Puketapu School Newsletter

Term 3 2020 - Wednesday 9 September

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

What a great time at the Puketapu Cross Country Fun Run & Walk (not Dawdle) last week! Thank you to all those who helped make the day such a great success and especially to Kim Sowman for her dedication to the event.

Puketapu School would like to congratulation Tupou Vaa'i for making the All Blacks squad. Tupou worked at Puketapu School in 2018 as a Learning Assistant. Tupou epitomises our school values of Kia Kaha - Do your best, Kia Māia - Be courageous and Kia Manawanui - Have a heart in everything he does. He is a hard trainer, humble, fearless competitor, dedicated teammate and he loves his family and friends.
We are looking forward to seeing you play for Taranaki this week, Tupou, and for the All Blacks in the near future.

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Matua Ngatai

Cross Country Fun Run & Walk

A massive thanks to everyone who made the effort to get dressed up...each year there are better and better costumes.

Please don't forget to send along your sponsorship forms back to school this week.

Here are just a few photos of the day. There are heaps more in our Puketapu School.Bell Block Facebook Group.

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Cross Country Fun Run and Walk Placings

As you can appreciate to organise this event takes a lot of time, effort and careful planning, and even though we do our very best to make sure everyone has a wonderful day, we do some times have a few hiccups! A huge thank you goes out to Kim Sowman who has organised this event for us. This year due to the growth of our kura we tried a new recording system at the finish line, however we do have a few gaps, so if you can help us out with this that would be fabulous.

5 Year Old Girls

1st: India Mckenna

2nd: Preston Cooper

3rd: Eden Lucinsky

5 Year Old Boys

1st: Jaxon Kuchler

2nd: Tyler Kenny

3rd: Chase Roberts

6 Year Old Girls

1st: Kyra Herewini

2nd: Sophie Morrison

3rd: Nevaeh Cullen

6 Year Old Boys

1st: Kaydince Brill

2nd: Liam Wilson

3rd: Kupa Brider

7 Year Old Girls Beach Run

1st: Summer Wilkinson

2nd: Brooke Balsom

3rd: ???

7 Year Old Boys Beach Run

1st: Alexander Den-McKay

2nd: Hamu Adams

3rd: ???

7 Year Old Girls Field Run

1st: Alexis Gorrie

2nd: Ameliah Martin

3rd: Leila Parker

7 Year Old Boys Field Run

1st: Kasey Judd

2nd: Taine Mckenna

3rd: Goo Pham

9 Year Old Girls Beach Run

1st: Natalie Corin

2nd: Ella Rauputu

3rd: Kallana Bradnock

Special Mention to Gretta Keith for her Kia Manawanui when she stopped to help Kallana

9 Year Old Boys Beach Run

1st: Damon Judd

2nd: ???

3rd: Isaac Wilson

9 Year Old Girls Field Run

1st: Jahlia Manukonga-Te Uira

2nd: Lydia Walthew

3rd: Kylah Neilson

9 Year Old Boys Field Run

1st: Kayden Tango

2nd: Harry Smith

3rd: Kemp Hancock

10 Year Old Girls Beach Run

1st: Esther Poching

2nd: Erin Sowman

3rd: ???

10 Year Old Boys Beach Run

1st: Poutama Murray

2nd: Ethan Cross

3rd: Aidan Stoneman

10 Year Old Girls Field Run

1st: Katie MacRae

2nd: Amaia Sherry

3rd: Emma Hoskin

10 Year Old Boys Field Run

1st: Jaxson Davis

2nd: Kiritopa Veza

3rd: Liam Phillips

11 Year Old Girls

1st: Rylei-Jay Dellow

2nd: Kirsty Stoneman

3rd: Skylah Hill

11 Year Old Boys

1st: Keanu Prestney

2nd: Davis Leaf

3rd: Liam Smith

12 Year Old Girls

1st: Tayte Hancock

2nd: Yelena Poching

3rd: Mercedez Tagatauli

12 Year Old Boys

1st: Alex Cross

2nd: Keanu Suthon

3rd: Destin Gallichan-Pearce

13 Year Old Girls

1st: Tirahia Ormsby-Turner

2nd: Kyla Dorne

3rd: Jahliyah McLeod-Chard

13 Year Old Boys

1st: Tiki Ngarangi

2nd: Te Omeka Akariri-Buckley

3rd: Maui Walker

Enrolments for 2021

Enrolment at our school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office.

