Puketapu School Newsletter
Week 8, Term 2, 2019
Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners
Kia kaha - do your best * Kia māia - be courageous * Kia manawanui - have a heart
From The Principal
Kia ora koutou,
What a stunning day! It is great to see akonga out enjoying the sunshine and fresh air, learning hockey skills, playing games and sports, learning new dances in the sunshine, enjoying the bike track...
Our students are excited (and a little nervous) about sharing their learning at the Student Learning Conferences this Friday - they are putting both the school values of Kia Kaha and Kia Maia into action! Below are a few ideas of how you can support your child at their conference.
Have a great week and look after your hauora - take a moment to enjoy the sunshine and how majestic our maunga looks with all that snow.
Ka pai to ra.
Student Learning Conferences
Student Learning Conferences are this week:
Thursday 20 June 3.30-6.30pm
Friday 21 June 8.00am -4.30pm
* While Friday counts as a school day, students only need to be here for their conference, then go home for the rest of the day.
Have you booked yet?
It is not too late - Book Online at schoolinterviews (the event code is 5m349).
What is a student learning conference?
A meeting run by the student for his or her parents, entirely focused on the student's recent learning. During the conference, the student will showcase their learning in different curriculum areas while discussing their learning goals.
How do student learning conferences work?
Conferences will be 20 minutes. They will involve looking at samples of learning, talking about their learning goals and what your child, you and the teacher might do to support these goals. At some point during your conference, your child's teacher will have some time with you to expand on the information your child has shared or for you to clarify something if necessary.
In our Year 0-3 there will be more prompting from the teacher compared to our Year 4-8’s where we will be supporting the students to lead their conference.
Important things to remember
Your child will lead this conference—not you, not the teacher. Your child must be here.
As part of their regular learning, all students have been putting considerable time and energy into preparing for this. If you cannot attend, please arrange for another significant adult in your child’s life to come to the conference.
The conference is about learning—not behaviour or social issues. (If you or the teacher have concerns here, discussions should already have been held or can be discussed at a later date upon arrangement.)
Supporting your child at their learning conference
What will I need to do to support my child?
Come — with your child.
Listen — your child will do most of the talking. S/he will discuss with you their current learning goals.
Prompt to support your child if necessary
- What were you learning to do in this piece of work?
- What were the steps you went through to learn this?
- What helped you to learn this?
- What do you need to learn next?
- What are you most proud of? Why?
- Which area of learning do you find easiest? Why?
- Which area of learning do you find trickiest? Why?
- What could we do together to help you with this learning?
Enjoy the opportunity to see your child in his/her key learning environment.
Parent Portal and Reporting
We are delighted to be able to launch our new reporting system, LINC-ED. We are excited to share this with you and involve you in your child’s learning journey.
At Puketapu School our aim has been to implement a robust system that allows teachers, parents, and students to access learning in an online environment that is secure, easy, and effective.
LINC-ED allows teachers to share learning anytime, anywhere and this can be viewed on any device. We are excited about the potential that the software offers. The report is designed to build year on year so that over time you will have access to comments, assessments, images, video and helpful resources all in one place.
Linc Ed Progressions Based Reporting to Parents (video link)
We will be opening up our LINC-ED parent portal in Week 10 (Wednesday) where you will be able to see:
Reading, Writing and Maths (Number & Algebra) Goals (what they are working on and what they have achieved)
Learning Comments (First half of Year) and General Comment (around our School Values and the Key Competencies from the New Zealand Curriculum)
Student Learning that your child has selected to share with you
Here is more information about for parents around how this will look for you: Slideshow for Parents
Congratulations to our Puketapu Superstars this week:
Kia Kaha - Do Your Best
- Shavorn McLeod-Lackner
- Hamu Adams
- Mallory Leaf
- Damon Judd
- Summer Wilkinson
- Jurnee Rei
- Horizon Scott
- Toby Ryan
- Claire Asai You
- Bella Stainthorpe
- Matthew Crook
- Te Omeka Akariri-Buckley
- Khan Barnard-Perry
- Margaret Sioli
- Alexander Den-McKay
- Addison Leathley
- Millie Collinson
- Emma-Lee Hewer
- Reeve Hunt
- Sophie Jacobsen
- Joseph Tudor
- Evie Roberts
- Carter Taylor
- Lily-Rose Suthon Craigie
- Jaxyn Sandford
- Liam Puru
- Erin Sowman
- Lesley Paora
- Tyreece Joines
Duffy Books - Government Book Week - Winners
Our Duffy Awards are generously sponsored by First Gas.
Thank you First Gas.
The Tech Hub
Kia ora whanau.
This week we are working on our prototypes for a product to store or hold something.
I have brought in an example of a vertical planter made from 3 repurposed plastic bottles.
We would love to create a whole wall of these, so if you have any at home can we please have them.
Just a reminder of the tech fee, we still have a huge number if families that haven't paid theirs yet. It's really important to pay these fees these as I need it to pay for ingredients. If you think you are going to have trouble paying this can you please let Paula or myself know.
Unfortunately I am unable to be at school this Thursday, so if you were planning in popping in please email me to make an alternative time.
