Calf Club

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

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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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Mon Aug 02 11:10am

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


Wed Jul 28 12:45pm


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


Wed Jun 23 01:10pm

Tackle Rugby at Clive Howe this afternoon

Tue Jun 22 10:12am

Good morning all

With the cancellation of the Tackle Rugby Tournament due to wet fields in Waiuku, Mr Williams has taken it upon himself to run some games of rugby with our own tackle rugby teams this afternoon. So if you are a parent of a tackle tournament rugby player and are free today, head down to the Clive Howe Fields at 1pm.


Mon Jun 21 02:24pm

Good afternoon

Mr Brill the organiser of tomorrows Tackle Rugby Tournament has informed Franklin Schools that the Council has closed all the fields in Waiuku due to very wet ground.

As their was no save day, the event will be cancelled.

Unfortunate news for both parents and players. Thanks to Mr Williams, Mr Reeves and Mr Dowdall for their assistance with coaching and organisation.

Visiting Musician

Mon Jun 14 12:20pm

Hi There,

On Thursday we have Jerome Kavanagh coming into the school to perform for the children. 

Please send a koha of $2 to the school by Thursday if you haven’t already. 

Thank you for your continued support,

Louise Tupai 

Thank you… Amazing Grandparents Morning!!

Fri Jun 11 12:46pm

Good morning all

You will know doubt get the full report later this afternoon or this evening, but we had an incredible turnout for Grandparents Morning. With well over 200 grandparents the school was alive. Our special guests spent some time  in classrooms and out and about the grounds. Due to the sheer numbers we had to relocate our assembly to “The Cloud’ which comfortably seated the 600 or so in attendance. Our tamariki shared some items and the seniors ended with a beautiful rendition of ‘House of the Rising Sun’ which roused the grandparents into an impromptu singing of the chorus. Magic!

I would like to thank the following people for making the event such a success.

Firstly and most importantly our PTA ladies for working so hard to present a magnificent ‘High Tea’ style morning tea, they are still cleaning up as we speak. You are awesome!

Jeremy Lamb for providing the photography duties once again

Our whanau for providing plates for the morning tea.

Staff for mucking in and adapting quickly.

A final thank you to the grandparents who made the effort to attend. Some coming from far and wide to support our school and make the day really special for our little ones. On that note I would like to acknowledge those who couldn’t attend for obvious travel reasons. Don’t worry because most of our grandparents “adopted” kids for the morning, so everybody felt pretty special, and there will be future events. 

I hope everybody has a really nice weekend.

Go the Blackcaps!!

Mr Tawhiti




Grandparent’s Morning tea plate

Thu Jun 10 06:00pm

Good evening everybody

A gentle reminder that we kindly ask each family to provide a plate for a shared morning tea for our special guests tomorrow. Plates can be dropped at the school hall in the morning.

Thank you very much


Wed Jun 09 01:06pm


Tue Jun 08 10:07am

Today is the last day for the book fair. We will be open at 2.15pm today for parents to come and have a look. 


Parent information night at St Joseph’s

Wed Jun 02 06:34pm


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Wed Jun 02 02:36pm

Sorry everyone for sending this again but if you are ordering please use the chicken order form link on this notification, not the newsletter one as that one dosen’t seem to be working properly. 

If you have done a order and you haven’t seen the payment details then the link is not working correctly. Please ensure that you are able to go further than the first page with name, room number, year level.


Today is the last day for ordering chick’s for Calf club please fill out the form on the link provided. Payment and orders must be in by the 2nd of June. Chick’s will need to be collected from school on the 9th of July. For anymore information please email



Wed Jun 02 01:33pm


Mon May 31 10:08am

PTA disco this Thursday 3rd of June 6-8pm. Consent forms are coming home (if not already) and must be brought to the disco if your child/children wish to attend.

Pre-order forms due back by Wednesday 2nd of June. We will have items for sale at the disco as well, but best to pre-order so that they don’t miss out!

School photos today!!

Mon May 31 07:00am

Morena, wakey wakey rise and shine!!

School Photos are on today. I want our kids looking A+ today.

-Hair and teeth brushed

-No marmite or weetbix on faces

-Correct uniform e.g. no tights and thermals showing, no oversize hair ties and ribbons (you know the ones I mean)


Mr Tawhiti

Whittaker’s Chocolate bar fundraiser

Fri May 28 09:53am

Whoops, we still have chocolate bars and/or money raised outstanding. Please return as soon as possible, to your child’s/children’s classroom teacher in a named envelope/zip locked bag. Or pay it in our PTA bank account!

Once we have everything accounted for, we can finalise the total amount of money raised. All funds are going towards the senior school playground upgrade.

Thank you for your support.

Dance Show 1pm today! Morena everybody. Reminder that the Dance Show is on today at 1pm. See you there. Happy Friday!

Fri May 28 08:32am


Wed May 26 01:00pm


Tue May 25 10:56am

Please find attached first newsletter for Calf Club Day. There is also a copy coming home with children today.


Dances for Schools Performance 1pm this Friday

Mon May 24 01:21pm

Kia ora everybody

You are all invited to our Dances for Schools performance this Friday the 28th at 1pm under ‘The Cloud’

Our children have been practising their dance routines and look forward to putting on a great show.

Tell the boss and see you all here on Friday


Mon May 24 10:29am

Our Whittaker’s Chocolate bar fundraiser has been a fabulous success! However we still have some chocolate bars and/or money raised outstanding.

Please return any unsold chocolate bars and or money raised in a named sealed envelope (or zip locked bag) to school as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support!


Thu May 20 11:59am

PTA Whittaker’s Chocolate bar fundraiser closes tomorrow Friday 21st May.
Please return all money raised and any unsold chocolate bars to school.
Thank you for your wonderful support!


Wed May 19 01:27pm

PTA Disco

Mon May 17 12:00pm

PTA school Disco Thursday 3rd June 6-8pm School Hall.

Coming home today are pre-order forms for the disco. We are trialling this new system based on feedback given to us last year.

Items will still be available to purchase on the night (cash only), however it is best to pre-order so that your child/children don’t miss out!

Pre-order forms and money are due back to School by Wednesday 2nd June.

Permission slips which each child must bring to the disco will be sent home on Friday 28th May.

PTA Disco

Fri May 14 11:27am

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Wed May 12 01:04pm

Colour Day Mufti – Rotary Kids

Mon May 10 11:23am

Each junior/senior class has been allocated a colour.

Please dress in this colour on Friday 14th and bring a gold coin donation.

All money raised goes to Starship.

ROOMS 1&6 Pink

ROOMS 2&7 Red

ROOMS 3&11 Purple

ROOMS 4&8 Green

ROOMS 5&9 Yellow

ROOM 13&10 Blue

ROOM 12 Orange


Mon May 10 11:03am

Whittakers’s chocolate boxes are coming home today (eldest & only child). Please let the office know if you have not received a box or would like extra boxes.

All money raised goes towards the senior playground upgrade.

Orders close Friday 21st May.

Don’t forget to read the newsletter! Morning all. Please remember to read this weeks newsletter. Only 145 people have read it so far.

Thu May 06 09:58am


Wed May 05 01:05pm

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