Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 1, Term 3, 2019

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

Welcome to Term 3!

What a great start to the term! It is great to see so many smiling faces back again and quite a few new faces too.

Auaha - Innovation

Our Learning Theme for Term 3:

Auaha - Innovation


Auaha (Innovation) - with a focus on Contribution - contributing to ourselves, our school, our whanau and our community.

Moemoea/Aspiration: Puketapu School will be a hub of innovation and creativity that serves ourselves, our school, our whanau and our community.

Our Why?: We want ourselves, our school, our whanau and our community to be better than we are now.

Building Works Ahead

For many months now, we have been working with the MOE, architects and builders to arrange for our leaking roofs to be repaired. We are delighted that the work will begin early this term.

This is a BIG job and will take quite some time to do so we are all working hard to keep disruption to a minimum. We will share more information as we have it.

Welcome to...

There are lots of new faces at school this week! Please give a warm Puketapu welcome to:

  • Brandon Parsons
  • Connor Parsons
  • Mikayla Cousins
  • Jenay West
  • Hoani Adams
  • Nicole Jupp
  • Jonah Roberts
  • Goo Pham
  • Liam Wilson
  • Pandora Cameron
  • Reeve Cooper

Congratulations To...

Congratulations to our Puketapu Superstars this week:

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best
  • Chloe Lepper
  • Teone Mundt

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

  • Luka Herewini Kelsen
  • Emma Hoskin

Cross Country Fun run and walk... not dawdle 2019

Term 3 is Cross Country Season.

The Puketapu School Cross Country Fun Run & Walk...Not Dawdle is on Friday of week 4, Friday 16 August.

Races will begin at approximately 9.45am and it usually takes about 1.5 hours. Everyone takes part.

There are 2 circuits. The first one is on the school field for all 5,6,7,8,9 and 10 year olds.

The second one is the beach circuit. The route runs from the school field and out the Dillon Drive exit, down Dillon Drive to the start of the walkway where the big Norfolk Pine tree is. Then it goes along the beach to the walkway which the children follow to the Lantana Ave exit. From there they head up to Northpoint Church and cut through the car park and back to school. This is very well marshaled and supervised. If you would like to help with supervision on the day please let me know.

This year there are some new exciting events:

7 and 8 year olds will be able to compete in the beach circuit. They will be invited by their teacher to participate based on ability and confidence that they will show their school values while out in the community. They will have to have parent permission to participate. A notice will go home closer to the time.

9 and 10 year olds can self nominate to do the beach circuit but must have this endorsed by their teacher based on ability and confidence that they will show their school values while out in the community.

CCFR&W not dawdle is a fun day and children are encouraged to dress up in whanau colours. If they do they receive an extra whanau point at the finish line. This year there will be supporter points. Any supporter who comes dressed in the whanau colours of their child will be able to earn that whanau extra points. Think more than just a tshirt..... think tutus and face paint.

Tui - blue

Kiwi - yellow

Piwakawaka - red

Kakapo - green

Following our school event keen runners can enter the New Plymouth cross country events and placegetters from the Puketapu Event will also have the option to take part in the Taranaki Cross Country Champs run in Hawera on Wednesday 25 September.

Team Green are kindly going to sponsor us $450!

The money will be used to purchase spot prizes for participants.

Thank you so much Team Green!

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Lost Property

We have a MOUNTAIN of lost property left from Term 2 that has no name and still hasn't been claimed.

This will be laid out this Friday afternoon for collection. Please come and check for items that your child has lost.

Anything left at 3.15 will be donated to charity.

Update on Hoodies & T-Shirts:

T-shirts: Were handed out on Tuesday - it's great to see lots at school today!

Hoodies: Will be here this week. (The reason they have taken longer is that we had to use a supplier that makes yellow hoodies so they have all been made to order.)

The next order for both T-shirts and Hoodies will be later this term.

Maths Week - 5th-9th August 2019

Maths week is coming up in 12 days.

The count down is on!

Mrs Paterson challenges you to dress up in a math theme costume on Tuesday 6 August. (Week 3). Home-made creations are recommended.

  • She is very much looking forward to seeing your creativity shine through. Some ideas if you get stuck can be seen on Pinterest
  • There will be a Guess the Number of Jelly Beans in the Jar for Junior School AND a Guess the Fraction and Ratio of Green to Yellow Jelly Beans for the Senior School.
  • Sudoku club will be on at lunch time on Monday and Tuesday of Week 3
  • Think of your favourite board game or maths game to teach someone during Maths Week!

Good picture books to read about maths are: (the Library should have some of these or many others which are great reads that link to mathematical thinking.)

  • My Map Book, by Sara Fanelli
  • Bears on Wheels, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Perfect Square, by Michael Hall
  • Equal Shmequal, by Virginia Kroll
  • Fibonacci’s Cows, by Ray Galvin
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Lucky Book Club Order #5

Order forms have gone out to all classes. Orders and money need to be back at school by Thursday 1 August please. (Alternatively you can order online at The Loop.)
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They're back...

Please check your children's hair regularly for signs of headlice...at least weekly.

One of the cheapest and most effective ways to get rid of them:

  • Apply lots of conditioner to dry hair.
  • Leave for at least twenty minutes.
  • Comb through with a fine tooth comb.
  • Wash hair.
  • Repeat process daily for at least two weeks.

Head lice have a three week life so check every head in the family every day for at least three weeks to help stop them coming back.

