Week 5, Term 4 - Friday 18 November 2022

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

from our principal

How delightful to have Mr Alan Smith visit Puketapu School yesterday.

Mr Smith was the Principal at Puketapu for 17 years, he has a great love for this kura, the tamariki, adults and community.

In these pictures he is seen with Miss Sharrock, who was first employed by Mr Smith, and with Teone who’s Mum and Dad were both students at Puketapu School when Mr Smith was Principal. Whaea Laurie and Whaea Cara were also students during this time and Whaea Corinne (Miss Sattler) also fell in love with Puketapu and it’s people after being invited to join the Puketapu team by Mr Smith.

Mr Quince, Mrs Lane (Jay) and Mrs Oldfield (Michele) also have strong ties and happy memories from this time.

Mr Smith just ‘loved our school and the lovely vibe’ it has - we agree - Puketapu is a tino pai place to be.

As the 2023 year rapidly comes to a close, we congratulate Mr Ngatai Walker on completing his studies at Te Wānanga o Raukawa and while he is working quietly behind the scenes on organisation for next year we really look forward to having him back with us here in week 8.

Meanwhile, have a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. We wish Kōwhai lots of learning fun on camp and EOTC and remainder of our kura a healthy, happy week 6.

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What is SOMADD?

SOMADD stands for School of Music, Art, Dance & Drama. It is our kaupapa for Term 4 which ends with a wonderful celebration evening to share our learning

This year we are celebrating our new School Value- Kia Ora, Be Well and how we would like to show Kia Ora this summer in our community.

Please come and join us to help celebrate the end of the school year.

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school values

PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning

“If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach.

If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach.

If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach.

If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach.

If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we..... teach?..... punish?

Why can’t we finish the last sentence as automatically as we do the others?”

~ Herner, 1998

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The below students have been superstars this week!

Kei whea mai - Preston Cooper, Rubeelee Jeffrey, Tiaki Leaf, Kingston Benton and Sophie Engels

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Duffy Awards are given out for tamariki "Caught Being Good" at any number of things. Recipients get to choose a book to keep. There were lots of happy readers taking books home this week!

This week has been a big week of Duffy awards - we missed lots of photos but managed to snap the below tamariki.

Te kino kē hoki- Roam Harvey-Smith, Izzy Mcmahon, Damion Paora, Brianna O'Keeffe-Wano, Jahlia Manukonga-Te Uira & Honor Wilson

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Design tech

We have been super lucky to have some amazing experts come into our school and teach this term for our Kauri electives.

The Taranaki Airs Basketball team has provided us a coach for the basketball elective.

We have an amazing dance teacher called Jon, who is a year 13 at NPBHS.

And we have Damon come in and coach Touch Rugby.

What a great way to spend a sunny Wednesday afternoon.


On the menu for next week...

Monday: Wholemeal pizza, fruit & mini muffins

Tuesday: Hotdogs! with fruit & crackers

Wednesday: Butter chicken with rice, bliss balls and fruit

Thursday: Club sandwiches with fruit and popcorn

Friday: Meatball subs with salad and fruit

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Our Rimu tamariki were treated to a fruit smoothie this week! Safe to say they LOVED IT!

Gardener Wanted!

We are looking for someone to work in our gardens for about 20- 30 hours over the next 3 weeks. This could be done whenever suits the person, mainly weeding and tidying, but also some planting.

Now that the majority of the agapanthus have been removed we now need some creativity to replace them with something else!

If you know someone who might be interested, please contact Paula in the school office.

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home & school


The Team at the Four Saucemen have offered Puketapu Home and School a delicious fundraiser just before Christmas.

These rubs will elevate your Home Cooking or Barbecue cooking to the next level. This New Zealand company is all about family and supporting local. With several award-winning rubs on the market, they have offered the school the following selection. The team at Smok’n Comrades use a lot of these rubs & sauces on a regular basis and has become a staple in a lot of people’s cupboards around New Zealand.

Order online via this link https://forms.gle/bj1eVj83t8CKmoBK8

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Bell Block Community Christmas parade will be held on Saturday 3rd December at 3pm

Home and School has registered to participate and have a Christmas sleigh that the kids can scooter beside or behind. We will need some adult helpers to walk beside the float too. If your child is keen to join us, they will need a Puketapu sport Tshirt, a Christmas hat and their scooter. Email homeandschool@puketapu.school.nz or let the office know if you can help or if your child is keen to join us.

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Keep those goodies coming! Our SOMADD raffles are legendary and we want this year to be the best yet!

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A great day for a game of cricket

Book Club

Issue #8 - the last issue for the year!

