Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 7, Term 3, 2019

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

Planning for the Future @ Puketapu

Yesterday was a great day for our kura. We have had four new classrooms allocated to our school. This will give us an opportunity to plan for the future and give us a bit more certainty about having quality learning environments for our learners and teachers. A massive thank you to the previous BoT for their tireless mahi over the past three years, especially Fiona Pearce our past BoT Property representative. Let’s celebrate this and over the next few months we will be looking at the logistics of where, when and how.


We are delighted to have appointed three staff (one current and two new) to our team for 2020. They are educators that show our school values in their daily lives and we are excited to have such professionals in front of our akonga next year.

The BoT and I are looking forward to seeing as many of our community as possible next week for our Community Korero. The feedback from the evening along with other gathered feedback over the years will form much of our whakaaro and planning for the next 3-5 year strategy.


Community Korero

Next Wednesday, 11 September at 6.30pm we invite all members of our school community to come to meet our Board of Trustees at our Community Korero.

There are three main parts of our korero:

  • Feedback from ERO Review
  • Formal Consultation for Enrolment Scheme
  • Where to next as a school?

Please join us to have your say and help shape the future of our school.

New staff

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed three new teachers to join our team from 2019 and into 2020, two who are already familiar faces and one we will introduce next week...

... Miss Cara Knuckey

Miss Knuckey joined us at the start of 2019 and has been teaching Kowhai 3. We are delighted to say she has now accepted a permanent position with us so will be sticking around!
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... Mr Brody Lindsay

Mr Lindsay has been at Puketapu School for a few years now, working as a Learning Assistant while training to be a teacher. We are delighted that he is now joining our teaching team, teaching in Kowhai 1.
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2019 Head Students

Our Kaitiaki Tama (Head Boy) and Kaitiaki Kotiro (Head Girl) for the second half of 2019 are:

Kaitiaki Kotiro (Head Girl)

Serennah Hobin

Serennah has been part of Puketapu School since she was 7 years old. A familiar face around the school, Serennah has been Whanau Leader for Piwakawaka for the past two years and is proud to have been selected to lead the school. She is hoping that by showing that she is mature and trustworthy, she will be a great role model and provide encouragement to others. Well done Serennah!

Kaitiaki Tama (Head Boy)

Nga Motu Rongomai

Nga Motu joined us in 2017 from Frankley School and Te Pi'ipi'inga Kakano Mai I Rangiatea and quickly become a well known and well liked member of our school. A competitive and sporty person, Nga Motu is Whanau Leader of Kakapo and enjoys being a role model to our younger tamariki. Well done Nga Motu!

Kowhai Easter Raffle

Kowhai have been collecting grocery items for a bumper grocery raffle to help fundraise for the Year 5&6 camp in November.

If you haven't been sold tickets by a keen Kowhai salesperson, tickets are on sale from the office. $1 per ticket. Raffle drawn next week.

Daffodil Day

Thank you to all those who dressed in Yellow and donated for Daffodil Day.

We raised $108.30 for the Cancer Society

Congratulations To...

Congratulations to our Puketapu Superstars this week:

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best
  • Ayla Gadsby
  • Chloe Lepper
  • Elody Perrett
  • Sapphire Kuchler
  • Harry Smith
  • Damon Judd
  • Noah Ramsdale
  • Kasey Judd
  • Nixon Gadsby
  • Horizon Scott

Values Awards

Our Values Awards are awarded to one student per Learning Team for demonstrating our School Values.

Alexandreah Gutang

For stepping up to help the Interschool Netball team and showing all our values throughout practices and on the tournament.


Cassandra Wall-Colvin

For consistently showing all of her values. Cassandra is so kind and caring toward all of her peers.


Rangi Tau Brider

For consistently showing all values and being a positive role model to others every day.


Lola Parkinson

For showing Kia Kaha by carefully listening to and following instructions.

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Harold is Back!

It has been such a treat to have the Life Education truck on site this week. Amber and her friend Harold the Giraffe are always welcome visitors.

Life Education is a charity that educates and empowers children to make healthy choices so they can live full and healthy lives. Every year they teach over 250,000 children about their body, friendships, their identity, food and nutrition.

Rimu are learning about being a good friend and being kind. You can read more here https://www.lifeeducation.org.nz

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Writing in Rimu

In Rimu 3 we are learning how to set writing goals.

The children are beginning to notice what they have done well in their writing, and with support are able to choose one thing they want to work on.

As part of our writing programme we finish our writing sessions with an authors circle. During this circle the children share with an audience their published books.

We love making a fuss about them being authors and illustrators, and the other children enjoy giving them compliments/feedback about their writing (warm fuzzies).

Dressing Up Fun

Rimu have been enjoying their new dress up box....

Look who else came to visit Rimu 4

What a treat! Pet lambs in class.

Rimu 4 were very lucky to have 2 special visitors this week.

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Cross Country Writing

In Totara, after the running came the painting and writing about it. Check out these awesome pictures and writing from Totara 1:
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Cross country fun run

Not dawdle

Not slow this time

I want to get faster

I love to run

I want to do it every day

- by Sharn

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Cloudy day

Feeling excited

Dressed in blue


Called up to start

Nervous now

Ready, set, beeeep!

Running now

Exhausted now

Finish line up ahead

Sprinting fast now

Finished now

4th place.

