School Calendar

Monday, 11 April 2016

School App

We now in the parent teacher calendar app. If you download this app to your phone you can be connected to our school calendar as well as being able to text, email, and phone in student absences! Here is the link for ios:
and for android:…
Once it is downloaded search for our school in the Wellington region.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Easter Tuesday

Friday 18 March 2016

Dear Parents and Whanau

This year Easter is arriving very early. Usually it's during the school holidays, but this year it's during our school term in Week 8 to Week 9. That's Friday 25th March to Tuesday 29th March.
Schools have a holiday called Easter Tuesday. It's not a public holiday but a school holiday and we are obligated to close by law.  This is a hangover from our Education Act and from when schools had 3 terms.  It does not happen very often (given that usually Easter is in our holidays - this is the second time it has happened in 11 years). The Education Act is currently under review.
For those still wanting confirmation, please click the link below to the Education Act 1989, Section 65C.

Hei konā mai

Tara Taylor-Jorgensen


Friday, 4 March 2016

4 March 2016

It is that time of year and the gala preparation is in full swing.  Pukerua Bay School is very lucky to have a group of very hard working and dedicated people organising this special event.

The next collection day is this Saturday 5th March from 9:30am. This is a fun and productive event where you get to meet members from all over the  community. We need sorters, drivers, and collectors on this day.  You are welcome to bring the children and there will be a sausage sizzle to keep the energy levels up!

Support this fantastic group by adding your name to the helpers sheet that can be found outside the office before and after school.  Please spare two hours of your time on the day of the gala and help out on a stall. The stalls have all been organised and set-up so they will be very easy to run. We are a small school so the more people who can help, the more successful our gala will be.
The day before the gala the school closes at 12:30 on 18th March. Year 7-8 students are required to stay at school and help. Year 6 and younger children may help only if their parents are here.

Assemblies will be on hold until the gala is over (owing to the hall being used for the gala). After the gala, assemblies will be held every ‘even’ Friday (e.g. week 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10) from 9:40 - 10:30am. The next assembly with therefore be held on April 8th!
This year different classes will be running the assemblies. You classroom teacher will let you know when it is their turn so that you can make arrangements to come along.
Learning @ Pukerua Bay
Te Motu pallet constructions are coming along amazingly well. I am extremely impressed with the authentic learning that is coming from this sustainability experience.

Rawhiti block are doing some impressive play-based learning. Check out the children learning about the long vowel sound ‘I’ through this Ice experience. To learn the short vowel sound for ‘I’ they were transformed into entomologists who studied insects!

Wha is learning about whether hover crafts are cleaner than cars (as cars produce a lot of carbon dioxide). The students made some hover crafts using balloons, CDs, and a drink bottle top.
We studied how it hovers and moves.

RaRoa is as busy as a bumble bee these days. We are now on our second round of Literacy Circle reading comprehension work. Here is a photo of the 1st round winning group.
In literature circles, small groups of students gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students' response to what they have read. You may hear talk about events and characters in the book, the author's craft, or personal experiences related to the story. Literature circles provide a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to books.
Get your child to tell you more!

Toru practising their high frequency words using chalk.

Rua’s Tuesday and Wednesday writing was inspired by this beautiful dragonfly Griffyn brought to school.

​Dragonfly, dragonfly, up, up, up
I love you dragonfly down, down, down
Oh no dragonfly here comes a dog
Dragonfly, fly, fly, fly

By Gabriel (Year 2)

A long, long time ago there lived a delicate dragonfly. It was flying around and it wanted to dive down into the water. He flapped his wings and flew across the water. The water was boiling. It nearly died. It quickly swam to shore. People came running because they had never seen a dragonfly, One of them picked him up. It was drying its wings. Once its wings were dry he took to the sky. He was so beautiful. He was stripey and colourful.

By Ryan (Year 2)

Kapa Haka
The children had a fabulous experience on Thursday with Jerome (Kapa Haka tutor) who demonstrated a variety of traditional Maori musical instruments and how the instruments come from and interact with the environment.

EFS Team 2016
Harry, Jessika, Amelia, Dylan, George, Reilly, Molly, Milla, Alice, Billy, Ayla, Lachlan, Isaac, Santana, Eleanor, Lola, (Absent Imogen, Callista).

The Enviro group for 2016 met on Thursday afternoon and looked at the School Care Code, the current School Kaitiaki and then reflected and discussed about the areas of the school that could be developed.
The students used a Reflection Tool to gather information about how the students at Pukerua Bay School felt about what we do well here, and what we can improve on.
Some excellent ideas were shared and the students are now at the first stage of the the Action Cycle. The next meeting will help the students identify the steps they can take to take action.
The Senior leaders in the EFS group will be working with their team and classes to develop these plans to include a wider student voice.
The EFS Group look forward to communicating with the community about their actions, how we can include the community in these and in accessing the skills that are available within the wider Pukerua Bay School community.
Further updates will be shared through the school Facebook page.


Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Gala Collection - Helpers needed!

Gala collection day is THIS SUNDAY at 9:30. Gala collection is a huge job and requires many helpers and support. Helpers please meet at the school hall. This is a family friendly event, bring the kids! Sausage sizzle provided!

Monday, 22 February 2016

Tools, help needed

Te Motu is starting their pallet creations. If anyone has any spare or unwanted hammers, chisels, crow bars, screws, nails or TIME to help please see Tara or Matt. We'd love to hear from you...

