Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 3, 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

Our school karakia

As part of "Ko Puketapu Matou - We Are Puketapu" we have been learning our school song and also our school karakia. We say this at the start of the day, at showcase and at meetings.

Kia uruuru mai

A Hauora, haukaha, haumaia

Ki runga, ki raro, ki waho

Rirerire hau paimarire

Enter forth

The winds of life

The winds of strength

The winds of courage

As above, below, within, without

Peace be upon us

Say Hello to...

The Kowhai Learning Team (Years 4, 5 & 6):
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Team Kowhai!

From left: Miss Nicole Megaw, Mrs Christine Murphy, Miss Cara Knuckey, Mrs Laurie Edwin

Last week the entire Kowhai Learning Team hit the beach! We walked to Bell Block Beach and enjoyed a beautiful day out as part of our "Ko Puketapu Matou - We Are Puketapu" topic.

We enjoyed putting our creative skills to use making sand/stone structures - we have some talented budding engineers and architects! We relaxed under the pohutukawa trees for our picnic and to draw our view using observational drawing.

Thank you to all the whanau who came with us and we look forward to our next outing soon!

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Growing for Good with Countdown

To celebrate the successful phase out of single-use plastic carrier bags, Countdown announced the ‘Growing for Good’ grants programme, which gives primary schools throughout New Zealand the opportunity to undertake environmental initiatives and projects led by Kiwi kids.

Through the learning unit "Sharing the Planet" at the end of last year the Totara team looked at biodiversity and conservation in our backyard. We learned about the habitats of local insects, lizards and birds and decided to create a garden behind the Totara classrooms for play and learning.

We are excited to announce that we were successful in our application to Countdown to enhance this area and have received $1000 to help us with tools and plants that we can use to create our learning space.

Thank you to Countdown for providing the financial support to help us realise the kids dreams and help make our part of the world a better place.

Congratulations to...

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

  • Ashaela Brider-Bailey
  • Kayne Adrian
  • Whitiaahua Korewha-Tuavao
  • Anton Roper
  • Trevahn Edwards
  • Kruize Davis
  • Carter Taylor
  • Brylee Mehaney-Johnston
  • Annabella Aldridge

Kia Maia - Be Courageous

  • Ayla Gadsby

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

  • Abbey Houghton
  • Rhikyda Pirini Hall
  • Zakhan Faapulou


Our School Sports Coordinator - Kim Sowman

For any sports inquiries or for any sporting information please contact Kim Sowman at ksowman@puketapu.school.nz or leave a message at the office.
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Touch is on and the season starts today! We are so excited to have 10 teams competing this term. Huge thanks to all the parents who are coaching, managing, subbing and supporting. We couldn't do it without you! Players: Meet your coaches by the playground 20 minutes before your game unless they have sent you other instructions. Intermediates must wear shoes. Don't forget, show our school values, on and off the field.

Netball, Basketball, Miniball, Hockey: Final call for all netball, hockey, miniball and basketball players. Please get your sports rego form to the office asap. Coaches needed for all of these sports!

Football: See below for Bell Block United information

Sports T Shirts: We are currently awaiting delivery of our next order of Sports T Shirts. As soon as they arrive we will be able to swap "borrow" shirts for ones to keep.

Afternoon Swims

After school swims for Rimu, Totara and whanau on Mondays and Thursdays.

An adult must be present to supervise.

The Tech Hub

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Hi everyone

Tuesday saw the very first day of Design and Technology at Puketapu school, and I am very pleased to say that it went well!

The new space, which is the old dental clinic, is slowing being transformed into an exciting and creative teaching space. I am super lucky to have Mr Quince at school, as he managed to find me a HUGE TV so that I could some some useful clips as part of my lesson, and he even had it all installed and ready to go for on our 1st day. Thanks Mr Quince and Mr Walker for sorting that out for me.

Students are able to work in a variety of spaces within our 'Tech Block', as you can see from the photos below. And with a mixture of writing and drawing, most students should feel comfortable and confident in using these differentiated methods of recording data.

First up... Logo Design. The students are designing a logo for our new Design and Technology department. Once I have these all finished we will pick the logos that we think best represent our department and school, and these will become what we will use to represent us in the future. I can see already there are some budding designers in our midst, and I cant wait to see the final results......so watch this space!

