Newsletter Term 3 Week 6

Patumahoe School 31st of August 2022

Principal's Desk

Kia ora parents, caregivers, and extended whanau

I was a marshall at the Central Group cross country at the Pukekohe Showgrounds last Wednesday. We had a large group of runners representing our school as we competed against the best runners from the other Central Group Schools (Hill, Valley, Tamaoho, Mauku, Puni, and East School). From my elevated marshalling position, not only could I see the entire course, but I could also get in earshot of our runners and bark a few instructions or some encouraging words.

We had a number of standout results. Elaynah Allan and Sienna Hender did a Patumahoe one-two in the Year 6 girls race alongside a raft of solid placings from our blue and gold contingent. However, the moment that stood out for me was the Year 5 boys race. As Mr Williams and I walked our kids around the course, I noticed young Eli Hussey beside me. He exuded a quiet, but very focussed calm. I had the sense that he was 'up for it'. As we meandered back to our team base, I quietly said to him, "I have a good feeling about you today Eli". He smiled and said, "Thank you". That was all.

As the race begin, Eli signalled his intentions early, surging to the front of the pack. As he summited the first hill, he looked in control. Metronomic breath and stride. However, the threat of Valley schools number one runner loomed close behind whilst Quade Williams, another Patumahoe runner was sitting further back in 3rd position. As the race wore on, the pressure from the Valley runner increased. He was sitting in Eli's proverbial 'pocket' and no doubt planning an imminent charge to pole position. With 600m left in the race the pivotal and most courageous turn of events took place. Quade Williams, sitting in 3rd position made a charge. From my vantage point I believed he went too early. Most seasoned cross country runners would empty the tank at half that distance. But Quades early burst forced the Valley runner to go earlier than he wanted. Quade kept the pressure on and his pace did not relent. He edged ahead of the Valley runner at the final bend and with 250m left in the race, the Valley runner was exhausted and had nothing left. His planned charge was foiled by a gutsy play by Quade. Eli strode home for an epic win, dutifully assisted by his teammate Quade who himself secured a well deserved second place. I am so proud of these two and the entire team for not just competing, but giving it their all.

The Caretakers Cup rugby challenge is set for this Friday at the Clive Howe. We are defending the title against Pukekohe Hill School and action gets underway with the girls game at 12.30pm, followed by the boys game kicking off at 1pm. Please come down and support if you are in the vicinity.

I hope 20min daily reading at home is happening. I gave it a plug in last week's newsletter and I will be talking to kids this week to see if they are doing it. Ultimately, we would want to see the kids taking responsibility for this themselves and reading without being reminded, but regular parent reminders in order to get the habit going is often required.

To all of our dads out there. I hope you enjoy Father's Day this Sunday.

Kia pai to ra

Jade Tawhiti


Please take the time to vote


  • may be delivered to the school office by 4pm on 7th September 2022, there is a green voting box in the foyer to place them in.
  • If posted, your vote must be received no later then 5 days after the date of the election. Try to post it as early as possible as NZ Post has reduced postal delivery days in most areas. Voting closes at 4pm on 7th September 2022.

Results will be announced on 13th September 2022.


Margaret Stormont

Returning Officer


This week's assembly is being hosted by Rooms 3 and 9. Assembly starts at 1.45pm in the hall. Next week's assembly will be hosted by Rooms 7 & 12.


A orange notice is being sent home today about our calf club rosters. Please read and go online to book your time on a stall. We are doing this through our school interview site to make it easier for parents. Website is and the code is s4b4v.


This weeks appreciation goes out to the following sponsors - thank you!!

The countdown is on!!

Raffle, Stall and Cash Donations:

Melissa Tilyard Beauty


Vector White Water Rafting


Skyline Rotorua

Mac Direct

Smooth Lines Architure

Rothbury Insurance Brokers

Pukekohe Netball Club

Franklin Basketball

Carpet Court

Bakers Delight

The Good Room

Patumahoe Hotel

Toyworld Pukekohe

JA Russell

Home and Kitchen

Crystal Bliss

Michelle Ann Wool Shop

Tiny Turtles


Farm Lands

Upcoming Events

  • 01st September - Zone Cross Country
  • 02nd September - Caretakers Cup
  • 7th September - Voting closes if a Voting BOT election is held
  • 15th September - PTA Grocery Raffle Mufti Day
  • 20th September - BOT Meeting - 5.30pm
  • 24th September - Calf Club Day (SCHOOL DAY)
  • 26th September - Year 5 & 6 Girls Basketball
  • 27th September - Year 5 & 6 Boys Basketball
  • 30th September - Last day Term 3 - 2.25pm finish
  • 17th October - First day Term 4

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