School Newsletter – 26 June 2018

Term 2, Week 9 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Y0-3 SchoolTalk Parent Meeting 6.30-7.15pmWed, 27 Jun
Y4-8 SchoolTalk Parent Meeting 7.30-8.15pmWed, 27 Jun
Kiri Team Mystery Bottle Auction 3.15 pm (after Assembly)Fri, 29 Jun
School Assembly 1.45 pmFri, 29 Jun
PTA Meeting 7.00 pmMon, 2 Jul
Y7/8 Maritime MuseumThu, 5 Jul
House T-Shirt DayFri, 6 Jul
Reports Go HomeFri, 6 Jul
END OF TERM 2Fri, 6 Jul
SCHOOL HOLIDAYSSat, 7 JulSun, 22 Jul
START OF TERM 3Mon, 23 Jul
BOT Meeting 6.30 pmMon, 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
School Closes 12.55 pm Student Achievement DiscussionsThu, 2 Aug
House T-Shirt DayFri, 3 Aug
Inside Out MovieFri, 3 Aug
PTA Meeting 7.00 pmMon, 6 Aug
Y6 StardomeTue, 7 Aug
Junior Kids Lit CompetitionWed, 8 Aug
Band ShowcaseWed, 8 Aug
School Assembly 1.45 pmFri, 10 Aug
Y0-1 100 Day PartyFri, 10 Aug
Y7/8 Parent Camp Meeting 7.30-8.30 pm Rm18Tue, 14 Aug
Y4,5 & 6 Intermediate Years Meeting 6.30-7.30 pm Rms 19/20Tue, 14 Aug
Y4-8 ICAS MathematicsTue, 14 Aug
Y0-1 Bee Lady VisitTue, 14 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 Principal

Dear Parents

Teacher Paid Union Meetings
As you may be aware, the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) is currently holding the next round of Paid Union Meetings (PUM) for primary teachers who are members. The next meeting for teachers in our area is scheduled for this Wednesday 27th June at 2.00pm. As not all teaching staff are members of the NZEI, we are able to continue the day with the school remaining open, albeit with reduced staffing and changed programme in block 4.

As Principal, I need to let you know that there is a crisis in education. Successive governments have not invested sufficiently in the teacher profession. There is a shortage of the high quality staff that we seek to ensure our students have the very best possible start to schooling. Over the last few years, recruitment into the education facilities at university has reduced by some 40% with a corresponding reduction in their own staffing. This comes when we have the worst shortage of teachers that I can remember.

Kohimarama School was able to set up our 2018 staffing in 2017 because we have dedicated and loyal teacher professionals. On your behalf, I acknowledge this favourable position. However, trying to fill our new entrant classes in Terms 3 & 4, in a fixed term capacity, is proving to be most difficult.

SchoolTalk – Shaping the future of Assessment and Reporting
I encourage you to attend the parent sessions on Wednesday 27th in the evening. See notice later in the newsletter. You will have already received an invitation to join SchoolTalk via your email. I have spoken to a number of parents who have already started to explore the learning tool and speak about the wonderful opportunity that this gives to be part of the learning.

Education Review Office (ERO)
ERO has notified the School, through the Board of Trustees, that they have scheduled a visit to the school in Week 8 Term 3 (10-13 September 2018). The last time that the ERO visited the school was in August 2014.

ERO carries out several different types of reviews and evaluations – education reviews, home school reviews, cluster reviews of education institutions and services, contract evaluations and national evaluations on education topics.

Education reviews are reports to Boards of Trustees and the Government on the quality of education provided for children and students in individual schools.

Over the coming month we acknowledge Matariki. Traditionally, Matariki was a time when our tupuna reflected on the past and celebrated new life.  Today many of us acknowledge Matariki by observing and participating in a range of activities and events that reflect our bi-cultural nation.  Matariki is a time that encourages us to have fun, eat kai, plant some new seeds and watch them flourish and grow.

TVNZ Good Sorts, Breakfast, Te Karere and TV3 The Hui Programmes
We have been asked to support TVNZ and TV3 in their filming of Good Sorts, Breakfast, Te Karere and The Hui. TA, our Kapa Haka teacher, is to be profiled shortly and TVNZ has asked to film him with our school Kapa Haka group training on Wednesday morning. We thank TA for his dedicated service to our students in their striving to experience something of the fabric of our country. So you may see TVNZ and TV3 crews on site on Wednesday morning.

I would like to acknowledge the Kapa Haka group who will be performing at the Ngati Whatua Orakei Marae on Sunday 1 July. A big thank you to the teachers and parents who lead and support this group. You are amazing and I look forward to the performance.

Paul Engles

The Kohimarama Way – Honesty

“Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.”  – James Altueher
“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”  – William Shakespeare


Roll Return June 2018

Twice a year, in March and June, 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 28th June 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 11.00 am on Friday 29th June.  Thank you in advance!


This week 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.

If you have not received an invitation to SchoolTalk, please email

The City Mission Fundraiser – Thank you!

Thank you to all of you who sent in cans on Friday for the City Mission – we got over 700 cans, which is a great boost to the pantry!  We really appreciate your generosity.  Thanks also to our Student Leaders who carried them all up to the top courts – Phew!

Walking School Bus

Please welcome Kirsten Beggs as the new Walking School Bus Co-Ordinator.  If you would like to join go to the Walking School Bus page.

Kiri Team Mystery Bottle Auction

Hi everybody, we have our Kiri Team Mystery Bottle Auction coming up on Friday the 29th June after assembly at 3.30 pm. We have heaps of exciting bottles for you to bid for. Hope to see you there!
Thank you! – Kiri Team

The Anchor Bottle Cap Cup is on!

Don’t forget to bring your milk bottle caps to the School Office!  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 keep those caps coming!

Weekly Results

Basketball Results

Y3 Kohi Breakers, Won 11-2. POD – Lucas O

Netball Results

Y4 Kohi Dragons, Won 11-8.  POD – Maddie M
Y4 Kohi Lightning, Won 6-5.  POD – Kaylah J
Y4 Kohi Magic, Won 4-3.
Y8 Kohi Tactics, Won 24-9. POD – Ashton M

Flippaball Results

Y3/4 Kohi Kinas, Won 4-2.  POD – Matthew H
Y3/4 Kohi Jellyfish, Won 8-0. POD – Louis
Y5/6 Kohi Narwhals, Lost 1-5. POD – Mischa M
Y5/6 Kohi Stingrays, Lost 4-5. POD – Monty

Community Notices

Dear Parents
Glendowie College expects to accept a small number of out-of-zone Year 9 students next year.  A recent NZ Herald article incorrectly implied that we will be taking no out-of-zone students in 2019.
The article should have stated that we have reduced out-of-zone enrolments.  In 2018, we only took out-of-zone students with a sibling at the College or whose parent/(s) had attended the College.  The College takes a small number of out-of-zone enrolments to balance student numbers, and to keep families (siblings) together.
If you are out-of-zone for Glendowie College and want to apply to enrol your child at the College, please collect an enrolment pack from our reception and return the application form by Wednesday 5 September 2018.

Richard Dykes, Principal, Glendowie College

Holiday soccer with Billy Harris
Indoors at ASB Stadium, Kohimarama
9-12 July. 9am – midday each day
Contact Billy on 027 2799042 or