Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 1, 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

Nau Mai, Haere Mai

Wow! At the start of 2019 we have lots of new faces and places at school! We have 40 new students and 7 new teachers, contributing to 346 students and 15 classrooms, we have a new bike track, new decking and paths behind the hall, new water fountains... and plenty of changes to classrooms and spaces.

It was great to see so many along with their whanau at our Powhiri last week. We know they will be warmly welcomed into our school community.

Over the next weeks we will introduce our new Teachers and Learning Teams and give you more information about some of the exciting new developments at school.

If you have any questions at any time, please speak with your child's teacher or to our friendly office team.

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The Kauri Learning Team: David Martin, Amanda O'Dowda, Claire Wigley and Julia Johnstone

2019 Kaitiaki (Head Students)

Our Kaitiaki Tama (Head Boy) and Kaitiaki Kotiro (Head Girl) for the first half of 2019 are:
Kaitiaki Kotiro (Head Girl)

Sifia Fonoti

Sifia started at Puketapu School in November 2011 as a brand new 5 year old and has been a popular student and friend ever since. Sifia has been described as "an old soul", "easy to talk to", "mature", "trustworthy" and "kind" and we believe she will be an excellent representative for our school. Well done Sifia.

Kaitiaki Tama (Head Boy)

Corban Read

Corban has been a key member of his peer group throughout his time at Puketapu. He is a keen and reliable participant in all kinds of activities, including fundraising and school groups, and works hard to show our School values consistently, inside and outside school. He believes part of his Kaitiaki role is "not to be the best but to help others be their best", something we think makes him a great choice as Kaitiaki Tama.

Values Video

We are very proud of our school values:

Kia Kaha - Do your best

Kia maia - Be courageous

Kia Manawanui - Have a heart

Check out our values video starring some familiar faces...

One of our younger students demonstrated our value of Kia Manawanui in a big way over the the holidays.

Summer Wilkinson made headlines in our local newspaper with her generousity and caring. Read all about it at:

Six-year-old girl donates school supplies instead of receiving birthday presents

Way to go Summer! #pukeproud

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Summer Wilkinson showed Kia Manawanui in a big way over the holidays

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... and this is what Kia Maia looks like...

Shaina and Julia took on the 1.2km Masters swim at the Flannagan Cup this week. They both finished in under 30 mins. Next year the 3.6 km...


Sports... Touch


We have 69 students keen to play and only 3 coaches!

If you are able to coach can you also let Kim Sowman know asap as we cannot register teams with no coach. We will also need team managers to help with subbing and sideline, so please let us know if you can help.

Games are at Hickford Park on Wednesdays through Term 1. Under 6s start at 4pm, older players following on.


It is great to have our School Pool in action for the hot weather!

We have a schedule so everyone gets to swim throughout the week, including some morning tea, lunchtime and after school swims.

After school swimming for Rimu and Totara will be Mondays and Thursdays.

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A great start to school! Jade from Rimu 4 having fun and learning in the pool.

Spare Clothes and Togs?

If you have any spare togs at home, we would love donations for kids who forget theirs on the day. All sizes required please.

Spare shorts, tights and pants are always needed too. All sizes, but especially 4-8 years.

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We have been making the most of the gorgeous weather to be outside.

Above: Mrs Jackson in the Outdoor Library

Below: the Outdoor Lego Club

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Maui's going to Hawaii!

Congratulations to Maui Walker who has been selected to represent New Zealand in Inline Hockey's U12 team in Hawaii later this year.

Puketapu ex students Sam Plant and Josh Kingi are also on the selection list. Awesome effort!

Maui will be doing lots of training - some of this is at Puketapu School on the courts. If you would like to come and support his training at school, keep an eye on the Facebook page for details.

Raising the money required will be a big challenge, so watch out for ways that you can help. There will be raffles and lot of ways to help, including the funding page linked below:

If you would like to have a go at Inline Hockey why not join a team and have some fun. Games are played on Thursday evenings at East End Skate Rink. Some loan gear is available. Contact Davina on 027 487 6622 for more information.

Counting with Frogs!

For maths Totara are investigating measurement. Straw frogs were made and then with a little huff and puff frogs “jumped” a distance. The distance was then measured using a variety of standard and non standard units such as students’s own feet, rulers, cubes, and counters.
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Could you be our new sponsor?

