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.
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.
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.
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2020 is coming...
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
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.
Reflections From Camp
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
A big THANK YOU to all of the many helpers for making week exciting.
Ten Pin Bowling
Science experiments - making slime!
Year 4's Glow Party Fun Day
Fun at the Pools
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
- Addison Leathley
- Briar Walthew
Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart
- Lola Parkinson
- Ridhaan Chand
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.
One of my favourite chefs is Jamie Oliver. Here is a great salad recipe, as part of a wrap recipe.
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:
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
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!
Great for Christmas presents, gifts or making pare kore changes in your home.
Orders in by tomorrow please!
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)
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.
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
Monday 9 Dec
- Kauri EOTC Week
- 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)
- Totara Ranui (TBC)
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