Newsletter Week 8 Term 1

Patumahoe School 24th March 2021

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Whakatauki o te wiki: Ma te huruhuru ka rere te manu (Adorn the bird with feathers so it can fly)

Make sure you are enabling all your classmates to achieve. That might mean helping someone who is stuck or giving them quiet time with the teacher. Remember to share that teacher time around so all can achieve.

We have retained the Blanchard Shield!! The most prestigious and coveted sports trophy, perhaps second only to the ‘Caretakers Cup’. The Blanchard is awarded to the fastest swimming school in Franklin. Our team of four: Nate Williams, Abigail Tana, Peyton Cruickshank, and Charlie Dowdall swam superbly in the 4 x 30m freestyle relay to ensure the shield remains firmly in our trophy cabinet. Congratulations to these four and all of our swimmers who gave it everything at the Franklin Swimming Championships and a big thank you to our parent helpers on the day.

Finally, I can sense the excitement in the air. School camp is just around the corner. A huge amount of preparation is taking place for what will be a life changing experience for our kids. Camps are magic. I have been a part of many camps and some of the camp moments I have experienced remain the most enduring and fondest memories of my teaching career. As a matter of fact, I still have some “confiscated torches” from boys who would be well into their twenties now. The moments of growth that happen on camp are hard to replicate anywhere else.

Have a great week.


Jade Tawhiti and the team

Insights into Patumahoe School

This is awarded at every Friday assembly by the host classroom teacher. Normally each class hosts one assembly per term. So that means each class is only able to award the Lion four times a year. Hence why it is held in such high regard. If you are chosen as a Lion Award recipient, it is a very big deal. Presenting the award can at times be pretty emotional for our teachers because often the award recognises individual growth, which can hit deep, perhaps more so than say outstanding conduct and achievement. The Lion Award weaves our school values with our school motto of ‘playing the game with pride’ (effort and excellence). So if you do well and more importantly do it the right way, then you could well be the next Lion. Expect a phone call prior to the assembly if your child is a recipient.

BOT Panui

Thanks for the fantastic response to the community survey recently held. One aspect raised was around information from the School Board. We will provide a regular update via the school newsletter on some of the work being done.

The board is made up of members of the school community elected by parents to represent their families' interests and to act on their behalf. Boards are elected for a three-year term in an 18-month cycle, retaining half the Board each election. The school website has a page outlining the Board members and portfolios, which is kept up to date with roles and portfolios.

Mike Greig

BOT Chair


All outstanding invoices have been sent home yesterday. Payment is due by this Friday 26th March.


This week’s assembly will be hosted by Room 1 & 6 starting at 1.45pm. All welcome. No assembly next week due to Easter break.

Franklin Zone Swimming Results


7yr Boys 1st: Quade Williams

9yr Girls 3rd: Elena Harkness

10yr Girls 1st: Abi Tana 2nd: Charlie Dowdall


8 yr Girls 2nd: Ayva- Grace Hewlett

8yr Boys 1st: Oliver Smith

9yr Girls 3rd: Elaynah Allan

10yr Girls 1st: Riley Green 2nd: Charlie Dowdall


8yr Girls 2nd: Charlie Klokie 3rd: Ava Capper

9yr Girls 2nd: Elaynah Allan

10yr Girls 1st: Charlie Dowdall 2nd: Peyton Cruickshank

10yr Boys 2nd: Nate Williams


Open Girls 3rd: Jemma Reeves

Blanchard Shield relay

1st: Patumahoe 1:41:09 (Champions 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020*, 2021)

2nd: Bombay 1:45:31

3rd: Hill 1:48:37

4th: Valley 1:48:43


Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser closes this Thursday 25th March. Please have all money/forms returned to school by/on Thursday morning! Thank you for your support. If paying online please make sure you pay into the PTA bank account.


The children, staff and community would like to thank you for your wonderful support during this tricky time. We have been blown away with how the community (locally and nationally) has supported our school. We have a plan to move forward and we are determined that Apanui School will come out of this stronger and that we will always provide the best education for our children. This is a chance to genuinely live our school Vision of 'Ake Runga - Our Best Always'. Your awhi and aroha is appreciated.

Upcoming Events

  • 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
  • 14th April - Orienteering Practise Day - Year 5/6

  • 16th April - Walk and Gawk
  • 11th May - Franklin Orienteering - Reeves Farm
  • 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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