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Fri May 27 12:23pm

All orders need to be in by Monday 30th May



Fri May 27 10:28am




Wed May 25 01:01pm

Pink shirt day tomorrow. Wear anything pink to stand against bullying. No pink = school uniform

Thu May 19 05:19pm

Pink shirt day tomorrow. Wear anything pink to stand against bullying. No pink = school uniform

Thu May 19 05:10pm

Thanks again for the responses to the ERO question we sent on Tuesday. They are really good. Keep them coming.

Thu May 19 03:00pm


Wed May 18 01:01pm

Excellent feedback (positive & constructive) already being received from our ERO question we sent earlier. Please keep it coming. Thank you

Tue May 17 02:32pm


Tue May 17 11:32am




Tue May 17 11:18am



School Bus Bay

Fri May 13 10:46am

Please note, we have had a lot of families parking in the bus bay and leaving their vehicles unattended.

This area is to be left clear at all times between the hours of 7:30am – 4:30pm, due to the fact that buses arrive throughout the day between these times.

We appreciate your cooperation.

Looking forward to seeing new faces at the PTA meeting! See you in the library 2.30pm today!

Thu May 12 02:01pm


Wed May 11 01:31pm




Wed May 11 01:01pm

Newsletter is available for viewing

Wed May 11 01:00pm

Kotahitanga meetings today

Tue May 10 08:37am

Morena whanau

Just a reminder that our Kotahitanga Meetings get underway this afternoon. Just to clarify, WE ARE NOT closing school any earlier than normal. All of our tamariki will remain at school supervised as usual while all our kaiako get ready for the meetings which start at 2.30pm.

Kia ora

Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday

Fri May 06 11:34am

To all our wonderful mothers out there, we wish you a happy mother’s day this Sunday. We hope you are pampered and at the very least get breakfast in bed.



Wed May 04 02:57pm


Wed Apr 13 01:01pm

Anthony Campbell to the rescue!

Wed Apr 13 10:34am

Well that was quick! Anthony Campbell has offered to angle grind the playground pole. Thanks Mr Campbell.

WANTED: Handy dad

Wed Apr 13 10:30am

Morning all

Ngaire Jamieson our caretaker wondered if there was a school dad out there who has an angle grinder and could spare half an hour at some stage- perhaps over the term break- to cut off a small metal pipe protuding from the ground of the junior playground. That would be much appreciated. Just call the office if you can and Ngaire will work out a time to do it.

Ms Tupai’s farewell assembly starts at 1pm today if you are in the vicinity. It looks like the bad weather may be bypassing us.


Tue Apr 12 12:16pm

Please keep an eye out in your child’s bag today for the notice regarding the Kotahitanga meetings in Week 2 of Term 2.


Reading Challenge biscuits!!

Fri Apr 08 10:46am

Good morning all

Holly McIlvenny (Room 7) and her mother Nicola have kindly baked over 300 biscuits as a special reward for every child in the school as recognition for taking part in the Reading Challenge. Thank you very much and enjoy a well earned rest tonight.



Swimming Sport Finals

Thu Apr 07 04:05pm

Good afternoon all

A reminder that our Swimming Finals get underway tomorrow at 8:45am

Our swimming event organising team have undertaken a risk assessment on the practicalities of our finalists having to wear masks in the school pool building. After considering the latest guidance from the Ministry of Education and Auckland Council we have made the decision to make masks optional for our swimmers tomorrow. Factors behind this decision is the large, open and well ventilated space, and low participant numbers. However, if you wish to have your child in their mask please communicate this with them tonight.

Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend, however, we kindly ask that no extended family or friends attend due to gathering limits in the pool area. Please also wear a mask as you may be in close proximity to other parents in the spectator area.

Thank you and have a nice evening




Wed Apr 06 02:51pm

Thanks to Bakers Delight Pukekohe

Mon Apr 04 09:36am

Patumahoe School would like to sincerely thank Bakers Delight Pukekohe and the Faulkner family for their very generous donation after their recent Hotcross bun fundraiser. They sold well over 400 packets of hotcross buns. I would also like to extend our thanks to our school families and community who supported the fundraiser.


Wed Mar 30 02:18pm


Wed Mar 30 09:18am

Just to clarify as we have had numerous questions around this: 

Parents are allowed onsite to drop off and pick up.

To avoid congregations onsite, we kindly ask that you leave the school grounds as soon as you have dropped off or collected your child.

If you are entering a building e.g. office/classroom/pool area a mask must be worn.

If you have made arrangements for your child to be collected from Clive Howe please have a conversation with your child that if you are not there on time they must return to the school grounds as this is a safety concern for us.

Hotcross buns for sale outside Bakers Delight Pukekohe tomorrow. $2 goes to our school for every 6 pack sold. Go on, treat yourself!

Fri Mar 25 11:58am

Govt update and what it means for Patumahoe School

Thu Mar 24 09:13am

Morena everybody

So the government announced a few changes. The key change being that their are no limits on outdoor gatherings. That is good news. So as of next Monday the 28th of March the following changes will take place here at school:

– Parents can come on the school grounds for morning drop off and afternoon pick up. Masks are NO longer required when onsite and outside. 

– We do- however- encourage the continuation of morning drop offs at the gate because children have come into school far more settled, and you have probably formed a healthy habit that benefits both you and your child. However, that is entirely up to you

-We kindly ask that whilst illness is still present in our community that parents remain outside of classrooms if dropping off or picking up. If a teacher welcomes you into the classroom please remember to wear a mask.

