Newsletter Term 3 Week 10

Patumahoe School 28th of September 2022

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Principal's Desk

Kia ora parents, caregivers, and extended whanau

Thank you all for your magnificent efforts and general support of our Calf Club. After two years in the wilderness, the event was warmly welcomed back by our wider community. A huge thank you to Emily Spooner-Starnes, Shelley Farrell, and Kay Carter for the overall organisation of the event. These ladies did a magnificent job behind the scenes and were ably supported by a large number of volunteer parents. The Friday afterschool setup efforts were immense and showed just how strong the Patumahoe community spirit is here. Nicola Blackwell captured some beautiful images throughout the day. I think the image above captured many things. The joy of Calf Club for young and old and the whanaungatanga or sense of belonging these events hold for many of our past families.

As a write this, I am gearing up for a farewell assembly this afternoon. These last few weeks have been surreal. The feelings inside and sleepless nights have once again reminded me how rewarding and significant a job this is. No matter how you approach teaching and indeed leading learning, there is an emotional investment. Without manawa (or heart) I think your impact in this game can only get you so far.

To our tamariki. I want to answer a question a number of you have asked me. “Why are you leaving Mr?”. Simple. To learn. Our teachers often talk to you about growth mindset. Well, big people need to have it as well. I am nervous and I don’t really know much about my new school, the people, the teachers, and the kids. But I am not scared of the challenge. My new school will teach me a lot and I will learn and grow from it. So that's why I am leaving. But I am really going to miss you.

Parents, whanau and grandparents I want to thank you for trusting me and my team to do what we do. It has been an absolute privilege serving you. You should be very proud of the children you are raising and sending through our school gate. Mrs Grey- our new principal- is coming into a wonderful community and I know she will flourish with your warmth and support.

To our current board and past BOT's who have served our school. Thank you for your commitment and support, especially over the past two years which have proven to be particularly challenging. I wish you all the best for an exciting and prosperous future.

To my staff. You are a once in a career team. The heart of this place lies in the people and our in particular, our staff team. You are true professionals who give 110% to kids and the school as an organisation. I think Rachel Taylor summed it up the other morning when she said she has never worked at a school where she felt so loved. I too have felt the same. From a principal’s perspective it is easy to think that as the leader I must carry the full load, but the truth is, I felt like I have been protected, supported and loved as an equal here. Never once have I felt like there was space between us. I am so grateful to have worked alongside you. It has been an absolute privilege and I will miss you.

'Anei Matou' is the Patumahoe School song. In the second verse of the song is a line, it goes “He manawa iti, kia whiwhi angitu”. This translates to, "Every small breath, every heart beat is one step closer to success". I think that line is profound. It speaks to the journey of learning our tamariki take, it also speaks of the immense and relentless mahi of our staff. It also reminds us that each day, each breath and each step we take are things to cherish. Patumahoe School has been the most amazing place to work and a very special chapter in my career and life. One that I will cherish. Nga mihi nui kia koutou.

Ka kite ano

Mahia nga mahi i te kaha rawa

Jade Tawhiti


This week's assembly will be hosted by Room 1 & 2 starting at 1.45pm in the hall. All welcome.


Calendar art work was sent home with students on Tuesday. If you wish to place an order please return artwork, order form and payment to the classroom teacher. You can also pay by eftpos at the office if you wish.

All orders are due back into the office by 21st October.


Wednesday 26th October 2022 (A & P Showgrounds)

Entries Close: Monday 17th October 2022

Open for: Calves, Lambs, Goats

Entry Fee: $5.00

It doesn't matter where you placed at Our Calf Club, this is open to everyone!

If you would like to enter your child into this years group day please email Shelley


A massive congratulations is warranted for the efforts of our two MATHEX teams that competed at the Franklin competition last Wednesday. Twenty five schools (30 teams!) competed in the mathematics race and both our teams scored 85 points out of a possible hundred to finish 3rd equal!! An exceptional effort from our talented mathematicians in challenging circumstances. The teams were...

1: Lanie Holmes, Ruby Cooksley, Loki Holt & Brooke Gittus.

2: Ryan Johnston, Sam McDonald, Cooper Jackson & Kevin Namkung.

Todd Williams.

A massive thank you to our community in supporting our 85th year of Calf Club at Patumahoe School. All your support is greatly appreciated in celebrating the children of Patumahoe and raising funds for a new senior playground. $27,000.00 was raised.


Pony Ride Helpers:

A massive Thank you to; Caoilainn, Braedan, Keeva, Elett, Isabella Gisel and Maeve for helping with the pony rides. It was a massive effort and brought many smilies to children's faces!

Upcoming Events

  • 27th September - Calendar Artwork coming home
  • 27th September - Year 5 & 6 Boys Basketball
  • 30th September - Last day Term 3 - 2.25pm finish
  • 17th October - First day Term 4
  • 21st October - Calendar Art last day for orders
  • 25th October - BOT Meeting - 5.30pm
  • 26th October - Group Day Calf Club
  • 04th November - Teacher Only Day
  • 15th December - Last day Term 4 - Finishing at 12.30pm
  • 01st February 2023 - First day Term 1



Uniform Works is our supplier for our school uniform. If you need to order please go online to . Delivery is super fast and efficient.
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