Calf Club

Entry open Wednesday 28th July and closes Monday 09th Aug

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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 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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CALF CLUB notices

Thu Sep 23 09:28am

Good morning everybody

See attached important notices from the PTA and Calf Club committee. These include a timetable for Calf Club week. 

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Have a nice day

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Wed Sep 22 01:04pm

Calf Club 2021 dates confirmed

Tue Sep 21 11:25am

Kia ora everybody

We have confirmed the dates for this year’s Calf Club. The event will be running over a few days this year. The dates for the event are the 26th – 29th of October which is Tuesday to Friday of week 2 next term. It will be a scaled down event with minimal stalls and priority placed on the animals. With that in mind we would like to thank our very generous sponsors who have made a commitment to support the event despite all the challenges. See the sponsor list attached.

A full timetable will be sent shortly outlining which days and times the various animal categories are running on.

A final reminder that if you wish to withdraw your animal. Please email no later than 3pm next Friday the 1st of October .

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On a final note I would like to sincerely thank the PTA and Calf Club committee for their incredible organisation behind the scenes.

Have a nice day


Return to Alert level 3

Mon Sep 20 06:18pm

20th of September 2021

So we will be moving back to level 3 at 11.59pm tomorrow night which means school will be operating at Alert Level 3 from Wednesday the 22nd of September until the end of this term.

At level 3 schools are only open for essential workers, who have no alternative caregiver option. Alternative caregiving options could be a parent working from home, an older sibling, grandparent, extended family member or friend who are in your bubble.  

Alert level 3 schooling entails the following:

– Children will be in bubbles of 10 max

– Children will be mixed year level and in most cases will be with a different teacher than they usually have

– Distance learning programmes which they currently are engaged in will be the basis for their learning whilst at school

– Teachers onsite will not be facilitating their own classes distance learning whilst onsite as they will be supervising a bubble class

-Playgrounds are closed

-Children will need their own named water bottles

-Any child who presents sytpoms of illness must not attend school

– Physical distancing measures of 1m indoors and 2m outdoors 

– Parents must drop off at 8.20am and collect their child at 2.30pm. It is imperative that you scan in using the QR codes on the school entrances. You are allowed to come onto school grounds for drop off and collection and we urge you to do this.

In order for our school to start preparing for the return. We need the families who require school to let us know if you have not done so already. 

You can do this by text message with the following information to 0273363802

Family name:

Children’s name:

Date of day (s) attending:


Ngā mihi,

Jade Tawhiti

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Wed Sep 15 11:52am

Calf club panui

Tue Sep 14 10:10am

Morena koutou


See updated panui from the Calf Club committee

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Pukekohe Intermediate enrolment 2022

Wed Sep 08 04:19pm

Kia ora 

Please see the panui from Pukekohe Intermediate attached.

Ka kite ano

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Wed Sep 08 12:16pm

Calf Club email correction

Mon Sep 06 11:35am

The email provided on the earlier Calf Club notice was incorrect. The correct email is

We apologise for the muck up. 

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Mon Sep 06 11:27am

Hi all

Please note that the email address was incorrect in the PDF this morning for calf club withdrawls.

Correct email is:




Calf Club

Mon Sep 06 09:03am

Morena koutou

A couple of panui (see attached) regarding the Calf Club for families who have to withdraw their animal from the event. This enables adjustments with judges and programmes. Also attached is a special note thank you to our ribbon sponsors.


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CALF CLUB update

Fri Sep 03 05:43pm

Good afternoon everybody

Just for your certainty Calf Club will be going ahead this year in some way. Whilst we cannot confirm a date yet. Expect it to be early in Week 1 or 2 of term 4.

We also understand that the rearing of animals and other Calf Club related projects may be adding unnecessary household pressure at this time. It is OKAY if your family makes the decision not to continue.

Have a nice evening and happy father’s day to all our dad’s this sunday.


Wed Sep 01 09:28am

I will try that again

Tue Aug 31 11:58am


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Calf Club Diarys

Tue Aug 31 11:54am

Please see attachment below. All dependent on Alert level reduction on the 20th of September.


Wed Aug 25 12:12pm


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Wed Aug 25 12:10pm

Calf Club Reminder – Trying again

Mon Aug 23 09:25am


Calf Club Reminder

Calf Club reminder

Mon Aug 23 08:30am


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Senior team

Wed Aug 18 12:33pm

Good morning to all parents and children in Rooms 7,8,9,10,11 & 12

Well, this is not what we expected or wanted. However we are in this situation now and there is nothing else for it but to kick into our distance learning once again and get on with it. This message is to outline the expectations of the Senior Team to all of you. This work will begin tomorrow (Thursday).

Here goes…


1. Children should be online by 9:00am everyday.
2. They must answer the Roll Doc first and everyday.
3. Children to complete 1000pts on Mathletics everyday.
4. Reading Programme – (This may vary slightly from class to class). The children are to..
– read a book aloud daily.  Read nightly before going to bed.
– Complete ReadWorks Comprehension task 
5. There will b e a writing component that will be outlined by the teacher.
6. A daily Fitness Component.
7. A weekly Family / Fun / Topic / Challenge will also be given to families to undertake.

