TE PĀNUI O TE KURA O PUKETAPU
Term 4 2021 - Wednesday 15 December
Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners
Kia kaha - do your best * Kia māia - be courageous * Kia manawanui - have a heart
From the Board
As we hurtle towards the end of another year, I am amazed by the resilience of our tamariki and the dedication of our teaching staff.
COVID-19 has proven a challenge as we navigated regulations, mandates and traffic light schemes. I want to thank you all for how you have responded to the challenging restrictions on camps, sports events and graduations. While we acknowledge that these changes are difficult to accept at times, we must stay vigilant in the pursuit of safety and wellbeing for all.
We now farewell a cool group of Year 8s - the class of 2021. We have watched you grow into thoughtful, responsible and caring leaders. We are proud of your accomplishments over the past eight years; you have grown stronger not just in your ability to read, write, and do math, but in analysing the world around you and asking the big questions. While the next step in your journey may seem like a huge leap, remember that you have a supportive community backing you. We wish you all the best for high school and beyond.
This is not just a week to acknowledge our graduating class but also to celebrate the parents, family and friends who work so hard to make sure their children succeed. We are extremely lucky to have such a supportive group of parents and caregivers who are dedicated to our school.
There have been some major upgrades to our facilities this year including re-roofing of most of the buildings, a full make-over of the tech room, redevelopment of the front entrance, reception, staff room, wellbeing/learning spaces in the Kauri block, wharekai renovations in readiness to bring Ka Ora, Ka Ako (school lunches) into our kura and of course the advent of the new learning spaces (roll growth classrooms). We are excited to be able to support these upgrades as we strive to enhance quality teaching and learning. Keep an eye out for more developments over the summer break and into term one.
On behalf of the board, I wish to extend my gratitude to the Tumuaki Ngatai Walker, the senior leadership team and all our teachers and support staff for their unwavering dedication to our school and learners. Our school continues to deliver on our strategic aims of nurturing wellbeing and inclusive learning for all and we are thankful for the manaaki you show to our children.
To all of our Puketapu whanau: be good to one and other and enjoy your summer holidays.
From our Principal
Kia ora mo to mahi i te wahanga nei.
A final thank you for your awhi, manaaki and mahi this year. Thank you to everyone for your support, your diligence, perseverance, patience and resilience.
To our departing staff, students and whanau; we thank you for your contributions to our school and community and wish you all the very best with your future endeavours.
Best wishes to those of you having a staycation or travelling over the break and making use of the opportunity to explore Taranaki and our beautiful country. Thank you in advance for the hours that are spent preparing for your akonga over your break and be sure to take some time for yourselves and your family.
Have a safe, restful and enjoyable break.
Kia pai mo to hararei,
After four amazing years at Puketapu, it is now time for me to step away and grow my teaching practice elsewhere. I have loved every minute of being at Puketapu and working alongside the tamariki, the kaiako and the community but in the words of Andrea Bocelli “Con te Partirò - time to say goodbye”.
I won’t be venturing too far at the moment as I have accepted a position at my old high school, Francis Douglas Memorial College, for a year and after that anything is possible where I venture off next in my growth as a teacher and as a person.
Kore ‘e mutunga ki te ako - Learning never ends.
We are so grateful to have had Ana as part of our Puketapu staff and journey over the past five years.
It has been awesome watching Ana:
- buy and build their house
- teach and lead the Year 7/8 team
- become a mother to two beautiful children
- become a valued member of the Puketapu community
- teach and grow kids in such a beautiful and caring way
We are really happy that she gets to spend the next part of her life with her whanau in Tauranga.
It is with sadness and apprehension, also a lot of excitement we have decided to move east to Tauranga to be closer to family.
I find it hard to put into words my gratitude and appreciation for everything I have learned throughout my on-and-off 5 years at Puketapu School. It has been the most challenging, yet rewarding and fulfilling time out of my 12 years in education. However, I could not have done it without the amazing support of the senior staff, my colleagues, the BOT and the wider Puketapu community. Puketapu will forever have a big place in my heart.
Our End of Year Showcase
If you would like to view the videos and photos from our Showcase jump on our Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1441573412742593
Donated by former Principal, Mr Alan Smith, first awarded in 2006 to Misikei Fonoti.
This award is offered to the boy and girl, or boys and girls, in Year 8 who meet the following criteria:
They exhibit a respectful attitude towards themselves, and in their dealing with others
They exhibit high standards of personal conduct and of personal effort in their learning and in their social relationships.
They are an excellent role model to other students in the school
They have evidence of strong school involvement
They have a positive attitude towards the philosophies of the school and to the people they work with, teachers and students
They exhibit the principles of ‘fair play’ in all sporting and cultural activities
They prove to be a ‘good friend’ to their peers
Congratulations... Caylin Weideman
The Arts & Culture
Puketapu Arts Award
Donated by former Deputy Principal Steve Wright (1997-2012), first awarded in 2012 to Parris Faapulou.
