Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 8, Term 1, 2019

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

Kia ora koutou,

Thank you to all the parents and caregivers out there that help get their kids ready every morning. At this time of year with my kids in our house, it starts to become a bit of a struggle with them waking up and then getting ready. The mornings are getting a bit darker and our motivation struggles a bit at this time of year.

Thank you for staying calm, helping make lunches, dropping them off and picking them up, finding their one lost sneaker, talking to them about their day and loving them. We always appreciate it.

For all of us adults:

  1. Sleep 8 hours
  2. Exercise or move more
  3. Find fun in your week with your family or mates
  4. Drink water
  5. Eat well

Sounds easy aye, but this is my daily challenge that I try and master as an adult. If I do these five things most days, then I know my personal hauora is going strong.

Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui.

Matua Ngatai


Next week we are pleased to be hosting visitors from the Education Review Office (ERO) while they undertake our scheduled review. The last time they were here was when Mr J was Principal, so we have a lot of changes to show them!

During the time they are our school they will be looking at many of our processes and plans and at how well we are meeting our Strategic Aims.

The Strategic Aims are in our Charter with detail of

Ako (Universal Design for Learning) Providing an inclusive education that empowers all learners to succeed in a 21st Century World

Nurture Hauora Nurture the hauora for our students, staff, whanau and community

Honouring Te Tiriti - Providing a learning environment that enables all Māori akonga to gain the skills, knowledge and dispositions they need to succeed and to be proud in knowing who they are as Māōri

Sustainability @ Puketapu School Sustain and continually improve the school's organisational culture through effective teaching, leadership and governance.

We are looking forward to celebrating our school and receiving valuable feedback to be the best school we can be.

A call to Our Whanau Maori

As it is impossible to review everything all the time, each ERO review cycle has a set of specific questions and areas of investigation.

One of the specific areas that review teams are looking at in schools all around New Zealand this year is How effectively does the school provide for Māori learners?

To help answer this, we will be hosting a short hui at 2pm on Tuesday 2 April for the whanau of any child who identifies as Māori. Please let Paula know if you would like to come along.

Colour Your Day

For ‘Colour your Day’ last Friday we raised $227.90! Well done everyone for their colourful efforts.
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Whanau Touch

What an awesome sight to see so many kids outside enjoying whanau touch.

A huge thanks to Matua Brody and Mr B for giving up their lunchtimes to ref the games.

Congratulations to...Kiwi who took out the shield beating Piwakawaka in the final.

Kyla made them winning cupcakes!

All of the students were outstanding and showed their school values. Well done everyone.

Student Showcase

We are loving being able to hold our Student Showcases outside! Well done to Kowhai for their excellent job of presenting last week's showcase.
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Showcase happens every two weeks with a different learning team hosting each time. Parents and whanau are most welcome to come along.

Congratulations to...

Congratulations to the winners of our Values Awards presented at Showcase on Thursday 7 March. These are given to one student from each Learning Team for showing our School Values.


Cade Nickson

For for stepping up in his learning and behaviour.


Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa

For always showing her values, especially Kia Manawanui to her peers, school and environment.


Rhys Warring

For showing Kia Kaha and Kia Manawanui towards other learners by supporting them during learning.


Connie Upton-Fleming

For consistently showing Kia Kaha and Kia Manawanui in class and in the playground.

Well done all of you. You make our school a better place by showing our values.

Thank you to The White Pear Cafe for sponsoring our Values Awards.

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Duffy Awards

Duffy Awards are awarded for academic achievement, progress, improvement or attitude to learning. Students receive a certificate and get to choose a book to keep.
  • Addyson Chaloner
  • Alex Morrison
  • Amy-Jaide Paki
  • Brianna O'Keeffe
  • Cailan Molineux
  • Divyasri Vathada
  • Emma Warring
  • Ethan Cross
  • Hana Ashworth-Hall
  • Horizon Scott
  • Hunter Grey
  • Keanu Prestney
  • Kharlym Gilligan
  • Kierah Hosking
  • Kobe Liddicoat
  • Kupa Brider
  • Lajayshea Hori
  • Layla Hardgrave
  • Llashaan Gilligan
  • Madie Cadman
  • Mallory Leaf
  • Mati Sioli
  • Murray Sioli
  • Navanah Meston
  • Pukauae Kipa
  • Rocky Lomano
  • Ryan Duff
  • Sharn Hoeta
  • Tariana Ormsby-Turner
  • Tirahia Ormsby-Turner
  • Unique Davis
  • Vinny Sturmey-Christiansen
  • Noah Ramsdale
  • Lockie Urbahn
  • Yelena Poching
  • Davis Leaf
  • Nikayda Taylor
  • Kobi Robinson
  • Ava Allan
  • Breanna Mehaney-Johnston
  • Parleen Kaur

