Week 5, Term 2 - Friday 3 June 2022

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

samoa language week

Tālofa lava (Greetings ~ this week is Samoan Language week)

One of the special strengths of our school is our rich diversity. The students below are part of the Samoan community within our school.

Practice the Samoan Language and give some of these phrases a go:

  • Tālofa lava: Hello
  • Mālō le soifua: Hello/Good health
  • ‘O ā mai 'oe? How are you?
  • Manuia fa‘afetai: Good, thank you
  • Manuia le aso: Have a great day
  • Tōfā soifua: Good bye
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Back Row: Esther Poching, Caydence Roberts, Losa Fonoti, Mika Falaniko, Yasiin Falaniko

Middle Row: Ava Falaniko, Pavihi Ekeroma, Te Aorangi Wanakore-Sioli, Lyric Falaniko

Front Row: Soliga Korewha-Tuavao, Aki Ekeroma, Nikita Faapulou

NYLD Video

Last week we shared photos of our tamariki that attended Young Leaders Day in Palmerston North. Mrs Perry has put the below video together with their highlights of the day!

Check it out...

2022 NYLD- Puketapu Leaders

Safety at our School Gate

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With our growing school roll, car congestion at the school gate at the end of the day is becoming a dangerous problem.

Cars parking in the drop off bay and other cars waiting on the street to use the bay are illegally impeding other traffic on Dillon Drive and causing a dangerous situation. There have been a number of close calls.


With the onset of wet weather and lower visibility, this will become even more dangerous and cannot continue.

Parents please:

- Use alternative entrances if you can. Older children are definitely capable of walking across the field to the Northpoint Church car park or the Te Ara o Tuna exit, or along to Mangati Road, where there is parking.

- If you live within walking distance of school, encourage your child to walk, scoot or bike home from school

- Do not park in the drop off bay. Ever.

- Do not park or wait on the yellow lines. Ever.

- Do not wait in the drop off bay for more than two minutes. If your child is not there, please move on.

- If you arrive before 3pm, please park away from the drop off bay and wait there or walk to the gate to meet your child.

- If the drop off bay is full, please continue along Dillon Drive or around the block. Do not obstruct the road by waiting to turn into the drop off bay.

We will monitor the situation over the next few days and if the drop off bay continues to cause the problem we will have no choice but to close it at the end of the school day.


Revolution tour in Kauri

Revolution Tour - by Esther Poching & Erin Sowman

On Wednesday we had revolution tour visit our kura in the last block. They brought a fun chill vibe and they were cool as.

Two of the people from the revolution tour did amazing songs, the songs were 'Take It Easy' and 'Easy On Me', they performed so well and had beautiful voices.

Julian Dennison/Ricky Baker from Hunt for the Wilder People came on and talked to us a bit about himself. They were talking to us about Te whare tapa wha – Mental and physical wellbeing.

It was really cool to hear some stories from some of them but just the vibe and atmosphere was cool. We also did a dance comp where 6 of our Puke students from Kauri went up and had a dance comp, It was Veer, Khade, Jarvana, Harper, Emma and Matua Phil (our kapa haka teacher). In the end Veer won the dance competition.

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Don't forget to book your Learning and Wellbeing Conferences for Week 9!

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 30 June (3.30pm - 8.00pm) or all day on Friday 1 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?

Easy! All bookings are made online through School Interviews. Our event code is hfszt

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.


PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning

This week our tamariki have been showing our values with their learning.

Kia Kaha - Doing There Best and Kia Māia - Being Courageous

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Kia Kaha Teina Williams from Totara 5

Kia Kaha & Kia Māia from our Rimu Tamariki

Avery Phillips, Ezra Haylock, Finn Barkla, Kierah Graham Moore & Dre-shae'a Awa

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Totara 4 & 5 Tamariki working hard and showing Kia Kaha

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James Smith & Cooper Kerr from Rimu, with their creative writing


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Ayaan Faruk, Ivy Adams, Honor Wilson, Ava Falaniko, Carlos Zenovich & Nivahn Clarry

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design tech

This week we have been making the mac and cheese pasta bake. It is a slightly different recipe than others have at home, mainly the mustard, but it gives the sauce a nice tang - especially if you use a colby or edam cheese which doesn't have a strong flavour. You can also take out the bacon or onion, but it does give a nice flavour :)

Practical lesson 3 - Mac and Cheese Pasta Bake


  • Dried macaroni - 250 g

  • Butter - 50 g

  • Small onion, diced - 1

  • Rashers bacon, chopped - 2

  • Dijon mustard - 1 tsp

  • Flour - 1/4 cup

  • Milk - 2 cups

  • Salt - 1/4 tsp

  • Grated tasty cheese - 1 cup

  • Chopped parsley - 2 Tbsp- optional


  1. Preheat an oven to 180°C.

  2. Cook the macaroni as per the packet instructions.

  3. Melt the butter in a medium sized pot. Add the onion and bacon cooking for 3-4 minutes to soften. Stir through mustard then add the flour, cooking for 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk a little at a time until all combined. Slowly bring to a simmer and cook until thickened.

