Newsletter Term 3 Week 6

Patumahoe School 1st of September 2021

Principal's Desk

Kia ora and greetings to all

I am absolutely loving the videos and writing coming through from our tamariki. I watched Blake Harkness do a drifting tutorial (Ken Block look out), Miller Mohan made a perfect 'egg window' for his mum's lunch as well as many other special snippets. Perhaps someone could do a bike wheelstand tutorial, I can't seem to do them anymore.

Not the best news to hear that we have an extended time at Level 4 in Auckland. At the very least we will be operating at level 4 until the review takes place on the 13th of September. If there was a reduction to Alert level 3 the Ministry of Education has provided the following guidance for schools and families:

At Alert Level 3, children should only go to school if their parents are required to work and there is no other care option available at home. Ultimately, schools, for the most part, do remain closed except for those workers where there are no other options available for the care of their children.

From the intial MOE guidance outlining Alert Level 3 health and safety measures for schools it appears that things will be a lot tighter due to the highly transmissable nature of the delta variant.

I had to back track with the reward element of theTamarki o te ra / Child of the day programme running in our house. A little bit of friction was created in our household and it appeared that my eldest two children were setting up their younger brother for a bit of a fall in order to get the reward. So the whistle blowing has stopped and we only use the concept to reflect on our day now.

Calf Club as indicated in last week's newsletter, will go ahead all dependent on a workable reduction of alert levels. Planning is underway and provisions have been made for it to be run over several days very early in term 4 e.g. Dogs on a Wednesday, lambs and goats on Thursday and calves on Friday. Anyhow, the plans are far from firm at this stage. But it is just to give you an indication of where our thinking is at.

Safe TV viewing for students in Alert Levels 3 and 4. More time at home can see young people watching more TV, and potentially watching outside their normal viewing hours – which can increase the risk they will encounter unsuitable viewing. Tools are available to help parents protect students from TV content that may harm them. A practical guide to the latest tools (including parental locks, classifications, advisories, warnings and timebands) plus an informative video from Jordan ‘How to DAD’ Watson is available at

I am pleased to note that the Patumahoe staff are in good spirits despite all that is going on. We had a Google MEET on Monday night and Mr Williams came up with a great idea to run a staff TRIVIA night this Friday. It is sure to be a fun way to end the week.

Have a great rest of the week. Get outside and get some exercise. The Hunters Road- Woodhouse 6km loop is an excellent short run/ walk. Especially if you start at the Hunters Road end.

Mr Tawhiti


Kia Ora Senior Syndicate Families,
All of the teachers would like to thank your children and yourself for working hard to engage in online learning.
Keep your eyes out for zoom meetings which have also been organised. Your teacher will put a link, with the date and time into your classroom communication document for you to follow. These are a platform for you to connect with your class mates and your teacher. We aim to have everyone online for these.
Please ensure that you encourage and motivate your children to engage in as much learning as possible - daily roll , reading (book of your choice, read works, read theory), writing and mathletics (1000 points a day)tasks have been set.
We hope you are all safe and happy in your bubbles, we miss you all very much.
Remember parents, if you have any concerns or questions please email your child's teacher
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You can also call Ms Phillips (Maree) on 0273363802 if you need to talk to someone.
Take care from all of the senior syndicate teachers.



Kia Ora Koutou,

Another week has gone by in lockdown and we have been impressed by the work the children in the junior school are doing. There has been a lot of engagement online and Miss Tupai is loving all the responses to her daily challenges.

Our message this week to whanau is please read with the children. It can be; you reading them a story, the children finding words around the house, the children reading you a book they have read many times, reading eggs, sunshine online, watching the teachers read you a story online or doing the guided reading sessions on the website. This does get more important as lockdown increases in length. It really makes a difference if you read every day with the children. If you just take the four weeks over lockdown and read one book everyday, your child will read 28 books. If there are about 50 words in the books they are reading (usually there is more) that's 1400 words (approx) your child would have read as opposed to not reading at all. That is a huge advantage for your children moving forward and I know some of you are reading way more than that! So if all else fails please read in any way with your beautiful children everyday.

We really miss the kids and want to thank their whanau for all their hard work - working and homeschooling at the same time is tough! We really appreciate whanau and their efforts. We are all crossing our fingers that we will be back at school and back into routine as soon as we can.

Nga mihi,

The Junior School Team

Louise Tupai

Assistant Principal

Patumahoe Primary School

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  • 20th September - Year 5/6 Girls Basketball
  • 21st September - BOT Meeting
  • 22nd September - Year 5/6 Boys Basketball
  • 25th September - CALF CLUB DAY (T.B.C)
  • 22nd October - TEACHER ONLY DAY - NO SCHOOL


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