Newsletter Week 7 Term 1

Patumahoe School 17th March 2021

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Swimming Sports - kids ready and eager to go


Whakatauki o te wiki: Poi poia te kakano kia puawai (Nurture the seed and it will blossom)

We are into our learning now at school. Remember to come prepared for the day and ready to learn. Making sure we're working hard will get you the results you want. Maybe not straight away, but believe in the process and you will get there.

How about that sailing! When I saw Team NZ and their waka ‘Te Rehutai’ bottom out in race 8, I stormed outside to water the garden, resigning myself to the fact that we had let another race slip. It was amazing to see how the race unfolded. Good on Team NZ, and a constant reminder to always remain positive and although we fail on occasion, there is no reason why you can’t finish strong with your head held high.

We are very excited to welcome Mrs Abi Jameson to our team in term 2. Mrs Jameson will be teaching new entrants in Room 14.

Swimming sports were held last Friday. Thanks to KAS and the PTA for generously providing ice blocks for each child. Also thank you to Maree Phillips, our event organiser and Bronwyn Black for doing the results. We have a very strong team heading to Franklin Zone swimming in Waiuku tomorrow. Best of luck to our swimmers.

Mr Mike Greig has been recently elected as the chairperson of the board of trustees. Congratulations Mike.

Jade Tawhiti and the team

Insights into Patumahoe School

How does property improvement work? The majority of big property projects at school come under Ministry of Education (MOE) funding by way of a 10 year plan. Schools are allocated money primarily based on roll numbers over two 5 year periods which make up this 10 year plan. In order to access this money to do stuff, we have to create our own 10 year plan and send it to the MOE for approval. However, there is a strict order of priority that this money goes towards. It’s not just a simple case of wanting a new staffroom or a new hall. We have basic ‘heat, light, and water’ boxes to tick. The sort of things that if not in good order could close the school. It then moves into classroom upgrades etc. Schools want to be in the position that they have ticked the boxes to have a bit of freedom with how they use their 5YA funds, therefore it is imperative that the basics are attended to. We are fortunate that we have put money into sorting our drainage, roofs, etc so that we can do some cool stuff. The downside to 5YA projects is that you are working with the MOE who follow government processes, hence why things take a lot longer. Some of the smaller projects you may have seen pop up have been made possible with clever budgeting and use of our own funds, and because we manage (and use local contractors) these projects happen faster. Painting the school is a separate thing and we just have to put money aside for those sorts of things, that includes building washing, roof treatments, and general repairs and maintenance. So the key is, keep your school well maintained and doing cool stuff becomes more realistic.


A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.

The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection.

If 10% or more eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Request for a by-election should be sent to:

Mike Greig, patumahoe school BOT, 38 Patumahoe Rd, RD4 Pukekohe 2679 or email: by 24th March 2021


This week’s assembly will be hosted by Room 2, 7 & 12 starting at 1.45pm. All welcome. Next week's assembly will be hosted by Room 1 & 6.


All book club orders to be in to the office by Thursday 18th March.


  • Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser - Orders close Thursday 25th March and delivery is Wednesday 31st March.

  • PTA meeting Tuesday 23rd March, 2.30pm in the school library. Everyone welcome!

  • Did you know that the PTA has a private Facebook page! Like/join our awesome Facebook page to get in the know!

Upcoming Events

  • 17th March - Meet the Teacher - 2pm-6pm code bqytu
  • 18th March - Zone Swimming - Whiteside Pool Waiuku - 9.30am
  • 24th March - Rippa Rugby
  • 25th March - Eye on Nature
  • 30th March - Girls Cricket Festival Day
  • 02nd April - Good Friday - NO SCHOOL
  • 05th April - Easter Monday - NO SCHOOL
  • 06th April - Easter Tuesday - NO SCHOOL
  • 07th-09th April - School Camp - Years 3 - 6 at Ngaruawahia
  • 16th April - Walk and Gawk
  • 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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