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Wet mornings

Morena all 
With the rainy mornings starting to appear, more cars are coming to school. Please do not park on the yellow lines (even if it is just for a minute) it is too dangerous on the blind corner.
Many thanks
Tara TJ

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Meet the teacher evening

Last night, at the meet the teacher evening, Amanda from Enviro-schools presented us with a new sign that we will install by the gate.

Thank you to everyone who came to meet the teachers!  What a great night for it!

Friday, 12 February 2016


*reminders* Assembly starts at 9:40 today
Meet the teacher/Picnic evening tonight 5-6:30. 
5pm Enviroschool sign presentation
5:15 - 6 Picnic/Takeaways/Music/Mingling
6-6:30 Meet the teachers in their classes
You may come to all or part of this evening smile emoticon

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Inclusion Review

This information will also be included in tomorrow's newsletter...

As a part of our charter and annual goals, the school is due for a review so that we can identify our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to inclusive education.  To do this we will be surveying our Staff, Children, and Families.  The purpose of this is to find out what we do well, and what we can improve upon.  Could you please take the time to fill in this online survey.  If you would prefer to do this on paper, you can pick one up from the school office, or I can email you a PDF.  
Online surveys can be completed by clicking the following link.

Change of assembly time

*This notice will be going home*


Dear Parents and Whanau,

This is to let you know that our assembly time will be changing to 9:40am - 10:30am. The first assembly will be this Friday 12th of February. We hope that this change of time will enable more of you to attend.

This week Te Motu will be hosting assembly.

We hope to see you there,

Pukerua Bay School Staff

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Reminder - Fish and Chip evening

Remember that our 'meet the teacher' evening will be on this Friday from 5-6:30. The evening will begin with the presentation of our green/gold enviroschool sign. For more details see our school newsletter

Friday, 5 February 2016

School News 5 February 2016

Kia ora Whanau

Happy New Year!
What a fantastic start to the year! Our teachers have worked very hard over the holiday break to ensure the classrooms are fresh, fabulous, and fun.

We have started the year with two teacher-only days. On these days we thought long and hard about the future world that our children will be participating in, as well as reflecting upon education for sustainability. Sustainability is our school wide theme this year.

On the first day of school we had a lovely assembly where we welcomed our new children. I was very impressed with all of our new students who were all super confident and were happy to be introduced to the whole school! Haere Mai to our new families!

The first two weeks
Over the next week, teachers will be building relationships with the students and ensuring that their voice will be heard in our planning for the term. I believe that it is important that students get a say in their learning rather than teachers deciding what they learn before they even meet their students. Teachers will be sending home newsletters over the first two weeks. These are important documents that will contain information around how the class will run and the contact details for your child’s teacher.

Meet the teachers!
On Friday the 12th of February, 5:00-6:30pm we would like to welcome you to our ‘Meet the Teacher’ community evening.
The evening will begin with the presentation of our Green/Gold Enviro School sign that will be presented by Amanda from Enviro Schools. It would be great to have you along to see the sign being presented.
We will then proceed with a Bring Your Own takeaway or picnic dinner on the field outside the Raroa deck and listening to Mr Wooster’s fine taste in music.  This will be a good opportunity to network with other families in the school and with the staff at Pukerua Bay School. Feel free to bring a picnic blanket, cushions or picnic chairs.

At 6pm we will ring the bell and open up our classrooms. This will give you the opportunity to see your child’s learning space. Teachers will outline how things work in their classrooms and answer general questions.  If you have specific questions relating to your child, please make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher at a different time.

The meat raffle will be drawn on Tuesday. There are still tickets available if you would like to be in for a chance to win a year supply of meat. Tickets are $20 and are for sale at the school office until Tuesday.

The school Facebook page is an important source of up-to-date information. I do realise that Facebook is not a place that all our families have (or want) access to. I have started a principal’s blog that will replicate the information on Facebook. If you would prefer this option, please go to and ‘follow by email’ so that you can receive timely information. If neither of these options appeal, please ensure that you read the school newsletters. Today I have sent everyone a hard copy, but as with previous years we prefer to send them to you by email. Please go to the Pukerua Bay School Website and sign up by pressing the email sign up link on the left hand panel.

Sign up by filling in the form. You can also arrange to receive hard copy. Please see Christine in the office for this.


Our gala team are working very hard and are putting in some solid hours! Keep an eye out for gala newsletters. Information around collection dates and ingredients donations will be coming your way soon! The gala date is Saturday, the 19th of March.


BYOD (Bring your own device) is now an option for years 5-8 students. If you would like your child to be able to bring their device to school for learning, please request and complete a BYOD form. We have broadened the scope of devices so that children can bring in any up-to-spec device. The device must be fully charged each day, have access to a chrome browser, and a decent battery life. If you have any questions feel free to email or call in to see me.

Sausage Sizzle
The sausage sizzle will start next Friday (12th February). Thank you to our parents who volunteer their time to make this possible.

Fundraising Trust

The fundraising trust have kindly made funds available for Te Motu to upgrade their classroom furniture. Matt Johnston is working with the students to figure out what furniture will best suit their learning needs. I am looking forward to seeing Te Motu’s makeover!

It is going to be a scorcher of a week next week (if my weather app is correct). This is a timely reminder to ensure your child has a brimmed hat to wear outside at school. We would like to see 100% hat wearing from this Tuesday.

Have a lovely and safe Waitangi Weekend!

Hei Kona Mai
Tara TJ