Week 7, Term 2 - Friday 17 June 2022

Kia Manawanui - Have a Heart

Kia Māia - Be Courageous

Kia Kaha - Do Your Best

Kia Ora - Be Well

From our Principal

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Enjoy your tamariki - they are taonga - play, have fun, joke about, be silly, laugh, celebrate their success (and yours) and always remember, you are loved.


Next Friday (24 June) is Matariki, don't forget School will be closed.

Matariki is a special occasion in the New Zealand calendar which marks the start of the Māori New Year. Signified by the Matariki cluster of stars reappearing in our night sky, this is a time to reflect on the past year, celebrate the present, and plan for the year ahead.

Keep an eye out on the projects & celebrations going on in your child's class next week.

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Reporting your childs absence

Winter is here and so are the winter bugs! If your child is home sick or away, please remember to contact the office and let us know. There are 4 ways your can get in touch with us to report an absence.

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school photos

School photos are ready!

An email was sent directly from Photolife yesterday (Thursday 16 June) with the link and unique code to order. This was sent to the email addresses we have on Hero for Primary Caregivers.

Don't worry if you did not receive this, we have all the codes here in the office. Get in touch if you have not received your code. (Don't forget to check your junk mail incase it is there).

dress bright winners

Last Friday was Dress Up Bright / Be Seen day!

Well done to the below students who won BEST DRESSED from their teams.

Rimu - Hudson Ryan

Totara - Emilia-Rose Macioce

Kowhai - Alexis Gorrie

Kauri - Ella Rauputu

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Be Happy, Be Bright, Be YOU!


Friday 1 July - TWO MORE WEEKS!

Spaces are filling fast, so if you haven't already booked, get in quick to choose your time for your child's Learning and Wellbeing Conference in 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

For the last few weeks of the term the PB4L team and school as a whole is focusing on our school value Kia Manawanui. We are hoping to strengthen this value across our Kura and beyond. This will help us have a strong and positive finish to term 2.

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Week 7 Superstar:
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Jada Graham Moore has been showing Kia Kaha


On the menu for next week:

Monday: Spag Bol

Tuesday: Sandwich Day

Wednesday: Mini Meatball Sub

Thursday: Butter Chicken

Friday: Burger Fri-YAY

Chef Teresa celebrated her Birthday last week. Our lovely Rimu Tamariki sung a special Happy Birthday song and made this marvelous playdough cake!

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Look at those smiles -

Leo Jeffrey, Cohen Robinson, Hudson Ryan, Kaiba Tuapawa-Poutu, Teresa Julian, Emily Judd, Indy Wylde-Prestney, Sarah Jenkins, Cyruz Ingram, Emmie Lucinsky and Briar Walthew

Great Work Kai Team!

After a recent visit from the Ministry of Education's nutrition assessment team, we are happy to report that the meals that they checked got a great review:

The meal looks appealing and is well balanced. It is also a good weight for this age group. The minimum protein requirements have been met with the chicken, cheese and hummus combined. The wholemeal pizza base looked lovely and soft. Great work!

We agree: Great work team!

Breakfast Club - every day!


We are delighted that we have some additional volunteers for Breakfast Club so we can now offer free, healthy breakfast every day before school!

Come to the Design Technology Block before school to enjoy a free breakfast any day before school.

Design Tech

A few weeks ago a team of 5 students took part in the inventionator competition. This is over 4 half days and it's a chance for our students to work with other students from all over New Zealand, in a problem solving challenge.

This year we had a team compete, and they won the Rationale Category for their product the Hydroband.

Special thanks needs to go to Sarah Stainthrope who worked with the group for the 4 half days, she was an amazing support for both the kids and Whaea Claire.

The team is:

Macy Murphy - absent from the photo.

Kingston Benton - absent for the photo.

Marcel Engels

Nate Stainthorpe

Alyssa Dixon

Rawe katoe o mahi!

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This week we have been making meatball subs. This is a Nadia Lim recipe that I have made lots of times in Bargain Box.

Practical lesson 4 - Meatball Subs with homemade tomato sauce - Bargain Box



  • ½ brown onion, finely diced

  • 600g beef mince (or could be chicken mince)

  • 1 TBSP mixed herbs

  • 50g breadcrumbs

  • 1 egg

  • ½ tsp salt

  • Drizzle of oil


  • 1 carrot grated 4 subway rolls

  • ½ brown onion, finely chopped ½ cup grated cheese.

