Te Pānui o te Kura o Puketapu

Week 3, Term 4 2021 - 3 November 2021

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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


Diyon ki roshni se jhilmilata aangan ho...

patakhon ki goonjo se aasman roshan ho...

aisi aaye jhum ke yeh diwali...

har taraf kushiyon ka mausam ho...

Diwali Mubarak

May there be the light of our lamps all around our yards...

May the sky light up with fireworks...

May we get a happy Diwali...

With a season of happiness all around.

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loud shirt and wacky hair Day

As a school our Loud Shirt Wacky Hair day last Friday managed to raise over $100 to help children and adults with profound hearing loss who access sound through cochlear implants.

Check out some of the wacky hair and bright shirts below:

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100 years of kim & paula AND gumboot friday

Because one dress up day is never enough... We are doing it all again this Friday!

Kim and Paula are both celebrating a milestone birthday (50!) so what better way to celebrate these two superstars by dressing up bright!

This Friday is also Gumboot Friday, so wear your gummys and bring an optional donation. This is a fun way to raise money for kids' mental health.

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kai manager wanted

In 2022, Puketapu School will be preparing and distributing Lunches in Schools ourselves.

We are looking for an incredible, kind, food-obsessed person to lead the Ka Ora, Ka Ako Lunch in Schools programme as the Kai Manager / Head Chef at our school so if you are interested or know someone who might be, take a look at: https://bit.ly/3CHWktM

pb4l - Positive behaviour for learning

Check out these awesome PB4L prizes that will be going out this week for our tamariki showing Kia manawanui for Puketapu by keeping our environment tidy and litter free.

PB4L team will also be on the look out and promoting wearing sunhats at school this term.
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Be cool like batman and wear your hat!

design tech

As we are nearing the end of Design Technology for the year, students are able to experiment and try out some skills.

These students (& Whaea Shaina) from Kauri 3 have been trying out their soft materials skills and made face masks.

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puketapu school masks

Last call!

If you would like to do a pre-order for one of these please let Kerie or Paula in the office know. $15.00 each

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What a great start to the season!

Thanks to everyone who supported our children on Monday so they could play. The big smiles on the fields said so much.

Things were very different to what we are used to but everyone got on with it and did what they had to to follow the protocols. Thanks again to Shane Gray at City Touch as that was a lot of work and juggling to make it happen. We are very grateful.

We had a number of disappointed children this week as they were not in a team when they thought they were. Notices went out via Hero, Facebook and in the newsletter asking parents to confirm the change to Monday. The teams were put together with this information.

Due to Covid team sizes are limited so we cannot squeeze children into teams this term.

Please continue to check Hero and Facebook for update for touch and other sports.

Time to download hero?

So your child doesn't miss out on getting into teams or included in activities, please make sure you have downloaded the Hero app and have notifications set up for your phone home page.

Hero is our primary means of communication so all permission slips and sign up sheets go out in Hero first.

How do I access Hero?

Hero can be accessed using a web browser, but we highly recommend downloading the Hero app to your mobile phone.

Your access is linked to the email address you have registered in your child’s record at the school (so if you change your email address, please let us know.)

Full instructions can be found here: https://hero.linc-ed.com/parents/.

If you have any problems accessing Hero, please let us know by emailing office@puketapu.school.nz. We can add multiple email addresses for each child and we encourage all caregivers to create log-ins.

Calling all uniforms and borrowed sports ts

All sports uniforms and borrowed sports Ts need to be returned now please:

* Netball * Miniball * Rippa * Interschool * Hockey *

*Touch from Term 1 * Rugby * Volleyball * NYLD * Basketball *

Sports Fees and Other Bills

All sports fees are due now. Please pay your invoice - either online or at the school office. The cost charged to players for sport is paid directly to the sporting body so if you don't pay we have to increase costs next time.

Please check your account and pay anything outstanding. We work hard to keep costs as low as we possibly can, so please help us by keeping your bills paid. If you need to spread the costs, please speak with Paula in the office.

cross country

Unfortunately our whole school Cross Country will not happen this year due to the current COVID regulations.

Each learning team is currently planning an alternative event to be run separately.

Please continue to bring in your sponsorship forms as there will still be spot prizes once the events have all been.

Gardener Wanted

We are on the lookout for someone who can help out with the school gardens.

