Te Panui o te Kura o Puketapu

Week 2, Term 4 2021 - 27 October 2021

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

From the Principal

It was great to have that extra day to spend time with the whanau over the long weekend. I hope that you had a good weekend too.

As well as continuing with great learning this term and working towards our SOMADD performance in December, plans are well underway for 2022.

Over the next few weeks we will be working on class lists for 2022. As you can imagine, this is a huge undertaking as we take into consideration learning needs, personalities, relationships, friendship groups and many other aspects to place every student in the class that best fits their needs.

On Thursday 2nd December we will be holding 'Meet Your 2022 Teacher' to give all our students the chance to meet their new teacher and see which classroom they will be based in for 2022.

There will be some changes, including some new faces joining our teaching team - details are below.


After our recent appointments process (we received 54 applications for our 4 roles so selecting just four from so many excellent applicants was a tough decision!) we are delighted to announce our new staff members for 2022.

More information about which classes they will be leading will come later in the term.

Matt Goodwin

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Ko Taranaki te maunga

Ko Aotea te waka

Ko Hangatahu toku awa

Ko Tara-wai-nuku te marae

Ko Taranaki Tuturu te iwi

No Taranaki ahau

Ko Goodwin te whanau

Ko Mark toku matua

Ko Glenys toku whea

Ko Laura taku wahine

Ko Ruari ratou Ko Isla aku tamariki

Ko Matthew taku ingoa

I love to teach and positively influence other people’s lives. I have a real passion for further developing people’s knowledge, understanding, and skills sets. I get a real thrill seeing people grow and develop their talents, whether it be inside the classroom, workplace or sports field. Over the past 5 years, I have also engaged in various professional development opportunities to improve my own practice. Highlights have included the Accelerated learning for literacy program, restorative practice workshops, various Numeracy, Literacy, and Health and Physical Education workshops and programs and I have recently completed the Waikato University Middle Leaders course online.

Matt has taught at Devon Intermediate having held roles as a Team Leader, acting Deputy Principal and Sports Co-ordinator.

Elle Johns

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Ko Taranaki te maunga

Ko Waiwhakaiho te awa

Ko Te Atiawa te hapū

Ko Muru Raupatu te marae

Ko Elle ahau

I am a dedicated and qualified beginning teacher eager to start a full-time teaching career. I am a team player, an excellent communicator, patient and caring. Absolutely love sports and anything outdoors. I will offer an unwavering commitment to the teaching profession and am excited to optimise student growth and learning. The school values, kia kaha, kia māia, and kia manawanui align closely with my own as I believe the best student growth occurs when the body, mind and soul are natured and cared for. One of my greatest desires as a teacher would be to make each student value and love learning. My beliefs in how to achieve this would be to build safe and open relationships with my students and their whanau, teach lessons that develop curiosity, wonder, and excitement, and through role modelling what a life-long learner looks like

Elle is looking forward to coming home to Taranaki and as a local that lives in Dillon Drive, she can not wait to be more involved with the Puketapu community. Elle is also the Event Director for the Tūmata Kōkiri Student Association's supporting Māori students at Te Kura Toi Tāngata at Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato (The University of Waikato).

Kennedy Heikell

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Tēnā koutou

Tēnā hoki koutou i ngā āhuatanga o tēnei wā

Ko Kennedy toku ingoa

He uri ahau, nō Te Tai Rawhiti

I te taha o toku Papa, nō Te Whānau-a-Apanui

Ko Mihimarino te maunga

Ko Waipapa te awa

Ko Kahurautao te tipuna

Ko Pahaoa te marae

Ko Te Whānau- a-Kahu te hapū

I te taha o toku mama, nō Ngāti Porou

Ko Tokatea Te Maunga

Ko Kiekie Te Awa

Ko Kiekie Te Marae

Ko Te Whānau a Rakairoa te hapū

Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi

Tēnei te mihi atu ki a koutou

Promoting a culturally responsive & inclusive education holds huge importance in my teaching philosophy. I want every child in my class to feel safe and valued as a member in my classroom regardless of their gender, culture, background or ethnicity. I am a teacher who celebrates diversity and the aspects that make up who they are. As a teacher and educator, I want to learn and grow with my students. I love learning and am consistently reflecting on my own professional practice and development. I believe that my role as a teacher is to work collaboratively alongside the staff and students in my class to meet the learning needs and interests of my students. I want to build strong relationships with my students and implement student voice so that we as a class are responsible and accountable for our learning and development.

