Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 9, Term 2, 2019

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

From The Principal

Kia ora koutou,

Student Learning Conferences

To all of our teachers, thank you for empowering our akonga to share, showcase and articulate their learning and goals last Thursday and Friday. It was awesome to walk around and see through the window our learners leading their conference. Thank you to all whanau that came in to talk with their child’s teachers about their learning. We always appreciate it.

LINC-ED Online Reporting to Parents

We are delighted to be able to launch our new reporting system, LINC-ED. We are excited to share this with you and involve you in your child’s learning journey.

At Puketapu School our aim has been to implement a robust system that allows teachers, parents, and students to access learning in an online environment that is secure, easy, and effective.

LINC-ED allows teachers to share learning anytime, anywhere and this can be viewed on any device. We are excited about the potential that the software offers. The report is designed to build year on year so that over time you will have access to comments, assessments, images, video and helpful resources all in one place.

We will be communicating with you next week on how to log on to your Parent Portal on LINC-ED to see your children’s learning goals and learning narratives from our teachers for the first half of 2019. We will be sending this information out to your email that you have given to our school.

What’s driving this change to real-time online reporting?

Please read this from CORE Education around Real-Time Reporting.

Term 2 Student Showcase - Thursday 4th of July @ 0930 (Northpoint Church)

Please come to our student showcase next Thursday. We are looking forward to seeing you there and sharing our kids talents with you.

Matua Ngatai

Para Kore Week

Term 2, Week 10

Our goals towards a Zero Waste school

As part of our topic this term, Para Kore - Zero Waste, we are aiming to make our school a rubbish free school. We would like the students to not bring any waste to school in their lunchboxes, or in general.

During Week 10, there will be two responsible rubbish monitors per Learning Team. These people will go around their Learning Team and check everybody’s lunchboxes.

Every day you have a rubbish free lunch in Week 10 you go in the draw to win a prize. There will be a draw at Student Showcase on the Thursday of Week 10.

We are trying to reduce the amount of rubbish because our school is a mess. There is rubbish, lost property, etc. all over the field and on the playground. We want our school to look nice, because people don't want to go to a school full of rubbish.

At the end of the term we are planning to do a rubbish clean up of the school grounds. We would love it if you took part in making our school beautiful. If you have any questions or concerns, email me at - tayte.hancock@puketapu.school.nz

Kind Regards,

Tayte Hancock, Yelena Poching, Poutama Murray, Keira Adams (Students),

and Ngatai Walker (Principal)

Congratulations To...

Congratulations to our Puketapu Superstars this week:

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

  • Tyson Manu-Millar Aldworth
  • Carter Silich
  • Jada Moore
  • Riahn Paki
  • Parker Smith
  • Nusaybah Merdj
  • Alexis Gorrie
  • Harmony Lambert
  • Reece Speedy
  • Harry Smith
  • Mason Nation-Fahey
  • Mati Sioli
  • Waipuia Lomano

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart
  • Tiana Byrne
  • Hana Ashworth-Hall
  • Amarni Cooper
  • Rangi Tau Brider
  • Audraea O'Brien
  • Drevious Te Kura
  • Tyreece Joines
  • Nour Daraghmi

The Tech Hub

Kia ora everyone.

This week in tech is "Food from around the world" and some kids are out of their comfort zone!

We have been making rice paper spring rolls and dumplings. I'm glad to see so far that everyone has given it a go. It's fun and easy to make food and great for a nice healthy lunch. Eating with chopsticks was a bit of a challenge too! It's a good way to work together in the kitchen.

What are you doing to reduce your plastic waste? There are some simple easy ways below.

We are still collecting 1.5 L bottles for our vertical garden. Please send them in if you have them laying around.

Nga Mihi,

Mrs Wigley.

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Taranaki Hockey - Coaching Sessions

All children in Totara, Kowai and Kauri have been enjoying hockey coaching thanks to North Taranaki Hockey. This is a three year contract which is pretty exciting. Thank you Deb!

Maths with Mrs Paterson

Hello Puketapu Whaanau,

Here are some online links for maths:



Also keep an eye out in this school newsletter for more details about Maths Week 12 -16 August 2019

Happy mathematizing. :-) Mrs P.

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Disco! This Friday 28 June

Rimu and Totara will be from 5.30 - 6.30pm

Kowhai and Kauri will be from 6.45 - 8.15pm

Tickets will be $2 - there will be pre-sales of tickets next Thursday and Friday at morning tea time. All presold tickets get preferential entry. There will be door sales as well.

All tickets include a bag of lollies as well as entry and there will be chips available for sale.

There will also be pizza available for purchase but this must be ordered and paid for prior to the event.

Our theme is the Earth to fit in with our Pare Kore theme however you don't have to dress in theme - any fancy dress is welcome.

All students must be picked up from the hall.

No student will be allowed to leave without a parent.

Parent helpers are needed please to help with ticket and food sales and general supervision on the night.

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Brave The Shave!

At 2pm, the Brave the Shave assembly will begin with 6 students:

  • Luke Sowman
  • Meshach Murray
  • Hana Ashworth-Hall
  • Nevaeh Neilson
  • Toby Radcliffe
  • Harry Smith

braving the shave for Cancer!

All six students have been raising funds in support of this event. Mr Barrientos as well is getting his hair cut off to be donated to be made into wigs.

Massive cause and please keep sending donations big or small to this link:


Our goal was to raise$1,000... Let's see how much we can raise together.

Shout out to Bell Block Barbers for supporting the event!

Kia Manawanui!

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Come along to support them, 2pm on Friday - see you there!

