Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 6, Term 4, 2019

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

From Matua Ngatai

Kowhai EOTC Week

Firstly a big congratulations to the Kowhai team for their EOTC week. You ran four days of outstanding learning experiences for the akonga at Te Wera for the Year 5/6's and for the Year 4's back here in New Plymouth. The parents and students were buzzing about their week. Thank you for all the behind the scenes mahi in putting this together for everyone. All the best to the Year 8's for their overnight trip on Thursday to Patea. This will be a cool experience for our kids.


Walking around in the afternoons is so cool. Seeing all the students dancing, acting and designing artworks has been a highlight over the past few weeks. I can not wait to see our community concert in a few weeks time.

Board Learning

This week the Board and I are visiting two schools, Te Ao Marama and Cambridge East Primary School, where we will have a chance to hear from their tumuaki and to have a look around the school.

Both of these schools have experienced roll growth, designed new learning spaces and worked on their local curriculum. By visiting these schools I believe it will give us a look into how we can design our own future here at Puketapu School.

The focus of these school visits are:

  • Developing a School Curriculum (using local narratives and community/student/whanau voice, research based)
  • Managing Roll Growth
  • Quality Learning Environments (as we are preparing to design and build four new learning spaces)
  • Effective BoT practice

The Board will be looking forward to sharing their learning with you soon.

Property Update

Thank you to everyone for their patience and support while the building works continue around us.

The builders have been working hard to repair the leaky roof over the office block and replace some very rotten parts including a number of windows. The current section is almost complete, then they will move on to the roof above the Library / Totara 1&2 area.

We hope to have the Office back to it's normal location by the end of next week.

School Reports

All of our teachers are putting the final touches on End of Year Reports.

These will be available at the end of next week (Week 7) through your Linc-Ed portal.

If you haven't logged in to the portal in a while, here is a reminder:

Step 1
Visit https://puketapu.linc-ed.com/

LINC-ED is supported on all modern browsers, for example, Google Chrome or Safari. (How to download the app)

Step 2
Click the Lost your Password button.

Step 3

Enter the email address you have given the school to send you communication. Click Get New Password.

Step 4

An email will be sent to you containing a link for you to click on. (This email address is the one that you have given to the office.) The link will take you to a page where you will see your new password.

If you choose to, you can delete the automatically generated password and enter your own strong, secure password then click Reset Password.

Step 5

Enjoy reading, viewing and listening to your child’s learning. Become part of the conversation by writing a comment or adding a 'Like' to the post or adding to the Parent Voice page.

If you have any problems with access please contact our office at office@puketapu.school.nz

2020 is coming...

Getting everything ready for 2020 is a huge task and something that the Senior Leadership Team have been working on for some time.

During 2019 we have enrolled 93 new students and we are expecting 25 new faces just on Day 1 of 2020. Our roll is expected to go over 400 in 2020 and we are working to get another four learning spaces built.

Our Objectives for the school structure in 2020:

  • To have balanced learning teams in the best learning spaces available
  • To have strong teaching and learning teams for our akonga

Next week we will be announcing the Learning Teams, Team Leaders, Teachers and learning spaces for 2020.

The Learning Teams will be working out which learners will be in each class and this will be ready in Week 8.

Meet Your 2020 Teacher

On Thursday 5 December the Kauri 2020 students (this year's Year 6 and Year 7s) will have the opportunity to meet their 2020 teacher and see which learning space they will be in.

On Thursday 12 December, all Year 0 to Year 5 students will get to meet their teacher and see where they will be in 2020.

Looking to 2020

The 2020 school year begins on Tuesday 4 February with our Head Start Hui day for all students. For those of you new to our school, this is a short meeting with parent, student and teacher to make introductions, talk about goals and generally get the year off to a great start. Every student attends their own hui.

Bookings are made online through School Interviews - bookings will open in Week 9, following the Meet Your 2020 Teacher days.

The first full day in class is Wednesday 5 February.

Year 5&6 Camp

A great time was had by our Year 5 students at Te Wera last week.

Here is a collection of photos that show just how much fun was really had.

Also a huge THANK YOU for all of our wonderful parent helpers at camp, parents and caregivers that helped with the setting up, food prep and cleaning and to all who made this camp exceptional.

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Reflections From Camp

As well as taking part in lots of physical activities, each day our campers were asked to reflect on their day, in particular, how they showed our each of our values each day and which parts of the day were the most challenging or the favourite.

Here are a selection of those reflections:

How did I show Kia Kaha?

When we were lining up I think I was pretty sensible.

I showed Kia Kaha by being awesome and listening to instructions.

I showed Kia Kaha at Archery because it was hard.

I showed Kia Kaha doing the orienteering and helping my group find the hole punchers and it was tricky!

How did I show Kia Maia?

Today I showed Kia Maia by doing the mud run but I did not like the part when Matua Brody dunked me under the mud!

I think I was brave going on the slide.

I showed Kia Maia by going down the waterslide on my tummy and doing the ropes course.

I showed Kia Maia on the confidence course.

How did I show Kia Manawanui?

I showed Kia Manawanui when I was helping my cabin mates tidy up the cabin.

When we got into our cabins I let my cabin mate decide who would go on the top bunk.

I showed Kia Manawanui by helping others in my team and making sure everybody was ok.

I showed Kia Manawanui by cheering people on in my team.

It was wonderful to see our values being shown by everyone on camp. Well done!

Year 4's Activity Week

Our year 4 students had great fun during their activity week doing science experiments, ten pin bowling, swimming and lots more. Here is a collection of photos of their week...

A big THANK YOU to all of the many helpers for making week exciting.

