Puketapu School Newsletter

Term 4 2020 - Wednesday 14 October

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

Kia kaha - do your best * Kia māia - be courageous * Kia manawanui - have a heart

From our Principal

Kia ora e te whanau o Puketapu,

Welcome back to Term 4. It has been a great start back with our learners reconnecting with the environment, their friends and their teachers. This term is always one of our favourites as Music, Arts and Dance flow through the school on a daily basis because our learning theme is SOMAD (School Of Music, Arts & Dance), the sun shines more (although not this Monday), we have some awesome EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom) activities and touch rugby at Hickford Park starts today where we have over 160 students involved.

Peggy Schwieters - we are really sad and happy for Peggy as she has decided to finish her teaching career here at Puketapu School at the end of this school year. Peggy has been at Puketapu School for the last 20 years and is now teaching second-generation students. We love the way Peggy cares for all of her akonga and her colleagues. We would like to share some of Peggy’s words that she shared with us:

‘I want to now take this opportunity to thank you for the privilege of being a teacher to the children of Puketapu School over these last twenty years. The last few years have been a wonderful experience for me personally. I have loved seeing the innovative changes that have been instigated for the benefit of the children and my fellow teachers. The welcoming atmosphere has been such a lovely place to come to work every day. Thank you for giving me the privilege of being a classroom teacher to so many of your children.’ - Peggy Schwieters

We wish Peggy all the best in her next part of her life and as we always say - never retiring, always rewiring.

2021 Appointments

With Peggy and Fiona Warring now not at our school for next year we would like to share with you two new appointments:

We are delighted to announce that Rachel Slack and Aoife Platts have won the two permanent positions for 2021. We had 28 strong applicants for the positions and the appointments panel had a really challenging time choosing the shortlist and the two new teachers for our school. It was a great process to go through and we were humbled by the quality of the teachers and the awesome words they were saying about why they want to teach at Puketapu School.

New Rimu Teacher for Term 4

We have employed Kim Proffit to teach from 0900 - 1100 in the Rimu team every morning as we continue to grow in that area. She will be using the Wharekai each morning with her group of akonga.

Have a great start to the final term of 2020. Let's enjoy ourselves for the next 44 school days.

Kia pai to wiki,

Ngatai Walker


Puketapu School

It's HAT time!

This term sun hats will be compulsory for all students to wear when outside (P.E lessons, sports, playtime, EOTC).

We will have some leniency in Week 1 however from Week 2 we will be implementing 'Play in the shade or under cover if you do not have a hat".

Please have a talk to your child around the importance of being Sunsmart to your kids so that they know why they have to wear a hat.

Touch starts today!

Wow! We have an amazing 16 teams in the competition this term - that is more than 150 players! A SEA of green Puketapu shirts at Hickford Park!

We would like to say a HUGE Thank You to all those who have stepped up to Coach a team and to all those who are helping on the sideline.

To all those playing, those watching and supporting: remember: you are representing our school, our community and yourself, so show your values both on and off the field.

Kia Kaha - Kia Maia - Kia Manawanui

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Shake Out

ShakeOut is held across the world to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake — Drop, Cover and Hold

We will be joining thousands of people all around the world holding our Shake Out this Thursday.

You can find out more at Shakeout

Art Calendar orders - Order Now!

Everyone has been working hard on their artwork for their Calendars - now is the time to order!

Choose from:

  • Calendars $12
  • Cards (x8) $10
  • Diaries $16
  • Mouse Mat $15
  • Sketch Pad $14

Your order must be back at school by Wednesday 21 October - that's next week!

Pay cash or EFTPOS at the office or pay online to:

Puketapu School


Pink Shirt Day this Friday

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

So... we are asking everyone to wear something pink on Friday to support Pink Shirt Day 2020 (Gold coin donation optional)

From Design Technology

Next week some Kauri students will be competing in a MasterChef Mystery Box competition for Design Technology.

Here are the ingredients they can use. Watch this space to see what ideas they come up with.

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Kowhai 4 and 5

In Kowhai 4+5 we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes and making tessellations.

