Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 8, Term 4 , 2018

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

Celebration Evening... this Friday!

Celebration Evening is this Friday!

This Friday is our school Celebration Night where all our students, staff, whanau, friends and community come together to celebrate the end of our school year.

Held on our quad, there will be food from 5pm until 6pm - don't be late since as soon as the show starts the food stops.

There will also be raffles –$2 per ticket. Prizes include grocery raffles, gift baskets, vouchers... and one huge Christmas Hamper which is starting to look amazing! Tickets will be on sale on the night so don't forget to bring heaps of change on the night. We are still accepting items to go into the Christmas Hamper, so if you would like to add your contribution, bring it in to the office before Friday morning.

If the weather is not ok, the Celebration Evening will be at Northpoint Church, but at this stage the weather forecast is good, so bring your sunnies!

Graduation Celebrations... Next Thursday

As well as lots of fun stuff happening all week, next Thursday we will have two very special celebrations:

At 11am we will have our End of Year School Assembly at Northpoint Church. This is a special gathering of our entire school and all whanau is most welcome.

Our Year 8 graduation dinner is at Northpoint Church on Thursday evening. Please remember that entry is by ticket only this year - so if you have a Year 8 and haven't booked your tickets yet, tomorrow is the last day to book your tickets. ($10 per adult, $5 per child - the Year 8 is free.) Year 8s will also receive their graduation hoodie on the night, so these need to be paid for before then.

Graduation Hoodies

Designed by our Head Girls and Head Boys, our Class of 2018 Graduation Hoodies have arrived ready for our Year 8s next week.

We would all like to say a huge thanks to our Home and School and especially to Sammy-Jo Wenmouth and ICL for their very generous sponsorship which has made these unique hoodies a very affordable price. Our graduates will be very proud and happy to wear these.

(Thanks also to Tyler and Corban for modelling.)

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Our School Role is... 346

Welcome back to Kayden and Lily Keoghan-La Rue who returned to Puketapu School this week.

Happy Birthday to...

Birthdays this week:

Malachi Hargreaves

Carter Taylor

Chase Hodson

Tayla Gorrie

Congratulations to...

Congratulations to our Puketapu Superstars, who have been spotted showing our school values:

Kia kaha - Do your best

  • Keanu Davis-Kelsen
  • Meihana Keefe-Smillie

Kia maia - Be courageous

  • Ngariki Brown

Kia manawanui - Have a heart

  • Amber MacDonald
  • Justin Michaels

TAG Oil Tough Kids

Last Friday we had 64 Puketapu students take part in the Tag Oil Tough Kids challenge. They competed against other Taranaki Schools with a record 1800 students taking part this year.

The physical challenge is that of conquering a giant obstacle course - in teams and individually.

Well done to all those who took part.

Touch News

Congratulations to Pepe Mako and Pumas who are are in the finals!

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has made this season such a success: Coaches, subbers, parents, supporters, players... and a big shout out to Kim Sowman for all the organising of teams, uniforms, coaches, gear... Thank you!

So, after the games today, everything needs to come back: gear bags, uniforms, equipment... before Friday please as the PE shed and uniform cupboard are both having a stock take!

Kaitiake & Impact

This morning the Kaitiaki group headed out to find how the seasons have impacted on the wetlands.

There were many bird species present including paradise ducks, pied stilts, spoonbills and Canadian geese as well as lots of mallard ducks. This wetland provides a sheltered space near the ocean to nest and raise young. There were also a few tadpoles about which there were none in February on their first visit.

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Phrase of the Week

Thanks again to Kowhai 3 for their very special message this week:

Manaakitia te Tangata - Be Kind to Each Other, something even more important at this time of year.



It is time to bring your sports uniform back to school. Please make sure they are washed and ready for the next person.

Touch, Netball and Basketball uniforms (including shorts) are all required back now please as well as all tops borrowed for Choir, Rippa and everything else. Any top not back in by this Friday will be charged for.

Lost Property

Please come and check for any items that might belong to your tamariki. There is a LOT of stuff here!

School Banking

This week is the last week for School Banking. Get your banking in this Thursday morning to get another chance in the draw for the banking challenge - being drawn in Showcase on Friday.

What could we buy for $7,000?

We would like to be spending this on fun things for our learners... but we have more than $7,000 in outstanding bills for the year!

If you owe, please pay.

Statements have gone out this week. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Paula in the school office.

For those families who have already paid and to those who have an automatic payment to take care of their accounts over time, thank you. We appreciate your support.

Friday Lunch from the White Pear...

This week is the last week for Friday lunch - orders are now closed until next year.

Thank you to Daniel and the White Pear team for keeping us so well fed every Friday this term.

If anyone has suggestions or ideas for Friday Lunch next year, please let us know.

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Bell Block Christmas Parade

It’s that time of the Year... The Bell Block Christmas Parade is this Saturday 8 December at 5pm.

This year we will have a decorated Ute (thanks GroundWorkx) and trailer, with some children in the trailer, the rest will walk or scooter behind.

If you and your child would like to be in the float, please fill in the below details and have it back to the office by 3pm Friday 7 December.

What's On... Next Two Weeks

Thursday 6 December:

Friday 7 December:

Student Showcase 9.15am (Rimu),

Spotswood College Transition Day for Y8s 9.15am

NPGHS Orientation for Y8s 1pm,

Last day to order Year 8 Graduation tickets

Celebration Evening Food from 5pm, performances start at 6pm

Saturday 8 December

Bell Block Christmas Parade 5pm

Monday 10 December:

Tabloid Sports 9.00-12.30

Tuesday 11 December:

Rimu Ranui: dress up day

Tui Whanau Winners Award: Pizza, Popcorn and Movie in the Hall at Lunchtime

Kapa Haka (2.00 - 3.00)

Wednesday 12 December:

Kowhai Ranui: Bell Block pool (morning)

Totara Ranui: Fun morning (dress up optional)

Meet your 2019 teacher (2.00 - 2.30pm)

Thursday 13 December:

Final School Assembly (11am) Northpoint Church,

Year 8 Graduation Dinner (6pm) Northpoint Church (tickets on sale now)

Friday 14 December:

Last day of 2018. Finish at 12.00 noon

Getting the New Year of to a Great Start

Term 1 2019 starts on Wednesday 30 January.

Our first day is Head Start Hui which are short meetings for every student with their teacher and parent/caregiver.

The purpose of these hui are:

  • To build a partnership of learning between whanau and school (whanaungatanga)
  • For our families to share the strengths and dreams for their tamariki
  • For our teachers to listen to and get to know their akonga

Each interview/hui will last about 15 minutes and there are times from 8am through until 4.30pm so you can choose a time to suit you.

Sessions are to get to know whanau and students. It is not about school rules/expectations. It’s about relationships and getting to know each other. Information like swimming timetable and other logistics will be written in team letters.

Book online at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz

Event code: qtd9b (Bookings will open next week, once classes are finalised.)

If you have any questions or are not able to book online, please contact the school office to book your time.

Community Notices

NEW! Strong by Zumba Class

Starting 15 January 2019

Tuesday nights 6.30-7.30pm at Puketapu School Hall

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/strongelise/