Week 2, Term 4 - Friday 28 October 2022

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

From our Principal

Wow, this entire term is shaping up to be very exciting!

This week it was a delight to welcome Rotary Readers back to our school. These are people from within our community who are giving their time to come along to support reading in some of our classes. It has been almost two years since we have been able to host them so lovely to have them back.

We held our first Student Showcase of the term this week and it was inspiring to see all our tamariki gather together to celebrate achievements and also to watch the dress rehearsal of our Puketapu kapa haka roopu who are performing later today. Kia kaha to all the roopu - we know you will do us proud.

The final details are being gathered for camps and EOTC activities, so please keep an eye out in Hero for information and permission.

Schoolwide we are now all working towards SOMADD, our annual community celebration of our School of Music Arts Drama and Dance in early December, an exiting time for all ages. Already the creativity is shining through!

Behind the scenes the management team are putting all the pieces together for 2023. Considering all the variables and planning for the best possible outcomes for everyone at our school is a huge task. We are really pleased at the way things are coming together and will share these with you once they are confirmed.

Have a lovely weekend together.

Nga mihi
Corinne Sattler

Tātarakihi Festival

Over the last 8 weeks, Te Roopu o Puketapu has been putting in a lot of mahi both before and after school in preparation for Tātarakihi. They have created a roopu with a strong sense of whanaungatanga, mana and discipline. Te Roopu o Puketapu will be taking the stage today, Friday 28th October at the Waitara Memorial Hall, 2:35pm.
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This is the first time our roopu has performed for an external audience for quite a while, so they are a little nervous but they performed for the whole school at Showcase on Wednesday and they were mīharo (amazing) so we know they will do well.

Thank you to Miss Knuckey, Whaea Kelly, Matua Phil and all the many other people who have helped them in their preparations.

Planning for 2023

There are many, many variables to consider when making plans for each new school year.

Bringing together all the elements: student numbers, students year groups, teaching teams, teachers leaving, new recruits, classrooms, class placements, funding... every year it is a little different and every year requires careful consideration in every area to make sure we set up the best possible year for everyone.

For 2023, the pieces are slowing falling into place and we will keep you informed over the next few weeks.

For now, we are delighted to confirm the year group structures and learning teams:

At this stage we have 417 students confirmed to be at our school in 2023 with enrolments still coming in. We will start the year with 17 classes and it is very likely we will add a further new entrant class later in the year.

For 2023:

Kauri - Year 7 & 8 students (3 classes)

Kowhai - Year 5 & 6 students (4 classes)

Tōtara - Year 3 & 4 (4 classes) + Year 2 & 3 (1 class)

Rimu - New entrants, Year 1 & Year 2 (5 classes)

The next steps are confirming the Team Leaders and Teachers in each team, classroom spaces (some single cell and some collaborative) and then which children will be part of each class. Class placement takes into consideration the needs of each child: learning styles, support requirements, friendship groups, relationships and much more. We are very lucky that our teachers know the tamariki very well!

Staying Safe Online

We have been notified that a number of online platforms often used by our younger tamariki have "dating" including Roblox and Minecraft among others.

As with all online platforms, if your child is online, remember to keep an eye on who they are talking to and what they are saying - and talk to your child to remind them that who they think they are talking to may not be who they say they are.

school values

PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning

This week we are focusing on showing our values and being sun smart!

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How would Batman wear his sunhat? We are not certain, but we know he would wear one to be safe!


Week 2 we celebrated Te Mako Matawhero Award winners at our Showcase. These tamariki will enjoy morning kai with Mrs O today:

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From Rimu - Xavier Leaf, Leo Jeffrey Te Koro King & Rowan Evans

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From Tōtara -

Tyler Kenny, Bodhi Wilson, Hunter Sargeson, Savannah Tunnicliff-Jury & Brax Owens-Thomason (not in the photo)

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From Kowhai - Campbell Luke, Mason Waugh,

Elody Perrett, Lyric Falaniko, Rico Rauputu & Quinn Murrell

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From Kauri - Marcel Engels, Hunter Wall-Colvin, Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa

& Taylor Harvey

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Tōtara have been showing the rest of the school how it is done this week!

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Pandora Cameron, Carlos Zenovich, Nivahn Clarry, Ayaan Faruk & Jade Drummond -

Tino pai!


Term 4 means SUNHATS when outside - even when it's cloudy.

It is so great to see our tamariki showing Kia Ora and wearing their sun hats outside.


Check out our new Puketapu School sun hats! Featuring our Logo, our Values and Te Mako Matawhero, these hats are a brand new design for our school!

The design is sublimated into the fabric, so there is no embroidering and even better - there is a space to write your name on the inside so your hat will never be lost!

You can pre-order yours from Game Changer:


There is a minimum order requirement and the hats take several weeks to manufacture, so the link will be open for three weeks and delivery will be towards the end of Term 4 - ready for Term 1 2023.

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Our Term 4 Menu is looking delish!

On the menu for next week...

Monday: Mac n Cheese, with carrot sticks with hummus and fruit

Tuesday: Macho Nachos with a serving of green salad on the side

Wednesday: Chicken Tacos with trail mix and fruit

Thursday: Bread Day: Ham/Chicken Croissant or Roll with popcorn and fruit

Friday: Burger Day: Beef or Chicken or Vege burger with trail mix and fruit

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Yummm!!! Butter Chicken is back on the menu this term and we loved it!

