Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 9, 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

Kia Manawanui at the Drop Off Lane

Thank you to all those who are working so hard to make our drop off bay a flowing system.

Remember, please drive all the way forward so there is space for others behind you.

Have you tried pick ups from our other entrances? Northpoint Church car park (Mangati Road) backs onto our field and in the other corner of the field is a walkway through to Dillon Drive which is much clearer of traffic.

Check out our video:


Totara Rocks

Totara team went for a hikoi to Bell Block Beach a little while ago. We listened to a karakia giving thanks for the treasures we were about to take from the beach and then had to find two suitable rocks for painting.

The tamariki have been busy painting them over the last few weeks to represent Puketapu and put them out into the community to spread the Puketapu word.

These are some from Totara 3.

Mana Aoturoa - Abseiling

Mana Aoturoa is new to the Kauri Hub. It means to learn through exploring and experiencing the Wider World. We went out on our first outing last week which was abseiling. We also managed to squeeze in some archery as well. A big thanks to Jeremy from Unreal Adventures for making this possible.

Student Impact: Abseiling was an experience of a life time. I really enjoyed being outside of school to see our land in its amazing state. I think that the students that went to Mana Aoturoa were very lucky to have an experience like this - Jahliyah

The Tech Hub

Kia ora Koutou

What great start to the week in Design Tech we have had. All students have been engaged in their area of learning.

Micro:bits - I have brought in some crocodile clips, so now the programs that have sound can be played through headphones. Today we even saw a banana keyboard! I tested it and when the banana was tapped, there was a sound. So cool!

A few boys also made a maze today for our robot cars to find its way through.

After seeing the tutorial for this on the Micro:Bit website, myself and 3 students decided to give it a go. We connect a banana and an orange up with crocodile clips to the micro:bit and a pair of headphones. Then we wrote a small amount of code onto the micro:bit and got it working. When you held the orange in one hand you could tap the banana with the other and it played a sound.

Then we wondered if it would work with an apple instead of an orange? It did! Then we swapped the banana and the apple around, and it still worked. Success!


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Food - a couple of students have used the ovens and stove tops for the first time in our new room. Special mention goes to the grapefruit and blackberry friands, as taste tested by Mrs O and our visiting ERO inspectors. Yum yum!

Sewing - this week the same boys are working on making a drawstring bag with stenciled art on them. This saw us using maths and problem solving skills to figure out the correct size.

I have to say the students look like they are having a blast in Design Tech, and I can't wait for next term to start on our new unit of work.

Nga mihi
Mrs Wigley

Tony Kemp Cup

On Tuesday Matua Brody took a group of keen players to the Tony Kemp Cup League competition at Clifton Park in Waitara - Where we made the Finals! Well Done, on a great result and showing Kia Kaha.

It was great having all the whanau there to support our team! A huge thank you to all our parent helpers and well done to our tamariki!
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Interschool Swimming

On Tuesday a small group of students went to the Interschool Swimming sports held at the Bell Block Pool.

These student were chosen from the school swimming sports held in week 7.

This year we were able to send a competitive team and we had many students making finals and even had two students in a couple of finals.

The students truly showed Kia Kaha and showed their best.

Final Results:

Ngamotu Rongomai - 3rd in 25m Breaststroke

3rd in 75m Three Stroke Medley

Caesar Davis - 3rd in 50m Freestyle

Special mention must go to Yelena Poching and Tiki Ngarangi who both made all their finals and were very unlucky not to place with a couple of 4th placings.

Our Puke pride was definitely on show and schools commented on how we should win the prize for the loudest cheer squad.

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Book Club

The more children read, the better readers they become, and the better readers they become, the more they enjoy reading.

Issue 2 of Book Club is out now. Orders need to be back at school by this Friday 5 April or you can order online using The Loop.

Friday Lunches

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

Friday 5 April

  • Hot potato with bacon and sour cream served with relish $5
  • Lunch pack with mini ham and cheese croissant, fruit, yoghurt, raisins, mini cookie $5
  • Fruit salad with yoghurt $5

Friday 12 April

  • No Friday Lunch as it is the last day of term

Congratulations To...

Congratulations to all our Puketapu Superstars, showing our School Values and being awesome!

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best
  • Lee Duff
  • Koen Adams
  • Jakaila Hori
  • Xavier Peters
  • Alexis Gorrie
  • Losa Fonoti
  • Sapphire Kuchler
  • Kylah Neilson-Hamblin
  • Reece Speedy
  • Gretta Keith
  • Damon Judd
  • Summer Wilkinson

Kia Maia - Be Courageous

  • Evie Roberts
  • Kupa Brider

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

  • Damian Paora


Happy birthday to all those who have had Birthdays this week or coming up soon:
  • Kobe Liddicoat
  • Toby Radcliffe
  • Jakaila Hori
  • Breanna Mehaney-Johnston
  • Rico Rauputu
  • Skylah Hill
  • Tyra Allan
  • Emma Warring
  • Nathan Deacon

Kia Manawanui for our Classrooms

After 7 weeks of term 1 - The results for the Crestclean Cleanest Classroom Competition are very close! Out of a possible 70 (perfect score) Rimu 1, Kowhai 3 and Kowhai 4 are tied at 68 points! There is a couple more weeks of results still needing to come in...so who will the winners be?