The board has determined that up to 5 places for New Entrants and up to 8 places for Year 7-8 students are likely to be available for out-of-zone students next year. The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.

Next year there will be three enrolment periods. The first enrolment period runs from Tuesday 2 February to Friday 16 April 2021.

For students seeking enrolment within the first enrolment period, the deadline for receipt of applications for out-of-zone places is Friday 25 September 2020.

Parents of students who live within the home zone and intend enrolling their child at any time during the next year should notify the school by Friday 25 September 2020 to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year.

Applications are made online at https://enrolments.linc-ed.com/apply/NZ/2223

If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot for out-of-zone places is required, it will be held on Monday 12 October 2020. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held.

Details relating to the next enrolment period will be published in 2021.

Skipping at Lunch Time

Trying out the new ropes at lunchtime... what fun... and fitness!
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A message from the Keith whanau

Thanks to everyone who has supported us since Noah's sudden death a month ago. We are grateful for your aroha and awhi as we have wept, prayed and struggled together to come to grips with this new reality. A special thanks to the Kapa Haka Ropu who came to sing to our whanau, and to everyone who supported us as we gathered to celebrate the short time Noah had with us. We have been blown away with the kindness and care shown by so many. We deeply appreciate your continued prayers as we navigate this unimaginable space we have found ourselves in, and are grateful for our Puketapu whanau. Thank you all.

Arohanui, Doug, Melanie, Elijah, Petra and Gretta Keith

Reading is great anywhere!

Check out these two Totara 1 book birds reading in a tree!
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Life Skills in Kowhai

This week in Kowhai is Life Skills Week.

We are learning lots of different things:

- how to tie a tie

- how to sew on a button.

- how to read a map

- how to follow instructions

...and lots more!

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Learning... to follow instructions... and to tie a tie!

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... working together...

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Ta da! Malan showing one tie, tied!

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How to put up a tent

Kauri Revolution Tour

On Monday our Kauri learners had a visit from the Revolution Tour.

"Ricky Baker" from the movie “Hunt for the Wilder People” (his real name is Julian Dennison) and the tour talked about resilience = the ability to bounce back when hard things happen .

Julian talked about seeing our life as a movie and what do the different scenes look like and that even if there are some bad scenes in a movie it always gets better. Kids can always phone or text for free the number 1737 if they want to talk or get help .

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Julian Dennison and the Kauri students

Rimu 2 - Origami Skills

Damion taught some of our New Entrant children how to make hearts, swans and frogs out of origami. We had to try our best and be courageous when making these. Folding the paper the correct way was very challenging but was heaps of fun. Damion was really patient and supportive of our younger tamariki. Thanks Damion for sharing your origami skills with us.
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Damion is a great instructor!

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Lucky Book Club

Last call for orders from Issue 6...

Orders and payment are due back to the office by midday tomorrow Thursday 10 September, or alternatively you can order online at the Loop by the same time.

Ko Puketapu Mātou

Totara 3 have finally finished their Ko Puketapu Mātou narrative!

Each student in Tōtara 3 illustrated their own scene for each section of the story.

Students used various art techniques. For scene nine the students took these photos in their reading group. One student acted as Rakeiora, three others acted as starving members of Te Atiawa and the fifth member was the photographer. Scene eleven, each student acted as Rakeiora to personalize their story for them.

We put them all together into a class book that Matua Ale will hopefully get printed into an actual physical book! Thanks to Matua Glen Skipper and Anaru Wilkie for providing the Puketapu narratives.

Here are just a couple of pages from our Ko Puketapu Mātou narrative:

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We look forward to being able to share the whole book with you.

Maths at Playtime!

