Week 6, Term 2 - Friday 10 June 2022

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

From our Principal

Kia ora koutou

Week 6 sees us well into winter weather - although not too cold, it has been wet, windy, with lightning and thunder... it has definitely not been boring weather!

With the weather changes come many winter illnesses, colds and coughs and tummy upsets.

We are happy to announce that currently the cases of COVID-19 in our school are very low but as you are aware, this is likely to change during the coming months.

Our team are prepared for this and we have plans in place for various scenarios following Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education guidelines.

Each day our leadership team review staffing and student levels across the school.

Guest teachers are not always available so our Learning Teams continue to collaborate and work together to care for the wellbeing and learning of our tamariki. This means that there will be times when our children will be shared across a learning team with teachers they know, working with learning programmes which are aligned. This is often less disruptive and supports our tamariki to be confident and flexible learners.

Continuous learning through the hybrid approach is available for any tamariki who are at home and well enough to continue learning.

We will continue to teach and encourage great hygiene practices and keep our spaces well ventilated. Masks are optional and encouraged.

Meanwhile you can help by:

  • Keep encouraging your tamariki to wash their hands thoroughly (remember the birthday song, twice through)

  • Keep your beautiful tamariki home when they are unwell. Otherwise, we love to have your taonga here every day possible to continue their learning and their social and emotional connections

  • Let us know if you do have COVID-19 in the house so we can plan ahead for guest / relief teachers and modify our responses to the impact of COVID-19

  • Let us know if we can help in any way when you’re in isolation: we are whānau and we care.

  • Keep supporting one another. Everyone needs a little extra TLC just now - parents, teachers/kaiako and tamariki

We would like to thank our whānau and community for continuing to show our school values at home and at school.

Enjoy the weekend.

Whaea Corinne

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Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart - in action at the bike track

Sickness at School

There is a lot of talk around the country about COVID-19 numbers. There are also a lot of other cold and flu like bugs going around.

Please help us to keep things at school as normal as we can by:

If your child is unwell - even a little bit - please keep them at home. (If in doubt, please keep them at home if you can.)

If they have any cold or flu like symptoms, please continue to test for COVID-19

If anyone in your household tests positive, please let us know.

If your child is away for any reason, illness or otherwise, please continue to let us know: by telephone, text, email or Hero.

Time to Check your details?

With many children being unwell, it is important that we have your current phone number to call you.

If you have a new phone, have changed job, moved house or there has been a change in the family at home, please let us know.

Safety at our School Gate

Thank you to everyone who has been making such a great effort to use one of our alternative exits and keep the front entrance of our school safe. We have seen a marked improvement in traffic flow and safety.
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Parents please:

  • Use alternative entrances if you can. Older children are definitely capable of walking across the field to the Northpoint Church car park or the Te Ara o Tuna exit, or along to Mangati Road, where there is parking.
  • If you live within walking distance of school, encourage your child to walk, scoot or bike home from school
  • Do not park in the drop off bay. Ever.
  • Do not park or wait on the yellow lines. Ever.
  • Do not wait in the drop off bay for more than two minutes. If your child is not there, please move on.
  • If you arrive before 3pm, please park away from the drop off bay and wait there or walk to the gate to meet your child.
  • If the drop off bay is full, please continue along Dillon Drive or around the block. Do not obstruct the road by waiting to turn into the drop off bay.


Let's Go! Be Safe, Be Seen!

These are our 'Let's Go' leaders.

You will see them promoting the importance of being safe when traveling to school.

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Supporting the Let's Go campaign to Be Safe - Be Seen when you are out on your bike or scooter, we wanted to go OTT and get super bright! Look at this collection of bright sparks - just some of the many colourful people at school today.
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Friday 1 July...only three weeks away...

If you haven't already booked, get in quick to choose your time for your child's Learning and Wellbeing Conference in Week 9!

How does this work?

Every student, along with their parent(s)/caregiver(s), comes to meet with their child's teacher. Each meeting is for 20 minutes and the aim is to review how learning is going, reflect on progress, talk about hopes and goals for the rest of the year.

When are they?

You can choose from either after school on Thursday 30 June (3.30pm - 8.00pm) or all day on Friday 1 July (8.00am-4.00pm)

Is Friday a school day?

There are no classes on Friday, only conferences, so children only come to school for their 20 minute meeting, then go home again. (Thursday is a normal school day as conferences don't start until after school.)

How do I book?

Easy! All bookings are made online through School Interviews. Our event code is hfszt

Simply enter your details and your child's name, then choose your child's teacher and the time that suits you. If you need to change your time, you can log back in to change it.

If you are not able to book, please contact the office or speak with your child's teacher.


PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning

Our Week 6 Superstar awards both for showing Kia Kaha and doing their BEST!

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Lucas Speedy from Totara 5 & Kaydince Brill from Kowhai 4

Te mako matawhero value awards

This week we are delighted to celebrate our fortnightly Mako Award winners with a special morning tea.