Unfortunately the MOE has instructed that at this stage there has been No allowance for families to collect an IT device or hard pack from school. They are working on this as we speak. So at this point in time we cannot loan devices.

For those who do not have a device to complete this work will need to complete work at home as best they can until we are able to access the school and hand out chromes. If you need to borrow a device for Lockdown can you please text the school phone (number below) to request.
Teachers will be responding to children’s work daily unless they are in a bubble. (Level 3 and below only)

Teachers will respond to parent emails between 2:00 – 3:00pm daily.  

The school mobile number is 0273363802 for urgent queries.


Thanks everyone. Hope everything is back to normal soon.

Todd Williams & The Senior Team.

Year 1 and 2 Online Learning

Wed Aug 18 09:31am

Kia Ora Everyone, 

As you are aware we have gone into level 4 lockdown, The Year 1 and 2 teachers will be avaiable over your child’s seesaw app. This is where they will be posting and commenting on your child’s work for the day. Tomorrow at 8:25 they will post activities and be active online to communicate with your child through the seesaw app. School will finish at the usual time of 2:25pm, and the teachers will be available again at 8:25am the next day. Today the teachers are getting ready, filming and collecting resources, so they can get online learning all organised. So for today enjoy your whanau time, read a book and if you would like, you can always access our online learning website:

Tomorrow your teacher will be in touch with your learning activities for the day.

If you cannot get in touch with your teacher through seesaw here are the email addresses you can also use:

Mrs Jarkiewicz –

Mrs O’Flaherty –

Mrs McDowell –

Mrs Syme –

Mrs Jameson –

Mrs Fraser –

Mrs White –

Mrs West –

We hope that this will be a speedy lockdown and that we will all be back together soon. 

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini – My strength is not as an individual but as a collective.

Stay safe, look after each other and keep reading! 🙂

No school

Tue Aug 17 07:25pm

Good evening

Following the government’s latest covid 19 announcement.  Patumahoe School will be closed from tomorrow until next Wednesday (7 days).

Standby for a communication tomorrow, where teachers’ will provide information around distance learning programmes.

Take care

Jade Tawhiti 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees


Fri Aug 13 01:21pm

Good afternoon all

Whilst I do not know the $ of the highest bidder for the cake, I have been reliably informed that it is a Patty School staff member leading the way and who will remain anonymous until the auction closes at 2pm.

So with 1 hour and 40mins left of bidding for this beautiful cake, who out there is going to lay down a better marker? Put your best foot forward!

Text your bid to the school mobile 0273363802






Fri Aug 13 10:51am




Thu Aug 12 03:04pm

Tena koutou katoa

A gentle reminder that the BAKE SALE is on tomorrow. Any baking can be dropped at the hall in the morning. The actual BAKE SALE will be at 2.15pm after assembly outside the hall.

Don’t forget your money and thank you for your support. 


Thu Aug 12 10:10am




Mon Aug 09 04:46pm

Dear Patumahoe Community

We have just found out that one of our good friends has had some very bad news. William Reid was a student at our school until 2018. He was good mates with a few of the (now) Year 6’s in our school. Well, his dad is quite sick with cancer and his family are raising money for some pretty expensive treatment. They need to come up with $100,000.00. 

As we are William’s old friends, we have decided to contribute to the cause. There is a group of about 20 of us who are going to organise a bake sale and donate the money to the Reid family. We want William to know that we still remember him and that we are his mates. 

The bake sale will be this Friday (13th). The baking will be sold after assembly outside the staffroom. If you would like to help us, you could donate some baking to our stall for us to sell. We would love it if you could. Just bring in some baking on Thursday or Friday and we’ll definitely sell it on your behalf. 

Thank you so much in advance for your help.

Liam Davies

Sam Fraser

Nate Williams

Zac Davies

Ben Michie

Troy Wilson 

Koen Birchall

Matt Thompson

Ben Hunter


Thu Aug 05 12:29pm

Parents if your child is doing a bean for calf club their entry must be in by tomorrow for them to receive their beans.

Beans need to be planted over the weekend for maximum growth period before calf club.

Thank you to all parents who have entered their child already please remember this needs to be done by Monday 09th August so we can organise the programme and ribbons.




Wed Aug 04 10:39am

Please complete entry form below for you child/ren’s entry for calf club.

If you are entering more than one animal or category please fill in two seperate entries.

It is COMPULSORY that every child enters at least one category, children are also expected to attend school on Calf Club Day as it is classed as a school day.

Entries close Monday 09th August



Sat Jul 31 06:37pm

Good evening all

I am so proud and excited to announce that our year 5/6 jumpjam team came first place at the Auckland Jumpjam championships today in Ellerslie. Amazing effort from our kids. Congratulations and a big thank you to Mrs Crisp and Miss Smith for their efforts with the group. 

Whilst the Year 3/4 team did not place, they performed exceptionally well.  They will be on fire next year.

Have a good evening and let’s go Blackferns


Fri Jul 09 09:56am

Morena koutou

If your child received a Lion Award this term, please check their bag today. You should find a special letter inviting them to lunch with the principal early next term.

