Puketapu School Newsletter

Term 2 2020 - Wednesday 17 June

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

Kia ora koutou,

Ataahua Arts (Music, Dance, Visual Art, Drama)

It has been amazing walking through the school (in learning areas and outside) and seeing and hearing all the art in our school. The learning areas are looking amazing with all the colourful visual art that the akonga are creating.

Wellbeing & Kindness

While many people will feel a weight lifted off their shoulders returning to Level 1, there are many who will still be worried about what the future holds.

There are thousands of people who have lost their jobs or who are facing considerable uncertainty. There are many Kiwis who are immunocompromised and reluctant to go outdoors. Many of you will either have people in your own family or in your networks that are going through tough times. So will many of our whanau in our community.

We’ve shown how kind we can be to one another during tough times. Let’s keep up that kindness here in our Puketapu Community. Keep practising kindness yourself every day and praising kindness when you see it.

Have a positive week ahead.


Matua Ngatai

From our Kaitiaki

Kia ora, my name is Tiki.

Last week I was happy that I could play football again. I know some of you are still waiting to start sports next term but it’s worth the wait.

This week my class is focusing on showing kindness though being supportive.

These examples of supportive comments can be used in sports as well as in the playground:

  • Good job
  • Do your best
  • You can do this
  • That’s okay, you’ll get it next time
  • Keep trying
  • Don't give up

Keep being active and remember Kia Manawanui.

Kowhai 4 and 5 - Science Experiments

We have been doing science experiments and following the correct procedure, writing a lab report. We used red cabbage juice and then added all sorts of ingredients and it changed colours.

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Budding Musicians in Totara 1

Music is wonderful and ukelele is great fun to learn! Some of our akonga in Totara 1 have been learning to play.
Learning Ukelele

Lucky Book Club

Orders can be made online via The Loop or through the office.

Last day for orders is tomorrow - Thursday 18 June.

Sports Corner


Games start in week one of term 3 at the Waiwhakaiho Courts. A notice will go home next week with teams and coaches.

The Year 3 and 4 team still doesn't have a coach yet. This isn't essential but it will mean that as parents you will need to work out each week who will go on the court and support the players. Someone will also need to be responsible for the gear bag.

Fees have been reduced by Netball Taranaki to ensure that cost was not a barrier to children being able to play, so the reduced costs are:

  • Year 3-4 $20
  • Year 5-6 $25
  • Year 7-8 $30

Fees will be added to your account. Please pay these as soon as possible so we can complete our registrations.

Mrs Astwood and Mrs Martin will let the players know when to come and collect their uniforms.

Games will start in week one of term 3 at the TSB Stadium. A notice will go home next week with teams and coaches.

The Year 5/6 team needs another 4 players please - without them we will not be able to field a team.

We have not had any information regarding fees yet. As soon as we do we will pass that information on.

Mrs Astwood and Mrs Martin will let the players know when to come and collect their uniforms.


This is for Year 7/8 students. All information including registration forms are at the office.

Superstar Awards

Congratulations Superstars!

  • Nevaeh Cullen
  • Brooklyn Mehaney Johnstone
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Nevaeh wrote and illustrated an awesome story about Ranginui, the Sky Father.

Well done Nevaeh!

Breakfast Club is Back!

We are delighted that Breakfast Club is back!

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for the rest of this term.

Come along for a free breakfast, chat and hang out with friends before school, any time between 8.15am and 8.45am

We would love some more parent helpers particularly for a Wednesday so we can run breakfast club for four days. If you are keen, please let us know.


Those little nasties have been spotted in several classes this week.

Please check all the heads in your household and treat everyone. Keep checking everyone every day for three weeks to make sure no eggs escape to hatch and continue the cycle

coming and Going

If your child arrives late to school, they must sign in at the office.

If you take them out of school early, they must be signed out at the office. Unless you have phoned the school to request that they meet you somewhere, they should be collected from the office and signed out please.

Wet Weather Ahead!

The forecast ahead has plenty of rain... and rain means MUD!

If your child loves to play in the rain (and we know it is SO MUCH FUN!) please make sure they have a change of clothes for afterwards.

Well done Road Safe

Thank you to everyone showing Kia Manawanui at drop off and pick up times. It is wonderful to see people parking safely, staying off yellow lines and using the drop off lane considerately.

We are also delighted that our Road Safety efforts have won us $500 thanks to Roadsafe Taranaki!

Great work Puketapu Whanau!

Duffy Awards

Congratulations to our Totara akonga who were Caught Being Good recently:

  • Cainan Murray
  • Rynal Prasad
  • Aaron Gunn
  • Channing Rajput
  • Lucy Nicholas
  • Parker Smith
  • Chayse Hodson
  • Steven Rupe
  • Harlee Ruwhiu
  • Rangi Tau Brider
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Sports T Shirts

We still have lots of sports Tshirts out from Term 1's touch competition.... there are more than 40 still to come back!

We need these to be returned urgently for winter sports.


Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating Birthdays this week:
  • Mason Nation-Fahey
  • Nico Reeve
  • Reece Speedy
  • Harlem Rangi
  • Malan de klerk
  • Rory Lichtwark
  • Tyreece Joines

What's On

Now that we are back to Level 1 our Calendar will start filling up again!

Week 11:

  • Hockey coaching for Totara, Kowhai and Kauri continued from Week 10
  • Tuesday 23: Year 8 Taster Day at Spotswood College

Week 12:

  • Transition visits for New Entrants starting in Term 3.
  • Inglewood High School open day for Year 8s 12.30-3pm

Last Day of Term 2 is Friday 3 July
First Day of Term 3 is Monday 20 July

Community Notices

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Cook up a Storm this Holidays!

Give your budding chef the confidence to learn new skills and grow their love of all things culinary with our Winter School Holiday or Baking & Cooking Programme. A fun and interactive way to get cooking from home, using common ingredients, and everyday

kitchen equipment. Submit your finished products online to get feedback from our Chef Instructor.

Winter School Holiday Programme Normally $49 now $30

To enrol, simply click on the link above, add to cart and use Coupon Code Schoolswinter2020

Baking & Cooking Programme Normally $80 now $40

To enrol, simply click on the link above, add to cart and use Coupon Code Schoolsb&c2020

We have been blown away with the level of skill on our Facebook Kids Creative Cooking page during lockdown and invite you to post your holiday programme results here – at the end of the school holidays one lucky winner will receive 2 x movie passes!



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