Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 5, 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

Teacher Strike - Wednesday 29 May

Teachers' unions have voted to strike.

The nationwide strike is on Wednesday 29 May.

Puketapu School will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, 29 May.

Student Learning Conferences

Thursday 20 June 3.30-6.30pm

Friday 21 June 8.00am -4.30pm

* While Friday counts as a school day, students only need to be here for their conference, then go home for the rest of the day.

What is a student learning conference?

A meeting run by the student for his or her parents, entirely focused on the student's recent learning. During the conference, the student will showcase their learning in different curriculum areas while discussing their learning goals.

How do student learning conferences work?

Conferences will be 20 minutes. They will involve looking at samples of learning, talking about their learning goals and what your child, you and the teacher might do to support these goals. At some point during your conference, your child's teacher will have some time with you to expand on the information your child has shared or for you to clarify something if necessary.

In our Year 0-3 there will be more prompting from the teacher compared to our Year 4-8’s where we will be supporting the students to lead their conference.

What will I need to do to support my child?

  • Book a time and put it in your diary (Book Online at schoolinterviews )
  • Come — with your child.
  • Listen — your child will do most of the talking. S/he will discuss with you their current learning goals.
  • Prompt to support your child if necessary
    What were you learning to do in this piece of work?
    What were the steps you went through to learn this?
    What helped you to learn this?
    What do you need to learn next?
    What are you most proud of? Why?
    Which area of learning do you find easiest? Why?
    Which area of learning do you find trickiest? Why?
    What could we do together to help you with this learning?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to see your child in his/her key learning environment.

Important things to remember

Your child will lead this conference—not you, not the teacher. Your child must be here.

As part of their regular learning, all students have been putting considerable time and energy into preparing for this. If you cannot attend, please arrange for another significant adult in your child’s life to come to the conference.

The conference is about learning—not behaviour or social issues. (If you or the teacher have concerns here, discussions should already have been held). - or can be discussed at a later date upon arrangement

Recipes for Friendship

Totara 1 and 2 have been describing the qualities of good friendship. We are creating a Cookbook of Frienship Recipes. Here is a taster of a couple of recipes, one from Taaj and one from Jakaila:
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Para Kore - Zero Waste

As a school we have been looking at how we can reduce the amount of waste we create.

Totara have been looking at the rubbish in our lunchboxes and what changes we can make to help reduce waste.

Here is Alexis, Losa, Malan and Chayse, all four had zero rubbish in their lunchboxes! Ka pai!

Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle...

Here is Kylah with a metal straw and Kupa with a biodegradable toothbrush! They got given this from Whaea Cynthia who is helping us learn about how to reduce our waste.

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From Pie Bags to Matariki Stars

With a little imagination a lot of things can be reused in very creative ways.

Caylin and Bree show made these colourful Matariki Stars from plain pie bags.

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Kauri Hub Camp Notice

We are aware and understand that whanau want to know about camp for the Kauri Hub. We thank you for your patience over the last term. The Wellington camp was not pre-booked and it has not possible to book for all our students this year.

This term there will be a whole hub EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom) trip as well as day trips for Mana Aotoroa.

In Term 3, we will be having a winter EOTC week where there will be a Year 8 Ski camp and other EOTC activities that week for our Year 7's (and Year 8's that do not choose to go on the Year 8 Ski Trip).

We are currently looking at EOTC opportunities for Term 4. We are excited by what other opportunities we can offer and look forward to sharing the details with you soon.

The Tech Hub

Kia Ora Puketapu Whanau.

Last weeks cookie making was really fun. We had some really good flavor combinations and lots of different shapes and sizes. Through-out the lesson we had some interesting conversations that included lots of maths! At the end of each lesson we all sat together and did an evaluation, rating our cookies from 1-5 for taste, small and look. I was really impressed with how the kids did this without putting each other down or criticizing other groups. The other nice things to see was kids trying some ingredients for the 1st time, like cranberries and dried apricots. They are getting much more adventurous.

This week we are going to run practical cooking classes again, this time Apple Crumble (please see the recipe below) Can you please ask your child when their tech day is and remind them to take a container in with them. They need to take the responsibility to do this, and generally most are stepping up and doing so.

