School Newsletter – 28 November 2017

Term 4, Week 7

Upcoming Events

Year 4-5 SwimmingMon, 27 NovThu, 30 Nov
Student Leader DayWed, 29 Nov
AssemblyFri, 1 Dec, 1:45pm
Year 7-8 Goat Island TripMon, 4 Dec
Kiri Team Zoo TripTue, 5 Dec
Sports AssembyTue, 5 Dec, 9:15am
Hillary Team Fun DayWed, 6 Dec
Cowley Team Fun DayThu, 7 Dec
Year Book Orders DueThu, 7 Dec
Certificate AssemblyThu, 7 Dec, 9:15am
House T-shirt DayFri, 8 Dec
Year 6 Rangitoto TripFri, 8 Dec
Board of Trustees MeetingMon, 11 Dec, 6:30pm
Reports are sent homeThu, 14 Dec
Last day of YearFri, 15 Dec
If you have a Google calendar you can add events directly to it via the Calendar page. For more events go to the 2018 Calendar List.

A Message from Snell Team

Year 7/8 Camp

Last week the year 7 and 8’s embarked on an exciting journey down to Tongariro. We woke up early on Monday morning and spent about 3 hours on a bus driving to the Waitomo caves. When we arrived we were welcomed and taken on a exhilarating tour throughout the caves. We saw all the glowworms in all of their beauty and then continued on our journey to the final destination.

On Tuesday we woke up with gusto and prepared to depart on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The walk started off serene and picturesque until we realised what lay ahead of us. The Devil’s Staircase. These were over a thousand meters above sea level and were quite challenging. When we thought the treacherous climb was over, we were greeted with yet another hill. However at the top we got play with some snow and it was truly magical. To our excitement we got to slide downhill along a slippery slope before we were allowed to eat our lunch. Then the weather turned cold and surprise, surprise, their was another hill. We were relieved when we got to the top but then we had to start a long downwards, tedious trek on the opposite side of the mountain. Once we got to the bottom, we thought it was over however, you guessed it, their was more walking left ahead of us. When we finished, we left to go and soak our achy muscles in some thermal pools. This was a quite a luxury and you can imagine the satisfaction on our faces. Rest assured, we got a lot of sleep that night.

The next morning started off early as usual and drove over to the beautiful Lake Taupo and explored the Huka Prawn Park. There were gauntlets filled with water to dump on your head and tanks full of prawns. They then gave us some bait and a rod so we could start fishing. After about an hour they called us in and showed us how to cook and eat our prawns, They were delicious. After that delicious lunch we went to the AC Baths and enjoyed an afternoon of doing bombs and speeding down massive slides. A good rest day after the crossing finished only by a late night movie.

The next day we drove down to Taupo again this time to the National Army Museum. We were taken around by a guide and shown all the amazing exhibits like a real Victoria cross and a real Sherman tank. After the exciting tour we were taken to an empty garage and were given a real Afghanistan 24 Hour Ration-Pack and had to cook our own lunch with fire and tins. The food was surprisingly good. (Probably better than the food at camp) we then spent our last day at camp doing a Trivia quiz and a fun Disco.

The next Friday we had to say goodbye to our home for the week and hopped on the bus and braced ourselves for the long 4 hour drive back. Luckily the boredom was broken by the Rotorua lounge where we raced each other down a slippery hill and did sick jumps. Sadly it didn’t last and we continued to Auckland where our loving parents were waiting.

Year 7-8 camp this year was so much fun, so we wanted to thank everyone who was apart of it. The parents, for helping us throughout the week and encouraging us. The camp owners, for making us lunch everyday and letting us run riot around the place. But especially the teachers for organising the whole thing, putting up with us, and just making it so special.

By Sophie, Truman and Rubie


SPCA Student Fundraiser

Congratulations and thank you to all our students and teachers who took part in the Furry Friday last week. Together we raised $853.30 for the worthy cause which is extremely appreciated as we get into the Christmas rush and holiday time, when animals seem to be most in need.

