Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 2, Term 4 , 2018

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

Principal's Message

Kia ora koutou,

At our school we want our students to know the cultural narratives of our hapu and iwi. This week every student will spend time at Muru Raupatu (the main marae that we affiliate to as a kura) and learn about Kaipakopako and how Muru Raupatu got its name.

For our students we want them to feel comfortable during a powhiri or mihi whakatau and how to shake someone’s hand and hongi. While these seem like simple things, we believe that greeting people are lifelong skills for our akonga.

Thank you to our student leaders who have led the traditional games, the waiata and the learning over the two days. We really appreciate how you have taught the kids and modelled our school values.

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The purpose of our Learning Trip to Muru Raupatu:

Tangata Whenuatanga - Staff at Puketapu School actively facilitate the participation of whānau and people with the knowledge of local context, tikanga, history and language to support classroom teaching and learning programmes. (From our School Charter - Annual Plan)

Matua Ngatai

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Here is a video of Kowhai students at Muru Raupatu Marae. Thank you so much to all the parents and whanau who helped out, to our Student Leaders and especially to everyone at Muru Raupatu for making us so welcome.

Our School Role is... 333

Welcome to Ari Marlow who started at Puketapu School this week.

Happy Birthday to...

Birthdays this week:

  • Lesley Paora
  • Kasey Judd
  • Dahrell MacDonald

Congratulations to...

Congratulations to our Puketapu Superstars, who have been spotted showing our school values:

Kia kaha - Do your best

  • Noah Ramsdale

Kia manawanui - Have a heart

  • Rhikyda Pirini

The Big Shakeout!

Last Thursday our whole school took part in NZ's Big Shakeout, a nationwide drill for what to do in an earthquake. Almost one million people all around New Zealand took part!

We all practiced our Drop, Cover and Hold! in class (even Mr Walker practiced what to do), then practiced evacuating to the courts.

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Rimu 1 Book Club

Last week the children wanted to make their own books. They decided to call it Rimu 1 Book Club. There was lots of great conversation, as they wrote in their books and illustrated their work.

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Totara 1's Technology Challenge

On Thursday 18 October as part of the nationwide Shakeout Day, Totara 1 had a day dedicated to keeping ourselves safe should an earthquake occur. We practiced our Drop, Cover, Hold and evacuation drills and then went on to sharing what five items we would take from our room if we had to evacuate at home. Some interesting items!

Later we had a technology challenge where a bridge had collapsed as a result of an earthquake so students had to design and build a new bridge. Lots of learning conversations took place, problem solving and working collaboratively to achieve their end results. Our bridges are on display in the library should you wish to have a closer inspection of our engineering prowess!

Hats Galore

Our Rimu children would like to say a great big Thank You! to Mainfreight who have donated 70 sunhats to protect us from the sun.
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Lots of new lines and shapes

Over the holidays we had some line painting done. You may have seen the Drop Off and Pick Up lane markings and we have also got some bright new hopscotch and four square games marked too. Great fun for summer days!
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School Notices

Junior Netball... Starts Tomorrow!

Junior netball starts THIS Thursday (25 October) at 3.15pm on the netball courts. Have something to eat and drink and come on over after school. It is not too late to join. Just come along. This is for Year 1 and 2 girls and boys.

Student Art Calendars... Last Call for Orders

Students have been creating special pieces of art for the cover of their personalised fundraising calendars, greeting cards, sketch pads and diaries.

Prices this year are:

  • Calendars: $12
  • Greeting Cards (pack of 8): $13
  • 2019 Diaries: $16
  • Mouse Mats: $14
  • Sketch Pad (plain pages): $13

All orders need to be in by this Friday - 26 October. Samples of all items and spare order forms are at the office.

The Weekly Maths Challenge...

Every week this term there will be a maths challenge in the newsletter.

Choose either of the two questions - or answer both!

Write your answer, along with your name and class, on a piece of paper and drop it in to the office.... and go into the draw!

Week 2 Questions:

1: At the supermarket - find 3 items that together weigh 10kg

2: What is the sum of the numbers on your car's number plate? (The sum is found when you add the numbers)

year 7&8 Camp Countdown...

... just 3 1/2 weeks to go until camp...

Please keep camp payments coming in. All payment needs to be received by next Friday, 2 November please.

Drop Off and Pick Up Lane

Thank you to everyone using the Drop Off and Pick Up lane so well. By driving right to the front of the lane, it means that lots of other whanau can also use the lane safely. We have improved the traffic flow so much around the front of our school that we have even had calls from some of our neighbours to say well done!