The purpose of this award is to encourage and celebrate the arts and performance. Students eligible have made an Exceptional Contribution to Performing Arts:
Demonstrate an understanding of what a Performing Arts really is
Be an inspiration to others and have the ability to coach younger, less experienced students in the skills of Performing Arts.
Able and willing to take part in any formal or informal, production, concert or play.
Confident in fronting an audience.
Congratulations to... Shaun Galiste
Excellence in Sports (School, Provincial, National Representative Teams)
Participation in and out of school
Team member – acceptance of rules and other persons
Attitude - Giving back to sport e.g. coaching), determination, self-drive
Pride in achievement
Congratulations to.... Kade Davis
Mainfreight Duffy Award for Academic Excellence
Donated by our Duffy major sponsor Mainfreight. First awarded to Jeremy McMillan in 1997.
The purpose of this award is to encourage academic success in the classroom. It will be awarded to the highest achieving Year 8 student based on their educational and academic achievements. This award is based on the following criteria:
- Achievement in school-based assessment and evaluation
- Results of standardised testing
- Demonstrate commitment to learning in all academic areas (i.e. all seven learning areas)
- Demonstrate high motivation, initiation, integrity, intellectual depth and leadership judgement
- Participation and success in external curricula events
For the first time ever, there were two candidates that we just couldn't split, so it has been awarded to two recipients.
Congratulations to... Olivia Corin and Yelena Poching
In honour of the many years Mataatua Te Rongopatai worked with our tamariki, this award is presented to a student (Boy or Girl) from any ethnic group.
Be secure in the knowledge of his / her ancestral links
Positively model leadership in Maori Culture through a variety of opportunities, eg Tikanga, te Reo, Kapahaka etc.
Demonstrate self-worth, self-esteem and personal pride in his or her attitude, behaviour or demeanour
Display physical, spiritual and emotional well-being and knowledge and respect for him/herself and others
Congratulations to... Luka Herewini-Kelsen
Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Manawanui Cup
The purpose of this award is to acknowledge and recognise the involvement in the corporate life of the school and the contributions these students in these year groups make.
- Excel in modelling and living all our school School Values (Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Manawanui)
- Demonstrate intrinsic behaviours in Class, Whanau Groups and School opportunities.
Congratulations to... Ella Rauputu and Taylor Harvey
Student Leadership in 2022
We look forward to announcing our student leaders in early 2022.
Kia Kaha: Rosalie Rogers
Kia Māia: Amira Azad
Kia Manawanui: Kobie Wilson
Kia Kaha: Leon Corin
Kia Māia: Eden Lucinsky
Kia Manawanui: Aki Ekeroma
Kia Kaha: Hanale Adams
Kia Māia: Travis Purdie
Kia Manawanui: Khalise Clement
Kia Kaha: Jaytee Tangiia
Kia Māia: Ayaan Faruk
Kia Manawanui: Lucita McNarama
Kia Kaha: Jade Christmas
Kia Māia: Reeve Hunt
Kia Manawanui: Alexander Den-McKay
Kia Kaha: Liam Gorrie
Kia Māia: Charlotte Mangin
Kia Manawanui: Channing Rajput
Kia Kaha: Madie Cadman
Kia Māia: Addyson Chaloner
Kia Manawanui: Hunter Grey
Kia Kaha: Michael Phillips
Kia Māia: Whakairi Rangi
Kia Manawanui: Addison Leathley
Kia Kaha: Lucy Nicholas
Kia Māia: Lyric Falaniko
Kia Manawanui: Keanu Tango
Kia Kaha: Slade Walker
Kia Māia: Marlia Cooper
Kia Manawanui: Reece Speedy
Kia Kaha: Lydia Walthew
Kia Māia: Gretta Keith
Kia Manawanui: Erin Sowman
Kia Kaha: Mallory Leaf
Kia Māia: Katie MacRae
Kia Manawanui: Nabeel Sahrun
Kia Kaha: Kian Devonshire
Kia Māia: Kingston Benton
Kia Manawanui: Adelle Robinson
Kia Kaha: Iona Den-Mckay
Kia Māia: Kiritopa Veza
Kia Manawanui: Audraea O'Brien
Kia Kaha: Imogen Den-McKay
Kia Māia: Shylin Awa
Kia Manawanui: Davis Leaf
Kia Kaha: Macy Murphy
Kia Māia: Deja Tohi
Kia Manawanui: Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa
Kia Kaha: Lucy Hatchard
Kia Māia: Amy-Jaide Paki
Kia Manawanui: Tarli Wilson
Kia Kaha: Khade Gray
Kia Māia: Shaun Galiste
Kia Manawanui: Tayla Gorrie
A New Value from 2022
We are excited to announce that in 2022 we are introducing a fourth School Value:
Kia ora - Be well
I belong, I look after my physical, emotional and mental wellbeing
Kia ora has been developed from our school vision, Empower all People to be Healthy Life Long Learners in response to the last community survey, learning from Te Whare Tapa Wha and our experiences over the last 2 years.
