Puketapu School Newsletter

Week 9, Term 3 , 2018

Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners

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

Principal's Message

Kia ora koutou,

Everyone is a learner! For the first half of this week Matua Ngatai has been in Dunedin with 95 primary and secondary principals as part of a national collaboration called Te Ara Hou - a professional learning and development programme "by principals for principals'' which focuses on changing education outcomes for Maori students. Its underlying premise is that "schools won't change unless the principal does.'' We are looking forward to him sharing his learning with us.

This week at school we are focusing on Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart one of our very important values. The main part of kia manawanui is be kind - to yourself, to others, to our environment... there are many ways to be kind. Sometimes, simply a smile can make all the difference.

Chat with your tamariki about how they showed their kindness at school today and who showed them kindness. We hope that our School Values become part of who we are both at school and at home, so also talk together about how we can show our heart and kindness at home. As the Dalai Lama said: "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Whaea Corinne

Our School Role is... 324

Welcome to Keanu Tango who started at Puketapu School this week.

Happy Birthday to...

Birthdays this week:

  • Xavier Peters
  • Emma Hoskin
  • Samsara Falaniko
  • Jai Adams
  • Liam Puru
  • Kade Davis

Funky Friday!

Wow, that was one very Funky Friday! We had some amazingly wacky hair, some crazy costumes and a whole heap of fun! We also raised almost $200 to go towards stainless steel straws for the White Pear Cafe. Well done everyone for making such a great effort!

Congratulations to...

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

Kia kaha - Do your best

  • Nathan Deacon
  • Noah Keith

Kia manawanui - Have a heart

  • Summer WIlkinson

Duffy Awards: Caught Being Good

Presented at Showcase on Friday 14 September:

  • Lydia Walthew
  • Tiki Ngarangi
  • Luke Sowman
  • Kierah Hosking
  • Jeosh Rafal
  • Rihari Hotene
  • Kayden Lucinsky
  • Locksley Lundy
  • Iniyah Zandbergen
  • Tess Balsom
  • Khan Barnard-Perry
  • Sathveer Chand
  • Ella Rauputu
  • Chloe Lepper
  • Waipuia Lomano
  • Nate Stainthorpe
  • Ava Allan
  • Thomas Sioli
  • Mason Waugh
  • Luka Herewini-Kelsen
  • Toby Radcliffe
  • Anton Roper
  • Harleyah Kipa
  • Audraea O'Brien
  • Kascie Bridgeman-Reid
  • Parekaiuru Tuturu o te Atiawa
  • Liam Puru
  • Ngariki Brown
  • Areiana Zandbergen
  • Bella Stainthorpe

Our Duffy Awards are sponsored by Groundworkx Taranaki Ltd, a Taranaki wide earthmoving business with 16 years experience in the game. You can see more about them on Facebook - Groundworkx taranaki ltd. Thank you Groundworkx - you're awesome!

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Values Award Winners

At Showcase we also awarded special Values Awards sponsored by the White Pear Cafe.

Winners this time were:

Congratulations to our Design Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our competition to design the cover for our 2019 Learning @ Home books. The design had to show our school values of kia kaha, kia maia and kia manawanui.

It was a tough decision!

The winner is... Petra Keith of Kowhai 3. Congratulations Petra, your design will appear on the front of next year's books at your name will go into the nationwide draw for the Academy Prize. Good luck!

There were three other designs that our judges also thought were very well done: Koen Adams of Totara 1, Oracle Rangi of Kauri 1 and Breanna Mehaney-Johnston of Kowhai 3. Well done!

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Uniforms... Time to Bring them Back Please

All winter sports have now finished, so please return your uniforms to the school office. Thank you to everyone who has already returned theirs.

Miniball players - please return your borrowed tops even if you are playing touch next term.

Kupu o ta Rangi - Word of the Day

Menemene! Smile!

This weeks video was made last week for Te Reo o te wiki. A group of students from Kowhai 3 have been learning how to film and edit videos and this is Lucas's video, staring Lucas, Marissa, Ngariki and Levi. Ka pai Lucas and Kowhai 3.