We are seeking new sponsors for our Duffy Awards.

Duffy Award books and certificates are awarded to students at every showcase and Duffy arranges Role Model Assemblies and Theatres for our school throughout the year. It's a great way of encourage reading and positive behaviour - a really worthwhile programme to be part of.

If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact Paula in the office.

Our new Bike Track!

We are delighted with our new Bike Track which goes all the way around our school field. Funded by Bikes in Schools, our perimeter track (which will double as a walking track for getting to and from school) can be used by bikes (not scooters) at play times too.

Check out https://bikeon.org.nz/bikes-in-schools/ for more information

At Student Showcase on Friday we will be talking about how we use the bike track safely for everyone and we look forward to having

Building Demolition and New Deck

Our old buildings at the back of the Hall have been removed and a new deck and new concrete paths are being created. It has been interesting watching the workmen and machinery.

Texira in Totara 2 created this pic collage about the concrete truck:

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Head Start Hui

It was wonderful to see so many people at our Head Start Hui last week. It is great to begin strengthening the home and school relationship right from the start of the year.

Throughout the year, your child's teacher is your first port of call for any questions or feedback and we would love to hear from you.

The Tech Hub

2019 is going to be an exciting year, with the introduction of Design and Technology onsite here at school. Lots of planning and thought has been going into both the physical space and lesson content, so that students will have a interesting, fun and hands on year.

Being a 'healthy life long learner' is a vision that all of us within the Puketapu community can aspire to be, and parents and teachers are no exception! Throughout the year the Tech Hub will be popping up in the newsletter, it might a link to a interesting website, gardening tips or family friendly recipes for everyone to try.

This week I would love to draw your attention to a easy to navigate website https://www.countdown.co.nz/food-hub. I have found some easy and fun lunchbox ideas which I know I am going to try out with my whanau. Give it go, get your kids into the kitchen and see what happens!

Have a great week. Looking forward to catching up with you all at school!

Nga mihi, Mrs Wigley

Home & School

Our awesome Puketapu Home and School will be having their first meeting of 2019 on Monday 11 February at 6pm in the school staff room and everyone is welcome to come along.

Our role in the school is to organize events and ways to fundraise money to go back into our school and our students.

This is also a great way to meet other parents and family of our school and be involved.

We love to have new people come along to see what we do. We hope to see you all there.

If you want to know contact Cushla Walthew via Facebook PM or call on 0204 000 5722.

What's On: This week and next

Friday 8 February

Student Showcase 9.15 We will hold this outside in our Whanau groups if it is fine

Monday 11 February

First Home & School Meeting for 2019, 6pm in the Staff Room

Tuesday 12 February

Kauri trip to Rock Pools

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.

Thursday 21 Feb: Board of Trustees Meeting 7pm

Friday 22 Feb: Student Showcase 9.15 (Rimu)

Thursday 28 Feb: Kauri Overnighter at School (tents)

Monday 4 March: Dental Bus on site (will be here for two weeks)

Thursday 7 March: Student Showcase 9.15 (Totara)

Friday 8 March: TEACHER ONLY DAY (No School)

Monday 11 March: TARANAKI ANNIVERSARY DAY (No School)

Thursday 14 March: Board of Trustees Meeting 7pm

Friday 15 March: Rimu trip to Pukekura Park

Monday 18 March: Junior Maths for whanau information afternoon 3.15-4.30pm

Thursday 21 March: Student Showcase 9.15 (Kowhai)

Friday 22 March: School Photos

Tuesday 26 March: Weetbix TRYathlon

Thursday 28 March: Year 7 & 8 Immunisations (part 1), Netball training (details TBC)

Tuesday 2 April: League: Tony Kemp Cup @ Clifton Park Waitara

Wednesday 3 April: Interschool Swimming Competition

Friday 5 April: Student Showcase 9.15 (Kauri)

Wednesday 10 April: League: Howie Tamati Cup (venue TBC)

Friday 12 April: Last day of Term 1

Term 1 ends at 3pm on Friday 12 April

Term 2 begins on Monday 29 April

Friday Lunches

Friday Lunches start again next Friday (15 February). Order and pay at the office before 3.30pm on Wednesday.