This years Year 8 Graduation looked a little bit different once again due to COVID.
Our year 8s and their families enjoyed a picnic together followed by graduation speeches and then a student dance in Kauri 2.
Thank you to all the teachers and staff for helping make this final event happen for the year 8s.
The Class of 2021
staff prize giving
Last week we also celebrated some special staff events:
Freshly qualified as a brand new teacher this year, Becky Wells was due to attend her graduation in Auckland, however COVID meant it was cancelled. We were delighted to celebrate her graduation with her here at school. Well done Whaea Becky, we love having you here.
We also congratulated our newest fully registered teacher, Brody Lindsay who has completed his first two full years as a teacher. Way to go Matua Brody!
New for 2022
We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a Kai Manager / Head Chef Teresa Julian and a Sous Chef (2IC) Charlotte McGoldrick.
A little bit about Teresa:
My passion and love for cooking started back when I was child. Watching my Mum in the kitchen always fascinated me. Her love for feeding not only her family, but friends and people in the community was something that brought her so much joy. She often said to me “the secret ingredient for anything you make is love.” I have always remembered this and have lived by this philosophy ever since.
A community minded person, Charlotte was a volunteer firefighter, deployed overseas twice during Australia’s 2020 bushfire emergencies. She lives and breathes our school's values.
Getting a Head Start on 2022
Our first day of school in 2022 is Tuesday 1 February 2022.
On this day we have our Head Start Hui
These are short meetings for every student, when the student, parent and teacher meet together to get the school year off to a great start:
- To build a partnership of learning between whānau and school (whanaungatanga)
- For our families to share the strengths and dreams for their tamariki
- For our teachers to listen to and get to know their akonga
Each hui will last about 15 minutes. Book at time that suits you at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz (event: 8yxtg)
Sessions are to get to know each other. It is not about school rules/expectations. It’s about relationships and getting to know each other. Information like swimming timetable and other logistics will be written in team communications.
Lists for all 2022 classes are available now on https://www.myschool.co.nz/puketapubb
Don’t wait until mid-January when the ‘team of 5 million’ get home from holiday - order now and avoid the back to school rush.
OfficeMax have Laybuy*, so you can pay in 6 weekly, interest-free instalments - and still get your order right away. Or you can pay by internet banking, credit card or debit card.
When you shop on https://www.myschool.co.nz/puketapubb you’ll receive free delivery on orders over $46*. You will also help our school earn school rewards* that we use to purchase much needed extra resources for our school.
* Terms & Conditions apply, see myschool.co.nz for details.
Home and school
A big THANK YOU to our sponsors Harcourts Team Green, Adams Building and Construction, Pharmacy @ Bell Block & Stumped Tree Solutions.
Our prize winners with their amazing prizes!
WE HAVE REACHED THE NEXT MARKER
A huge THANK YOU to Craig & Renee Leathley from Smokn Comrades for their donation and their time running last Fridays fundraising event. We have now raised $35,000 towards our goal.
Addison Leathley and her Dad Craig
MARK IT IN YOUR CALENDAR FOR 2022!
Tayla completed a 2km distance swim for her end of year mini squad swim in 43mins 17seconds.
Happy birthday to all those who have Birthdays coming up this week and over the holidays:
- Reeve Hunt
- Summer Wilkinson
- Imogen Papprill
- Marley Sutherland
- Rayne Morehu
- Blythe Fadlen
- Sophie Morrison
- Delylah Hall
- Ari Marlow
- Khorus Ihimaera-Te Waaka
- Elody Perrett
- Kaydence Brill
- Cora Wano
- Kaitlyn Veza
- Addison Leathley
- Theo Connole
- Iona Den-McKay
- Charlotte Mangin
- Lola Parkinson
- Kyra Herewini
- Caydence Roberts
- Tui Robinson
- Hoani Adams
- Honor Boisen-Rau
- Ellori Papprill
- Connor Scholtz
- Parker Smith
- Briar Walthew
- Vidyasri Vathada
- Johnny Read
- Lucas Speedy
- Ava Falaniko
- Azura Savage
- Te Waiaurere Mahinekura
- Lydia Walthew
- Nico Gunther
- Toby Ryan
- Amarni Cooper
- Skylah Meston
See you Next Year
Pre-season office hours will be:
- Tuesday 25 January 10.00-2.00
- Wednesday 26 January 10.00-2.00
- Thursday - closed (Staff Day)
- Friday 28 January 10.00-2.00
- Monday 10.00-2.00
- Tuesday, normal hours 8.30-3.30