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Patumahoe School

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 Intermediate.

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

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

We offer a Before School and After School Care Programme, which is run by a private business called KAS (Kids After School).

We are a very active, involved school that achieves a very high standard in academic, arts and sporting activities. Our parent partnership is very strong and we encourage all our families to be actively involved with their child’s learning.

I feel both proud and privileged to lead this outstanding primary school and the amazing professionals that make up the team here. We aim to deliver the best possible education for your child in an inclusive and vibrant setting, where each child is given the opportunity to flourish both as a learner but also as an individual.

Keryn Grey

"Choice As Humans of Patumahoe"

With the loss of funding from the Pelorus Trust as a school we needed to find a way to support some of our families meet the cost of sending our Year 3-6 children to Camp. We asked for support and have been completely overwhelmed by the response from our community.

Thank you to the following Choice As Humans of Patumahoe


  • Emily and Gary Starnes – On-site Diesel Servicing
  • Andrew Campbell – Countryside Homes LTD
  • Di Bruce – Raspberry Lane Babu & Children’s Boutique
  • Nikki McIlvenny
  • Mike Faulkner – Bakers Delight Pukekohe
  • Hans & Sandy Van Leishout
  • Vimal & Anita Patel – Patumahoe Four Square
  • Debbie & Neil McCarthy – Circle Line Engineering
  • Maxwell Moore – Moore Farrier Services LTD
  • Jeremy Lamb and Sascha Wells – Waiuku New World
  • Richard & Angela Moorcroft
  • Craig Harkness – CH Construction
  • Joel & Leisl Holmes
  • Danica & Phil Mohan – ACSL Group 
  • Monique & Vaun Cooksley 
  • John & Suzie Cochrane 
  • Wawatai Whanau 
  • Bardsley & Briggs Family – Bardsley Flooring LTD 
  • Kate & De-Juam Kruis – Absolute Zero Refrigeration 
  • Chanelle Reid – Razor Web Design and Marketing 
  • Debbie & Gary Payne 
  • Courtney Hockey – Grayson & Co Chartered Accountants 
  • Shane & Lindy Schlaepfer
  • Katherine West – Riordan & West LTD 
  • Ken Blackbeard – KVB Engineering 
  • McDowell & Nortje Families – Formedge 
  • Penny Day & Graham Brooks 
  • Kurk & Kelly Brady 
  • Karl & Jo Syme – Patty Products 
  • Suzanne & Dean Ihaia – DMI Plumbing 
  • V & A Company LTD 

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Thu Mar 23 02:53pm

We have more easter raffle tickets available in the school office now for those wanting more.

Last day to get your entries in will be Friday 31st March.




Wed Mar 22 11:59am

Please remember that tomorrow we have the Patumahoe Volunteer Fire Brigade in with their zoom slide for the afternoon. 

This is a fundraising opportunity for the team from the Patumahoe Fire Brigade who are taking part in the Annual Sky Tower challenge, raising funds for leukaemia and blood cancer. 

Children will need 

-togs and a towel  

-a T Shirt or rash top that you don’t mind getting dirty

-a gold coin donation. 

Thank you all for your support 

Newsletter Term 1 Week 8

Wed Mar 22 11:44am




Wed Mar 22 11:31am

Wow Patumahoe School – thanks for your Easter donations! Some lucky kids are going to win these AMAZING baskets!! Don’t forget your raffle entries!!!



Tue Mar 21 09:46am

Don’t forget – tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd) is our Easter Mufti Day, if you can please donate an item to our Easter raffle that would be awesome! Ideas could include a colouring book, soft toy, Easter arts/crafts or chocolate.
Last day for raffle entries will be Friday 31st March, and we will draw the winners on Thursday 6th March.

Also – this Saturday 25th we’ll be selling Hot Cross Buns at Bakers Delight Pukekohe from 8am. For every pack sold, Patumahoe School will receive $2, so come on down and get your delish hot x buns!



Fri Mar 17 08:39am


NOHO (sleepover) – school hall – Week 3 Term 2 – 11th-12th May – (Thursday 2.30pm – Friday 2.30pm).


Wed Mar 15 06:23pm

Hi all 

A friendly reminder that due to industrial action by teachers and principals across New Zealand our school is closed tomorrow. 

We look forward to seeing you all on Friday. 


Wed Mar 15 12:00pm




Thu Mar 09 07:20pm

As you will be aware Primary School Teachers and Principals have voted to take part in a one day strike action next Thursday 16th March. 

