Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 6, Term 2 2021 - 9 June 2021

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

Kia kaha - do your best * Kia māia - be courageous * Kia manawanui - have a heart

A special message this week from some of our juniors

We are in week 6 now. We have been having lots of fun this term. It's been getting colder so remember to wear warm clothes to school and if you want to get dirty at school you need spare clothes. We love doing Wā Whānau on Fridays and getting to see the seniors. We love our school lunches. We love doing maths with Whaea Kelly and Matua Ale. Everyone have a good week.

- Emilia-Rose Macioce, Sophie Morrison & Addison Leathley

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Learning & Wellbeing Conferences

Have you booked Learning and Wellbeing Conferences for your tamariki?

They are in Week 9 - just three weeks away.

How does this work?

Every student, along with their parent(s)/caregiver(s), comes to meet with their child's teacher. Each meeting is for 20 minutes and the aim is to review how learning is going, reflect on progress, talk about hopes and goals for the rest of the year.

When are they?

You can choose from either after school on Thursday 1 July (3.30pm - 8.00pm) or all day on Friday 2 July (8.00am-4.00pm)

Is Friday a school day?

There are no classes on Friday, only conferences, so children only come to school for their 20 minute meeting, then go home again. (Thursday is a normal school day as conferences don't start until after school.)

How do I book?

All bookings are made online through School Interviews. Our event code is p6t2j

Simply enter your details and your child's name, then choose your child's teacher and the time that suits you. If you need to change your time, you can log back in to change it.

If you are not able to book, please contact the office or speak with your child's teacher.


Messy play allows children to...

...build, imagine, experience, investigate, explore, create, observe, predict, use the senses... and more.

But best of all it's heaps of FUN!


Ko Miharo o te Putaiao - The Wonder of Science

Science is great - and so varied!

"We put burgers into jars to see which one would decompose the fastest. One is a McDonalds Cheeseburger and one is a home made fish burger. We all had to guess which one will decompose fastest. So far the fish burger is decomposing the quickest." - Lucy Nicholas

"We have been watching crystals grow. We put them in the coloured liquid so that they will have a colour and wont just be plain crystals. Once they grow we will turn them into crystal monsters. they take 10 weeks to grow." - Steven Rupe

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Lucy and Steven with some of the science wonders in Totara.


We love that our Kowhai tamariki still love climbing trees and exploring with leaves.

"Nature is a tool to get children to experience not just the wider world but themselves" - Stephen Moss


Puketapu Magic netball team have been doing an outstanding job of fundraising for AIMS games. They were set up outside the Warehouse over the weekend with their sausage sizzle.
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We are very excited to have competitors in this year's AIMS Games but there is a lot of fundraising to do. If you would like to help, we would love to have you on board.

design technology

For the next few weeks Puketapu School will have
The Wool Shed on site outside the Design Tech Hub.

The Wool Shed is an education initiative offered by the Campaign for Wool New Zealand Trust in partnership with PGG Wrightson. It is a purpose-built shipping container packed with woolly resources for our whole kura to experience. Please feel free to pop in and see it when you are at the school. Each class will have the opportunity to go through with their teacher.

The Design Tech Hub have also been super busy over the last week, check out some of the fun and amazing things they have been up to below.

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Designing Balance Boards

We have an outside classroom set up for Design Technology.

Its really great being able to utilize our covered walkway and pull the tables out. This Year 7 group is working on their balance board designs.

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Design Tech Human Energy Generator

This week we are investigating energy and how to create electricity. We are testing a LED bulb and an Incandescent bulb to see how much human energy is needed to make the bulb light up.

We discovered that the incandescent bulb needs a lot of energy to light up and stay lit up.

The LED bulb hardly needs any energy to light up and stays lit for longer.

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Achille and Kobi have been designing the Design Tech Hub room in Minecraft Education.

They have had to measure the classroom and try to make their build to the correct scale. They have been working with different materials and surfaces to make a realistic 3D model of the room.


Last Friday, the staff challenged the students to a game of Rippa Rugby.

After a lot of back and forth and tries going to both teams, teachers managed another victory over the year 8 Kauri Students. Special thanks goes to Poutama Murray for umpiring the fixture.

