Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 7, Term 2 2021 - 16 June 2021

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

welcome to the Construction Zone

New Learning Spaces Project has begun

Kia ora koutou,

On Tuesday the 3rd of September 2019 an announcement was made the Ministry of Education that we would be receiving four new learning spaces due to roll growth.

We are hugely excited to announce that this week, the building project has started.

Over the next 37-40 weeks Southcoast Construction will be part of our Puketapu Whānau constructing our new buildings.

Below are some 3D renders of the designs to give you an idea of how they will look:

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We are planning to have our akonga and kaiako into these learning spaces in Term 2, 2022.

Learning & Wellbeing Conferences

Have you booked Learning and Wellbeing Conferences for your tamariki?

Thursday 1 July (after school) or Friday 2 July (8.00-4.00pm)

All bookings are made online through School Interviews. Our event code is p6t2j

Simply enter your details and your child's name, then choose your child's teacher and the time that suits you. If you need to change your time, you can log back in to change it.

If you are not able to book, please contact the office or speak with your child's teacher.

Staff Changes

Whaea Liss has accepted a position in the junior school at Tikorangi School, which as a family they have decided is the right choice for their whanau at this time.

From Whaea Liss “I have had a wonderful time being a part of the whānau and team at Puketapu and leave having added some wonderful teachings and memories to my kete”

Whaea Liss would like to thank you for the support she has had since beginning at Puketapu School. Although it has been a short period of time, we have appreciated how Whaea Liss has worked to create a strong culture of manaaki and learning in her class.

We wish Melissa and her whanau all the best for her future.


PB4L (Positive Behaviour For Learning) works to build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life.

As part of who we are at Te Kura o Puketapu, we aim to teach positive behaviours. Sometimes this takes time, modelling, practice and repetition but it will happen :)
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More Hoodies... and T Shirts!

After the great success of our recent hoodie order, we are delighted that we are having another hoodie order with Game Changer.

Exactly as last time, you can order child or adult sizes in a range of colours, with a personalised name on the back.

This time, you can also order Tshirts.

You will also be able to get your items delivered or collect from the school (the auto reply will say collect from Game Changer, but they will deliver them to us to save you a trip.)

Orders open this Friday...


Get your order in before the end of term and it will be ready early in Term 3.

The Wool Shed

We are delighted to be hosting The Wool Shed, a great resource celebrating the natural, sustainable eco-fibre that is wool.

On Monday, Mrs Paterson and Claudia Lua of Creative Fibre showed students how a spinning wheel works and how to felt, using some lambs wool - which were shorn from Whaea Paula's lambs!

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Honor Wilson and some of the Rimu 3 children learning to spin lambs wool.

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Keaton Feather-Smith and Vidyasri Vathada from Rimu learning about felting.


"My name is Cooper, my teacher is Whaea Anna. I like playing with dolls at school and I have lots of friends."

- Cooper Murray, Rimu 3


Totara 3 have been writing reports on their favourite things.

"We did pictures of cats, dogs, bunnies or anything important to you. Mason did a car and I did a cat. We had to write what parts they have and about what they are."

- Ryan Wharram, Totara 3

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Ryan, Mason, Harlem, Madie, Tariana, Trisha, Maria, Ava, Parker and Riahn with their reports.

Creatures in Kowhai

A rare breed of species has been spotted in Kowhai... We have managed to capture some images of these two limbed creatures below.
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"Today is School photo day. Everyone is looking good and ready for their photos. The rain is staying away. My favourite thing about school is having a big classroom and my friends. I love doing Office Duty and helping, it is fun."

- Alex Morrison, Kauri 2

design technology

This week Puketapu School is registered for a weeklong virtual online hui about esports and gaming within New Zealand.

Esports is a form of competition using video games. Esports often takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players, individually or as teams.

This a great opportunity for Kauri and Kowhai to listen and learn from New Zealand professionals.

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Thank you subbers!

A massive shout of to the people doing subbing. This is a tough job especially when some of our teams are really full (Year 0-2 miniball for example).

It isn't easy making sure everyone gets a fair amount of time each week so aim for everyone getting a fair amount over the whole season!

Thank you as it is hard to watch for gaps in the play, while getting the next children ready while trying to watch your own child play. You subbers are amazing!

Sports photos.

If you would like a team photo like this please have someone take the photo on a day when all the team are present and email it to me ksowman@puketapu.school.nz

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the countdown is on to aims games

It's official! Among 11,000 entries from 350 schools around the country, Puketapu School has two entries in the 2021 AIMS Games!

Our Year 7&8 Magic Netball team and Tayte Hancock in BMX.

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Tayte is one of 76 entries in the BMX competition at AIMS Games. Tayte is no stranger to high level BMX - she is ranked #7 in New Zealand and #4 in the North Island!

Her goal is to represent New Zealand in the Olympics one day.

From the Playground

So many awesome and fun things going on around our school.

Even on a wet week, we find ways to have fun inside and outside.

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It's a Kakapo in a tree - Leon Corin

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Fun on the field for the Rippa Staff vs Students game

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Fun in the mud - remember to bring spare clothes...

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Pop-its in the playground- these are still the latest craze.

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Mud monsters in the playground

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Arm wrestling in Kauri

From home

Carlos Macicoe received this medal in the weekend at BMX for great races and jumps plus helping with other people when they fell off their bikes.

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Well done Carlos!

If your child has an achievement they would like to have shared in the newsletter, please email a photo to ksmith@puketapu.school.nz


Well done to all those who have earned Puketapu Superstar Certificates this week for showing our values at school. Here are just a few:
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Cassius Roberts has been showing Kia Kaha by giving everything a try with a great attitude. Great stuff Cazzy!
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Mason Waugh has been showing Kia Kaha in the classroom. Tino Pai Mason

Home and school

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We are on the look out for...

Kia ora Puketapu Whanau,

The Design Tech Hub is on the lookout for some plywood. For the last few weeks we have been lucky enough to have Ian come and work with some year 7 classes to make balance boards.......but now the word is out, and the rest of the year 7 and 8 students want to make boards too.

Do you have any plywood that you could donate to us? It would need to be 16 - 18mm thick.

If you do, please pop it over to the Design Tech Hub and we will store it until our next opportunity to work with Ian.


Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week:

  • Mason Nation-Fahey
  • Nico Reeve
  • Reece Speedy
  • Malan de klerk
  • Harlem Rangi
  • Tyreece Joines

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.

Coming up next week...


Monday 21 June

  • Kapa Haka yr 4-8: 11.30-12.30
  • Totara Sports 2-3

Tuesday 22 June

  • Kowhai Interschool Sports away game @ St Pius X (bus leaves 11.30)

Thursday 24 June

  • Muru Raupatu Visit - Kauri Overnight (Bus leaves 9.15am)
  • BSL (Better Start to Literacy) Whanau hui for Rimu 1 & 2 parents: 3.15-4.00

Friday 25 June

  • Muru Raupatu Kauri & Kowhai (Kowhai leaves at 9.15am bus returning by 3pm)

Community Notices

fear factor challenge night at northpoint church

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noel leeming friends and family deals

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bellyful new plymouth is looking for volunteers

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