Week 7, Term 1 - Friday 18 March 2022

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Spotlight on...

Corinne Sattler (Miss Sattler, Whaea Corinne)

Miss Sattler has been a feature of Puketapu School for many years, first starting at Puketapu School in 1996.

Did you know this is her fourth time as Acting Principal? One of her first times was when Mr J (ex Principal) crashed off his bike many years ago. Miss Sattler has held various roles all over the school but during her main teaching years was in Rimu and Totara.

Before coming to Puketapu School Corinne spent most of her time traveling around the world.

Corinne loves Puketapu School, the teachers, the students and the community here. Two words that come to mind when she thinks of Puketapu School are 'fondness' and 'connection'.

One of her favourite quotes is from Dame Whina Cooper: "Take care of our children. Take care of what they hear, take care of what they see, take care of what they feel. For how the children grow, so will the shape of Aotearoa"

Corinne is excited to be leading the Puketapu team this year and continuing to build a strong leadership team.

Amanda O'Dowda (Mrs O, Whaea Amanda)

This is Amanda's fourth year at Puketapu. Amanda started as our Assistant Principal of the Senior School.

Amanda has been teaching in Kauri, this year she has stepped in to our Deputy Principal Role and has taken on the School SENCO (inclusive education role), along with supporting Home & School and being on the PB4L team. Amanda is a leader in literacy here at Puketapu.

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Mrs O & Miss Sattler with our new sign

ICT Student Leaders

Kia Ora we are Kingston and Taylor, we are both in Year 7 and we are your ICT Leaders for 2022.

A little about us:

Kingston: I love video games, music and everything about ICT. My favorite sport is football and my favorite school subject is tech. As your ICT leader I will help teach the younger kids to learn ICT.

Taylor: I love tech, sport, and music . My favorite thing to do is cook and I love the subject of technology. As your ICT leader I will help everybody in need of my assistance.

Our goals:

  • We would like to see more digital technology around the school and opportunities to experience different types of technology for all age groups.

  • We would like to try to provide opportunities perhaps at break times for students to work with and learn new technologies like a tech club with coding and robotics activities.

  • We would like to learn new technologies and be able to teach others how to use them like the laser cutter and look at 3D printing.

  • We would like to learn ways to show our learning through digital technologies like movie and music creation and teach others how to do the same.

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Taylor Harvey from Kauri 2 and Kingston Benton from Kauri 3, our ICT Leaders

Week 7 COVID update

Here is our Week 7 COVID Update for our kura:

This week we have had a few teachers away and some classes have been shared. Our teams are collaboratively caring for our tamariki wellbeing and learning. It is great seeing our kaiako and ākonga showing all our school values and adapting well to the ongoing changes.

It is still likely there will be more cases over the coming weeks, so please monitor your child’s health closely. If your child is showing any symptoms please keep them home and get a COVID test.

If your child tests positive, please let us know by sending a text message or calling and leaving a voicemail on 027 755 0973.

We continue to follow all of the RED health/safety settings to minimise the spread at school, but it is clear that COVID-19 is widespread throughout our community.

We anticipate an upcoming challenge will be to ensure we have enough staff to cover all classes, but are deeply committed to staying open as long as we possibly can.

While your household is well, and your child is well - PLEASE send them to school. This is important for their social connection and learning.

If any families require any additional support or have queries, then please know that we are here to help.

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This week our Superstar Values Awards are back!

Our first recipients are from Whaea Flo's class for their awesome work with their acting videos.

All these students showed all four of our school values during this project. We love recognising and rewarding positive behaviour in our Kura.

Values shown from our tamariki below:

  • Kia Manawanui - by working together as a team and supporting each other in the project
  • Kia Māia - by being courageous and getting out of their comfort zone while acting
  • Kia Kaha - doing their best for a great finished product
  • Kia Ora - having fun and laughing lots while working together
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Cainan Murray, Malan de Klerk, Taaj Prestney, Lyric Falaniko, Harry Smith,

Kyzahn Brill and Sanjeet Chand, all from Kowhai 2

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Anika Engebretsen, Madison Webby, Amarni Cooper, Jade Christmas, Alexis Gorrie and Zia Azad, also all from Kowhai 2

design tech

This is one for all the Minecrafters out there....this week as part of our exploration of Nga Motu, in Minecraft Education, students had to learn about waka.

We started with looking at migration and what it may have been like on a waka hourua by watching this clip from The Land of Voyagers.


Then students went into Minecraft and made their own waka hourua.

This is Blythe Fadlen's example of the waka he made:

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Blythe Fadlen from Kauri 3's waka


How's this for a great range of fruit and vegetables?

Aalfalfa sprouts, apples, bananas. beans, beetroot, blueberries, cabbage, capsicum
carrots, cauliflower. celery, corn, courgette, cucumber, kumara, mandarins, melons
mesclun, mung beans, onions, oranges, pineapple, plums, potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, watermelon.

