Puketapu School Newsletter

Term 3 2020 - Wednesday 19 August

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

While 2020 has thrown a lot of challenges our way, we've shown that by working together, for each other, we make an incredible community. Thank you to everyone for their extra care during Alert Level 2 by washing your hands, contact tracing and being kind to each other. We are always amazed and grateful for the support of our community.

Farewell to the Warring Whanau

Next Friday, 28 August, will be last day of school for the Warring whanau. They have been an integral part of our school community for the past ten years with Mike serving the Board of Trustees as Chairman since 2013 and Fiona teaching here over the last five years. I would like to share a little of what they wrote in their resignation letters:

From Mike Warring:

It has been such a privilege to serve our Kura in this capacity for the last 7 years. Our Whanau has loved being a part of this community for the last 10 years, we have experienced many feelings and emotions as we have walked this journey together. It has been amazing to see our school grow and develop along the way.

As we begin the process of packing up our lives here in Bell Block and looking towards our move to Paraparaumu Beach, I have reflected on how much this community has been a part of our lives. We are all the richer for our time spent here and will miss it greatly as we leave. It has also been so awesome to work with such a great group on the Board of Trustees, I wish you all well on this journey ahead. I believe that we are on the right course as a school, so keep up the good work.

From Fiona Warring:

I’m so appreciative of the opportunity I’ve been given to make the move into Primary from Early Childhood, and the way that the school has believed in me and supported me on this journey. For me personally and professionally this has been amazing and given me a huge boost in my career and my big picture thinking across education. I feel privileged to have been part of creating much better links between ECE and school in our local community.

It’s also been a huge privilege to be a part of our school community overall. Our whanau has been part of this special place for 10 years, but the last 4 have been so encouraging and exciting to be a part of. It’s a long game, but I feel that my children as students and myself as a teacher have hugely benefited from the culture shift and new trajectory that the school is on. I feel proud to have worked under the schools guidance and leadership through these ongoing changes. Puketapu School has always been a special place, but it's a very different school to the one we enrolled Reuben at 10 years ago.

We wish Mike, Fiona, Reuben, Emma and Rhys all the best for their next journey in Paraparaumu Beach. Next Friday 28 August @ 2.00pm in Northpoint Church we will be having a Student Showcase to celebrate their time here at Puketapu School.

We would love for you to join us.


From our Whanau Leaders

Kia ora everyone! My name is Jahliyah and I am the whanau leader of Kakapo.

As everyone may know Covid-19 has returned to New Zealand once again, sigh, but that doesn't stop kids from Puketapu from keeping safe and coming to school to learn!

Covid may have postponed our cross country, but kids are still out and about playing sports in the good weather that we have had! (until these past few days of course)

At Puketapu we have recently added a Volleyball net on our field and many students have joined in to try play the sport, it's amazing to see younger kids getting taught how to play by our older kids in Kowhai and Kauri.

My top tip of the week would be to not dive in the mud if you don’t have spare clothes.

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Cross Country Fun Run & Walk

Subject to returning to Level 1, the new date for our much loved Puketapu School Cross Country Fun Run & Walk (not Dawdle) 2020 will be Friday 4 September.

Everyone runs (or walks) and there are points for completion and points also for dressing up to support your whanau group.

We would love to see everyone dressed in their whanau colours (kids, parents and siblings, too!) supporting each other. Crazy wigs, face paint and vibrant accessories are all good.

Cross Country Sponsorship

Bring your completed sponsorship form and the money you have raised back to school to put it into the Home & School mailbox in the office.

Every child who returns their sponsorship form with go in the draw to win one of many prizes at a showcase later this term. A massive shout out to Team Green Harcourts for their sponsorship of $450!

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Bake Sale

The Garden Bake Sale will be held on the same day as the Cross Country Fun Run & Walk is on. If anyone would like to help the team out by donating baking for our bake sale this would be much appreciated. Donations of baking can be delivered to the office on the morning of the cross country.

