Puketapu School Newsletter

Term 3 2020 - Wednesday 22 July

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

From our Principal

Kia ora koutou,

Mātai ki te rangi, tēra ko Puanga to te tohu mo te tau hou. Nau mai haere mai nga whanau o Puketapu. Welcome back to Term 3. I love the fact that this feels like our new year, our Maori new year This week is an opportunity to reconnect, reflect, recalibrate and refocus for the remaining of the year. As a school we will reflect on our school values, our learning team guiding documents, our class treaties and see where we are now and how to move forward. As a whanau look at some New Year's resolutions and reset goals as a whanau for the remaining two terms. We have 46 days in Term 3 and 46 in Term 4 before we complete our unprecedented 2020.

Te Ahu o Te Reo Taranaki

Nga mihi nui ki a kaiako koutou. A huge mihi to the group of staff that have shown amazing commitment to learning Te Reo over the past months. There have been teachers coming into school early or staying up late at night to learn Te Reo for our learners. The aim of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori is to grow and strengthen an education workforce that can integrate te reo Māori into the learning of all ākonga and students in Aotearoa New Zealand by 2025. I am hugely proud of all of the mahi our ropu of teachers have put in.


Matua Ngatai

From our Whanau Leaders

Kia ora, We would like to welcome you back to term 3 of school. My name is Maui and I’m the Kiwi Whanau leader.

My name is Nathan and I am the Piwakawaka whanau leader.

We hope you guys had a really great holiday and your first week back at school has been phenomenal.

This week school sports starts back.

In week 5 Kauri will have interschool sports. Kowhai starts their interschool sports exchanges next week. So now is the time to start getting ready for the season.

Our top tip for the people playing sports is: get your gear ready the night before. Good luck and have fun.

Have you booked yet?

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Learning & Wellbeing Conferences

These are next week after school on Thursday 30 July and all day on Friday 31 July and are for all students, except the newest of our new entrants.

Bookings are made online through School Interviews. (Event code is jbpqc)

Book a time to meet with your child's Kaitiaki or Homeroom Teacher and if you would also like to meet with any specialist teacher (eg, Design Technology (Mrs Wigley), Maths (Mrs Paterson) or Literacy (Mrs Den-McKay) Specialist teacher) you can book a time to meet with them on the same day.)

Our Teachers will meet with you and your child to share and reflect on their learning, wellbeing, progress, achievements and goals you have for your child for the rest of this school year.

Don't forget: The Friday will not be a normal school day - only those with conferences attend, and you only come for your conference, then go home again.

Hero - Parent Portal

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

HERO allows teachers and students to share learning anytime, anywhere and this can be viewed on any device.

For more information about logging in: https://www.linc-ed.com/parents/
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Wow! More Great Jackets!

We have been very lucky to have been gifted some lovely, warm jackets, courtesy of ASB and KidsCan. These are great winter jackets for many of our senior students as modelled by some of our Kauri students.

Wanted for our garden...

Our gardener Annsuli is on the hunt for one of those large green silage bales... but an old one that has been damaged or ripped. It makes great mulch once it is too old for stock feed.

Can you help?

Is there a local farmer who might take our green waste?

When we start doing the BMX track planting there will be loads of grass coming out to make way for plants so be good to have somewhere to take it - if we have to put it in our skip it costs us and isn't great for landfill. If you can help, please let us know.

Puketapu School Cross Country Fun Run & Walk

Mark your calendars! On Friday 14 August (week 4) we will be having our school wide Cross Country Fun Run and Walk. This is a great chance to dress up in your whanau colours and have a whole heap of fun!

Whanau and supporters welcome!

Turning 5 soon?

Although we are only just half way through 2020, we are already starting to plan for 2021...

Now that we have an enrolment zone, we have to do this even earlier! So we are asking for your help:

If you have a pre-schooler turning 5 in 2020 or 2021, please use the online enrolment form to make sure they are pre-enrolled. This is particularly important if you live out of zone and have a younger child you wish to start at Puketapu School.

Winter Sports

Winter sports are in full swing this week. Massive thank you to all the coaches of miniball, basketball and netball.

Have fun everyone and remember our school values on and off the court - Kia kaha, Kia maia, Kia manawanui!


Can you help us? The office is in need of some spare track pants, tights, and trousers for times when we have students who need a change of clothes especially in the winter months.

If you do have clothes that children have grown out of and would like to donate these please bring them to the office.

Lucky Book Club

Issue 5 is out now!

Orders with money are due back to the office by 12:30pm on Wednesday 5 August, or alternatively you can order online by the same date.

Rain Rain Rain!

Just a reminder to pack 1 - 2 changes of clothes for your tamariki on these cold wintry wet days. As ducks are drawn to water so are our tamariki to mud and puddles.


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!


Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating Birthdays this week
  • Leila Parker
  • Riahn Paki
  • Fleur Grace
  • Kendall Perrett
  • Aurelia Takerei
  • Nikola Panchorie
  • Kayden La-Rue

What's On

More events and details will follow

Week 1:

  • Thursday 23 July: Spotswood Open Evening

Week 2:

  • Monday 27 July: Art Walkabout
  • Tuesday 28 July: Rotary Reading starts, NPBHS Open Evening
  • Wednesday 29 July: Year 5&6 Interschool Sports v Inglewood (Home game, kick off tbc) and NPGHS Open evening 5:30pm
  • Thursday 30 July: Learning & Wellbeing Conferences from 3.30pm (after school)
  • Friday 31 July: Learning & Wellbeing Conferences all day
    (Friday is no school, only conferences)

Week 3:

  • Dental Bus on site All Week
  • National Cook Island Language Week

  • Tuesday 4 August: Rotary Reading

  • Wednesday 5 August: Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

  • 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, 9:30am Enrollment Interviews - Inglewood High School (allow ½ hour each)
  • 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 18th August: Rotary Reading, Year 7/8 interschool sports @ Inglewood
  • Thursday 20th August: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
  • Friday 21st August: NZ Playhouse Show "Chilled" (2.00pm at Northpoint)

Week 6:

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

Week 7:

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

Week 8

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

Week 9

  • Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori
  • Monday 14th September: Vaccinations Year 8s and Year 7 catch ups
  • Tuesday 15th September: Rotary Reading (last one for Term 3)
  • Saturday 19 September - NZ Election

Week 10

  • Friday 25th September - last day of Term 3

Community Notices

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Little Theatre Presents...

New Plymouth LittleTheatre are putting on their postponed show

August 5-15 at Little Theatre in Aubrey Street.

Set in the 1920's Enchanted April by Matthew Barber is a community theatre production by special arrangement with Josef Weiberger Ltd and Play Bureau
Feeling lost in the shadows of marriage and forgotten in the rush of 1920s post-war society, two London housewives pool their savings to rent a villa in Italy for a ladies-only holiday away, reluctantly recruiting a pair of difficult upper-class women to share the cost and the experience. Together under the Mediterranean sun, the four women clash — and then begin to bond and bloom — until men once again upset the balance
Book Now at iticket

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