Newsletter Week 9 Term 1

Patumahoe School 31st March 2021


Whakatauki of the week:

Ko au, Ko au, Ko Koe Ko koe, Me haere ngatahi taua (I am me, you are you, together we go as one)

It’s camp next week! YAY! Get excited to venture together into the unknown, where you will all support each other to have the best time!

Kia ora whanau

It is a short week this week and next week. There is NO school this Friday due to it being Good Friday and NO school both Monday and Tuesday next week. It may seem a bit confusing that Easter Tuesday is not a public holiday, but is a school holiday. Easter Tuesday has been a school holiday since the school year was changed to four terms back in 1996. But most annual term dates set by the Ministry of Education have seen Easter being celebrated during the term break, so most would not have noticed Easter Tuesday. I think the last time we had Easter weekend in term time was back in 2018. A bit of a strange one for families, but I do hope you can sort necessary household arrangements.

Congratulations to our Rippa Rugby teams who won both the Section A and Section B of the Franklin primary schools rippa rugby tournament last Wednesday. The section A team will compete in the greater Counties Manukau tournament to see if they can progress to the nationals in Wellington. Thank you to the parents who came along to help out on the day, as always your support is greatly appreciated.

With the arrival of cooler weather, so too comes the arrival of the ‘hot bite’. My fishing reels have been dusted off in anticipation of some saltwater action this weekend. It has been a while coming and I am quite excited. I hope you have a great long weekend.

Jade Tawhiti and the team

Insights into Patumahoe School

The Pink Brigade is something that is very unique to our school. The concept was developed by Mr Williams a few years back. Social and emotional support for students from students is really what the Pink Brigade is all about. The mantra ‘Others first’ guides the actions of the Pink Brigade. The kids who are selected as Pink Brigaders learn that any child eating lunch by themselves is unacceptable, any child being excluded from a game is also unacceptable, and it is their job to initiate and support inclusion for that individual into a game or social activity. They are also promoted as a ‘go to’ for kids if they are at a loss during breaktime. The concept is evolving, and this year the level of responsibility on the Pink Brigade has increased. For instance, they may be used to help support selected students who have ongoing social challenges by role modelling healthy playtime interactions. They then report back to the student's teacher at the end of breaktime. The Pink Brigade are easily distinguishable with their pink bucket hats and beanies. I am sure as school parents- particularly our new parents- you would take comfort in the knowledge that your child will not be lonely at break times, but also taking part in healthy play.


Reminder - Hot Cross Bun orders are being distributed to classrooms this afternoon!

Upcoming Events

  • 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


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