Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 4, Term 2 2021 - 26 May 2021

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

Thanks for all the support for Pink Shirt Day.

This day always brings out the word 'Bullying' for kids, teachers and whanau. At Puketapu School we use the resource below as our definition of bullying:

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On Friday, I had four students at playtime say that someone was bullying them. We had a good korero around what bullying is and then we agreed that someone was being rude or mean to them. We were then able to work together on the best way forward.

Ngatai Walker


Pink Shirt Day

What a great way to end a week! We had a whole lot of pink, a whole lot of fun and a whole lot of kindness all around our Kura.

Puketapu School Pink Shirt Day lets us focus on being kind, here are some of our senior students with their messages about being kind.

Pink Shirt Day 2021
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Way to go Poutama Murray and Achille de Bruyn who went all out to prove that boys can wear pink and have fun. Thank you Poutama and Achille, we loved your efforts and you made us smile.

Learning through Sausages

Well done to the Student Council who ran a very successful fundraising sausage sizzle for morning tea. There was a lot of learning in this activity: maths, planning, organisation, customer service, record keeping, food safety, cash handling, income and expenses... even preparing a script and telephoning local businesses to ask for support.

Well done team!

gumboot friday - this week

Having depression is like walking through mud every day. So, this Friday, show your support: put your gumboots on, give a gold coin (optional), and take a walk in their shoes for just one day.

It's a fun way for kiwis to join in the mental health conversation while raising money to provide FREE and timely counselling for any young person in need.

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PB4L: Exploring our Values

PB4L (Positive Behaviour For Learning) works to build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life.

PB4L is underpinned by our School Values - but do you know how we came to have these values?

Back in 2016, we asked our students, staff, iwi, community... we asked everyone: What are the characteristics which make great humans? What values and attributes which all of us could live and learn by. What words describe these things?

The words that came back very strongly were things like integrity, pride, work ethic, persevering, resilience, courage, being your own person, kind, caring, respect for self, others and environment, empathy...

We grouped these together into three themes, then asked for names for our three groups.

We chose:

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

Here is a video made my our students about our school values - from way back in 2017. You may see some faces you recognise although they are a little older now!

Puketapu School Values 2017
Wouldn't it be great to see a remake of this video? Maybe something for our Student Council...?


Learning through play in Rimu.

Swinging, balancing, taking turns and team work have all been happening around Rimu. A great way to show our School values Kia kaha - do your best, Kia māia - be courageous, Kia manawanui - have a heart.


Totara tamariki showing heaps of Kia kaha as they head into phonics with Matua Ale and Whaea Kelly.

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"You learn words and the sounds to words. We move to another Totara class in groups and it is fun" - Parker Smith, Totara 3

"I like writing the sounds I learn, it is fun doing phonics" - Ava Smith, Totara 3

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Some ideas for Kia manawanui from Totara 3


Sports galore in Kowhai! In the last week Kowhai have travelled to Vogeltown park for Rippa Rugby and also hosted St John Bosco here at school for Interschool Sports.
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"On Friday we caught the bus to Vogeltown Park to play Rippa Rugby. We faced a lot of teams and did really well. We had lots of fun and did lots of running. We won 3 of our games." - Meihana Keefe-Smillie, Kowhai 2

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"Yesterday St John Bosco came to our school for interschool sports. We played 2 games of Netball, 1 game of Rugby and 1 game of Football. St John Bosco took out both netball games and the rugby game but we came away with the win for football. After we played we had shared kai, the food was really good. Thank you to everybody that participated, supported, helped and to my Mum for taking awesome photos" - Erin Sowman, Kowhai 2


Win the morning in Kauri. A great way to start the day!
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"Me and Tess from Kowhai played Connect 4 in Kauri 2 during win the morning. We look forward to win the morning and get to do something fun." - Onaleah Zandbergen, Kauri 2

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Kauri 2 have some awesome posters up in their classroom with meanings behind our school values.

Design Technology

Thank you to the Leaf family for donating this wonderful dining room table for our tech room.
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Learning@Home Book Cover

Thank you to everyone who entered our cover design competition for the Learning @ Home books for 2022. The winning design will be on the cover of almost 400 books!

