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.

Matua Ngatai

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

Please take care at our gate

We don't want this headline:

Please take care at our gate and crossings, especially in bad weather. Remember that yellow lines are not for parking on - this is to keep all of our tamariki safe.


Congratulations To...

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

Duffy Awards

Congratulations to our Duffy Award winners. Duffy Awards are given to recognise academic achievement or improvement and progress towards learning goals.

  • 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

Well done to Charlotte Joy Blackmore and Mercedez Tagatauli for writing your wonderful Duffy stories for Government Book Week.

Our Duffy Awards are generously sponsored by First Gas.

Thank you First Gas.

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Values Awards

Our Values Awards are awarded to one student per Learning Team for demonstrating our School Values.

Kierah Hosking

For consistently demonstrating all our school values.


Margaret Sioli

For trying extremely hard with her learning, giving new things ago and always being on task, setting a great example for the class.


Bonnie Rupe

For her diligence across all learning areas to do her best and her focus on her mahi.


Madie Cadman

For taking on new challenges with increasing courage, and for being a responsible member of our class.

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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.

Nga Mihi,

Mrs Wigley.

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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

In Kowhai 3 Margaret, Murray and Jimmy have been busy teaching students a traditional Samoan dance.
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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:

Start counting,


Reinforcing strategy,

Identifying numbers,

Number facts,


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 spaterson@puketapu.school.nz 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.

Wacky Hair-do Day Fundraiser Next Week

In support of our Brave the Shave participants we will be having a Wacky hair-do day on Friday 28 June. Gold coin donation. Proceeds to go to the Cancer Society.
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Hats for Sale - $5

A huge thank you to Karen Leckie, who has donated these wonderful Beanies to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research. Karen has kindly donated a hat to each the participants of Brave the Shave, and has asked that we sell the others with all proceeds going towards Cancer Research. No one hat is the same! Great for these cold winter months.

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
    (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

Friday Lunches

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!

We have been donated some awesome prizes for the Quiz night, but they are so amazing we don't want anyone to miss out so we are going to raffle them!

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.

Prizes are:

  1. A large supermarket trolley filled with goodies (Thanks to Stuart at Countdown, The Valley).
  2. An awesome Go Healthy Vitamin pack (Thanks to Pharmacy at Bell Block)
  3. 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.

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Pancakes anyone?

Home & School have a tasty new fundraiser on the way!

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!

Clothes Swap

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

Great Effort Whanau!

Thank you to everyone who took advantage of the Noel Leeming Friends & Family promotion recently.

Collectively we got some great bargains and we earned $795.78 for the school!

Thank you to Noel Leeming - what a great way to earn, save and spend all at the same time!

Community Notices

Light in the Darkness

Friday 5 July, 6.30pm on the Northpoint Church field.

A community event for all ages.

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