Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 7, Term 4 , 2018

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

2019... here we come!

2018 has seen huge growth for our school and this is reflected in our structure for 2019.

The classes and learning teams for 2019 will be:

Rimu Learning Team (Year 0-2)

4 classes:

Teachers: Fiona Warring, Kim Sowman, Anna Profitt, Peggy Schwieters

Totara Learning Team (Year 2-3)

4 classes

Teachers: Kellie Minnell, Alejandro Barrientos, Kelly Harvey, Louisa Sharrock

Kowhai Learning Team (Year 4-6)

4 classes

Teachers: Christine Murphy, Nicole Megaw, Cara Knuckey, plus an additional new teacher

Kauri Learning Team (Year 7-8)

3 classes

Teachers: Amanda O’Dowda, David Martin, Julia Johnstone

Over the next weeks, the teams will be working together to finalise class lists and learning spaces.

Welcome to...

This week we have appointed two more teachers to our Puketapu Team for 2019.

Say hello to...

David Martin

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David has been appointed to the Kauri Learning Team.

Kia ora. My name is David Martin. I am currently working in Wellington, however I was brought up in Taranaki. I have taught for many years in various locations. I am interested in the digital aspects of life and travel. I look forward to teaching at Puketapu School and my return to Taranaki.

Cara Knuckey

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A former student at Puketapu, Cara joins our Kowhai Learning Team

Kia ora

Ko Taranaki te mounga

Ko Waiongana te awa

Ko Te Ati Awa te iwi

Ko Puketapu te hapū

Ko Kaipakopako te whenua

Ko Muru Raupatu te marae

My name is Cara Knuckey and I am very excited to be joining the Kowhai team.

I have moved back home to Bell Block after studying at Victoria University in Wellington for the last 4 years. I am a past student of Puketapu School and am looking forward to coming back to the whānau at Puketapu.

I am very passionate about play based environments and students being able to lead their own learning. I look forward to contributing back to our community and returning back to my old primary school.

Our School Role is... 345

Welcome to Georgia Scrimgeour who started at Puketapu School this week.

Happy Birthday to...

Birthdays this week:

  • Malachi Hargreaves
  • Tayla Gorrie
  • Chayse Hodson
  • Carter Taylor

Congratulations to...

Congratulations to our Puketapu Superstars, who have been spotted showing our school values:

Kia kaha - Do your best

  • Keira Adams
  • Kayne Adrian
  • Kierah Hosking
  • Divyasri Vathada
  • Anika Engebretsen
  • Nixon Gadsby
  • Sanjeet Chand
  • Adam Alsaleh

Kia maia - Be courageous

  • Jamaine Hasler
  • Maui Walker
  • Hamu Adams

Kia manawanui - Have a heart

  • Rihari Hotene
  • Taaj Prestney

Congratulations to the winners of our Duffy Awards, presented in the Showcase on Friday 23 November.

Duffy Awards

  • Brianna O'Keeffe
  • Shylin Awa
  • Honor Boisen-Rau
  • Alexis Gorrie
  • Rynal Prasad
  • Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa
  • Justin Michaels
  • Opal Harris
  • Brylee Mehaney-Johnston
  • Harper Sutherland
  • Ari Marlow
  • Madie Cadman
  • Brooklyn Mehaney-Johnston
  • Alexis Lind
  • Chase Wall-Colvin
  • Amber MacDonald
  • Jade Grocock
  • Kiritopa Veza
  • Evie Roberts
  • Luka Herewini-Kelsen

Our Duffy Awards are sponsored by Groundworkx Taranaki Ltd, a Taranaki wide earthmoving business with 16 years experience in the game. You can see more about them on Facebook - Groundworkx taranaki ltd. Thank you Groundworkx - you're awesome!

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We will be seeking new sponsors for our awards in 2019. If you would like to be one of our amazing sponsors, please contact Paula in the School Office.

PB4L Values Awards

PB4L means Positive Behaviour for Learning. It is a programme for people throughout our schools and early childhood centres.

For Showcase each of our Learning Teams choose one student to be the recipient of a
PB4L Award for being excellent role models and showing our School Values: Kia Kaha - Kia Māia - Kia Manawanui.

Louis Frank

For always demonstrating the School Values and being a positive example to others.


Keisha Lowry

For always having a positive attitude and displaying all of our School Values.


Alex Morrison

For showing all of our values all of the time especially following the Hi 5 expectations.


Ruby Tadikonda

For demonstrating Kia Manawanui by being a kind friend and helping to look after the other children in Rimu 1

The PB4L Values Awards are sponsored by The White Pear Cafe

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Values Prize Draw

Each showcase we have a draw to choose a winner from the many tamariki who have been spotted showing the school value we have been teaching about that week. The more times a student is spotted doing good things, the more chances they have to win!

