School Newsletter – 12 June 2018

 Term 2, Week 7 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

ESOL Parent Information Meeting 7.00 pmTue, 12 Jun
ESOL Parent Information Meeting 2.00 pmTue, 12 Jun
Y4-8 ICAS WritingTue, 12 Jun
Class Photos/Individual Staff and Student Portrait PhotosTue, 12 Jun
Y2 Museum TripWed, 13 Jun
Inter-School Debate CompetitionWed, 13 Jun
School Assembly 1.45 pmFri, 15 Jun
PTA - Trivia NightFri, 15 Jun
BOT Meeting 6.30 pmMon, 18 Jun
Y6-8 Speech FinalsMon, 18 Jun
Maori and Pasifika Meeting 5.30 pmWed, 20 Jun
Otago Problem SolvingThu, 21 Jun
House T-Shirt DayFri, 22 Jun
Auckland City Mission Can AppealFri, 22 Jun
Y0-3 SchoolTalk Parent Meeting 6.30-7.15pmWed, 27 Jun
Y4-8 SchoolTalk Parent Meeting 7.30-8.15pmWed, 27 Jun
School Assembly 1.45 pmFri, 29 Jun
Kiri Team Mystery Bottle Auction 3.15 pm (after Assembly)Fri, 29 Jun
PTA Meeting 7.00 pmMon, 2 Jul
Y7/8 Maritime MuseumThu, 5 Jul
END OF TERM 2Fri, 6 Jul
House T-Shirt DayFri, 6 Jul
Reports Go HomeFri, 6 Jul
SCHOOL HOLIDAYSSat, 7 JulSun, 22 Jul
BOT Meeting 6.30 pmMon, 23 Jul
START OF TERM 3Mon, 23 Jul
Otago Problem SolvingThu, 26 Jul
School Assembly 1.45 pmFri, 27 Jul
Y4-8 ICAS EnglishTue, 31 Jul
Student Achievement DiscussionsWed, 1 AugThu, 2 Aug
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 Student Leaders

World Vision

Nurnobi Hossain is our World Vision child. Nurnobi is an 11 year old boy from Melanesia. He is a Year 5 in his school. Some of his favourite subjects are Maths and English. He says he has a talent in Singing and Music. Some other things about him is that his school starts at 9.00am, he walks to school, and he loves to work as a team. Nurnobi has a dream of growing up to become a Policeman. If your child would like to write a letter to him, what their favourite things to do are or a drawing, just drop it into the office and we will send it to Nurnobi. Thank you.

By Matthew, Jack and Natan 


This term we had our first fundraiser, we were raising money for the SPCA. The SPCA is a charity that looks after animals and you can adopt pets from there.  On the day everyone wore mufti and brought $2. In the end we raised $1,011.30. Thank you very much for all your support.

By Kareena

City Mission

On Friday 22nd June we will be asking our students to bring one or more cans of food to support the City Mission. This Friday at Assembly we will be having David from City Mission talk to us about how the cans will be used, please support as much as you can.

By Zara

Talent Quest

This year the Talent Show was for children in Years 0-4.  Heats were held during the week and 16 finalists were chosen. They performed in 4 different categories; dancing, singing, magic and music. It was a great event and showcased some amazing talent from our junior students.

The results were 3rd Indiana, Sophia, Coco and Louis with their fabulous hip-hop dancing, in 2nd was Liz Z who very elegantly played “Der Tag Ist Vergangen” on the piano and first was Amelia, Claudia and Lucia. Highly commended was awarded to Hunter D and Riley E who wowed us with their number trick, Maya and Lily performed many spectacular illusions, Xavier H did some groovy break dancing and Piala-Rose did some graceful dancing . All the Finalists did extremely well – well done everyone!

By Sean

National Young Leaders Day

National Young Leaders Day was a great experience for the Student Leaders and House Captains. The day was full of exciting things like a musician explaining how he got into rap, there were many inspirational speakers like Lisa Tamati she ran across death valley which is 140 miles, Riley Hathaway who was the inventor of Young Oceans Explores where she and her dad help clean up the ocean and go diving to see the magnificent underwater creatures. She also explained how everyone can help the environment by picking up one piece of rubbish a day that’s about 7 million pieces of rubbish not ending up in our oceans. Jono Naylor was the mayor of Palmerston North, he became mayor because the councillor that he was going against in the vote let him become mayor. Then he became a politician but left simply because he did not like being an MP, this taught us of the importance of being a leader even if that is giving someone else the role.

By Izzy and Henry

The Kohimarama Way – Honesty

If it is not right do not do it, if it is not true, do not say it.   The greatest advantage of speaking the truth is that you don’t have to remember what you said.  I’ll choose honesty over perfection every single time.


