Some of the things we have done lately…

Our Nations’ Capital

Our Year 7 & 8 students have been in Wellington all this week, exploring the capital, visiting the Wellington Zoo, the National Library, Weta Workshop, Somes Island and many more places. What an amazing experience!

Puketapu to Port – by Bike!

Our Year 4s took a trip cycling along the Coastal Walkway, all the way to the port and back. What a great day for a ride… and for fish’n’chips by the sea!

Action Packed Te Wera

Our Year 5 & 6 students visited Te Wera for their end of year camp, with plenty of mud, water, activities and fun, all with no cell phone coverage!

Take a Ride on a Train

Rimu 2/3 took a trip of their own – they went on a train ride from Waitara to Lepperton and back.

Puss in Boots: Pet Detective

The New Zealand Playhouse came to entertain us again, with their very funny tale of a bear-boy-band kidnap, some just right porridge and a cool cat capable of cracking the case.

World of Maths

Our Year 5-8 students spent the day taking part in a range of hands-on, visual and kinetic real world maths challenges with the World of Maths exhibition. It was a test of logical thinking and problem solving skills… and uncovered some hidden talents!

Touch Time!

Wow! We have 10 touch teams in the term 4 leagues – what an awesome effort! And huge thanks to all the parent coaches and managers who make it all possible.

Skiing Ruapehu

Our Year 7 & 8 students had an amazing experience on the slopes this winter, skiing, snowboarding and generally having an awesome time in the snow.

Dancing with the New Zealand Ballet

This morning two groups of our children took part in creative dance workshops run by Pagan from the Royal New Zealand Ballet. She certainly challenged our children and I know they had a lot of fun and even begged her to stay longer! Thanks to the PSG for subsidising this event and to Northpoint church for allowing us to use their hall.

Pool Party!

We celebrated the re-opening of our school pool with a family picnic and pool party. The pool has been re-surfaced, re-painted and re-filled just in time for summer. It’s great!

Staying Safe on Wheels

Sport Taranaki have been helping us brush up on our cycle and scooter safety. Staying safe on the roads, around driveways and traffic is important to us all.


We have six touch teams in four grades for the Term 1 competition at Hickford Park, from Under 7s to Year 8s!

Gold Rush!

Our Production this year was “Gold Rush!” We had cowboys and can-can girls, cowboys, rustlers and even crazy chickens! (You can see lots of photos on the News page.)

Cross Country

We held our school cross country over two days because of the weather… and they were two excellent days with great parent support despite the rain. We had a brilliant combination of competition and supportive running. We had representative runners at the New Plymouth competition and the Intermediate competition at Omata and we put our biggest team ever through to the Taranaki Primary School Championships in Hawera. A great cross country season all around!

Room 13 takes on the Bluelight PCT Challenge 2016

Room 13 entered teams in the annual Bluelight Police Competency Training challenge, a tough obstacle course. Teams of 4 must work as a team to navigate the course, lift, carry, climb, balance, run and overcome a range of obstacles. Out of almost 60 teams, Puketapu made the top 10 and the finals! Even Mrs Gotz was involved, the fastest adult woman to complete the course. Go Mrs G and Room 13!

Hello Mr Walker!

At the start of Term 3 we met our new Principal, Mr Ngatai Walker. We held a formal powhiri for him, to welcome him to our school. It was a pleasure to meet Mr Walker’s whanau and extended whanau…as well as seeing some familiar faces back at Puketapu. We were so proud of all our tamariki, especially our kapa haka performers and to those seniors who stayed to help clean up.

An Irish Storyteller

Room 6 went to listen to Mr Niall de Burca, an Irish Storyteller, who was at Bell Block Library. We listened to a very funny story about the giant Finn MacCool. In the story when the giant bully ate a chocolate cake with a rock in the middle, that made his teeth fall out. We thought Finn’s wife was very clever to trick the bully giant. We loved that Niall used his whole body and his voice to make the story interesting.

The Rimu Adventurers Club

Drawing, building, designing, crafting, hammering, gluing, sawing, moulding…  tamariki from Rooms 2, 3 and 4 have been using our creativity and problem-solving skills for awesome adventures! Some Year 6 students joined us to help out.

Not to be argued with…

Our Year 8 debating team of Chayse Whitmore, Marara Murray and Brianna McCready-Scouller, took on Francis Douglas, taking the negative side of the moot ‘that the school day should be two hours longer.’ Our team won and Marara was judged to be the best speaker.

Richie McCaw-some!

Room 5 wrote to Richie to congratulate him on being New Zealander of the Year. Richie was so happy to receive them that he signed each one so we knew he had read them all!

Goodbye Mr J… and Thank You!

At the end of Term 1, we said goodbye to Mr J, who is retiring after 10 years as our Principal and 43 years teaching. We made gifts and cards and held a special assembly and a bike parade to thank him for everything he has done for us at Puketapu School.

Gala 2016

We enjoyed a Twilight Gala for 2016… it was great fun!

Room 7 Pukearuhe Walk

As part of their study of the Kokako, Room 7 headed up the coast to Pukearuhe and walked part of the White Cliffs Walkway (Parininihi). We enjoyed the long walk along the beach and up many stairs and we learned some very important things about our precious environment.

An Official Engagement

One early morning in late March, our Let’s Go Teams from 2015 and 2016 were lucky enough to be involved in the opening of the Mangati Walkway. We biked a short section of the walkway with the Transport Minister, the honourable Simon Bridges, and observed the cutting of the ribbon to open the walkway.

