Te Puru School

Newsletter Term 1 2016 - Week 7

This week at Te Puru School...

Celebrating our responsible School.

Tena koutou katoa, nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa.

Greetings parents, whanau and members of our school community.

Rimu Camp

Ruma Rimu, along with Mr Friis, Pippa and some of our parents, set off to Waikawau on camp this week. They have practiced putting their tents up and practiced making their food on the camping stoves. Let's hope that the weather holds out for them and that they have a great time, learning about how to look after themselves at camp, in the bush and on the beach. Waikawau is a spectacular spot and such a lovely place to be, if the showers are a bit cold! We are looking forward to seeing them back here on Thursday afternoon.

New to Te Puru

This week we have welcomed some new faces to Te Puru. Whaea Yvonne Tingle has been relieving in Ruma Totara. Christian Jackson is new to our school this week. We hope that you both enjoy being at Our School. It's great to have you here.

Our Virtue is Responsibility

On duty this week, I saw our students taking responsibility. Some of our students set up their own Rippa Rugby game at lunchtime, well done team. It's quite daunting sometimes when you are new to a school and don't know many people, but I'm happy to say that the students at Te Puru make it their responsibility to make new students feel welcome. Kai pai Te Puru!

About scooters...It's been a bit of a bumpy ride, but I'm happy to say that the message is getting through, about wearing covered shoes to ride on scooters at school. Tania was having a lot of customers in the sick bay for scraped toes. Well done, again to our students who are taking responsibility for their own self-care.

Deputy Principal’s Award

Issac Wood, for finding two hats and responsibly giving them to me so that we could find out who they belonged to. Well done for being so responsible Issac!

Jayne Bolsover

Deputy Principal

The Fairest Of Them All - Educational, inspirational, extremely entertaining theatre coming to our school!

We are very lucky to have "The Fairest Of Them All" coming to our school on Monday 21st March. There will be a small charge of $5.00 per child (which will be invoiced to your childs account) to watch this highly rated theatre production.
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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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Ruma Matai and Ruma Kowhai are using the Daily 5 Reading Programme

Daily 5 is a Reading programme designed to encourage children to read for pleasure and manage sustained silent reading.

The children work their way through a range of 5 independent activities:

1) Read to self (sustained silent reading)

2) Read to someone (read with a buddy)

3) Listen to reading (read stories online)

4) Word work (spelling/grammar/phonics)

5) Work on writing (handwriting/finishing)

The children self manage their way through all 5 of these activities in any order that they choose.

This frees the teacher up to work with the children in groups, on:

C = Comprehension

A = Accuracy

F = Fluency

E = Extend vocabulary

Many parents at Parent Interviews have commented on the enthusiasm for reading that their children are showing since the introduction of this programme.

A message from Cheryl Stone in Nepal

Here is a message from Cheryl Stone. Cheryl took our Te Puru flag with her when she climbed Mt Elbrus in Russia. Now it seems we are famous in Nepal too:

Hi there apologies for the poor quality photo but it started snowing.....I'm nearly 4000m above sea level on the way to Everest Base Camp.

I got to visit Sir Edmund Hillary School.....he built this school and all the Nepalise say Sir Edmund is their father.


Tigers can be good at electonic art too!!

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whats cooking in the kitchen Room Kowhai?

what I am Will.i.am english subtitles

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.

How was your camping trip? Kia pehea te ko to koutou haerenga camping ?

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 this term. 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 Pohutukawa. Kia ora, Ruma Pohutukawa!

Coming Up

Wk 7 Pohutukawa

Wk 8 Good Friday (no assembly)

Wk 9 Nikau

Wk 10 Whanau Leaders

Wk 11 Kauri (Certificate Assembly)


18.3.16 3x3 Basketball - Thames High School

22.2.16 Hockey Big Day Out - Ngatea

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)

01.3.16 3x3 Basketball - Thames High School

05.4.16 Vision tests 9 am

08.3.16 3x3 Basketball - Thames High School

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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yummy recipe you can make at home

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community news

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sport section

attention all rugby players

Its not too late to play rugby

Junior Rugby Registrations

Wednesday 23 March 2016 5:00pm -6:00pm

No weight limits

Teams now in aged groups

Under13s, Under 11s, Under 9s, Under 8s and Under 7s

$50.00 per player, $30.00 per under 7s player, Family $100.00 (3 or more players)

No eftpos

Thames Sailing Club

Saturday 26th March

Thames Sailing Club

Fun Open Day with BIC Junior Skiff

Come along and try out the new O'pen BIC Junior skiff.

Qualified instructors will be there to help.

All welcome including those who have never sailed before.

Have a go on the exciting new international Junior Skiff or join in on one of our club boats.

Refreshments available - Fun for the whole family (Bring suitable clothing for sailing)

Where: Thames Sailing Club, 701 Tararu Rd

When: Saturday 26th March, 9am to 12pm

Enquiries Welcome: 021 0835 2577

Thames Animal Rescue, Easter Garage Sale

Saturday 26th March 2016


Grahamstown Hall, Pollen St, Thames

8.30 - noon

Fundraising for the rescue kitties, food & vet care

Donations welcomed

Purrlease support our paws

Alice 07 868-2907

turua scouts

Turua Scout Group Open Day, Sat 2 April, 10am-1pm. Come and experience a little of what Scouting has to offer for parents, Keas (school year 1-3), Cubs (school year 4-6) and Scouts (school year 7-10). Sausage sizzle and demonstration of Army war vehicles. Enquiries: Julie 868 8103, txt 0211 392 558, Cubs & Scouts: Cath & Rodney, 867 5079, 027 667 8295.

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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have a great weekend