Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 2, Term 1, 2019

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

Kia kaha - do your best * Kia māia - be courageous * Kia manawanui - have a heart

Ko Puketapu Matou

This term's learning focus is "Ko Puketapu Matou - We are Puketapu"

With so many new faces and spaces, it is a great way of learning about ourselves and each other.

Say hello to...

The Totara Learning Team (Years 2&3):
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Team Totara!

From left: Mrs Kelly Harvey, Mrs Alejandro Barrientos (Mr B),
Mrs Kellie Minnell (Learning Leader & Junior AP) and Miss Louisa Sharrock

Statistics in Kauri

Students in Kauri have been gathering statistics about what they have in common - eye colour, birthdays, favourite type of car... and all sorts of other things.

They learned about creating Tally Charts with their data and they also learned a lot about the other learners in Kauri!

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Our School Song

We sing our school song at every showcase. We sing it loud and proud as it tells everyone who we are.

Puketapu Te Kura

Taranaki te maunga

Mangati te awa

Ko Te Atiawa te iwi e

Tokomaru te waka

Puketapu te hapu

Ko Puketapu te kura e

Mihi mai karanga mai

Ki to koutou kainga

Whakapiri mai te iwi e

Anei matou

Kei te mihi atu nei

Ko Puketapu e ngunguru nei (au au aue ha)

Ko Puketapu e ngunguru nei

Congratulations to...

Congratulations to the winners of our Values Awards presented at Showcase on Friday 8 February:


Mercedez Tagatauli

For an amazing start to the school year and for showing our School Values every day.


Noah Gomez

For an amazing start to the school year and for showing our School Values every day.


Texira Martley

For an amazing start to the school year and for showing our School Values every day.

And this week two from Rimu

Carter Silich

For an amazing start to the school year and for showing our School Values every day.

Noah Ramsdale

For an amazing start to the school year and for showing our School Values every day.

Well done all of you. You make our school a better place by showing our values.


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Alex and Hanro have been displaying our school values this week by keeping our school clean and picking up rubbish during morning play and lunch play times - Well done!
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Hats are required every day. We only have a few spares so please remind your tamariki to bring their own hat every day.

School hats are for sale at the office for $5

Mobile Phones at School

Mobile phones should be kept at home.

If your child really needs their phone before or after school, these must be handed in to the office before school begins and can be collected after 3pm (or when they are leaving school.)

Mobile phones must not be used at school.

kowhai beach picnic - tomorrow!

All children please remember to bring:

  • Lunch
  • A bottle of water
  • A hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sensible walking shoes
  • You may also bring along with you sandcastle building equipment

We will be leaving at 12pm after morning play and returning around 2:30pm.

Please if you haven't already, hand your completed permissions slips to your class teacher.

Practice Those Smiles!

School Photos will be taken on Friday 22 March. More information and envelopes for ordering will be sent home towards the end of this month.

The Tech Hub

Kia Ora Puketapu Whanau!

Planning is underway to start our Kauri Tech Hub lessons next week. Classes will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting Tuesday 19 February.

Within Design and Technology there are many areas that we are going to cover, including food, construction (hard and soft materials), digital and art. I am working on making term units of work that will be project based learning and will cover all these areas, and it seems from the feedback I am getting from the kids that Food Tech is a year round must!

I believe that part of Food Tech is looking at where our food comes from and all of us can be proactive in this valuable life lesson.

This week I would like to show you this great graphic from Tui Gardening about what to plant in your garden this month, and a recipe for all those courgettes that you might have popping up in the garden.

Happy cooking everyone!

If you want to get in touch with me, please feel free to email me at cwigley@puketapu.school.nz

Nga mihi,

Mrs Wigley.

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Courgette Fritters

Recipe from: www.bite.co.nz


4 TBSP Oil

1 Red onion, finely chopped

1 clove

Garlic, finely chopped

5 Courgettes, grated

1 TBSP Parsley, finely chopped

2 TBSP Fresh basil, chopped

200 g Ricotta cheese

2 Eggs, lightly beaten

½ cup Flour


1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a frying pan and gently cook chopped onion and garlic until softened but not quite browned.

2. Squeeze out as much moisture as possible from the grated courgettes. Combine courgettes, onion, parsley, basil and ricotta in a bowl.

3. Add lightly beaten eggs and flour and season with salt and pepper. Mix until well combined.

4. Heat remaining 3 TBSP oil in a frypan and cook large spoonfuls of batter until cooked through and golden brown on both sides.

Tip! A dressing made from yoghurt, garlic, sea salt and mint tastes delicious with these quick and easy fritters.