- by Koen

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Feeling nervous

Dressed up in green

Cold cloudy day

Feeling courageous

Up to the start line

Read, set, beeeeep!

Running now

Out in front

Determined to win

Finish line ahead

Sprinting now...


- by Kemp

The Tech Hub

Kia ora Puketapu whanau.

Soft materials.....

This week we have started our 1st batch if Puketapu Bags. These bags have been made by the students using recycled materials. Once we have a few more made, these will be available from the office for a gold coin koha.

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If anyone has a old sewing machine at home that we could use in class please let Mrs Wigkey know.

Hard materials...

Huge thank you to Doug who came in for 2 classes last week to help. He was a huge help to both myself and the students.

We are always looking for parent helpers for the hard materials class.

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Our Micro:Pets are almost codee and ready to use. After we have tested them, we will start to think about how we can use the micro:bits for other projects.

Nga mihi,

Mrs Wigley

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Puketapu Penguins

This is the year 7 and 8 basketball team. Many of them have represented Puketapu for years and this is their last time playing basketball for our school. It was a tough season as they had to play in a Year 8 boys grade. I was impressed by the way they always showed our school values on and off the court.
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Winter Sports... out

A huge THANK YOU to all the coaches for Miniball, Netball and Basketball. You are amazing and without you, there would have been no teams.

Players, please return your uniforms asap.

Summer Sports... Time for Touch!

We are now looking for TOUCH COACHES for Term 4. We need coaches and parents to manage subs for around 12 teams. Games are on Wednesdays at Hickford Park.

It is a short season, just 8 weeks, from Wednesday 16 October.

Can you help? Contact Kim or the school office.

Sports Photos

Sports photos for all teams will be on Thursday 24th October, from 3.30 - 6.00pm at Northpoint Church.

Photos are $5 each and must be ordered and paid for in advance. Please order at the office.

Friday Lunches...

Order and pay at the office before 3:30pm on Wednesday.

Friday 6 September

  • Mac n' Cheese with Bacon $5
  • Baked Potato, with Sour Cream and Bacon (GF) $5
  • Fruit Salad and Yoghurt $5

Friday 13 September

  • Mince & Cheese Pie $4
  • Ham, Cheese & Tomato Croissant $4
  • Fruit Salad and Yoghurt $5
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What's On: This week and next

Week 7

Wednesday 4 September

  • Life Ed Bus on site: Rimu & Kauri
  • Dance Revolution Year 5-8 @ Northpoint 9 - 10am

Thursday 5 September

  • Life Ed Bus on site: Rimu, Kowhai & Kauri

Friday 6 September

  • Life Ed Bus on site: Kauri & Kowhai

Week 8

Monday 9 September

  • Life Ed Bus on site: Kowhai
  • Kauri EOTC: Art Day
  • Pasifika 2.00 - 3.00pm

Tuesday 10 September:

  • Life Ed Bus on site: Totara
  • Kauri EOTC: Dance Group
  • NP Primary Schools Cross Country (Y4-6)

Wednesday 11 September:

  • Life Ed Bus on site: Totara
  • Kauri EOTC: Outdoor Sports Challenge / Masterchef
  • Community Consultation Evening @ BOT (6.30pm)

Thursday 12 September:

  • Year 7&8 Cross Country (Omata)
  • Kauri EOTC: Rock Climbing

Friday 13 September:

  • Kauri EOTC: Skate & Swim

Later this term

Week 9

Monday 16 September:

  • Dental Bus on site for two weeks
  • Kowhai Year 5 & 6 ‘Food for Thought’ Week
  • Pasifika 2.00-3.00pm

Tuesday 17 September:

  • Bell Block School Production: Dress Rehearsal 1pm (Kowhai & Kauri)

Wednesday 18 September:

  • 11.45am Duffy Role Model visit @ Northpoint (Totara, Kowhai & Kauri)

Thursday 19 September

  • Kowhai Year 5 & 6 ‘Food for Thought’ trip

Friday 20 September:

  • Rimu shared morning tea

Week 10:

Monday 23 September:

  • Dental Bus on site
  • Pasifika 2.00-3.00pm

Wednesday 25 September:

  • Taranaki Primary Schools Cross Country Champs (Hawera)

Friday 27 September:

  • Loud Shirt Day
  • Whole School Student Showcase @ Northpoint 9.30am
  • Last day of Term 3

Term 4 starts on Monday 12 October


Happy birthday to all those who have Birthdays this week:

  • Nivahn Clarry
  • Mallory Leaf
  • Losa Fonoti
  • Connie Upton-Fleming
  • Taaj Prestney
  • Ruby Tadikonda

Community Notices

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Junior Tennis Program - places available - registration days 11,18, 25 September 3-5pm at the club, Manutahi Road.

Does your child want to learn or improve their tennis? Join our Junior coaching program Term 4 2019 and Term 1 2020. Suitable for any ability, ages 5-16.

We have a qualified coach. If interested please come along to get more information or sign up. Cost to be confirmed. Unable to come - then contact Steve Phelps: 0211372033

Taranaki Dio (formerly St Mary's Stratford) OPEN DAY Wednesday 25 Sept

Due to huge interest from families considering the options for secondary school education for their daughters for 2020 and beyond we are hosting a second Open Day.

There will be the opportunity for personal tours our school campus and boarding house and have any questions answered.

For any families wondering about opportunities for boarding allowances, see: