Puketapu School Newsletter

Term 3 2020 - Wednesday 29 July

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

Kia ora koutou,

What a beautiful weekend here in Taranaki for the start of winter sports for many of our tamariki. Thank you to everyone that has encouraged our akonga to play, have organised uniforms or are coaching a team.

Year 5/6 Interschool Sports

It was fantastic hosting Inglewood Primary School here today for our first interschool for the year. It was superb to see everyone showing our school values as their hosts.

Learning & Wellbeing Conferences

Tomorrow afternoon and Friday, we have whanau of all our akonga coming into our school to have a korero around their child's learning and wellbeing. We look forward to meeting with you all.


Matua Ngatai

From our Whanau Leaders

Kia ora

I’m Kyla your Tui whanau leader.

We have had a great start to Term 3 even if it has been a bit cold.

We have dived into our work. In our Auaha we have been looking at flight for example what flying means or what you need to fly or how other people used / use flight. We’ve made Paper aeroplanes and hoop gliders, we also looked at manu aute also known as manu tukutuku. We looked at how planes fly



And what the definition of flight is and we have had lots of different answers to this question:

“Traveling through the air for a sustained period of time”

“Having control while flying”

We all have different ideas of what flying is but it is really interesting we learnt a lot and we are all still learning.

It has been quite wet this term so my Top Tip is to bring a change of clothes to school especially if your practicing sport.

Kauri Learning Team Flight Investigation
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Last call!

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Learning & Wellbeing Conferences

After school on Thursday 30 July and all day this Friday 31 July and are for all students, except the newest of our new entrants.

Bookings are made online through School Interviews. (Event code is jbpqc)

Book a time to meet with your child's Kaitiaki or Homeroom Teacher and if you would also like to meet with any specialist teacher (eg, Design Technology (Mrs Wigley), Maths (Mrs Paterson) or Literacy (Mrs Den-McKay) Specialist teacher) you can book a time to meet with them on the same day.)

Friday will not be a normal school day - only those with conferences attend, and you only come for your conference, then go home again.

Year 5&6 Interschool v Inglewood

What an amazing day! We had great weather, great supporters and loads of fun!

In the Football, Puketapu won 3-0, Netball A was 10-5 to Puketapu, Netball B was a 6-6 draw, Rugby was all tied up until the last play, with Inglewood taking the victory at 65-60.

Thank you to all our supporters, umpires, helpers and organisers.

Our next Interschool is Wednesday 12 August, away at St John Bosco.

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Puketapu Art Walkabout

On Monday the whole school took the opportunity to walk around each class, to admire the effort put in and appreciate the art that was produced last term.

There were kites...

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... paintings...
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... multi-media displays...
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... and pictures of all shapes and sizes.
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It also enabled students to experience learning environments across the school. It was a fabulous walkabout with many students loving the experience.

Some of the Rimu kids were fascinated with Matua Brodie’s fluffy rug. It was so soft and snuggly they were doing snow angles on it.

They then discovered the soft squishy carpet in Kowhai 4&5 and rolled around on it doing more snow angles. They even enjoyed trying out the big tall chairs in Kauri!

Who would have thought that an art walk could be such a sensory experience.

Our Rimu kids were very excited to be visiting the other spaces making connections to siblings, cousins and friends classrooms that they knew. A special day exploring our school.

Puketapu Art Walk - Fluffy Rug

Rotary Readers

Our wonderful Rotary Readers are back this term, reading with students from Totara and Kowhai. It's marvelous to see the smiles on the children's faces as they come to read.

Mr and Mrs Hey with Kasey and Kaitlyn...

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... Mrs Mullin and Sapphire.
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Maths in Totara

These Totara students are having a blast placing fractional numbers along a number line.
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Summer and the See-in-the-Dark-Squeak

A See-in-the-Dark-Squeak...

Its head is a hedgehog, brown and thorny like a blackberry bush. Its body is an owl, it has got furry wings like an angel. Its bottom is a mouse and its tail is furless.

Wow, what great descriptive writing Summer! Tino pai!

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Home Learning Books

Well done to Katie MacRae on winning the Home Learning Books Cover Competition recently. Katie won a drink bottle and gets to see her design and name on 300 books!

Ka pai Katie!

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Design & Technology

Design thinking starts with a creative look at things! Using Lego build challenges is a fun and interactive way to get thinking.
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Some Kauri students spent time last term working as part of a extension sewing group. They worked together to make baby blankets.
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Winter Sports

What a great start to the delayed winter sports season!

Thank you so much to all the coaches, helpers, parents and supporters who make this possible.

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They are back! Spotted in Totara this week, but no doubt they will be on other heads too.

Please check all the heads in your household and take action to get rid of them. If we all work together we can stop them coming back.

