Week 5, Term 3 - Thursday 25 August 2022

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

a Cross Country run down

By Kayden Lucinsky, Hamu Adams and Ari Marlow

On Tuesday we finally got to have a Cross Country. Because of COVID we have not been able to have one for ages. We were feeling excited about it and nervous. In the morning when we woke up we got to dress up in our whānau colours.

Walking into school was so cool in the morning. There was a good vibe. It had happy feelings, it was colourful like a rainbow and everyone was really excited.

After the bell went in the morning we got put into our whānau groups. In our whānau groups are our family members. Hamu says "I have Mrs Perry in my whānau group", which he is really happy about. We practiced chants and felt competitive. Then we went outside of the new Kauri classrooms and lined up in age groups.

You had to wait in your age group when it was your turn to race. When it was your turn to race you got taken up to the starting line. Mr Quince told us lots of funny 'Dad' jokes and it helped us not feel so nervous.

While we were waiting to race and after our races we were standing on the side, their was singing, cheering and happy clapping.

Best part of the day

Hamu: Dad being there to watch

Ari: Seeing all the smiles on peoples faces

Kayden: Family there cheering us on

Whaea Corinne: Smile happy tamariki and the first time our community were able to come together for a school event for some time. Loved seeing you all.

Well done to all the Cross Country winners and well done to everyone that gave it a go.

Thank you Mr Quince and Mr Lewis for helping set it up in the morning. Thank you to the supporters. Thank you to the participants. Thank you to the teachers. Thank you to the whānau and thank you to the people that volunteered from our community.


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whĀnau groups

Whānau points were collected throughout the morning for costumes/dress up, placings in the cross country and whānau/community dressed up.

Our winning whānau group was Kakapo.

1st: Kakapo

2nd: Piwakawaka

3rd: Kiwi

4th: Tui

KAKAPO (karera/green)


Mean green, winning team

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PIWAKAWAKA (whero/red)

Our team is - red hot

Our team is - red hot

Our team is - red hot

Our team is - r-e-d-h-o-t


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KIWI (kowhai/yellow)

We are, we are KIWI

We are, we are KIWI

We will, we will

Knock you down

Shake you up

Like a volcano

Ready to erupt

We are KIWI

Here to stay

We will beat you

Night or day

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TUI (kahurangi/blue)

We are TUI

Mighty Mighty TUI

If you cant hear us we will shout a little louder


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School values at cross country

Smiles, Sunshine & School Values at Cross Country.

Check out below how each of our school values were shown during Tuesday's Cross Country.

KIA MANAWANUI - Have a Heart

Tamariki cheering each other on, high fives all around, teachers/staff working together with tamariki, smiles, seniors helping juniors and supporting each other across the line.

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KIA MAIA - Be Courageous

Everyone dressing up and getting out of their comfort zone, running a new track or for the first time showing courage and being brave.

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KIA KAHA - Do Your Best

Running, jogging, walking or strolling, everyone tried their best.

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KIA ORA - Be Well

Getting outside and enjoying the sunshine, exercising, smiling and laughing is good for the soul, teachers grabbing a sneaky coffee from Gather in the morning.

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Cross Country Results

5 years Girls

1st: Sarah Jenkins

2nd: Indie Bird

3rd: Emmie Lucinsky

5 years Boys

1st: Xavier Leaf

2nd: Hudson Ryan

3rd: Leo Jeffrey

6 years Girls

1st: Maleah Ruwhiu

2nd: Khalise Clement

3rd: Bethany Thomson

6 years Boys

1st: Ollie Hardy

2nd: Theo Connole

3rd: Billy Prestney

7 years Girls

1st: Sophie McGovern

2nd: Elle Blair

3rd: Eden Lucinsky

7 years Boys

1st: Kohen Harvey

2nd: Tyler Kenny

3rd: Zane Wilkinson

8 years Girls

1st: Sophie Morrison

2nd: Kendall Perrett

3rd: Reeve Cooper

8 years Boys

1st: Liam Wilson

2nd: Keanu Tango

3rd: Zane Gallichan

9 years Girls Field

1st: Addyson Chaloner

2nd = Summer Wilkinson & Lexi Gorrie

3rd: Madie Cadman

9 years Boys Field

1st: Alexander Den-McKay

2nd: Aaron Gunn

3rd: Sanjeet Chand

9 years Girls Beach

1st: Imogen Papprill

2nd: Ava Falaniko

3rd: Tylah Taitoko

9 years Boys Beach

1st: Carlos Macioce

2nd: Ari Marlow

3rd: Hamu Adams

10 years Girls Field

1st: Audraea O’Brien

2nd: Lesley Paora

3rd: Bailey Takerei

10 years Boys Field

1st: Kayden Lucinsky

2nd: Nixon Gadsby

3rd: Kyzahn Brill

10 years Girls Beach

1st: Te Waiaurere Mahinekura

2nd: Elody Perrett

3rd: Navanah Meston

10 years Boys Beach

1st: Rico Rauputu

2nd: Mason Nation-Fahey

3rd: Rynal Prasad

11 years Girls Beach

1st: Ella Rauputu

2nd: Natalie Corin

3rd: Greta Phillips

11 years Boys Beach

1st: Kayden Tango

2nd: Harry Smith

3rd: Tyreece Joines

12+ years Girls Beach

1st: Esther Poching

2nd: Erin Sowman

3rd: Chloe Lepper

12+ years Boys Beach

1st: Poutama Murray

2nd: Ethan Cross

3rd: Liam Smith

Teacher Only Day tomorrow

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Parent Showcase... postponed!

