School Newsletter – 5 December 2017

Term 4, Week 7

Upcoming Events

Kiri Team Zoo TripTue, 5 Dec
Sports AssembyTue, 5 Dec, 9:15am
Hillary Team Fun DayWed, 6 Dec
Year Book Orders DueThu, 7 Dec
Cowley Team Fun DayThu, 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
Final AssemblyFri, 15 Dec, 10:30am
Uniform Shop openThu, 25 Jan, 1:30am
Uniform Shop openThu, 25 Jan, 8:00am
Office openThu, 25 Jan, 9:00am
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.


Sports Assembly 2017

Congratulations to all our certificate, medal and trophy winners at our Sports Assembly this morning. Special thank you to the many coaches and managers of our teams during the year that enabled students to have these sporting opportunities.

Staff Farewells

At the end of the year we will be farewelling two of our teachers; Karen Knarston, Room 14 and Ashleigh Milne, Room 19.

Karen Knarston has been with Kohimarama School for 3 years and has contributed to Hillary Team students during this time. Karen has used her talents and skills to support, guide and nurture the students in her care. She is passionate about orienteering – next year the PTA are running the first Lactic Turkey (Rogaine Orienteering) event and hopefully Karen will come back to support this. She forms genuine relationships with her pupils and, with her wealth of knowledge of how students learn, the students she has taught at Kohimarama have benefitted greatly. Karen is looking to retire from full-time teaching but remains keen to be one of our preferred relieving teachers here at Kohimarama School. We thank Karen for her service and thank her for the positive influence that she has had on students learning.

Ashleigh Milne has been at Kohimarama School for 3 years, as a teacher in the Year 7 & 8 area of the school. Ashleigh builds genuine relationships with her students as well; her quiet and caring manner ensures no student in her class is overlooked. Ashleigh has contributed positively to the students at a critical stage in their development. She has been a willing teacher, guide and supporter of the positive changes in the Year 7 and 8 area of the school. She has contributed significantly as a staff trustee on our Board. She will be sadly missed by staff and students in Snell team. Ashleigh is moving out of Auckland in 2018 and looking to settle in Rotorua where she has won a position at Rotorua Girls High School. We wish Ashleigh all the very best.

We will also be farewelling two of our relieving teachers who have stepped into fulltime teaching roles in the school during the year.

Deborah Laffoley was on the relieving list for the school until Term 2-3 when she started to become the regular teacher in Room 3. Deborah is in experienced teacher who was able to step into the role when needed after the teacher appointed to the position became ill and unable to continue. Thank you, Deborah, for your service to Kohimarama School.

Kim Sanson stepped into Room 9 to cover maternity leave for this term for Danielle Ingram-Trevis. Kim quickly established herself as the teacher and developed positive and respectful relationships with parents and students. Kim was able to ensure that the classroom continued on and developed as positive learners throughout the term. Thank you, Kim, for your service to Kohimarama School.

We are also fare welling a Teacher Aide.

Kate Holloway has been at Kohimarama School for 2 years. Kate has been working with the students in Cowley Team and has assisted them in Mathematics through the Spring programme. Through her patience, care and efforts she has seen them succeed.

Thank you to all the staff above for their commitment to the learning community of Kohimarama School.

Congratulations to our Choir

Our Choir performed brilliantly in the St Heliers village ‘Green’ yesterday evening. Thank you to Bianca Porter their leader and Jodi Maran for their support in offering this opportunity to our Choir. The Choir sang a medley of Christmas Carols in their festive school uniform, wearing Christmas hats and/or antlers – not only can they sing superbly, they look awesome doing it!

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 Auditorium 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.

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.


Kohimarama School had 10 amazing sailors in the Peter Blake Regatta at Torbay over the weekend; Rowan K, Sean S, Hanan M, Zejn M, Noah S, Sean K, Charles S, James B, Lou M and Oliver S. Congratulations to Oliver S who finished 4th out of 110 boats in the Optimist Green Fleet. Well done, Oliver!

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.

