Newsletter Term 3 Week 1

Patumahoe School 28th July 2021

Principal's Desk

Kia ora everybody

A big warm welcome back to everybody. I trust you are all well rested. A few interesting holiday stories have been emerging during my playground walks. Great to hear that some kids have been out fishing, a number have been to the snow and really pleasing to hear that some of our tamariki have spent precious time with grandparents (great respite for parents too). Unfortunately, illness slowed me down a bit over the break, but I did manage to get out fishing once and catch some snapper.

This term is a really big term for learning. The pedal will be pushed to the floor with a particular focus on shifting every child in literacy (reading and writing). We will be calling on your support to ensure that children are reading at home each night, and we encourage daily conversations with your child about their day of learning. Perhaps, use these prompts:

  1. Tell me about the best part of your day.
  2. What was the hardest thing you had to do today? Why was it hard?
  3. Did any of your classmates do anything funny?
  4. Tell me about what you read in class.
  5. Who did you play with today? What did you play?
  6. Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?

The Olympics in Tokyo is proving to be interesting viewing. I have always been fascinated how certain athletes can step up and exceed their own expectations under extreme pressure and claim a gold, silver, or bronze, and how some athletes who have been world leaders in their sporting field can fall short at the final hurdle. Why does this happen?

I am equally fascinated by the 13 year old who won gold in skateboarding and then the 33 year old Bermuda triathlete Flora Duffy who won her countrys first ever gold medal. The pathway to Olympic glory is changing it seems.

Noho ora mai

Mr Tawhiti

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This week's assembly will be hosted by Room 14 & 10 starting at 1.45pm. All welcome. Next weeks assembly will be hosted by Room 13 & 3.


Calf club entries are now open, please fill in an entry form for your child, if they have more than one entry e.g. lamb and bean then you will need to fill in a form for each one (2 entry forms).

It is COMPULSORY that every child enters at least one category, children are also expected to attend school on Calf Club Day as it is classed as a school day.

Please go to the following link to enter:

The link is also on our website.


  • Calf Club Committee meeting this Thursday 29th July 2.30pm in the studio.

  • Thank you for all your support with our fundraisers that were held in term 1 and 2. The money raised from these events go towards upgrading the senior playground and other activities for the children to enjoy. We had an overwhelming response to the tea towel fundraiser and our order has now been placed. They will take a few weeks to print and we will provide further delivery details as soon as we are updated.


-To be held Saturday 25th September at School

-Calf Club's ‘Support Local Market’; If you have a craft or hobby and would like a stall, spaces are available

-Sponsorship Opportunity, Help get behind our school to achieve our goal of raising money for a new senior playground.

To find out more please email


My name is Sadie and I work with Nubian goats, we are kidding down with our first kids in the middle of August so will have some lovely babies for sale.
They are very well breed and good stable babies, they will have had there full quota of colostrum from mum.

Please contact Bashir on 027 738 1722.


This Friday, July 30th, 2.30 – Native Tree Planting Straight after school assembly. At the far end of North East Fields.

Children and parents are welcome to join Landcare locals. Bring a spade and some solid footwear.

We will be introducing some puriri, taraire and other native giants to provide food and shelter for our growing numbers of tui and kereru.

See you there.

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Upcoming Events

  • 02nd August - Year 5/6 Netball
  • 04th August - Year 3/4 Netball
  • 10th August - Netball sausage sizzle
  • 20th August - School Cross Country
  • 24th August - Central Group Cross Country
  • 24th August - BOT Meeting
  • 27th August - Daffodil Day (wear yellow) gold coin donation
  • 01st September - Zone Cross Country
  • 10th September - PTA Grocery Mufti Day
  • 20th September - Year 5/6 Girls Basketball
  • 21st September - BOT Meeting
  • 22nd September - Year 5/6 Boys Basketball
  • 22nd October - TEACHER ONLY DAY - NO SCHOOL


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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