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

Thu Dec 02 10:59am

Newsletter is available for viewing.

Wed Dec 01 12:01pm

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


Yummy Stickers

Fri Oct 22 12:02pm

Hi everyone, 

If you have any yummy stickers forms or coupons – could you please bring them into school early next week. I will put a box out on the staffroom deck to collect them all. 

Thank you. 


Fri Oct 22 09:27am

Today is the last day for diaries, photos and videos to be submitted for our online calf club.

Please ensure diaries are put into the box by the bus bay gate – no later than 2.25pm.



Message from the Board of Trustees

Fri Oct 22 07:00am

Good morning families 

The latest government announcements pertaining to schooling in Auckland and the subsequent delay to the return to school as well as mandatory vaccination and testing requirements for school employees is new and complex ground. The board of trustees are working closely with the senior leadership team to make sense of it all. We understand how challenging a time this is for our families and not least the children. However, the measures the government is putting in place and will continue to put in place are there to ensure the safety of your children and our staff. Whilst an actual return to school date is still unknown, we believe a detailed plan will be announced by cabinet next Tuesday the 26th of October.

The leadership team has indicated some concerns about our current level 3 schooling situation. This particular restart to level 3 schooling has seen a very high and unexpected number of pupils returning to school. This has come as a surprise and is also presenting a number of challenges. The current surge in numbers and the day-to-day variance in numbers has meant that the school has had to increase the number of bubbles (only 10 children per bubble). This has meant that we need more teachers onsite and as such our staffing is at a critical level. Furthermore, the requirement for more teachers onsite has meant the balance of programme delivery is starting to change. Distance learning (online) programmes are now being impacted with teachers being drawn away from facilitating these and having to supervise children at school.

According to the Ministry of Education “at Alert Level 3 parents and caregivers should, where they can, keep their children at home”. The MoE goes into more detail by outlining the following:

At Alert Level 3, more businesses and services are open (not just essential services) and some parents and caregivers will have to leave home in order to go to work. In these cases, any child who can’t be supervised at home by an appropriate person, needs to be able to attend school. Schools must be open for these children to attend. Distance learning will need to be provided for all students who are off-site including those required to self-isolate and those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result.

We understand that household situations may have changed with the extension of the lockdown, but if they have not changed since term 3, we urge careful consideration of the above Ministry of Education statements. If you have other options available to you that can keep your child at home, please utilise them.

As has been the case over previous lockdowns, please reach out to your child/s teacher if you need further resources for use at home, questions and or comments.



Patumahoe School Board of Trustees


Wed Oct 20 10:04am

Don’t forget all diaries for pets, chickens, dogs, beans & technology are all due into school by this Friday 22nd October. Drop of into box by the gate at the bus bay between 8.30am and 2.15pm.

All photos and videos are also due in by Friday 22nd October please email to . If you are unable to send through email please send a message to the above email address and Shelley will send you another way you can do this.

If any families still have trophies at home can you please drop into the box with the diaries before Friday.





Mon Oct 18 12:31pm

Hi everyone

If you ordered scholastic book club last term you can come and collect your order from the staffroom deck between 9am and 2pm this week.

Also Scholastic have a digital catalogue this term you can view online and order. Orders will be sent to your home address free of charge. 

We have a number of new uniform pieces that have been ordered by parents. You may come in and pick up from the staffroom deck also.

VIRTUAL CALF CLUB updated information

Thu Oct 14 12:58pm

Good afternoon everybody

In light of the latest government announcement and the subsequent delays to a return to school as well as volunteer vaccination requirements. We have made the decision to make Calf Club virtual this year and not on school grounds.

Please read the notice below to see how to enter.

View PDF


Update on Level 3 schooling

Wed Oct 13 09:35am

Kia ora everybody

Monday’s government announcement was a big one. The decision has been made to delay the start of term 4 as the Auckland region will remain at Alert Level 3 for another week. Cabinet will review this decision on Monday 18 October. The most notable announcement is the mandatory vaccination and testing of all education workers. From 1 January 2022, schools and early learning services and providers will need to ensure only vaccinated staff and support personnel have contact with children and students.

However, from now until that date all school staff who work in schools and kura in Auckland and other Alert Level 3 regions are required to have returned a weekly negative COVID-19 test result before they can return to working on site. This is regardless of their vaccination status. Once staff have returned a negative test, those that are already fully vaccinated are not required to undergo weekly testing

So during level 3 schooling we may have staff working who are not fully vaccinated, but they will have a negative COVID-19 test result. In compliance with the Privacy Act, at no point will the school be disclosing the vaccination or testing status of any individual staff members to the public.

1. Whilst Auckland remains at level 3 school is open for children who need to attend. 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.  

2. Distance learning will commence from Monday the 18th of October. 

3. Children under 12 years of age remain exempted from wearing face coverings. 

4. If a child or staff member is sick, they should stay home. 

5. Pick ups and drop offs

-Face coverings must be worn, and physical distancing measures retained
-Scan in using the QR codes on the school entrances
-You are allowed to come onto school grounds for drop off and collection. 
-Drop off at 8.20am and collect your child at 2.30pm
-Parents, whānau and caregivers are not required to be vaccinated or tested in order to pick up or drop off children. 

6. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply 

-Physical distancing of one metre inside and two metres outside at Alert Level 3. 
-Hand hygiene. 
-Cough and sneeze etiquette. 
-Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces (daily at Alert Level 3). 

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 symptoms 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 and wear face masks whilst on school grounds. You are allowed to come onto school grounds for drop off and collection.

We need the families who require school to let us know by 4pm Thursday the 14th of October then each subsequent school day if your home situation changes.

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

Family name:

Children’s name:

Date of day (s) attending:


Kind regards

Jade Tawhiti




Latest announcement

Mon Oct 11 04:45pm

Kia ora everybody

Firstly, I must express my shock and disappointment with the fact that we will not be back at school next Monday. I really feel for our children and school families. 

This announcement has caught us by surprise and I will be spending time tomorrow meeting with the school leadership team and BOT working out the details of what this latest announcement actually means.

I know you will have many questions so I intend to send out a detailed communication on Wednesday morning. So please standby for that.

Kindest regards

Jade Tawhiti



Thu Oct 07 03:23pm

Don’t forget to get your entries in for the best dressed animal competition.

Flyer attached.



Virtual Assembly

Fri Oct 01 02:00pm

Thank you to all our Patumahoe whanau! Take the next 2 weeks to recharge and relax and we will hopefully be seeing you day 1 term 4. Here is the link to the virtual assembly to finish off the term. Arohanui

Virtual Assembly Link


Fri Oct 01 10:45am

Please see PDF below for all the details for Best Dressed Competition.

Looking forward to seeing your creations.



Fri Oct 01 10:33am

Just a reminder regarding the Pet, Chicken & Dog Diaries – these are due into school on MONDAY 18TH OCTOBER. There will be labelled boxes for these at the front door of the school office. 

Bean & Technology diaries are to come into school with the project on TUESDAY 26TH OCTOBER NOT ON Monday 18th.

We will send out a more indepth information sheet on times etc for the animals, beans and technology in the first week back of school (fingers crossed we are in Level 2). 

Will be sending a flyer regarding Best Dressed Pet competition so keep your eyes out for that also.

Looking forward to seeing everyone back at school.


Wed Sep 29 12:06pm

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. 

View PDF

View PDF

View PDF

Have a nice day

Newsletter available for viewing

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 .

View PDF

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

Newsletter is available for viewing

Wed Sep 15 11:52am

Calf club panui

Tue Sep 14 10:10am

Morena koutou


See updated panui from the Calf Club committee

View PDF



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