Patoka School

Room 1
Room 1
Years 0 - 3
Room 2
Room 2
Years 3 - 5
Room 3
Room 3
Years 6 - 8

T R U E - be true to yourself

Trustworthiness, Respect, Unity, Excellence, Enthusiasm

Welcome to Patoka School’s place on the web

Patoka School is a 3 classroom school located in the rolling foothills of the majestic Kaweka Ranges. We are approximately 50km north west of Napier and Hastings Cities in our own rural paradise. With hunting, fishing, tramping and the great outdoors all on our doorstep and the cities only 35 to 50 minutes away, our children have the best that a rural lifestyle can offer whilst still able to access quality city based activities.

Patoka School is a Full Primary with students from Year 0 to 8. The school motto is ‘Through Our School We Are One ‘. We promote family values, inclusiveness, caring and personal excellence all which are reflected in our school values: Truthfulness, Respect, Unity, Excellence and Enthusiasm – (acronym T.R.U.E)

Our modern learning environment consists of 3 classrooms, library, withdrawal spaces and admin area, all which have been fully rebuilt over the last 3 years. Within our school grounds are tennis courts, fields, a native bush area and an adventure playground all this space provides ample room for adventurous children to thrive and enjoy physical activities.

We have passionate parents, community and staff all striving to ensure that each child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential and reach their own level of personal excellence. We offer students a range of opportunities to shine in different areas including academic, sporting, EOTC and leadership.

We hope that you enjoy visiting our website and that you find everything that you are looking for. Please feel free to contact the office if you have any queries or email me at principal@patoka.school.nz

 

Rachel Huggins

Principal


  1. Welcome Back to the start of 2016

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    Welcome back to the start of 2016. I hope that you have all had a very relaxing holiday and that you were all able to find time for your selves. The staff are ready for another year and have already spend a full day exploring some new and exciting thinking...
  2. Whanau Hui – Our Journey in Te Reo at Patoka

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    I would like to thank those parents who were able to attend the whanau hui that was held this evening. Also, thanks to those who contacted to say that they could not make it. I do appreciate that this is a busy time for many of you and would still...
  3. Change of email addresses

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    To our parents, community and businesses with whom we stay in contact via email.   Please note that over the last few months our email addresses have been changed to a Google account. This means that we are no longer using our @patoka.schoolzone.net.nz addresses.We have endeavored to notify all necessary...
  4. A flying visit

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    Well – you know you are in the rural district when you have a flying visit from one of our families in their helicopter. John and Lisa Chittick flew in and landed on our field which then allowed our younger children, and some older enthusiasts to check out the helicopter....
  5. What’s new with our gardens

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    As you may be aware we have had some new gardens appearing around the school. Room 1 were the brains behind the Koru garden. Thanks to all the children for your inspirational ideas and to Mrs Ward and Billie for the work you have done. The new orchard and raised...

  1. Rimu’s New Garden

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    Today in the shade house Rimu House Group worked with Billie. We listened to bird calls and then we completed a quiz afterwards to test our knowledge. All of the children then got to fill pots with soil so that we could plant plants. We planted Kowhai seedlings into the...
  2. Kowhai’s New School Garden

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    On our second time in the shade house we listened to bird calls and made a Kowhai Garden. We made the garden because each House group is getting to create a garden in the school grounds; we are also hoping that the gardens will attract native birds and animals. We...
  3. Pests in the Native Bush

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    Today the children learnt about pests that are threatening the native birds and animals in the school environment. Billie bought along a DOC trap and explained how the trap worked, bait that was required and discussed suitable locations for the trap. The trap has been placed in the school grounds....
  4. Lizard Garden and Planting Kowhai Seedlings

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    Today Kowhai had the opportunity to work with Billie in the shade house for the first time. The children transplanted some Kowhai seedlings from their germination trays into individual growing bags. Working in small groups they completed a quiz on Skinks and Geckos. The younger children made Gecko masks. To...


  1. The importance of communicating with the school

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    I would like to take this opportunity to remind all parents of the importance of communicating with the school when your children are away, unable to attend an event or needing some changes for the bus arrangements. We endeavor to ensure that all information is shared with parents about any...
  2. What’s been happening at Patoka School.

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    This year has been another busy and exciting year. We have a number of new students join us, as well as saying farewell some of our families.  Our role continues to sit at 68 which is stable. With a large number of students leaving us in 2015, we are already...
  3. A challenge for all in 2014

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    Are you up for a challenge? As we swing into action this year we have made the decision to encourage our students to be guardians of their own learning. We want them to share with you what is happening at school and what they are getting better at. When talking...
  4. A big thank you to all

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    As the 2013 school year draws to a close I find myself reflecting on the past two terms and what has been happening here at school. It has been a busy two terms for the students, staff and community with many events making for interesting times. For the students they...

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