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Kia ora koutou

Nau mai haere mai ki te kura o Patumahoe. Patumahoe School is a large semi-rural
primary school situated in the attractive village of Patumahoe, 10 kilometres northwest
of Pukekohe in the Franklin District of Auckland city. We are a contributing school so we
educate pupils between Years 1-6. The majority of our leavers go on to Pukekohe

The school was established in 1866 and boasts attractive and spacious grounds with
large mature native trees, hard court areas, playing fields, covered heated swimming pool
and three adventure playgrounds.

The school has a Ministry enrolment policy in place to monitor and control roll

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Our Vision and Values

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Our school values reflect our dual heritage as citizens of Aotearoa NZ and what our people believe is important for our children to grow and develop and for our school to treasure and sustain. Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Courage our traditional values can also be seen through te ao Maori concepts of Manaakitanga, Kaitiakitanga, Whanaungatanga, and Kotahitanga.

We strongly believe in the importance of showing manaaki or respect, honesty, kindness and tolerance to one another, kaitiakitanga is our collective responsibility as caretakers of Patumahoe School to protect our traditional values, our environment, and our people. With this responsibility also comes courage. Whanaungatanga or belonging is about us ensuring that relationships are kept strong and that when you are a part of our school you will always belong here. Finally kotahitanga which for us is unity and the real strength of our school. Working together for shared goals.

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Thu Jan 20 08:18am

Stationery sale day today. It will be run different to prior years due to the current situation at present. We need to split times so we don’t have too many parents on site at once.

9am-10am – Rooms 1, 2 & 12

10am – 11am – Rooms 13, 3 & 11

11am – 12pm – Rooms 4, 5 & 10

12pm – 1pm – Rooms 6 & 9

1.30pm – 2.30pm – Rooms 7 & 8

2.30 – 3pm – For any parents unable to do above times.

For families with more than one child we are happy to do all stationery at one time.

Please note that Reading Eggs or Mathletics ($20 per child) is included in the price of the stationery. 

If you are unable to make this day stationery packs will be available the afternoon of 02nd February from 1pm – 2.30pm or from the first day of school.

We have cash or eftpos available – NO CREDIT CARD OR CHEQUES.

Uniform will also be available for sizing.


Mon Jan 17 01:10pm






Mon Jan 17 09:32am

Class lists will be available later this afternoon Monday 17th January. They will be put up on the library door to view.

Please do not phone school office to find out what class your child is in. 


Mon Jan 17 09:17am



Feeling the aroha!

Wed Dec 15 09:10am

Morena everybody

Mr Tawhiti here. We are feeling a lot of aroha at school this morning. On behalf of the staff, I would like to thank our many families for the wonderful and kind gestures and gifts that have been received over the last few days.

Personally, I would like to thank the families (too many to name, but you know who you are) who have so kindly provided ME with kai, and special gifts. What a nice treat to come into my office this morning and have a desk covered in gifts. I love the miniature ‘Best Principal Ever’ cup! 

I would also like to make a special acknowledgement to the Finau-Baas and Finau families (Amaya and Katieana) for the very special and beautiful handmade tapa cloth presented to our school. It now proudly adorns our staffroom wall. What a wonderful legacy to leave behind and a constant reminder of the important work and partnership we have with our community.

It has been a huge year in different and strange ways. But the aroha we are feeling as a team and from our community means so much. A lot of happy tears have been and will continue to be shed today.

I hope you all have a wonderful, safe and happy Christmas and New Year break. Enjoy a bit of freedom. I have some fishing adventures lined up and they should hopefully supplement my dwindling supply of creditable fishing yarns.

We aim to have some pics and the video of Prizegiving on our website today. So if you missed the action, check it out later.

Noho ora mai, stay well

Mr Tawhiti


Thank you TD Electrical for volunteering your time to fix a power emergency here at school!

Mon Dec 13 12:45pm

Prizegiving tomorrow

Mon Dec 13 11:33am

Morena whanau

We have had a prizegiving dummy run. It looks like we are all set to go.  Please see the ZOOM details below for the official prizegiving starting at 1.30pm tomorrow. We will be recording it for those who are unable to tune in, and will make this available on our school website. We are also taking photographs of official prize winners and will also make these available on our website.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Mon Dec 13 11:30am



Year 6 Picnic Reminder

Sat Dec 11 03:35pm

A reminder that we will be holding our Year 6 Leavers’ Picnic on Monday afternoon. Once again due to the continued guidelines we will sadly be unable to have parents attend this event.

The picnic will take place on the grassed area outside of the hall and on the stage. We will begin at 2:50pm This will give the children time to get changed into nice clothes for the event. Children will need to bring their change of clothes to school on this day. Certificates will be presented and food and drink will be provided. The children will need to be collected from the school bus bay at 4pm or they can walk home if parental permission has been given prior to the event – a note or email will need to be sent through to the classroom teacher.  