Just a couple of hours (up to 5 hours) per week, to help with weeding and keeping our garden spaces looking loved.

If you can help, please contact Paula in the school office.

home and school

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Pool fundraiser

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From around the school

Another fun week at our Kura. Special thanks to Kim Sowman for always capturing amazing photos of our ākonga from around the school.
Last week, Tōtara 4 & 5 had a guest teacher, Whaea Caitlin, come into class and do some koru art. Each koru represents a family member. Thank you for coming in Whaea Caitlin!
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We had a very special visit last week from Ana Whelan and her new little dude Mikaere. One of our year 8s Savaanah Kokiri-Tarei was lucky enough to get a cuddle.

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Keaton Feather-Smith learning about mixing colours - kowhai, kikorangi & whero

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Two beautiful kia manawanui hearts of our Kura- Paula Martin and Anya Poching.

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Kia kaha from Ezra Haylock in Rimu 3.

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Kia kaha, doing our best and kia manawanui, helping out in the kitchen -

Mikayla Scholtz and Brooke Balsom

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Kauri students working hard on some colourful creations

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Lunchtime fun on the bike track.

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Some of our Year 8 boys, we will miss their faces next year when they head off to High School.

Our Rimu Tamariki have been getting creative outside.

Sun hats and swinging monkeys on the bars.

From home

If your child has any achievements outside of school please email them to ksmith@puketapu.school.nz so we can share in our newsletter

Well done to Tayte Hancock and Liam Smith for winning the Sportsperson of the Year Trophy from Bell Block United Football.

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Tayte Hancock with her shared trophy.


We have so many great tamariki showing our School Values every day! Here are just a few:
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Cairo McLeod & Hanale Adams from Rimu 3

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Freya Collinson from Rimu 3

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Kyra Herewini, Savannah Tunnicliff-Jury & Clara Wallace from Totara 2

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Oliver Hardy, Kierah Moore & Declan Brooking from Rimu 4

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Kiah-jayne Wylde-Prestney from Rimu 2

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Aki Ekeroma, Malina Bachmann, Kobie Wilson, Hunter Sargeson, Leon Corin and Amira Azad from Rimu 1 & 2


Help... we are on the lookout for a desk similar to the below for one of our students.
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Has anyone seen Bohdi's scooter?

Bohdi Wilson from Totara 2 had his scooter go missing last term. We were hoping it would turn up but it hasnt as yet. If anyone has seen one like the below photo please let the office know.

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Happy Birthday to everyone who has a birthday this week:

  • Cairo Mcleod
  • Khalise Clement
  • Harper Sutherland
  • Travis Purdie
  • Kohana Marris
  • Dylan Bublitz
  • Wynter Silich

Dates for your Diary

Did you know you can see What's On any time with the Hero App? Check out Term Dates or the Events Calendar whenever you like.

Our School Calendar has been updated, however there may be events postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 new protocol.

Friday 5 November

Tuesday 2 December

  • Meet your 2022 Teacher

Friday 3 December

  • SOMADD Community Concert

Wednesday 15 December

  • Last day of school 2021 - School finishes at 12pm

Please check the Calendar on the Hero App for team and class calendar events.

Community notices

Christmas gift boxes

Please drop off to The White Pear or Gather
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Torpedo 7 family and friends deal

Running from Wednesday the 3rd of November to Tuesday the 16th of November 2021.

*Torpedo7 Friends & Family offer is available In store &/or Online and for the dates detailed on the flyer or while stocks last. Terms & conditions apply and the flyer or discount code must be presented at the time of purchase.
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the lemon club

Did you know we have before and after school care onsite with The Lemon Club?

They also now have WINZ subsidies available!

Find out more or book online at:


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Beeswax wraps

Earlier this year Crombie Lockwood teamed up school children across the country to find a uniquely kiwi, reusable lunch wrap design.

Teachers and children supported in their hundreds with Monique from Westbrook School Rotorua being chosen as the artist behind the winning design.

the wraps are now available to purchase. All proceeds from the wraps will be donated to Save the Kiwi (formerly Kiwis for kiwi). Produced by locally owned and operated Honeywrap, this design is strictly limited so get in quick to secure yours now – perfect for picnics, school lunches and Christmas gifts.

Purchase your wrap here...


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