– We will no longer be doing the Clive Howe Reserve after school pick up. So if you are collecting your child, come into school and wait outside your child’s classroom. Bus kids and ‘walking’ kids carry on as usual

Whole school assemblies will get underway next Friday and will be under the ‘Cloud’. Parents are warmly welomed to attend. Read next weeks newsletter to see which classrooms are hosting the assembly. Assemblies get underway at 1.45pm

So we are pretty happy about these developments. I think by next week we will start to feel like a big family again. Watch this space as we look to start kicking back into some more normal school action.

Have a great day everybody and thanks for the well wishes ahead of my golf final this Sunday.

Yours in learning

Mr Tawhiti


Wed Mar 23 12:28pm

Sorry everyone this week’s newsletter has been put into the February folder.

Trying to sort out now.


Wed Mar 23 12:05pm


Mon Mar 21 08:45am

Good morning all

I hope you all had a nice weekend. We will be making a change to our normal afterschool pickup today because we are set for some wet weather this afternoon. The collection point will be from your child’s classroom and not from the Clive Howe fields on wet days. Parking at Clive Howe Reserve is, however, still recommended.

Please make note of the wet day pickup procedure below:

1. 1 parent or caregiver only can come on site for pickup. 

2. Wear a facemask

3. Head directly to your child’s classroom and wait outside

4. The classroom teacher will send your child to you once each child’s parent has been sighted

5. To avoid congregations onsite, we kindly ask that you leave the school grounds once you have collected your child

Thank you for your support with this. Illness is still prevalent in our school community and as such we all need to remain vigilant with our health and safety practices. 

Buses will run as usual and our regular ‘walking children’ can continue to walk home as usual.

Thank you

Patumahoe School

Rimu are House Cricket Champions! 127 – 81 over Mahoe

Fri Mar 18 02:05pm


Wed Mar 16 12:01pm

Reduced isolation period

Mon Mar 14 09:07am

Good morning all

I trust you all had a relaxing weekend. I am on a high after our golf team pipped Waiuku at Waiuku Golf club yesterday to progress to the semi-final at Akarana.

Anyhow, to more important matters. The isolation period for positive cases and household contacts is now only 7 days.

In short, so long as you are symptom free after the 7 days (both + cases and household contacts) and household contacts have produced a negative RAT test on day 7 you can return to school on Day 8. But it is important that the 7 days at home have been observed first.

Whilst we are closely tracking attendance, we will leave you to take ownership of the return to school. This means we will not be ringing you to tell you come back to school. 

There is more detailed information in my schoolAPP update from last Friday if you seek more clarity.

Have a nice week everybody

Mr Tawhiti


Phase 3 update: Self-isolation reduced

Fri Mar 11 09:11am

Good morning everybody

From 11:59pm tonight Friday the 11th March isolation requirements for positive cases of COVID-19 and their household contacts will be reduced from 10 to seven days.
Those currently in isolation will not have to complete their Days 8, 9 and 10 of isolation.

So we should see a return to school for all current self-isolating students on Monday the 14th of March so long as you have completed at least 7 days of self-isolation and are symptom free.
Please see the information below for changes that will be in effect from Saturday 12 March.

Cases of COVID-19

Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for seven days.
Day 0 is the day symptoms began or the day the test was taken (whichever came first). Cases will isolate for a full seven days and are free to return to normal activities on Day 8, if they are not symptomatic.

See ‘Supporting students and staff to return to school’ further below for more information.

Household contacts 

Household contacts are required to isolate for the same seven days as the case.
They can return to their normal activities on the same day as the first case in their household, so long as all test results have been negative, and they are not symptomatic.
Household contacts should continue to self-monitor for symptoms up to Day 10.

Household contacts will be required to take a self-administered rapid antigen test (RAT) on Day 3 and Day 7 of the case’s isolation period.
If symptoms develop at any time during isolation:

– the usual advice remains in place to undertake an additional RAT
– if the test is negative and symptoms persist or worsen, test again 48 hours after that negative test
– if symptoms resolve there is no need for a further test until the required Day 7 test. If this is negative, they can return to daily life on Day 8.

If a household contact has new symptoms on the day of release:

– they should undertake an additional RAT and stay at home while unwell
– if that test is negative and symptoms persist or worsen, test again after 48 hours. If symptoms resolve, there is no need for a further test. 

If a household contact has finished their period of isolation they do not need to return to isolation if a new case is identified in their household. However, this only applies for a period of seven days following their leaving isolation.
Should a new household member be confirmed as a case eight or more days after the household contact has left isolation, then they must start a new period of self-isolation for seven days.

I hope that makes sense. The above information has been extracted directly from the latest MOE update. But what it means is that we may be gradually creeping in the right direction.

Thank you for your support at home and of our school throughout this challenging time. I hope you all have a nice weekend.


Kind regards 

Mr Tawhiti and the team


Wed Mar 09 12:01pm

Notify office of absence please

Mon Mar 07 10:29am

Kia ora everybody

Please notify the office NOT the classroom teacher of any absences and the reason e.g. sickness, appointments, etc.  Also notify the office if your child subsequently tests positive after self-isolating as a household contact.

As you would understand we are managing a higher than usual number of student absences and tracking them has been challenging for office staff.

Thanks for your understanding and support with this.

Patumahoe School office team


Read-a-thon Reminder

Thu Mar 03 02:58pm

Hi Everyone, 

Just a friendly reminder that the end of the first week of Read-a-thon homework challenge is coming up. 

Teachers will be counting the book/chapters that have been read for homework after hours. 

We have already seen a huge effort put in by a number of children. Thank you parents for all you help and support in this. It is truly phenomenal.

nga mihi nui

Patumahoe Teachers


Wed Mar 02 12:01pm

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Wed Mar 02 11:14am


Wed Mar 02 11:09am

Registrations close on Wednesday 02nd March




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