Week 8, Term 1 - Friday 25 March 2022

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A message from our acting principal

Kia ora koutou,

As Acting Principal for two weeks now, I continue to be very grateful and proud of Te Kura o Puketapu and its people, (our tamariki, our whānau, our parents and caregivers, our community, our staff, the Home and School group and the Board of Trustees BOT).

Our tamariki are taonga (treasures) and are at the center of all we do.

We appreciate how our whānau, parents and caregivers continue show Kia Manawanui as 2022 continues to present its challenges .

Puketapu School is well supported by an active Home and School Group and a strong and dedicated BOT - thank you for your time, energy and brilliant ideas.

Our team (including the Home & School and BOT) consistently live our values as kaiako, colleagues, rangatira (leaders) and members of our school community.

With the disruption of COVID, our team often volunteer and step into different roles, are agile in changing plans, are creative, adaptive and committed to the wellbeing of our tamariki and still having great learning experiences.

Thank you Paula and Kerie in the office and our team of Learning Assistants who support everyone with aroha and understanding. Also to Ray for making sure everything behind the scenes is still ticking along.

A special recognition to Anya, our 24/7 youth worker.

An extra thank you too to our 'Ka Ora Ka Ako - Healthy Lunches in School' team, Teresa, Charlotte and Sharron - our main team and to Naomi Wilson, Sarah Stainthorpe and Judy Armstrong who are willing to help make sure our tamariki are well fed.

Noho ora mai, stay well, look after yourself.

Whaea Corinne (Miss Sattler)
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Student Leaders

More about our 2022 Sports Leaders Ella Rauputu and Natalie Corin.

Keep an eye out next week for more on our Whānau Leaders.

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Week 8 COVID update

Here is our Week 8 COVID Update for our kura:

This week we have welcomed back some of our students and teachers. Our teams continue to work collaboratively with caring for the wellbeing and learning of our tamariki.

Many of you will have seen this weeks announcements regarding some changes to the traffic light system (from 11.59pm Friday 25th March).

These are the most obvious changes in our school setting:

  • Scanning in using the COVID QR code is no longer needed (but visitors still need to sign in at the office in the usual manner)
  • Masks are not required to be worn outdoors at drop off/pick up times (however parents are still welcome to do so if they wish)

If your child tests positive, please let us know by sending a text message or calling and leaving a voicemail on 027 755 0973.

While your household is well, and your child is well - PLEASE send them to school. This is important for their social connection and learning.

If any families require any additional support or have queries, then please know that we are here to help.

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Positive Behaviour for Learning - this week we saw our Superstar awards being handed out to tamariki for showing our School Values - Kia Manawanui, Kia Māia, Kia Kaha & Kia Ora.
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Week 8 Superstars - Ryan Judd, Ellori Papprill, Preston Cooper, Rosalie Rodgers, Ben Engles, Maria Wano, Rihari Hotene, Goo Pham & Carlos Zenovich.

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More Week 8 Superstars - Keaton Feather-Smith, Armand Spies, Cairo Mcleod, Hunter Sargeson, Whaea Corinne, Ryan Jupp, Reeve Cooper and Soliga Korewha-Tuavao

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Wednesday Electives.

Every Wednesday afternoon the year 7 & 8s have their electives. There are lots of options for them to choose from.

Below is the sewing and fabric application class.

They are learning to do reverse applique, stenciling and tie dye.

Hunter Cleghorn-Flynn, Iona Den-McKay and Noah Gomez


WOW yesterdays kai was a HIT!

Spaghetti and meatball rolls with fresh fruit.

Below is a bucket 3/4 full with all the scraps from the whole school.

Whaea Tara's Pigs might be hungry but our Chef Charlotte was super happy.

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Hunter Grey and Bryn Smith with the food scraps


All information for miniball, basketball, netball and hockey has gone home on Hero. If you are having trouble accessing Hero please call the office on 755 0973 for support. Please check that your email address and mobile phone number is correct to ensure you are receive all the information.

There are still some spaces available in teams:

Netball Year 3/4 x1

Miniball Year 3/4 x 1

Basketball Year 5/6 x4

Please let me know if your child would like to play ksowman@puketapu.school.nz


All players must be registered using this link


community sport


Muster Days 27th March and 2nd April 2-3pm both days please register your interest at https://www.sporty.co.nz/bellblockrugby/ for the upcoming season.

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Bell Block United Junior Football Club have registrations open for the upcoming 2022 football season, for ages 4 to 12 years.

With the Women's FIFA World Cup being played in New Zealand and Australia in 2023 it is a great time to get our tamariki interested in the "beautiful game". Girls Only Football is provided for First Kicks (4-6) and Fun Football (7&8) ages and Bell Block United is looking for more players to join our Girls Only teams.

To register your child for the 2022 season please follow this link:


Any questions please contact us on Bellblockunited@gmail.com or message on our Facebook page.

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Home and school


Help us grow by beautifying your garden.

