Puketapu School Newsletter

Term 3 2020 - Wednesday 5 August

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

Farewell Noah

It is with heavy hearts that we wish to inform our community that Noah Keith, precious son of Mel and Doug Keith and brother to Elijah, Petra and Gretta passed away on Saturday.

A Year 6 student in Kowhai 2, Noah was a fun-loving kid who desperately loved his family, a bright spark and full of curiosity. He was a keen footballer and runner, an avid reader, and a talented photo-bomber. He will be greatly missed.

This is a sad time for everyone involved and we all need to support each other by showing kindness and love. We feel especially sad for the Keith whanau, we love Noah and all of our thoughts are with him and his whanau.

A Celebration of Noah's life will be held at Northpoint Church on Saturday at 1pm.

Noah's family have asked that this be a bright, vibrant celebration of Noah's life, so we ask everyone to wear bright colours and come prepared to sing and share their memories of Noah.

We are enormously grateful for all the wonderful offers of support at this sad time. The Puketapu School community is asked to provide cold savoury food for the service (sandwiches, cheese and crackers, carrot/vege sticks and dips, breads etc). If you are coming to the service or if you are unable to attend but would like to drop something off, please drop to Northpoint Church, 116 Mangati Road, before the service on Saturday.

From our Whanau Leaders

Kia ora, Hi I’m Bella - Kaitiaki Kotiro

This week has been hard for a lot of people due to the passing of Noah Keith. Noah was a really happy kid who used to join in our volleyball games. He’s going to be really missed around the school and community.

It’s at times like this that we need to remember our school values especially Kia Manawanui.

We can show Kia Manawanui by:

  • Taking a breath and responding rather than reacting when you’re upset.

  • Asking if people are okay and if needs be...

  • Giving someone a smile or a hug if they’re sad.

  • Just be there to support each other.

It’s important to remember all the good times we shared with Noah. I’ll always remember him with a smile on my face.

Cross Country Fun Run & Walk

Next Friday, 14 August, we will be holding the Puketapu School Cross Country Fun Run & Walk (not Dawdle) 2020.

An event for the whole school, we would love to see everyone dressed in their whanau colours (kids and parents!) supporting each other. Crazy wigs, face paint and vibrant accessories are all good.

Running starts at approximately 9.30am after our colourful gathering and briefing on the quad.

Our Community Police will be on the BBQ with sausages for all once they have completed their run and we will have the Garden Bake Sale too.

Come along to join the fun!

See the video of what last year's event was like:

Puketapu School Cross Country Fun Run & Walk 2019

Cross Country Sponsorship

Each year our Home and School committee organise the sponsorship for this event.

On Friday, every child will come home with a sponsorship form. The money raised is used to directly benefit the children at our school. In 2019 we raised $4000 to upgrade our playtime and sports equipment.

This year we will be looking at some cool new things for playtimes. 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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Cross Country Sponsorship

New faces in Rimu

Our Rimu Learning Team is growing!

Last Term we were joined by Miss Rachel Slack in Rimu 2...

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This Term we welcome Mrs Jess Murrihy in Rimu 1 while Mrs Warring is away.
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Design Technology - Logo design

Petra, Dayna and Yelena are working together to design a logo for their netball team. They would like to get it printed onto hoodies.

This is the 1st stage of their design process- drafting up possible ideas.

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This week, the Kowhai Team has an Egg Drop Competition. Students were given $6 play money to buy supplies from the the egg drop shop.
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The protected eggs have to survive being dropped from a great height - from the top of the slide! How many will survive? We will keep you posted!

Design thinking in Design Technology

Crazy 8's is a core Design Sprint method. It is a fast sketching exercise that challenges people to sketch eight distinct ideas in a short period of time. The goal is to push beyond your first idea, frequently the least innovative, and to generate a wide variety of solutions to your challenge.

This week the challenge was...8 ways to use a hairdryer...

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Biking on the pump track

It is great to have some sunshine to bike around our pump track. It's great fun!
The Puketapu School Pump Track

Bake Sale

We have delayed the Bake Sale by one week so we will be holding it while the Cross Country Fun Run & Walk is on, next Friday 14 August. 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 Friday morning.
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High School Enrollment Interviews

We will be holding enrollment Interviews here at Puketapu over the next few months for all year 8 students and their parents.

  • Inglewood High School - Tuesday 11 August starting from 9:30am (Book interviews through our school office)
  • New Plymouth Boys High School - 19 August starting from 11am (Book interviews through our school office)
  • New Plymouth Girls High School - 19 August starting from 11am (Book interviews through?
  • Spotswood College - Thursday 10 & Friday 11 September from 9am (Book interviews through: https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/kiosk?ecode=t9qpy)

All students that have interviews must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver. If these dates and times don't suit you, please contact the High School directly for an alternative day and time.

Well done Taaj!

One of our Superstars this week was Taaj Prestney who showed our school values refereeing a lunch time game of touch rugby. Kia Maia Taaj!
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Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating Birthdays this week
  • Rhikyda Pirini
  • Aurelia Takerei
  • Kendall Perrett
  • Fleur Grace
  • Riahn Paki
  • Leila Parker
  • Mckayla Sabine Almario
  • Tiki Ngarangi
  • Osborne Grace
  • Shaun Galiste
  • Alaize Kake
  • Nate Stainthorpe

What's On

More events and details will follow

Week 3:

  • Thursday 6 August: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am

  • Friday 7 August: LEAD Conference - Taranaki Student Leadership Conference, Ladies pre loved clothing fundraiser - Fred Tucker Hall 6-9pm

Week 4:

  • Dental Bus on site until Thursday
  • Tuesday 11 August: Rotary Reading, Enrollment Interviews - Inglewood High School (Year 8s)
  • Wednesday 12 August: Year 5 + 6 interschool vs St John Bosco - Away Game
  • Thursday 13 August: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
  • Friday 14 August: Puketapu Cross County Fun Run and Walk 9.15am

Week 5:

  • Life Ed Bus on site for two weeks
  • Tuesday 18 August: Rotary Reading, Year 7/8 interschool sports @ Inglewood
  • Thursday 20 August: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
  • Friday 21 August: 10.00am Whole School Showcase, 2.00pm NZ Playhouse Show "Chilled" (at Northpoint)

Week 6:

  • Life Ed Bus on site all week
  • Tuesday 25 August: Rotary Reading
  • Thursday 27 August: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
  • Friday 28 August: Daffodil Day, Year 5 +6 interschool vs Waitara East - Away Game

Week 7:

  • Monday 31 August: St John Ambulance training for Totara and Kowhai
  • Tuesday 1 September: Rotary Reading, St John Ambulance training for Totara and Kowhai
  • Wednesday 2 September: St John Ambulance training for Totara and Kowhai
  • Thursday 3 September: St John Ambulance training for Totara and Kowhai, Year 7+8 Interschool Cross Country at Omata, Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am

Week 8

  • National Tongan Language Week
  • 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
  • Saturday 19 September - NZ Election

Week 10

  • Friday 25 September - last day of Term 3


Friday 7th August, 6pm - 9pm at the Fred Tucker Hall.

Time to clean out those wardrobes, if you hadn't already done so in lockdown!

$5 door entry, $2 per item or otherwise priced. BYO drinks, carry bags and your friends.

A great ladies night out.

Drop your clothes, bags, shoes, accessories to Puketapu School office or by arrangement (all donations need to be in good condition). Contributions will go to the Puketapu Home & School which will be put towards their next special project!

Community Notices

Monster Children's Book Fair

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.

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