Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 9, Term 3, 2019

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

Community Korero Feedback

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Community Korero last week.

We had a great turnout and were very pleased with the conversations, feedback and suggestions received.

We look forward to sharing some of our learning with you over the next few weeks.

Puketapu School Enrolment Scheme (Zone)

Here are a few FAQs:

Why do we have to zone at all?

While we are delighted that Puketapu School is growing, we are at risk of overcrowding. Although the MOE has agreed to build us four new classrooms, we are growing fast and they will soon be filled. To make sure we are providing the best education for tamariki in our own community, we are required to bring in a "home zone".

Where is the "home zone"? Am I in it?

A copy of the description of the proposed zone, and a map, is on our web site: Proposed Enrolment Scheme

My child is already at school, but we live out of zone. Will he/she have to change schools?

No. Every student already here is entitled to stay, so if your child is already attending Puketapu School, nothing changes at all. Your child continues to be enrolled here and it doesn't matter where you live.

I have one at school and a pre-schooler due to start soon. Will they have to go to different schools?

Probably not. If you already have one child at Puketapu, then their siblings have the highest priority for out-of-zone enrolments. Right now we are calling for enrolments for any students in and out of zone who wish to attend Puketapu School in 2020. This will enable us to confirm places.

If you have any questions or concerns about our proposed Enrolment Scheme (School Zone), please contact the school office.

Taranaki Bulls in Kowhai

Last week Kowhai were fortunate to have a visit from some of the Taranaki Bulls players.
Puketapu School: Taranaki Bulls visit to Kowhai Learning Team

Auaha and Aroha in our Community

As part of our Auaha (contributing to the community), Emma and Yelena want to contribute to the local retirement village. They interviewed residents at Maida Vale so they can bake for them next week. They are very excited to deliver some sweet treats. Ngariki, Koda and Raiden are also going across to Maida Vale to play some board games with them.
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Puketapu Penguins

On Wednesday the Puketapu Penguins had their break up at Megabounce. The players got to bounce around, eat pizza and receive their end of year awards!

Coach's Player of the Year for 2019 was Millah West!

Millah won this award due to playing some superb basketball and constantly showing the school values. When she lost the ball, she would be quick to run back on defense. Millah would demonstrate amazing sportsmanship towards her teammates and opposing team. Millah was an all-round player, she scored, defended and had fun! So well done Millah, thoroughly deserved award!

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Staying Safe on our Roads

Last week we received a letter from two students:

Dear Matua Ngatai

We want to discuss road safety with you because when people have to walk or bike home often there are not many cautious drivers which is not very safe and there are too many cars parked on the sidewalk which makes bikers crash.

We think it would be a good idea to get some parents to park at the church to make more room and prevent crashes.


Kirsty and Ella

Thank you Kirsty and Ella and yes, we agree!

Parents: did you know there are three entrances to our school?

As well as the main gate, we have another entrance further down Dillon Drive, next to number 49. Why not arrange to meet your tamariki there?

Also, our school field backs on to the Northpoint Church car park, which has lots of space to safely park. (In the morning, you could park there and grab a coffee from Gather the new container cafe at Northpoint.)

Now that the weather is improving, why not agree a spot on Mangati Road and 'Park'n'Walk'?

Biking, scooting and walking to school is also great - and healthy too!

If you are using the front entrance, please show Kia Manawanui for everyone. Park safely, or be considerate when using the drop off area.

Here is our video about the drop off:

Puketapu Drop Off Video

Loud Shirt & Wacky Hair Day

Next Friday 27 September is Loud Shirt and Wacky Hair Day.

Dress up in your LOUDEST shirt, style your hair LOUD too! A gold coin donation is optional.

Loud Shirt Day supports children with hearing loss and cochlear implants. You can read some real life stories or donate online at https://www.loudshirtdaynz.org/real-stories

Paint Needed

Jahlia Chyra and myself (Kirsty), need your help please!

For our Auaha project we are making a surprise playhouse for the Rimu team. We need some interior and exterior paint. If you have any leftover paint could you please donate it to Kowhai 1

Kind regards,

Kirsty, Jahlia and Chyra - Kowhai 1

Congratulations To...

Congratulations to our Puketapu Superstars this week:

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best
  • Nusaybah Merdj
  • Divyasri Vathada
  • Roman Meijer
  • Liana Birch
  • Rihari Hotene
  • Kallana Bradnock
  • Waipuia Lomano
  • Leo Jacobsen

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

  • Alexander Den-McKay

Kauri EOTC week Roundup!

Last Wednesday we where lucky enough to have 10 year 12 sports leaders come and run a sports day with the Kauri team. This involved them organizing and running games, working with our Kauri leaders to run their own games and then a afternoon of fun play.

At the end if the day our boys proudly performed their haka on acknowledgement of the NPBHS boys, with the boys returning one back to us.

Puketapu School and NPBHS haka
Dancing, sports, Masterchef, music, rock climbing, skating... What a week!
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Duffy Role Model Assembly - Maxwell Apse

Maxwell Apse

Max is a young actor, writer and composer from Wellington.

As an actor, he’s worked on shows such as Shortland Street, and making of the mob. As a composer he’s written music for various musicals, web-series and theatre shows. He currently performs around Wellington as a musician playing both original music as well as cover songs.

Today, as part of the Duffy Books programme, Totara, Kowhai and Kauri students listened to Max speak about his life and some of the challenges he has faced along the way.

Thank you to Northpoint for hosting us again!