Also if you tried out the cookies at home with the kids, please send me in a photo. I would love to see what interesting flavor combinations you come up with.

Have a great week and take care.

Nga Mihi,

Mrs Wigley.

Come and See Tech

Instead of meeting parents and students at the Student Learning Conferences during Week 8, the Design and Technology department will open its doors for any parents who would like to pop in and see what we are doing.

You will need to check with your child about which slot they are in and the times that they will be in their Tech class. I hope you will be able to come in and see what we are currently working on, and check out the new kitchen and teaching spaces that we are using.

Basic Apple Crumble


  • ½ cup plain flour
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup desiccated coconut
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp mixed spice or cinnamon - optional
  • 75g butter
  • 5-6 Granny Smith apples


  1. Pre-heat oven to 190°C conventional or 170ºC fan-forced.
  2. Peel and cut apples into wedges and put into a pot with enough water to cover them. Lightly cook the apples until they are soft.
  3. While the apples are cooking, in a bowl, mix the flour, oats, coconut, 1st measure of Brown Sugar and cinnamon together, then rub in the butter until the mixture becomes combined and crumbly.
  4. Put stewed apples into a oven safe dish.
  5. Spread the crumble mixture over the top of the apples..
  6. Bake for 20 mins
    Can be served while hot with vanilla ice-cream, cream or custard.

Fun around the Playground

We have been very lucky with our Autumn weather lately, so there are lots of happy faces in the playground at lunchtimes:

Student Showcase

We have outgrown our Hall!

Health and Safety says we can't have everyone inside the Hall at once.

In Term 1 and the start of Term 2 we were very lucky with the weather so were able to enjoy whole-school Student Showcase outside.

However, with the weather closing in, we are not able to safely host Student Showcase in the school hall.

We are currently exploring alternative ideas and will get back to you soon.

Congratulations To...

Congratulations to our Puketapu Superstars this week:

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best
  • Katie MacRae
  • Divyasri Vathada
  • Evie Roberts
  • Mika Falaniko
  • Nour Daraghmi
  • Waipuia Lomano
  • Patreece Niwa Te Huia
  • Megan Larsen

Kia Maia - Be Courageous

  • Ava Falaniko
  • Losa Fonoti

Board of Trustees Elections

We are delighted to announce that we have EIGHT candidates who are standing for our Board of Trustees. You will be able to vote for FIVE to become our next Board of Trustees.

They are:

  • Hayley Adams
  • Leanne Hardgrave
  • Steph Julian
  • Paul Rauputu
  • Marnie Reinfelds
  • Shannen Robinson
  • Maria Upton
  • Mike Warring

Voting papers are in the post to all parents and immediate caregivers this week. Your vote must be returned in the return envelope provided and must be back at school no later than noon on Friday 7 June.

Full information about each candidate is with your voting papers and you can read more in our Election Special newsletter

Sports Corner

Winter Sports are in full swing.

Please remember that although your coaches are amazing people they cannot do it all - they have children too and have probably been at work as well. As a parent or whanau member of a player you may be required to sub or help out in other ways.

Please help out the coaches when asked and remember that the success of the sport is up to everyone. :) Thank you :)

Samoan Language Week

This week is Samoa Language Week, Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa.

Here are some simple words and phrases to try out:

Talofa Lava - Hello

Tō fa Soifua - Goodbye

Toe feiloa'i - See you later

Fa'amolemole - Please

Fa'afetai Lava - Thank you

Taeao Manuia - Blessed/Peaceful Morning

Toleni - Training

Tamo'e - Run

Savali - Walk

Ata mai - Smile

Manuia - Bless you (after someone sneezes)

Ma'alili - Cold

Faiaoga - Teacher

Fa'afetai Lava - Goodbye

"O le upega tautau, 'ae fagota. - If at first you don't succeed try, try and try again"

Friday Lunches

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

Friday 31 May

  • Mince and Cheese Pie $5
  • Cup of soup with roll and butter: Creamy Chicken $5
  • Lunch pack (piece of fruit, yoghurt, mini cookie, raisins and Mini Bacon and Egg Puff) $5

Friday 7 June

  • Hawaiian Quiche $5
  • Cup of soup with roll and butter: Sweetcorn and Bacon $5
  • Lunch pack (piece of fruit, yoghurt, mini cookie, raisins and Mini Ham and Cheese Croissant) $5

