Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 10, Term 2 2021 - 7 July 2021

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

from our principal

Over this term, we have had three new staff join our school (Lois Rushton, Becky Wells and Prishlena Lawerance), 19 new students, five interschool exchanges, Rippa Rugby tournaments, a Marae overnight stay, hangi, strong teaching and learning programmes, Duffy Theatre, two young leaders' days, high school visits, school photos and so much more.

It has been a really positive term for our school and thank you to each of you for playing an important role in this.

This week many of our learning teams are celebrating the term with Ranui days (Kauri - NPBHS activities, Kowhai - Bell Block Pools, Totara - Activities @ the YMCA, Rimu - Dress Up Day) which is a beautiful way to finish the term together.

Enjoy the break together, get out and see some of our stunning province if you can and we look forward to seeing you all again next term.

Ngatai Walker

Our new classrooms are coming!

After almost two years of planning and preparation, the earthworks for our new classrooms are underway!
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PB4L = Positive Behaviour For Learning

Positive Behaviour for Learning initiatives help parents, whānau, teachers, early childhood centres, and schools address problem behaviour, improve children's well-being, and increase educational achievement.

By strengthening relationships and creating more positive home and school environments, we improve students' chances to achieve at school and beyond.

PB4L is not just for at school - every family can use the same principals at home.

Here are some things to try out over the holidays:

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school photos

The School Photos team are still working on our photos so the key codes to order wont be ready until next term.

Don't worry - you will still have time to order with free delivery.

More Hoodies... and T Shirts!

Last call for Hoodies and T Shirts!

Order before Sunday at


school enrolments

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design tech hub

The New Horizons Aotearoa group made these two benches. Waitara East School came to collect the bench seats for their school.

The group have also made pest traps which will be used on Mount Taranaki. Great work team!



Coming into the the holiday break the Puketapu Penguins have enjoyed their best start to the season with five victories out of six! Our latest game against Mangorei was a hard fought affair, however, the Penguins eventually pulled away with a 38 - 24 victory. Special mention goes to Davis Leaf with a record setting 5 blocks in one game and to Rylei-Jay Dellow with an outstanding deep two pointer - showing no fear from shooting down deep.
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How adorable are our Pepe Mako year 1 & 2 team. These girls have been playing out in Waitara at the covered netball courts.

This week is dress up week for our year 3-6 netball teams. There were some awesome costumes on Tuesday night at the courts. Puketapu Storm dresses up in onesies to stay nice and warm.

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Amalia Engebretsen, Sophie McGovern, Kiah-Jayne Wylde-Prestney, Zoe Jones, Kendall Perrett, Nicole Jupp and Khalise Clement

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Lydia Walthew, Katie McRae, Erin Sowman, Natalie Corin, Ella Rauputu, Jahlia Manukonga, Brianna O'Keeffe-Wano & Cora Wano

Time to Return Borrowed Uniforms

We still have many borrowed Sports Tshirts out from Touch in Term 1 and Year 5&6 Interschool in Term 2.

We need these back now please.

Netball - Dresses for year 1-6 can be returned now. Year 7 & 8s your season will run into term 3.

Basketball and Miniball - your competition continues after the holiday break so keep your uniform safe until you need it again.

The teen brain with Nathan Wallis

Nathan Wallis is coming to New Plymouth on Tuesday 27 July to talk about 'The Teen Brain'. This is a great event for parents, teachers and caregivers. Click on the link below for tickets and more information.


Nathan Wallis is a father of three & foster parent with a professional background in child counselling, teaching and social service management.

He lectured in Human Development at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and was also a board member and senior trainer with the national body responsible for the dissemination of neuroscientific research to professionals.

He has developed a reputation as a lively and engaging speaker who uses humour and plain language to make this complex topic come to life.

Nathan is a regular on Radio and Television shows in New Zealand, sharing his expertise on child development. He is in hot demand, delivering well over 200 presentations year in New Zealand Australia and internationally.

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From the classroom

Learning happens in so many ways!

Interschool chess competition against Mangorei

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Can you spot the tamariki amongst this classroom creation?

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A peek inside the Kowhai 2 classroom.

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5 boys on the couch doing their learning in Kowhai 4 & 5

Matariki Kite making in Rimu. Great work Ezra Haylock, Freya Collinson and Cooper Murray.

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Totara 3 in action - some very happy looking learners

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Nikola Panchorie from Totara 3 in her learning space.

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Upcycled basket weaving from Kauri ranui day today

From the Playground

This week from the playground...

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What a beautiful view of our Maunga, looking cold with all that fresh snow.

Ezra Haylock, Jayden Tamati and Ayaan Faruk finding treasures in the playground.

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Basketball fun for some of the Totara kids

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What part of our backfield currently looks like, the kids are loving watching the diggers at work.

From home

Learning happens at home too, if you have anything you would like to share from home please email ksmith@puketapu.school.nz

Fundraising for Homeless People

Jakaila Hori from Kowhai showed her school values at home and ran a bake sale then spent the money she made making care packs for homeless people.

Each pack included:

  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Facial wipes
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Plasters
  • Tissues
  • A pair of socks

What a beautiful heart!

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What a great way to show our school values, kia mau ki te mahi pai Jakaila


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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Ka pai Teina Williams for showing Kia Kaha and doing your best

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Wow! Look at all these superstars! Lucas Speedy, Nevaeh Cullen, Goo Pham, Kaydince Brill and India McKenna have all been showing our school values for Miss Collier this week.


Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week:

  • Lexis Darby
  • Triston Kake
  • Khan Barnard-Perry
  • Addyson Chaloner
  • Madie Cadman
  • Liam Smith
  • Reeve Cooper
  • Madison Webby
  • Brodie Houghton

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.

Still to come this week:


Friday 9th July

  • Totara Ranui Day (bus to YMCA)
  • Wā Whānau 10.00 - 10.50
  • Rimu Kapa Haka 2 - 2.15
  • Whanau Tug of War / Staff vs Student Tug of War
  • Kowhai Ranui @ Bell Block Pools 1:00-3:00

Enjoy the term break and we will see you back here on Monday 26 July!

Home & School Pop Up Market

Donations can be handed in at the school office until Friday. After that, please message Puketapu Home on Facebook or email homeandschool@puketapu.school.nz to arrange a pick up.
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Community Notices

Plastic free july pop-up at puke ariki

If your school whānau are looking for fun things to do over the holidays, why not come down to our Plastic Free July Pop-Up event at Puke Ariki at 10am – 1pm on Thursdy 15th July?

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the circus is in town

We will be setting up in New Plymouth at the Pukekura Raceway for THE
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS! Our opening night is on Friday 9th July at 7.00pm
with shows through till Thursday 22nd July at 2pm.
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