Newsletter Term 3 Week 9

Patumahoe School 21st of September 2022

Principal's Desk

Kia ora parents, caregivers, and extended whanau

Calf Club is almost upon us. We are very excited. There is a call for helpers afterschool on Friday, so if you are in the vicinity, please come down and give us a hand. Thanking you all in advance.

Our top senior mathematicians are competing in the Franklin Mathex Competition today. This event has been a long time coming and we have high hopes of defending our title as Mathex Champions.

I learnt a new life lesson yesterday. I was driving into Auckland in the very early hours of the morning enroute to Waimauku School to assist the Education Review Office (ERO) with the review of that school. Now I don't often drive into central Auckland. As a matter of fact I don't drive past the Bombay turnoff often. So with strict instructions to meet at the ERO HQ in Mt Eden at 8am, I put my faith in google maps. Leaving home at 6.15am, I felt certain that I was allowing myself ample time. However, by the time I got to the Papakura section of the motorway my ETA had pushed out significantly. Now being in education for as long as I have, we are accustomed to being 'on time' when it involves people- be it big people or little people. By and large we operate according to the sound of the school bell. So when Mr Google told me that I had to take an alternative route to what I was used to and go cross country, I did start to panic. I had placed full trust in Google to get me to my destination, and when it started sending me on what seemed like a wild goose chase, I quickly became skeptical. Mr Google asked me to take sudden turns, go down unknown streets, merge into lanes I couldn't even see, all the while reassuring me that I was in fact on THE FASTEST ROUTE and that I WILL arrive at my destination on time. I spent the entire journey resisting the urge to stick to my proven route, something that I was safe and comfortable with. After all the panic, and regret over even trying to venture into Auckland traffic, I did arrive on time. So all turned out well in the end. Maybe I need to relax a bit more, embrace change and just let things run their natural course.

Noho ora mai and see you all on Saturday

Jade Tawhiti


NO assembly this week due to Calf Club. Next week's assembly will be hosted by Room 1 & 2.


All bean & technology projects & diaries need to be brought to the hall by 9am this Friday 23rd September. Please ensure the project/bean is named.

All technology projects will be on the stage area. Junior beans below stage area and intermediate & senior beans at the back of hall. Please look for junior, intermediate & senior tables and put into the right area.


Anyone who is able to give a hand to help with Calf Club set up is greatly appreciated to meet afterschool. Many hands make light work.

Jobs include setting up marquees, sorting rubbish bins, setting up classes for raffles etc. Pricing baking and setting up stalls.

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Upcoming Events

  • 24th September - Calf Club Day (SCHOOL DAY)
  • 26th September - Memorial Day for the Queen
  • 27th September - Calendar Artwork coming home
  • 27th September - Year 5 & 6 Boys Basketball
  • 30th September - Last day Term 3 - 2.25pm finish
  • 17th October - First day Term 4
  • 21st October - Calendar Art last day for orders
  • 25th October - BOT Meeting - 5.30pm
  • 26th October - Group Day Calf Club
  • 04th November - Teacher Only Day
  • 15th December - Last day Term 4 - Finishing at 12.30pm


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Young at Art offer Children’s, Teens & Adult Art classes in Pukekohe. Our Holiday workshops are open for booking. These holidays we are offering Papier mache, Vinyl Clock Art, Mixed Media and Acrylic Painting on canvas workshops, Term 4 ART ADVENTURES after school classes are open for booking in groups for children aged 6-9yrs, 9-12yrs and 13yrs+ on Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s. If there is no space in your chosen class, please email Anna to join the waiting list we often have an odd spot come up at the beginning of term. Adult workshops include Watercolour, Resin Art, Acrylics and Family workshops. For more information or to book please check out: / email: Bookings are essential as places are limited
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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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