Micaela Westrupp

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Ko Micaela ahau.

Ko Westrupp tōku ingoa whānau.

Nō nga hau e wha ō Aotearoa ahau.

Kei tōku whānau tōku kainga.

Kei Taratahi ahau e noho ana.

He kaiako tāku mahi. Ko Gladstone te kura.

Kia ora, I am a kaiako who has brought skills and knowledge to my teaching

from my work in radio, outdoor education, event management and as a small

business owner. I enjoy teaching and leading with strengths-based and

culturally responsive approaches. Being passionate about supporting

neurodiverse learners within the schooling system, I have worked within a

Universal Design for Learning framework, which includes support for students

with diverse learning needs. Additionally, I am a passionate Tangata Tiriti

educator, currently facilitating workshops for teachers, boards of trustees and

community members, in the latest understandings of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, He

Whakaputanga and factual knowledge of our Aotearoa history.

Gladstone School - Currently working at Gladstone School as a Syndicate

Leader, Lead Teacher of Literacy, Te Āo Māori and co-Lead of ICT, I am

also stepping out of an Across School Leader role with our Kāhui Ako,

which has me searching for a new challenge.

Positive Behaviour 4 Learning (PB4L)

Emotional Literacy is part of our overall wellbeing, it is a life-long skill and something we learn. See the tips below to support your tamariki developing emotional literacy.
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The PBB4L team are continuing to promote our school wide goal of “Kia Manawanui’ for our environment. Keep a look out for our litter free and tidy spaces.

Prizes for classes who consistently show kia manawanui for their environment.

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Calendar orders


Our students have been working on some fabulous art which will be made into calendars, mouse pads, gift cards and notepads.

Your children should have brought home order forms for these (spares are at the office) and they need to be paid for and handed back into the office by tomorrow - Thursday 28 October.

Payment can be online or cash or EFTPOS at the office. (See the order form for details.)

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design tech hub

This week Mr Lewis's class made some quick, cheap and easy bread case quiches.

You can fill these up with lots of different ingredients that you have to hand.

Easy Bread Cases and Quiche Fillings


  • 9 slices of bread (brown or white)

  • 2 Tbsp butter

  • ¼ onion

  • ½ medium zucchini / carrots

  • ½ cup grated cheese

  • 3 eggs

  • ½ cup milk

  • salt and pepper

  • ADDITIONAL EXTRAS: sliced ham, grated carrot, chopped tomatoes, sliced capsicums, mushrooms


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C (400 F)

  2. Remove the crusts from the bread, you can cut the bread into a circle, you can cut into squares but trim the tips of the corners so that they don't burn

  3. Flatten the crustless bread by rolling it out.

  4. Butter one side of the bread

  5. Press the bread butter side down into a muffin tin

  6. Bake the empty cases in the oven for 3-5 minutes until they just start to toast

  7. While the bread cases are toasting, grate the onion and the zucchini & roughly mix the two together

  8. Pop even amounts of the onion and zucchini into the bottom of each bread case

  9. Add the grated cheese

  10. Whisk the egg, milk and salt & pepper. I do this in a measuring jug as it makes it easy to pour the mix into the cases

  11. Pour the egg mix into the cases, do this carefully so that you don't overfill the bread cases

  12. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the quiche filling is cooked

  13. Allow them to cool for 5 minutes in the muffin tray before you remove them

  14. Cool them on a rack

  15. You can serve them warm or cool

Keep NZ beautiful Clean up week

Puketapu Kura is registered for Clean up week. Kauri classes spent the afternoon on Tuesday out in our community collecting rubbish. There was quite a bit of rubbish down by the beach, under rocks and in the bushes along the path by the river.
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term 4 means sun hats

Please remind your child to pack their sunhat. The weather is warming up and our ākonga must have a sun hat on to go outside in term 4.

