Newsletter Term 2 Week 7

Patumahoe School 15th of June 2022

Principal's Desk

Kia ora parents, caregivers, and extended whanau

We had a very kind parent donate a very generous koha to the bookfair yesterday. He asked that the koha go towards purchasing books for some deserving students. A wonderful and very kind gesture.

I retold a childhood book fair memory at last Friday's assembly. I was 9 years old and every breaktime during book week I would rush to the library to look through the plethora of books at my primary school's bookfair. One particular book instantly caught my eye, it was a book about Karate. Back in those days books were sold on a first in first served basis and there were no orders. I found this book to be particularly thrilling, and every lunchtime I would race in to read it, imagining myself in my own white gi held in place with a black belt. So precious was this book, that I would discreetly tuck it under a pile of books so that I could savour it for at least one more lunchtime. Each evening I would talk to my mother about this cool karate book, sharing interesting little snippets with her each night. I so dearly wished that she would buy it for me. But I knew that was stuff of fantasy. As you see, things were a little tight for my parents in those days, and my mother seldom ventured into school. So coming into school to buy a bookfair book was quite simply, out of the question.

Friday lunchtime came and so to did the end of the bookfair. I longed to read the karate book one last time before the entire collection was packed away and shipped off. But to my dismay, I couldn't find my precious book. Trying not to look too obvious I scoured through and under the large collection of books. But alas, no luck. I eventually sidled up to Mrs Ritchie- the librarian- and asked her out of desparation whether she had seen the karate book. "Oh yes, someone came in to buy that book this morning" was her sharp reply. I was heartbroken. Despondent and strangely embarrassed, I scurried out of the library.

A few months later on Christmas morning, I opened a rather flimsy looking present. As I removed the paper, the karate book appeared. I took it out to a quiet space in the garage, and whittled the rest of Christmas day away reading my special present. Nothing else mattered really because I had that book.

The bookfair donation that this parent has made, will likely bring that same sort of joy and wonder to a lucky group of students when they receive a book to cherish.

Have a great rest of the week

Jade Tawhiti

WOW what a fantastic book character parade we had this morning. Thanks to everyone for participating.

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We are having our class, student leaders, groups and netball photos on Monday 20th June. Please ensure you are dressed in the correct school uniform - no pink, purple or other coloured clothing.

Netball girls please make sure you are here at school in your uniform at 7.45am so we can start photos by 8am.


2022 Matariki Plan

  • Week 8 (20th June - 24th June):

    • Whole-school making kites with buddy class

    • Thursday 11:00am - 12:00pm - whole school fly kites


  • Week 9 (27th June - 1st July)

    • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon activity rotations (R12,R11,R10), (R9,R8,R7,R6), (R5,R4,R13), (R3,R2,R1)

    • Thursday afternoon - activity with buddy class

    • Friday:

    • 11:00-12:00pm: Tug of War (R6 up) - whole school to watch

    • 12pm Shared Matariki kai - food from own culture.

    • Matariki sharing assembly


If you have shifted properties or changed phone numbers please advise the office of any updated details.


The School Board has commenced the process of searching for our next Principal. An important part of this process is to seek feedback from the school community about the next leader.

The School Board invites you to provide this feedback via the following link and thanks you in advance for your contribution.


This week's assembly will be hosted by Room 1 & 6 starting at 1.45pm. All welcome. Next week's assembly will be hosted by Room 2 & 3 on Thursday the 23rd.


Calf Club Committee Thursday 16th in Room 2 at 2:30pm. The more the merrier!!
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Patumahoe School is a drop off station for The Jammies in June initiative created by Middlemore Hospital. They are asking for the following Items

  • New PJs that they can give sick children

  • Pre Loved PJs that have no rips or stains that they can give to the community

  • Knitting of baby clothes to give to newborn babies.

We will be having a Jammies mufti day on 1st July. Above items can be dropped off throughout all of June into the box in the school office. We will be taking them up to Middlemore hospital early July.

Upcoming Events

  • 16th June - Calf Club meeting in Rm2 - 2.30pm
  • 20th June - Photolife Photos - Class, student leaders, netball
  • 21st June - Last day for Book Fair
  • 24th June - Matariki Day - no school
  • 29th June - BOT Meeting - 5.30pm
  • 30th June - PTA AGM - 2.30 - 3.30pm
  • 01st July - Jammies in June Mufti Day
  • 01st July - Matariki Assembly
  • 05th July - Franklin Zone Hockey



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