There are some great titles, perfect for Christmas presents or summer holiday reading.

Make sure your orders are in by Thursday 24 November.

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the flower cart comes to rimu

Our Rimu Tamariki were very lucky to learn about and create floral art last week. One of our fabulous parents Jade Parkinson arranged for Kelly from The Flower Cart to visit and teach them about the colour wheel and how to effectively arrange dried flowers. Jade helped create 90 different backgrounds for the children to paint and make their arrangements on.

Thank you Kelly and Jade, you made a special day for our Rimu tamariki.



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Creative Writing - What's in a picture?

A picture paints a thousand words... but what words do you imagine when you look at a picture? Here are two pieces of creative writing from Kauri. Ella and Deja described what they saw and felt from the pictures they chose, both strong and brave:


I am brave and strong.

I wonder if I will ever go to the olympics.

I want a fun, safe life that I can live in freely with no worries,

I am brave and strong.

I pretend to be brave when times are tough and scary.

I feel loved and safe when I am around my family.

I am brave and strong.

I understand that life is not easy and won't just give you what you want, you have to work for it.

I try to be kind to other people and try my best in everything.

I hope that I will succeed in life and try to be the best I can be.

I am brave and strong.

By Ella Rauputu.


I am strong and brave

I wonder if I'll get killed

I hear kids screaming and running from gunshots

I see scared young, homeless kids trying to stay alive

I want this war to end

I am strong and brave

I pretend that everything is going to be ok

I feel extremely worried for all those kids without a family & my own

I touch my gun, getting ready to protect my younger siblings

I worry that one day soon I will get killed

I cry at night with all the other scared children

I am strong and brave

I understand that most children don't feel like this

I say “we will get through this”

I dream for my siblings and I to be safe someday

I try and protect the kids & elders

I hope to have a meal in peace

I am strong and brave

By Deja Tohu

this week at school

Other highlights from Week 5 around our Kura...
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The wheels on the bus go round and round - our Rimu tamariki were all so excited boarding their bus to Pukekura Park & Brooklands Zoo on Tuesday.

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Zoo animals, playgrounds, train rides, rolling down hills, kai time - Rimu showed all our school values while on their school trip on Tuesday. A BIG THANK YOU to all the parent helpers.

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Rico Rauputu & Tamarau Ahu showing our school values this morning and getting ahead for the day by starting their mahi early.

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good seed trust feedback form

Kia ora school whānau,

Good Seed Trust is connected with Anya Pochings role here at our Kura. They are currently seeking feedback around Bell Block Community. If you can please take two minutes to click on & complete the below link.


You go in the draw to win a voucher/appliance.

from home

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


Happy Birthday to all the students who have Birthdays this week

  • Skyla Rose Pratt
  • Rihari Hotene
  • Ethan Blandford-Noble
  • Keaton Feather-Smith
  • Iniyah Zandbergen
  • Georgia-Lee Scrimgeour
  • Cooper Kerr
  • Keisha Lowry
  • Sapphire Kuchler

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

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

Tuesday 22 November

  • Year 6 Camp, Year 5 & 4 Activity Week starts

Friday 2 December

  • Tough Kid Challenge, Hawera (Year 5-8)
    (Get your permission slips in asap please)

Wednesday 7 December

  • Meet the Teacher for 2023

Thursday 8 December

  • Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

Friday 9 December

  • SOMADD Community Event

Wednesday 14 December

  • Final Student Showcase (Whānau invited) 10am Northpoint

Thursday 15 December

  • Last Day for 2022 - School finishes at 12pm

Community notices


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Children's Eczema Study

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charity walk / run

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Golf fluro fun day

When: Thursday 1st December

Where: Manukorihi Golf Club

Why: Social/Participation event

Time: 10am - 12 noon

Cost: $5 per player

Ages: Years 4 - 8

Each team will need a couple of golf clubs (a putter and iron), golf balls, tees and an adult with them for safety. At a stretch one adult for two teams would be ok. We will have limited clubs available please let me know if you need any.

Once everyone has arrived we will do an event briefing and then set everyone off at various starting holes. We will have a couple of games set up from 9.15am for students to play while everyone is arriving. The format is Rotate Golf: One ball per team, one score per team. Team players get a number from 1-4, this determines when it’s their turn, one will start, then two will hit from where one finishes and so on.

Here is the link to register your teams: https://forms.gle/TcEVox5gZgLzqKXF9

You can find the poster here to share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/futurestaranaki

The purpose of the day is to get young people out on the golf course having a fun time and smashing a few good shots!

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