Thank you.


Fri Dec 10 01:15pm

Due to the recent lockdowns the school was unable to participate in calendar art this year, which has resulted in disappointed families and Kids Art Works’ warehouse full of 2022 calendars and diaries.

To help cheer up the Grandparents, save the product from being thrown out, and give everyone super cost-effective gifts for Christmas during this tough time, we’ve arranged some exclusive product bundles, some well over 50% below the retail rates, all including a level of fundraising for the school. The attached flyer outlines the great options available.

Each product is made from an uploaded photo – be that either a family photo, a scan of a picture a child has done or something they created using a PC.

To shop, click on our unique link: https://www.kidsartworks.com/Shop/KZ?code=987

Every bundle purchased using this link goes towards our fundraising – so you’re welcome to share the link with whoever you think may be interested!
Christmas delivery – to ensure a pre Christmas delivery, we recommend you order products by 17th December.



Thu Dec 09 02:13pm

Good afternoon

The Ministry of Education and transport provider Ritchies Murphy have advised our school of some minor changes to our bus routes in 2022. Please read the attached letter and if you have any queries please contact Ritchies Murphy buses.

View PDF


Wed Dec 08 02:13pm



Newsletter is available for viewing.

Wed Dec 08 02:05pm

If you know that your child is not coming back next year can you please notify the school asap.

Thu Dec 02 10:59am

WANTED: Casual basis gardener

Wed Nov 24 12:40pm

Good afternoon everybody

I am on the lookout for somebody who is keen for casual employment as a gardener at Patumahoe School. Immediate start.

Please phone office on 09 236 3802 and leave your contact details if you are interested.

COMMUNITY SURVEY…. closes tonight

Mon Nov 22 09:51am

Good morning everybody


I bet there were some very tired children over the weekend. Our Community Survey closes tonight. Thank you to everybody who have completed it already. If you have not done so yet, we would really appreciate your feedback. The survey link is below.





Fri Nov 19 02:36pm

The scholastic book club catalogue will be coming home today. Unfortunately we are unable to accept cash payments, all orders need to be made online only through the Loop system.

Final day for orders will be Friday 26th November, so they can be delivered to school before the end of term.


Welcome back!

Wed Nov 17 09:04am

Good morning everybody

Hard to tell who was happier this morning, the parents or the kids. Anyhow, it is great to see you all back.

A big thank you to all of our parents who have made the effort to drop off at the gates between 8.15am and 8.30am this is really critical to ensure that we have every child monitored once the come through the gate. Also thanks to Mrs Pip Williams for the handmade staff facemasks. I love my Simpsons themed mask.

Remember pick up will be at the Clive Howe field at 2.25pm. Walking children will be exiting through the ‘old gate’

Finally, we are restricting onsite access for visitors and parents. For no other reason than we want to keep onsite numbers as small as we can and as controlled as possible. If you need to come onto the school grounds you must call the office first, on either the landline or school mobile, because we may be able to arrange collection of equipment or a child at the gate. 

Thanks for supporting our return to school.


Kind regards

Mr Tawhiti


Tue Nov 16 05:03pm

Kia ora everybody

I trust there will be some excited households today. Remember, early to bed tonight kids. We want you fully recharged for tomorrow. See you at the gate between 8.15am and 8.30am tomorrow.

Have a good evening

Mr Tawhiti, Ms Phillips and Ms Tupai



Thanks to the Hall family for the delicious chocolate eclairs

Mon Nov 15 10:39am

Hello gift

Mon Nov 15 09:18am

Good morning everybody


Well that was a disappointing result in the cricket. Anyhow, I read an interesting article in the NZ Herald about helping kids who have a little anxiety upon the upcoming return to school.


One useful tip is to get your child to make a ‘hello gift‘ for their teacher or any of our staff for that matter. According to the article’s author “It gives them a sense of purpose. It takes the focus away from the transition.” I think this is a useful way to redirect any nerves in a productive way. It would be really well received by the teachers too.

I have attached the article link below

Have a nice day


Mr Tawhiti


Return to School plan

Fri Nov 12 09:07am

Morena everybody


Please see attached the Return to School plan for next Wednesday the 17th of November



View PDF


Jade Tawhiti


Thu Nov 11 04:01pm

Kia ora and greetings parents, caregivers, and extended family members

We are delighted to announce that Patumahoe School will be open for ALL students as of Wednesday the 17th of November.

The senior leadership team and the board have met and developed a robust return to school plan that we feel confident meets the Ministry of Health requirements. 

