Empower All People to be Healthy, Lifelong Learners
At Puketapu School learning experiences are designed with the individual akonga (learner) in mind. As a collaborative and healthy hapori (community), we nurture creative and resilient problem solvers, ako ki takaro me nga pakirehua (learn through play and inquiry) , connect locally, nationally and globally, use hangarau (technology) and real world tools, and promote the courage and empathy necessary to change the ao tūroa (world).
Kia kaha – Do your best
Kia māia – Be courageous
Kia manawanui – Have a heart
Our Values video 2017:
- High Expectations
- Oritetanga ( Equity)
- Inclusion – Ako
- Community Involvement
- Future Focus
- Environmental Sustainability
- Use and enjoy language in all its varieties.
- Understand, discuss and respond to what they read, write, see and hear.
- Develop an understanding of people, their actions and their activities, now and in the past.
- Contribute positively to their school and society.
- Develop an understanding of NZ’s bicultural heritage and its multicultural society.
- Carry out simple investigations
- Make decisions about results.
- Make estimates, ask questions.
- Share/compare ideas/contrast/evaluate.
- Design experiments and present information.
- Research issues using a variety of approaches.
- Discuss objects/events.
- Make observations and measurements.
- Describe processes.
- Share ideas and conclusions.
- Make conclusions from results.
- Be able to use the technology they face in daily living.
- Use a variety of tools.
- Choose the right equipment to meet a need or solve a problem.
- Evaluate processes and modify products and systems.
- Design their own products and test them.
- Be aware of the social impact of technology.
- Develop the skills to solve problems.
- Develop the skill to calculate, estimate and reason logically.
- Understand mathematical ideas/concepts and develop confidence in communicating.
- Develop the skill to select and apply the correct skill for the appropriate situation and see relevance of maths to their lives.
- Connect new skills to what they already know.
- Undertake activities and investigations both individually and in groups.
- Become confident and competent users of information technology
- Enjoy and experience success.
- Have experiences in all 5 maths strands.
- Appreciate and value their own heritage and culture.
- Communicate their ideas in creative ways.
- Use a variety of art forms.
- Evaluate their own achievements in art.
- Take part in music with enjoyment.
- Listen and discover sounds/patterns/forms.
- Know about rhythm/beat/timing/pitch.
- Make and improvise music.
HEALTH / PHYSICAL EDUCATION
- Set realistic worthwhile personal goals.
- Develop healthy patterns of living.
- Know their own health needs.
- Take responsibility for themselves and their property.
- Do something worthwhile in their spare time.
- Play lots of sports, games and movement activities.
- Organise their own teams.
- Work together as a team.
- Accept themselves for what they can and cannot do.
- Say no if they feel uncomfortable about something.
Starting a new school is a really important event and we are keen to help children adjust happily and easily to their school experiences.
Parents are encouraged to make an appointment through the School Office to meet with the Principal before your child commences school.
Senior staff and class teachers like to meet prospective new students and their parents when they arrive to enrol.
How to Enrol
Enrolling is easy!
Collect or request an enrolment pack from the school office.
Complete the forms and return them to us. We will go through the forms with you and answer any questions you may have.
It is necessary for us to view your child’s birth certificate at enrolment time and when enrolling new entrant children (5 year olds) we are required to view their immunisation certificate.
If your child has any difficulties that we need to know about, please speak with us so that we are aware of the problem.
Structure and Groupings
Every student is in several different groups at school:
Every child has a homeroom, which is where they start and finish their day and spend the majority of their time. The homeroom has a mixture of year groups in it and one regular teacher.
Every class is part of a Learning Team, which brings together children of similar ages and year groups and allows the sharing of specialist teacher skills between classes. The four learning teams are Rimu, Totara, Kowhai and Kauri.
Some activities are specific to a year group, for example, Technology Classes at Manukorihi are for Year 7&8. Camps are also for specific year groups.
At these times, students may join with children from the same year group in different classes.
The school has four Whanau Groups, Kakapo (green), Tui (blue), Kiwi (yellow) and Piwakawaka (red).
Each Whanau Group has children of all ages, classes and year groups.
Every child remains in their Whanau Group for their entire time at Puketapu. (Siblings and cousins are kept in the same Whanau Group, too.)
Whanau activities are held throughout the year and everyone (adults included) is encouraged to dress up in their Whanau Group colours and support their Whanau group, especially at events like Triathlon, Cross Country or Sports days.
There is a trophy for the winning Whanau group!