Nga mihi

Mr Tawhiti

A big thank you to Punchbowl for your ongoing contribution of fresh kiwifruit for our children. It is very much appreciated.

Fri Jul 09 09:39am

It’s coming home!

Thu Jul 08 02:28pm

Our rugby boys have defeated Pukekohe Hill school 30-15 to reclaim the covered Caretakers Cup. 

Our girls narrowly went down 15-10.

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Matariki Shared Kai

Thu Jul 08 11:00am

Tomorrow is our whole school shared kai. We ask that you bring a plate from your own culture to share with the school. One plate per family. Please being to the hall in the morning when you drop off your children. 

Looking forward to all the delicious food!


Thu Jul 08 10:21am

Anyone that has ordered chickens for calf club please ensure you bring a box to school tomorrow for collection from the studio (building by bus bay) from 2pm. You will receive a chicken starter pack kindly donated by Animal Stuff and your diary.

Please make sure your brooder house and heating is all set up and ready to go.


BREAKING NEWS: Clear the trophy cabinet

Wed Jul 07 09:34am

Morena koutou

Even though there will be full coverage in the newsletter today, I just have to get this off my chest.

Firstly, Ben Hunter did the unthinkable and won the Franklin Speech Final last night, beating out 20 other exceptional speakers with his speech entitled “Why kiwi slang should be our fourth official language”.

Finally, our two hockey teams who competed in the Franklin Schools Hockey Tournament yesterday came away as winners of both the A and B grades.

Congratulations to Ben and the hockey teams. We are very proud today.


Short day tomorrow: NZEI Teacher Union meeting

Tue Jul 06 09:10am

Kia ora and good morning everybody

A gentle reminder that school closes at the earlier time of 12.30pm tomorrow to allow our teaching staff to attend the NZEI Teacher’s union meeting. Thank you to our whanau who have completed and returned the form outlining your childrens movements tomorrow. We also greatly appreciate the extra efforts of our families who are collecting their children or have organised to have somebody at home for those who will be walking home, as we are running with skeleton supervisory staff.

An important note for any parents or caregivers who arrive a bit later in the afternoon for collection:

– Children will be eating lunch from 12.30pm under The Cloud

– From 1pm onwards, all remaining children will then head to Room 7 and 8. 

– Bus children will depart at their usual time of 2.30pm

-KAS children will be collected by their staff at their usual time from Rooms 7 and 8


Mon Jul 05 09:13am

Tea Towel Fundraiser forms were handed out to eldest and only children early last week. These tea towels make great gifts for family or friends and funds raised will continue to go towards the senior playground upgrade.

All completed forms are to be returned to school and payments received by direct debit only.

Orders close Wednesday 7th July
 Tea towel copies are displayed on the staff room window (veranda side, facing the cloud) and at the office front entrance.
> ACC: 12-3023-0694010-00
> REF: Family name/RM number
> CODE: Tea Towel

Thank you for your support!

PJ Day

Fri Jul 02 03:31pm

Hi Everyone, 

A big thank you for your support of our PJ Day. We have managed to raise…

115 New Pj’s 

74 Pre Loved PJs


This is an amazing effort and a great way to give back. What an awesome community we have! 

Room 9 parent interviews POSTPONED

Tue Jun 29 01:00pm

Attention Room 9 parents

Unfortunately ALL scheduled Room 9 parent interviews will have to be postponed today due to Mrs Smith coming down with sudden illness.

We apologise for the inconvenience. The classroom teacher will be in contact to reschedule these interviews.



Year 5 & 6 Speech Finals

Tue Jun 29 11:18am

Congratulations officially to our Year 5 & 6 speech finalists.

Zac Davies

Ben Hunter

Jemma Reeves

Lara Barton

Abby Shaw 

Lanie Holmes

These children will be required to present their speech again at our school finals night tomorrow.

All speech finalise need to arrive by 5.45pm, start time 6pm.

We also require:

Sam McDonald, Henry White & Jack Willson our Year 3 & 4 finalists. They will be presenting their speeches while the judges make their decision.


Tue Jun 29 10:13am

Good morning all

A reminder that school finishes at the earlier time of 12.30pm today due to Parent-Teacher interviews. Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up at this time. Bus and uncollected children will remain at school under supervision until 2.25pm.



Mon Jun 28 02:51pm

Kia ora ano

The Caretaker vacancy has been filled. Thank you for your advance interest.

WANTED: Fixed-term Caretaker

Mon Jun 28 02:20pm

Good afternoon everybody

I am on the lookout for somebody who is willing to take on short- term and part-time employment as a caretaker here at Patumahoe School. Immediate start.

Please phone office on 09 236 3802 and ask for the principal.



PJ Day

Mon Jun 28 02:05pm

This Friday we are having a PJ Day (pajama day). Children can wear their PJ’s to school for the day. This is to promote us being a drop off point for Jammies in June- an initiative set up to provide PJ’s to sick and/or needy children at Middlemore Hospital. 

Please either bring a new pair of PJ’s or a gold coin donation (koha) for us to pass on to the hospital. 

Thank you for your continued support

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