Next week WAS going to be a Showcase with parents, but many of our Kowhai and Kauri students will now be out at Interschool postponement day competitions.

Parent Showcase has been postponed until Week 10 - Wednesday 28 September. We hope to see you there!

Staying Safe at School

This term we are teaching and learning about our Safety Drill procedures and having a practice at all of them.

This week we learned about the Earthquake procedures - Drop! Cover! Hold! in classes.

Next week we will practice the Lock Down procedures using our new alarm system. Lock down is used for any reason that requires everyone to stay inside - for example, a wandering dog or an angry child in the playground with a stick.

In week 6, the Fire evacuation procedures.

A heads up for those who live close to the school - our new alarm system is loud and uses words. Please don't be alarmed, these are planned drills so we all know what to do.

Teachers will be preparing children so they know what to expect and what to do.

This might be a great time to talk about what your plans at home could be and practice these at home too.

Living our Values

PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning
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We had some wonderful Week 5 Superstars this week; tino pai Sarah Jenkins, Darcy Walthew, Emmie Lucinsky, Kimi Wano, Faith O'Brien, Jaytee Tangiia, Ruchita Medasetti, Billy Prestney, Sophie Jacobsen and Lexis Darby.

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If you are wanting your child to play touch next Term you must register through Hero.

If you are having trouble getting onto Hero please see Paula or Kerie in the office.

This will be played on Wednesday afternoons at Hickford Park in Bell Block.

Grades available are Under 6, 8,10, 12 and Intermediate.

Each team will need a coach and a person to do the subbing.

Art Calendars

Dont worry: you have not missed the order forms for this. They will be handed out next week (Week 6)

Calendars, Notepads, Cards, Mousemats or Diaries - all with your child's artwork.

There are samples in the office and you can ask your child what piece of art they are working on in their classroom.

hoodies and tshirts

They're back!
  • Order through Game Changer https://www.gamechanger.org.nz/puketapuschool
  • Afterpay and Laybuy available.
  • Orders close on Sunday 11 September
  • Select the pick up option so that you do not have to pay shipping and these will be delivered to school in bulk
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On the menu for next week...

Monday: Spaghetti Meatballs

Tuesday: Vegetable Curry

Wednesday: Cottage Pie

Thursday: Wholemeal Pizza

Friday: Burger Day

Time to vote!

The votes are pouring in!

Once you have made your choice, please use the yellow voting form to select up to 5 people, then pop it in the return envelope and drop it back to school. (If you want to post it back that's fine, but you will have to buy a stamp.)

Voting papers MUST be in the return envelope and must be back at school no later than noon on Wednesday 7 September 2022.

Home and school


Thanks to everyone that brought in Cross Country Sponsorship - We will update you next week on the total amount raised.


Email Home & School to register your team - homeandschool@puketapu.school.nz

Check out the Facebook event here - https://fb.me/e/1KnHI2zV7

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this week at school

Other than Cross Country we have had lots going on around our School this week. Learning is happening in so many ways in all areas of our Kura.

The children in Rimu 2 recently designed some very cool outfits for some visiting bears. Did you know that dressing bears or dolls or even themselves helps strengthen children's hands and fingers ready for writing and it is also great for improving hand eye coordination.

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Ewwww Crickets. Totara tamariki showed that they were courageous - they tried eating crickets from their House of Science box this week. From their expressions, crickets might not replace anything on the menu any time soon...

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Boys in Tōtara 4&5 enjoying quiet reading

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 next week:

  • Preston Cooper
  • Raiden Rangi
  • Taine McKenna
  • Campbell Luke
  • Kemp Hancock
  • Romie Marlow
  • Elle Blair
  • Keanu Tango
  • Sophie Jacobsen
  • Divyasri Vathada

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates specific to your child's class - for example, Year 8s have lots of High School Promotional Visits and Open Days coming up in Term 3.

Friday 26 August

  • Teacher only day (School Closed)

Wednesday 31 August

  • Showcase - (School only, Community/Whanau one postponed until 28 September)
  • Year 5 & 6 Interschool at Lepperton
  • Year 7 & 8 Interschool in Hawera

Thursday 15 September
  • Board of Trustees Meeting (first of new Board)

Wednesday 28 September

  • Final Showcase of Term 3 - parents are invited! (time TBC)

Friday 30 September
  • Last Day of Term 3

Community notices


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The Taranaki Toy Library is holding this year’s Children’s MONSTER Book Sale on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September. On their behalf, we are collecting any good quality second hand children’s books. If you have any unwanted books that you wish to donate, please drop these off to the school office. 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 Taranaki Toy Library Facebook page under “Children’s Monster Book Sale”.


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