As a result our school will be closed for instruction on this day.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me 



Nga mihi nui 

Keryn Grey 


Thu Mar 09 10:28am


If you have indicated that you will be coming down to camp and require a meal e.g. lunch ($15), dinner ($19) . Please confirm by  paying for these meals. We are required to confirm catering numbers by Monday 13th March.

Please note that there is no lunch for parents or children on Monday 3rd April as children are required to bring a packed lunch. 


Thu Mar 09 09:41am




Fri Mar 03 11:59am

We are holding our school swimming sports next Wednesday 08th March for all children Y3 – Y6 (Rm 5,6,7,8,9,10,11 & 12)

Events will start at 8.45am with the open freestyle (3 lengths) followed by one length freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke & butterfly. 

Finals will be raced after lunch. 

Also a reminder parents to please check that you are in the correct alert group for your child’s class this year.


Newsletter Term 1 Week 5

Wed Mar 01 12:14pm



Patumahoe School Netball AGM

Mon Feb 27 09:57am

Hi all,

On Wednesday 1st March at 2:30pm we will be holding our AGM in the library.  We are asking that all parents who have a child interested in playing attend this meeting please.  

Kind regards

Denise van de Westerlo and Maree Phillips

Whanau Evening

Thu Feb 23 03:07pm

We are all set ready to welcome our whanau from 5:00p.m. 

We have a contingency plan in place should the weather decided to misbehave!

See you soon 

The Patumahoe Team 


Newsletter Term 1 Week 4

Wed Feb 22 06:54pm



MUFTI DAY – Thursday 23rd February

Wed Feb 22 06:52pm

A friendly reminder that tomorrow we are having a mufti day to raise funds for Pakowhai School who have been hugely affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. Please send your child along with a gold coin donation. 

For those of you with children in our Whanaungatanga group, we have been advised this morning that the Multi-cultural Festival has been moved to Term 2. In light of this we have made a decision to postpone our planned Noho. We will confirm the new dates as soon as we get them. 

We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow evening. 

The Patumahoe Team 

MUFTI DAY – Thursday 23rd February

Tue Feb 21 09:16am


This morning we have spoken to Pakowhai School between Hawkes Bay and Napier who have been decimated by the recent Cyclone Gabrielle. 

Any funds we raise through our mufti day will be sent to this school and the Prinicpal has said a donation from our community would enable them to do something nice for their akonga (learners) when they are back at school. Many of these kids have had their homes damaged or destroyed.

Often we don’t know how we can help when the problem seems so great, but this is one small way that we can help bring a little but of relief to a community that is hurting. 

Please send your child along in mufti this Thursday with a gold coin donation to support Pakowhai School. 

Nga mihi nui 

The Patumahoe Team 


Mon Feb 20 07:58am

Hi parents,

Please note Patumahoe Road is still closed. Please use Union Road to get to school.


Newsletter Term 1 Week 3

Thu Feb 16 08:00am



Wednesday 15th February

Tue Feb 14 03:01pm

Hi all

This morning we have completed a thorough assessment of the school site. There is some damage as a result of the weather events over the last 48 hours, however we will be open for learning tomorrow morning! 

We look forward to seeing everyone in the morning, please just take care as you travel to school as there is still a lot of debris on the roads. 

Kind regards 

Keryn Grey 


Patumahoe School will remain closed on Tuesday 14th February 2023

Mon Feb 13 05:13pm

Kia ora, 

Unfortunately in the interest of the safety of our students and staff a decision has been made that the school will remain closed on Tuesday 14th February. 

Like today, teachers in the Middle and Senior school  will send a zoom invite link to the email we have for parents/caregivers on our school database. Junior teachers will communicate with their class via seesaw. 

Based on the current weather forecast, we fully anticipate that the school will be open ready to welcome our students back on Wednesday 15th February. 

We appreciate that this additional day of closure will present challenges to many in our community, however it is a decision based on the safety of our students and staff. 

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me kgrey@patumahoe.school.nz 

Nga mihi nui 

Keryn Grey 


Monday 13th February

Sun Feb 12 07:34pm

Good Evening 

We have made plans this afternoon to reach out to our students and whanau tomorrow. 

Rooms 1,2,3,4, and 13 – your child’s classroom teacher will make contact via seesaw tomorrow. 

Rooms 5,6,7,8 and 9 – our classroom teachers will send an invite for a class zoom at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. This invitation will be sent to the caregiver email we have for you in our school database. 

Rooms 10,11 and 12 – our classroom teachers will send an invite for a class zoom at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. This invitation will be sent to the caregiver email we have for you in our school database. 

