Week 2, Term 2 - Friday 5 May

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

New Zealand Curriculum Refresh

Kia ora koutou,

On Monday we were really grateful to be granted a Teacher Only Day by the Ministry of Education to look at the New Zealand Curriculum Refresh.

Our teachers were able to spend the day reviewing our own curriculum - Te Marautanga o Puketapu - and how we can strengthen and align this guiding document to the refreshed New Zealand Curriculum.

The Ministry is two years into a six-year programme to refresh The New Zealand Curriculum which will support every ākonga (learner) to experience success in their learning. It will give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and will be inclusive, clear about the learning that matters, and easy to use from year 0 to year 13.

The refreshed curriculum content is being developed and released in phases and schools and kura will have until the beginning of 2027 to start using the fully refreshed curriculum.

Here are some links you may want to check out to be further informed on the NZ Curriculum Refresh:

  1. New Zealand Curriculum Refresh website

  2. What’s Changing? With short videos

  3. Te Mātaiaho - The Refreshed New Zealand Curriculum

We are looking forward to our second Teachers Only Day for the New Zealand Curriculum Refresh which will be in Term 4. We will communicate those dates with you once we have confirmed them.

Mauri ora


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While it might have been a rest day for students, the teachers were working hard on Monday's Teacher Only Day

Staff Announcements

It is with mixed emotions we announce two staff changes happening at the end of this term.

Whaea Corinne / Miss Sattler

After more than 27 years as part of our school, Miss Sattler will be moving to Whangārei to start a new exciting phase of her life.

Miss Sattler has been at Puketapu School nearly half her life so we know we are going to miss her immensely and we know she will miss us too.

Over the course of this term we will be sharing some memories of Miss Sattler's time at Puketapu School - starting with this one: her first Puketapu School Staff Photo from way back in 1996...

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It might be 27 years ago but Miss Sattler still looks the same!

Whaea Rachel

Whaea Rachel has resigned from her teaching position with us as she has secured a job with West End School, which is much closer to home and means she is more able to support her whānau.

We are grateful for Whaea Rachel's time and effort in educating so many of our junior tamariki over the past three years and we wish her all the best at her new school. We will all miss her wonderful smile and sense of fun.

We are currently in the process of finding a replacement teacher for Whaea Rachel's class and will keep you updated.

For Whaea Holly's class, we are finalising details and will update her class next week.

school values


This week our Te Mako Matawhero awards were handed out at assembly. These tamariki will get a special treat next week with our Leadership Team in the staffroom.

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Piia Simpson, Cyruz Ingram, Halo Makiri-Watson & Azalea Parkinson

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Amira Azad, Ivy Adams, Eden Lucinsky, Harlem Rangi, Tyde Simpson & Kimiora Wano

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Zia Azad, Lucy Nicholas, Kobe Liddicoat & Yasiin Falaniko

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Waipuia Lomano, Ella Rauputu & Adelle Robinson

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duffy in school

On Tuesday our friends at Duffy treated our Juniors to the 2023 Duffy Theatre show

'Duffy Needs His Space'

This year, Duffy needs his space. He finds plenty of it, when his allergy-prone

little cousin, Stuffy, sneezes so hard a rift in time and space opens creating a

wormhole! Equipped with a pile of school library books on te tātai tuarangi (the

cosmos), Duffy heads bravely through the wormhole into a parallel universe.

With the help of alien buddies Duffzip and Stuffzip, and using the knowledge he

gleans from his books, Duffy leaps in and out of new worlds, until he finds his

way home. Duffy realises that life on Earth may be messy, stressful, and tricky

sometimes, but... kia mau ki te tokanga nui a noho. There’s no place like home.

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We asked some of our Rimu tamariki what their favourite part of the show was:

Leysa Wall-Colvin- "The aliens were so cool"

Kaia Smith- "The noodles and he tricked us with them"

Zoey Haylock- "The aliens were funny"

Eastyn Taiawa-Mcleod- "I was laughing lots at the aliens"

Blake Kenny- "I liked the portal and the aliens"

Halo Makiri-Watson- "Duffy went to space then woke up and went through the hole"

Panapa Tangiia- "I laughed lots, there was so much laughing"

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Thank you Duffy Theatre for a great show!