Marshmallow Maths in Kauri

Some Kauri students making 3D shapes with marshmallows and skewers! We were learning about vertices, edges and faces.

Maui and the Sun

Rimu 1 have been learning about Maui and the Sun. They showed us their beautiful pictures in Showcase last week. Ka mau te wehe!
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A Pioneer Experience

While our Year 8s were away, the rest of Kauri headed to Stratford's Pioneer Village, where they had a taste of school in the olden days.

MindMasters in Kowhai 1

This term Harold visited our school and taught us about our Mind Master and Head Hassler. There are two little people in our head that tell us things everyday. The Mind Master says things to us like 'great job, have another go, don't give up'. However, our Head Hassler isn't all that nice, it says things to us like 'that was terrible, why are you even trying, just give up'.

We are always trying to work hard and listen to our Mind Master so we can be positive and always show our values.

Here are some of our character descriptions about our Mind Master:

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My mind master is Batman. He can jump. He has big muscles. He can run fast like a tiger. He has sharp spikes on his boots. He has blue eyes. He has a bat. He plays soccer. He likes to play games.

- Jimmy

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My mind masters name is Cat Girl Shape Shifter. She has brown long curly hair in a pigtail with and cat hair tie. She wears a shiny dark purple cat mask. Her lips are as red as dark red blood. Her eyes are as green as a dark green leaf. She wears a light purple belt with a shiny golden star. She has a sky blue top on with a violet colored sleeve. She wears a dark blue skirt with a light purple ribbon along the bottom. She wears pink roller skates with lighting bolts. She wears a light red cape that has orange stars and black fabric words that say “#1”

- Sophie T

School Notices

Hats for Term 4

Term 4 means sun hats must be worn outside at break times. You can buy a Puketapu School hat from the office for $5. Choose from Green or Black.

Puketapu Sports T-Shirts are also on sale - $45 each

Junior netball.... Years 0,1 and 2

Puketapu School will be running their own netball module for this age group. Boys or girls are welcome to play. Netball Taranaki will be supporting us with coaching on alternating weeks. We will also have some senior netball players helping but we will need parents to help organise teams and support the lessons. Bell Block school have been invited to join us.

Where: Puketapu School netball courts

When: Thursdays at 3.15pm for an hour

Dates: Thursday 25th of October until Thursday 29th November (6 weeks)

Who: Anyone who is in year 0, 1 or 2 from Bell Block or Puketapu School.

Need: Shoes and a drink. Hair tied back.

Please register at the office.

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Student Art Calendars, Diaries and Sketch Pads

It's that time of year again - all our students will be creating a special piece of art for the cover of personalised fundraising calendars, greeting cards, sketch pads and diaries.

Prices this year are:

Calendars: $12

Greeting Cards (pack of 8): $13

2019 Diaries: $16

Mouse Mats: $14

Sketch Pad (plain pages): $13

Order forms will be out in Week 1 of Term 2 and all orders need to be in by Friday 26 October - that's the Friday of Week 2. Samples of all items are at the office.

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Lost Property

We have way too much lost property at school! Please come and check for any items that belong to your whanau. Unclaimed, unnamed items will be re-homed at the end of term.


Nits!!!! We all dislike them immensely. Here is some info to help with dealing with them.


Bell Block Beach Clean

Come along and help make a difference to our beach! From 3.45pm-5.00pm

Join the Taranaki Conservationists for a fun after school beach clean-up to celebrate Conservation Week! Gloves and bags provided, but bring your own reusable gloves and bucket if you have them to save extra waste.
Part of Conservation Week 2018 - conservationweek.org.nz

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What's On... the next Two Weeks

Wednesday 19 September

Yr 6 SwimSafe

Duffy Role Model Assembly with Kingi Biddle 2pm

Bell Block Beach Clean - 3.45pm-5.00pm

New Plymouth School Music Festival Choir 7:00pm at the TSB Stadium. (Choir Members to be there at 6.30pm wearing their School tops please.) Limited door sales available.

Thursday 20 September

Kowhai Pukekura Park Trip and Scavenger Hunt. Leaving at 9.30am.

No Junior Kapa Haka today.