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

3rd in Resenes Mural Competition

We are excited to announce that Kohimarama School came third place in the Resene Community Art Mural Competition. We would like to thank you all for the contributions you made to make the murals look so outstanding. A special mention to Desmer Glenn and The PTA for bringing it all together.

Team Update from the Deputy Principals

Last week we took all students who have been leaders at our school in one capacity or another out for Fun Day to say “Thank you” for their full years’ work showing responsibility, reliability, commitment and compassion. Road Patrollers, Student Leaders, House Captains, Peer Mediators, Librarians, Bell Ringers and Sports Councillors were running around at Madills Farm involved in a Top Town style group of activities. We had a fun filled day, thanks to Auckland City Council, parents and teachers who ensured our students enjoyed the experience.

Some comments from our students

“I liked the tug of war and the games of gang-up. It showed us how important it is to stick together and work as a team.”

“I liked the obstacle course and the noodle hockey. It showed me that I can still do fun things with a cast on.”

“I was proud of my team for really working hard and since we did work together we won tug of war.”

The Kohimarama Way – Compassion

“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”
Bob Hope

“Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.”
Henry Ward Beecher

“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”
Dalai Lama

Weekly Results

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

  • Rm 1 – Oliver S
  • Rm 2 – Daniel A
  • Rm 3 – Nico G, Jasper Z
  • Rm 4 – Isabella B, Lily R
  • Rm 5 – Timofey I
  • Rm 6 – Charlie P, Adrian T, Sophie D
  • Rm 7 – Jack T, Jessica T, Lila H, Joseph C
  • Rm 8 – Isabel O, Kevin W
  • Rm 9 – Summer P, Max H, Nina R, Frida C
  • Rm 10 – Gabin M, Emma B, Meg C
  • Rm 11 – Alicja D, Monty N
  • Rm 12 – Dylan H, Beau S, Zoe S, Maya S
  • Rm 13 – Owen M, Cola L
  • Rm 14 – Mia B
  • Rm 15 – Carl Y, Matthew W, Marshall D
  • Rm 16 – Molly C, Matthew G
  • Rm 17 – Juliet Q, Ben L-H
  • Rm 18 – Elden C
  • Rm 19 – Blake B, George B, Nicole H, Jack O, Shyam Z
  • Rm 20 – Brock F, Ari Z, Burak M, Oliver B, Oliver S
  • Rm 21 – Mick P, Leo M
  • Rm 22 – Ege O, Max L
  • Rm 23 – Mikey L, Hugo D

Walking School Bus: Luke P, Lucas O, Isabel O

Caught Being Good – “Greenies”
Congratulations to all students doing the right thing in the playground, our fortunate winners are:

  • Maxwell Rm 20 for Friendliness – Colenso
  • Luie Rm 21 for Commitment – Colenso
  • Sydney Rm 21 for Reliability – Patteson

Touch Results

  • Year 5 Sea Eagles Won 9-1. Player of the Day: Connor R

House Points Update

This weeks House Points

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

Who will win the House Shield for 2017?

Community Notices

Holiday Programme for Year 0 to 6 – 22 December
Kohimarama Presbyterian Church are running a holiday programme on 22 December, 34 Kohimarama Rd.
Full day 9.00 – 4.00pm $35
Half day(morning session) 9.00 – 12.00pm $20
Prior enrolment is absolutely essential so please email for an Enrolment form.

Jazz, Hip hop or Contemporary Dance
If you would like to enrol for a modern jazz, hip hop or contemporary dance class with our experienced dance school Stow Austin Studio based in St Heliers and Epsom for 2018 please see our website or ph Kristy 021440088 or Marie 0275456778. Classes are available for students from 4 years and above. All enquiries welcome.

Dare to Explore’ starts Saturday 9th December
5 – 13 year old children can register in the library or online and collect their booklets of fun activities from St Heliers Library. Do encourage your children to register for the ‘Dare to Explore’ school holiday programme. It is designed to maintain or improve reading levels and increase children’s love of books and reading. Each child is issued with a booklet with a treasure trove of specially designed thinking skills activities which appeal to all learning styles. Activities can be completed at home, on holiday, at the library or online. 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!