Week 1, Term 4 - Friday 21 October 2022

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

From our Principal

Kia ora koutou e te whānau, hello to our all families,

It has been absolutely delightful to see our tamariki, whānau, kaiako and support staff making such a positive start to learning and teaching in both the personal and academic pathways in term 4.

Our highlights, of course, have been: the 2 new professional looking basket ball hoops, a very cool sandpit and today, a special shipping container designed for bikes. Thanks again to our Home and School team who have played a huge role in making the new sandpit possible. Alongside these very popular items has come the beginning of our term 4 kaupapa, a focus on the ARTS curriculum.

You will be hearing and seeing a lot about the visual arts, music, drama and dance this term - if you have any special talents you would like to share with us, please come on in and let us know. Also keep the evening of Friday 9 December free to see us showcase our learning at the SOMADD Community Concert.

This term is a short 9 weeks with camps and plenty of EOTC (education outside of the classroom) activities for our tamariki to enjoy learning outside and around our community. Thank you to all the whānau who support and make these events possible. We will also continue to focus on strong teaching and learning programmes in math and literacy. So together, between our parents, caregivers, whānau and school our tamariki are in for a fun filled term of exciting learning experiences.

We recognise our whānau as a childs’ first teacher and deeply value the partnership between whānau and school, for this reason, please know that we are more than happy to talk through any wonderings, joys, concerns or celebrations with you.

Kia pai tō rā whakatā, have a great weekend.

Whaea Corinne, Miss Sattler

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Check out our new Sandpit!

It has new sand, plenty of room and lots of potential for amazing creations and we love it!

It is not quite finished yet - there is still a shade sail and some other finishing touches to follow - but we are already having great fun!

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This awesome addition to our school was made possible by a very generous donation from the grandparents of a former student and we would all like to say a HUGE thank you to them for their generousity and to Cave Landscapes for constructing a great space for us to play.

New Hoops!

These awesome new basketball hoops were installed just in time for the new term.

They are SOOO good!

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no school Monday

Monday is Labour Day, a public holiday so school will be closed.

Enjoy the sunny long weekend and we will see you back on Tuesday.

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Term 4 means SUNHATS when outside.

It was wonderful to see so many tamariki showing they understand Kia Ora - Be Well and wearing their sun hats this week.

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Check out our new Puketapu School sun hats!
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Featuring our Logo, our Values and Te Mako Matawhero, these hats are a brand new design for our school!

The design is sublimated into the fabric, so there is no embroidering and even better - there is a space to write your name on the inside so your hat will never be lost!

You can pre-order yours from Game Changer:


There is a minimum order requirement and the hats take several weeks to manufacture, so the link will be open for three weeks and delivery will be towards the end of Term 4 - ready for Term 1 2023.

Water is Brain Juice!

As the days get warmer we all need to make sure we stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. It is a great idea for students to have a water bottle at school.

Water only please - fizzy drinks, flavoured milk drinks and juice are not to be at school.

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school values

PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning
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Our tamariki have been straight back into showing our School Values.

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Kallana Bradnock & Greta Phillips showed our school values at Touch on Wednesday night by stepping up to help another team who was short of players. Ka mutu pea korua!

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Te Ariki Murray-Green wrote a wonderful story about Mrs Perry! Kia Kaha Te-Ariki

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Rico Rauputu & Koen Adams have been superstars at Rubbish Duty and Office Duty

Kei whea mai!

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Jada Graham Moore has been showing all our School Values and just look at that smile!

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CC Green, Kobie Wilson, Zane Gallichan, Nivahn Clarry & Savannah Tunnicliff-Jury have all been working hard in class this week.


We are lucky to be a Duffy School.

These students received Duffy books this week as a celebration of being Caught Being Good!

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Nivahn Clarry

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Radhira Chand


The first night of Term 4 touch was fantastic!

It was lovely to see so many players (14 teams) and whānau up at Hickford Park on Wednesday afternoon. Thanks to everyone who helped out in some way. The coaches and subbers do an amazing job! Thanks to those who have stepped into this role again and a special thanks to those who have taken on a role for the first time. You are appreciated!

We loved to see the School Values being shown by all tamariki representing our school.

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Thanks Kim Sowman for the action shots and for all her work behind the scenes co-ordinating teams, sorting out kit bags and organising so many people so well. Ngā mihi nui Whaea Kim!


Our Term 4 Menu is looking delish!

This week we had...

Mac n Cheese

Macho Nachos

Chicken Tacos

Bread Day (Croissants)

Burger Day

On the menu for next week...

Monday: Wholemeal Pizza

Tuesday: Hot Dogs

Wednesday: Butter Chicken

Thursday: Club Sandwiches

Friday: Meatball Subs

home & school


Join us next Thursday, the 27th of October, for our Home & School AGM. All welcome.

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lucky book club issue 7

Issue 7 is out now! This is our second to last Lucky Book Club order for the year. Make sure your orders are in at the office by Wednesday 2 November.

Alternatively you can order online via The Loop

We are on the look out for...

Stainless steel bowls or other durable play things for our fabulous new sandpit.

this week at school

Smiles, Slamdunks, Sun hats & Sandpit fun!!!
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Our new basketball hoops have been been a hit!

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Tōtara 4 & 5 have been playing scientists with their House of Science kit this week. They have been learning about forces using rockets. The ākonga have LOVED building and blasting these to understand what is happening from a physics point of view. Thanks to PKW for their amazing sponsorship of our learning.

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More Tōtara 4 & 5 Scientists

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Kia Ora - Be Well: safety on our Bikes at play time

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More Kia Ora - Be Well: sun hats and fresh air at lunch time

From home

If you have anything you would like to share or celebrate from home please email it to ksmith@puketapu.school.nz


Happy Birthday to all the students who have Birthdays coming up over the holidays and the first week back at school:

  • Cassandra Wall-Colvin
  • Hunter Grey
  • Savannah Tunnicliff-Jury

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates specific to your child's class.

Monday 24 October

  • Labour Day / School Closed

Thursday 27 October

  • NZ National Shake Out - Nationwide Earthquake drill 9.30am

Friday 28 October

  • Tatarakihi Performance Kapa Haka

Thursday 3 November

  • Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

Friday 4 November

  • Gumboot Friday: Wear your gumboots to school and bring a gold coin donation

Monday 7 November

  • Year 8 Camp starts

Tuesday 22 November

  • Year 6 Camp starts

Friday 2 December

  • Tough Kid Challenge (Year 5-8)

Wednesday 7 December

  • Meet the Teacher for 2023

Thursday 8 December

  • Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

Friday 9 December

  • SOMADD Community Event

Tuesday 13 December

  • Final Assembly

Thursday 15 December

  • Last Day for 2022 - School finishes at 12pm

Community notices

Re Charge

Year 7&8s, kick off Term 4 with ReCharge, tonight!
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Bell block halloween disco

Dress up, dance and celebrate!
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Highlands Swimming Club

Highlands Swimming Club Registration and Assessment day is being held on Wednesday 26th October 4pm - 6pm for Term 4 lessons. Please bring your togs and a towel.

harcourts team green

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