  • Drizzle of oil

  • 1 TBSP mixed herbs

  • 60g tomato paste

  • 1 can crushed tomatoes

  • ½ cup of stock - beef or vegetable.

  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 200C

  2. Prep meatballs: finely dice onions and set aside half for the sauce.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients until well combined.

  4. Use a tablespoon measure and damp hands to shape mixture into balls.

  5. Place meatballs on a lined tray, drizzle with oil and bake for 12 mins, until cooked through.

  6. Prep and cook sauce: in a heated pot cook onions and carrot for about 5 mins until soft. Add remaining sauce ingredients and simmer on a low heat until sauce is reduced and thickened.

  7. Prep rolls: cut rolls in half LENGTHWAYS and place on the oven tray. Once meatballs are cooked, take them out of the oven.

  8. Spread sauce on each roll, top with meatballs and additional sauce, and top with cheese. Bake for 5 mins until the cheese is melted.

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Winter is well and truly here and our tamariki have been doing a great job at showing our School Values when representing our School at Winter Sport.

There have been a few cancellations with the wild weather. Your team Coach is your first point of call regarding cancellations. All cancellations we get through the school will be communicated on Hero and to the team Coach.

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Year 7 & 8 netball team Storm with Coach Whaea Prishlena

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Ella Rauputu, Erin Sowman and Esther Poching trying to get some shelter on a rainy Saturday

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Hunter Cleghorn-Flynn showing Kia Māia at Hockey

Lucky Book Club

Issue #4 is now out, please get your orders in by 30 June 2022.

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Home and school

Our Stuck On You fundraiser is still going. Jump online and place your order.

Also keep an eye out for our next Fundraiser coming up: Pepper & Me, an order form will be coming home next week.

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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.


Year 5 & 6 Interschool

"On Wednesday we left school at 11am to go to St John Bosco in Fitzroy. We had to take two buses, one had the Chess players and Netball teams and one had the rugby and football teams. When we got to St John Bosco they did a powhiri to welcome us to their school. After we played interschool we had sausages. It was a really fun day." - Carter Taylor, Kowhai 2

"I went to Interschool for netball. We took two netball teams, I was in the A netball team. The A team won their game and the B team lost their game, both games were really good and fun. Football lost their game by 6 and Rugby won their game. It was a really fun day and a hard game of netball." Mika Falaniko, Kowhai 3

Some action shots from Interschool. A few of our year 7 & 8 leaders went along to help out.

this week at school

Week 7 has included rain, bees, dogs and lots of fun learning - check out the photos below.
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Kia Ora - be well. Kimi Wano having fun enjoying the windy outdoors

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Harry came to visit in Totara 2 & Hunter Sargeson was very happy

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Kowhai 4 and 5 kids working hard on learning about and understanding fractions

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Te Aorangi Wanakore-Sioli showing his Kia Manawanui heart in this story: “If was King I would donate to people money and clothes”

It is bee week this week in Rimu. Our tamariki had lots of fun with Mrs Wiggley’s Bee bots and learnt about algorithms.

Photos of bee talk and little bee keepers in Rimu

Bees are good, wasps are bad.

We learnt that spraying our plants with poison can kill bees too and we need bees to grow about a third of our food.

Bees collect nectar and pollen, they turn the nectar into honey. They make the wax honeycomb shapes to put the eggs or nectar into.

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We are learning about the meaning of equals this week in Totara. We had a go at making balance scales. CC Green and Ivy Adams with their scales.

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Totara 4 and 5 tamariki playing CVC bingo

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Café Boss With Amaia Sherry and Kian Devonshire - the best customer service, caramel latte’s and cake in town this week.

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 the few students who have Birthdays coming up over the next week:

  • Mason Nation-Fahey
  • Matayce Martin
  • Reece Speedy
  • Harlam Rangi
  • Tyreece Joines

Upcoming dates

Upcoming Whole School Events/Dates

Please check the Hero App for more dates and information

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

"Light in the Darkness"

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Help KidsCan by Shopping at Noel Leeming!

Noel Leeming is delighted to support KidsCan by raising funds with our Friends and Family Promotion - 20 June - 3 July.

(See next week's newsletter for the flyer to show in store.)

25% of sales will go straight to KidsCan!

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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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