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

He hōnore he korōria ki te atua, he maungārongo ki te mata o te whenua, he whakaaro pai ki ngā tangata katoa - Tihei mauri ora

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.

Paul Rauputu

Board Chairperson

From our Principal

Tena koutou,

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,

Ngatai Walker


We said farewell to Alejandro Barrientos, aka Matua Ale, Mr B, who has been such a great part of our kura for the past four years! Champion basketball coach, whānau leader and inspirer, fundraising hero... he has been an all round Super Hero and we will all miss him. We wish Matua Ale all the very best in his new class at Francis Douglas Memorial College next year.
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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.

Arohanui, Alejandro

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We also said farewell to Ana Hokopaura-Whelan who is heading home to Tauranga to be closer to whānau.

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.

Ana Whelan

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We thanked and farewelled teachers Jess Murrihy, Judie Keane, Meryll McAllister & Lois Rushton who have been key parts of our teaching team in 2021 but who are not returning in 2022.

They may not have been here long but they quickly became part of our Puketapu Whanau and will be missed.

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We said farewell and thank you to Learning Assistants Johnny Faletagoai-Malase, Josh Jacomb and Siniva Isaia who finish up at the end of this year too. Thank you for your contribution to our school and we hope to see you all again sometime soon.

Our End of Year Showcase

While COVID-19 meant we couldn't have whanau present, it is always amazing to be able to celebrate so many of our students at our 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

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Trophy Winners

We were delighted to announce the winners of the Puketapu Trophies:


Alan Smith Citizenship Trophy

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

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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

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Donated by former Principal Mike Johnson (2005-2015), the purpose of this award is to encourage sporting success and attitude in our school.
  • 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

  • Leadership qualities

  • Role Model

  • Fair play

  • Individual commitment

  • Pride in achievement

Congratulations to.... Kade Davis

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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

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Kapa Haka

Mataatua Taonga

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.

Tamariki must

  • 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

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Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Manawanui Cup

First presented in 2020, donated by former Board Chair Mike Warring and former teacher Fiona Warring, this award is offered to a Year 6 boy and girl who meet the following criteria:

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

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Student Leadership in 2022

Over the first three weeks of next year our Year 7&8 students will be going through an application process for our Student Leader positions.

We look forward to announcing our student leaders in early 2022.

Values Awards

Each classroom teacher had the unenviable challenge of selecting just one student from each class for each value. It was a very tough decision in many classes! The winners are:


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.

Graduation Dinner

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.

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The Class of 2021

staff prize giving

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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!

Whaea prishlena is getting married

Whaea Prishlena is getting Married on Saturday and Rimu wanted to celebrate her special day and wish her all the best
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New for 2022

We are delighted that we are taking on the preparation of our school lunches in 2022, through the Ka Ora, Ka Ako Healthy Lunches in School Programme.

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.

And Charlotte:

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.

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If you prefer, you can purchase your stationery from The Warehouse, Office Products or any other supplier. The major suppliers have our lists and a full list is available on our website.

Home and school

Even though our Cross Country did not go ahead this year we still were able to give out spot prizes to some of our tamariki who returned their sponsorship forms.

A big THANK YOU to our sponsors Harcourts Team Green, Adams Building and Construction, Pharmacy @ Bell Block & Stumped Tree Solutions.

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Our prize winners with their amazing prizes!


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.

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Addison Leathley and her Dad Craig


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from home

Congratulation Tayla Gorrie.

Tayla completed a 2km distance swim for her end of year mini squad swim in 43mins 17seconds.

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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

On behalf of all at Puketapu School, we wish you a safe, fun and refreshing holiday break and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2022.

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