Newsletter Term 2 Week 9

Patumahoe School 29th of June 2022

Principal's Desk

Kia ora parents, caregivers, and extended whanau

I trust you all made the most of the long weekend. I was fortunate enough to get out on the water on Sunday evening. My eldest son and I had a productive fishing session, ensuring that the grandparents and a few local elders received fresh tamure (snapper).

We had some fun last Thursday flying kites as part of our Matariki Celebrations. Three hundred and twenty five tamariki and their colourful kites sprawled over the Clive Howe field was a sight to behold, and one I don't think I will ever forget. It was a beautiful. Although barely any kites got airborne, the children had great fun trying to get lift off.

I must provide some important COVID-19 information. We are now seeing a small number of secondary COVID-19 reinfections emerging in our school community that have happened outside of the 90 day safe period. This 90 day window period coming to an end has the likelihood of impacting families and workplaces.

If you get COVID-19 again, 90 days after first testing positive

  1. Get a COVID-19 test and
  2. follow the advice for a first infection (this means isolating at home for 7 days)

If you get COVID-19 again, your Household Contacts will need to isolate again, unless they have:

  1. had COVID-19 within the previous 90 days, or
  2. been in isolation as a Household Contact within the previous 10 days.

If someone you live with gets COVID-19

  • You do not need to isolate as a Household Contact for 90 days from when you first tested positive if someone else in your household gets COVID-19 during this time.

If someone in your house is just sick

  • Start thinking about care arrangements in order to have somebody at home to care for any sick dependents. This is especially important if you are unable to be at home due to work commitments. Unfortunately we have had a few instances where children have come to school sick and are unable to be collected as there are no possible caregivers available. Illness particularly at this time of year is to be expected, so please think of building your support network.

Do you need a RAT test?

  • We have a large surplus supply of RAT tests available if any school families require a few. Please come and see Bronwyn Black in the office.

A reminder that this Friday is a big day. It is Jammies in June mufti day, Matariki kai hakari, and Matariki assembly at 1pm. So that means:

  • Children can dress up in their pyjamas on Friday and bring a gold coin donation or a new set of PJs to donate to the Starship Hospital pyjama collection
  • Bring a shared plate of kai for our Matariki hakari (feast), plates can be dropped to the hall
  • You are all also warmly invited to our Matariki Sharing Assembly starting at 1pm in the hall.

Why I love my job

River Anderson (room 6) came into my office to read me a book entitled 'Surpise in the garden'. I prompted River prior to him starting, "I wonder what the surprise will be River?". His response was, "I can give you a spoiler alert if you want Mr".

Noho ora mai and kia kaha, kia toa ki Maori Allblacks!

Jade Tawhiti


Entries are now open for parents to enter their child for calf club. Entries close Friday 08th July. Please remember every child needs to enter one category.

Follow the link below:


We will be holding our calf club demo day next Thursday 07th July from 1.45pm. Please ensure your child knows what they will be doing for calf club so they go to the correct room for information.

A separate notice will be coming home shortly with all the details. Parents are welcome to come along and listen also.

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 for Matariki starting at 1pm. All welcome. Next week's assembly will be hosted by Room 5 & 9.


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).

Upcoming Events

  • 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
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