If you need further help, please contact your GP or the Public Health Nurse on 06 753 7790 ext 8780

Uniforms to come back in please

Calling all borrowed uniforms from:

  • Touch from Term 1
  • Year 3&4 Netball
  • Rippa Rugby Year 5&6 and Year 7&8
  • NYLD19

Please return your uniform right away to avoid being charged a replacement fee.

Friday Lunch

Starting back in Week 2 we will have Friday Lunch from The White Pear Cafe. Order by end of Wednesday for delivery on Friday.

Puketapu Panthers 7s


We have had some amazing donations from our local businesses.

On behalf of the Puketapu Panthers rugby sevens team, we would like to thank them for donating to our team. We greatly appreciate their support and thoughtful contribution.

These kind donations will help give players the opportunity to experience the game of sevens, compete against clubs and schools from around NZ and the world, with an emphasis on sportsmanship & enjoyment of rugby. Generous support from businesses like these ones make our community a great place to live.

It's not too late to donate!

If you are interested in donating to the Puketapu Panthers Rugby Sevens team you can do so by either approaching the school office or emailing blindsay@puketapu.school.nz

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What's On - This Week and Next

These are just a few dates for next term. More will follow.

Thursday 25 July

Spotswood College Open Evening for parents and students from 7.00pm onwards https://www.facebook.com/events/782297425498528/?ti=icl

Friday 26 July

Lost Property collection afternoon. (Anything left at 3.15pm will be donated to charity.)

Home & School Clothes Swap from 7pm at the Fred Tucker Hall. Free entry. Cash sales only.

Monday 29 July

Hearing & Vision Testing.

Tuesday 30 July

New Plymouth Boys’ High School Open day (Year 8s and families) 3:30pm or 4:30pm


Wednesday 31 July

New Plymouth Girls’ High School Open day (Year 8s)

Friday 2 Aug

LEAD 2019 - “It’s what’s on the inside that counts” - Kowhai Year 6s. A small group of our future leaders will be attending this day next week. Notices will be coming home this week.

What's On - Rest of This Term

Week 3: Maths Week

Tuesday 6 August

Maths Week Dress Up

Thursday 8 August

NZ Playhouse @ 9:10am "The Tortoise and the Hare" @ Northpoint Church

Friday 9 August

Yr 7/8 Sports Exchange with Omata

Week 4:

Monday 12 August

9:30am Inglewood High School Enrollment day @ Puketapu - Year 8s

Wednesday 14 August

9:30am Spotswood College enrollment interviews (Year 8s)

Friday 16 Aug

Puketapu School Cross Country

Week 5:

Monday 19 Aug

Day 1Year 7&8 Interschool Sports (Stratford)

Tuesday 20 Aug

Day 2 Year 7&8 Interschool Sports (Stratford)

Wednesday 21 Aug

11.00-12.30 NPBHS / NPGHS Enrollment interviews (Year 8s)

Week 7:

Tuesday 3 Sept

Life Ed Bus on site for two weeks

Week 8:

Tuesday 10 Sept

Kauri EOTC week

NP Primary Schools Cross Country (Year 4-6)

Thursday 12 September

Year 7&8 Cross Country (Omata)

Week 9:

Monday 16 Sept

Dental Bus on site for two weeks

Kowhai Yr 5 & 6 ‘Food for Thought’ (TBC)

Week 10:

Wednesday 25 Sept

Taranaki Primary Schools Cross Country Champs (Hawera)

Friday 27 Sept

Loud Shirt Day

Last day of Term 3

Clothes Swap

This Friday - 26 July at the Fred Tucker Hall

Come along and try on a bargain!

Proceeds will be going to Kick Start Breakfast

Free entry

There will be men's and women's accessories, shoes, active wear etc. All items will be priced at a very reasonable amount. So most items will be marked at $3, there will be also $5 items and near the end of the night for anything left...these items will be marked down lower.

Once you have decided on your items, there will be a desk where you pay, cash only.

We will have some bags but if you remember please bring your own.

This event is also a BYO drinks alcoholic and non alcoholic. Cheese platters/snacks will be supplied.

All leftover clothes will be donated. Any questions? Just ask!


Happy birthday to all those who have Birthdays this week:

  • Kayden La-Rue
  • Aurelia Takerei
  • Fleur Grace
  • Kendall Perrett
  • Riahn Paki
  • Leila Parker
  • Tiki Ngarangi
  • Mikayla Cousins

Community Notices

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New Season for BMX!!!

Our new season is about to start and we would like you to come and give this fantastic sport a go.

First club day Sunday 11th August 2019

New Plymouth BMX Track, Bell Block

Club days are on every Sunday with registration and warm up from 10:15-11am

Racing starts at 11.

For new riders the first three club days are free, and we have all the equipment including bikes available for hire.

All you need to do is wear long pants, good shoes, and a long sleeved top. We can sort you out with the rest.

All ages and abilities are catered for including strider class (no pedals) for the little tackers.

For further information contact us via our Facebook page, New Plymouth Bmx

New to New Plymouth?

The Mayor will be hosting a “Welcome to the District Function” on Tuesday, 6 August 2019 in the Chamber at Council.

The function provides an opportunity for those new to the district, whether from elsewhere in New Zealand or another country, to meet the Mayor, Councillors, meet others new to the district and find out about what our district has to offer.

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Friday & Saturday 21nd & 22nd September

Taranaki Toy Library is collecting good quality second hand books now.

Enhance a child’s learning - Please donate your unwanted children’s books so they can be enjoyed by others

Drop off to school by 24th August, or deliver direct to the Taranaki Toy Library at 524 Devon Street E. Fitzroy (beside Knox Church)

More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/993711160799998/

Thank you for supporting your local community Toy Library.

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