Woop woop for First Gas

We are delighted that First Gas is coming on board to be our new Duffy sponsor. More information will follow soon...

Superstar Awards

Superstar Awards are given for showing one or more of our school values, one specific, notable action or behaviour

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best
  • Te Omeka Akariri-Buckley
  • Nabeel Sahrun
  • Chayse Hodson
  • Harry Smith
  • Noah Ramsdale
  • Alice Stephens
  • Roman Meijer
  • Natu Robert

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

  • Keanu Suthon
  • Maui Walker
  • Mercedez Tagatauli

Whanau Points

Current whanau points after Showcases, Swimming sports and Senior Touch...

Kiwi lead with 407

Kākāpo are second with 395

Pīwakawaka are third with 351

Tui are fourth with 321

The Tech Hub

Kia Ora Puketapu whanau....we have had a great start to week 8 in Tech.

This week students have been able to pick from 3 taster options:

1 - coding the micro:bits

2 - sewing

3 - planning something to make in the almost finished new tech kitchen.

The students using micro:bits have been programming them to play rock, paper, scissors. A few moved on to using robots.

Three boys in tech Group 2 decided to give sewing a try. The threading of the needles took some time!

Several students have decided they would like to cook next week and spent their lesson planning what they could make.

This has been a good test to see how we might function next term in tech.

Our street art group is beginning to draw onto our wood boards to create our mural. The girls are starting by penciling on their design and will then paint it.
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Kowhai 1 Visual Pepeha

Kowhai 1 have been working hard on their visual pepha.

A pepeha is an introductory speech where people share a little bit about where they come from and who they are related to. It is based on whakapapa (genealogy - lines of ancestors)

Sports, Uniforms and Sports Fees

Touch - It is the last day of touch... next week now, due to the weather. Thank you so much to all the coaches, helpers and supporters, we couldn't do it without you.

After the touch games next week, borrowed sports tops need to be washed and returned to school ready for the next person. Provided that it is clean and in good condition, you will be refunded $40 of your $45 charge. If you would like to keep the top, please pay $45 at the office.

Touch fees should now all have been paid. If you haven't already paid, please pay at the office: $20 (plus $5 if a shirt was borrowed.)

League Tony Kemp Cup notices for players have gone home and need to be returned asap please.

Swimming Interschool swimmers have a notice to bring home today with the events they have been selected for.

Netball Team notices will be coming home over the next few days. Uniforms for Year 7&8 players will be issued next week, ready for their tournament at the start of the holidays. Uniforms for all netball players will be issued before the end of term.

Basketball and Miniball uniforms will be issued at the start of next term.

Royal New Zealand Ballet Dance Workshops

RNZ Ballet Dance Educator, Pagan Dorgan, will be visiting Puketapu School for two lessons in our Hall on Monday 29 April - that's the first day of Term 2.

This is suitable for boys and girls, dancers and non-dancers.

This is an optional activity and places are limited so to secure your place, pick up a form from the office and get your name on the list. (Cost is $5 per person.)

Friday Lunches

Order and pay at the office before 3.30pm on Wednesday.

Friday 29 March

  • Nachos $5
  • Chicken Salad $5
  • Lunch Pack $4.50 (Cheese scone, fruit, yoghurt, raisins and a mini cookie)

Friday 5 April

  • Hot potato with bacon and sour cream served with relish $5
  • Lunch pack with mini ham and cheese croissant, fruit, yoghurt, raisins, mini cookie $5
  • Fruit salad with yoghurt $5

This week our roll is: 357

Welcome to Channing Rajput who started at Puketapu School this week.


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

  • Elias Merdj
  • Sanjeet Chand
  • Jeosh Rafal
  • Teone Mundt
  • Marlia Cooper
  • Tirahia Ormsby-Turner
  • Te Omeka Akariri-Buckley

And the winner is...