Bulbs are easy to plant, fun to grow and will reward you with gorgeous flowers year after year.

We have some great choices here, why not try them all! Bulbs are from New Zealand and Holland’s best growers and our prices are less than normal retail and our school earns a commission on all sales. A planting guide will be enclosed with each order.

To order, pick up a form from the school office (or give us a call or email and we can send one home with your child). Orders need to be in before the end of March and bulbs will be delivered in mid-late April.

Free webinars for parents - Supporting Anxious Children

Free webinars for parents and those working with children

  • Does your child experience anxiety?
  • How well does your child navigate change?

MHERC are offering two free webinars that will help parents learn how to support their child's wellbeing when facing change or experiencing anxiety. These webinars will also benefit teachers and anyone working with children.

Join Catherine Gallagher, a Registered Clinical Psychologist and experienced facilitator to learn essential skills to help the young people in your life.

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This workshop aims to provide a basic understanding of anxiety and how it particularly relates to children.

  • Learn different strategies and skills to help your child manage anxiety and stress, and help them build resilience
  • Understand how anxiety works in the body and mind
  • Feel more confident to manage anxiety in your child
  • Understand resilience and how to build in your children
  • Learn parenting strategies and skills to support children

Thursday 31 March, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Venue: Online via Zoom
Cost: FREE



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This workshop will explore ways of supporting young people through change, while helping to build on their skills to traverse future change more independently.

  • Understand the changes that children and young people may face
  • Understand what makes certain changes more difficult for some people, especially in the context of modern life
  • Learn strategies to support children and young people through change
  • Explore the important role adults play in supporting and managing change

Tuesday 5 April, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Venue: Online via Zoom
Cost: FREE



Lucky Book Club - Issue #2

Issue #2 is out now!

Orders need to be back in to the office by 30 March.

Alternatively, you can order online using The Loop.

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lemon club

Before and After School care at Puketapu School with The Lemon Club.

Check out their link for more info.


this week at school

Week 8 at Puketapu includes costumes & craziness, pets & more waka races - this time from Kowhai.
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Tiaki Leaf from Totara 5 reading to Mrs Den-McKay whilst wearing a fabulous costume!

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Ella Gollan from Totara 2 with her work on feelings

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Jaxon Kuchler from Totara 2 with his work on feelings

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Erin Sowman and Ella Rauputu showing Kia Ora by wearing their masks and Kia Kaha by doing their best

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The Den-McKays family dog Roxy in her favourite Puketapu Tshirt

Totara 2 have been learning about the story of the kaitiaki, matawhero mako. This means red face shark. He was a kaitiaki for Puketapu rohe. Check out their awesome art work to go with it, Ka pai Totara 2

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Lexis Darby looking bright and colourful today

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Alex Morrison, Jaxson Davis & Khade Gray from Kauri - not sure what these boys are up to but they look like they are having fun!

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Kowhai 2 crew - La-Shaye Hoeta, Jade Christmas, Lola Parkinson, Madison Webby, Zia Azad, Anika Engebretsen, Casey Judd, Cainan Murray & Sanjeet Chand, ready to race their Waka.

Thanks for the awesome photos Whaea Flo

Kowhai 2 - Let the races begin

Kowhai 4 & 5 learning about Kupe. Racing waka from Hawaiki to Aotearoa.

from home

If you have anything you would like to share or celebrate from home please email it to ksmith@puketapu.school.nz


Happy birthday to all those who have Birthdays coming up over the next week.

  • Channing Rajput
  • Jarvana Ardern
  • Elias Merdj
  • Sanjeet Chand
  • Zia Azad
  • Jayden Tamati
  • Teone Mundt

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates and information

Friday 1 April

  • Kowhai Swimming Sports (New Date)

Thursday 14 April

  • Last day of Term 1

Monday 2 May

  • First day of Term 2

Community notices

New Plymouth basketball

Under 11 and Under 13 Jamboree – TSB Stadium New Plymouth

28th & 29th April, 2022

Open to all Under 11 and Under 13 Players, Coaches, Referees

2 Days of complete Basketball Skill development and games.

This includes :

· Skill development for players as well as games and activities

· Coach Development from trained experienced staff

· Referee education - both on and off court sessions from experienced trainers

· Heaps of Fun and other Activities

· A Ball and Singlet to continue your practice at home

· The opportunity to be selected to participate in the Basketball Pacific Jamboree held in Tui Ridge in July.

Times for the Jamboree will be:

Under 11 Boys and Girls:

Thursday 28th April - 9:00am – 12:45pm

Friday 29th April – 9:00am – 12:45pm

Under 13 Boys and Girls:

Thursday 28th April – 1:15pm – 5:00pm

Friday 29th April – 1:15pm – 5:00pm

All of this for a cost of $75 per player or $30 per Coach and Manager And $30 per Referee.

Spaces are very limited so please book early by emailing below.

For further information or to book your spot please email:


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Inglewood Golf Club

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