If you make some of these fritters, how about sharing some pictures and photos - we would love to hear how they turned out.

Can You Help?

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we need your help!

If you are interested, meet us at 2.30pm on Friday in the staff room or contact Hayley (Hamu and Koen's mum) 022 406 4349 or Mel (cool mum with the dreads)

Road Patrol

Adult helpers wanted for both morning (8.30-9.00am) and afternoon (2.50-3.15pm). As our school grows there are lots of children and cars at our gates, so we would love to have some more adult helpers. Let Paula or Karen at the office know if you can spare some time.

School entrance... x3!

Did you know there are three entrances you can arrange to meet your tamariki at after school?

The main gate can be very crowded, so why not check out:

...the entrance further down on Dillon Drive, between 49 and 51 Dillon Drive, where it is much easier to park.

...on the opposite side of the field, you can go through the Northpoint Church car park and on to Mangati Road.

Why not arrange to meet at the big playground and walk to one of the field-side entrances. (We know you will show Kia Manawanui to our neighbours and our good friends at Northpoint Church when you do this.)

For bigger kids, you could also try "Park and Walk" - agree on a pick up point, perhaps along Mangati Road or Dillon Drive, and arrange to meet there. Or skate, scoot or bike together.

We know those whanau with toddlers and prams would be very grateful for some additional parking near the main gate, so please help if you can.

Friday Lunches

Order and pay at the office before 3.30pm on Wednesday.

Friday 15 February: Last call for Nachos $4.50 or Lunch Pack $4.50

(Ham sandwich, fruit yoghurt, fresh fruit, raisins and a mini cookie)

Friday 22 February: Choose from three items this week:

Ham and Salad Wrap $4.50


Fruit Salad with Yogurt $5.00


Lunch Pack $4.50

(Cheese Scone, fruit yoghurt, fresh fruit, raisins and a mini cookie)

This week our roll is: 347

Let's give a big Puketapu welcome to our latest learners to join our school Kupa Brider and Millie Collinson started this week.


Happy birthday to all those who have had Birthdays this week or coming up soon:

  • Makaia Sherry
  • Kupa Hoskin
  • Kupa Brider
  • Kayden Tango
  • Pavihi Ekeroma
  • Amber MacDonald
  • Savannah Falaniko
  • Alex Cross
  • Brianna O'Keeffe
  • Kyzahn Brill
  • Omar-el-Farouk Merdj
  • James Barnard-Perry

What's On: This week and next

Thursday 14 February

Kowhai Beach Picnic (leaving school at 12.00, back around 2.30pm)

Tuesday 19 February

First day of Tech for Year 7&8s

Wednesday 20 February

Board of Trustees Meeting 6.30pm

Thursday 21 February

Breakfast Club starts today! 8.15am in the Hall

Friday 22 February:

Student Showcase 9.15 (Rimu)

Breakfast Club meeting 2.30pm (Staffroom)

What's on: Later this term

As we continue with our planning, more things will be added to our Calendar. Further information will come home regarding trips and outings.

Monday 25 February: Totara team to beach - Taranaki Rocks collection

Tuesday 26 February: New Plymouth District Council Class Hands Up Survey

Thursday 28 Feb: Kauri Overnighter at School (tents), Kowhai Mangati/Beach Walk

Saturday 2 March: Car Boot & Market Day

Monday 4 March: Dental Bus on site (will be here for two weeks)

Thursday 7 March: Student Showcase 9.15 (Totara)

Friday 8 March: TEACHER ONLY DAY (No School)

Monday 11 March: TARANAKI ANNIVERSARY DAY (No School)

Wednesday 13 March: Board of Trustees Meeting 6.30pm

Thursday 14 March: Kowhai Rock Pool Visit, Swimming Sports - heats and non competitive

Friday 15 March: Rimu trip to Pukekura Park

Monday 18 March: Junior Maths for whanau information afternoon 3.15-4.30pm

Thursday 21 March: Student Showcase 9.15 (Kowhai), Netball Training, Swimming Sports

Friday 22 March: School Photos

Tuesday 26 March: Weetbix TRYathlon

Thursday 28 March: Year 7 & 8 Immunisations (part 1), Netball training (details TBC), Kowhai Te Rewa Rewa Walk

Tuesday 2 April: League: Tony Kemp Cup @ Clifton Park Waitara

Wednesday 3 April: Interschool Swimming Competition

Friday 5 April: Student Showcase 9.15 (Kauri)

Wednesday 10 April: League: Howie Tamati Cup (venue TBC)

Friday 12 April: Last day of Term 1

Term 1 ends at 3pm on Friday 12 April

Term 2 begins on Monday 29 April

Community Notices

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