Last week our focus was on Kia Manawanui - being kind to our environment. Our environment is our classroom, our play areas, our gardens, our community... Children were spotted doing wonderful things all over the place!

The winner was... Ngariki Brown who won both draws!

The prize was 15 Minutes of Free Time!

Congratulations to all those who had their name in the draw - you have been awesome!

This week we are staying with Kia Manawanui and focusing on being kind. There are many ways to be kind and we are looking at being kind to others and being kind to ourselves.

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Damian in Rimu 1 has been working hard on being kind, drawing pictures for people and writing letters. Great work Damian!

Year 7&8 Summer Camp

There were physical challenges, activities never tried before, team activities and a whole lot of fun.

Thank you so much to the many parents who helped out on camp, cooking, supporting and being amazing. Thank you to all those who donated food, brought extra blankets and went the extra mile for us.

So, what did they do on camp? We asked some of the students to tell us more...

The most challenging thing I did was...

Millah: Rafting.

Serennah: Rafting

Alex: Animal survival... or rafting

Nevaeh: To charge my phone!

Ryan: Climbing

The thing I am most proud of doing - that I was most scared of, but did it anyway:

Millah: The Blob

Serennah: The Blob... and Paintball.

Nevaeh: The massive hydroslide that went into the water

Alex: The Blob. And paintball. And the hydroslide as well!

Ryan: Hydroslide

If I could choose one thing to do again, today, it would be:

Millah: Paintball!

Serennah: Rocket!

Nevaeh: Go karts!

Alex: I dont know... all of it!

Ryan: Hydroslide!

Serennah: The thing I was most excited about was... animal survival, the blob, all the water activities, paintball, go karting, shooting, archery, rocket, kayaking, rafting and climbing.

Millah: It was so fun. I would definitely do it again.

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Celebration Evening

Celebration Evening is next week!

Next Friday 7 December we have our school Celebration Night where all our students, staff, whanau, friends and community come together to celebrate the end of the year.

There will be food from 5pm until 6pm - don't be late since as soon as the show starts the food stops.

There will also be raffles – one of which is a Christmas Hamper.

We are asking every student to bring in at least one item to add to our Christmas Hamper – food, crackers, treats, decorations… anything that adds to the Christmas theme.

Tickets will be on sale the week before Celebration Evening and on the night.


A couple of weeks ago a group of students got the chance to do robotics with some teachers from Sacred Heart College. One of the teachers was Mrs Wigley who will be teaching at Puketapu next year.

First we started by thinking what we wanted to do on our tamagotchi.

Next we got our supplies that we needed and we started to build our masterpiece.

Once we finish our little tamagotchi we started our coding

We went on this coding website, Microsoft Coding, and then started to programme our chip. Finally once that was finish it was time to put our chip and the battery in our tamagotchi and we were all done. It was really cool when it danced.

We’d like to say Thank you to the teachers who came in to take us for Robotics.

Article by : Marley Sutherland and Achille de Bruyn

Festival of Lights

Kowhai 3 have been working on some wonderful constructions to be part of the TSB Festival of Lights. They will become part of the glow in the dark section.

Check out the details at https://festivaloflights.nz/

Touch News

Congratulations to James Barnard-Perry, Keanu Prestney and Poutama Murray for making the Touch Taranaki U10 Boys Team of 2018! Well done boys!

It is semi-finals night tonight. Play hard, play well and remember our values, on and off the field.

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School Costs

School costs need to be paid by the end of term being Friday 14 December. If your fees are already paid or you have an automatic payment please do not worry.

Invoices will be sent out this coming week. Prompt payment of fees is much appreciated.

Sports Photos

Sports photos have been printed and are ready for collection. Please make sure you have paid for your photo - and the sport that your child took part in.

Extra copies can be ordered from the office.

Check out the Bug Hotel!

It is a multi-story, 5 star establishment for a wide range of customers, from spiders to centipedes!

Kiritopa, Damon and Lucian show off the excellent bug hotel in the trees that Totara have built to help the insects and spiders have a safe place to live. That's Kia Manawanui in action!

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Kia Manawanui for our plants

The tamariki of Rimu 1 have been looking after our plants in the hot weather. Tomatoes need lots of water in the sunshine... so do tamariki!

Desperately seeking...

We need pants! Shorts, tights, trackies... for boys and girls, size 4-7.

Our Rimu akonga have great fun playing and learning, but sometimes we get wet or muddy or painty... and sometimes accidents happen.

If you have some old pants/tights/shorts or trackies that you could donate to the Rimu team, please drop them in any time.

