Te Panui o te Kura o Puketapu

Week 9, Term 3 2021 - 22 September 2021

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

Community Survey 2021

The time has come for our Community Survey 2021.

This survey is designed to offer you, the valued parents and whanau of our school community, an opportunity to be involved in the future direction and development of our school. We encourage you to add comments which will help us gain a better understanding of your thoughts and feedback.

Community Survey 2021

Please complete this survey honestly and thoughtfully. All completed entries will go into the draw to win a school hoodie or a $50 Supervalue Voucher.


Positive Behaviour 4 Learning (PB4L)

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PB4L Competition

It's competition time at home in the holidays too!

We would love for you to show us how you use kia kaha (do your best), kia māia (be courageous) or kia manawanui (have a heart) outside of school.

To enter our competition send in a photo or short video to cwigley@puketapu.school.nz and tell us what value you are showing.

To get in the draw to win a prize make sure your photo or video is in by Sunday the 17th of October (the last day of the school holidays). Your picture may be displayed around the school, in a school values video, or be placed in the newsletter.

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Addison Leathley and Lucy Nicholas taking on board the PB4L challenge already and doing a pick up rubbish round the whole school. Kia manawanui at its finest!!

onesie day this Friday

Everyone loves a onesie day! Wear a onesie (or your favourite costume) and bring a gold coin (optional) for our Cancer Society fundraiser this Friday.
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Update: School Photos and Lucky Books

We are still waiting on deliveries of School Photos and Lucky Book Club orders. Both these businesses are in Auckland so they have only just moved to level 3.

As soon as we know more we will let you know...

Hoodies and Tshirts - Order Now for Term 4

Order your Puketapu Hoodie or T-Shirt online at:


Closing date for orders is Sunday 3 October for delivery early in Term 4.

Choose the "collect" option to get your order delivered to the school office.

school holiday programme @ the lemon club

The Lemon Club are open for bookings for the upcoming school holidays. Click on the link below to register.


design tech hub

This week Mr Lewis's class have tried their hand at making sushi and rice paper spring rolls. Both these dishes are cheap and easy to make - and delicious!

They are also both great for using leftover chicken and vegetables that you might have sitting in the fridge.

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Keira Adams and Marissa Gordon with their Sushi creations

Enrolments for 2022

Our Board has determined that up to 6 places for New Entrant students are likely to be available for out-of-zone students next year. The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.

For students seeking enrolment within the first enrolment period, the deadline for receipt of applications for out-of-zone places is Friday 24 September 2021.

Parents of students who live within the home zone and intend enrolling their child at any time during the next year should also notify the school by Friday 24 September 2021 to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year.

Applications are made online at https://enrolments.linc-ed.com/apply/NZ/2223

cross country

We are still looking at running our School Cross Country in Term 4 - if Covid allows. Please continue to bring Cross Country sponsorship money into the office and pop it into the Home & School post box.

Keep your fingers crossed for level 1...



Great news that Year 5/6 Gold and Intermediate Penguins have both made the finals this week!

Gold: Thursday 23rd September at 6.05pm. Court 3

Penguins: Friday September 24th at 6.20pm Court 3

Due to Covid Level 2 restrictions not everyone is allowed to come and support. However, if you are interested in watching, the game will be live streamed on the Puketapu Facebook page at around 6:20pm.


Coaches needed for all grades. Please pm Kim Sowman or email ksowman@puketapu.school.nz

Indoor Football

Are there any kids that would be keen on playing indoor footy?
Saturday afternoons @ Action Indoor Sports.
Unsure of price at this stage. But it is a pay as you go.
Ages (8-18) & starts 23rd October.

Let the office know and we can pass your details onto the parent that is hoping to organise.


Lepperton Tennis will be again running our super cool kids coaching classes in Term 4 - now open for registrations. Thursdays after school for ages 5-15 with qualified coach. Lessons will be in groups of approx 6 kids of similar age / ability for 45 mins. Head along if you want to have fun whilst being introduced to tennis or to improve your motor skills and tennis technique. $50 each for term, discounts for families. Lesson time slot to be sorted once registrations are in. Racquets provided if needed. Email shereeandrew@hotmail.com to register or for any questions.


Well done to Kian Devonshire, Tyreece Joines and Kayden Tango who have been selected to play in the New Plymouth Basketball Under 11 team at the Roto Vegas tournament at Labour Weekend. Well done to Kade Davis who has been selected to play in the Under 13s at the same tournament.