Wacky Hair-do Day Fundraiser

In support of our Brave the Shave participants we will be having a Wacky hair-do day on Friday 28 June. Gold coin donation. Proceeds to go to the Taranaki Cancer Society.
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Hats for Sale - $5

A huge thank you to Karen Leckie, who has donated these wonderful Beanies to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research. Karen has kindly donated a hat to each the participants of Brave the Shave, and has asked that we sell the others with all proceeds going towards Cancer Research. No one hat is the same! Great for these cold winter months.

Bell Block Barbers

If you are in need of a trim, be sure to visit Tanz and the team at 8 Pohutukawa Place, Bell Block, (next to Subway) to meet your hair styling and cutting needs.

They are kindly supporting the Brave the Shave fundraiser so you know they are a great, generous team!

Champion Chickens

We have another champion in Kowhai 3!

Annabella Aldridge has raised these two champion chickens from tiny chicks. As well as making sure they have fresh food and water every day, showing them involves washing them in a bucket and blow drying their feathers.

Her hard work and caring has paid off: With her black Hamburg, Annabella won the Central Districts Shield and with her silver penciled Wyandotte she won rosettes in both Central Districts and in Nelson.

Well done Annabella!

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Calling all Kaitiaki: Be an Urban Trapper!

You can help protect our trees and birds by trapping for pests around your home.

For sale at school: Rat Traps $10 each.

These are the same type of traps that have made places like Rotokare predator free and a safe haven for many precious species.

Pedagogy Panthers (teachers) vs Puketapu Penguins (yr7&8)

The teachers are calling out the students and the Penguins are accepting the challenge!

Coach Alejandro has firm beliefs that the Penguins could cause an upset. It's all about mindset and following the game plan!

Game is on Wednesday 3 July at 1.20pm.

What's On: This week and next

Thursday 27 June:

  • Road Patroller Training (Year 6 & 7 students)
  • Last day for Pancake orders
  • Home & School Quiz Night. Tickets are on sale at the office.
  • Iglewood High School Open Day 1-2:30pm

Friday 28 June:

  • Wacky Hair Day. Gold coin donation for Taranaki Cancer Society
  • Year 5&6 Interschool - Home against Norfolk 12.00 noon start
  • Brave the Shave 2pm
  • School Disco
    Rimu and Totara from 5.30 - 6.30pm

    Kowhai and Kauri from 6.45 - 8.15pm

Monday 1 July:

  • Year 7&8 Vertical Horizons Day

Wednesday 3 July:

  • Staff vs Students Challenge: Basketball 1.20pm
  • Pancake orders delivered
  • Linc-Ed Parent Portal opens for reports

Thursday 4 July:

  • Whole school Assembly (@ Northpoint 9.30am)
  • Kowhai Learning Team going to Bell Block pools for Ranui 1pm

Friday 5 July - LAST DAY OF TERM 2

Term 3 starts on Monday 22 July

Friday Lunches

Order and pay at the office before 3.30pm on Wednesday.

Friday 5 July

  • American Hotdog $5
  • Cup of soup with roll and butter: Veggie $5
  • Lunch pack (piece of fruit, yoghurt, mini cookie, raisins and Mini Bacon and Egg Puff $5

Lost Property

Please come in and check for your lost property.

Anything left at the end of term will be donated to charity.

Wow! What Raffle Prizes!

We have been donated some awesome prizes for the Quiz night, but they are so amazing we don't want anyone to miss out so we are going to raffle them!

Tickets are $3 per ticket or 4 for $10 and will be available for purchase from Monday 23rd morning at the office. Winners will be drawn at the Quiz Night, tomorrow, Thursday 27 June.

Prizes are:

  1. A large supermarket trolley filled with goodies (Thanks to Stuart at Countdown, The Valley).
  2. An awesome Go Healthy Vitamin pack (Thanks to Pharmacy at Bell Block)
  3. Wet & Forget package, including Shower Witch, Tigers Paw. (Thanks to Wet & Forget, The Valley).

All proceeds from the raffle and the Quiz Night will go towards raising money for playground swings.

PS: It's not too late to get your Quiz Night tickets - there is still space for a few more teams.

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Pancakes anyone?

Last call to order your delicious Marcel's Pancakes.

Orders and payment must be in tomorrow, Thursday 27 June


Wednesday 3 July from the Hall, from 3pm. Pancakes are delivered frozen, so if you have a large order, you are welcome to bring in a chilly bin and cool packs for your order, but please make sure these are clearly named.

Clothes Swap

Friday 26 July, Fred Tucker Hall

Clean out your wardrobe and bring your good used (adult) clothes to the school office.

On the night, come along and try on a bargain.Proceeds will be going to Kick Start Breakfast


Happy birthday to all those who have Birthdays coming up this week:

  • Yasiin Falaniko
  • Kairyn Niwa-Te Huia
  • Kharlym Gilligan
  • Harry Smith
  • Bella Neilson
  • Margaret Sioli
  • Jimmy Sioli
  • Jada Moore

Community Notices

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Light in the Darkness

Friday 5 July, 6.30pm on the Northpoint Church field.

A community event for all ages.

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111 or 105

NZ Police recently launched a new non emergency number, 105. We’ve done this to make it easier to get hold of us in the event of non-urgent situations or ‘Things which have Already Happened’, which don’t require Police assistance immediately.

You can call us on 105 for all non emergencies, or you can go online at 105.police.govt.nz to report things like:

- Lost property

- Theft for a public place or car

- Intentional property damage

- Or to get an update or add info to a previous report

In the event of an emergency, always call 111 - Things that are Happening Now.

Nature Play Adventures

This weekend's workshop still has a few places:
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Learn to Swim in Bell Block

The Bell Block Aquatic Centre is running a Learn to Swim programme in the first week of the school holidays. Starting Monday 8 July, $40 includes pool entry and a half hour lesson each day until Thursday.

Please phone 06 755 3993 for more information.