Did you know you can also use Park'n'Walk? Try parking further along Dillon Drive or along Mangati Road to avoid the congestion at the school gate. Arrange a place to meet after school - perhaps further along Dillon Drive (there is a great shortcut across the school field) or along Mangati Road (the Road Patrollers help out at the crossings after school).

Friday Lunch from the White Pear

Order at the office Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (last minute late orders before 9am Thursday) to get lunch on Friday. Lunches will be delivered to school just before lunchtime on Friday.

This Week: WEEK 2

Slight change to the lunch menu this week we will be serving the sliders with oven baked potato gems. Yum!

Choose from: Beef Slider and Potato Gems $5 (add an extra slider for $2) or Fruit Salad $5

Next Week: WEEK 3

Pizza $4.00 or Pizza and Potato Gems $5.00 or Ham Wrap $3.50

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Carboot Sale and Market Day - Saturday 3 November

10am-1pm. New or preloved goods welcomed. $5 per carload so load up the car and come to turn your unwanted items into cash. Turn up at the school from 9am or call Kim on 755 1871 for more information

There will be coffee, seafood chowder, fry bread, Le Reve, gelato, hot food, pony and truck rides on site.

We will also have a drop off box to support two local charities The Gift and Kai and Aroha:

The Gift are on a mission to put together gift boxes for mums in our community this Christmas ❤️ In 2017 more than180 mums received a gift box and over 850 children a Christmas present, generously donated by every day people in our community who made a commitment to make someone else's Christmas a little brighter.

To help, bring along toiletries, (shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, deodorant, shavers etc) for a mum or dad. We can combine our items, so even one item will help to make a big difference to someone's Christmas.

Kai and Aroha support local families all year round with food in times of need. Each Christmas they donate food and gifts to people in our community. They are also responsible for setting up the food sharing stands on Nugent Street and Dillon Drive.

To help, please bring along items of non perishable food (cans, dried food etc)

If you would like to donate to either of these charities look for the drop off boxes by the BBQ.

Kai and Aroha for all

Karen from Kai and Aroha and Brian the builder popped in last week to install a Food Cupboard outside our junior play area. Please feel free to donate any surplus food including fruit, veges and eggs to this stand and feel welcome take what you need from there. Everybody in our community is encouraged and welcomed to use it
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Touch Coaching at School

We have been very luck to secure funding through KiwiSport to have a qualified touch coach, Aaron Riddick, delivering lessons on the school field on Tuesdays after school during Term 4.

Coaches and parents are encouraged to come along, join in and learn from Aaron alongside the children.

The timetable is:

Week 3: 30 October: Under 10s

Week 4: 6 November: Under 12s

Week 5: 13 November: Under 8s

Week 6: 20 November: Under 10s

Week 7: 27 November: Under 12s

Week 8: 4 December: Under 8s

Come along and join in the fun!

City Touch Junior Team Trials

Team trials to attend the 2018 Taranaki Intermodule Tournament- 18 November 2018 in Hawera.

When: Tomorrow, Thursday 25th October, 2018

Where: Devon Intermediate


• U10 BOYS, GIRLS AND MIXED – Check in: 3.30pm, Trials 4 - 5pm

Players must be 9yrs or under as of 30th December, 2018.

• U12 BOYS, GIRLS AND MIXED – Check in: 4.30pm, Trials 5 - 6pm

Players must be 10 - 11yrs or under as of 30th December, 2018.

• U14 BOYS, GIRLS & MIXED – Check in: 5.30pm, Trials 6 - 7pm

Players must be 12 - 13yrs or under as of 30th December, 2018.

• U16 PLAYERS - No trial date set as yet, please register your interest online.



Any further queries, please contact Toni maxwellgray@xtra.co.nz

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Way to go Basketballers!

Congratulations to Justyce Drake, Jamaine Hasler, Cade Nickson and Luke Sowman who took part in the NP Basketball Association development tournament at Tui Ridge in Rotorua, and especially to the boys who came home wearing gold medals! Well done!

