Week 10, Term 1 - Thursday 6 April 2023

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

Puketapu museum

by Damon Judd & Tyreece Joines

Over the past few weeks the whole school has been learning about our whānau histories through exploring different artefacts.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we had the Puketapu exhibition where we were both tour guides. We showed students and whānau members around the museum and made sure they were clear about the rules and expectations while looking. We both enjoyed being tour guides.

It has been awesome to learn about our families histories and also the history of whānau members around the school.


Damon and Tyreece.

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Mrs Perry is going on maternity leave

Mrs Perry (Nicole) has been at Puketapu School since 2018 when she was still Miss Megaw.

Today is Mrs Perry's last day with us before she heads off on maternity leave.

At assembly on Wednesday our tamariki gave her a great send off. We will all miss Mrs Perry's laughter, energy and sense of fun but we wish her all the very best with her new bundle of joy and we can't wait to see her again with baby!

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school values


This week we gave out our fortnightly Te Mako Matawhero awards at Wednesday's assembly.

Ka mau kē te wehi!

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Tōtara: Theo Connole, Mason Cadman, Indie Bird & Aria Hanscombe

Rimu: Hadley Smith, James Smith, Rowan Evans & Ethnie Stevens (absent)

Kōwhai: Divyasri Vathada, Declan Murphy, Skyla Rose Pratt (absent) & Billy MacRae (absent)

Kauri: Anika Engebretsen, Kiritopa Veza & Taylor Harvey


Our week 10 Mako Awards- even a special 4 year old on her Kindy visit was showing our school values.

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Ka pai Lucas Stewart, Halo Makiri-Watson, Kaivah Murray-Green, Brynley Smith, Etta Patten, Kayden Lucinsky, Dylan Bublitz, Pavihi Ekeroma and Rosie Wilson (who starts Puketapu later this year.

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Who says children don't eat vegetables? Puketapu children eat a rainbow!

Over the course of this term our tamariki have consumed a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, including

* apples * apricots * bananas * beans * beetroot * blueberries * cabbage * carrots *
* capsicum * cauliflower * corn * cranberries * cucumber * feijoas * garlic * grapes *
* kumara * lentils * lettuce * mandarins * melons * mushrooms* nashi *

* nectarines * onions * oranges * peaches * pears* pineapple * plums *

*potatoes * raisins * silverbeet * spinach * tomatoes * watermelon * zucchini *

Did you know we have also eaten wholemeal bread and pasta, vegetarian sausages and meat free chicken? How cool is our kai?!

Thank you so much to our Kai Team for the delicious and varied meals we have had this term - we look forward to more great kai in Term 2.

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Tuesday's Chicken Tacos!


We are pleased to announce that Flo Gibson-Harris is our Sports Co-Ordinator for 2023.

Flo is still learning the ropes of the new role and will touch base with coaches/get team info out over the next few weeks. If you need to make contact with Flo regarding School Sports please email her: fharris@puketapu.school.nz

TOUCH: Please return all borrowed touch uniforms and team bags

NETBALL: Year 7 & 8 had their first game last Saturday and start playing again after the school holidays. Coaches & Managers for Year 1-6 teams will receive their team lists over the holidays and their gear bags will be in the office for collection the first day back of term.

MINIBALL/BASKETBALL: Registrations are closed. Keep an eye out for Hero posts.

HOCKEY: Registrations are closed. Keep an eye out for Hero posts.

Our Values in the Community

We love that our values are not just for school - our tamariki use them out in our community too.

Audraea O'Brien had a special visit from Touch organiser Shane Gray from City Touch.

Shane came in with a gift to say thank you for all the volunteer work she put in during the touch season.

Audraea said "I know to show School Values at school and when out in the community".

We are so proud of you Audrea!

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Touch organiser Shane Gray from City Touch and Audraea O'Brien

swimming sports

It was great to see our senior students all giving their best at the pools. Here are the final whānau points for the Tuakana swimming sports last week:

Kākāpō - 352

Kiwi - 289

Tuī - 251

Pīwakawaka - 196

Well done Kākāpō!!!

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On Tuesday our top swimmers headed to Interschool Swimming Sports at Bell Block Pools.

We had some great placings and the tamariki represented our school well by showing all of our School Values.

Schools that took part: Omata, Oakura, Mangorei, Puketapu, Bell Block


Lexi Gorrie - 6th Backstroke, 6th Breastroke, 3rd Medley

Rico Rauputu - 5th Medley

Koen Adams - 4th 25m Freestyle, 5th 50m freestyle

Ella Rauputu - 1st 25m Freestyle, 1st Backstroke, 2nd Breaststroke, 2nd 50m Freestyle, 2nd Medley

They also got to show off our new Puketapu School jackets.