The health, safety and welfare of our students is very important to us. As professionals, we maintain a strict code of conduct and treat all information regarding children as confidential. Where we have concerns, we will contact parents. The school has access to the following agencies for assistance:
- Family Worker (SWIS)
- Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour
- Hearing and Vision Tester
- Public Health Nurse
- Police Education
- Speech/Language Therapist
- Special Education Service
- Children’s Health Camp
Please contact your child’s teacher or Principal if you wish to use any of these services.
Medical Conditions and Medication
If your child has any special medical condition that you think we should know about, please ensure we do. Generally speaking, if a child is on medication, they should not be at school but if necessary we will administer medication at school on an “all care but no responsibility” basis. Please ensure that you hand any such medication to us. No pills, medicine or anything similar should be placed in children’s lunch boxes or bags. Inhalers for asthmatic children should be handed in to the School Office so that they are available as required.
Accidents and Sickness
No matter what precautions are taken, it is necessary to be prepared for accidents and unforeseen circumstances. In the case of sickness, the child concerned will be made as comfortable as possible in the sickroom and
the parent notified. Minor accidents will be treated at School using the material available in the first aid cabinet in the sickroom.
More serious accidents will necessitate immediate notification of parents or doctor/ambulance paramedics if required.
The School should be advised of any circumstance that directly affects your child, such as the sadness of a family bereavement or separation from a parent for work or other family reasons. Your child will need special consideration in these stressful times.
Please advise your child’s teacher if you are to be absent ie hospital, holiday, work commitments etc, and your child is to be cared for by someone else. This often explains uncharacteristic behaviour from a child.
The Public Health Nurse is located at Taranaki Base Hospital and is available by appointment to help people by:
- helping to find information
- providing support while people make their decisions
- accessing health and social services and contacts
- providing resources – posters, pamphlets, videos etc for groups and individuals.
Along with the school, the Nurse is keen to work together with you to promote the wellbeing and happiness of your child and family while at Puketapu School. The Health Nurse is available by phoning (06) 753 7790 Ext 8772
All children are routinely checked by a qualified Vision and Hearing Technician in their first year of schooling. Further vision and colour testing is carried out in Year 7. If you have any concerns about your child’s vision or hearing, please phone (06) 758 5203.
The mobile Dental Clinic bus, from Te Henui Dental Clinic, attends school twice per year. The dental clinic can be contacted on (06) 757 3405.
Children’s education must be a team effort between home and school and this will happen best if the communication between the two is open, honest and frank.
Our most fervent wish is for you to find school and staff approachable at any time.
We will do our very best for your children and we need your support to do this best. Please come in at any time and see us if you have any concerns.
Remember too – if you don’t believe all that children tell you about school, we promise not to believe all that they tell us about home!
A full school assembly is held every second Friday morning, from 11.05am. Each time, one class leads assembly. The alternate Friday has a Learning Team assembly.
Parents are welcome to attend either type of assembly.
Learning Teams each have their own regular assemblies at other times and twice per year we have a special Duffy Role Model Assembly as part of the Duffy Books in Homes Programme.
Our newsletters are a very important means of communicating school information with all families. They are distributed weekly on Wednesdays, sent home with the eldest child in each family.
The newsletter is displayed on the school noticeboard, the Newsletters section of this web site and Facebook page and can be sent out by email. Please notify the Office if you wish to have it regularly emailed to you.
If you or any local organisations wish to have items published, please write out the appropriate message and we will do our best to include it if space permits. Everything adds interest and you are welcome to use this facility.
Our school community is invited to join us on Facebook – Puketapu School.Bell Block. This is a closed group, restricted to known members of our school community.
Puketapu School uses the Parent Teacher Calendar app, a great way to see what is coming up on the school calendar. Download the app from your app store. (Please make sure allow notifications from the app so you can receive important messages from the school.)
Parent Teacher Communication
Parents are encouraged to maintain regular contact with their child’s teacher. Good understanding and communication between home and school has excellent benefits to your child’s learning.
There are many opportunities during the school year for this successful partnership to develop; at Head Start Meetings, Parent-Teacher-Student conferences, evening meetings, phone calls, informal chats and notes, class trips, homework, written reports and parent involvement in school activities.
You are encouraged to approach us any time you have concerns but we also ask you to acknowledge the strengths and successes as they occur.
Written reports are issued in Term 2 (mid-year reports) and Term 4. Reports provide a written record of the progress and a summary of achievement and attitudes and also include ways that you can help support learning at home.
For more information about helping at home, see our Helping at Home section.
From time to time we invite parent helpers to assist in the school in various ways, for example library help, transport, school lunches, repairing equipment etc. Usually these requests are made through newsletters, notices or via our Facebook page.
If you are interested and can help, please let us know.
