School Newsletter – 13 February 2018

Term 1, Week 3 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

To add any of these events directly to your own calendar go to the Calendar page.
Coding Course - First DayTue, 13 Feb, 3:15pm
Year 7-8 Technology at Selwyn College - First DayWed, 14 Feb, 1:35pm
AssemblyFri, 16 Feb, 1:45pm
Weetbix TryathlonSun, 18 Feb
Meet the Teacher EveningTue, 20 Feb, 7:00pm
Sushi Wednesday - First DayWed, 21 Feb
Peer Mediator TrainingThu, 22 Feb
House T-shirt DayFri, 23 Feb
Year 1 Road SafetyMon, 26 FebWed, 28 Feb
Year 2-3 SwimmingMon, 26 FebThu, 1 Mar
Peer Mediator TrainingTue, 27 Feb
Year 6 SailingWed, 28 FebThu, 1 Mar
Roll Return DayThu, 1 Mar
Assembly (Thursday)Thu, 1 Mar, 1:45pm
Swimming Sports - Year 5-8Fri, 2 Mar

Update from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Although the weather has been a bit up and down, humid and wet, we are setting a steady course at school to ensure that our learners are being challenged and supported to take their next steps. I have been impressed by the way that the students are positive about their learning and eager to be part of their class activities.

It is very good to see parents around the school smiling and positive about this year. These small things contribute to our sense of wellness in the school. A number have noted that we have a positive feel throughout the school.

To this end, I enjoy my opportunities to meet parents and students each day. I try to make time to visit classes to see what is happening in each room to talk about the learning and to ensure that I get to know students. I see parents as an integral part of the learning community that is Kohimarama School.

Kohimarama School Website
Our school website is nearly ready to launch and I hope this will happen over the next week or so. Editing and ensuring that we are able to bring the content that you want is our final steps in our preparation.

Meet the Teacher Evening
Our ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening is scheduled for Tuesday 20 February at 7.00 pm. We will begin in the School Hall and there I will introduce the teaching teams, talk about our successes in 2017 and some of the plans that we have for 2018.

I hope that you will see a brief introduction to the SchoolTalk programme, a tool to share the real-time-learning of our students with you the parents the teacher and the student. Our Board of Trustees and PTA chair will have a short time to talk and introduce their plans for the school.

In all it is a time to meet your child’s teacher so most of this time is dedicated to that. I envisage that the evening will conclude shortly after 8.00 pm.

Kind regards
Paul Engles

The Kohimarama Way – Commitment

Without commitment, we just drift along, with no idea where we are going. We change our minds. We give up easily if things get too hard. We break our word. We give up on people we care about if they disappoint us or make a mistake. When we are committed, people can count on us to keep our promises. With commitment we can achieve great things.


Student Leadership Council and House Captains for 2018

Congratulations to the following students who will be working closely with students this year in their roles as leaders at Kohimarama School.

Student Leadership Council

  • Year 8 — James Boyd, Isabella Cooke, Alice Lee, Jack Owen, Zara Tames-Clark, Henry Walkinshaw
  • Year 7 — Matthew Bailey, Natan Chadzynski, Sean Kensington, Kareena Jeram, Madison Simmons, Zoe Stone

House Captains

  • Atkin — Max Duder, Jocelyn Kingsley-Wilkins, James Macdonald and Amelia Marsh
  • Colenso — Callum Blyth, Rowan Kensington, Ava Eie and Ashton Muraahi
  • Patteson — Sydney Burchell, Leanne Clifford, Ana-Zara Michaels and Mick Pearson
  • Selwyn — Sam Barron, Elani Richards, Noah Shirley and Caleb Woodley

Kohimarama School Librarian Wanted

We need a motivated, enthusiastic, organised person who shows initiative and likes working with students and teachers to run our school library.

This is a paid, part time role—Monday to Friday. Training will be given to the successful applicant.

If you have any questions, please see Meegan Hill. Send your CV and a letter outlining your skill set and suitability for the role to or drop it into our school office.

Swimming Sports Years 5-8

Kohimarama School Year 5 – 8 Swimming Sports will be on Friday March 2nd at Sacred Heart College, Indoor Swimming Pool.

Students will leave Kohimarama School by bus at 8.30am. More details will be in next week’s newsletter regarding specific race timing.

This year we would like to include a parent team in the Staff vs Student House Relay which is run at the end of the programme (approximately 12.45 – 1.00pm). We will need 4 keen parents to volunteer and put their swimmers on. If you are interested please contact Sonia Drefers at

Community Notices

Gymnastics – Gym Club

  • Fantastic skill development
  • Fantastic strength building
  • Fantastic TUMBLING training
  • Fantastic flexibility & mental concentration
  • Fantastic coaches & equipment
  • Fantastic Fun!
Register on the website today! or phone 0800 273368. Class starts Tuesday the 13th February at 3.15pm in the School Hall. The cost for the 8 week term is only $95.
“Classes are fantastic, more fun, more convenient, and I’ve learnt more in a term than I did in a year at my last club” – Charlotte

Shine Speech & Drama!

Wednesdays 3.15 – 4pm at Kohimarama School
Term 1 lessons start 20th February
To book your child’s place: