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,
More Staff Changes for 2021
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
It’s going to be very hard to decide a winner... You will have to wait for the next newsletter to find out!
MORE FM Apples to Kowhai 1
Brianna with Ken and Anna of More FM and one BIG box of apples!
SunSmart - Hats and Sunscreen
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
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...
Mrs Martin giving Gavin (aka Mr Walker) a new do as part of Loud Shirt & Wacky Hair Day
Rimu 2 Superstars
Clay Art in Totara
Rich Writing in Totara 1
Totara 1 have been learning about making our writing rich using descriptive words.
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.
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.
Well done Puketapu Penguins!
Due to their stellar season, Coach Alejandro got them some pizza to enjoy.
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!
Lucky Book Club
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.
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!
This means that there are some things that we could recycle that we can't now:
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:
- Lesley Paora
- Dahrell MacDonald
- Kasey Judd
- Layla Read
- Damion Paora
- Harper Sutherland
- 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)
- Thursday 5th November: Kauri Rippa Rugby Tournament - TET Inglewood
- Friday 6th November: Student Showcase - 10.30 - Quad
- Wednesday 11th November: Year 8 Spotswood Profiling 10am, PCT Challenge (Kauri)
- Friday 20th November: Student Showcase - 1030 - Quad
- 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)
- 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
- Wednesday 9th December: Totara Ranui Day - Hickford Park
- Friday 11th December: Totara Ranui Day Postponement - Hickford Park
- Monday 14th December: Year 8 Graduation Dinner
- Tuesday 15th December: Final School Assembly (10.30) - Northpoint, School finishes @ 12.00
Splash into your Library
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.
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.