Keep a close eye for fixtures next term where the AIMS netball team have challenged the teachers and the Puketapu Penguins basketball team have also laid a challenge down. Will this be the year students get their first victory?

Heroic Parents

Thank you to all our Heroic parents who have been using Hero to let us know when their child is absent. It makes things a lot easier at the start of the day.

If you haven't tried it yet, download Hero and check out the Absences icon.

Lucky Book Club #4

Tomorrow (Thursday 10th June) is the last day for orders for issue #4.

Don't miss out!

school photos

School photos are next week.

Photo ordering is online - you place your order after photo day.

Every student will have an individual photo taken, however if you would like a sibling group photo you need to let the office know by next Tuesday (15 June) at the latest.


Oh no... they are back in our class rooms again.

Please check all the heads in your household and take action.

Remember, the lifecycle of head lice is around three weeks, so keep checking every day.

From the Playground

So many awesome and fun things going on around our school.

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Imogen Den-McKay and Mireille Baker showing Kia kaha and Kia manawanui

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Chilling with friends at break time

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A bit of lunchtime football for these boys

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Romie Marlow showing her beautiful heart at Puketapu showing Kia manawanui and helping with the lost property mountain.

Sports on the courts- we love seeing our ākonga out on the courts showing our school values during lunchtime. Most of the time you will see a teacher out there playing too.

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Thanks Harley for keeping us safe by walking your scooter on walkways

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Nusaybah Merdj & Cassandra Wall-Colvin

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Happy Mason double scootering to our kura this morning

From home

If your child has an achievement they would like to have shared in the newsletter, please email a photo to ksmith@puketapu.school.nz


Well done to all those who have earned Puketapu Superstar Certificates this week for showing our values at school. Here are just a few:
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Soliga Korewha-Tuavao has been showing Kia kaha in the classroom.

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Addison Leathley has been doing her best and showing Kia kaha. Well done Addison!

Home and school

We are delighted to welcome everyone to our next meeting of the Puketapu Home and School on Monday next week.
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Happy Birthday to all those with Birthdays this week:

  • Carlos Macioce
  • Charlie Hardgrave
  • Whakairi Rangi
  • Katie McRae
  • Cara Edwards
  • Jaxyn Sandford
  • Ryan Jupp

Dates for your Diary

Did you know you can see What's On any time with the Hero App? Check out Term Dates or the Events Calendar whenever you like.

Still to come this week and next:


Friday 11 June

  • Kowhai Y5+6 interschool vs Waitara East - Away Game Game starts @ 12pm
  • Wā Whānau 10.00-10.50


Monday 14th June

  • Kapa Haka (Year 4-8) - 1130 - 1230
  • Totara sports 2.00 - 3.00
  • Home & School Meeting (6.30pm)

Wednesday 16th June

  • School Photos
  • Totara Kapahaka 12.40 - 1.00

Friday 18th June

  • Wā Whānau 10.00-10.50
  • Rimu Kapahaka 2 - 2.15

Community Notices

noel leeming friends and family deals

More info coming soon... watch this space in the next weeks newsletter
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Edventure Holiday Programmes

We are excited to announce that Edventure Holiday Programmes will be running in New Plymouth in the July school holidays.

5-13 yr olds, mixture of themed days, outdoor activities and offsite field trips. Planned and run by teachers, Safe and fun!

From $45 per day, OSCAR available, @Fitzroy School Hall.

more info and book online at www.edventure.co.nz

Mark Bridger

Edventure Director




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NPDC Safer speeds review

Have your say with NPDC on Safer Speeds on Urban Roads.


Mangati Round About

To improve the safety of all road users and future-proof for growing traffic volumes, NPDC is

testing a proposed upgrade at the Bell Block intersection of Mangati Road and Parklands Avenue by installing a temporary, painted, roundabout.

The intersection has a history of crashes and will only get busier with the development of the

Area Q residential area (between Bell Block and New Plymouth Airport), so we want to make sure traffic can flow smoothly even as Bell Block’s population grows.

Now that the intersection’s new layout has been in operation for a while, we’d like to hear your

feedback on how well it is working. Your comments will help us decide if a permanent

roundabout should be installed, or if we should choose another option to improve road users’

experience and safety.

Have your say by clicking on the link here or searching


Surveys/Mangati-Parklands-roundabout before Friday 30 th July 2021.

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