Puketapu School Newsletter

Term 3 2020 - Wednesday 2 September

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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


This Friday is the Puketapu School Cross Country Fun Run & Walk (not Dawdle) 2020.

We are looking forward to a fantastic day on Friday. Thank you to all the students and staff for practising so well over the past month and to the volunteers who will marshall the beach run. Below is the new race order because the 5-year-olds will now go first. The Beach run will continue and a big thank you to Kim for organising the volunteer marshalls.

New Information: We have made a decision that parents ARE now allowed to come on the school site and watch their children run. Please read the requirements below.

Requirements for parents for our Cross Country at Alert Level 2:

  • Sign in and scan the QR code at either of the four entrances (main entrance - Dillon Drive, Drop Off Zone, Te Ara o Tuna - Dillon Drive, Northpoint Church Carpark).

  • Keeping a physical distance from people you don’t know remains important. If you can't maintain physical distance from people you don't know (recommended 1 metre where practical), participants could consider wearing a face covering

  • Keep high hygiene standards

  • If you are sick or unwell please stay home

  • No one should participate if they have COVID-19 symptoms or if they need to be in isolation for any reason.

If you would like to take your child after their race that is fine, just please let their teacher know.

From our Whanau Leaders

Kia ora, I’m Jeosh and I am currently the 2020 Kakapo Whanau Leader.

This Friday we are having our cross country! Although it got postponed the teachers decided to bring it back.

You don’t have to run, you could also walk and so have a great week and try your best, run your hardest and remember Kia kaha, Kia maia and Kia manawanui these are the goals we hope you all could follow.

Hey, Everyone, I’m Chayce Wilson, one of the Tui Whanau Leaders.

As you all know, Cross Country is this Friday. Hopefully Level 2 won’t postpone this event any further. Make sure to keep on training for Cross Country, even if it gets postponed.

We are also 3 weeks away from School Holidays, that means we have to keep on learning.

Cross Country Running Order

The first race starts at 9.25am. Races are approximately 5 minutes apart.

We can not give out exact times of individual races as each race varies so much.

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At the finish line...

It's easy as! Runners as you come along the home straight, look for your colour: Blue for boys, pink for girls, and look for the number that has your age.

Here is a video from Miss Sowman with details:

Cross Country Sponsorship

Bring your completed sponsorship form and the money you have raised back to school to put it into the Home & School mailbox in the office.

Every child who returns their sponsorship form with go in the draw to win one of many prizes at a showcase later this term. A massive shout out to Team Green Harcourts for their sponsorship of $450!

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Bake Sale

The Garden Bake Sale is also being held this Friday. Items will be on sale for $1 or $2

If anyone would like to help the team out by donating baking for our bake sale this would be much appreciated. Donations of baking can be delivered to the office on the morning of the cross country.

What's Growing on Here then?

Winter might not be the ideal time for gardening, but it is the perfect time for getting things ready to grow. Some of our students have been preparing the garden space near Kauri, weeding, tidying and getting ready for spring. They created this sign for the space:
Aroha mahi māra - To garden with love. They have some great ideas for growing so watch this space.
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Areiana, Emma, Yelena, Tarli and Olivia in the māra

Time for Tiger Worms!

Totara 1 have the responsibility of helping to establish the school worm farm.

We spent some time with Annsuli, our school gardener, who took us step by step on how to get one started using a bathtub!

We had great fun looking for the tiger worms in the compost bins to help start the worm farm off.

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Alexander and Harley finding some tiger worms...

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At the bottom of the tub (near the plug hole) we have to have drainage so we can collect the worm wee. Audraea is helping by putting a brick on it.
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Hunter helping to fill up the bath with worms and dirt.

Design Technology

This week Kauri Design Technology students have been learning about Electricity and how we can create energy.

With the help of Schoolgen and Genesis Energy we have an HEG in school.

What's an HEG? Its a Human Energy Generator and it's fun!

Students use the HEG to see how much power it takes to light up a LED lightbulb and a incandescent light bulb.

Then we have been experimenting with using playdoh as a conductor and light up little lights.

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Keira and Marley demonstrating an HEG

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Kauri students and The Wonder Project

A group of Kauri students have started working on a Rocket Challenge in conjunction with The Wonder Project.

Students are making bottle rockets and working with our mentor, Avin, who also happens to be a parent of one of our Rimu students.

Last week we tested launching the rockets with different levels of water.

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Avin explaining rocket technology

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... Lift off!

Kowhai First Response Training

This week we have had St Johns ambulance training for Totara and Kowhai. Here are some pictures of Kowhai practicing the recovery position and checking that the airways are clear.

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Learning how to save a life!

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Remembering DRSABC

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Lucky Book Club

Issue 6 is out now!

Orders and payment are due back to the office by 12pm next Thursday 10 September, or alternatively you can order online at the Loop by the same date.

Please return your sports tops

Miniball has now finished for 2020 and touch is just around the corner.

Please return any borrowed sports tops right away.

Health Alert: Strep Throat

Strep throat is in our community again.

This can be very serious in children and lead to long term health complications, so if your child has a sore throat, please keep them away from school and take them to your GP.

Kids Art Calendars are coming!

Heads up! It is almost that time again... Time to order calendars, diaries, greeting cards, sketch pads or mouse mats... printed with your child's art work.

  • Calendars: $12
  • Greeting cards (pack of 8): $10
  • Hard cover diary: $16
  • Sketch pad: $14
  • Mouse mat: $15

This is a school fundraiser, so every item you purchase helps out our kura. They make great Christmas presents!

Ordering information will be out soon...


Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating Birthdays this week
  • Nivahn Clarry
  • Mallory Leaf
  • Jaxon Kuchler
  • Losa Fonoti
  • Connie Upton-Fleming
  • Hunter Wallace

Time to go Car Free

We are joining other Let’s Go schools in the movement!

Let’s celebrate World Car Free Day together on Tuesday 22 September.

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What's On

More events and details will follow

Week 7:

  • Thursday 3 September: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
  • Friday 4 September: Puketapu Cross Country Fun Run & Walk 2020, Bake Sale

Week 8

  • National Tongan Language Week
  • Monday 7 September: Revolution Show (Kauri)
  • Tuesday 8 September: Rotary Reading
  • Wednesday 9 September: Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm
  • Thursday 10 September: Spotswood Enrolments (Year 8s, 9.30 0nwards), Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
  • Friday 11 September - Spotswood Enrolment (Year 8s, 9.30 0nwards)

Week 9

  • Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori
  • Monday 14 September: Vaccinations Year 8s and Year 7 catch ups
  • Tuesday 15 September: Rotary Reading (last one for Term 3)
  • Thursday 17 September: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am

Week 10

  • Tuesday 22 September: Let's Go Car Free Day
  • Friday 25 September - last day of Term 3

Term 3 finishes on Friday 25 September

Term 4 starts on Monday 12 October

Community Notices


The Taranaki Toy Library is holding this year’s Children’s MONSTER Book Sale on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 September. On their behalf, we are currently collecting any good quality second hand books for children up to the age of 16.

If you have any unwanted books that you wish to donate, please drop these off to the school office before Friday 24 August. (Please do not include colouring-in or activity books unless they are in new condition.) To find out more about this book sale, please browse the Facebook event HERE.