Cupcakes for Kowhai Camp

It's a sweet way to help us raise funds for camp! Check out the Kowhai Cupcake Fundraiser on Monday and Tuesday next week:

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Be in to win one of two free passes to play 18 holes at the Hillsborough Mount Panorama Mini-Putt Course. To enter all you need to do is either write or draw why you think you should win a free pass. All entries to be handed into the Office by Thursday 26 September. The two winners will be drawn on Friday 27 September.
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Calling all 4 year olds...

If you know of any child turning 5 and likely to be starting school later this year or at any time in 2020, it's time to enrol them.

The first stage of enrolment is done online - complete the Online Enrolment This does not guarantee a place at school, but is the first step in the process.

If you have any questions, please call in to the office.

Andersons Pies - pick up tomorrow

If you have ordered Andersons Pies from Home & School, they will be ready for you to pick up from 2pm tomorrow (Thursday 19 September) from the school staffroom.

The pies are fresh, so please bring a chili bin or bag to keep them fresh to take home.

Friday Lunches...

Order and pay at the office before 3:30pm on Wednesday.

Friday 20 September

Sausage Roll $4

Chicken and Bacon Salad $5

Fruit Salad and Yoghurt $5

No lunch for Friday 27 September as it is the last day of term.

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Concerns Pathway

There may be times that you have a concern or query about your child or school. The Concerns Pathway is important to follow as you will generally be speaking to the person who has the most information about your child and others in their environments. We will do our best to work together for manageable solutions.
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Sports Team Photos

Sports photos for all teams are planned for Thursday 24th October, from 3.30 - 6.00pm at Northpoint Church.

This is for all Netball, Miniball, Basketball teams and Term 4 Touch teams.

If there is enough interest we can add Canoe Polo and Inline Hockey teams.

Photos are $5 each and must be paid for in advance and we will only proceed with this if there are enough photos booked and paid for as we have to pay the photographer upfront.

Please pay at the office or online to 153956-0503116-00 with Sport Photos as the reference.

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Thinking of buying/selling a house?

Joanna Jacobs of Re/MAX Team Realty has made an amazing offer:

For every sale from 1 October until 31 December 2019, Joanna is gifting $250 to our school to support children in whatever way they need. Help her to help us.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, contact Joanna or 06 759 8084 or 027 422 9902 joanna@remax.net.nz

What's On: This week and next

Wednesday 18 September:

  • 11:45am Duffy Role Model Visit @ Northpoint (Totara, Kowhai and Kauri)

Thursday 19 September:

  • Kowhai Year 5 & 6 'Food for Thought' trip to Pak'n'Save and Puke Ariki
  • Home & School Andersons Pies pick up from 2pm (Staffroom)

Friday 20 September:

  • Rimu shared morning tea

Week 10:

Monday 23 September:

  • Kowhai Cupcake Fundraiser
  • Home & School Meeting, 6.30pm in the Staffroom

Tuesday 24 September:

  • Kowhai Cupcake Fundraiser

Wednesday 25 September:

  • Taranaki Primary Schools Cross Country Champs (Hawera)

Friday 27 September:

  • Loud Shirt and Wacky Hair Day
  • Whole School Student Showcase @ Northpoint 9.30am
  • Kowhai Ranui afternoon at East End Skating Rink
  • Last day of Term 3

Looking ahead to 2020

The 2020 school year begins in February:

  • Tuesday 4 February: Head Start Hui day for all students
  • Wednesday 5 February: First day of class


Happy birthday to all those who have Birthdays coming up this week:

  • Xavier Peters
  • Emma Hoskin
  • Liam Puru
  • Kade Davis
  • Brooklyn Mehaney-Johnston
  • Johnson Brown

Community Notices

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Children's Monster Book Fair!

The Children’s Monster Book Sale is not just for little children! We have a huge selection for school kids too, right up to young adults! With books such as The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Skulduggery Pleasant, Geronimo and Thea Stilton, the Spooks, Goosebumps and Spirit Animals series and lots of books from Emily Rodda to Roald Dahl and Margaret Mahy, there are old and new time favourites for everybody at bargain prices!

Come to our Book Sale on Friday 20 September, 2-6pm or Saturday 21st Sept from 9-1 and get yourself some great reads at bargain prices!

Held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 524 Devon St East, Fitzroy, New Plymouth.



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Where and When: Chilman St in terms 4 and 1. One hour per week small group coaching included in annual sub $110 .


Sept 30 - Oct 2 for Red, Orange and Green Ball up to 12 yrs old. . Great for beginners and refresher for returning players.

TENNIS HOTSHOTS COMMUNITY PLAY: courts open Mondays 3.45 - 4.45pm Term 4 - all equipment available, bring friends and family for a hit. 4 week RED BALL competition in November.

For all enquiries please contact Yvonne 021 1736760, waiwakatennis@gmail.com, or FACEBOOK Waiwakatennisclub.

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2019-2020 SEASON

Coaching with Chantelle Peters

2019 Pre Xmas coaching – 8 sessions

Start Wednesday 23rd October – December 11th

Junior Beginners – 3:45pm(45 min session)

Junior Advanced – 4:30pm (45 min session)

Adult/Seniors – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

$3 per session (Junior beginners & advanced)

$5 per session (Adult/Seniors)


$20 for all 8 sessions (to be paid at first session) – Junior only

No charge to Club members – coaching included in membership

To register or for further details

Please contact Melinda McClutchie 0272526152