School Calendar

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

Peanuts in school

This week we have a new entrant student starting at our school who has a life threatening peanut allergy. As you can imagine this is a very stressful and anxious time for his Whanau and we need to be assured that we can keep him safe at Pukerua Bay school.
Staff have been trained in the administering of his epi-pen and we also need to work together to prevent his exposure to nuts.
This is not a simple case of eating peanuts, he will go into life threatening anaphylaxis in the presence of peanuts or if he comes into contact with someone else who has eaten peanuts.
We have several ways to manage this:
Please refrain from sending peanut butter, peanut bars and other peanut products in school lunches
All children are to wash their hands before and after eating lunch (This should be standard practise)
Students from Te Motu will be rostered on to assist Jacqui Graham and Phillipa Needham at break times to be ‘peanut detectives’. Year 6 children will be peanut detectives on Fridays (when year 7-8s are at tech). Children who happen to have peanut products in their lunch will eat away from the student at risk and ensure hands are washed thoroughly
Firm procedures are in place as to how we react as a school if the student does go into life-threatening anaphylaxis
We realise that this is new to Pukerua Bay school and acknowledge the hard work that Pukerua Bay kindergarten has done with our families and Whanau last year. We believe that education is key around this issue and we hope that this can be an opportunity to build empathy and an understanding of how we all experience the world in different ways. I hope that by working together all students have access to a safe environment at Pukerua Bay School.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Tara TJ