What's On... Next Two Weeks

Wednesday 24 October:

Day 2: Te Kai o te Rangatira - Muru Raupatu Marae Trip

(Totara in the morning, Rimu in the afternoon)

Thursday 25 October:

Morning Tea Fruit from Countdown

No Junior Kapa Haka today

Friday 26 October:

Puanga Festival: Senior Kapa Haka perform at 2.15 (bus leaves school at 1pm)

Last day for Calendar Orders

Monday 29 October:

Y7&8 vaccinations after lunch

Tuesday 30 October:

Rotary Readers

No Kapa Haka today

Wednesday 31 October:

9am NPGHS CEM testing for Year 8s

Thursday 1 November:

Junior Kapa Haka (2.00 - 3.00),

Board of Trustees Meeting 7pm

Friday 2 November:

Student Showcase 9.15am (Kauri)

Pukekura Toastmasters Yr 7 & 8 Speech contest 7pm

What's On... The Rest of This Term

More information about activities will follow:

Sat 3 November: Home & School Car Boot & Market Day, 10am start

Monday 5 November:

Tuesday 6 November: Rotary Readers, Kapa Haka (2.00 - 3.00),

Wednesday 7 November:

Thursday 8 November: Junior Kapa Haka (2.00 - 3.00), Road Patroller Training

Friday 9 November: Student Showcase 9.15am (Kowhai)

Sunday 11 November: 11.00am Taranaki Armistice Centenary Service and Parade

Monday 12 November:

Tuesday 13 November: Rotary Readers, Kapa Haka (2.00 - 3.00)

Wednesday 14 November: Kaitiaki: Mangati Stream study

Thursday 15 November: Junior Kapa Haka (2.00 - 3.00)

Friday 16 November:

Monday 19 November: Kauri Camp Week - Finlay Park, Cambridge (all week)

Tuesday 20 November: Rotary Readers, No Kapa Haka, Road Patrollers Appreciation day at Todd Energy Aquatic Centre

Wednesday 21 November: 9.30am Hiwi the Kiwi show ($4 per student)

Thursday 22 November:

Friday 23 November: Student Showcase 9.15am (Totara)

Monday 26 November: Hearing & Vision testing, 2pm: Year 8s to visit NPBHS/NPGHS

Tuesday 27 November: Rotary Readers - Last one for 2018, Kapa Haka (2.00 - 3.00)

Wednesday 28 November:

Thursday 29 November: Board of Trustees Meeting 7pm

Friday 30 November: Tough Kids Challenge (Year 5 & 6)

Monday 3 December:

Tuesday 4 December: Helpers' Morning Tea, Kapa Haka (2.00 - 3.00) - Hall

Wednesday 5 December:

Thursday 6 December:

Friday 7 December: Student Showcase 9.15am (Rimu), NPGHS Orientation for Y8s 1pm, Celebration Evening 6pm

Monday 10 December: Tabloid Sports 9.00-12.30

Tuesday 11 December: Kapa Haka (2.00 - 3.00)

Wednesday 12 December: Meet your 2018 teacher (2.00 - 2.30pm)

Thursday 13 December: Final School Assembly (11am) Northpoint Church, Year 8 Graduation Dinner (6pm) Northpoint Church

Friday 14 December: Last day of 2018. Finish at 12.00 noon

Community Notices

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The Light Party 2018

Hey everyone, it's that time of year again. We're getting ready for this year's Light Party. So lock in the date - Wednesday 31 October, 5.30pm - and the place - Northpoint Church, Mangati Road - and come and join everyone for some fun. See you there!

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Noel Leeming's Teachers & School Support Staff of Taranaki Friends and Family Deals

29 October to 4 November 2018

Get up to 35% off selected audio, computers, whiteware and small appliances!

Conditions apply. Offer available at Noel Leeming New Plymouth and Hawera stores.

Diwali 2019

New Plymouth Indian Community would like to invite you to "Diwali - Indian Festival of Lights" on Saturday 10 November 2018 at the TSB Stadium. It is only a GOLD COIN ENTRY! Please come and enjoy with your family Indian food, cultural performances, children’s programs, workshops....and much more...There is something for everyone to experience and celebrate!! Mark the date in your Diaries: 10 November 2018 - 11 am to 4 PM

Taranaki Family Works has information on

  • Parenting Through separation
  • Non Violence programs from men and women
  • Safety programs for men,, woman and children
  • Supervised Contact
  • Family Dispute Resolution

Why not check out their Growing Together course for parents of pre-school & primary aged children.

Content includes:

  • Support with listening skills, communication and parenting skills
  • How to meet the emotional needs of children – includes feelings and self-esteem
  • Development ages and stages of children
  • Strategies to manage behavior - Positive ways to influence and manage children
  • Support with difficult childhood behavior

For more information, pick up a leaflet from the school office.