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Interschool Swimmers: Quinn Murrell, Koen Adams, Tyreece Joines, Chloe Lepper, Ella Rauputu, Adelle Robinson, Rico Rauputu, Kayden Lucinsky, Kanye Pomana and Lexi Gorrie

Great effort everyone!

Home & School bingo night

Last night our wonderful Home & School Committee held a BINGO fundraising night and raised just under $3000.00!

It was great to see so many people from our Community there supporting our school.

Well done to the super star organisers Narelle Smith & Casey Perkinson for running this fun event!

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And a BIG THANK YOU to all of the sponsors!

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Thanks JLE, The Good Home, Inch Industries, The White Pear, Automotive Brake & Clutch, Forage Crest, Change Female Fitness, MG Taranaki, Fleur Devonshire Hair Collection, The Beaty Colab, Edventure Holiday Programmes & Fieldtorque Taranaki

this week at school

Week 10, the last week of Term 1!

This week around school - Puketapu Museum, Interschool Swimming, Rippa Rugby, Kapa Haka, end of term assembly, hot cross buns and sausage sizzle lunches, Ranui days and Easter fun!

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Ella Rauputu with another Laser Cutter creation - this one will go on the Lectern for assemblies.

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Triston Kake & Waipuia Lomano with their cupcakes they made in Design Tech topped with waka made from the laser cutter. These girls offered this kai to our museum visitors.

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Thursday Ranui day in Kōwhai - Easter creations!

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A piece of work from Brooke Balsom

A message from our friends at duffy books in schools

Kia ora,

Our names are Jacinta and Shengnan. We are researchers at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work. We would like to collect some information about your experiences with Duffy Books in Homes programme.

These surveys will help the University of Auckland research team to better understand your experiences with Duffy books in homes.

They are voluntary and confidential and are your chance to have your say, give feedback and suggest ways to improve the overall experience.

We are inviting parents to complete an online anonymous parents survey which takes about 5-10 minutes to complete.

All completed parent surveys go into the draw for 1 of 20 $50 Prezzy vouchers.

Parents also have the option to complete, with their child, the online anonymous student survey. All completed student surveys go into the draw for 1 of 20 $20 Prezzy vouchers.

If you are interested, we invite you to read the Participant Information Sheet for more information about the study.

Completing this survey is voluntary. Submission of the online survey is taken as consent to participate.

Enter the survey using either the link:

Parent Survey

Year 1-3 Survey

Year 4-6 Survey


Can you help us out?
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from home

If you have anything you would like to share or celebrate from home please email it to office@puketapu.school.nz


Happy Birthday to all the students who have Birthdays over the School holidays;

  • Kyan Hoskin
  • Rico Rauputu
  • Abhinav George
  • Freya Collinson
  • Kanye Pomana
  • Jaytee Tangiia
  • Cooper Murray
  • Ryan Chand
  • Lilly La-Rue
  • Gretta Keith
  • Eli Longworth
  • Te Ariki Murray-Green
  • Aiden Terrill
  • Horizon Scott
  • Carter Silich
  • Lucita McNarama
  • Leo Jeffrey
  • Jade Grocock
  • Brooklyn Aiono
  • Waimirirangi Adams
  • Rangi Tau Brider
  • Charlie Ryan
  • Kayden Jacobsen
  • Audraea O'Brien

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates specific to your child's class.

Thursday 6 April

  • Last Day of Term 1

Friday 7 April - Sunday 23 April

  • School Holidays

Monday 24 April

  • First Day of Term 2

Tuesday 25 April

  • ANZAC DAY / School Closed

Monday 1 May

  • Staff Only Day / School Closed

Friday 19 May

  • Pink Shirt Day

Monday 5 June

  • Kings Birthday / School Closed

Friday 30 June

  • Last Day of Term 2

Community notices

electrical solutions

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NPGHS Production: winnie the pooh

Bring all the family to see Disney's Winnie the Pooh KIDS, from May 5-7.

Performed by a talented cast of over 50 students from New Plymouth Girls High, this delightful musical is based on all your favourite characters from the classic children's books.

Tickets are from only $10 and can be found on iTICKET:


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Golf FLURO Fun Day

When: Thursday 11th May

Where: Manukorihi G.C

Why: Social/Participation event

Time: 10am - 12 noon

Cost: $5 per player

Ages: Years 4 - 8

Each team will need a couple of golf clubs (a putter and iron), golf balls, tees and an adult with them for safety. At a stretch one adult for two teams would be ok. We will have limited clubs available please let me know if you need any.

Once everyone has arrived we will do an event briefing and then set everyone off at various starting holes. The format is Rotate Golf: One ball per team, one score per team. Team players get a number from 1-4, this determines when it’s their turn, one will start, then two will hit from where one finishes and so on.

Here is the link to register your teams: https://forms.gle/v3VvRD1FTFofuK1Q8

You can find the poster here to share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/futurestaranaki/

The purpose of the day is to get young people out on the golf course having a fun time and smashing a few good shots!

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