Week 3, Term 2 - Friday 12 May

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

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Week 3 @ Puketapu - by Jade Christmas and Naia Patten (Kōwhai)

We have been learning about astronauts, space and constellations.

We learnt about myths, then made up our own myths about how constellations were found and needed to explain how we got our answers.

Maths: We have been trying to explain how we got answers and how we solve problems.

Reading: We have been finding connections in our reading and reading all about space.

Writing: For writing in week 3 we have been writing about myths and adding constellations into our stories

Interschool: On Tuesday we hosted West End School for Interschool. It was raining but we had already postponed it the week before so we went ahead with the games. We had two netball teams, one football team and one rugby team play. The final scores were: Netball A 16 - 4 (win), Netball B 6 - 6 (draw), Football 11 - 0 (loss), Rugby 63 - 22 (win). We finished off with shared kai and speeches. We can't wait for the next interschool games. Thank you to all the coaches and supporters who came along.

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Jade Christmas and Naia Patten

before and afterschool care

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We are delighted that Good Seed Trust are launching their 'Good Seed Trust Bell Block OSCAR Programme' beginning on 12 June at Northpoint Church!

Sign your kids up to the before and after school programme and enjoy knowing that they are safe and being cared for in a fun, vibrant and innovative environment that's designed to bring out the best in each child.

For more information please contact Aioi on info@goodseedtrust.co.nz

Or enrol your child using the link below:


safety at our school


With the wet winter weather approaching, please remember not to park in the school drop off bay. If the drop off bay is full please find a park or go around the block and wait until it is free. do not wait on the road to turn in as this blocks the crossing and causes traffic issues for other cars trying to get out.


Please do not walk down the school driveway (staff car park), this area is out of bounds for tamariki and is not to be used as a walking path. Please enter the school grounds at one of the main gates.

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school values


Our award winners from last week enjoyed a treat in the staffroom on Tuesday with Whaea Corinne - this week it was ice cream!

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Amira Azad knows it is never too cold for ice cream! Halo Makiri-Watson wore a great hat. Whaea Corinne was great dishing out the sprinkles and sauces too!


Six fabulous boys received Mako Values Awards this week for demonstrating our values, showing great initiative and putting in the mahi - all in their own break time! They wanted to make sure our kura looked nice and tidy for interschool so they set to work picking up rubbish and ensuring it did.

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Ka Pai Toby Ryan, Carlos Macioce, Kasey Judd, Campbell Luke, Hudson Ryan and Leo Jeffrey.

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Its Cool To Read

We are lucky to be a Duffy School!

Last Term all our tamariki received two free books from Duffy in Schools. Later this term our tamariki will receive another two books!

As well as those books, Duffy certificates are given out to students 'Caught Being Good' during the year and tamariki get to come and choose a Duffy Book from the office.

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Tino pai Toby Ryan and Quinn Murrell

They, like Duffy, know 'It's Cool to Read!'


On the menu for next week:

Monday: Wholemeal Pizza

Tuesday: Meatball Subs

Wednesday: Curry with Rice

Thursday: Toasted Sandwiches

Friday: Burger Day

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Yesterday's kai: Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs with Garlic Bread and Grapes! Mmmmm!
Hot food on a cold day is simply great!


Winter Sport is in full swing with Basketball, Miniball, Netball and Hockey teams.

You can pay your winter sports team fees at the school office via cash or EFTPOS or you can pay online. Please check Hero if you are unsure what you owe.

If you have any questions about your team, please talk to your child's coach or email Whaea Flo - fharris@puketapu.school.nz

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Tuesday's Netball PJ party fun!
Puketapu Ono went all out.

Please keep sick tamariki at home

With the change in weather there are more bugs around, including coughs, colds, 'flu, COVID-19 and tummy bugs.

Please keep your tamariki home if they are unwell.

If you think they are 50/50 please keep them at home until they are better. The best place for them to be is at home where they are warm and can get better faster and they will not pass their sickness on to others at school.

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this week at school

A great Week 3 @ Puketapu!

Year 5 & 6 Interschool, Kōwhai assembly, Student of the Day tokens being given out and tamariki coming into the office with big smiles while putting their tokens in their whānau group box, lots of Space learning, reading and fun!

