Newsletter Term 3 Week 2

Patumahoe School 4th August 2021

Principal's Desk

Kia orana everybody, it is Cook Island language week

Some stunning language is emerging in senior classroom writing. I have been spending time in the morning wandering through rooms. The children are quick to nab me and showcase their writing. Room 12's Oliver Smith, Koen Birchall, and Ben Hunter even dragged me into a discussion about siege warfare and viking raids. Taren, Ceana, and Tom from Room 11 came to my office and shared their beautifully crafted adaptations of an Aboriginal legend. Their writing was littered with clever vocabulalry and the word that stuck out was the term 'purloined'. Google it. Liam Moore from Room 5 has completed two full reading wheels and he will get Hells Pizza for his efforts.

Some of our little little ones are making strong starts too. Joshua Wilson in Room 14 was so focussed on his work on his first real day of school he hardly noticed me in the room, whilst one of his bemused classmates asked "What are you doing in here Mr?". Room 1 children did some fantastic story writing after Monday nights big storm. Eden Chen wrote "the wind wobbled my bed". There was also some damage reported in the stories, Emma wrote "the barbeque cover blew off" and Taki wrote "my house fell over" (see the picture below).

We have a number of other reasons to celebrate too. Our Year 5/6 Jumpjam team won the Auckland Championships on Saturday at Oranga Primary in Ellerslie. Congratulations to them and Mrs Crisp for her efforts coaching the team (pic below). With the Olympics taking place it seems very appropriate that a bunch of our leading gymnasts also had success at the recent Franklin Schools Gymnastics Competition.

  • Joshua Wilcox was second overall in the Open Juniors
  • Bellavie Nortje 1st on vault, 2nd on beam, and 1st overall!!
  • Matthew Thompson 1st overall in trampoline and 1st in the double mini trampoline

Our Gems netball team also won the Franklin Year 5/6 netball compeition on Monday. Thanks to the volunteer parents who helped out on the day.

How about those Olympics though? It was great to see our Blackferns win the sevens gold, but for me, Emma Twiggs triumph in the single sculls rowing will be the moment of these games. Her story is one of perserverence and resilience. Having missed out on medals in 3 previous olympic games, she decided to throw the towel in. Conceding to the fact that maybe she was never destined to get a medal. But, something stirred her wairua, and she decided to pick the towel up again and try one last time. I have never tried rowing myself but having known a few rowers, be assured that to get to that level requires a tremendous amount of mahi and early mornings. That was her personal everest and it is a great story.

A final big thank you to Gary Capper from LJ Hooker Pukekohe for generously supporting last week's Lion Award Lunch with the principal. The kids really loved the pizza.

Meitaki (thank you)

Mr Tawhiti

Auckland Jump Jam Champions!

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Room 1 tamariki sharing their stories about the stormy night

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This week's assembly will be hosted by Room 13 & 3 starting at 1.40pm. All welcome. Next weeks assembly will be hosted by Room 2 & 5.


All orders need to be into the office by Thursday 05th August.


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.

Entries close Monday 09th August.

Please go to the following link to enter:

The link is also on our website.


Can we please have all calf club trophies back into the office asap.


Seeds will be coming home with children this Friday 06th August. Please check your child's bag and happy growing.


If you would like a sample diary for beans, technology or pets these are available for download on our school website under parent info/school information/calf club.



-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

Upcoming Events

  • 09th August - Calf Club entries close
  • 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


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The FLASH BANG SCIENCE Club is running in Pukekohe for Term 3! We offer a 6-week science course for 7 – 12 year olds covering all aspects of STEM. This course will commence on Thursday’s from 26th August to 30th September 2021, 3.30-5pm in Franklin Art Centre, Massey Avenue, Pukekohe (same building as Pukekohe library). For more information or to book please check out:, email: or phone: 0297 712 923. Bookings are essential as places are limited.
Seasons For Growth is a grief and loss Programme for children, and helps them deal with the challenges of change in their lives e.g separation, divorce, death or other major family changes. The next after-school programme starts on Thursday 5th of August 4pm-5pm at St Andrews Church hall in Pukekohe. A Parent Programme is also running at the same time. An Adult Programme is also available starting soon. The Programmes run for 6-8 weeks during term time. For enquiries or enrolments please phone/text Marisa Skilton on 021 142 5812, office on 238 7228, or contact me at For more info please go to

Predator Free Franklin

Wednesday 11th August 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. at Farrell’s Nursery, 46 Pollock Rd, Pukekohe. We’ve ordered fresh supplies, they’re stacked high, and we’re back bigger than ever! Tell your friends and neighbours it’s all on again. Get all your pests knocked down now, before the breeding season kicks off. Free trap and bait options Read more


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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