We are very fortunate to have healthy, delicious lunches made for every student, every day, at no cost at all for parents. (Made with aroha by our awesome kai team, on site, fresh every day!)

design tech

Term 4 in Design Tehnology sees the students picking high interest topics from a range of 10 different tasks.

One of the tasks is to use the Lego Spike kit to design and make a range of movable toys and STEM tasks.

Year 7 and 8 still really enjoy using Lego and can use simple apps on the IPad to complete the tasks.

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Lego + iPad = great fun and learning!


Week 2 of Touch... done!

It is so great to see so many Puketapu whanau down at Hickford park, including some of our amazing teachers who volunteer their time to coach a team. Thank you to all the teachers and parents who coach and support each team - we couldn't do it without you.

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home & school

Thank you to everyone that attended our AGM last night in the school staff room. We have some new families on board and some great fundraising ideas coming up.

lucky book club issue 7

Only a few days to go... this is our second to last Lucky Book Club order for the year. Make sure your orders are in at the office by Wednesday 2 November.

Alternatively you can order online via The Loop


We have had a case of Chicken Pox in Tōtara, if you child has chicken pox please keep them home until their pox have scabbed over.

Chickenpox often starts without the classic rash, with a fever, headache, sore throat or sore tummy so if your child is sick, please keep them at home.

Getting descriptive

Kōwhai have been learning about using adjectives in their creative writing. Check out this great piece from Jade Christmas of Kōwhai 2:

I laid in the sand on my stripey red and white towel with the beautiful sun shining on my togs. Meanwhile, the sun shone hot on my black scuffs. I could hear the deep blue and green sea while I rested in peace at midday. I also heard seals talking loudly on the mauve rocks 2k down the beach. I could hear cars zooming down the highway near me. Also I could hear kids splashing in their togs.

this week at school

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Damion Paora hard at mahi

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SPOT the difference! Whaea Flo & Whaea Claire were matchy this week.

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Sophie Engels doing a great job in class

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Tamariki making good use of the gym mats they fundraised for.

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Our favourite dog Bowie has been at school this week.

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Bikes & helmets - Kia Kaha & Kia Ora

Dogs at School

Dogs are an important part of life for many Puketapu School families, and are often included in activities such as walking children to and from school. The school appreciates this inclusion and values the place the dog has within a family. It also acknowledges that some people can find contact with dogs stressful, and even frightening (and some dogs may find being approached by children stressful too!)

Parents who bring dogs on to school grounds do so on the understanding that their dog has no issues around children, has never displayed any aggression towards children, and that the owner believes the dog is fully trustworthy in a school environment.

  • All dogs must be on a leash that keeps the dog reasonably close to the adult. The leash must be held by an adult.
  • If the dog is considered by the council or any other authority to be a breed that needs muzzling, the dog must be muzzled on school property.
  • Dog owners should help educate children about how best to approach their dog.
  • Owners must remove any mess left by their dog.

We are committed to teaching children appropriate behaviour when approaching dogs so that they have a positive experience interacting with the animal, and in order to reduce the risk of accident or injury.

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 holidays and the first week back at school:

  • Lesley Paora
  • Dahrell McDonald
  • Kasey Judd
  • Clara Wallace
  • Layla Read
  • Damion Paora
  • Māhinarangi Rutene
  • Cairo Mcleod
  • Khalise Clement
  • Harper Sutherland

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates specific to your child's class.

Friday 28 October

  • Tatarakihi Performance Kapa Haka (Waitara)

Thursday 3 November

  • Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

Friday 4 November

  • Gumboot Friday: Wear your gumboots to school and bring a gold coin donation

Monday 7 November

  • Year 8 Camp starts

Tuesday 22 November

  • Year 6 Camp starts

Friday 2 December

  • Tough Kid Challenge, Hawera (Year 5-8)

Wednesday 7 December

  • Meet the Teacher for 2023

Thursday 8 December

  • Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

Friday 9 December

  • SOMADD Community Event

Tuesday 13 December

  • Final Assembly and Awards

Thursday 15 December

  • Last Day for 2022 - School finishes at 12pm

Community notices

Bell block halloween disco

Dress up, dance and celebrate this weekend!
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Spring carnival

A community event at Northpoint church.
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Noel leeming friends & Family

Noel Leeming is delighted to again be supporting KidsCan by raising funds with our Friends and Family Promotion this November. With your help, we hope to make a difference by providing the essentials Kiwi kids need to learn, with 2.5% of the total sales from this event being donated to KidsCan. We are proud to say the event we ran earlier this year (June), together we raised over $8,400 for KidsCan.

This offer is open to you, your staff, and wider Kura Whanau (including Parents, Students, and your community of friends & family). It gives them the opportunity to unlock amazing deals during the two-week period, starting on Monday October 31st and running through until Sunday November 13th, 2022.

To take advantage of this special offer, people can visit one of our Noel Leeming Stores located across the country and simply show the event flyer on their smartphone (or in printed form) to unlock amazing deals and raise funds for KidsCan.

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Rapley Photography & Media - Christmas Family Photos

Jayne Rapley is a freelance photographer based in Waitara, with a wonderful offer for Taranaki families this November - January - it makes a great Christmas present!

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harcourts team green

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