The health and safety plan for our return to school will be sent to you tomorrow morning. This plan will outline school based measures, but more importantly lay out in detail the steps you need to take as parents in order for the return to school plan to work effectively.

I am sure that comes as welcome news. The staff are very excited to be back and I am sure the children will be too. Please standby for the detailed return to school plan to come through at 9am tomorrow.

Kind regards

Jade Tawhiti 

on behalf of the Patumahoe School Board of Trustees


Return to School

Thu Nov 11 09:38am

Morena koutou

Our senior leadership team are currently working out the return to school plan. 

We would like to know which families will NOT be sending their children back if we were to open next Wednesday the 17th of November.

If you are not going to send your child back can you please text the word NO to the school mobile 0273363802 now please. 

Standby for an official announcement from the school at 4pm today. 



Jade Tawhiti


Wed Nov 10 02:03pm

Any Year 6 students who wish to have their child tested please go to link below to book a time for next Tues/Wed/Thurs at 3pm.


Accelerate Testing Link

What now?

Wed Nov 10 01:39pm

Good afternoon everybody

I am sure you are all trying to make sense of the latest government announcement. I have not yet received any further guidance related to the announcement, so please hold your questions at this stage. I will communicate with you all what the plan will be as soon as possible. Please be assured that we will be looking towards the best schooling option for our community.


Jade Tawhiti


Newsletter is available for viewing. A MUST READ TODAY!!

Wed Nov 10 10:14am

Hats please for bubble children! The sun is getting hot, so we need any bubble kids to bring their potae to school.

Tue Nov 09 02:14pm


Mon Nov 08 01:13pm

Hi everyone,

We have recently updated our school website to include a virtual tour and a parent Information booklet for 2022.

The virtual tour was filmed by Rynal Singh, Year 7 Digital Leader.




Mon Nov 08 11:21am

Can we please get all end of year prizegiving and netball trophies back to school asap.

There will be a large plastic box on the staffroom deck for these to go into.



Fri Nov 05 02:45pm

All categories are now on our school website for viewing.

We have been very lucky to have been able to hold an online calf club this year. We know some other schools have cancelled their event altogether. We would like to say a huge thank you to all children who participated and of course to the parents for filming the children and/or taking the photos.

Please remember that the judges decision is final and it has not been an easy job doing them online.

Please note – some people may not be able to view the videos through the website, this will be a setting on your personal computer. Please DO NOT ask for these to be sent to you separately. 

Last but not least would like to say a huge thank you to the calf club committee for their time and effort to make this all happen. It was certainly a mammoth task and I hope you all enjoy watching/viewing the categories.


Calf Club Prizegiving

Fri Nov 05 02:37pm

Calf Club Virtual Prizegiving

Please click on the above link to see our Calf Club Prizegiving.

Congratulations to all the winners and all children who submitted work even with all the barriers that have been put in your way this year. 

Pukekohe Intermediate School Year 7 accelerate class testing has been put on hold. A further update will come from Gary Sweeney.

Fri Nov 05 11:21am


Wed Nov 03 01:14pm

The newsletter is available for viewing


Tue Nov 02 10:03am

Hi everyone

Please note that logistically we are unable to give out green ribbons for our online calf club entries. IF we come back to school this year your child can collect a green ribbon, IF NOT you are more than welcome to collect one next year.

All diaries are in boxes by the main school office door if parents wish to come and collect. 


PTA Treasury Role Vacancy 2022

Tue Nov 02 09:30am

We have big plans to continue to raise money and fund important projects for our school , and are on the lookout for a new PTA treasurer for 2022.

You don’t need a background in financial planning or accounting, and you will get to work with a fabulous group of parents and teachers.

For more details or questions about the role please contact
Emily Spooner- Starnes our
PTA president on


Mon Nov 01 12:10pm

Calf Club Notice attached


Return to school update

Thu Oct 28 08:09am

Kia ora everybody


Following the Government’s announcement is appears that plans are underway to support the return to onsite learning for our school. Chris Hipkins the education minister has announced an indicative date of 15 November for the return of year 1 – 8 students in Alert Level Three zones. This comes as very welcome and exciting news. The restrictions of Alert Level 3 and 4 have been a real challenge to the wellbeing of our tamariki and whānau and we have heard from many of you that your tamariki are keen to see their friends and teachers again. The restrictions have also placed huge pressure on staff and school operations this term.

You can be reassured that any decisions about bringing more children and staff on-site will be done in accordance with strict public health guidance – so what on-site learning will look like will be different than Alert Level 2 or Alert Level 1 settings. The details are currently being worked out with a group of principals and the ministry of education starting a series of meetings today.

We will keep you abreast of the latest information regarding the return to school as it comes to hand.


 Ngā mihi


Jade Tawhiti


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