Band 2018

Last call for any students who are this year in Years 3 to Year 8 and would like to join one of our bands for next year. If you have any questions please mail or pick up information at the office.

Final Prizegiving Assembly – Friday 15th December 10.30am, Sacred Heart College

The Kohimarama School Prizegiving Assembly is our last day of school and all our students are expected to attend in correct school uniform. It is a great opportunity for us to meet together, celebrate the year and the outstanding achievements of our students.

In order for us to get there, students are transported by their parents to and from our Final Assembly at Sacred Heart College, 250 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie. Students in Cowley, Hillary and Snell Teams will meet with their class teacher at the front of the Auditorium at 10.00am and will walk in together as a class. Kiri Team students sit with their parents, so may arrive at 10.20am.

Students in the Ensemble Band, Choir and Kapa Haka need to be at the Cathedral no later than 9.20am, as we will be having a sound check for these groups before the Assembly begins.

Car parking can be found on West Tamaki Road and Crossfield Road, plus Gate 4, which leads to a big parking area down by the pool. We expect the Assembly to finish at 12 noon, and students may be picked up from the front of the Auditorium at this time.

Uniform Shop

The final day for Uniform Shop in 2017 will be Tuesday 12 December. The Uniform Shop will be open on these dates and times before school begins in 2018;Thursday 25 January 2018 between 8.00-11.00am, 1.30-4.30pm and Tuesday 30 January 2018 between 8.00-11.00am only.

Stationery Information

If your child is a New Entrant Year 1 (new to Kohimarama School) in 2018, stationery packs can only be purchased from the School Office. The Office will be open for purchasing NE stationery packs on the following dates and times before school begins for 2018; Thursday 25 January 2018 and Tuesday 30 January 2018 between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm.

If you child is in Year 1-8, stationery packs can be ordered on-line through OfficeMax. On-line ordering does not open until 8 January 2018. Lists for Year 1-8 are also available on our school website if you do not wish to order them online. Lists will not go up until the last day of term.

Holiday Leave

If you intend to take your child out during term time you must apply for leave through the school office. This must be done in writing. Please email any leave to the school office at

Senior Playground

The senior playground is due for a makeover. On Friday 8 December the playground will be closed while parts of it are dismantled and taken away for a makeover. The playground will be closed from then until the beginning of the school academic year in February 2018. Our thanks go to the PTA for assisting us in sprucing up this valuable resource for our students.

The Kohimarama Way – Compassion

“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.”
Roy T. Bennett.

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
John Holmes.

Weekly Results

Touch Results

  • Year 5 Sea Eagles, Lost 15-0, Player of the Day: Toby H

Flippaball Results

  • Year 5/6, Lost 3-1, Player of the Day: Conor
  • Year 5/6, Won 10-1, Player of the Day: Mikey

House Points Update

This weeks House Points

  • 1st Patteson
  • 2nd Atkin
  • 3rd Selwyn
  • 4th Colenso

Total House Points

  • Colenso: 8279
  • Patteson: 8204
  • Atkin: 8002
  • Selwyn: 7471

Community Notices

Christmas Lights At MOTAT
As the countdown to Christmas begins, the Museum grounds will be transformed by twinkling fairy lights illuminating the streetscapes, trams and buildings. With live entertainment, Christmas fare and Santa’s grotto, experience the magic of Christmas Lights at MOTAT from 15-24 December. Entry is $2 per person (except under 5s who are free) with proceeds going towards purchasing Christmas gifts, for Auckland Women’s Refuge and Auckland City Mission. Performing Arts Classes Dance, Drama, Musical Theatre 2018 Bookings Now Open! classes for 2018 are now available to book online! And if you secure your 2018 booking now you are welcome to jump into the final classes of 2017 which run right through until December 16th. Please note that the above offer is not available for the In School Hours classes. Have a look at our site to find all of the information that you need. We run 38 venues Auckland wide so there will be a class near you. We look forward to you becoming a part of the family for 2018!