Puketapu School Newsletter

Happy New School Year!

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

Welcome to 2021!

We hope you have had a fun, relaxing and refreshing break with your whanau.

We are looking forward to another great year at Puketapu School!

Day 1

The First Day of School

So many smiling faces in the sunshine...

Welcome to 29 new students!

We were delighted to welcome 29 new students to our school this week.

Armand Spies * Cazzy Roberts * Connor Scholtz * Erika Asai * Jade Drummond *

Keaton Feather-Smith * Khalise Clement * Leon Corin * Malina Bachmann

Mason Cadman * Max Wilson * Theo Connole * Tyde Simpson * Vidyasri Vathada

Wynter Silich * Evelia Allen * Fletcher Bublitz * Tui Robinson * Carlos Macioce

Leo Luke * Dylan Bublitz * Lexis Darby * Nico Gunther * Aimee Gunther

Nancy Chen * Jewel Lendib * Macy Murphy * Vengeance Hellier * Mireille Baker

From brand new entrants to Year 8, we are loving to see so many new faces all around the school. Our new arrivals bring our school roll to 378 students!

Our Staff

We are very fortunate to have such a strong group of educators across all levels of our school

Kauri Learning Team: (Year 7&8)

  • Mrs Amanda O'Dowda (Learning Leader and Assistant Principal, Senior School)
  • Mr Avon Lewis
  • Mrs Julia Johnstone
  • Mrs Claire Wigley

Kowhai Learning Team (Year 4-6)

  • Mrs Nicole Perry (Learning Leader)
  • Mr Brody Lindsay
  • Mrs Ana Whelan
  • Miss Cara Knuckey
  • Mrs Melissa Bailey-Nowell

Totara Learning Team (Year 2-3)

  • Mrs Kellie Minnell (Learning Leader and Assistant Principal, Junior School)
  • Mrs Kelly Harvey
  • Miss Louisa Sharrock
  • Mr Alejandro Barrientos
  • Miss Aoife Platts

Rimu Learning Team (Year 1 and new entrants)

  • Miss Anna Proffit (Learning Leader)
  • Mrs Laurie Edwin
  • Ms Rachel Slack

Specialist & Release Teachers

  • Mrs Shirlene Paterson
  • Mrs Caroline Den-McKay (Literacy)
  • Mrs Marina Collier
  • Miss Kim Sowman
  • Mr Mark Bridger
  • Mr David Martin

Learning Assistants and Support Team:

  • Mrs Diane Benton
  • Mrs Jay Lane
  • Mrs Judith Jackson
  • Mrs Michele Oldfield
  • Mrs Sandra Fonoti
  • Mrs Siniva Isaia
  • Miss Tara Curtis
  • Mr Josh Jacomb
  • Mr Johnny Faletagoai-Malase
  • Mrs Shaina Moratti
  • Mrs Kerie Smith
  • Mrs Paula Martin
  • Mr Raymond Quince

Senior Leadership:

  • Mr Ngatai Walker (Principal)
  • Miss Corinne Sattler (Deputy Principal & SENCO)

2021 Kaitiaki

We were delighted to announce our Kaitiaki for 2021 at the end of last term.

Kaitiaki Tama / Head Boy is:

Achille de Bruyn

Kaitiaki Kotiro (Head Girl) is:

Celestial Roberts

Whanau Leaders:

  • Tui: Shaun Galiste and Luka Herewini-Kelsen
  • Piwakawaka: Yelena Poching and Marley Sutherland
  • Kiwi: Kade Davis and Ariena Zandbergen
  • Kakapo: Shay Coomey and Olivia Corin

Sports Leaders

  • Keanu Prestney and Tayte Hancock

Environmental Leaders

  • Tarli Wilson and Caylin Weideman

Playground Monitor Leader

  • Bree Mehaney-Johnston

Lunch in Schools

We are delighted that next week we will be part of the Ka Ora, Ka Ako healthy school lunches programme.

This means that ALL our students will be receiving FREE lunches every school day.

The programme is starting in next week on Tuesday 9 February.

They will still need to bring their morning tea, but lunch is provided for all students.

There will be many questions for yourselves and your child about the menu and how it will be implemented and we are currently working with the Ministry of Education and Compass Group Food Services to get you this information.

If you haven't already done so, please inform the office if your child has any special dietary requirements. Lactose intolerant? Vegetarian? Halal? Nut allergy? Allergic to eggs? Anything at all?

If your child has any dietary requirements, please email office@puketapu.school.nz

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The School Day

Students can be at school from 8.30am, but please no earlier. Everyone should be here no later than 8.55am. Those few minutes at the start of the day are very important for building positive relationships and getting settled for the day ahead.