Friday 21 September

Yr 6 SwimSafe

Saturday 22 September

Men in Education - Rugby - Taranaki v Manawatu (Curtain Raiser to Taranaki v Auckland - Mitre 10 Cup)

Tuesday 25 September

Skills for Life with Manuel

Puketapu Road Patrol & Green Team Reward Afternoon

Senior Kapa Haka

Wednesday 26 September

Taranaki Cross-Country - Hawera

Thursday 27 September

Interschool rugby team break up @ Icon Sports (leaving 11am)

Friday 28 September - Last day of term!

Loud Shirt Day - Dress up loud!

End of Term Performance Showcase - 9.15 start. All welcome!

What's On... next Term

More information about activities will follow:

Monday 15 October - First Day of Term

Wednesday 17 October - Touch season begins

Monday 22 October: Labour Day Holiday

Tuesday 23 October: Te Kai o te Rangatira - Muru Raupatu Marae Trip

Friday 26 October: Home & School Wine Tasting Evening

Friday 2 November: Pukekura Toastmasters Yr 7&8 Speech contest 7pm

Saturday 3 November: PSG Car Boot & Market Day

Thursday 8 November: Road Patroller Training

Sunday 11 November: Taranaki Armistice Centenary Service and Parade

Tuesday 13 November: Learning Partnership Hui

Wednesday 14 November: Learning Partnership Hui

Thursday 15 November: Learning Partnership Hui

Monday 19 November: Year 7&8 Summer Camp

Tuesday 20 November: Road Patrollers Appreciation day at Todd Energy Aquatic Centre

Friday 30 November: Tough Kids Challenge (Year 5&6)

Tuesday 4 December: Helpers’ Morning Tea

Friday 7 December: Celebration Evening

Monday 10 December: Tabloid Sports Day

Wednesday 12 December: Meet your 2019 Teacher

Thursday 13 December: Final School Assembly (11.00am @ Northpoint Church)

Friday 14 December: Last day of 2018

Community Notices

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Taranaki Toy Library Children’s Monster Book Sale - not just for little children! We have a huge selection for school kids too, right up to young adults! With books such as The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Skulduggery Pleasant, Geronimo and Thea Stilton, the Spooks, Goosebumps and Spirit Animals series and lots of books from Emily Rodda to Roald Dahl and Margaret Mahy, there are old and new time favourites for everybody at bargain prices! Come to our Book Sale on Friday 21 Sept 2-6pm or Saturday 22 Sept from 9-1 and get yourself some great reads at bargain prices! Event on Facebook under “Children’s Monster Book Sale 2018. See you there

St Mary’s Diocesan School, Stratford is an integrated Anglican Year 9 – Year 13 Boarding and Day School in the heart of Taranaki. They will be holding an Open Day Wednesday 26 September 2018 10 am – 2pm. They will take you on a personal tour of the school and boarding house

Broadway North, Stratford Phone 06 765 5333 office@stmarysstratford.school.nz

Tikorangi Art Group starts 17 October 2018. For beginners: learn how to draw then later how to paint. For the more experienced: refresh your skills or work on your own project. Tikorangi Hall (Inner North Road, Tikorangi) Wednesday nights, 7.30-9.00pm $5 or gold coin to cover expenses and support the Hall. Bring your own materials: paper/pencil/eraser and your own mug for tea or coffee (which will be provided). No need to book. See Facebook Tikorangi Art Group

Spotswood College warmly invites parents of year 8 and 9 students to come and hear about the exciting junior curriculum we have planned for 2019 and beyond on Thursday 20 September from 7-8 pm in the staff room (or Hall depending on numbers). Nibbles will be provided.The evening will showcase our dynamic and innovative programs of learning, and show how we will support students learning progression and acceleration.

Pukekura Toastmasters Fund Raiser Quiz Night

Date: Friday 12 October

Venue: The Fitz, Strandon

Time: 18.30 - 21.00

Teams of 6 or register individually and we will add you to a team. Limited teams so register early…

Cost: $10/person ($60/team)

Contact: Kurt 027 556 3638; Email: nwoodheadbiz@gmail.com

This is for our annual year 7 and 8 speech contest and all proceeds will go towards helping our youth of today become our leaders of tomorrow.