Kowhai Easter Raffle

It is the last few days for prize donations and tickets. Don't miss out on your chance to win some gorgeous goodies and help support our Year 5 and Year 6 students raising money for end of year camp.

There are a small number of tickets for sale at the office today.

Jump Jam

Created by 2x World Aerobic Champion Brett Fairweather, specifically for primary and intermediate students and teachers. Designed to challenge fundamental movement skills, increase fitness, develop student leadership & motivate students to move and enjoy exercise.

JUMP JAM is a fusion of dance & fitness disciplines along with cultural interpretations that capture the look, attitude, posture and elements of Aerobics and Fitness.

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Statements and Payments

Statements have been sent out this week. If you haven't received yours, please check we have your correct email address.

Thank you to all those who have paid their account promptly.

We still have quite a few people owing for things from last year, so if you are not up to date with your account, please pay at the office or online.

School Donations

Thank you to everyone who has made a School Donation.

We don't have School Fees but we do ask for a donation if you can. As a guide this might be $20 per term, but it is a donation so you can choose the amount which suits you. Everything donated goes towards making amazing learning experiences for our learners.

If you haven't made a donation this term, you are most welcome to do so at the school office. (We can give you a tax receipt so you can claim back a third of your donation.)

Netball Year 7&8 Tournament

Starting from 10am Sunday 7 April at Waiwhakaiho Park, in New Plymouth.

For more information and draw: - http://www.netballtaranaki.org.nz/Tournaments-Events/Satellite-Preseason-Tournament-1

Year 7&8 team - you will get your netball uniforms Thursday or Friday. Don't leave school without them :-)

Herbs Anyone?

As part of their Heart Week next week, some friends at City Park Church are helping sort out our gardens and planters. We would like to replant the wooden planters with herbs so we would love any donations of herbs that you might have. Mint, sage, rosemary, thyme... any herbs would be great.

Also, any donations of potting mix or compost would be amazing.

Please bring to the office if you can help.

Hand Foot & Mouth

We have had a reported case of Hand Foot and Mouth at school.

This is very contagious - this is what to look for:

Mild fever is usually the first sign of hand, foot and mouth disease. This starts 3–5 days after your child has been exposed to the disease. After the fever starts, your child may develop other symptoms, including:

  • painful red blisters on their tongue, mouth, palms of their hands, or soles of their feet
  • loss of appetite
  • a sore throat and mouth
  • a general feeling of weakness or tiredness.

The disease is usually mild and lasts 3–7 days.

If your child does contract Hand Foot and Mouth:

Children are contagious (‘catching’) for around 7–10 days.

Keep your child home from childcare or school until blisters have dried. If blisters are able to be covered and the child is feeling well, then they are clear to come back to school.

Gumboot Friday

Gumboot Friday is this Friday. Wear gumboots and bring a gold coin donation for I am Hope the organisation working hard so Kiwi kids get free mental health counselling and support when they urgently need it.

For more Gumboot fun, Kauri are organising a Gumboot Throw competition at lunchtime.

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What's On: This week and next

Thursday 4 April:

Kauri Experiencing Marine Reserves Group - Mangati Stream - Water Monitoring 1-3pm

Friday 5 April:

Gumboot Friday - wear gumboots and bring a gold coin donation for I am Hope. Join in the Kauri Gumboot Throw competition!

Last day for Book Club orders to school

Student Showcase 9.15am (Kauri)

Monday 8 April:

Year 7/8 netball team training with Netball Taranaki 2-3pm

Wednesday 10 April:

League: Howie Tamati Cup (venue TBC)

Girls football Tournament Manukorihi Park

Year 7/8 netball team training with Netball Taranaki 2-3pm

Thursday 11 April:

Kowhai Ranui Out & About (Times TBC)

Friday 12 April:

Last day of Term 1

Monday 29 April: RNZ Ballet Dance Workshops

Term 1 ends at 3pm on Friday 12 April

Term 2 begins on Monday 29 April

RNZ Ballet Workshop

RNZ Ballet Dance Educator, Pagan Dorgan, will be visiting Puketapu School for two lessons in our hall on Monday 29 April - that's the first day of Term 2.

This is suitable for boys and girls, dancers and non-dancers.

This is an optional activity and places are limited so to secure your place, please pick up a form from the office and get your name on the list. (Cost is $5 per person.)

Lost Property

Please come check for your lost items. There is a lot waiting to go home.

Anything left at the end of term will be donated to charity.

Community Notices

Holiday ART Classes @ The Art Club

We have a wonderful variety of arts & crafts projects, from cardboard construction to sketching and painting. If you'd like a program, simply text Angela 0211 021 861 or email theartclubnp@gmail.com. Follow The Art Club on Facebook to see all the amazing work created over the last few years. We also have after school classes during term time, Tues, Wed & Thursdays.