PTA Newsletter – 31 July 2018

School community news and upcoming PTA events and initiatives

Upcoming PTA Events

PTA MeetingMon, 6 Aug, 7:00pm
Buy Blokes Breakfast ticketsMon, 20 AugFri, 24 Aug
Scholastic Book orders dueFri, 24 Aug
Extra Ticket Selling Morning for Blokes Breakfast (Kiri)Wed, 29 Aug
Blokes BreakfastFri, 31 Aug
PTA MeetingMon, 3 Sep, 7:00pm
Soiree & Auction (for Parents)Sat, 8 Sep
Yummy sticker sheets dueWed, 26 Sep
View Calendar Art in classesTue, 23 OctFri, 26 Oct
Last Day for Calendar Art OrdersFri, 2 Nov
Self Defence WorkshopFri, 2 Nov, 6:30pm
PTA MeetingMon, 5 Nov, 7:00pm
Auckland Transport Walking School Bus Xmas PartySun, 18 Nov, 11:00am
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.

Event News

Soirée & Fundraising Auction – 8 September 2018

Tickets on sale from 6 August.
To reserve tickets email
. Numbers are strictly limited to 150 so be in quick.

The Kohimarama School PTA is hosting this much anticipated event at the White Room in Parnell.   It is going to be an amazing evening!  Tickets are $150 per person and include:

  • 3 course banquet dinner from ‘Madam Woo’
  • Cocktail Hour followed by wine & beer throughout the evening
  • Auctions, celebrity MC, music & dancing

Click on the link below to find out more about the Soiree, the fundraising auction and how to purchase your tickets.  This link will be updated regularly so keep checking!!  It is also accessible through the PTA Facebook page and the School website.

Auction items wanted

Auction evenings like the Soiree are a bi-annual event and are by far the PTA’s biggest fundraiser.  Proceeds from this year’s auction are vital to our school and are designated for improvements to the outdoor environment, books and technology.

We need your help to reach our fundraising goals!!!  

We are looking for auction items for the live and silent auctions which will be held at the Soirée. Ideas include gift vouchers, gourmet food or wine or something more creative. No item is too big or too small!!

We would especially love to hear from you if you have a holiday house that you would consider auctioning for a weekend, or if you have a boat and would be interested in perhaps guiding a fishing trip or taking a group for a harbour cruise.  Such items are always in demand!!!

If you are interested in donating an item or have any questions or ideas relating to the auction please contact Lauren at

We are also looking for corporate sponsorship. If your business would be interested in sponsoring part of the event – for example the cocktail hour, DJ or dessert, please email

Thank you to our key sponsor for the Soirée, Barfoot & Thompson Kohimarama Branch and Julie Kennedy. 

Blokes Breakfast – Friday 31 August, 7.30-8.30am

Get the kids to bring along their special big bloke for a light breakfast in the school hall, with a few other surprises. Tickets are $5 per person, and can be purchased before school in Kiri, Monday 20th – Friday 24th August.

Breakfast & tea/coffee is included in the ticket price. Expresso coffee is available for purchase (bring cash – no eftpos.)

  • Email in a photo of your kids with their Bloke to Send by Wed, 29 August so they can be displayed on the big screen on the day.
  • You will be given a poster for the kids to draw a picture of their Bloke when you buy your tickets. Return to your classroom teacher by Wed, 29 August, so they can be displayed on the day.

Teacher Appreciation

Fancy playground equipment and devices are great – but when it comes down to it, nothing is more important to our kids at school than a good teacher.  We are lucky to have a group of amazing teachers at Kohimarama School and as a small token of our appreciation for their dedication and hard work, the PTA has decided to spend money raised from Sushi Wednesday on our teachers and other staff.  Last week a box full of coffee, tea, cookies and snacks was delivered to the staffroom and next Wednesday we will be shouting the teachers a sushi lunch.

We will keep you updated throughout the term on other things we have planned. If you have any ideas, or thoughts on our teacher appreciation initiative please email

Parent Helpers Needed!!!

Road Patrol
We urgently need extra parents to help out around the school, especially on Road Patrol.  In the morning teachers are required to be in the classroom from 8.30am and don’t have time to stand at the road crossing keeping our kids safe.  WE NEED PARENTS TO DO THIS.  If you can spare 30 minutes (from 8.25am – 8.55am) once a week or fortnight please let us know.  Contact Justine Boyd on
Ice-block Friday and Sushi Wednesday
We also need more volunteers for Ice-block Friday and Sushi Wednesday.  Unfortunately both of these initiatives will have to be suspended if we cannot find some extra helpers.  Ice-block Friday helpers are needed on Fridays at 12.55pm for about 20 mins, roughly once a term. Sushi Wednesday Volunteers are need on Wednesday from 10.25 – 11.25, a few times a term.  If you are able to help please email

Get Involved

Regular Activities

Yummy Stickers
If you buy ‘Yummy’ branded fruit collect the stickers or bag labels and we can exchange them for new sport equipment. Go to the Yummy Stickers page for more info.
Second-hand Uniforms
We have a range of items. Prices depend on condition; roughly $25 fleeces, $15 polo t-shirts, $20 skorts and shorts, $15 sports t-shirts. Go to the Second-hand Uniforms page for more info.
Walking Bus
Have you thought about joining a school walking bus? A short drive can be an amazing walk! If you’re interested in joining, go to the Walking School Bus page.
Ice-block Fridays
For an ice-block on Fridays, send along $2. They are sold in last break out of the Hall Kitchen window.
Scholastic Book Club
Look out for this term’s Scholastic Book Club flyers in the book bags. Please place any orders online (or view the online flyer) at the Scholastic Book Club. No paper orders will be accepted.
Sushi Wednesdays
Pre-order by the end of the day Tuesday and fresh sushi will be delivered to school for your child’s Wednesday lunch. Go to the Sushi Wednesdays page for instructions.
Entertainment Books
For great discounts for local restaurants and attractions, order the hard-copy or digital versions –  $70 with 20% going to the school. Go to the Entertainment Books page for more info.