A great use of a warm sunny day. Students were finding fractions of 3 digit numbers and seeing relationships between numbers, using our scootering context of 360deg. These students are stars! working with Mrs P.

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Other Sports News...

Cross Country

Taranaki Cross Country

If your child would like to participate in this event here are some details:

DATE: Wednesday 23RD September 2019. There is no postponement date. This event will proceed unless weather is extreme.

TIME: Start 11:00am sharp (9 year girls)

VENUE: Hawera A & P Showgrounds, Burnside Ave entrance (off Waihi Rd, Hawera) Parking available at The Hub.

COURSE: Cross-country course which is flat to undulating, all grass surface. The course will be marked by flags/tape and pointsmen will be in place around the circuit. Maps will be distributed via email before the day and available on the day.


You do not need to qualify to enter this event. I will need names to the office before Friday 11th September. Parents must organise their own transport to this event.

New Plymouth Primary Schools Cross Country is cancelled.


We would love a coach so we can have our own Puketapu team for the spring league.

We have 7 keen players but no coach. Is anyone able to help?

Senior Hockey

Hockey for anyone Year 7 and up: go to www.taranakihockey.org.nz/ for more info.
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Touch Coaches Needed!

Touch coaches needed please.

We have teams in all grades (Under 6/8/10/12 and Int) who need a coach. You know the deal - without a coach we can't field the team.

Please contact Kim Sowman via our Facebook page, ksowman@puketapu.school.nz or see me in Rimu.

Sports Ts to be returned please

We are likely to have 15 touch teams next term so we need all borrowed shirts back URGENTLY please. If you have a borrowed shirt at home, please return it now.

Sports Fees Outstanding

We still have quite a few people who have not yet paid their sports fees for Touch in Term 1 or Miniball. Please, if you have not yet paid, now is the time.

Payment can be made at school or online. You can log in to Hero at any time to check if you owe anything. If you have any queries, please contact Paula or Karen in the office.

Mason the Superstar!

Well done Mason Waugh who earned his Superstar Award for showing Kia Māia and thinking about words before he reads them. That is a really courageous way of learning. Well done Mason!
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Outstanding Kiwiana Work!

Superstars Brianna O'Keeffe and Zakhan Faapulou demonstrated Kia Kaha with excellent efforts with their Kiwiana learning. Well don Brianna and Zakhan!
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Terrific Totara Taniwha!

Sophie Jacobsen and Reeve Hunt did their best and showed great Kia Kaha working on their taniwha designs. Well done Sophie and Reeve.
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World Car Free Day - Come Join us!

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Last Call for Raffle Tickets!

We have just a few tickets left for the Home and School raffles which will be drawn this Friday.

Tickets are $2 each. Choose from:

- One hour deluxe hydrating facial from Face2Face Skin Clinic valued at $110

- A cut and colour of your choice, treatment and takeaway product from Section35b Hair, valued at $250


Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating Birthdays this week
  • Ruby Tadikonda
  • Taaj Prestney
  • Akyla Williams-Ormsby
  • Claire Asai
  • Imogen Den-McKay
  • Justyce Drake
  • Tess Balsom

What's On

More events and details will follow

Week 8

  • Wednesday 9 September: Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm
  • Thursday 10 September: Spotswood Enrolments (Year 8s, 9.30 0nwards), Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
  • Friday 11 September - Spotswood Enrolment (Year 8s, 9.30 0nwards), Year 7&8 Squash 12.30pm

Week 9

  • Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori
  • Monday 14 September: Vaccinations Year 8s and Year 7 catch ups
  • Thursday 17 September: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am
  • Friday 18 September: Year 7&8 Squasg 12.30pm

Week 10

  • Tuesday 22 September: World Car Free Day
  • Wednesday 23 September: Office Duty & Road Patroller Thank you lunch
  • Thursday 24 September: Senior Kapa Haka (Northpoint Church) @ 0915am, Kauri Ranui
  • Friday 25 September - last day of Term 3

Term 3 finishes on Friday 25 September

Term 4 starts on Monday 12 October

Community Notices

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