Kauri: Raiden Rangi, Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa, Alyssa Dixon

Kowhai: Kallana Bradnock, Chayse Hodson, Anika Engebretsen, Madie Cadman, Dylan Bublitz, Claire Asai, Lachie Waldron, Liam Wilson

Totara: Reeve Cooper, Ben Engels, Zoe Jones, Elle Blair, Tui Robinson, Lucas Speedy

Rimu: Declan Brooking, Harry Perkinson, Indy Wylde-Prestney, Billy Prestney

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On the menu for next week:

Monday: Mac n Cheese

Tuesday: Pizza

Wednesday: Mexican Wednesday

Thursday: Croissants

Friday: Burger Friday! (Chicken this week)

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Butter chicken and banana: Lunch is ready to go for our new entrants!

Taste Testers!

They were a little bit like Masterchef judges, testing the menu!

A small group of students from all across our kura got to taste some samples and decide what they liked best. Now that's a tasty job for a Friday!

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Whaea Charlotte and our taste testers - testing out options for lamburgers!

So where does the waste go?

Some people have been asking us what happens to all our packaging?

We are working very hard to reduce waste and what has to go to landfill.

Recently we have been getting our Worm Farm set up so the worms will convert some of our packaging and food waste...

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We can also use some of the paper bags in the compost bins, turning waste into great compost to grow more food!
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Breakfast Club - every day!

We are delighted that we have some additional volunteers for Breakfast Club so we can now offer free, healthy breakfast every day before school!

Come to the Design Technology Block before school to enjoy a free breakfast any day before school.

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And the winners are... Totara 4

They collected 78 cans for breakfast!

Congratulations also to Totara 5 and Totara 1 who were so close to winning too.

Thank you to everyone who donated cans for breakfast - we wont have anyone going hungry now!

Lucky Book Club

Issue #3 books arrived this week and have been handed out (or kept at the office for those who ordered books for surprise gifts.)

Issue #4 will be out next week, with lots of new books to choose from!

Home and school

Our next meeting is on Monday 13 June, 6.30pm in the school staff room.

We would love to see you there!

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hoodie orders

Just ONE WEEK left to order...

Get your order in before the end of next week


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Lemon Club

Due to Learning & Wellbeing conferences Lemon Club will be closed on Friday 1 July.

If you are wanting to book for before school, after school or school holidays click on the link below.


this week at school

Week 6

Check out the photos from around our Kura over the past week:

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Dancing queens - a happy start to the day

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Mr Martin and Kowhai 1 tamariki working together on learning

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Totara tamariki had great fun shaping letters out of playdough!

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Great work team! Nivahn and Carlos sweeping up some of the many, many leaves around our school

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Our very own Lego Master, Hoani Adams!

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Heads down, hard at work - doing their best - Kia Kaha!

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Ava Allan and Karla Spies had a special problem to solve: how to put a TV stand together! They were a great help for Mr Quince.

from home

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


Happy Birthday to the few students who have Birthdays coming up over the next week:

  • Cara Edwards
  • Jaxyn Sandford
  • Ryan Jupp

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates and information

Friday 10 June

  • Bright Dress up Day - Be Seen - Let’s Go

Sunday 19 June

  • Last day for Hoodie orders

Friday 24 June

  • Matariki - School Closed

Thursday 30 June

  • Learning & Wellbeing Conferences (3.30-8.00pm)

Friday 1 July

  • Learning & Wellbeing Conferences (8.00-4.00pm - No school except for conferences)

Friday 8 July

  • Last day of Term 2

Community notices

Help KidsCan by Shopping at Noel Leeming!

Noel Leeming is delighted to support KidsCan by raising funds with our Friends and Family Promotion - 20 June - 3 July.

(See next week's newsletter for the flyer to show in store.)

25% of sales will go straight to KidsCan!


Edventure Holiday Programmes - July 2022

After reaching maximum capacity last holidays, we are excited to announce that these coming holidays we will be operating out of two venues in New Plymouth.

- Fitzroy School

- Merrilands School

The same programme will be running each day at each venue.

Week 1. July 11th-15th

- Edventure Everyday, see daily activities below. Onsite, 5-13 yr olds, $45/day

- Edventure Outdoors, Each day we head offsite for a new Edventure see daily activities below, 8-13yr olds $75/day $350 whole week special

Week 2 July 18th-22nd

- Edventure Everyday, see activity schedule below. Onsite, 5-13 yr olds, $45/day

- Edventure Dance Academy, In conjunction with Taranaki Academy of Dance, we transport the kids to the dance studio for their workshop. 5-11 yr olds $60/day

- Edventure Sports, A mixture of drills skills and modified games across a range of sporting codes 5-13 yr olds $45/day

Book Now - www.edventure.co.nz

Call - 02102241576

Email - mark@edventure.co.nz

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