As usual, it was tough to choose just one winner...

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Our winner this year is Brianna O'Keeffe-Wano of Kauri 2. We loved the thought and care Brianna has put into her design. Well done Brianna.
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Highly commended was Skye Ramsay of Kowhai 5 with her colourful and detailed entry.
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Well done also to Xanthe Rushton also of Kowhai 5. A lovely design with a great message.

Thank you!

We have been so lucky to have lots of gorgeous, colourful knitted and crocheted beanies donated to our school. Just the thing with the cold wind this week.

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Check out these happy faces: Sapphire Kuchler, Adelle Robinson, Briar Walthew, Alex Morrison, Damion Paora (who might be doubly happy wearing two beanies!) and Sophie Morrison.

new art

Also a big THANK YOU to Mark Parkinson for another great piece of art by Rimu. The tamariki LOVE it.

"We are not scared of Godzilla... or the shark... or the dinosaur" - Taine McKenna and Carlos Macioce

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From the Playground

So many awesome & fun things going on around our school.

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Totara 4 & 5 enjoying their nachos!

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Marley Sutherland, Yelena Poching, Celestial Roberts and Rylei-Jay Dellow with some great big smiles on their faces.

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Totara Tamariki

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Oh no... not sure what's going on here but it looks like Miss Collier is getting too many hugs

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Kowhai Kids

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Damion Paora with his amazing swan he made to show us in the office.

From home

If your child has an achievement they would like to have shared in the newsletter, please email a photo to ksmith@puketapu.school.nz

Look who Achille de Bruyn spotted at the airport last week!!!

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Achille & the Taylor Hawks Basketball Team


Well done to all those who have earned Puketapu Superstar Certificates this week for showing our values at school. Here are just a few:
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Azura Savage has been showing lots of Kia Manawanui

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Mahi pai Tyreece Joines for helping out with Breakfast Club!

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Ellori Papprill and Nivahn Clarry doing a great job showing their school values in class

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Well done Vidyasri Vathada who always has a positive attitude towards learning and shows great respect in the classroom.

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Great work Goo Pham, Savannah Tunnicliff-Jury and Ellori Papprill all from Totara 2 for showing all of our school values in their class.

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Well done Zane Wilkinson of Rimu 2 and Tui Robinson and Liam Gorrie of Totara 2, all working really hard and showing our school values in the classroom.

Duffy awards

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Azura Savage with the Duffy book she picked for showing Kia manawanui and being a kind friend and helper to everyone in Totara 3


Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week:

  • Hunter Cleghorn-Flynn
  • Malina Bachmann
  • Greta Phillips
  • Adelle Robinson
  • Zakhan Faapulou
  • Euan Robinson
  • Aston Chadwick
  • Emilia-Rose Macioce
  • Aaron Gunn

Dates for your Diary

Did you know you can see What's On any time with the Hero App? Check out Term Dates or the Events Calendar whenever you like.

Still to come this week and next:


Friday 27 May

  • Gumboot Friday (wear your gumboots/ gold coin donation optional)
  • Rimu Kapa Haka 2.00 - 2.15


Monday 31 May

  • Kapa Haka (Year 4-8) - 1130 - 1230
  • Totara Sports 2.00 - 3.00

Wednesday 2 June

  • Totara Kapahaka 12.40 - 1

Friday 4 June

  • Wā Whānau
  • Rimu Kapahaka 2 - 2.15
  • Staff vs Student Rippa Rugby Lunchtime

Community Notices

Taranaki Steelformers Mountainairs discount

The Taranaki Steelformers Mountainairs have worked with Ticketek to bring a discount to all schools for the Coach McKean Tribute game night on May 29th

Through his life, Coach was very connected to schools in the region so it's only fitting that young people have the opportunity to come along, enjoy the game and commemorate Coach's contribution to schools in Taranaki.

The link below provides access to the discounted tickets and can be shared via school newsletters and e-mails

Please note that tickets must be purchased via this link to secure the discount.


This will give a 20% discount to kid's tickets for the tribute game (Sat May 29th)

Coffee & Budget With glen bennett

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Thinking about home based childcare?

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