Puketapu School Newsletter

Term 4 2020 - Wednesday 2 December

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

From our Principal

Kia ora e te whanau o Puketapu,

Congratulations from Week 7

Firstly, congratulations to everyone for their mahi in Week 7. I loved hearing the narratives shared by our parents and kids that experienced Year 8 Camp, Year 7 EOTC Week and the Year 2/3 Athletics. They created really cool memories that will stay with them for a long time.

Congratulations to Laurie Edwin and Cara Knuckey who have completed their first two years of their teaching careers at our kura to now be fully registered teachers. We are proud of how you are growing as educators and look forward to seeing you continue to progress over your career here at Puketapu.

Kia pai to wiki,

Ngatai Walker


Puketapu School

SOMADD is this Friday!

We are so excited to perform for our community!

The show starts at 6.00pm on the Quad.

Bring a camp chair or two, some money for raffles and come early to have food.

Food will be on sale from 4.30pm - and sales stop BEFORE the show starts at 6.00pm. Avoid the queue, come early!

  • Pizza $2 per slice
  • Sausages in bread
  • Burgers $5 each
  • American Hotdogs $3

Once it sells out, you miss out, so come early to beat the queue.

It's not too late for Raffles

Please keep items coming in for the raffles - they will be great!

Bring any grocery or Christmas themed items to the school office by Thursday.

We made the National Finals!

Huge congratulations to our Tahi Rua Toru Tech Challenge team, Puketapu Wahine Toa.

The team is made up of Tayte Hancock, Areiana Zandbergen, Oracle Rangi and Kierah Hosking, who won the regional final for the Manawatu/Taranaki region.

The challenge was to identify a problem within the school and design a technological solution to help fix it.

The girls decided that a problem was the amount of cars and traffic in the drop off bay, both at the beginning and end of the school day.

Their solution was to use a webcam from the Design Technology block, facing the drop off bay. Parents could then scan a QR code, or go to a link provided on the school website, and see the live feed from the webcam.

The judges said our team:

"Clearly established problem area with an elegant, creative solution. Key technical learnings achieved in areas of livestreaming, website development and use of QR code for access. Consideration of ethical dimensions, namely privacy concerns. Good use of school technology design room to base the project which would undoubtedly expose other students to the work. A high level of teamwork, collaboration, cooperation communication evident. Addition of video bloopers a pleasant inclusion. Path-leading by team and teacher, significant first time entry."

From here the girls will be attending a virtual meeting with the judging panel this week and will attend a virtual hui the following week, hosted by Suzy Cato, to discover if they have won the national competition.

We would like to pass on our huge congratulations to the team and to Design and Technology Teacher, Mrs Claire Wigley. They have worked hard on this and we are really proud of you all. Especially as this is the first time our school has entered!

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A winning team: Wahine Toa

From left: Kierah, Oracle, Tayte and Arieana

Year 7 EOTC

On day 3 of our year 7 EOTC week last week we had the privilege of having students from New Plymouth Boys High and teacher Mr Davies, head of Culture and Arts, and dance teacher Jess Davies come to run some activites with us.

Students could pick from Dance, Song writing, Guitar and Drama/Theater Sports.

We had so much fun learning new skills and getting out of our comfort zone.

At the end of the day we performed for some Kowahi students.

It was really awesome to see some students playing theater sports games at lunchtime in the playground.

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Day 4 of our EOTC was all out fun... at the pool!
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In Kowhai we had a ‘Teacher Takeover’ week where the students had to plan a lesson and teach it to other students. Look at our tamariki in full teacher mode.

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Meet your 2021 Teacher!

Tomorrow we are holding our Meet Your 2021 Teacher event.

From 2pm, all students will go to their 2021 classroom, to meet their 2021 teacher and find out who else will be in their class.

It is an exciting time with much anticipation!

The teaching team has worked hard to develop class lists considering the needs of each child, friendship groups, relationships and equity of classes.

