Puketapu School Newsletter

Term 4 2020 - Wednesday 28 October

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 e te whanau o Puketapu,

It was great to have an extra day this weekend to relax, get stuff done around the home, visit friends and family or return home from a weekend away. We have had a great start to the four day week and it has been a pleasure walking around the learning spaces seeing and hearing all of the learning that our akonga are doing.

Last night we had a really positive Board of Trustees hui where our leadership team were able to present to them around the learning and wellbeing of our akonga. This has been a disruptive and unprecedented year with COVID19 however we are really stoked with the schoolwide progress we are making.

All the best to our Year 5/6 Rippa Rugby teams who have their tournament on Thursday and our Kapa Haka group who are performing this week at the Puanga Mass Performance at TSB on Friday at midday alongside 41 other schools. They have been practicing for the past 13 weeks to get ready to perform their 5 items:

(1) Hoea Hoea Rā - (Poi)

(2) I te Ao, I te Pō

(3) He Pikinga Poupou

(4) Tūtira Mai ngā Iwi

(5) Mangumangu Taepo - (Haka).

Kia pai to wiki,

Ngatai Walker


Puketapu School

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More Staff Changes for 2021

We are delighted that David Martin has been awarded paid study leave in 2021. Although he will still be teaching at Puketapu School part time, most of David's 2021 will be spend completing his studies. We wish him well as he continues his learning.

We are delighted to have employed Melissa Bailey-Nowell as fixed term teacher in 2021.

A mother and a mature beginning teacher, Melissa has life experiences with a range of life skills to share within her kete. She has a love of sport and has spent many years coaching and working with children within the community - many of our Puketapu families will have met her already through sport.

We are looking forward to welcoming Melissa to our team in 2021.

More Masterchef Creations

Here are some more of our Masterchef creations from last week. The competition was tight with some very creative and skillful chefs in Kauri!

It’s going to be very hard to decide a winner... You will have to wait for the next newsletter to find out!

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MORE FM Apples to Kowhai 1

Yesterday MORE FM's Spudz apples delivery went to Brianna in Kowhai 1 at Puketapu School thanks to Professionals Real Estate New Plymouth. The tamariki sang a school Waiata and performed their Haka for Ken and Anna of MoreFM.
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Brianna with Ken and Anna of More FM and one BIG box of apples!

SunSmart - Hats and Sunscreen

Every student (and adult) at our school is required to wear a sun hat while outside.

Please make sure your child has a suitable sun hat.

School hats are available to purchase at the office. These are $10 each.

Some sunscreen is available at school (more is on its way so every class will have some) but feel free to put sunscreen on your child before you send them off to school for extra protection.

Loud Shirt Day

Well done to everyone who dressed up LOUD and WACKY for Loud Shirt & Wacky Hair Day last week.

We raised $94 for The Hearing House and the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme, the only two charities in New Zealand that deliver Cochlear Implant services.

We have to admire the creativity and effort put in by many children (and parents!) for some of the most amazing creations we have seen! Here are just a few...

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Mrs Martin giving Gavin (aka Mr Walker) a new do as part of Loud Shirt & Wacky Hair Day

Rimu 2 Superstars

Kia Kaha - Zane and Tyler for doing your best when working hard learning your words to blue!
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Clay Art in Totara

Totara 1 has been experimenting with clay techniques, such as slip (connecting with water). We have made pinch post and coil pots and have had a lot of fun!
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Rich Writing in Totara 1

Totara 1 have been learning about making our writing rich using descriptive words.

by Leila

The other day I went to the whale bridge and I went with Lola and the sand was soft. I held my first crab and thanks to Lola I am not scared of crabs any more. So today I am going to the whale bridge with my Dad and we are going to have so much fun. I hope to find some more crabs so I am excited to go to the whale bridge.

by Alexander

It was a sunny day. I was at the beach. I was swimming in the ocean and my dog came over towards me. She looked like a rat. My sister was in the rock pools. She was looking for a starfish. My Mum was sitting on a big, big rock. She had just thrown a medium sized stick. It was the size of my arm. My dog jumped over me and caught the stick and them we went home in the car.

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Well done Puketapu Penguins!

Puketapu Penguins had their basketball breakup and prize-giving at Megabounce on Thursday last week!

Due to their stellar season, Coach Alejandro got them some pizza to enjoy.

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Well done to James Barnard-Perry who won the Coach’s Player of the Year for 2020!

It was a tight race between five players up for contention to win this award! Nathan Deacon and Marley Sutherland won Attackers of the Year and Rihanna Dellow and Lockie Urbahn won Defensive Players of the Year. Well done again to the whole team!

