School Newsletter – 15 May 2018

Term 2, Week 3 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Y1-8 KOS (Keeping Ourselves Safe) Constable GordonMon, 14 MayFri, 18 May
Otago Problem SolvingThu, 17 May
Y8 HPV1/Y7 Boostrix 11.50 amThu, 17 May
Soccer Referee Course 9.30 am - 1.30 pmFri, 18 May
School Assembly 1.45 pmFri, 18 May
Y1-8 KOS Constable GordonMon, 21 MayFri, 25 May
BOT Meeting 6.30 pmMon, 21 May
Y8 HPV1 Catch-upsThu, 24 May
Y5/6 Bay Suburbs Boys & Girls FootballThu, 24 May
House T-Shirt DayFri, 25 May
Y7/8 Documentary Festival 9.00 am - 12.30 pmFri, 25 May
PTA - Working Bee - All WelcomeSun, 27 May
Y5/6 Bay Suburbs Football - RaindayMon, 28 May
Dental Van in SchoolMon, 28 MayThu, 31 May
Y7 Eastern Zone Boys FootballTue, 29 May
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 the Principal

Hannah and me with her grandfather

Dear Parents

In the first newsletter of this term I let you know that a very special family time was imminent for me. My daughter was to be married at Denarau in Fiji.

Weddings are a wonderful time of celebration and inevitably of change. The opportunity to see friends and families in a special place and to celebrate a life changing event is something that we all cherish.

As the father of the bride it is especially emotional and it calls on you to give away one of your most precious gifts that you have been given.

I share this with you as members of my learning community to share the celebration and give you further insight into me, the Principal of Kohimarama School.

Family and friends

Our teacher professional learning and development continues to support us in moving towards learner agency as a key feature of our development.

One way of thinking of learner agency is when learners have the ‘power to act’.

Agency is when learning involves the activity and the initiative of the learner, more than inputs that are transmitted to the learner from the teacher, from the curriculum, the resources and so forth. When learners move from being passive recipients to being much more active in the learning process, and actively involved in the decisions about the learning, then they have greater agency.

The research on the benefits and importance of students being active participants in their learning has been shared with you previously.

Students knowing:

  • WHAT they need to learn
  • HOW to do the learning
  • WHY they are learning the skill or strategy

Our teaching includes;

  • Explicitly teaching these traits and dispositions.
  • Checking that the student can articulate the learning and the purpose of the learning
  • Ensuring that the student has been scaffolded to talk about what they can do and what their goals / next steps for learning are.
  • The metacognitive (the student can transfer the learning to other contexts) demonstrates high levels of competence.
  • The need to track and monitor the learning is paramount.

The SchoolTalk programme continues to be a focus as it supports the learner agency that is described above. Staff continue to learn, share and involve students as our competence increases. Look out for our ‘Shaping the Future of Assessment and Reporting’ dialogue which will begin later this term.

Paul Engles

The Kohimarama Way – Honesty

We are working with our students on how to practice Honesty – When you are honest, you don’t try to fool yourself or others.  You say what you mean and mean what you say.  You only make promises you can keep.  Be trustworthy in all your dealings, refusing to lie or cheat.  Admit your mistakes and fix them.  Be honest with yourself and you will be honest with others.  You don’t need to make things up to look good – you’re already good – honest!


 Student Absent Line
Please call 09 930-9826 to report your child absent.

SPCA Fundraising

Our students voted as classes on the charity they would like to raise funds for this term.  Overwhelmingly, the SPCA came out on top.  Friday 8th June is the day that we will be raising money for this charity – more details will come later as to what we are doing on the day.  Students participating are asked to bring $2.00.

Keeping Ourselves Safe  –  KOS

Thank you to the many parents who attended our information evening last week, regarding this Health Programme being taught in school with the assistance of our Community Constable Gordon Campbell.  Lessons have started and Constable Gordon will be with us for the next two weeks.  For all information, visit or search “Keeping Ourselves Safe”. The programme, frequently asked questions by parents, and much more is there for you to read.

Junior Talent Quest – Years 1-4

Auditions are taking place this week, with our Final next Tuesday 22nd May.  The auditions are closed, just for the students participating.  On Tuesday, next week,  all students who are interested are invited to be part of the audience for the Final.

Board of Trustees Past and Present Student Database

The Board of Trustees are undertaking a project to create a database of all of Kohimarama School’s past and present students. The first stage is to enter all of the students names and dates of birth into an Excel spreadsheet. As the school has been going nearly 100 years, there are a lot of hand-written records to input. You will need access to Excel and a few hours a week to spare.

We are also looking for someone who is proficient in Excel to take ownership of the project, co-ordinate the data entry volunteers and merge their finished spreadsheets into a final database.

If you are able to help please contact

Help Wanted! Our Library needs you!

Are you able to spare some time to repair or cover books? Any offers of help will be greatly appreciated. Please get in contact with Nikola Karsten, our Librarian,

New School App!
Now you can get school reminders to your smartphone or computer. View the download instructions.

A note from the Board of Trustees

The Board is looking for a minute secretary for their monthly meetings.  There are 10 meetings per year and the work required is to minute the meeting and provide a draft to the Chairperson within a few days.  The approximate time required would be 2-3 hours per meeting.  If you would like to take on this role for the school, please contact Simon Tucker, Chairperson,

Weekly Results

Basketball Results

Y3 Kohi Breakers, Won 7-2. POD – Xavier H

Netball Results

Y3 Kohi Hotshots, Lost 13-4. POD – Isabel O
Y4 Kohi Lightning, Lost 1-0.  POD – Farrah B
Y5 Kohi Flames, Lost 4-11.  POD – Maddie B
Y6 Kohi Mystics, Won 12-9.  POD – Charlotte C
Y8 Kohi Tactix, Won 17-12. POD – Isabella C

Flippaball Results

Y3/4 Kohi Kinas, Won 1-0. POD – Jack
Y3/4 Kohi Jellyfish, Won 8-0.  POD – Xavier
Y5/6 Kohi Narwhals, Won 5-4.  POD – Mischa & Annabelle