Each child will also bring home a written confirmation of their teacher and classroom and a stationery list. From Friday you will be able to book a time for their Head Start Hui on our first day of school in 2021 (Tuesday 2 February) and purchase stationery online from Office Max MySchool.

Library Books

It's time to have a look around home to find those hidden library books and return them back to school! Please return all library books to Mrs Jackson as soon as you can.

Back to school stationery – order now!

We’ve teamed up with OfficeMax to make getting school ready faster! Lists for all 2021 classes are available now on https://www.myschool.co.nz/puketapubb

We encourage you to order early to ensure your child has all their stationery requirements ready to go for the start of Term 1. Don’t wait until mid-January when the ‘team of 5 million’ get home from holiday - order now and avoid the back to school rush.

This year OfficeMax have introduced Laybuy*, so you can pay in 6 weekly, interest-free instalments - and still get your order right away. Or you can pay by internet banking, credit card or debit card.

When you shop on https://www.myschool.co.nz/puketapubb you’ll receive free delivery on orders over $46*. You will also help our school earn school rewards* that we use to purchase much needed extra resources for our school.

* Terms & Conditions apply, see myschool.co.nz for details.

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Hockey finals

Wow - Our first year playing and our Puketapu team made the Finals!

The Final is this Saturday (5th December) morning at 10:30am at the Hobson Street Hockey Turf.

We would love to have lots of Puketapu School support if you can come along!


Kia Kaha - Indie Rose of Totara 4! Indie Rose attended her first ever gymnastics competition and was awarded 1st place.

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Here are just some of the gorgeous akonga who have showed our school values this week:
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Showing Kia Manawanui for her teacher and her classmates, Sophie earner this certificate for doing a great job of packing up. Thank you Sophie and well done!
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Congratulations Mason Waugh for showing Kia māia in his reading and Leila Parker for showing Kia kaha and being an awesome member of Totara 4. Well done Mason and Leila!
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Congratulations to Kohen Harvey and Ryan Judd who have both showed Kia Kaha and learned all their blue words! Well done Kohen and Ryan.


Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating Birthdays this week:
  • Carter Taylor
  • Vinnie Luke
  • Chase Roberts
  • Onaleah Zandbergen

What's On

Week 8

  • Wednesday 2nd December:
    Board of Trustees meeting 5.30pm
  • Thursday 3rd December:
    2021 Meet Your Teacher (2.00pm - 2.45pm)
  • Friday 4th December:
    SOMAD Community Concert - 6.00pm

Week 9

Kowhai EOTC Week

  • Monday 7 December:
    Road Patroller & Office Duty Pizza Lunch
  • Tuesday 8th December
    Rimu Ranui shared kai
  • Wednesday 9th December:
    Totara Ranui Day - Hickford Park
    Kowhai EOTC - Bell Block Pool Afternoon
  • Thursday 10th December:
    Kowhai EOTC - Tabloid Sports
    Kauri - Bell Block Pool Afternoon
  • Friday 11th December:
    Totara Ranui Day Postponement - Hickford Park
    Kowhai EOTC - Skate Park
    Kauri Bike Day

Week 10

  • Monday 14th December:
    Year 8 Graduation Dinner (6.00pm start)
  • Tuesday 15th December:
    Final School Assembly (10.30) - Northpoint, School finishes @ 12.00

Our 2021 School Year starts on Tuesday 2 February 2021

Community Notices

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Looking for and early Christmas present?

$150 for a trailer load of firewood.

Please Call: 027 249 5495

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For: Yr 6 & 7 Students, Parents or Teachers - No Experience required!

When: Friday 15 January 2021

  • 9am - 11:30am - (Learn to Play from NZ's Experts)
  • 12pm - 2pm - Teachers/Parents (Learn to Coach from NZ's Experts)
  • 2:30pm - Taranaki Junior Open - Under 13's
  • 4:30pm - Taranaki Junior Open - 18's

Where: Devon Intermediate, 400 Devon Street West, Lynmouth, New Plymouth

Cost: Free

Registration is Essential - forms can be picked up from the school office.