Thank you to all those who brought in cans of fruit for Breakfast Club and went into the draw to win a White Pear Cafe voucher.

The winner is... Aaron Gunn of Rimu 1.

Watch this space for the next Breakfast Club competition, and see you at Breakfast some time soon (any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday)


We are after a small freezer (bar fridge size or smaller) so we can make sure we have plenty of ice packs for minor bumps ready at the PE shed. Do you have something suitable you could donate or sell to us for a great price?

Please contact Paula if you can help.

What's On: This week and next

Wednesday 27 March

1.30-3.00 Kowhai Rippa Rugby with Jack Kirifi

Thursday 28 March:

Year 7 & 8 Immunisations (part 1)

Netball training (Netball Taranaki)

Kowhai Rock Pools Visit (9.15-1.30)

Friday 29 March:

Kauri - Mana Aoturoa - Abseiling

Monday 1 April:

ERO team arrive at Puketapu

Tuesday 2 April:

League: Tony Kemp Cup @ Clifton Park Waitara

Interschool Swimming Competition

Jump Jam visit (Rimu @ 2.30pm)

3.15 Girls Touch Academy #6

Wednesday 3 April:

2pm Duffy Role Model Assembly (writer Joanne Guy) for Junior School

Thursday 4 April:

Kauri Experiencing Marine Reserves Group - Mangati Stream - Water Monitoring 1-3pm

Friday 5 April:

Gumboot Friday

Last day for Book Club orders to school

Student Showcase 9.15 (Kauri)

What's on: Later this term

As we continue with our planning, more things will be added to our Calendar. Further information will come home regarding trips and outings.

Monday 8 April: Year 7/8 netball team training with Netball Taranaki 2-3pm

Wednesday 10 April: League: Howie Tamati Cup (venue TBC), Girls football Tournament Manukorihi Park, Year 7/8 netball team training with Netball Taranaki 2-3pm

Thursday 11 April: Kowhai Ranui Out & About (Times TBC)

Friday 12 April: Last day of Term 1

Monday 29 April: RNZ Ballet Dance Workshops

Term 1 ends at 3pm on Friday 12 April

Term 2 begins on Monday 29 April

Gate Safety

As we get closer to winter and wet weather, it is even more important to show Kia Manawanui around the school entrance.

Please keep using the drop of lane as a quick drop off: drive all the way forward and don't leave your car.

Where possible, please park further away from the school. Don't forget about the other school entrances across the field by Northpoint Church and along Dillon Drive - it is MUCH easier to find a park there.

Parents of older children, please show kindness to parents of younger children and toddlers and park a little further away, or encourage your children to bike, walk or scoot to school.

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Rocket Dash Marble Run

Wow! Mitchell did a fantastic job of this marble run, which he called 'Rocket Dash'. Lesley and Mitchell brought it over just in time for today's newsletter!
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Community Notices

Naki Run Amuck

The Naki Run Amuck, mud run, is on Sunday 14 April this year at the Urenui Domain. This is a fun event for people of all ages with all proceeds going to charity. This year the major beneficiary will be Land SAR Taranaki. A family run of just over 3km for up to year 8 children will be part of this years’ event. A group of 5 of either 1 adult and 4 children or 2 adults and 3 children can enter as a family group and have fun together. Heaps of spot prizes. For more information please visit our website www.nakirunamuck.co.nz.

30 Years of Bell Block Childcare

We would like to invite you to our open day to celebrate the past 30 years:

When Saturday, 6th April 2019

Where Bell Block Childcare, 32 Nugent Street, Bell Block, 06 755 2519

Time 1.00pm to 4.00pm

What Blessing, anniversary cake, photo board, lots of stories and memories to share

Come along and see the changes, enjoy a piece of cake and catch up with past and present families, staff and committee.

Cherish Holiday Programme

April School holiday booking are open now.
WINZ subsidies available for those who qualify.

Enrol online at Enrolmy

Govett-Brewster Exhibition Opening Evening Event

Join the exhibiting artists, supporters and the Govett-Brewster team in officially opening and celebrating the new suite of exhibitions

Saturday 6 Apr 2019, 6 – 8 pm

Refreshments provided

All welcome | No RSVP required

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