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📣 Calling All 4-Year-Olds for 2025 Enrolments! 📣

It's that time of year again when we start planning for the upcoming school year! With our growing community and new subdivisions, we're excited to welcome new faces to our school whānau.

If your child is 4 or turns 4 this year and will be starting school anytime in 2025, now is the time to get them enrolled. Early enrolment helps us ensure we have the right resources and support in place for all our students.


We can't wait to meet our future students! 🌟

One more Puketapu Puanga video for you to celebrate the end of a fantastic term. Manawatia ā Puanga / Matariki koutou.

A roopū (group) of our student leaders represented Puketapu at the dawn blessing of Te Pae o te Rangi - the walkway extension from Bell Block to Waitara - this morning at Otupaiia/ Marine Park in Waitara. Mihi nui to them for getting up early and coming with Whaea Micaela and Whaea Kelly for this special occasion.

🌌 Mānawatia a Matariki ✨ Mānawatia a Puanga 🌌

In Aotearoa, Matariki signals the begining of the Māori New Year. However, in some locations including Taranaki, Puanga is celebrated because Matariki sits low in the eastern horizon and is therefore not always visible.

Today we hope you enjoyed time with your whānau and celebrated Matariki by:

🌟Remembering the past

🌟 Celebrating the present

🌟 Looking to the future

The below photo of our Principal Mrs Pascoe (pointing towards Puanga), was taken on Thursday morning at our Kura as we celebrated Puanga together.

Thanks Whaea Micaela for the beautiful photo. We will have more photos to share over the coming week from our celebration at school.

Thanks to Emma Lane and Adelle Robinson for hosting our assembly on Friday.

Well done to our Te Mako Matawhero award winners:

Luken Liddicoat - Room 17

Elsie Connole - Room 4

Monroè Brown - Room 3

Marni Hekenui - Room 2

Layla Seed - Room 1 (absent)

Cooper Murray - Room 16

Bodhi Wilson - Room 8

Haddy Pepperell - Room 5

Soliga Korewha-Tuavao - Room 6

Joel Hunt - Room 7

Amalia Engebretsen - Room 12

Reeve Cooper - Room 10

Brodie Houghton - Room 9

Phoenix Scott - Room 18 (not in photo)

Ethan Blandford-Noble - Room 11

Khaiijan Luke - Room 15

Skye Blair - Room 13

Adelle Robinson - Room 14

Game Changer now has Puketapu Gear available for order: https://www.gamechanger.org.nz/puketapuschool

Remember to select pick up as your shipping option so there is no charge(as they drop off in bulk).

Room 11 have officially completed the beat DC challenge! As a whole class, we kicked 953 goals!

Congratulations to everyone involved and to all the parents and kids who took part in this challenge to help kids in the Pacific!Lastly a huge thank you to all who donated $$$ to the cause!!! Its not too late to donate, we are hoping to make it to our goal of $1000.00 https://beatdancarter.com/r-room-puketapu-school-new...

Last year we were very fortunate to receive $25,000 from the Toi Foundation to spend on ICT.

We used this funding alongside funding from our Board of Trustees to purchase lots of additional chromebooks and iPads for our ākonga.

With more devices available in every classroom, teachers and students are empowered to recognize them as powerful tools for accessing and producing learning, rather than just for gaming or internet searches.

The devices provide access to a wide range of learning applications and functions and we are able to make use of a number of applications to support foundation skills in literacy and numeracy that can be accessed from home as well as in class.

As students can now access their learning independently in any environment, students are able to teach parents how to use learning apps, too. Senior students now have access to their learning goals and access to track these themselves.

We believe that by having an adequate number of devices in all classes, we can support tamariki (and their whānau) to understand the powerful tools that are available to them and how to get the most out of them, at school, at home and into the future.

Thank you Toi Foundation!

Up the WAHS- On Saturday15 June, 11 tamariki from Puketapu School, along with their league teams, travelled to Auckland to curtain raise for THE WARRIORS! Go the Dragons U6’s and U8’s 🐉

🐉 Manaaki Taipari, Lucian Clement, Bentley Murray, Bryn-Dog Smith, Hayze Hall, Dwayne Michefski, Billy Prestney, Kyan Hoskin, Eastyn Taiawa-Mcleod, Hanale Adams and Mikai Harris 🐉

Puketapu Tahi had a dress up in your PJs day at Future Ferns yesterday.

Sarah Jenkins, Zaiya Pomana, Macy Donaldson, Lily Ponting and Monroe Brown have all been showing our school values at Future Ferns on Wednesdays in Waitara.

Keep up the good work team and thanks Coach Anita Donaldson for the cute photo.

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Bell Block,
New Plymouth.

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