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Lucky Book Club

Issue 7 is out now!

Orders and payment are due back to the office by Wednesday 11 November, or alternatively you can order online at the Loop by the same time.

We have some Nasties at School - Headlice and School Sores

Headlice have been seen in various classrooms this week so please check your children’s hair regularly.

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 fine tooth comb.
  • Wash hair.
  • Repeat process daily for two weeks.

Check every head in the family to help us stop them coming back.

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

School Sores

Impetigo (you say, im-pa-ty-go), also known as school sores, is a common skin infection caused by bacteria. The infection causes blisters on exposed parts of body, such as hands and face, especially around the nose and mouth. The blisters burst and turn into a sore with a yellow crust.

They are very contagious. That means they can be spread easily to other parts of your own body or to other people by touching.

If your child has blistered or crusty looking sores, please see your GP right away.

Keep your child home from school, kindergarten or daycare until one full day after the start of treatment. Make sure the dressings completely cover their sores.

As Easy as 1... 2... 5!

Recycling has changed. Your yellow top recycling bin can't take all the plastics it used to take - now only numbers 1, 2 and 5.

This means that there are some things that we could recycle that we can't now:

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Little yoghurt pottles, tetra pack cartons, some small fruit containers are just some of the things we cannot recycle any longer.

The good news is that you can help reduce waste and save money by changing your child's lunchbox:

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And of course there is still a lot you can recycle:
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Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating Birthdays this week:
  • Lesley Paora
  • Dahrell MacDonald
  • Kasey Judd
  • Layla Read
  • Damion Paora
  • Harper Sutherland

What's On

Week 3

  • Thursday 29th October: Year 5&6 Rippa Rugby - Vogeltown
  • Friday 30th October: Taranaki Puanga Festival - Bus leaves at 9.15am - Performance at 12.00 (TSB Stadium)

Week 4

  • Thursday 5th November: Kauri Rippa Rugby Tournament - TET Inglewood
  • Friday 6th November: Student Showcase - 10.30 - Quad

Week 5

  • Wednesday 11th November: Year 8 Spotswood Profiling 10am, PCT Challenge (Kauri)

Week 6

  • Friday 20th November: Student Showcase - 1030 - Quad

Week 7

  • Monday 23rd November: Y8 Camp (Finlay Park), Yr7 EOTC Week begins
  • Wednesday 25th November: Totara Whanau Athletics Day
  • Thursday 26th November: Y8 return from Finlay Park; Year 7s to Aquatic Centre;
  • Road Patroller Reward Day (Aquatic Centre 10-2pm)
  • Friday 27th November: Totara Whanau Athletics Day (Postponement)

Week 8

  • Monday 30th November: NPBHS & NPGHS - Students School Visits @ 2pm (@NPBHS and NPGHS)
  • Wednesday 2nd December: Board of Trustees meeting 5.30pm
  • Thursday 3rd December: 2021 Meet Your Teacher (2.00pm - 3.00pm)
  • Friday 4th December: SOMAD Community Concert - 6.00pm

Week 9

  • Wednesday 9th December: Totara Ranui Day - Hickford Park
  • Friday 11th December: Totara Ranui Day Postponement - Hickford Park

Week 10

  • Monday 14th December: Year 8 Graduation Dinner
  • Tuesday 15th December: Final School Assembly (10.30) - Northpoint, School finishes @ 12.00

Community Notices

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Splash into your Library

Registrations for the Puke Ariki and Community Library summer reading programme ‘Splash into your Library’ open on 27 November and we have lots of fun planned!

Along with a reading log we also have six activities focussing on digital resources (movies, magazines and books), crafts, coding and games.

It’s ideal for children aged 5-10 years and is a free and fun way to promote literacy and encourage reluctant readers during the holidays.

Parents/caregivers can register their children by coming in to any of our Libraries.

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It's time...

Entries to the 2020/21 Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Series are NOW OPEN!

The New Plymouth Event is on Wednesday 31 March 2021

Who can TRY?

Entry to the TRYathlon is open to all Kiwi kids aged 7-15 years. TRYathlete’s can enter an individual, or in a team of two.

6 year olds can TRY too with our special “Splash & Dash” event. Be quick as spaces are limited.

What do TRYathlete’s receive?

• Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon T-shirt*
• Champions Finishers Medal
• Event tote bag*
• Event swim cap*
• Goodies from our awesome sponsors*
• Complimentary Weet-Bix Breakfast at event
• PLUS lots of cool giveaways and spot prizes and the chance to meet some of New Zealand’s leading sports stars!

*items included in the TRYathlon Pack

Click here to ENTER - as part of the Puketapu School Team.

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