Bake Sale for our Garden

They have a plan of what they want to do with the garden... now they need to raise some money. A bake sale is a yummy way to raise money for plants for the Kauri Garden!
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Lucky Book Club

Issue 5 is out now!

Orders with money are due back to the office by 12:30pm next Wednesday 5 August, or alternatively you can order online by the same date.

Yummy Stickers

Don't forget, we are still collecting Yummy Stickers from fruit. Collect them, bring them to the office and help us turn stickers into sports equipment!


Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating Birthdays this week
  • Leila Parker
  • Riahn Paki
  • Fleur Grace
  • Kendall Perrett
  • Aurelia Takerei
  • Nikola Panchorie

What's On

More events and details will follow

Week 2:

  • Thursday 30 July: Learning & Wellbeing Conferences from 3.30pm (after school)
  • Friday 31 July: Learning & Wellbeing Conferences all day
    (Friday is no school, only conferences)

Week 3:

  • Dental Bus on site All Week
  • National Cook Island Language Week

  • Tuesday 4 August: Rotary Reading

  • Wednesday 5 August: Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

  • Friday 7 August: Garden Plants fundraiser Bake Sale, LEAD Conference - Taranaki Student Leadership Conference, Ladies pre loved clothing fundraiser - Fred Tucker Hall 6-9pm

Week 4:

  • Dental Bus on site until Thursday
  • Tuesday 11 August: Rotary Reading, 9:30am Enrollment Interviews - Inglewood High School (allow ½ hour each)
  • Wednesday 12 August: Year 5 + 6 interschool vs St John Bosco - Away Game
  • Thursday 13 August: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
  • Friday 14 August: Puketapu Cross County Fun Run and Walk 9.15am

Week 5:

  • Life Ed Bus on site for two weeks
  • Tuesday 18th August: Rotary Reading, Year 7/8 interschool sports @ Inglewood
  • Thursday 20th August: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
  • Friday 21st August: NZ Playhouse Show "Chilled" (2.00pm at Northpoint)

Week 6:

  • Life Ed Bus on site all week
  • Tuesday 25th August: Rotary Reading
  • Thursday 27th August: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
  • Friday 28th August: Daffodil Day, Year 5 +6 interschool vs Waitara East - Away Game

Week 7:

  • Monday 31st August: St Johns ambulance training for Totara and Kowhai
  • Tuesday 1st September: Rotary Reading, St Johns ambulance training for Totara and Kowhai
  • Wednesday 2nd September: St Johns ambulance training for Totara and Kowhai
  • Thursday 3rd September: St Johns ambulance training for Totara and Kowhai, Year 7+8 Interschool Cross Country - Omata, Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am

Week 8

  • National Tongan Language Week
  • Tuesday 8th September: Rotary Reading
  • Wednesday 9th September: Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm
  • Thursday 10th September: Spotswood Enrolments (Year 8s, 9.30 0nwards), Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
  • Friday 11th September - Spotswood Enrolment (Year 8s, 9.30 0nwards)

Week 9

  • Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori
  • Monday 14th September: Vaccinations Year 8s and Year 7 catch ups
  • Tuesday 15th September: Rotary Reading (last one for Term 3)
  • Saturday 19 September - NZ Election

Week 10

  • Friday 25th September - last day of Term 3


Friday 7th August, 6pm - 9pm at the Fred Tucker Hall.

Time to clean out those wardrobes, if you hadn't already done so in lockdown!

$5 door entry, $2 per item or otherwise priced. BYO drinks, carry bags and your friends.

A great ladies night out.

Drop your clothes, bags, shoes, accessories to Puketapu School office or by arrangement (all donations need to be in good condition). Contributions will go to the Puketapu Home & School which will be put towards their next special project!

Community Notices

Monster Children's Book Fair

The Taranaki Toy Library is holding this year’s Children’s MONSTER Book Sale on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 September. On their behalf, we are currently collecting any good quality second hand books for children up to the age of 16.

If you have any unwanted books that you wish to donate, please drop these off to the school office before Friday 24 August. (Please do not include colouring-in or activity books unless they are in new condition.) To find out more about this book sale, please browse the Facebook event HERE.

A new option for lunch

Have you tried Cruizin' Cuisine yet?

Healthy, interesting and affordable lunches... delivered!

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Little Theatre Presents...

New Plymouth LittleTheatre are putting on their postponed show

August 5-15 at Little Theatre in Aubrey Street.

Set in the 1920's Enchanted April by Matthew Barber is a community theatre production by special arrangement with Josef Weiberger Ltd and Play Bureau
Feeling lost in the shadows of marriage and forgotten in the rush of 1920s post-war society, two London housewives pool their savings to rent a villa in Italy for a ladies-only holiday away, reluctantly recruiting a pair of difficult upper-class women to share the cost and the experience. Together under the Mediterranean sun, the four women clash — and then begin to bond and bloom — until men once again upset the balance
Book Now at iticket

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