Newsletter Term 1 Week 9

Patumahoe School 30th of March 2022

Principal's Desk

Kia ora parents, caregivers, and extended whanau

With the changes to the red setting, we are able to explore more opportunities at school. We can now have whole-school assemblies under the cloud. Parents are welcome to attend these. We have also rescheduled our Kotahitanga meetings to Week 2 of next term. We have been really keen to hold these and finally set the pathway for your child's learning alongside you.

The school Reading Challenge draws to a close this week. Thank you to everybody for supporting this challenge by way of encouraging your children to read, or if you were a local business and have contributed a major prize. The purpose of the challenge was to discover the joy of reading and it seems we have a few more book worms because of it. We still have a few more minor prizes to award so we will be moving the final major prizegiving assembly to next week.

I have read some more Dinner Talk responses from parents, even watched a video of Dinner Talk in action. Thank you for adopting it at home and I am very pleased that it is being well received. My teenage daughter is currently at the age and stage of not wanting to talk about school. So I took some delight in 'getting a leg up' on her as she was talking about her psychology and physics classes with her brothers. Not surprisingly, she didn't talk much about the actual learning in those classrooms but more so the antics of her classmates. I gently slipped into the conversation and steered it towards the actual purpose of the lesson. Fortunately, I know both subject areas well (being favourite subjects at school) and could go 'toe to toe' with her discussing what she was learning. The look of surprise on her face when she realised her dad does in fact know something, was priceless.

No joy on the weekend with our golf final. Windross Farm were far too strong for our team and that brings the golf updates for 2022 to a close.

Noho ora mai

Mr Tawhiti and the Patumahoe School team


This week's assembly will be hosted by Room 1, 3, 7 & 9 starting at 1.45pm.


Just to clarify as we have had numerous questions around this:

  • Parents are allowed onsite to drop off and pick up.
  • To avoid congregations onsite, we kindly ask that you leave the school grounds as soon as you have dropped off or collected your child.
  • If you are entering a building e.g. office/classroom/pool area a mask must be worn.
  • If you have made arrangements for your child to be collected from Clive Howe, please have a conversation with them regarding returning to the school grounds if you are not there on time, as this is a safety concern for us.


As a school we are holding a mufti day to fundraise for our local surf life saving group due to the significant amount of drownings around our country this year.

Please wear red & yellow on Wednesday 06th April and bring a gold coin donation.


Parents if you wish your child to catch the bus on a casual basis (e.g. going to a friends house for the afternoon) you MUST notify the school office and make payment before your child goes on the bus. We cannot just take the child's word that this is the arrangement.


FULTON SWIM SCHOOL HOLIDAY INTENSIVES // April 2022. Have you booked your child into our School Holiday Intensives yet? Is your child hanging out for more learning time in our pool? Do you want to give their water safety and confidence a boost? Book your child online now for our Holiday Intensive program (select their normal class level). Swim one week or two, the choice is yours. Secure your space now

Upcoming Events

  • 06th April - Mufti Day for Surf Livesaving - Wear red & yellow - gold coin donation
  • 12th April - BOT Meeting - 5.30pm
  • 14th April - Last day Term 1
  • 02nd May - First day Term 2
  • 09th- 12 May- Kotahitanga meetings (parent teacher learning interviews)
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