Uniform Survey Update

Thank you to all those who participated in the recent survey on the selling of uniforms at our school.

An analysis of the data collected showed an almost 50/50 split between those wanting the uniform arrangements to stay as they are (shop hours Tuesday and Thursday mornings at school) and those wanting greater access across the week and especially to online purchasing.

In consultation with a number of groups across the school, namely admin staff, BOT, our Communication group (Website and app) and in discussion with a few of parents, we have decided to bring the wants from both groups together. We will do this as a trial in Terms 3 & 4 2018.

For Term 3 & 4 we are going to;

  • Maintain the location of the Uniform Shop at Kohimarama School.
  • Run an online purchase facility for ordering uniforms and for paying for these within one application.
  • Distribute the uniforms ordered online either by;
    • Students transporting the uniforms home on either a Tuesday or Thursday.
    • Collection by parents from the school office.
    • A courier delivery to your home (this option might incur an additional charge).
  • Maintain the current uniform hours at school on a Tuesday and Thursday.

In the latter half of the year, we will review the trial and make appropriate decisions based on the feedback.

Please see the advertisement below;

Uniform Shop Position Available – Term 3 & 4 2018 Trial
We are looking for someone to run the school Uniform Shop. You will need to form positive relationships with parents, be a problem solver and show initiative.
This is a part time, paid position of 5hrs per week during the school terms.
Some additional hours may be required at busy times of the year
(i.e. school start etc).
The position is as a Support Staff member and is subject to the School Employment requirements.
Please send a letter of interest for this position to;
Myana McLeod, Principal’s PA –

Shaping the Future of Assessment and Reporting

This week you will be receiving an invitation to Schooltalk, an online application that all our students are using this year. Please accept the invitation by following the link in the email; you can sign in using a google account or set up a Schooltalk account. In Week 9 we will be running parent workshops on how to use Schooltalk. These workshops are happening on Wednesday 27th June at the following times:

  • Kiri Team in Rooms 19 and 20 at 6.30 pm
  • Cowley Team in Rooms 22 and 23 at 6.30 pm
  • Hillary Team in Rooms 19 and 20 at 7.30 pm
  • Snell Team in Rooms 22 and 23 at 7.30 pm

These workshops will run for approximately 45 minutes. It would be great if you could bring a device with you, such as a tablet or smart phone. If you intend to come, please fill in this google form so that we have an idea of numbers.

The Anchor Bottle Cap Cup – We need your help!!

The Anchor Bottle Cap Cup is coming to Kohimarama School!

We need to collect milk bottle caps to be in to win a variety of prizes.  The school with the most bottle caps collected wins, so start collecting!  Caps can be collected from the following milk bottles; 2L and 1L Anchor fresh white milk (including Blue, Lite, Trim, Calci+, Protein+, Silver Top, Zero Lacto Blue, Zero Lacto Trim, Organic Blue, and Organic Trim).

Prizes include a marquee, a visit from Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist – Tom Walsh, a warm up kit (including rugby balls, basketballs, hats and bags), Anchor products and Anchor sports bags and bottles.

There are 2 prize draws – the first on 9th July and the second on 6th August. So keep the caps coming!  Bring your caps to the School Office and put them into the special Anchor box.

Weekly Results

Caught Being Good – ‘Greenies’

Congratulations to our students who were caught doing the right thing:
Violet               Rm 4          for commitment                             Atkin
Sebie               Rm 22        for using our Road Crossings    Patteson
Mia Rose         Rm 22        for friendliness                               Patteson

Netball Results

Y4 Kohi Dragons, Won 17-5.  POD – Frida C
Y4 Kohi Lightning, Won 9-8.  POD – Nina R
Y5 Kohi Flames, Won 3-2.  POD – Laila R
Y8 Kohi Tactics, Lost 10-8. POD – James M

Year 4 Kohi Dragons won the privilege at Thursday’s Netball game to be able to train with Maria Falou, Vice-Captain GA and GS for the Silver Ferns. As you can imagine all the girls and the coach, along with the parents, were super excited to be able to spend time with Maria.  Maria was able to teach the girls a new drill to help with the skill set they are working on – making space on the court. Maria was amazed at the quality of the girls ball-handling skills.  Well done, Dragons!

Flippaball Results

Y3/4 Kohi Kinas, Won 6-0.  POD – Cooper
Y3/4 Kohi Jellyfish, Won 5-0. POD – Charlotte
Y5/6 Kohi Narwhals, Drew 3-3. POD – Maddie