Finishers Medal
• Event tote bag*
• Event swim cap*
• Goodies from our awesome sponsors*
• Complimentary Weet-Bix Breakfast at event
• PLUS lots of cool giveaways and spot prizes and the chance to meet some of New Zealand’s leading sports stars!
*items included in the TRYathlon Pack
Click here to ENTER - as part of the Puketapu School Team.
Time for Photos?
Calling all radio stars...
Media Kids runs school holiday programmes in New Plymouth, offering training in radio broadcasting and music production, suitable for local students aged 9-14yrs.
The two-day workshops offer young people a chance to become a radio host, interviewer, news reporter or learn about producing commercial music - and get to record their very own radio show at local radio station The Most FM!