Tōtara 3

Tōtara 3 have a kindness jar where whenever they spot someone being kind they get to place one marble into the jar and once it’s filled they get a pizza party and a movie! And on Friday they successfully filled the jar with so much kindness...
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...that they got to enjoy pizza and a movie!
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(Disclaimer: there were ten pizzas, plenty to go around!)

Learning together

Kauri and Kowhai students have been working together to practise Haka and waiata.
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The practicing has got bigger...
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... and bigger!
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It is really impressive when we all come together to perform. We can't wait to show you!

Morning Tea Sports Games

Wow - we have had lovely weather lately. It great for our students to get out and about and run off some energy. At morning tea play on Tuesday - The year 4-8 boys organised a game of Volleyball, while our girls organised a game of Touch. Thank you Anya for the action shots.

In the Garden

Spring is just around the corner so Annsuli and some keen gardeners have been getting some of the vegetable beds ready to grow.
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We have new signs to help with crop rotation and planning and we have been sowing seeds and planting seedlings.
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Annsuli showed us how to sow the seeds into trays. We will be able to plant them out once they grow.
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It's a Totara Tower!

Before we went to Level 2 last week, some of our Totara girls had great fun making a tower of themselves!
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Well done Mikayla!

Mikaya Scholtz showed Kia Kaha doing her best learning Mangu Mangu Taipо̄ last week. Well done Mikayla!
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Well done Liam!

Liam Gorrie was showing Kia Maia recently, being courageous in his learning. Well done Liam!
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Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating Birthdays this week
  • Cainan Murray
  • Te Aorangi Wanakore-Sioli
  • Alexandreah Gutang
  • Zach Plant
  • Leo Jacobsen
  • Ngariki Brown

Not Nits Again?!

Yes, they are back...

Please check all the heads in your household and take action. Please keep checking every head, every day for three weeks.

This is a community issue and needs everyone in our community to work together to get rid of them.

What's On

More events and details will follow. Some events are subject to us returning to COVID-19 Alert Level 1.

Week 5:

  • Thursday 20 August: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
  • Schoolwide Showcase has been moved to Friday 28 August.

Week 6:

  • Life Ed Bus on site all week
  • Thursday 27 August: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
  • Friday 28 August: Daffodil Day (Dress up in Yellow), Schoolwide Showcase at Northpoint 2.00pm

Week 7:

  • Monday 31 August: St John Ambulance training for Totara and Kowhai
  • Tuesday 1 September: Rotary Reading, St John Ambulance training for Totara and Kowhai
  • Wednesday 2 September: St John Ambulance training for Totara and Kowhai
  • Thursday 3 September: St John Ambulance training for Totara and Kowhai, Year 7+8 Interschool Cross Country at Omata, Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am

Week 8

  • National Tongan Language Week
  • Tuesday 8 September: Rotary Reading
  • Wednesday 9 September: Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm
  • Thursday 10 September: Spotswood Enrolments (Year 8s, 9.30 0nwards), Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
  • Friday 11 September - Spotswood Enrolment (Year 8s, 9.30 0nwards)

Week 9

  • Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori
  • Monday 14 September: Vaccinations Year 8s and Year 7 catch ups
  • Tuesday 15 September: Rotary Reading (last one for Term 3)
  • Thursday 17 September: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am

Week 10

  • Friday 25 September - last day of Term 3

Term 3 finishes on Friday 25 September

Term 4 starts on Monday 12 October

Community Notices

Baby Sitter for Hire

Hi all, I'm Tyler and looking for some babysitting jobs, I am 15 and experienced in babysitting most ages. I was head girl at Puketapu in 2018 and am a reliable and hard working person. Prices are negotiable. I have references available, please feel free to call me on 06 7554047. Thank you :)

Monster Children's Book Fair

The Taranaki Toy Library is holding this year’s Children’s MONSTER Book Sale on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 September. On their behalf, we are currently collecting any good quality second hand books for children up to the age of 16.

If you have any unwanted books that you wish to donate, please drop these off to the school office before Friday 24 August. (Please do not include colouring-in or activity books unless they are in new condition.) To find out more about this book sale, please browse the Facebook event HERE.