Newsletter Term 3 Week 7

Patumahoe School 8th of September 2021

Principal's Desk

Kia ora and greetings to all

I trust you are all well. Thank you for your perserverence with all that is going on. Let us hope that next Monday's announcement brings us closer to a return to school. I enjoyed judging Room 9's Fort Building contest. Paige Van de Westerlo was the runner up with her minimalist fort design and Jayden Vave was the winner with his clever, multi-purpose 'double decker' fort.

Miss Tupai won our Staff Trivia night last Friday. Comfortably too. As the winner she will host this weeks quiz.

The BOT and I have been talking about the Carter Road subdivision. In particular the safety concerns we have around the Carter Road/ Patumahoe Road/ Clive Howe Road intersection. That particular intersection is a safety concern as it is without adding further residential households down Carter Road. The only safety measures being explored as this stage is a possible STOP sign on Carter Road. We want a roundabout there. The BOT has sent a submission outlining our concerns to the Ministry of Education and Auckland Transport for the upcoming council hearing. We will keep you updated.

You should have received an alert last week regarding Calf Club. We are going to hold our Calf Club in some form. Most likely very early next term and staggered over several consecutive weekdays. We understand the additional pressures of rearing animals that gets too big. So if for any reason you wish to withdraw, please email

Mr Tawhiti

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Malo e lelei Senior Syndicate children and families,

Not ideal but here we still are in level 4. I know that this has been a real trying time for a lot of you and want to assure you that we really do appreciate all of the support that you are giving your children and our teachers.

As part of the managment team I really want to acknowledge our amazing teachers who are spending hours planning, delivering and checking the work your children are producing - some of which is at an exceptional level.

Please continue to encourage your children to be in routine as it will be easier for them to slip back into normality once the government allow us to. Have them stick to their normal bedtime routine, school timetable and continue to include them in the daily chores required at home to support you during this time.

In regards to learning online, please continue to check that your child is engaging fully as some are slipping into bad habits of producing minimal work requirements. If you have any questions please email your child's classroom teacher if you have any questions.

Just a reminder for all senior classes (room 7,8,9,10,11,12) that your child should be completing 5000 points on mathletics every week, engaging in read works online, completing wriitng tasks that have been set by their teacher, reading a book and recording on reading log (submit at end of week). There are also some fun family orientated tasks if you wish to engage in - some children and their families have really put a lot of effort into this. I know the teachers have really enjoyed these.

Zoom meetings continue to be a great way for your children to have contact with their classmates and their teacher. Thanks to these who have been online during these times. Our aim is for everyone to be engaged in these if possible so please ask your child to check online for the next one.

Finally once again I want to thank you all for your amazing support. If you wish to talk to someone personally then contact me on 0273363802 (school cellphone). You can also flick through a text and I will respond asap.

Take care

Maree Phillips (Deputy Principal)


Kia Ora Koutou,

Another week has gone in lockdown and we would really like to acknowledge the children who are still managing to complete school work. The perseverance you are showing is incredible. Well done.

Just like last week, we ask that families please read with their children. It really is important. We also say a huge THANK YOU to parents, you are doing great and we really appreciate all the different roles you are having to play at the moment. If you are worried or need anything, please get in touch with your child's teacher.

We hope you are all safe and happy in your bubbles,

The Junior School Team

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  • 22nd September - Year 5/6 Boys Basketball
  • 25th September - CALF CLUB DAY (T.B.C)
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