Puketapu School Newsletter

Term 2 2020 - Wednesday 3 June

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,

What a great time to have a long weekend. Some of you would have relaxed at home, some would have travelled away to reconnect with a place or with people and some would have had projects around the house that they wanted to get stuck into. Whatever you got up to this weekend, I hope that it was what you needed to do.

It has been heartening to see so many examples of kindness around our school this week. The world can never have too much kindness and we are so proud that our tamariki are leading the way.


Matua Ngatai

From our Kaitiaki Tama

Kia Ora, My name is Tiki and I'm your Kaitiaki Tama for 2020.

I hope you had a great long weekend. I'm really looking forward to winter sports starting up after the next holidays in term 3. Don't forget to get your registration forms back to your teacher.

We are getting back into the rhythm of working in the classroom. Here are some top tips for working in class:

  • Kia Kaha - Do your best.

  • Be ready for the day.

  • Find a good place to work.

  • Sometimes it's not good to sit with your friends.

  • Make sure you eat enough food.

It's been great to see everyone back at school and having fun.

fa'afatai from Totara

Totara 1 had been lucky enough to have Siniva share her Samoan Culture with us last week.

We learned about Siapo which was traditionally used as a form of currency.

As a way to say fa'afatai (thank you) we created a colorful Siapo to present to Siniva. It is on display in the office if you would like a closer look

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We are delighted to welcome Rachel Slack to our teaching team.

Having previously taught at Merrilands and Fitzroy Schools, Miss Slack has joined the Rimu Learning Team as our new entrant numbers are going up.

Miss Slack is mum of two children aged 15 and 12, an avid gardener and she loves culture and arts, going to concerts and following her kids in their many sporting and cultural activities.

And the winner is...

Thank you to all those who entered into the competition to design the cover for the 2021 Learning @ Home books.

It was the toughest competition we have had so far!

In the end we narrowed it down to four finalists... and it was VERY difficult to choose just one winner.

But there must be only on winner and we chose the design by Katie MacRae of Kowhai 5.

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We loved the detail and the thought that all of our finalists had put into how we show our school values.

Runners up were: Tess Balsom from Kowhai 1, Cailan Molineux of Kowhai 1, Aryan Chand of Kowhai 3

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School Photos

Individual Access Key notices have been handed out.

This Access Key allows you to see all the photographs of your child, including sibling photos. It is then an easy process for you to shop online and purchase the photographs you want.

You have until 28 June to order and have free delivery. After that you can still order but may have a delivery fee of $6.00.

If your child has misplaced their Access Key, please call the school office.

Kauri Netball

Our Kauri Yr 7/8 students are organising netball games themselves during break times. The students organise their own teams and umpiring which has lead to a new level of personal responsibility and team work.
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Y Charts and Kindness

What does being kind look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like?

Kowhai 1 have been exploring one of our most important values - Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart using a Y Chart.

We had lots of great examples to share!

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Kowhai 1 held a Samoan Flag S.T.E.M Challenge. Here are some of our examples:

Sports Ts from Term 1 Touch

We still have more than 50 borrowed sports shirts to be returned.

If you still have a borrowed Tshirt from before lockdown, please return it to the office to get your $40 bond refunded.

Absent Children

Sickness? Holiday? Tangi/Funeral? Doctor or Dentist appointment?

If your child or children will be absent from school for any reason please call the office and let us know. We have an absentee line where you can leave a message or you can text 027 755 0973 or email office@puketapu.school.nz

It is a Ministry of Education requirement that we are able to account for all of our students every day so if you haven't let us know, we will be texting or phoning to find out where they are.

School Account Statements

Statements were emailed last week.

If you are unable to access your statement in Hero, please let the office know.

Payments can be made by online banking, EFTPOS or cash in the office.

School Policies

At any time, you can check on a School Policy online at SchoolDocs

SchoolDocs is the online school policies place. It is very easy and has a great search function for anything you might need.

Login is: puketapu.schooldocs.co.nz

Username: puketapu
Password: whakamanatia

You can also take part in the regular reviews. Simply click the Current Review tab to take part.

Lucky Book Club

Orders can be made online via The Loop or through the office.

Last day for orders is 18 June.

Know someone turning 5?

If you have a little one turning 5 later this year, please make sure they are enrolled ASAP.

If you haven't already done so, please use the online form https://enrolments.linc-ed.com/apply/NZ/2223

Superstar Awards

Congratulations Superstars!

  • Hamu Adams
  • Harley Ruwhiu
  • Nixon Gadsby
  • Taaj Prestney
  • Nova Davies

Duffy Awards

Congratulations to our Totara akonga who were Caught Being Good recently:

  • Jade Christmas
  • Kayden Lucinsky
  • Sanjeet Chand
  • Ruby Tadikonda
  • Goo Pham
  • Reeve Hunt

Sports Corner

Winter Sports Registration forms went home with students on Thursday/Friday last week. These forms need to be returned to the office by Thursday.

Please note: Even if you filled in a registration form before the 'Covid-19 Lockdown' period, you will need to fill out a new one, as there are new rules around winter sport.


Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating Birthdays this week:
  • Goo Pham
  • Cohen Allan
  • Harmony Lambert
  • Dominic Olander-Collison
  • Ocean-Pearl Ardianta
  • Charlie Hardgrave
  • Katie MacRae
  • Whakairi Rangi

Calling potential netball umpires!

Have you thought about umpiring?

Check out Good Call Rules Online - available for the next 3 weeks.

What better way to become a registered umpire, than from the comfort of your own home, just in time for the upcoming 2020 Netball season! Register at:


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Yummy Stickers

Keep these coming in - the more we collect the more sports gear we can get for free!

Sticker sheets are available at the office.

What's On

With the Level 2 restrictions still in place there is not much in our Calendar!

Last Day of Term 2 is Friday 3 July

First Day of Term 3 is Monday 20 July

Community Notices

Special Update from Hillsborough Holden Museum and Mini Putt

We're open!

Hi everyone! We are excited to announce we have reopened (mostly). Our Mini putt and Museum are now back to normal hours. Please see our website or Facebook page for opening hours. At this point we are still unable to open our cafe, but are working diligently to get this available to you as soon as possible. Our staff have worked very hard ensuring that the equipment is disinfected and cleaned between each use (we've always done this anyway, since we opened in 2017!) and have lots of practice keeping the gear ready for lots of hands during the day!

683 Egmont Road, Hillsborough 4372, 06 755 0044


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