Newsletter Term 2 Week 8

Patumahoe School 22nd of June 2022

Principal's Desk

Kia ora parents, caregivers, and extended whanau

I spent some time in classrooms yesterday afternoon. Some fascinating Matariki learning was going on in each room. Room 7 were learning about how Matariki has been traditionally celebrated. A time to slow down, share kai, reflect, and remember our loved ones who have passed away during the year, were some ideas they researched. I think these are great ways to celebrate, and a meaningful change from some of the more novel and material aspects of Christmas day for instance. If the conditions allow, I intend to take my whanau fishing. The perfect way to slow down, spend time together, and gather kai.

This morning I had the pleasure of judging our Year 3 & 4 speech finalists alongside Ms Phillips. Speech making can be daunting for a lot of people. Despite this I am a big believer in the importance of individuals being able to speak in front of a large group of people. In this day and age where 'hiding behind the screen' communication is becoming normal, I think if we can teach our kids to speak clearly and confidently (even when they aren't confident) in front of groups of people, especially new people, they will have a distinct advantage in future years over those who cannot. That is just my opinion.

I received an emailed speech from a student imploring me to allow a lamb creche at our school for Calf Club. The student presented a very strong and valid argument, one that has certainly got me thinking. "Can you imagine? At break times, the children with lambs could feed them and then play with them. We wouldn’t even need to use the staffroom to get their bottles ready, we could use the Paddock to Plate kitchen", the student explained. What is so powerful about this particular speech is that it not only outlines in very clear terms what the issue is, but the student then provides a solution. "I know my granddad has lots of old bits and pieces lying around that would help to make a fence", she wrote. This tells me that she has thought it through very carefully, and is turning an idea into action. After this weekend, I intend to turn my thoughts into action, respond to this student and see what we can do.

Have a great long weekend and savour Matariki in a way that feels right for you.

Noho ora mai

Jade Tawhiti

Enviro Working Bee Monday 4th July 9:30am

Calling out to anyone who is available for a school working bee on the 4th July starting 9:30am.

The Enviro group would like to invite parents and grandparents who would like to give some time, even if it's just an hour to get some environmental jobs done around our school.

If you have these items please bring them along.

  • Gardening gloves

  • Fork/ spade

  • Wheelbarrow

If you can help please contact or leave a message at the office.


Kirstin Harris


This week's assembly will be hosted by Room 2 & 3 starting at 1.45pm on Thursday 23rd. All welcome. Next week will be a Matariki assembly.


I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that came and purchased books from the Book Fair. We made over $4,000 in sales which means I get 35% of sales back to purchase more books for our library.

Dear Patumahoe - We live in a great area with deep roots to our farming community. This year marks Patumahoe Schools 85th year of Calf Club Day since first held in 1937. We would love to share Calf Club Photos of those who have gone before us. So if you have any photos you would like to share please send them to

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We are holding a Jammies in June mufti day on Friday 01st July. Come along in your jammies and we kindly ask for a donation of jammies (or gold coin donation so we can purchase jammies).


If you are wanting a calf for calf club we have some available now or when you are ready for one. Dairy/Beef breeds available. Ring/text Gemma 021 0299 6200.

Upcoming Events

  • 24th June - Matariki Day - no school
  • 27th June - School speech finals - 6pm
  • 29th June - BOT Meeting - 5.30pm
  • 30th June - PTA AGM - 2.30 - 3.30pm
  • 01st July - Jammies in June Mufti Day
  • 01st July - Matariki Assembly
  • 04th July - Enviro Working Bee
  • 06th July - Franklin Zone Hockey
  • 07th July - Calf Club Demo Day



We are about to have many baby goat kids born and are looking for old towel donations to use for drying off the newborn kids. If you have any to donate please drop off to the office.
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The Flash Bang Science Club is offering a holiday workshop on Thurs 21st July in the afternoon (the morning workshop is now full). We will also be running after school Children’s Science classes next term for new (Thursday’s) and existing Wednesday’s) students aged 6-12yrs commencing from 3rd August onwards in Pukekohe. Limited places are available. For more information or to book please email: or check out our website:

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