We appreciate that some families may not have access to devices, or that caregivers will be using devices to work from home. However we look forward to seeing those of you who can log in at those times. 

As always any questions please do not hesitate to contact me :  kgrey@patumahoe.school.nz 


Kind regards 

Keryn Grey 



Patumahoe School Closed Monday 13th February

Sun Feb 12 04:28pm

Good afternoon, 

Further to my earlier communication, we have received advice from the Secretary for Education that schools within Auckland should remain closed on Monday 13th of February due to the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle. 

We appreciate that this is an incredibly challenging time for families, however the safety of our students and staff is paramount. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions kgrey@patumahoe.school.nz 

Please stay safe 

Nga mihi nui 

Keryn Grey 

Cyclone Gabrielle

Sun Feb 12 03:28pm

Good afternoon, 

As you are aware Auckland is still in a state of emergency with Cyclone Gabrielle approaching New Zealand.
We have  procedures to deal with severe weather events and the likely impact not only on the school but also on the surrounding areas which may affect the ability of students and staff to get to and from school. The safety of students and staff is at the forefront of all decisions.

The School Board are currently considering guidance from Civil Defence, the Ministry of Education and APPA. We will communicate a decision as to whether we will open the school tomorrow by 5:00p.m this evening. 

We appreciate that this is a difficult and unsettling time for our whanau, however the safety of our students and staff is paramount. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me:  kgrey@patumahoe.school.nz 

Nga mihi nui 

Keryn Grey 

Newsletter Term 1 Week 2

Thu Feb 09 08:16am



Welcome back assembly Tuesday 7th February – 8:35a.m.

Sun Feb 05 05:00pm

We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to school on Tuesday. 

We would like to invite all of our whanau to join us in the school hall for a brief welcome assembly at 8:35 a.m.

School will begin for the day at 8:25, and at this time all students will go to their classrooms, teachers will call the roll and then classes will walk to the hall.

We hope you are all taking the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine, we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. 


Patumahoe School – open 7th February

Wed Feb 01 03:28pm

As you may have heard the Director of Education has today advised that schools may open earlier than the initial date of the 7th February. 

After careful consideration we have decided that we will open for instruction on Tuesday 7th of February. 

On Friday 3rd February we will have all staff on site for a teachers only day. Classrooms will be open from 1:00 – 2:00p.m. if you would like to chat with your child’s classroom teacher. 

We appreciate that these changes have been really challenging for our families and we apologise for this, but hope you understand that this has been beyond our control. 

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me: 


Kind regards 

Keryn Grey 


Auckland State of Emergency – School Closed

Mon Jan 30 05:08pm

Good afternoon, 

I have just received the news that all schools in Auckland are to remain closed for physical instruction until the 7th of February.

We are aware that this will cause disruption for our families and we will keep you up to date with information as soon as we receive it. 

As a staff we are hugely disappointed, as I know our families will be. 

I will be in touch tomorrow as we receive greater clarity from the Ministry of Education. 

Kind regards 

Keryn Grey 

Weather Event over the last 24 hours.

Sat Jan 28 04:21pm

We hope that all of our whanau are safe after the horrendous weather events of the last 24 hours. Fortunately it appears that our school has not been damaged by the flood, however we understand that many homes have been damaged and to those families, we are thinking of you, and hope you have the support you need at this challenging time.

The Ministry of Education has released the following information: 

Civil Defence centres have been set up in a number of locations. This link provides information for support (Auckland Council Storm Event)

Some helpful MSD contact numbers:

Dedicated line for impacted residents
0800 400 100 (lines are open today until 5:00pm, Sunday hours are to be determined)
Urgent accommodation assistance
0800 22 22 00

Accommodation for those who have COVID-19 pathway is still business as usual. Where people have COVID-19 and must leave their homes and cannot be accommodated with other whanau the number to call is Health 021 227 4908

Manurewa Marae are offering relief accommodation, kai and MSD support. Further information contact Lola Topia 0292005540

Please take care, as we receive any further information from the Ministry of Education we will share it with you all as quickly as possible. 

Keryn Grey 


Welcome back to 2023! 

Fri Jan 27 03:48pm

All classrooms will be open on Tuesday 31st January between  1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Please pop in and have a chat to your child’s teacher if there is anything additional you would like them to know about your child. 

We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Wednesday 1st February ready for an amazing year of learning.



Wed Jan 25 10:45am

Just a quick reminder to remember to get your stationery packs online. We still have a number of families that have not ordered yet. Would really like to children to have stationery by next week.

Follow the link below to order.


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