One of the clips I showed today sums up how I feel about Design and Technology, and I hope that the students have taken it on board... "There is no right or wrong. Everything is right"

Nga mihi,

Mrs Wigley

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STEM in Kowhai 3

STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths... and it's FUN!

Home & School

Cookie Orders

Delicious ready-to-cook Yarrows cookies - just like the ones from Subway. Order forms will be available from the office later this week.

Coming up...

Family Picnic!

Join us for a relaxed picnic, play and swim, at Puketapu School on Thursday 14 March, from 4.30pm until 9pm. Bring your own blanket and food and we will provide the swim!

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Kickstart Breakfast Club is Back!

With a brand new team the club now will be on three times a week!

So as of next week Breakfast Club will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays starting at 8:15am - 8:45am.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers for making this happen, especially Hayley Adams, Mel Keith, the Methanex team and all the parents and community who give their time. Kia Manawanui!

Everyone is welcome to come along - why not join us for a social breakfast next week?

If you would like to help out any morning, please contact Hayley or Mel.

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Carboot Sale and Market Day

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Friday Lunches

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

Last call for this week: Friday 22 February:

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)

Next Friday 1 March:

Bacon Macaroni and Cheese $4.50


Fruit Salad with Yoghurt $5.00


Lunch Pack $4.50

(Small Bacon and Egg pie (cold), fruit yoghurt, fresh fruit, raisins and a mini cookie)

In our Playground...

It is wonderful to see so many tamariki using the sports equipment, fields and spaces so well at playtimes.

Here are a couple of expectations that we have here at Puketapu School:

(1) No Bullrush unless there is an adult taking it

(2) Tackle Rugby is allowed. You do not need an adult for this.

(3) Play lots of sport - basketball, netball, football, scootering, skateboarding, tackle rugby, touch rugby

(4) Show our school values

(5) Walkways are for walking - please walk your scooters

(6) We use our own scooters, we do not share others scooters.

(7) Be sunsafe - you must wear a hat.

Have fun, play and be kind.

This week our roll is 349!

A big Puketapu welcome to Jamal Daraghmi and Cailan Molineux who joined our school whanau this week.


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

  • Slade Walker
  • Arya Mattock
  • Amy-Jaide Paki
  • Annabella Aldridge
  • Tamarau Ahu
  • Ryan Huggard
  • Aryan Chand
  • Kobi Robinson
  • Anika Engebretsen
  • Aiden Scrimgeour
  • Davis Leaf
  • Waipuia Lomano
  • Keanu Prestney

What's On: This week and next

Wednesday 20 Feb:

Board of Trustees Meeting 6.30pm

Friday 22 February:

Student Showcase 9.15 (Rimu)

Monday 25 February:

Totara team to beach - Taranaki Rocks collection

Tuesday 26 February:

Sarah (New Plymouth District Council) Class Hands Up Survey

Thursday 28 February:

Kowhai Mangati/Beach Walk

Kauri Overnighter at School (tents)

Saturday 2 March:

Carboot Sale and Market Day 9am-12pm

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 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 7pm

Thursday 14 March: Kowhai Rock Pool Visit, Swimming Sports, Family Picnic - 4.30pm-9.00pm (Home & School)

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)

Friday 22 March: School Photos

Tuesday 26 March: Weetbix TRYathlon

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

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

Bell Block United Football

Club Training Night 2019

A weekly football training night will be starting in Term 1.

This is open to children from 4 to 12 years of age. The kids will be separated into age groups for skill training and small-sided games.

Children will need suitable footwear, either boots or sports shoes, and shinpads are recommended.

Starts: 12 February

Where: Puketapu School field

When: 5pm to 6pm on Tuesdays

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The Bubble Show

Join Mr. Bubbles with his extraordinary soap bubbles in all shapes and sizes. Enjoy bouncy bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, square bubbles, giant bubbles and even fire bubbles.


Sun 24 Feb 2019, 11:00am–12:00pm

Sun 24 Feb 2019, 2:00pm–3:00pm


The 4th Wall Theatre , 11 baring terrace , New Plymouth, Taranaki

Restrictions: For All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $17.00 ($16.00 + $1.00 fees)
  • Child: $10.00
  • Follow-up Workshop: $10.00