Board of Trustees Elections
We have a new Board!
Congratulations to Hayley Adams, Paul Rauputu, Marnie Reinfelds, Shannen Robinson, Mike Warring and Kellie Minnell.
Thank you to all those who showed Kia Maia by putting their name forward for our Board and to all those who voted.
We look forward to an exciting time ahead for Puketapu School.
Samoan Dancing in Kowhai 3
SPRING into Maths!
Mrs Paterson would like to invite parents or whanau to be trained in taking a group of students for a SPRING maths program.
SPRING stands for:
SPRING is intended to help move students from one level of maths to another by consolidating the skills they need.
Mrs Paterson will do the planning and training for anyone who is available to help with SPRING in our school.
You do not have to be a whizz at maths but you do need a kind heart for our tamariki.
The SPRING programme is
half an hour a day
4 days a week
for 5 weeks only
(then we can start another group of students if you are available for more).
This would happen in class or in a space we can find for you in school.
Please email Mrs Paterson firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested and available to help. We will plan to train people in the first week for term 3.
We are looking forward to fun maths sessions working with our whaanau and tamariki in Term 3.
Disco! Friday 28 June
Rimu and Totara will be from 5.30 - 6.30pm
Kowhai and Kauri will be from 6.45 - 8.15pm
Tickets will be $2 - there will be pre-sales of tickets next Thursday and Friday at morning tea time. All presold tickets get preferential entry. There will be door sales as well.
All tickets include a bag of lollies as well as entry and there will be chips available for sale.
There will also be pizza available for purchase but this must be ordered and paid for prior to the event.
Our theme is the Earth to fit in with our Pare Kore theme however you don't have to dress in theme - any fancy dress is welcome.
All students must be picked up from the hall.
No student will be allowed to leave without a parent.
Parent helpers are needed please to help with ticket and food sales and general supervision on the night.
Hats for Sale - $5
What's On: This week and next
Thursday 20 June:
- Spotswood College visiting Year 8 students
- Student Learning Conferences 3.30-6.30pm
- Taranaki Hockey Small Sticks Training
Friday 21 June:
- Student Learning Conferences 8.00-4.30pm
*** FRIDAY IS NOT A NORMAL SCHOOL DAY ***
(Students only come to school for their conference, then go home.)
Monday 24 June:
- Hockey coaching this week for Totara, Kowhai and Kauri
Tuesday 25 June:
- Taranaki Hockey Small Sticks Training
Thursday 27 June:
- Road Patroller Training (Year 6 & 7 students)
- Last day for Pancake orders
- Home & School Quiz Night. Tickets are on sale at the office.
Friday 28 June:
- Wacky Hair Day. Gold coin donation for Cancer Society
- Year 5&6 Interschool - Home against Norfolk (times?)
- Brave the Shave
- School Disco
Wednesday 3 July:
- Pancake orders delivered
Thursday 4 July:
- Whole school Assembly (@ Northpoint 9.15am)
Friday 5 July - LAST DAY OF TERM 2
Term 3 starts on Monday 22 July
Order and pay at the office before 3.30pm on Wednesday.
Friday 28 June
- Macaroni and Cheese (Bacon) $5
- Cup of soup with roll and butter: Kumera and Bacon $5
- Lunch pack (piece of fruit, yoghurt, mini cookie, raisins and Savoury Pinwheel) $5
Friday 5 July
- American Hotdog $5
- Cup of soup with roll and butter: Veggie $5
- Lunch pack (piece of fruit, yoghurt, mini cookie, raisins and Mini Bacon and Egg Puff $5
Wow! What Raffle Prizes!
Tickets are $3 per ticket or 4 for $10 and will be available for purchase from Monday 23rd morning at the office. Winners will be drawn at the Quiz on Thursday 27 June.
- A large supermarket trolley filled with goodies (Thanks to Stuart at Countdown, The Valley).
- An awesome Go Healthy Vitamin pack (Thanks to Pharmacy at Bell Block)
- Wet & Forget package, including Shower Witch, Tigers Paw. (Thanks to Wet & Forget, The Valley).
All proceeds from the raffle and the Quiz Night will go towards raising money for playground swings.
PS: It's not too late to get your Quiz Night tickets - there is still space for a few more teams.
Delicious Marcel's pancakes - plain, chocolate, mini, gluten free, blueberry...
Order forms came home with eldest students today, but more forms are available from the office. Get your order in by Thursday 27 June and we will deliver them to you in the last week of the term, just in time for holiday breakfasts!
Friday 26 July, Fred Tucker Hall
Clean out your wardrobe and bring your good used (adult) clothes to the school office.
On the night, come along and try on a bargain.Proceeds will be going to Kick Start Breakfast
Happy birthday to all those who have had Birthdays coming up this week:
- Mason Nation-Fahey
- Nico Reeve
- Reece Speedy
- Rory Lichtwark
- Malan de klerk
- Tyreece Joines
- Alexis Lind
- Yelena Poching
- Pukauae Kipa
Light in the Darkness
Friday 5 July, 6.30pm on the Northpoint Church field.
A community event for all ages.