Newsletter Term 2 Week 10

Patumahoe School 7th of July 2021

Principal's Desk

Kia ora everybody

Wow! It has been cold. The heatpumps have been working hard the last few days. We are not moaning though, cold and dry is far better than cold and wet. There have been a few colds around so the upcoming term break couldn't have come sooner.

Congratulations to all of our speech finalists who got on stage at the speech evening last Wednesday. You all did a superb job. Ben Hunter came out as the winner on the night with his speech entitled "Why Kiwi slang should be our 4th official language".

Ben presented his speech at the Franklin Speech Final last night and did the unthinkable!

Yes, he won!! This was Ben's 2nd year representing our school in the Franklin Speech event and what a great achievement in his final year to beat out a large number of excellent speakers.

The success stories keep coming. We had two mixed hockey teams that competed in the Franklin Hockey Tournament yesterday. Both team won their divisions and came away with new hockey sticks. Thanks to Vaun Cooksley and Bronwyn Black for managing the two teams and also the support parents on the day.

While we are basking in the success of both Ben and the hockey teams, the Caretaker's Cup Rugby boys and girls are quietly going through the motions ahead of tomorrows all or nothing clash against Pukekohe Hill School. The action gets underway with the girls game first at 12pm. Wishing them the best of luck.

I hope you get a bit of rest and relaxation in with your family over the break. Please keep your kids reading over the next two weeks. Perhaps a visit to the library on a wet day might be worthwhile. Load up on reading material when you are there. Also consider visiting the Warehouse, Whitcoulls, or local opshops and find some jigsaw puzzles. They are great for the brain as they develop visual patterning, concentration and patience. I just finished a big one with my kids recently and will embark on a large golf themed jigsaw puzzle this week.

Take care, stay warm and healthy and I will see you back on the 26th of July.

Noho ora mai

Mr Tawhiti

Franklin Primary School Speech Champion: Ben Hunter

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This week's assembly will be a Matariki assembly starting at 1.45pm. All welcome


Access Keycode forms for photos have been sent home. FREE DELIVERY EXPIRES Midnight SUNDAY 25TH JULY. Photos will be delivered to school for distribution.


Tea Towel fundraiser closes Wednesday 7th of July.
Please return any order forms to school and payments can be made via direct debit into the PTA bank account

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> REF: Family name/RM number
> CODE: Tea Towel

Tea towels will be handed out in term 3. Thank you for your support


CHICKENS - Anyone who has ordered chickens please ensure you bring a box on Friday 09th July and collect your chickens from the studio (building by bus bay) at the end of the day.


Please note the first newsletter that came home had the incorrect dates on. Entries will open on Wednesday 28th July and close Monday 06th Aug.


Thursday 08th July, starting at 1.30pm. Parents please make sure your child knows what they will be doing for calf club so they go to the right room.

NZMSM 42nd Annual Music Competition 2021

Several piano and keyboard students from Patumahoe School took part in the NZ Modern School of Music's 42nd Annual
Music Competition in Pukekohe on 25 and 26 June. It was a musical showcase with a huge range of performances, ages and instruments. Keyboard, piano, drums, guitar and ukulele performers competed over two days. Congratulations to all students who braved the stage and enjoyed performing. Jacob Patrick won a gold medal and the Zinzan Trophy for Restricted Keyboard 8-10 years. Patumahoe School has some very hard working and talented musicians and after many weeks of preparation, their dedication is reflected in the outstanding results:

Restricted Keyboard 8 to 10 years: Luke Davies - Silver

Classical Piano Restricted Years 8 and under: Ava Lilley - Bronze

Classical Piano Restricted 11 Years and over : Lara Barton - Silver

Classical Piano 9 Years: Ruby Cooksley - Gold, VHC and HC; Evelyn Rowe 2 x HC

Classical Piano 10 Years: Luke Reymer - Gold, Silver and VHC; Ceana Wells-Lamb - VHC and HC.

A very special thanks to all the parents for your tremendous support. Well done- you are all awesome!

*VHC – Very highly commended

**HC – Highly commended

Photo: Standing back row: Lara Barton, Jacob Patrick. Front from left to right: Ava Lilley, Ceana Wells-Lamb, Evelyn Rowe, Ruby Cooksley, Luke Reymer and Luke Davies.

Counties Power Consumer Trust Elections

Counties Power Consumer Trust will be posting out election forms 16th July to elect 2 trustees.

Christine Rupp, the current Chair of the Trust is standing for re-election. She has had over 20 years participation and experience in the electricity industry and she would appreciate your re-election vote to continue.

Upcoming Events

  • 07th July - School early closing at 12.30pm for Teachers Union meeting
  • 08th July - Calf Club Demo Day - 1.30pm
  • 09th July - Matariki Day
  • 02nd August - Year 5/6 Netball
  • 04th August - Year 3/4 Netball
  • 20th August - School Cross Country
  • 24th August - Central Group Cross Country
  • 27th August - Daffodil Day (wear yellow) gold coin donation
  • 01st September - Zone Cross Country
  • 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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