Newsletter Term 3 Week 8

Patumahoe School 14th of September 2022

Principal's Desk

Kia ora parents, caregivers, and extended whanau

If you were lucky enough to be at last Friday's school assembly you would have seen Room 12 and 7's interpretive movement role play. Using their bodies they acted out- in total silence- the natural evolution of the flora and fauna of Henry's Reserve. Lucy Hall and Ruby Cooksley took on the role of narrators. It was fascinating and definitely one of the most memorable assembly performances I have witnessed.

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II was marked by a special morning assembly last Friday in which we lowered the flag to half mast. We spoke about how well the Queen conducted herself over many years and we related this back to our own behaviour (conduct) at school. Being on your best behaviour is something you have to work at and it is not always easy.

New long-term strategy for COVID-19

You’ll be aware that New Zealand will move to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand. Key changes are as follows:

  • Mask wearing is no longer required
  • Household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days.Which means, ākonga (learners) who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend.

One-off public holiday

There will be a one-off public holiday on September 26 to mark the passing of the Queen. So there will be NO school on this day.

Kia pai to ra

Jade Tawhiti


Parent representative votes:

Cooksley, Vaun 74

Davies, Sarah 92

Greig, Michael 76

Kircher, Frances 41

Invalid Votes 1

I hereby declare the following duly elected:

Vaun Cooksley

Sarah Davies

Michael Greig

Staff representative

Staff Election Results Declaration

At the close of nominations, as there was only one valid nomination received, I hereby declare the following duly elected

Maree Fraser


Margaret Stormont

Returning Officer


This week's assembly is being hosted by Rooms 10 & 14. Assembly starts at 1.45pm in the hall. There will be NO assembly next week due to Calf Club setup.


All book club orders need to be into the office by Thursday 15th.


All diaries for dogs, pets and chickens are due in on Monday 19th September. These need to be in on this day as they will be given to the judges on Monday night. Any late entries will not be judged.

All technology and bean projects and diaries are due on Friday 23rd by 9am in the hall so they can be displayed and judged before Saturday.

Last Minute Reminders newsletter coming home today.


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

  • 15th September - PTA Grocery Raffle Mufti Day
  • 20th September - BOT Meeting - 5.30pm
  • 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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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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