Newsletter Term 2 Week 7

Patumahoe School 16th June 2021


Kia ora everybody

We have special guest Jerome Kavanagh in this Thursday to do a whole school Maori Instrument Performance. Friends and whanau are all welcome to come along and watch this Grammy award winning artist share his talent and knowledge. Proceedings will get underway with a powhiri at 11am.

I wish to give you all advanced notice that on the 7th of July which is the last week of this term, school will be closing for instruction at the time of 12.30pm to allow our teachers to attend an NZEI Teachers Union meeting. We would appreciate if families were able to collect their children at the earlier time, however, we will be offering supervision for children of families who are unable to make arrangements. We apologize for the inconvenience and have expressed similar sentiments to NZEI at a recent meeting regarding the timing. In Week 9 we will be sending a note home to families so that we can compile a list of every child's movements on this day.

I have noticed a few children regularly arriving late to school in the mornings recently. Students arriving late to class is a disruption to classroom learning. Teachers often have to repeat instructions to the arriver and this takes away from the other students. Whilst we understand the odd late arrival cannot be avoided, making a habit of arriving late can be and should be avoided.

A big weekend in sport looms. The Blackcaps take on India in the World Test Cricket Championship Final starting Friday evening. I feel it seems only fair for our boys to right the many many wrongs of the 2019 World Cup Final and claim some well deserved silverware. I also have a hunch ahead of the Super Rugby Trans Tasman final. The Highlanders will have too much forward pack grunt for the Blues in what will be wet and heavy conditions. Finally, the US Open Golf Championship will be contested at Torrey Pines, the site of Tiger Woods' famous 2008- broken leg- victory. With the impending rough weather set for this weekend, perhaps take in some of the sport action, I might even ask some of our kids for their opinions next week.

Have a nice rest of the week

Jade Tawhiti

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This week's assembly will be hosted by Room 3 & 7 starting at 1.45pm. All welcome. Next week's assembly will be hosted by Room 8 & 12.


On Tuesday 29th June from 1.00pm to 5.56pm we will be holding parent interviews in the hall. This is an opportunity for you to find out how your child is tracking in their learning.

Please go to the following website and enter in the code 7azy6 and follow the online instructions to set up an interview time with your child’s class teacher. If you do not have access to the internet please phone the office and we will book for you.

The website will be open until 12pm Monday 28th June to book an interview.

School will close at 12.30pm on this day. Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up at this time. Bus children will remain at school supervised until 2.25pm.

Separate notice coming home with children today.


All book club orders are due in by Thursday 17th June.


There has been some reported cases of headlice in the school. Please check your children's hair and treat if needed. Long hair is best tied up, regular brushing or combing with a fine comb helps break the cycle, but you need to keep this up over a period of time.


Parents please remind your children that there is no swinging on the school gates. We are seeing a number of children doing this and it damages the gate and costs the school a lot of money to fix.


  • PTA AGM Thursday 24th June 7pm, school staff room. All welcome.


Year 3&4 Friday night netball Season starts 24 Sept and finishes 26 Nov.

We will send out a notice in August with more information and register for those children that are interested and organise teams etc then.


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 fundraiser later in June but if you have any items that fit the above description and would like to donate, please bring them to school. We will be taking them up to Middlemore hospital early July.

Upcoming Events

  • 22nd June - Zone Rugby
  • 22nd June - Board of Trustees Meeting - 5pm
  • 24th June - PTA AGM
  • 29th June - Parent Teacher Interviews - school finishes 12.30pm
  • 30th June - School Speech Finals
  • 06th July - Hockey Y5/6
  • 07th July - School early closing at 12.30pm for Teachers Union meeting
  • 08th July - Calf Club Demo Day
  • 09th July - Matariki Day
  • 22nd October - TEACHER ONLY DAY - NO SCHOOL


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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