Two of our newest students to school Pippa Perkinson and Abbie Kendrick already know the drill and are being sun smart wearing their hats during outside play and break times.

puketapu school masks


We are going to do an order for the below face masks with our Puketapu Logo on them.

They will be $15.00 each.

If you would like to do a pre-order for one of these please let Kerie or Paula in the office know.

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All touch team information has gone out via Hero and your invoice is ready to pay.

Games start on Monday 1st November. Watch Hero and Facebook for the draw.

There are NO SPECTATORS other than the coach and manager allowed at the fields. Please respect this as we are so grateful to Shane for making touch happen.

Coaches: Your team lists and gear bags will be sent home Friday


Two of Puketapu's basketball teams met together for a break-up and prizegiving held at The Lab. Well done to the players on your season and well done to the individuals who won an award.

Puketapu Green Award list:

  • Most Improved Player: Slade Walker
  • Defender of the Year: Taaj Prestney
  • Attacker of the Year: Nixon Gadsby
  • Coach's Player of the Year: Zakhan Faapulou

Puketapu Penguins Award list:

  • Team Player of the Year: Keanu Prestney
  • Most Improved Player: Shylin Awa & Rihanna Dellow
  • Defender of the Year: Harper Sutherland & Davis Leaf
  • Attacker of the Year: Kade Davis
  • Most Committed Player of the Year: Davis Leaf
  • Coach's Player of the Year: Raven Falaniko

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Raven Falaniko and Matua Ale

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Whanau group lunch time basketball

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Our year 7 & 8 netball team played the year 7 & 8 boys after school last week. It was a great game and the girls came away with the win.

Calling all uniforms and borrowed sports ts

All sports uniforms and borrowed sports Ts need to be returned now please:

* Netball * Miniball * Rippa * Interschool * Hockey *

*Touch from Term 1 * Rugby * Volleyball * NYLD * Basketball *

lucky book club issue #7

Issue #7 is out and the last day for orders is next Friday October 29th.

Order forms have gone home today and spares are all the office.

loud shirt day or wacky hair this Friday

Wear your brightest outfit or wacky hair for Loud Shirt Day on Friday 29 October and raise vital funds to help children and adults with profound hearing loss who access sound through cochlear implants.

Loud Shirt Day is the national fundraising campaign for The Hearing House and The Sourthern Cochlear Implant Programme. – the only two charities in New Zealand dedicated to helping children and adults with cochlear implants learn to listen and communicate.

Money raised through Loud Shirt Day will help The Hearing House and SCIP ensure everyone in New Zealand has access to lifetime cochlear implant support.

Optional gold coin donation.

home and school

Join our Home and School committee for their next meeting.
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Beeswax wraps

Earlier this year Crombie Lockwood teamed up school children across the country to find a uniquely kiwi, reusable lunch wrap design.

Teachers and children supported in their hundreds with Monique from Westbrook School Rotorua being chosen as the artist behind the winning design.

the wraps are now available to purchase. All proceeds from the wraps will be donated to Save the Kiwi (formerly Kiwis for kiwi). Produced by locally owned and operated Honeywrap, this design is strictly limited so get in quick to secure yours now – perfect for picnics, school lunches and Christmas gifts.

Purchase your wrap here...


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yummy stickers

Keep bringing in those yummy stickers this week so we can send them off and get some free sports gear.

From around the school

Outdoor fun and lots of learning through play happening around the school this week.
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From home

If your child has any achievements outside of school please email them to ksmith@puketapu.school.nz so we can share in our newsletter


We have so many great tamariki showing our School Values every day! Here are just a few:
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Well done Nivahn Clarry showing Kia Manawanui to a friend in need.
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What a superstar Joel Hunt, thanks for giving up your play time to help - great Kia Kaha and Kia Manawanui
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Thanks for all your help with the lunches Sophie McGovern and Jade Christmas, what a great way to show the school values.
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More wonderful helpers Dylan Christmas and Reeve Hunt. Excellent work showing Kia Kaha and Kia Manawanui
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WOW Sophie Jacobsen, you have done an excellent job with your phonics - Kia Kaha
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Well done Nikita for showing Kia Manawaunui and having a heart.