Choose from:

Nachos $4.50


Lunch Pack $4.50

(Ham sandwich, fruit yoghurt, fresh fruit, raisins and a mini cookie)


Wow! Lots of our students had birthdays recently:

In January:

  • Iona Den-McKay
  • Parleen Kaur
  • Meshach Murray
  • Charlotte Mangin
  • Lola Parkinson
  • Chase Wall-Colvin
  • Chyra Roygard
  • Hoani Adams
  • Zakaia Martley
  • Texira Martley
  • Honor Boisen-Rau
  • Layla-Marie Hall
  • Keanu Suthon
  • Parker Smith
  • Briar Walthew
  • Chris Lee
  • Ayla Gadsby
  • Olly Takurua
  • Johnny Read
  • Kayden Burnard
  • Lajayshea Hori
  • Ava Falaniko
  • Llashaan Gilligan
  • Te Waiaurere Mahinekura
  • Lydia Walthew
  • Toby Ryan
  • Amarni Cooper
  • Skylah Meston
  • Tyson Manu-Millar Aldworth

So far in February:

  • Isaac Wilson
  • Navanah Meston
  • Lucas Tudor
  • Zion Teddy
  • Levi Roberts
  • Harleyah Kipa

Happy Birthday Everyone!

Community Notices

Cherish Childcare is moving!

Cherish Childcare is moving! Due to the growth at school Cherish are moving Before and After School care to Northpoint Church.

Drop of and pick up is at the Maralyn Place entrance.

Children will be walked to school at 8.30am and collected from the school hall at 3pm.

Canoe Polo

For Year 7&8s: how about trying out Canoe Polo?

Canoe Polo is a fast paced, energetic team sport which develops Kayaking confidence in a safe environment.

The School League Introduction Afternoon is this Sunday 10th February, between 1pm and 3pm at NP Boys High School Pool

You MUST attend if this is your first time playing Canoe Polo. There will be an introduction to the rules and safety drill. ALL gear supplied – just wear your togs/wetsuit and be prepared to get wet!!

Regular Social League: Tuesday or Thursday nights at the NPBHS pool from 5–8pm.

(We move to the Methanex Aquatic Centre, Bell Block from Tuesday 2nd April – End of Term 1)

Cost: $70 single, $125 for two in family, $175 for three or more in family

This covers pool entry and use of all equipment for the TERM 1 league.

Payment: Fees are due by 22nd February, or you will not be permitted to play.

Y7 – 13 Students are welcome

As far as possible, Y7/8 will play between 5- 6:30pm, Y9-13 from 6:30 – 8pm

NOTE: rostered nights for ALL levels will vary depending on numbers of teams entered.

You don’t need a team, we can put you in one.

Draws: Game Roster and other communication will be through our Facebook page:

www.facebook.com /New Plymouth Canoe Polo Association

(then request to join the ‘Taranaki Canoe Polo’ group)

To have a school team we would need a parent organiser. There is no need to know much - you can easily pick it up and they will give you loads of help. Any parent is welcome to come and chat to Fiona Warring if they are unsure or have questions.

Marist Muster

Bell Block Marist Dragons Rugby League 2019 Season

Muster Day is Sunday February 17th, 11am at Hickford Park.

We welcome all past, present and new players of U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, U17, Womens, Prems and all Netballers. Come along to register, meet coaches and get season info.

Junior fees for the season are $40 which includes a Sponsors T-Shirt to keep.

TV Stars wanted!

The TVNZ2 Show ‘Fanimals’ is coming to Taranaki from 27 Feb - 4 March and we are looking for 8-14 year olds to be involved in the ‘Farmyard Olympics’ segment.

To film these stories we require 50 metres of flat land in a rural setting (this would usually be a farm or lifestyle block) and three children (aged 8-14), each with a different sort of animal (the more interesting or unusual the better).

The children may be siblings, relations, neighbours and/or friends. To see what we mean, please visit www.heihei.nz and go to ‘Fanimals’ then ‘Farmyard Olympics’. If you or someone you know are interested, please send a short introduction of the child / children and animal/s as soon as possible to: erica.blatchford@whitebaitmedia.com.

Big Life Journal

Big Life Journal is a journal for children ages 6-11. It helps your kids develop growth mindset, perseverance, life-long learning, gratitude, and much more.

Check out Big Life Journal on Facebook for ideas, resources and support.