Calling all uniforms and borrowed sports ts

All sports uniforms and borrowed sports Ts need to be returned now please:

* Netball * Miniball * Rippa * Interschool * Hockey *
*Touch from Term 1 * Rugby * Volleyball * NYLD *

Basketball - other than the Penguins and Year5/6 GOLD who are in the finals your uniforms need returning too.

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WANTED: Plants for our Garden

We have a plan for our garden area around the front of the school, so we are looking for the following plants.

If you have any of these or know where we can get some, we would love to hear from you:


Phormium "Dark Delight"

Phormium Cookianum "Green Dwarf"


Hebe Speciosa (Napuka)

Hebe "Emerald Gem"

Hebe "Red Edge"


Festuca Actae "Banks Peninsula Blue" (Pouaka)

Carex comans "Green (Manaia)

Carex flagellifera (Maurea)

Carex buchananii "Buchanan's sedge"


Haloragis erecta purpurea (Toaroa)

Acaena purpurea "Purple Native Bidibidi (Piripiri)

If you have any of these growing in your garden that you could divide or donate, please let Paula in the office know.

from the classroom

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Leo Luke showing lots of Kia kaha as an artist and film reviewer of the movie Willy Wonka .
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Kia kaha in action from Carlos Macioce in Totara 1, who completed a 100 piece puzzle.

Me he tē Carlos.

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Kia kaha from Bodhi Wilson and Nivahn Clarry, trying their best in designing and creating in Totara 2.

It snowed in Totara 1 on Friday last week!

Quote from Whaea Lois "The smiles and laughter were worth the mess"

Ehara i te tī

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Leo Luke is an artist in the making, can you guess what movie he has drawn?

From the playground

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Backfield boys!

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Nova Davies enjoying the spring weather

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Caitlyn Bellairs practicing her roller skating skills

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Jaxon Kuchler and Oscar Nicholas showing Kia Manawanui to our school and picking up rubbish

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Cara Edwards, Lucy Nicolas and Caitlyn Belliars doing a great job collecting the lunch scraps and putting them in the compost rubbish bin


We have so many great tamariki showing our School Values every day! Here are just a few:
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Mr Horse was seen to be forging Mr Walkers signature on our School Value certificates last week.

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This wonderful superstar Ivy-Ana Edwards started school last week and has been so brave and confident, showing all our School Values already.

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These wonderful tamariki have been helping Whaea Kerie during their lunch play to sort the school lunches.

Ethan Cross and Marcel Engels did office duty for the first time today and what an amazing job they did. Thanks for all your mahi boys.

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Briar Walthew and Flynn Bird have been showing kia kaha in the classroom.

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Jada Graham Moore has been showing all the School values. Pai te mahi Jada


Happy Birthday to all those celebrating their birthdays this week;

  • Bethany Thomson
  • Liam Puru
  • Rihanna Dellow
  • Rylei-Jay Dellow
  • Armand Spies
  • Maleah Ruwhiu
  • Kade Davis
  • Yulla Te Kura

Dates for your Diary

Did you know you can see What's On any time with the Hero App? Check out Term Dates or the Events Calendar whenever you like.

Our School Calendar has been updated, however there may be events postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 new protocol.

Friday 24 September

  • Onesie dress up day

Friday 1 October

  • Last day of Term 3

Monday 18 October

  • First day of Term 4

Please check the Calendar on the Hero App for team and class calendar events.

Community notices

Edventure Holiday Programme

These holidays we are running three exciting programmes including our BRAND NEW Edventure Sports.

All programmes are based at Fitzroy School, starting from $45/day, OSCAR available, 5-13 year olds.

To book now and for more info please visit our website www.edventure.co.nz

running these holidays...

- Edventure Everyday. Themed days, arts & crafts, fun & games. (5-13 yr olds, $45/day)

- Edventure Sports. NEW to NP, drills skills, and modified games across a range of different sporting codes. (5-13 yr olds, $45/day)

- Edventure Outdoors. Each day we head off site for a field trip to a local attraction. (8-13 yr olds, $75/day)

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Learn how to sail at the Waitara Boating Club

Junior Learn to Sail is October 11th - 13th, Cost $150

Adult Learn to Sail next 3 Sundays, $150

Contact Annette for more information waitaraboatingclub@xtra.co.nz

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