Week 7, Term 1 - Friday 17 March 2023

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

Week 7 @ Puketapu

This week was a super short week with Taranaki Anniversary on Monday and NZEI Industrial Action - Teachers Strike on Thursday. A great chance for our tamariki to rest and recharge.

You may have heard our school fire alarm on Wednesday afternoon. Some baking was cooked a little bit longer than it needed to be, however it was a great practice run for our kura. Our tamariki and kaiako did an amazing job of exiting their areas calmly and quickly. They then lined up in our emergency evacuation area by the netball/basketball courts and waited patiently for the alarm to stop and the all clear to be given. Great work everyone!

This is our second fire alarm in a few weeks and it is great to see the community checking on our school. Please remember, if the fire alarm goes off it will continue to sound until the Fire Brigade arrives and checks all is clear to then turn it off. If it is during school time please do not come and collect your children early as we will want to make sure all children are accounted for. If out of school time, our wonderful Caretaker Mr Quince will already have been notified and usually makes it here before the Fire Brigade.

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A perfect fire drill: everyone out, lined up and safely accounted for,
waiting for the fire engines to arrive.

nzei industrial action - teachers strike

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School photos

Order your school photos from Photolife before the end of Sunday19 March to get FREE DELIVERY!

You should have received an email with a link and your child's code. If you did not receive this, contact the school office and we can give you the code.

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lost scooters

Have you lost a scooter at school in the past 6 months?

We have a few scooters with no owners and no names. Please come into the office and describe your scooter and we can check if one of the lost scooters belongs to you.

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school values

At Puketapu School we have four School Values.

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

Whaea Corinne snapped the below pictures from around our school this week.

Do you know what school value these tamariki are showing by wearing their hats?

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On Wednesday morning we celebrated last week's Te Mako Matawhero award winners. A yummy ice cream station in the staffroom and some special time with Whaea Corinne.

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Corinne Sattler with our Te Mako Matawhero award winners.

WEEK 7 MAKO VALUES (everyday recognition of our Values)

Here are just a few of our winners this week:

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Carlos Zenovich has been showing Kia Māia and Kia Kaha in class

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Carlos Macioce & Toby Ryan have been showing Kia Manawanui - they made these beautiful cards for their teacher.

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We are lucky to be a Duffy School. Tamariki who earn a Duffy Certificate also get to choose a Duffy Book to take home.

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Rocky Lomano with his book Hoiho Paku

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Lucy Nicholas with her Duffy book 'Ella & Olivia' and Liam Wilson with his book 'The Best Loved Bear'


We are so grateful for our wonderful kai team and the meals they make with aroha for us every day.

On the menu for next week...

Monday: Wholemeal Pizza

Tuesday: Meatball Subs

Wednesday: Butter Chicken

Thursday: Toasted Sandwiches

Friday: Burger Day

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The two favourite meals on this weeks menu: Nachos and Chicken Tacos... YUM!!!

breakfast club

Breakfast Club is available in the Design & Tech room every day between 8.30-8.55am.

It's free, it's delicious and it's a great way to start the day!

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Teams have been finalised and coaches will receive more information next week.


Registration will be next week, more information to come via HERO.


Registration will be next week, more information to come via HERO.

design tech

This week our Design Tech tamariki have been making Rēwana bread and Paraoa parai (fried bread). Yum Yum!
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this week at school

Last Friday, Matua Brody's Kōwhai class were very lucky to be visited by All Blacks Sevens player Rhodes Featherstone.

Rhodes talked to the Kōwhai kids about his background, professional sports, values and the qualities you need to succeed. Rhodes played rippa rugby with the tamariki and signed lots of autographs! It was great meeting him!

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Matua Brody's class with Rhodes

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Spence Waddington and Rynal Prasad showing Kia Ora by wearing their helmets while on their rip sticks

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The Tōtara sandpit is being put to good use - and we love the shade sail!

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Kōwhai had their fornightly hub get together and gave out their Duffy Awards and White Pear vouchers. Kei whea mai Millie Collinson, Caitlyn Bellairs, Liam Wilson, Kasey Judd, Sanjeet Chand, Pavihi Ekeroma, Channing Rajput, Skye Ramsay, Sapphire Kuchler, Summer Wilkinson and Lucy Nicholas

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Kia Kaha & Kia Māia - What great learners and writers Kasey Judd & Rocky Lomano

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Ivy Adams and Eden Lucinsky learning outside while eating their kai

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Learning is fun with Mrs Den-McKay

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Monkeying around!

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Rimu tamariki Declan Brooking, Maddox Adamson & Kaiba Tuapawa-Poutu wearing their sunhats outside and showing Kia Ora - Be Well

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Sunhats, Sunshine and Smiles

thank you

One of our wonderful Mums Anna Fleet made these really cool rocks with our value logos on them. Her daughter Olivia Pryce's class uses them to hold and hand around while talking about the school values.

What an awesome idea. Thanks Anna!

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home & school

BINGO NIGHT - Wednesday 5th April

Get your friends together and Register by clicking here now!

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from home

Look what Whaea Jess did last the weekend!!!!

Whaea Jess joined us this year in Kōwhai. Last weekend she headed back to her home town of Taupō and checked out the views from above.

What a great way of showing some of our school values Jess, especially Kia Māia - Be Courageous!

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If you have anything you would like to share or celebrate from home please email it to office@puketapu.school.nz


Happy Birthday to all the students who have had Birthdays this week or have a Birthday coming up in the next week;

  • Ryan Wharram
  • Amalia Engebretsen
  • Chloe Lepper
  • Erin Sowman
  • Farhaan Faruk
  • Soliga Korewha-Tuavao
  • La-Shaye Hoeta
  • Sharn Hoeta

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

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

Sunday 19 March

  • Last day to order school photos with free delivery

Monday 20 March

  • Year 7 & 8 Vaccinations
  • BOT Meeting 5.30pm

Friday 24 March

  • Puketapu Swimming Sports (Senior School @ Bell Block Pool)
  • Bell Block School Gala Day 5pm-7pm

Tuesday 28 March

  • Year 6 leave for Camp (Te Wera)
  • Year 5 Activity week starts

Friday 31 March

  • Year 6 return from Camp

Wednesday 5 April

  • End of Term Assembly @ Northpoint Church 9.15am
  • Home & School Bingo Night

Thursday 6 April

  • Last Day of Term 1


Monday 24 April

  • First Day of Term 2

Tuesday 25 April

  • ANZAC Day / School Closed

Monday 1 May

  • Staff Only Day / School Closed

Community notices

recharge - youth group

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bell block school gala

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bell block rugby club

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family bike ride

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