On the menu for next week:

Monday: Mac n Cheese

Tuesday: Macho Nachos

Wednesday: Chicken with Mash Potato and Coleslaw

Thursday: Spaghetti Meatballs

Friday: Burger Day

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Butter Chicken is always a favourite - even when it is not actually Chicken! The brownie is also a firm favourite and has a secret ingredient too. Who says children don't eat vegetables?!


All sports uniforms have now been handed out. Please take care of them for the season as we don't have many spares.

Our Year 5 & 6 netballers had their first game this week.

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Well done Puketapu Ono!

Fundraising for year 7 & 8 EOTC

Fundraiser for Year 7/8 activity and camp week in December 2023.

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this week at school

In Whaea Kelly's class:

As part of our kaupapa this term 'To infinity and beyond' we were hooked in by travelling to space to start our exploration. Soooo.... of course we had to build rockets! We explored Newtons Third law - that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

We used a hydropod launcher to send our rockets sky high. We had to fill them 1/3 with water and then pump air into the bottles.

We were so excited moving to a safe zone and counting down before Whaea Kelly released the safety. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast off!

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Whaea Kelly's tamariki with their rockets

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The rain stayed away on Wednesday for us to enjoy a quick assembly together.

home & School

Check out the next Home & School fundraiser!
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a message from npdc - ROUNDABOUT CLOSURE


Mangati Road at the intersection of Parkland Avenue
Monday 22 May to Saturday 22 July 2023

To help improve the safety of road users at the Bell Block intersection of Parklands Avenue and Mangati Road, in April 2021 NPDC trialled a temporary roundabout at the intersection. Feedback from Bell Block residents has been positive, noting an easier traffic flow through the Parklands/Mangati intersection with the trial roundabout in place.

Downer, on behalf of the New Plymouth Infrastructure Partnership, will be undertaking works to install a roundabout at the intersection of Mangati Road and Parkland Avenue from Monday 22 May for approximately 9-10 weeks (weather permitting). The site and detour is shown on the attached map.

To complete the work as safely and efficiently as possible, the work will be completed under a full road closure.

  • The intersection of Mangati Road and Parklands Avenue will be closed 24/7 from Monday 22 May to Saturday 22 July
  • Road users are asked to plan ahead and take alternative routes where possible
  • Alternative routes will be clearly signposted for the duration of the closure
  • Access to the properties along Mangati Road and Parklands Avenue will be maintained at all times. If access to your property is limited during the works, and you need to travel, please speak with one of our onsite crew and they will assist you.

For any queries regarding these works please contact NPDC on 06-759 6060.

Terry Wheeler

Contracts Engineer – Transportation

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from home


Harry Smith came second in the under 12's Autumn Enduro race over the weekend. Well done Harry!. Here's a great action shot of Harry putting in the mahi:

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Last weekend Rowan competed in the Jiu Jitsu Maori Nationals. Rowan got gold in the 5 year olds 22 kg and under category. Ka mau te wehi Rowan!

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If you have anything you would like to share or celebrate from home please email it to office@puketapu.school.nz


Happy Birthday to all tamariki that have Birthdays over the next week:

  • Hunter Sargeson
  • Zoe Jones
  • Zane Gallichan
  • Nixon Gadsby
  • Billy MacRae
  • Alexander Den-McKay

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates specific to your child's class or Year Group.

Monday 8 May

  • Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

Friday 19 May

  • Pink Shirt Day

Monday 5 June

  • Kings Birthday / School Closed

Monday 12 June

  • Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

Wednesday 28 June

  • Whole School & Whānau assembly @ Northpoint Church 9.15am

Friday 30 June

  • Last Day of Term 2

Community notices

recharge tonight

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electrical solutions

Mention this flyer when booking your electrical work with Travel Solutions to help support our school.
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