Dear Parents, Caregivers and Children,
Wasn't last Friday a blast! With perfect conditions our Try Challenge was always going to be a big success. One of the highlights of the year for many. While providing a chance for everyone to be involved and push play, it was a great opportunity for our Year 5 and 6's to show leadership and support of others. It really showcased the wonderful culture that has been a part of Puketaha School for years. Our children thrived during the day and it brought plenty of joy to all. Thank you for coming along, there was a great buzz around the place. Also, a big thank you to Miss Tritt for her organisation of the day. Her leadership with Sport continues to be first class and it is a credit to her with how days like this run so well.
This week in assembly I chatted to the children a little about choice vs obligation. The two can often be an interesting concept and either seen as a burden or opportunity. The message to our children was not as deep as that, but more aligned to the point that at times we are obligated to do things and at times we have choice. Sometimes, the obligation feels big or too much, even maybe a little unfair, the same goes for choice. What I encouraged the children to do is to quickly establish whether it is a choice or an obligation. As it is when we confuse the two that frustration can kick in. Your support as parents with understanding this would be valued. What I hope we see is that it is not about being heavy handed, but simply supporting our children and others being able to identify between the two.
If it’s an obligation, then you don’t have a choice.
Pretending you do is simply a way to create frustration. Free yourself to simply do what you have to do.
On the other hand, if you do have a choice (and you probably do) then it doesn’t make sense to treat it as an obligation. Own the choice.
As we enter into the second half of the term we have many more events to look forward to. Our first Powerful Learner Assembly for the year (where I must put in my apologies for), Year 3-8 Swimming Sports, Parent Information Evening, Book Week and Grand Parents Day. I hope to be able to connect with as many of you as possible at either of these occasions.
The Annual Technology Fee for Year 7 & 8 who attend Morrinsville Intermediate every week is $100. This will be added to your child's kindo account.
Year 8 Science
Year 8 Students will travel by bus to St Pauls Collegiate School for Science lessons. The cost of transport for the year is $100, or $25 per term.
Alcohol Drugs & other Harmful Substances and Swimming Pool policies are both up for review this term .
If you would like to be a part of this process go to the School docs website https://www.schooldocs.co.nz , login with Puketaha and puketaha as the password and follow the instructions in the ‘current review’ tab.
Pick up and drop off times - Children are to be dropped off at school no earlier than 8.20am. We would also appreciate parents and caregivers picking up your children promptly at the end of the day by 3.10pm.
If you are unable to be here at these times please arrange for your children to attend before or after school care. YMCA Out of School Care Programme is operating out of the PAC. Please contact 838 2529 for more information or Register here
Nomination forms will be posted out to all eligibile voters and close at 12noon on Friday 24th May.
The elections will be held on Friday 7th June 2019
If you are interested in standing for a board position and would like to know more contact the Board Chairperson Ali Grigg.
05 Apr 2019
9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
05 Apr 2019
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Buzz the People Fundraising
If you or other family members don't mind doing an occasional survey, go on line and sign up to support Puketaha School. Each survey completed puts a small amount into a fundrasigin account given dirently to the school.
Information from the Police re Momo Challenge
We have received some concerns regarding the so-called “Momo challenge”.
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