  4. Add the salt, 1 1/2 cups of cheese and 1 tablespoon of parsley, stirring through. Spoon into your ovenproof serving dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and chopped parsley.

  5. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Serve while hot.



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COACHES: If you need any player of the day certificates made up please see Kerie in the office.

Look at these happy Miniballers below with their certificates from Coach Lauren Mckenna!

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Sophie Morrison, Dylan Christmas, Jade Christmas and Ella Gollan

Thank you Bunnings!

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Bunnings New Plymouth who have donated heaps of stuff to help us with our vege gardens. We received a stack of compost - 20 bags! - plus tools, gloves, a storage seat and more! They are also sending a couple of people with some vegetable and herb plants to help us clear and plant our gardens.
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Our volunteer gardeners: Alexander Den-McKay, Tyreece Joines, Pavihi Ekeroma, Liam Wilson, Charles Hardgrave, Kayden Lucinsky, Ari Marlow and Hamu Adams with some of the great stuff we got from the generous team at Bunnings.

Did you know - these boys saw that the garden beds were overgrown so took it upon themselves to weed them and clean up in their own time. What excellent kaitiaki they are! They have great ideas of what they want to plant, including herbs and vegetables that our Kai team can use in our school lunches!

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Home and school

We had a total of 356 cans donated to Home & School for Breakfast Club. Mahi nui everyone!

The winners of our Can Comp are....


With a 78 cans!!!

Also well done to Totara 5 who were SOOOO close with 77 cans!

Home & School will be in touch next week to present you with your winning voucher.

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Zoe Jones, Elle Blair, Rubeelee Jeffrey, Michael Phillips & Zane Wilkinson

representing Totara 4 - THE WINNERS!

hoodie orders

Now that the weather is getting cooler we have had a few requests for Puketapu Hoodies so we have opened Hoodie and T-shirt orders again.

Get your order in before they close. Order online at https://www.gamechanger.org.nz/puketapuschool

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Lemon Club

Due to Learning & Wellbeing conferences Lemon Club will be closed on Friday 1 July.

If you are wanting to book for before school, after school or school holidays click on the link below.


thank you

Thank you Whaea Kelly & Kohen Harvey for coming in during the weekend to clean up this area.

A great way to show Kia Manawanui for our environment.

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Legendary LA's


Thank you to all our Learning Assistants and Support Staff, the work you do does not go un-noticed.

Kia pai te wiki
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Tara Curtis (Learning Assistant) and Nivahn Clarry in 'Friendship Space'

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Look at that smile from our Learning Assistant Anagrace while she works with two of our Rimu tamariki Cohen Robinson & Kaiba Tuapawa-Poutu

this week at school

Week 5 has been a wet one.

Check out the photos from around our Kura over the past week:

Kauri have been creating art work inspired by Lynn Giunta about positivity, kindness and the power of words; Macarena moves in Kauri during a wet lunch break; Ukulele lessons with Whaea Rachel; buddies, basketballs and bikes along with some BIG smiles.

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from home

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


Happy Birthday to all those students who have Birthdays coming up over the next week:

  • Goo Pham
  • Casey Mangin
  • Kaivah Murray-Green
  • Erika Asai
  • Ivy Adams
  • Izrael Luke
  • Liliana Hodson
  • Harmony Lambert
  • Carlos Macioce
  • Charles Hardgrave
  • Whakairi Rangi
  • Katie MacRae

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates and information

Monday 6 June

  • Queens Birthday - School Closed

Sunday 19 June

  • Last day for Hoodie orders

Friday 24 June

  • Matariki - School Closed

Thursday 30 June

  • Learning & Wellbeing Conferences (3.30-8.00pm)

Friday 1 July

  • Learning & Wellbeing Conferences (8.00-4.00pm - No school except for conferences)

Friday 8 July

  • Last day of Term 2

Community notices


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free dental check ups

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Edventure Holiday Programmes - July 2022

After reaching maximum capacity last holidays, we are excited to announce that these coming holidays we will be operating out of two venues in New Plymouth.

- Fitzroy School

- Merrilands School

The same programme will be running each day at each venue.

Week 1. July 11th-15th

- Edventure Everyday, see daily activities below. Onsite, 5-13 yr olds, $45/day

- Edventure Outdoors, Each day we head offsite for a new Edventure see daily activities below, 8-13yr olds $75/day $350 whole week special

Week 2 July 18th-22nd

- Edventure Everyday, see activity schedule below. Onsite, 5-13 yr olds, $45/day

- Edventure Dance Academy, In conjunction with Taranaki Academy of Dance, we transport the kids to the dance studio for their workshop. 5-11 yr olds $60/day

- Edventure Sports, A mixture of drills skills and modified games across a range of sporting codes 5-13 yr olds $45/day

Book Now - www.edventure.co.nz

Call - 02102241576

Email - mark@edventure.co.nz

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