Week 4, Term 2 - Friday 19 May

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

Pink Shirt day


Pink Shirt Day is about working together to stop bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting kindness and inclusiveness. It’s about creating a community where all people feel safe, valued and respected, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion or cultural background.

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Our school is sprinkled with Pink today!

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school values


This week was our Te Mako Matawhero Award week at Puketapu School and these wonderful students received their Certificates at assembly.

Next week these tamariki will meet with our Senior Leadership team as a well done!

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Rimu: Emilia Rodgers, Sarah Jenkins, Ayla Tai & Ridd Ramsay

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Tōtara: Khalise Clement, Charlie Ryan, Radhira Chand and Pippa Perksinson

Absent from photo: India McKenna

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Kōwhai: Kayden Lucinsky, Whakairi Rangi, Madison Webby & Steven Rupe

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Kauri: Mika Falaniko, Mallory Leaf & Lucian Hosking


Some of our Week 4 Mako Values Award winners @ Puketapu School.

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Ka Pai Arana Wall-Colvin and Lilly Rodgers - two of our newest tamariki.

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Not just for students but teachers too!

Whaea Judie has been walking her bike sensibly through school.

Paki Paki Whaea Judie!


These tamariki were just some of our Duffy winners for week 4 and they get to go home with a special Duffy book!

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Honor Wilson from Tōtara has been working very hard in maths
and growing a real love of learning.

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Elle Blair from Tōtara has been giving all her new mahi a go and has great mat manners!


We love seeing the 'Student of the Day' tamariki coming to put their tokens in at the office.

Remember if your child gets a student of the day token they bring it home to get your signature then bring it into the office the next morning (or another morning if they forget).

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Layla Hardgrave gets another one in for Kiwi and Summer Wilkinson gets one for Pīwakawaka.

Who is winning? We will find out at the end of term!

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Showing our School Values with Traffic

We need our whānau to show school values too, especially at pick up and drop off times.

The roundabout on Mangati and Parklands is going to be closed
from Monday 22 May for a month.

Why not take this time to explore a different route or pick up point? We have other school entrances which are much less busy. Perhaps it is time your tamariki could walk a little further to a safe pick up point?

If you must drive to the main entrance, remember:

DO NOT PARK in the school drop off bay.

DO NOT WAIT on the road to turn in to the drop off bay.

If the drop off bay is full please find a park or go around the block and wait until it is free. Stopping in the road blocks the crossing, causes traffic issues for other cars trying to get out and becomes dangerous for our tamariki.

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On the menu for next week:

Monday: Mac n Cheese

Tuesday: Macho Nachos

Wednesday: Chicken with Mashed Potato and Gravy and Coleslaw (Like KFC... it's PFC!

Thursday: Spaghetti and Meatballs

Friday: Burger Day

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This week our chefs tried something different for curry day and Beef Rogan Josh was on the menu! Delicious!

puketapu hoodies coming next week...

Our friends at Game Changer are opening up orders for Puketapu School next week.

For winter we will have hoodies, long sleeve crews and zip up hoodies available for purchase to keep us warm.

Keep an eye out next week for the link to order.

Game Changer have Laybuy and Afterpay available too!

this week at school

This week from around school we had Nike Shoe colouring competitions, clay creations, Saturday netball PJ day, Year 5 & 6 Interschool Netball and heaps of Kia Manawanui in photos with friends!
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Cainan Murray's space inspired trainer design... it's cosmic!

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A clay cutie by Jada Moore

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PJ day at Netball!

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Manaaki and Kiritopa - Brothers... and friends!

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Making the most of a fine winter day!

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The score may not have been in their favour but they sure had fun! Our Year 5&6 Netball teams at Bell Block School for the Interschool competition on Thursday

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Check out these smiles! Big smiles from some of our smallest learners.

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home & School

Don't forget next weeks Home & School fundraiser. On Tuesday if you order your dinner from Noodlehead in Bell Block and mention Puketapu School we will receive 15% of all orders between 4.30pm-8pm.
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breakfast Club

Bring a can of fruit for Breakfast Club and your class could win a $100 voucher!

We are asking students to bring a can of fruit to contribute to Breakfast Club. Cans are to be taken to the class and will be collected from there.

On Wednesday 31 May, official can recorders will tally each class's can tower and declare a winner. The winning classroom will receive a $100 voucher to spend!

One can = one point (no matter what size can)

Breakfast Club is available for all tamariki in the Design & Tech room every day between 8.30-8.55am.

It's free, it's delicious and it's a great way to start the day!

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before and after school care

We are delighted that Good Seed Trust are launching their 'Good Seed Trust Bell Block OSCAR Programme' beginning on 12 June at Northpoint Church!

Sign your kids up to the before and after school programme and enjoy knowing that they are safe and being cared for in a fun, vibrant and innovative environment that's designed to bring out the best in each child.

For more information please contact Aioi on info@goodseedtrust.co.nz

Or enrol your child at



With the change in weather there are more bugs around, including coughs, colds, 'flu, COVID-19 and tummy bugs.

Please keep your tamariki home if they are unwell.

If you think they are 50/50 please keep them at home until they are better. The best place for them to be is at home where they are warm and can get better faster and they will not pass their sickness on to others at school.

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Fundraiser for Year 7/8 activity and camp week in December 2023.
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from home

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Tylah Taitoko from Kōwhai attended a skills session with the Chiefs rugby team last week.

Tylah had a great time learning some new skills and getting autographs. What a cool opportunity!

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Maddox Adamson raced in the 2023 Summer Series last weekend. Maddox got second place in the Intro MX 500cc 4-7 years group! Tino Pai Maddox!

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 tamariki that have Birthdays over the next week:

  • Lucian Hosking
  • Lucy Nicholas
  • Fletcher Bublitz
  • Reef Sandford Healey
  • Emmie Lucinsky
  • Cyruz Ingram

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

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

Friday 19 May

  • Pink Shirt Day

Wednesday 31 May

  • Breakfast Club Cans - last day for collections

Monday 5 June

  • Kings Birthday / School Closed

Thursday 8 June

  • Home & School Meeting 6.30pm

Monday 12 June

  • Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm

Wednesday 28 June

  • Whole School & Whānau assembly @ Northpoint Church 9.15am

Friday 30 June

  • Last Day of Term 2

Community notices


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Coastal Walkway extension

Bell Block Community Open Day
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Golf fluro day

When: Monday 12th June (Postponement Monday 19th June)

Where: Manukorihi G.C

Why: Social/Participation event

Time: 10am - 12 noon

Cost: $5 per player

Ages: Years 4 - 8

Boys & Girls

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

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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electrical solutions

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