Planting in the Playground

Thanks to Bell Block 4 Square we had $500 to spend on plants for our Junior Playground. Room 9 got stuck in and planted them all – it looks great!

Walking the Walk

Our team, the Puketapu Green Ninjas, took part in the New Plymouth Relay for Life 2016. Past and present students and whanau took part, dressing up and taking turns to walk for 24 hours. It was a dedicated effort, especially from our Puketapu Leaders who stayed awake all night to walk the night shift, for a very worthy cause.

Wacky Wednesday for Fiji

We definitely have some wacky people at Puketapu! There was a pacific drum beat and lots of lei and flowers and crazy hair… It was great fun to dress up, and for a great cause. We raised $213.20 to help Fiji recover from Cyclone Winston.

Muru Raupatu 2016

The whole school spent the day at Muru Raupatu marae, first welcomed onto the marae by our Year 7 & 8 students who had stayed the night and took on the role of tangata whenua. We learned more of the story of the marae and played poi, stick and string games. After a wonderful hangi lunch, we hikoi home from the marae, a direct-ish route through farm land, the ever growing industrial areas and down the expanding Wills Road. The trip takes about one hour and is an important part of learning about “our patch”, particularly as it is growing so rapidly.

Room 2 Dinosaur Ice Challenge

We are learning to think like scientists! There were dinosaurs stuck in the ice, and we had to figure out how to get them out! We brainstormed ideas, and then tried several experiments to see which was the fastest and easiest way to get them out. At the end of our experiments, we did some writing about our ideas.

Swim Safe

Our Year 6 students completed the swim safe programme at the Bell Block Aquatic Centre. Learning to keep ourselves safe in the water and how to safely help others are very important skills – and fun to learn too.

A Royal Visit!

To celebrate the visit by HRH Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to Taranaki, we all got dressed up and went to wave to them as they arrived. There were top hats and ties, tiaras and princesses!

On the Mountain

The mountain is in our school song, our logo and our pepeha. Room 8 visited North Egmont to experience being on the mountain, what it looks, sounds, feels, smells and tastes like. We will use this experience to create murals for the school.

Shake Out!

As part of the nationwide earthquake drill, the whole school took part and practiced our ‘Drop, Cover and Hold!’

A Visit from a Very Special Former Student

Former student Erica Perry visited Room 7 to talk about bullying and how everyone can make a positive difference to stop bullying.

The Taranaki Bulls

Some of the Taranaki Bulls came to the school, sharing rugby with all the classes. Some even had a race with students to the top of the Spiderweb…

Skiing on Ruapehu

Room 13 enjoyed an amazing trip to Ruapehu, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, hot pools… and a whole lot of fun!

Learning about Dogs

Room 2 had a very special four-legged visitor: Evie the Greyhound and her owner Denis who came in to teach us a bit about how to act around dogs.

Running, Running, Running

The whole school took part in our Puketapu Cross Country, then some of our keener runners ran in the New Plymouth and the Taranaki runs too.

A Visit to Telford Rest Home

Room 13 visited Telford Rest Home in New Plymouth to do a small kapa haka performance and share morning tea with the residents.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Room 2 learned about maths with picnic food and teddy bears. What fun!

Musik! at Puke Ariki

Rooms 8, 9 and 10 went to see the  highly interactive exhibition with music from a variety of cultures and styles.

Tatarakihi Festival

Our Kapa Haka Roopu took part in the Tatarakihi Festival competition, placing in four events. Read more…

The Let’s Go Fresh Air Challenge

Despite the dodgy weather, by walking, biking, skating and scooting to school, we came second in this New Plymouth challenge.

Rowena Szeszeran-McEvoy

The whole school enjoyed hearing from this businesswoman, author, marathon runner, editor, fitness guru and one of the wealthiest (and happiest!) people in Australasia. Read more…

The Man Who Planted Trees

Part of the Taranaki International Arts Festival, Room 6 watched this clever puppet show with a very important environmental message.

Spectacular Maths!

Our Year 7 and Year 8 students entered into the Methanex Maths Spectacular 2015.

Exxpolis Luminarium

It looks like a bouncy castle crossed with a giant tent… it’s colourful and unusual and a fabulous part of the Taranaki Arts Festival. Room 7 had a wonderful time.

The Bluelight PCT Challenge

It’s tough, it’s a test, and it’s great fun too. Two teams from Puketapu took part in this Simulation Police Physical Fitness Test.


Rooms 2, 3 and 4 went to Chipmunks to try out the castles and slides.


Our Year 7 and Year 8 students enjoyed a day of inspirational speakers with an important message about following your dreams and setting goals for yourself.

Jack Flash and the Jumping Beanstalk

The New Zealand Playhouse entertained us all with a clever combination of traditional stories and a clear message about recycling and doing things right for the environment.

Harold and the Life Education Trust Bus

Every class enjoyed time in the Bus with Harold, learning amazing facts to help keep them healthy and well.

Book Character Dress Up Day

On the last day of Term 2, we celebrated the end of Term and the end of our Book Carnival with Book Character Dress Up Day. There were Spidermen and Princesses, Clowns, Bears and Wally, and all sorts of other characters. Read more…

Visit to Pioneer Village

Room 13 visited Pioneer Village in Stratford. Dressing up in old time costume (including hats!), they learned about schools from long ago and played traditional games.

FIFA U20 World Cup

Room 7 adopted Nigeria as their team for the U20 FIFA World Cup and went along to support their game. They made lots of noise, with singing and drumming to help Nigeria play well!