Friday 14 June

  • 8" sausage with Mash potato and Cheese - comes with potato gems $5
  • Cup of soup with roll and butter: Pumpkin $5
  • Lunch pack (piece of fruit, yoghurt, mini cookie, raisins and Ham Sandwich) $5

*** Thursday 20 June ***

  • Sausage Roll with potato gems $5
  • Cup of soup with roll and butter: Chicken and Sweetcorn $5
  • Lunch pack (piece of fruit, yoghurt, mini cookie, raisins and Cheese Scone) $5

Friday 28 June

  • Macaroni and Cheese (Bacon) $5
  • Cup of soup with roll and butter: Kumera and Bacon $5
  • Lunch pack (piece of fruit, yoghurt, mini cookie, raisins and Savoury Pinwheel) $5

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

Pot Noodles...

Carrying a cup of boiling water in a classroom is not safe. To enjoy the noodles, please cook them at home and put them in a container.


Happy birthday to all those who have Birthdays this week:

  • Lily-Rose Suthon
  • Zakhan Faapulou
  • Louis Frank
  • Aaron Gunn
  • Kayne Adrian
  • Kirsty Stoneman
  • Oracle Rangi

What's On: This week and next

Wednesday 29 May:

Teacher Strike Day - School Closed

Monday 3 June:


Thursday 6 June:

Proposed Kowhai Hickford Park Clean Up Day (more information to follow next week)

Friday 7 June:

Proposed Kauri Beach Clean Up Day (more information to follow next week)

Board of Trustee Election Day. All votes must be received by noon today.

What's on: Rest of the Term

As we continue with our planning, more things will be added to our Calendar. Further information will come home regarding trips and outings.

Thursday 13 June: Crazy Shirt Day (more information to follow)

Monday 17 - Friday 21 June: Hockey coaching this week for Totara, Kowhai and Kauri (more info to follow)

Wednesday 19 June: Totara Team visiting Recycling Facility , Board of Trustees Meeting (first for new Board)

Thursday 20 June: Student Learning Conferences 3.30-6.30pm

Friday 21 June: Student Learning Conferences 8.00-4.30pm (Students only come to school for their conference, then go home.)

Monday 24 June:Hockey coaching this week for Totara, Kowhai and Kauri

Thursday 27 June: Home & School Quiz Night

Friday 28 June: Brave the Shave

Friday 5 July - LAST DAY OF TERM 2

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Clothes Swap

Friday 26 July, Fred Tucker Hall - Free entry

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

Community Notices

Nathan Wallis is coming to New Plymouth

Nathan Wallis, New Zealand's favourite Neuroscience Educator is coming to New Plymouth on June 6th.

Nathan's talks are very popular with parents, teachers, coaches, leaders and anyone else who is interested in learning about the workings of the brain.

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Nature Play Adventures NZ

Traditional woodwork and bushcraft skills for children - on our doorstep at 465 Ohanga Rd, Onaero (25 mins north of New Plymouth, near Urenui)

Please visit us at www.natureplayadventures.co.nz for more details

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Matariki Glow Show

It’s literally legendary! A giant scale puppet show for tamariki with magical glow-in-the-dark characters from Māori myth and legend.

Rich in Te Reo Māori, it’s an upbeat show that has the audience buzzing from the onset. This masterful 40-minute show is underpinned by catchy music that engages the audience immediately, followed by a Q and A session afterwards for our tamariki.

The show tells a delightful story of the Matariki star sisters as they prepare for Te Tau Hou (the Māori New Year) and the journey of the smallest star, Waipuna-a-Rangi. The show has been an absolute hit - the 2018 Matariki Glow Show toured from the Far North to South Auckland and attracted 12,000+ tamariki to 60 shows at 10 venues with many shows sold out!

Matariki Glow Show tour will be at the Theatre Royal, TSB Showplace, June 13 - show times at 10am and 11.30am – 2 shows only so don’t miss out! show is 40 mins long with a Q and A afterwards – meet the actors!

$12.50 child OR adult price! and you can email us back to book hello@glowshow.co.nz OR contact www.ticketdirect.co.nz 0800 224224