Moving? Leaving? Joining? Changing?

We are very busy planning for 2019: which teacher, in which class room; with which tamariki... it is like a giant jigsaw puzzle!

If you know you are going to be moving in the holidays or early next year, or if you have a child likely to start school here, or have any other information that would help us, please do let us know. Thanks!

Christmas Float - can you help?

The Christmas Parade is on Saturday 8 December. We would like to enter a float, but we need an organiser!

If you can be our organiser, you get to choose what we do.

Contact Cushla on 0204 000 5722

Last Book Club of 2018

It's the last one for 2018! Orders and payment need to be in at the office by Friday 30 November to be delivered before the end of term. Don't miss out on some great titles for all ages!

This Week's Friday Lunch from the White Pear is...

This Week: WEEK 7

Beef Sliders (mini hamburgers) and potato gems $5 add an extra slider for $2

Chicken Salad $5

Next Week: WEEK 8

Mince and Cheese Pie $4.50

Fruit Salad and Yoghurt $5

Order your lunch at the office Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday to have your lunch delivered on Friday.

Week 8 is the last Friday for White Pear Lunches.

What do you want to see on the menu next term?

Lasagne? Filled rolls? Tell us what you would like and we will see what we can do!

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What's On... Next Two Weeks

Thursday 29 November:

Board of Trustees Meeting 7pm

Friday 30 November:

Tough Kids Challenge (Year 5 & 6) $5 payment must be received to go

Kaitiaki Marine Trip

Last date for Scholastic book orders

Monday 3 December:

Tuesday 4 December:

Helpers' Morning Tea,

Kapa Haka (2.00 - 3.00) - Hall,

Cricket coaching

Wednesday 5 December:

Green Team & Road Patrollers Thank You Swim (Bell Block Pool)

Thursday 6 December:

Friday 7 December:

Student Showcase 9.15am (Rimu),

Spotswood College Transition Day for Y8s 9.15am

NPGHS Orientation for Y8s 1pm,

Celebration Evening 6pm

What's On... The Rest of This Term

More information about activities will follow:

Monday 10 December: Tabloid Sports 9.00-12.30

Tuesday 11 December: Kapa Haka (2.00 - 3.00)

Wednesday 12 December: Meet your 2019 teacher (2.00 - 2.30pm)

Thursday 13 December: Final School Assembly (11am) Northpoint Church,

Year 8 Graduation Dinner (6pm) Northpoint Church (tickets on sale now)

Friday 14 December: Last day of 2018. Finish at 12.00 noon

The 2019 School Year will begin on Wednesday 30 January 2019 with Headstart Hui for all students and whanau. More information will follow closer to the time.

Something to think about...

Could you be on our Board in 2019?

We need a diverse, representative Board to govern our school into the next stage of our journey.

The Board

• is accountable for student achievement

• sets the vision for our kura

• ensures our school complies with legal and policy requirements

In May 2019 we will be electing our Board for 2019-2022

Find out more at... NZ School Trustees Association

Community Notices

Tī Kōuka - the ultimate parent-child adventure camp!

Parenting Place’s Attitude team is excited to bring you Tī Kōuka - the ultimate parent-child

adventure camp.

Most of us don’t look forward to talking about self-esteem, technology, drugs, alcohol or puberty with our kids. We know it’s really important, but it’s difficult to find the right moment, or even know where to start.

Tī Kōuka is designed for 10-12 year olds accompanied by one parent/caregiver/grandparent/ caregiver/special big person in their life. Hosted by Parenting Place’s team of expert communicators and youth workers who have a reputation for making information engaging and entertaining, there will be challenging and fun activities, good food, great chats and the chance for you and your child to strengthen your relationship. Join us at Tī Kōuka. For dates and locations, check out parentingplace.nz/ti-kouka


Food Bank Food Drive

The New Plymouth Community Foodbank is holding its annual Christmas food drive on Monday 3 December starting at 5.30pm. Collectors will be out on the streets of New Plymouth and Bell Block to accept donations to help stock the food bank for the coming year.

Please support the New Plymouth Community Foodbank by donating a non-perishable food item. All donations will be distributed within the New Plymouth/Bell Block area to families and individuals in need.

The support of the local community helps us to feed over 5000 people in need each year - your support is very much appreciated.

Summer Holiday Junior Rugby

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Big Aroha!

To say thank you to all the students within Taranaki that have taken on Big Aroha in class and in assembly, The Slacks would like to formally invite students and whanau to come along to the Vinyl Release Day. We'd love to have the students take part in a massive sing off so come on down.

Date: Saturday 8th December

Time: 2-3pm

Venue: Vinyl Countdown, 109 Devon Street West