We need to get rid of this kitchen bench and sink. If anyone wants to take if off our hands please phone the school or email ksmith@puketapu.school.nz
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Are you looking for a quick project?

Are you good with wood and drills?

We are looking for anyone who would be interested in helping to make these children's round tables and seats. We have 3 large tyres all ready to be used!

Please email Whaea Claire if you would be interested. Can be made at home, at school or even with a group of amazing kids to help you!

Thank you!

Thank you to The Junction - Zero Waste Hub for the inspiring idea!!!


School Patrols help to keep students safe on the road by controlling the flow of vehicles and pedestrians at pedestrian crossings and ‘kea’ crossings (school crossing points).

Operating before and after school, patrol members extend STOP signs onto the road in both directions, which signal approaching drivers to stop. Once the traffic is slowing or has stopped, the patrol signals to waiting pedestrians that it’s safe to cross the road.

Each duty patrol is typically made up of two students (with one designated the leader) and a supervising adult.

We are looking for whanau volunteers to be our supervising adults. There is a Road Patrol Supervisor training on November 4th @ 11.15am & 1.45pm for those that want to volunteer. This is led by the NZ Police.

Please contact the office if you could be one of our Road Patrol Whanau Volunteers and let us know which days you are available and whether you can do the morning or the afternoon.

We are on the look out for

We are now on the look out for an electric keyboard. We do have one, but one of the keys is broken...so making it a quite hard to play some songs!

If you have an electronic keyboard that you would be happy to donate, please let the office know.


Only two birthdays this week! Happy Birthday to:

  • Savannah Tunnicliff-Jury
  • Lesley Paora
  • Kasey Judd
  • Dahrell McDonald
  • Clara Wallace
  • Layla Read
  • Damion Paora

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.

Our School Calendar has been updated, however there may be events postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 new protocol.

Thursday 28 October

  • ShakeOut 9.30am NZ Earthquake drill day
  • Keep NZ Beautiful - Clean Up Week

Friday 29 October

  • Loud Shirt & Wacky Hair Day - the national fundraising campaign for The Hearing House and the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP) - Dress up loud and optional gold coin donation

Friday 5 November

Tuesday 2 December

  • Meet your 2022 Teacher

Friday 3 December

  • SOMADD Community Concert

Please check the Calendar on the Hero App for team and class calendar events.

Community notices

have you had your vaccine yet?

Whether it’s your first vaccination or your second, Tui Ora will be back in our neighbourhood next week.

When: Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Time: 9am – 3.45pm

Where: Fred Tucker Hall, Parklands Ave, Bell Block

No appointment needed

If you’ve got any questions or want to know more, the friendly Tui Ora staff will be on hand to have a chat.

And if next week doesn't suit for jabs, head down to the mobile clinic down Dillon Drive and Glasgow Street after school today about 3.30pm with an ice cream truck too!

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the lemon club

Did you know we have before and after school care onsite with The Lemon Club?

They also now have WINZ subsidies available!

Find out more or book online at:


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East End Surf Club

East End Surf Life Saving Club is a fun family friendly community focused club with members aged from 5 years old to the young at heart.

Members 14 years and older are trained to provide lifesaving services to the wider community on our beaches and sea and we have an active and successful surf sports team. We also offer lifeguard training for those who want to develop those skills.

There is an opportunity to compete in swim / board / surf ski / surf canoe / IRBs / Surf Boats / running on beach.

Our Junior Surf section provides training for 5 to 13 years of age, with the focus of water confidence and skills to keep the young members of our community safe.
There is also an opportunity to compete and attend carnivals at junior surf events.
We have a masters swim section as well – who train and compete together.

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