School Newsletter – 27 February 2018

Term 1, Week 5 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

If you have a Google calendar you can add events directly to it via the Calendar page.
Road Safety (Year 1)Mon, 26 FebWed, 28 Feb
Swimming (Year 2-3)Mon, 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
Road Safety (Year 1)Fri, 2 Mar
Swimming (Year 2-3)Mon, 5 MarThu, 8 Mar
PTA MeetingMon, 5 Mar, 7:00pm
Raglan Surfing Trip (Year 7-8)Tue, 6 Mar
House T-shirt DayFri, 9 Mar
Pop-up Globe Trip - Macbeth (Year 7-8)Thu, 15 Mar
AssemblyFri, 16 Mar, 1:45pm
Board of Trustees MeetingMon, 19 Mar, 6:30pm
For more events go to the 2018 Calendar List.

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

I want to reflect on threats and opportunities.

My daughter, Hannah, has been successfully managing Schnipps at Kohimarama over the last few years. It takes lots of determination and hard work. She was disappointed to realise that, through restructuring, she was not going to continue in her overall management role and so looked at her options. She decided to resign and go out on her own. This is a bold step for my daughter and an anxious time ensued. However, doors open and opportunities present themselves. Her client base and family supported and encouraged her and today is her first day as a business owner. A new name, Elixir Hairdressing in Kohimarama. So, from an uncertain beginning she has made bold and decisive steps, recognising her talents and abilities and extending these to include business management in a new environment.

So it is with the removal of our National Standards from the reporting requirements for all Primary schools in New Zealand. A bold move but also an opportunity for Kohimarama School to extend and challenge our students and teachers to ensure that we are continuing to excel in Reading, Writing and Mathematics and extend this to Science, Technology, Social Sciences, Arts, etc. As I said on the meet the teacher evening, we are working to build an online tool that will allow for real-time reporting of students’ progress towards meeting the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum at the appropriate levels to ensure success of all our learners.

Teachers are engaged in additional weekly professional learning and development to fully understand agentic learning and how our students can maximise this while being transparent with you the parents, their teacher and themselves. As we upskill staff and students we will be engaging you in shaping the future of agentic learning. Later in the year (cycle of development) this will lead to you seeing a student’s timetable at school, their progress to meeting the learning goals and their evidence for showing how they do this.

The opportunity to engage students, have them lead their learning and be supported by the teacher and you, their parents, is an important part of Kohimarama School’s continued development and success. We are strategically positioning the school for our future world of learning. Look out for our meetings coming up this term and next.

I would like to finish by saying that the learning community of Kohimarama School is thankful for the continued support of parents, teachers and students. This motivates us all to be the very best we can be.

Paul Engles

The Kohimarama Way – Commitment

“Most people fail, not because of lack of desire but, because of lack of commitment” Vince Lomardi born in 1913 and a famous American footballer. “Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you”. “There’s a difference between interest and commitment, when you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results”. Kenneth Blanchard born in 1936 American author. Interestingly, what these people said all those years ago, still holds true for the committed person.


Roll Return 2018

Twice a year, in March and July, all schools in New Zealand are required to furnish to the Ministry of Education a return detailing all students enrolled at their schools. This return determines our funding and staffing for the remainder of the school year.

If your child is going to be absent or late for any reason on Thursday 1st March the office will require a letter or email from a parent/guardian justifying the student’s absence from school. This correspondence is to be provided to the school office, at, no later than Friday 2nd March by 9.00 am. Thank you in advance.

Help Kohimarama School win Science and Technology equipment!

You can help Kohimarama School WIN $25k, $15k or $10k worth of Science and Technology equipment! Genesis’ School-Gen is giving away $50,000 to help schools energise young minds.

All you have to do is vote as often as you can, in the Genesis School-Gen Energising Young Minds competition, until voting ends 2nd April. The votes are divided by our school roll, so we have an equal chance of winning as larger schools. Voting is simple, just follow the link below, type in Kohi and hit the vote button! Please get your friends and family to vote as well.


If your child is going to be absent from school please call the school office DDI absent line on 930-9826 and follow the prompts or you can email the office at Please call or email before 9.00am. Any parents taking their children out for holiday will need to email the office to request leave from the school. Please address this email to the Principal.


If your child requires any medication, either on a day-to-day basis or a once-off, the School Office must be made aware by the parents/caregivers and the medication forms completed. Any medication must be brought into the Office by an adult; no medication can be bought into or taken away by a child. If your child requires medication on a day-to-day basis, ie for asthma, allergies, etc, parents/ caregivers must bring the necessary medication into the School Office and it will be stored in our school Sickbay for emergencies.

Senior School Swimming Sports (Year 5–8) – Friday 2 March

We are looking for 2 parents to help out on Friday at the Swimming Sports as time keepers. If you are able, would you please contact Sonia-Jane Drefers on Thank you for your support.

We warmly welcome you to come and support our first sporting event for 2018. Our swimming sports will be held at Sacred Heart indoor pool. (244 W Tamaki Rd, Glen Innes).

Students will need to be at school no later than 8.20am on Friday 2 March. We will then depart Kohimarama School at 8.30am.

Swim Races 9.00am—1.00pm-ish. Please find the order of events listed below.

Medley – Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Freestyle
  • Open Year 5/6 Girls
  • Open Year 5/6 Boys
  • Year 7/8 Boys
  • Year 5 Girls/Boys 25m
  • Year 6 Girls/Boys 25m
  • Year 7/8 Girls/Boys 50m
  • Year 7 Girls/Boys 100m
  • Year 8 Boys 100m
  • Year 5/6 Girls/Boys 25m
  • Year 7 Girls/Boys 50m
  • Year 8 Boys 50m
  • Year 5/6 Girls/Boys 25m
  • Year 7 Girls/Boys 50m
  • Year 8 Boys 50m
  • Open Year 5/6 Girls/Boys 25m
  • Open Year 7 & 8 Boys 50m
Teachers vs Students
  • Freestyle Dress-up Relay 4 x 25m

Weekly Results

Flippaball Results

  • Kohi Jellyfish (Y3-4) Won. Player of the Day: Xavier
  • Kohi Narwhals (Y5-6) Lost. Player of the Day: Charlotte
  • Kohi Stingrays (Y5-6) Won. Player of the Day: Monty

Community Notices

Shine Speech & Drama

Opportunity for your child at Kohi School! BOOK A FREE TRIAL LESSON – March 7th or March 14th.
Wednesdays 3.15-4.00pm in the School Hall. To book your child’s place go to