Ten Pin Bowling

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Science experiments - making slime!

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Year 4's Glow Party Fun Day

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Fun at the Pools

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On Tuesday Rimu 4 visited Jade's farm.

We met some animals (some were a bit smelly), played in the bush and ate some nice food thanks to Sonia Ruakere for the pancakes.

Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and siblings who supported us.

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    Congratulations to our Duffy Award winners. Duffy Awards are given to recognise academic achievement or improvement and progress towards learning goals.
    • Zane Gallichan
    • Lucy Upton-Fleming

    Our Duffy Awards are sponsored by First Gas.

    Congratulations to this weeks Puketapu Superstars

    Kia Kaha - Do your Best

    • BaileighRose Ramsdale-MacKenzie
    • Divyasri Vathada
    • Anika Engebretsen
    • Iniyah Zandbergen
    • Alexis Gorrie
    • Malan de klerk
    • Roman Meijer
    • Pavihi Ekeroma
    • Steven Rupe
    • Georgia-Lee Scrimgeour

      Kia Maia - Be Courageous
      • Addison Leathley
      • Briar Walthew

      Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

      • Lola Parkinson
      • Ridhaan Chand

      tOTARA aRT

      Totara 1 & 2 have been learning new art techniques. We have been learning to use layering by starting with dye, then paint, then adding a 3 dimensional element with the fence. The results are very effective and have been a salute to spring. Here are some examples from Iniyah, Divyasri, and Bonnie.
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      The Tech Hub

      Kia Ora whanau,

      This week we are all planning for 2 lessons of baking. The students are working as part of The Great Kauri Bake Off!

      Students are going to be baking Christmas goodies, some to keep and some to give away as gifts. The students are working in pairs or small groups, and they are expected to bring in their own ingredients. If this is going to be a problem, can you please email Mrs Wigley.

      Summer recipes.....

      One of my favourite chefs is Jamie Oliver. Here is a great salad recipe, as part of a wrap recipe.


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      SOMAD Community Evening

      Our SOMAD Community Evening is our chance to celebrate together.

      There will be singing, dancing, performances, raffles, food... something for all the community!

      Come along and join us on Friday 6 December, food on sale from 5.00pm, performance starts at 6.00pm

      Home & School are now collecting for the amazing raffles which will be drawn on the night:

      Grocery Raffle:

      Food items, toiletries, Christmas treats

      (No alcohol please and please no more baked beans - we have HEAPS already)

      Baskets and Other Prizes

      If your family or business would like to donate a basket of goodies to be raffled, that would be AMAZING!

      Tough Kid Challenge Reminder

      Year 5&6: Tough Kid Challenge is next Friday. Notices need to be in ASAP please

      This is an amazing opportunity for all our Year 5 & 6 students - a huge obstacle course, with water and teams and fun... what a superb way to spend a Friday!

      Go Bamboo for new fundraising!

      Our Home & School has a new fundraising venture - some very eco-friendly options.

      Great for Christmas presents, gifts or making pare kore changes in your home.

      Orders in by tomorrow please!

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      Friday Lunches:

      Order and pay at the office before 3:30pm on Wednesday. (You can order on Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday, but Thursday is too late.)

      Week 7: Friday 29 November

      · Sweet corn & bacon quiche $4

      · Cranberry, chicken & brie panini $4

      · Fruit salad & yoghurt $5

      · Raspberry & white chocolate muffin $3

      Week 8: Friday 6 December

      · Mince & cheese pie $4

      · Ham, cheese & egg filled roll $4.50

      · Fruit salad & yoghurt $5

      · Apple cinnamon muffin $3

      what's On: This Week and Next

      Thursday 21 Nov

      • Year 8 Patea Dam Overnight Trip (leaving 8.30am)

      Friday 22 Nov

      • Year 8s return (approx 3pm)

      Week 7

      Monday 25 Nov

      • 2.00pm NPGHS / NPBHS School Visit (Year 8s)
      • 9:00 - 3:00 all 2020 year 9 students Spotswood day.

      Friday 29 Nov

      • Tough Kid Challenge (Hawera, all Y5 & Y6s)
      • Rimu shared morning tea - fancy dress, book character 10.15-11 Rimu 1 & 2 space

      What's on: Later in the Term

      Below is an outline of the major activities planned in Term 4.

      Week 8

      Tuesday 3 Dec

      • Helpers morning tea at 10:30am

      Thursday 5 Dec

      • Year 6& 7 Meet Your 2020 Teacher (2.00 - 2.40)
      • Year 8 (Exit Interviews) with Ngatai & Corinne

      Friday 6 Dec

      • SOMAD Community Concert - 6.00pm

      Week 9

      Monday 9 Dec

      • Kauri EOTC Week
      Tuesday 10 Dec

      • Whanau Tabloid Sports Day

      Wednesday 11 Dec

      • EMR Trip to Goat Island - Kauri (16 students)

      Thursday 12 Dec

      • Kowhai/Totara/Rimu Meet Your 2020 Teacher (2.00-2.40)
      Friday 13 Dec
      • Totara Ranui (TBC)

      Week 10

      Monday 16 Dec

      • Final School Assembly (1100) - Northpoint Church
      • Year 8 graduation dinner (6.00pm) - Northpoint Church

      Tuesday 17 Dec

      • School finishes @ 1200


      Happy birthday to all those who have Birthdays coming up this week:

      • Rihari Hotene
      • Iniyah Zandbergen
      • Georgia-Lee Scrimgeour
      • Emma-Lee Hewer
      • Brandon Parsons
      • Keisha Lowry
      • Sapphire Kuchler
      • Lockie Urbahn

      Community Notices