This is just some of the fresh fruit and vegetables that our tamariki have enjoyed (sometimes without even realising they are eating them!) so far this term.

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Thursdays meal was a big thumbs up from one of the Kauri kids!


All winter sports information has been sent out via Hero for those that registered. If you have registered your child and not received anything please message Kim Sowman or email ksowman@puketapu.school.nz


Umpires needed.

Our year 7/8 players are on the look out for some registered umpires to support their teams. We must have some umpires committed to our teams to be able to compete this season. If you would like to train there are courses available through Netball Taranaki. If you can help please let Kim Sowman know.

All players need to register using the link on Hero or Facebook please.

Visit the Netball Taranaki Facebook page for more info on the netball season - https://www.facebook.com/NetballTaranaki


Players needed for Year 5/6 and year 3/4 please.

Home and school

Thank you to those who were part of this weeks Home & School meeting.

Keep an eye out next week for some more info about our wonderful Breakfast Club.

Our Next Fundraiser is...


Help us grow by beautifying your garden.

Bulbs are easy to plant, fun to grow and will reward you with gorgeous flowers year after year.

We have some great choices here, why not try them all! Bulbs are from New Zealand and Holland’s best growers and our prices are less than normal retail and our school earns a commission on all sales. A planting guide will be enclosed with each order.

To order, pick up a form from the school office (or give us a call or email and we can send one home with your child). Orders need to be in before the end of March and bulbs will be delivered in mid-late April.

Thank you

A huge THANK YOU to Jenny Read and Countdown the Valley for sorting us some Countdown Bricks. Our tamariki have had lots of fun building their own supermarkets.
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Arlo McBeth and Cooper Kerr from Rimu, with their Countdown construction

Lucky Book Club - Issue #2

Issue #2 is out now!

Orders need to be back in to the office by 30 March.

Alternatively, you can order online using The Loop.

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lemon club

Before and After School care at Puketapu School with The Lemon Club.

Check out their link for more info.


MEET OUR TEAM - Over the next few weeks we will be sharing profiles on our Lemon Club team.

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"My name is Nicola Hazeldine I attended puketapu primary school one my many talents is I’m a passionate cook"

this week at school

Week 7 at Puketapu includes art work, wheels in the playground, sea week creations, gymnastics tricks, waka races and more...
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Totara 3 Self Portrait Art - ko Puketapu Matau - we belong

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Totara 4 & 5 are learning about the migration of whales. Check out their whale origami

Chase Gallichan, Honor Wilson and Jade Drummond working on their colouring

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Teone Mundt, Conrad Hobin and Liam Phillips from Kauri showing Kia Kaha in the playground and practicing their jumping skills on their scooters.

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Last week was sea week. Kowhai 4 & 5 learnt lots about the sea and the creatures that love in it. Here is a model they created as a class representing the three ocean zones and the sea creatures that live in them.

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Layla Hardgrave showing Kia Māia and being courageous on her skates

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Emma Hoskin and Māhinarangi Rutene from Kauri showing Kia Ora and getting some fresh air and friendship time at morning tea.

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Alexis Gorrie and Summer Wilkinson with teacher Whaea Flo - next time we should see if Flo can do this trick too!

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Levi James Hotene & Charlie Ryan playing with the water tray kindly donated from Puketapu Kindy.

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Chayse Hodson, Kasey Judd & Reeve Hunt showing Kia Manawanui by working and sharing

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Oliver Hardy and Maanaki Taipari working together to build a big tower. These blocks can be super frustrating as they can collapse. These boys had to use the school value Kia Kaha to get the job done!


Totara had fun designing, creating and building their waka. They then got the chance to see how they floated in the school pool. It was great fun and lots of our School values were shown.

Chase Gallichan, Eden Lucinsky and Kobie Wilson with their waka

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Totara tamariki waiting to float their waka in the school pool.

from home

BMX Nationals were held in Hamilton over the weekend.

Former Puketapu student Tayte placed NZ6 in UCI 14 girls and Kemp NZ14 in UCI 11 boys.

This is an awesome achievement by both of them as racing is tough and ruthless at this level.

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Ka mutu pea Kemp and Tayte Hancock

Former students Maui Walker and Te Omeka Akariri-Buckley made the Taranaki Under 16 League team. Tino pai korua!
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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 those who have Birthdays coming up over the next week.

  • Erin Sowman
  • Farhaan Faruk
  • Soliga Korewha-Tuavao
  • Sharn Hoeta
  • La-Shaye Hoeta

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates and information

Wednesday 23 March

  • BOT Meeting 5.30pm (Zoom)

Thursday 24 March

  • Kauri Whanau Swimming

Friday 25 March

  • Kowhai Swimming Sports

Thursday 14 April

  • Last day of Term 1

Monday 2 May

  • First day of Term 2

Community notices

bell block rugby club

Bell Block Rugby Club - Muster Days 27th March and 2nd April 2-3pm both days please register your interest at https://www.sporty.co.nz/bellblockrugby/ for the upcoming season.
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