We do appreciate the considerable help we get from parents and it is all to the direct advantage of your children.
Parent Tutoring in Reading
We have a very valuable programme involving parents/grandparents/adults with children who are in need of some individual encouragement with their reading.
There is always a need for more adults in this programme – if you can help, please let us know.
We run classes to help adults know how to go about this so don’t feel inadequate – we’ll help you.
Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees provides governance to the school. They are always approachable and welcome contact from parents and members of the community. For more information about the Board’s members, see the Board of Trustees page.
Parent Support Group
Our Parent Support Group (PSG) is a very energetic group of parents who meet regularly with the following as their aims:
- To provide a co-ordinating body for activities where the Board of Trustees requires/requests community involvement, for example, questionnaires, community consultation etc.
- To undertake fundraising activities for the school in support of the Board of Trustees budget programme.
- To initiate, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, activities which will promote closer involvement and understanding between the school and the community.
Open meetings are held monthly and dates are published in school newsletters. We welcome all parents to come along and be involved. It’s a lot of fun and very rewarding.
During the year the PSG coordinates a range of activities, including our Gala Day, Car Boot & Market Days, Movie Nights and much more.
Recent fundraising has been put towards sports equipment and uniforms, developing a dedicated Junior playground,
Whanau Support Group
Working alongside our PSG, the Whanau Support Group focus in particular on the needs of the Maori children in our school.
We are very fortunate to have excellent grounds and facilities at our school, including a modern and challenging adventure playground, large playing fields and courts.
We are proud to have our own school swimming pool.
During the summer, swimming is an important part of the Physical Education programme and children are asked to bring their togs every day.
Puketapu School has a well stocked library with an experienced Librarian.
The school hall is well used for assemblies, activities and indoor sports.
Use of School Grounds
We are happy for you or your children to use the playing area during out of school hours. However no responsibility for accidents at these times is recognised by school authorities. Please remember they are school grounds – keep them tidy and encourage others to do the same.
Many organisations use the grounds during evenings and weekends. Permission for use should be sought from the Principal.
We are lucky to benefit from a range of programmes and initiatives for our students:
Duffy Books in Homes Programme
The Duffy Books in Homes Programme provides free books to all our students, and their younger siblings at home.
In addition to books, the programme provides Role Model Assemblies, Duffy Theatre and “Caught Being Good” awards.
“It’s cool to read and cool to achieve!”
This valuable programme is sponsored in our School by Mainfreight.
Let’s Go! Programme
Puketapu School has been working with Let’s Go to encourage, support and educate students and families about travel planning.
Working together, we aim to bring about changes in attitude and travel behaviour that support healthy and positive lifestyle choices.
Park and Walk: Encouraging students who have to travel by car to walk the last bit to school, encouraging a safer school gate with less pollution.
Cycle Skills Training: Making sure everyone stays safe on bikes, including keeping your bike roadworthy.
Scooter Safety: Making sure everyone stays safe on scooters and are aware of dangers such as driveways.
Fonterra Milk in Schools
We are happy to be part of the Fonterra Milk in Schools programme, which provides free milk for all our students. See https://www.fonterramilkforschools.com/
Before and After School Care
Provided by Cherish Childcare, we have both before school care and after school care, right here at the school. Contact Cherish on (06) 755 4405.
Puketapu School has a well stocked, modern library and an experienced Librarian, Mrs Judith Jackson.
Every classroom has access to a range of computers and devices and we have a dedicated Computer Room for additional lessons.
Puketapu School follows the Ministry of Education’s National Administration Guidelines (NAGs) and holds policies and procedure guidelines for all aspects of school life.
These are regularly reviewed and updated. Copies of current policies are available from the school.
Policies required to be on our web site:
Schools and early childhood services are reviewed on average once every three years.
Puketapu School was last reviewed in 2016.
Our previous review was in 2013.
For more information about how reviews are conducted, see the Education Review Office website.
(From this site you can also access reports on national educational issues based on information compiled by ERO through its reviews of individual schools and early childhood services.)
Term dates for 2018
Term 1: Tuesday 30 January – Friday 13 April
Term 2: Monday 30 April – Friday 6 July
Term 3: Monday 23 July – Friday 28 September
Term 4: Monday 15 October – Friday 14 December
Term dates for 2019
Term 1: Between Monday 28 January (at the earliest); and Thursday 7 February (at the latest) Friday 12 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April – Friday 5 July
Term 3: Monday 22 July – Friday 27 September
Term 4: Monday 14 October – No later than Friday 20 December *
* dependent on Teacher Only Days
The Ministry of Education sets dates for Terms up to three years in advance.