Te Puru School


This week at Te Puru School...

Bits and pieces from the Principal

Bits and Pieces from the Principal

Tena koutou katoa, nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa.

Greetings parents, whanau and members of our school community.

Late last week, I was informed of the sad news that Dick Rakena had passed away. Dick has been our school kaumatua for many years. He often spoke here at school when we had special guests visiting. Our thoughts are with his Whanau at this time.


It still greatly saddens me to hear through the news of drownings in New Zealand. Here at school, we try our very best to give all our students instructional swimming. During terms 1 and 4, when the temperatures are warm we expect all our students to bring their togs and fully participate in daily swimming lessons. Too many of our students have excuses and don’t actively participate, which is a real shame. We don’t want to hear in the future of any of our students involved in a drowning. We need support from all parents to help us achieve the goal of having all our students leave our school being competent and safe in and around water.

Next week we are holding our annual Senior Swimming Sports at the Thames Centennial Pool. Most of our students have selected to take part in the participation events, not the competitive length events. This may be a sign of the times, but it does concern me that many of our senior students can’t swim a length of the town pool.

Formal Testing

Most testing is complete, but will carry over into next week, so it is crucial your child is present. We want to identify next learning steps and progress achieved, since this time last year. Results of these tests will be shared with parents and caregivers during Parent Interviews and Student Led Conferences on Tues.8th - Wed.9th March. More information will follow in the next few weeks. (Jayne will not be available on 8th March so will be available on 14th March)


Previously, I have mentioned the importance of arriving at school on time and the negative effect this is having on those students who arrive late each day. Just being late by 10 minutes each day adds up to an hour a week of lost learning. Over a year this adds up to one week of school missed in a year. Being late to class often means important instructions are missed and the class is interrupted. I’m sure with your support we can get all our students to school on time.


Both Richard and Karen Carruthers have resigned their positions here at school as cleaner and caretaker. We wish them well in the future.

Annette Busby has been appointed as our new cleaner and Neil Pascoe as our new caretaker/cleaner. We look forward to working with both Neil and Annette.

New Sports Shirts

The first bulk order with Kukri will be placed after next Friday, so if you wish or intend to purchase a shirt please have your order placed with Tania before then. Orders can be placed on your account with Tania.

Principal’s Award this week goes to Nicole Reid for excellent work in maths. Well done Nicole and keep up the great work.

Have an enjoyable weekend, hopefully the sun will return and the fish are hungry.

Mike Friis



We are planning to start at 10.30am.

Order of classes: Rimu, Totara, Matai, Kowhai, Pohutukawa, Nikau, Kauri

Where: At school

Please come and cheer us on!

Swimming Sports

Where? Thames Centennial Pools

When? Wednesday 24th February, 9.30am start

Who? Those who are aged 9+ (taken from age on 1st Jan)

Thank you to those parents who are willing to be time-keepers. We really appreciate your help! Please let us know if your child will be meeting us at the pool on Wednesday. Let us know if you are picking your child up after swim sports or if they have your permission to go home after swim sports.

Ruma Rimu

As many of you will know, Pippa wears a prosthetic arm. After showing the class her collection of arms, spanning her life, she gave Rimu the challenge to design and create a working prosthetic limb, capable of picking up a highlighter pen.

The materials? Just newspaper, sellotape, string and rubber bands!

The class broke into smaller teams and went for it!

Have a look at the results...

Sesame Street: Respect (Word on the Street Podcast)

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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Our new sport T-Shirt

Our new sport shirts are available to order from the office. T-Shirts are $25.00 and the Polo $30.00. These will be available to order for 1 more week and then the order will be sent away, so if you would like to order one please see Tania at the office as soon as possible. Feel free to pop into the office to have a look at these.

Te Rerenga o te Wiki

Te rerenga kōrero o te wiki = The

sentence for the week.

Lets go fishing = Taea haere hī ika

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.


Invoices were sent home last week. 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 Whanau Leaders. Kia ora, Whanau Leaders!

Coming Up

Wk 4 Kowhai

Wk 5 Rimu

Wk 6 Matai

Wk 7 Pohutukawa

Wk 8 Good Friday (no assembly)

Wk 9 Nikau

Wk 10 Whanau Leaders

Wk 11 Certificate Assembly


24.2.16 Swimming Sports – Centennial Pools

25.2.16 Duathlon (seniors starting first, juniors last)

29.2.16 Life Education Caravan here

01.2.16 Junior Swimming Sports 1.30 pm (Kauri, Nikau, Pohutukawa, Kowhai)

04.3.16 Cricket Festival - Paeroa

08.3.16 Thames Valley Swimming Sports

10.3.16 Multi Sports

15.3.16 Rimu Camp

15.3.16 Thames Valley Triathlon – Cooks Beach

23.3.16 Pohutukawa - Tararu

24.3.16 Yr 7 students vaccinations, Yr 8 girls only vaccinations

25.3.16 Good Friday

28.3.16 Easter Monday

29.3.16 No school (nationwide for schools due to long weekend)

05.4.16 Vision tests 9 am

13.4.16 Pohutukawa - Tararu

14.4.16 Grandparents Day – Anzac Ceremony

15.4.16 Last Day Term 1

02.5.16 First Day Term 2

hearing & vision checks in school

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our super food this week is eggs, eggs and more eggs.............

community news

rental wanted

Small working Te Puru school family seeking a rental property preferably on the the coast but all options considered 0272558567.

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Te Puru Creative Kidz Art Club

Spaces available Tues – Fri 3.00pm – 5.00pm, phone Linda 8682991 (by tennis courts at Te Puru Hall)

sport section

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BMX racing is a great sport for all the family. We cater for children as young as 3 who can ride a strider bike to parents who want to do some form of sport with their kids.

Our club nights are fun and you get to ride with other kids of your ability.

Come give it a go.

Tuesday nights 5.30pm.

Paeroa BMX Club

Taylor Ave, Paeroa.

For further information cal Terry on 0275626438 or email paeroabmx@hotmail.co.nz





Sheryl Krissansen is an internationally recognised IDTA cheerleading instructor and dance teacher of 40 years.

Her classes are fun, effective and are designed to build skill upon skill.

To register your child email aliasf@xtra.co.nz or call 027 448 7967 for more info.

thames netball agm

Monday 22nd of February 2016, is the Thames Netball Centre AGM, commencing at 6.00 pm at the Thames Netball Centre Pavilion.

netball workshops

Netball season is fast approaching and if you are looking to coach and/or manage a team, Thames Netball Centre is hosting a weekend on the 5th & 6th March with workshops run by Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty. Please see the Tania at the office for more information.

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have a great weekend