Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 8, Term 4, 2019

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

SOMAD is This Friday!

Come and join us for an evening of songs, performances, visual arts and fun family time. This is our end of year show and celebration of the year, and our chance to share our learning with our community.

On the quad area facing the Stage (outside the old Hall / Totara 1&2)

There will be some chairs/bench seats, but please bring your own chairs or picnic blanket if you can. Bring some money for raffle tickets too - there are some great prizes to win!

The Food...

Food will be on sale from 5.00pm (and stopping by 6pm so don't be late!)

  • Sausages $2
  • Hot Dogs $3
  • Burgers $4

Thank you to our awesome Home & School team for sorting out the food.

The Show...

Performance starts at 6.00pm

The running order is (approximately):

6:00 PM Welcome to our Show!

6:10 PM Senior Kapa Haka

6:25 PM Words from our Principal

6:30 PM Rimu - Old Town Road

6:40 PM Totara - Battle of the Mountain

7:00 PM Junior Kapa Haka

7:10 PM Kowhai - Drama

7:20 PM Kowhai - Visual art

7:30 PM Kowhai - Dance

7:45 PM Kauri - The Greatest Showman

8:10 PM Raffle draws

8:30 PM Thank you and good night

(Please note that these times are approximate - it will depend on how fast we sing and dance.)

If it rains...

The weather forecast is improving, so we are hoping there will be no rain... If the weather isn't ok, we will make the decision to postpone as late as possible.

SOMAD Costumes

Performers should all know what to wear, but just in case the pre-show nerves have made them forget:


Cowboys and cowgirls, denim, plaid, white Ts, more denim! (Cowboy hats welcome if you have them but not essential.)


Totara 1. Black pants with brown, orange or black top

Totara 2: Black pants with blue or white tops

Totara 3: Black pants with yellow or brown tops

Totara 4: Hawaiian or black tops with shorts OR pretty dresses


Black bottoms, white tops


Plain black (black pants/tights, plain black Tshirt)

Touch Finals tonight!

Wow! What a great season we have had!

Good luck to our two intermediate teams for their final tonight - it's a Puke v Puke final!

Congratulations to all the teams who played.

Huge thanks to all our parent Coaches and Subbers and supporters. Special thanks to Shane Gray and Toni Maxwell for organising another great term of Touch.

If you have a borrowed Tshirt please bring it back to school (washed and ready for the next person) to get your $40 bond back.

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Tough Kids

What a great day our Year 5 & 6 students had at the 2019 Tough Kid Challenge in Hawera on Friday.

Run by Sport Taranaki, this event has students from all over Taranaki competing in a giant obstacle course as individuals and teams.

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Designed for students, iNVENTIONATOR is a two day workshop for gifted learners who want to PLAY. THINK. DESIGN. innovative solutions to real-life problems that matter.

iNVENTIONATOR provides a platform to unleash young minds. Six online resources lead up to a two-day event, where teams present their ideas or solutions to whānau at the wider community event.

We were delighted to have a group attending iNVENTIONATOR this week. Here are some photos of them in action.

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Caught Being Good!

    Congratulations to our Duffy Award winners. Duffy Awards are given to recognise academic achievement or improvement and progress towards learning goals.
    • Sharn Hoeta
    • Kairyn Niwa-Te Huia
    • Te Waiaurere Mahinekura
    • Nabeel Sahrun
    • Reece Speedy
    • Pavihi Ekeroma

    Our Duffy Awards are sponsored by First Gas.

    Congratulations to this weeks Puketapu Superstars

    Kia Kaha - Do your Best

    • Pandora Cameron
    • Sapphire Kuchler

    Kia Maia - Be Courageous

    • Isla Johnson
    • Bonnie Rupe
    • Harmony Lambert

    Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

    • Nova Davies
    • Chayse Hodson
    • Skye Ramsay

    The Tech Hub

    Kia ora whanau

    Thanks to all my special helpers in tech this week!

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    The 12 Days of Christmas...

    In Kowhai we have been doing Literacy tasks and one of the tasks was to re-write the lyrics to the 12 days of Christmas. This is Liam's.

    The 12 Days Of Christmas

    On the first day of Christmas, my Grandad gave to me, a bucket of KFC.

    On the second day of Christmas, my cousin gave to me, two packs of chips and a bucket of KFC.

    ... (We have skipped some of the verses for space, but sing along - we are sure you know the tune!)

    On the twelfth day of Christmas, everyone gave to me, twelve bowls of chop-suey. Eleven broken pencils from Warehouse stationery, ten-dollar Cheesy Weezy’s and a bottle of Pepsi, nine shapes from their pantry, eight high fives while eating a hangi, seven bags of lollies, six books, even though I can’t read, Five burger rings. Four energy drinks, three cups of water, two packs of chips and a bucket of KFC.

    Written by, Liam Puru 2019

    what's On: This Week and Next

    Thursday 5 Dec

    • Year 6&7 Meet Your 2020 Teacher (2.00 - 2.40)
    • Year 8 (Exit Interviews) Boys with Mr Walker, Girls with Miss Sattler

    Friday 6 Dec

    • SOMAD Community Concert
      Food served from 5.00pm, Performance starts 6.00pm (see the big notice at the top of this newsletter)

    Week 9

    Monday 9 Dec

    • 10.00am Opening of Puketapu Gateway Project - NPDC

    Tuesday 10 Dec

    • Tabloid Sports Day

    Wednesday 11 Dec

    • EMR Trip to Goat Island departs - Kauri (16 students)
    • Totara Ranui - Hickford Park and Bike Track

    Thursday 12 Dec

    • Kowhai/Totara/Rimu Meet Your 2020 Teacher (2.00-2.40)
    Friday 13 Dec
    • Rimu trip to Brooklands Zoo & Pukekura Park

    What's on: Later in the Term

    Week 10

    Monday 16 Dec

    • Final School Assembly (11.00am) - Northpoint Church
    • Year 8 graduation dinner (6.00pm) - Northpoint Church

    Tuesday 17 Dec

    • School finishes @ 1200


    Tuesday 4 Feb

    • Head Start Hui (bookings open in Week 9)

    Wednesday 5 February

    • First day in class!


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

    • Ashaela Brider-Bailey
    • Destin Gallichan-Pearce
    • Tayla Gorrie
    • Malachi Hargreaves
    • Chayse Hodson
    • Carter Taylor
    • Onaleah Zandbergen
    • Troy Perry
    • Ridhaan Chand
    • Vinny Sturmey-Christiansen

    Community Notices

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    At Fulton Swim School we have a specifically designed program that our teachers deliver to ensure progression.

    We have smaller class sizes then industry standards which provides parents with peace of mind knowing that your child is getting the instruction and attention they need and deserve to become competent in the water .

    Our pool is heated to 32 degrees throughout the year, using no harsh chemicals to treat the water.

    We’re focused and committed to making learning to swim an enjoyable experience at all levels.

    We look forward to welcoming you and your family to ours, and look forward to sharing the wonderful world of learning to swim and being safe in the water with you

    Click the link to book your child's swimming lessons with Fulton Swim School today! www.fultonswimschool.co.nz