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Parker Smith, Jade Christmas, Kaitlyn Veza, Cainan Murray, Harlee Ruwhiu, Zac Waddington, Quinn Murrell and Toby Ryan - Kōwhai winners of the Duffy Awards and White Pear Vouchers

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Matua Brody's Kōwhai class sharing their ANZAC learning at this weeks Kōwhai assembly.

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Kyzahn Brill, Kupa Hoskin & Jade Grocock hard at work in Kauri. Look at that focus!

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Whaea Rachel sporting one of the new Kathmandu rain jackets that staff had the
opportunity to purchase! Don't they look smart?!

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These amazing boys have been picking up rubbish around the school during break times.

Toby Ryan, Kasey Judd, Carlos Macioce, Hudson Ryan, Reeve Hunt and Leo Jeffrey.

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Kaivah Murray-Green was Player of the Day for Interschool rugby.

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Lola Parkinson getting another student of the day token in for Kākāpō.

Come on Pīwakawaka, Tuī & Kiwi we can't let Kākāpō win AGAIN!

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Clara Wallace and Waimirirangi Adams taking Bowie for some fresh air.

Bowie is one of two dogs frequently at school helping students learn about staying calm and quiet around animals, being kind and caring.

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Isla Johnson with her aurora borealis artwork for learning about space.

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Kauri (Seniors) reading with Rimu (Juniors)

Levi Murphy, Brianna O'Keeffe-Wano, Zaiya Pomana and Kian Devonshire

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Kōwahi Interschool A & B Netball teams on Tuesday vs West End School.

breakfast Club

Bring a can of fruit for Breakfast Club and your class could win a $100 voucher!

For the next three weeks, Home & School are running another can drive competition for Breakfast Club.

We are asking students to bring a can of fruit to contribute to Breakfast Club. Cans are to be taken to the class and will be collected from there.

On Wednesday 31 May, official can recorders will tally each class's can tower and declare a winner. The winning classroom will receive a $100 voucher to spend!

One can = one point (no matter the can's size)

Breakfast Club is available for all tamariki in the Design & Tech room every day between 8.30-8.55am.

It's free, it's delicious and it's a great way to start the day!

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lost property

Week 3 and there is a lot of lost property already!

Please come and have a look if anything belongs to you. Lost property is in the foyer of the wharekai.

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thank you

A BIG THANK YOU to our Home & School team for helping run our Breakfast Club and for helping us sort and often wash lost property. (Not to mention all the other amazing things you are constantly doing behind the scenes.)
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Next Friday is Pink Shirt Day

On Friday 19 May 2023, Aotearoa will become a sea of pink as schools, workplaces and communities join the Pink Shirt Day movement.

By taking part you will be helping to stamp out bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting kindness and inclusion.

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora!

Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

Kua rite koe? Are you in?

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from home

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


Happy Birthday to all tamariki that have Birthdays over the next week:

  • Maddie Murray-Green
  • Sophie Engels
  • Arana Wall-Colvin
  • Harrison Spark
  • Damon Judd
  • Harlee Ruwhiu
  • Kaylee Mortensen
  • Koen Adams
  • Lynx Taylor-Heta
  • Kylah Neilson
  • Taylor Harvey
  • Nikayda Taylor
  • Michael Phillips

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates specific to your child's class.

Friday 19 May

  • Pink Shirt Day

Wednesday 31 May

  • Breakfast Club Cans - last day for collections

Monday 5 June

  • Kings Birthday / School Closed

Thursday 8 June

  • Home & School Meeting 6.30pm

Monday 12 June

  • Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

Wednesday 28 June

  • Whole School & Whānau assembly @ Northpoint Church 9.15am

Friday 30 June

  • Last Day of Term 2

Community notices

Coastal Walkway Extension

Bell Block Community Open Day
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Youth Group @ Northpoint Church
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wonderful glow show

We are thrilled to be bringing WONDERLAND GLOW SHOW to children, families and educators of NEW PLYMOUTH during Term 2 on Wednesday 28th June at Theatre Royal, TSB showplace!
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electrical solutions

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