Te Puru School

Newsletter Term 1 2016 - Week 11

This week at Te Puru School...

Grandparents' Day & Anzac Ceremony

What a special day it was! Thank you so much to all who came to share this with us. The children loved showing you their classrooms and playing traditional games. Our seniors led the Anzac Ceremony very well and it was moving to stand with our community for the one minute silence.

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A Message from our Principal

Tena koutou katoa, nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa.

Greetings parents, whanau and members of our school community.

Grandparents Day

Days like today make me feel so proud of being the Principal here at Te Puru School. It was great to welcome the many grandparents, as they arrived at the school gate. Our two Student Leaders, Reegan Moleta and Alana McKee held the gate open and welcomed students and parents all week and today they both did a fabulous job.

Grandparents were able to visit classrooms to see what school looks and sounds like today, but also to share what their school days were like.

Morning tea was available in the hall for our grandparents. Thanks to the senior students and Support Staff who helped with making scones yesterday and cups of tea or coffee today.

After playtime the students and their teachers showed off many traditional games that grandparents played when they went to school. Games like, hop scotch, marbles, skipping and gutter board.

It would be great to get feedback from grandparents about the day and what they thought about school today. Use my email address to send me your thoughts and any ways we could improve this day next year.

ANZAC Ceremony

Following the traditional games, the senior students hosted our annual ANZAC Ceremony in the school hall. Most of our grandparents and parents were able to attend and I’m sure that they were moved like I was by the sharing of poems and thoughts about war. Special thank you to Pippa Harry for her time and effort to support the senior students to remember the thousands of New Zealand solders who fought and lost their lives in wars of the past.

We won’t forget them and we will be ever thankful as we live in the best country in the World and learn in the best school in the Universe.

Sue Watson Retiring

As many of our parents will know, Sue has retired from teaching as of this week. As a school we would like to thank Sue for the 30 yrs she has been teaching here at Te Puru School.

Over many years Sue was directly involved in many exciting experiences for our students, especially in the middle school. Activities such as:

* Line Dancing

* Entertaining the residents of Tararu Rest Home

* Her Leadership in Te Reo Maori and Kapa Haka

* Worm Farm Project

* Teaching her students how to play the ukulele

* Playing the Bag-Pipes for numerous school events

Sue will be greatly missed and we would like to wish her all the very best in retirement. We know that she will still drop in for a chat and cup of tea.

Principal’s Award this week goes to Reegan Moleta for his role as student leader this week. Well done Reegan.

Have a fabulous holiday and break and we will see you all back well rested and ready for another exciting term on Monday 2nd May.

Mike Friis


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Ever thought of becoming a parent representative on the board of trustees?

Following are some guideline dates for Elections for Board of Trustees

Nomination forms will be sent out shortly

Nominations close 20th May, 12 pm

Election day 3rd June, 12 pm

Declaration of results 9th June

Board takes office 10th June

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whats cooking in the kitchen this week room Pohutukawa?

MAD Group calling parents!

We want to hear from you! Please would you take the time to fill out the questionnaire below.

We think it would serve our community well to host an information evening around the issues of technology and the internet. Are we thinking right?

Do you have questions or concerns?

Would you find it valuable to hear from experts?

Would you like to connect with other parents who have similar concerns?

We're thinking of holding an evening in term 2 or term 3 and we only want to do it if it will be of use and you would come.

Thinking of getting a mortgage? Go with ASB for Our School!

If you take out a mortgage with ASB and you nominate our school, they will donate $1,000 to us. That is amazing!
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Making a Difference to TPS! The M.A.D. group.

The M.A.D. Group is up and running for another year. We have a great team of willing parents who love this way of supporting our school.

Who's on the team?

Rose Ward

Sharon Baker

Birgit Mayer

Maryanne Brockbank

Who's joined the team this year?

Richard Visick

Amanda Ewing

Mandy Murray

Rachael Asher

Staff involved are Pippa and Jayne

What are our M.A.D. Goals?

Easy - they all start with F

Fun - having as much of this as possible, and being a facilitator of fun for our community

Funds - raising as much money to support the learning in our school as possible

Family/Whanau - proactively developing the sense of family in our school community

What's coming up?

Specific dates & details to follow, but at this point we're aiming to do the following:

Term 2 - Scratch & Help Fundraiser


Term 3 - School Disco

Term 4 - Te Puru Quiz Night

TPS Fun Day

Can I get involved?

We thought you'd never ask!! There are a few ways you can help.

1. Join the M.A.D. group. We meet approx 4 times a year, for no more than 2 hours at a time. We're focussed - but have a lot of laughter along the way. Contact any of the people involved for more info.

2. Support our events with hands-on practical help. Each event will have a M.A.D. coordinator and they would LOVE to hear from you.

3. Support our fundraising by donating and also encouraging your children as they get involved.

Our M.A.D. programme will be finalised in the next few weeks and we will get it to you asap.

The Jungle Book - That's What Friends are For

icas 2016


If you wish your child to participate in ICAS tests, click the link above for online registration.

Login Details


School Code: 02001912

Password: THIFYK

ICAS will be administered in school.

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Te Rerenga o te Wiki

Te rerenga kōrero o te wiki = The

sentence for the week.

It's holiday time! = tona wa hararei!

Office Cell phone 0277572058

Remember this is a great way to let us know if your child is absent. If you have a change of pick up plans or need to get a message to your child/ren, please let us know as soon as possible.

Have you paid your invoice?

Invoices have been sent out. Please remember to pay bus fares and class stationary before the end of the term. If you would like to set up an automatic payment, please come and discuss this with Tania. Thank you.

Our Assemblies

Today, our assembly is being led by our Ruma Kauri. Kia ora, Ruma Kauri!

Coming Up

Wk 11 Kauri (Certificate Assembly)


15.4.16 Last Day Term 1

02.5.16 First Day Term 2

sport section

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netball yrs 1-4 come and have a go

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school holiday programmes

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community news

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Do you need to hire a costume? Well, we have the place just for you

Catalogue viewing hours, Tuesday to Friday 9 - 5 pm & Saturday 9 - 12pm. Fittings are available on Fridays or by appointment only.

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enjoy the holidays and see you back on Monday 2nd april 2016