Monday to Thursday we do split breaks so Seniors (Year 4-8) and Juniors (Year 0-3) have their breaks at slightly different times. On Fridays we all play together.

08:30 Students can be in class

08.55 Bell rings for school to begin.
09:00 Learning Block 1

10:00 Snack / fruit break / ‘Read and Feed’

10:30 Senior Break starts

11:00 Junior Break starts / Senior Break ends

11.40 Junior Break ends

11:10 / 11:40 Learning Block 2

12:30 Senior Lunch Break starts

13:00 Juniors eat

13:10 Junior Lunch Break starts

13:20 Senior Lunch Break ends, Seniors eat

13: 50 Junior Lunch Break ends

13:30 / 13:50 Learning Block 3

14:50 Whaiwhakaaro - Reflect on the Day in their class

15:00 End of the school day

Hats and Togs

Summer has definitely arrived and every student must have a sun hat with them every day.

Mr Quince has been working hard over the break to get our pool ready so we will be able to enjoy swimming at school. Learning Teams have a roster of swimming times and days and there will be some lunch time and after school swims as well. Children should bring their togs and towel every day so we can make the most of our swimming.

Thank you

We are lucky to have such generous people in our community.

Thank you to Bill Kidney and the team at TR Group for donating two copies of 'TR & Mack The Hopeful Black Dog (and a truckload of Aroha)' a book from I Am Hope, created by Mike King & Tommy Wilson...

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... a big thank you to Brooke Goldsworthy Gamlin who has donated some beautifully durasealed school books...
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... and thank you to ITM Waitara who donated two boxes of hats!

Thank you so much to you all!

Making Contact with your Teacher

For any questions concerning your child, their homeroom teacher is your first point of contact.

Please bear in mind that immediately before school is usually not the best time to start a conversation and many teachers have duties and team responsibilities immediately after school, so please arrange a suitable time to meet to discuss things.

Call or email the office at any time - we will always do our best to help.


Wow! Day 1 and we already have Superstars!
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Well done Kaydince Brill, Evelia Allen and Carlos Macioce for showing our school values so well on the first day in class!


If you didn't get one at your Head Start Hui, sports registrations forms are available at the office. Please get these back to the office asap as we need to make up teams.

: Touch is played at Hickford Park in Bell Block on Wednesday afternoons starting on February 17 and running for 6 weeks.If your child is interested in touch please register them at the office asap. Children play Under 6,8,10 or 12 and then intermediate. All teams will need a coach so if you can help can you please indicate on the notice.

Canoe Polo:

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Lucky Book Club

Issue #1 orders are out this week. Catalogues and order forms will be coming home in school bags.

Orders and payment need to be back at school no later than Tuesday 16 February, or you can order online through The Loop.


Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week:

  • Isaac Wilson
  • Navanah Meston
  • Zion Teddy
  • Nevaeh Cullen
  • Harleyah Kipa
  • Kohen Harvey
  • Makaia Sherry

Dates for your Diary

Here are some of the main items on our school calendar for this term. More information will follow closer to the time:

Week 2

Monday 8 Feb: Waitangi Day / School Closed

Tuesday 9 Feb: Lunches in Schools begins

Week 3

Monday 15 Feb: Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30

Tuesday 16 Feb: Last day for Lucky Book Club #1 orders

Friday 19 Feb:

  • Board of Trustees and Home & School picnic at the pool 4pm
  • Kowhai - Bell Block Pool

Week 4

Hockey in schools programme all week

Monday 22 Feb: Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30

Week 5

Hockey in schools programme all week

Monday 1 March: Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30

Wednesday 3 March:

  • Kauri - Overnight camp at school
  • Kauri - beach trip / water safety

Friday 5 March: Teacher Only Day / School Closed

Week 6

Monday 8 March: Taranaki Anniversary / School Closed

Tuesday 9 March: Year 7 & 8 Vaccinations

Friday 12 March: Taranaki Iron Māori Kids - Hawera

Week 7

Monday 15 March: Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30

Friday 19 March: School Swimming Sports

Week 8

Monday 22 March: Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30

Tuesday 23 March: Te Wera Camp (year 6)

Friday 26 March: Bell Block School Gala 5pm-7pm

Week 9

Monday 29 March: Kapa Haka (yr 4-8) 11.30-12.30

Wednesday 31 March: Weetbix Tryathlon

Friday 2 April: Good Friday / School Closed

Week 10

Monday 5 April: Easter Monday / School Closed

Tuesday 6 April: Easter Tuesday / School Closed

Wednesday 7 April: Interschool Swimming (Bell Block Pool)

Term 1 ends on Friday 16 April

Term 2 starts on Monday 3 May