(Tesselation: An arrangement of shapes closely fitted together in a repeated pattern without gaps or overlapping.)

We did a maths investigation where we had to make a 3D shape. We dipped it into our solution and used a straw to make different 3D shapes.

We had so much fun! We really enjoyed being able to create the shapes and then investigate and identify what they were

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Lucky Book Club

Issue 7 is out now!

Orders and payment are due back to the office by Wednesday 11 November, or alternatively you can order online at the Loop by the same time.


Can you help us? We are seeking:
  • Shoeboxes
  • Small metal objects such as bent forks, spoons, nuts, bolts, washers, springs...

These are for a technology project Totara is going to do.


Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating Birthdays this week:
  • Alexis Gorrie
  • Mikayla Scholtz
  • Nova Davies
  • Dylan Christmas
  • Keira Adams
  • Kierah Hosking
  • Rosheel Prasad
  • Brylee Mehaney-Johnston

What's On

Week 1

  • Wednesday 14 October: Touch season starts today!
  • Thursday 15 October: Shake Out 2020
  • Friday 16 October: Pink Shirt Day, Student Showcase - 1030 (on the Quad)

Week 2

National Niue Language Week

  • Tuesday 20th October: 9.00am Hearing and Vision testing, 9.30am Road Patroller Training (Year 6s)
  • Wednesday 21st October: 9.00am - 1.00pm Hearing and Vision testing
  • Friday 23rd October: Loud Shirt Day, Student Showcase - 1030 - Quad

Week 3

  • Monday 26th October: Labour Day
  • Friday 30th October: Taranaki Puanga Festival - Depart School at 0945am - Perform at 1200 (TSB Stadium)

Week 4

  • Friday 6th November: Student Showcase - 1030 - Quad

Week 5

  • Wednesday 11th November: Year 8 Spotswood Profiling 10am, PCT Challenge (Kauri)

Week 6

  • Friday 20th November: Student Showcase - 1030 - Quad

Week 7

  • Monday 23rd November: Y8 Camp (Finlay Park), Yr7 EOTC Week begins
  • Wednesday 25th November: Totara Whanau Athletics Day
  • Thursday 26th November: Y8 return from Finlay Park; Year 7s to Aquatic Centre;
  • Road Patroller Reward Day (Aquatic Centre 10-2pm)
  • Friday 27th November: Totara Whanau Athletics Day (Postponement)

Week 8

  • Monday 30th November: NPBHS & NPGHS - Students School Visits @ 2pm (@NPBHS and NPGHS)
  • Thursday 3rd December: 2021 Meet Your Teacher (2.00pm - 3.00pm)
  • Friday 4th December: SOMAD Community Concert - 6.00pm

Week 9

  • Wednesday 9th December: Totara Ranui Day - Hickford Park
  • Friday 11th December: Totara Ranui Day Postponement - Hickford Park

Week 10

  • Monday 14th December: Year 8 Graduation Dinner
  • Tuesday 15th December: Final School Assembly (10.30) - Northpoint, School finishes @ 1200

Community Notices

Don't forget to Vote

This Saturday is election day.

Puketapu School is NOT a voting place this year, but you can vote at the Fred Tucker Hall or PIHMS - both are open for advance voting now as well as all day on Saturday.

If you are not enrolled - it is not too late - go to vote.nz now

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It's time...

Entries to the 2020/21 Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Series are NOW OPEN!

The New Plymouth Event is on Wednesday 31 March 2021

Who can TRY?

Entry to the TRYathlon is open to all Kiwi kids aged 7-15 years. TRYathlete’s can enter an individual, or in a team of two.

6 year olds can TRY too with our special “Splash & Dash” event. Be quick as spaces are limited.

What do TRYathlete’s receive?

• Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon T-shirt*
• Champions Finishers Medal
• Event tote bag*
• Event swim cap*
• Goodies from our awesome sponsors*
• Complimentary Weet-Bix Breakfast at event
• PLUS lots of cool giveaways and spot prizes and the chance to meet some of New Zealand’s leading sports stars!

*items included in the TRYathlon Pack

Click here to ENTER - as part of the Puketapu School Team.