School Newsletter – 3 July 2018

Term 2, Week 10 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

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
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
Band ShowcaseWed, 8 Aug
Junior Kids Lit CompetitionWed, 8 Aug
Y0-1 100 Day PartyFri, 10 Aug
School Assembly 1.45 pmFri, 10 Aug
Y7/8 Parent Camp Meeting 7.30-8.30 pm Rm18Tue, 14 Aug
Y4-8 ICAS MathematicsTue, 14 Aug
Y4,5 & 6 Intermediate Years Meeting 6.30-7.30 pm Rms 19/20Tue, 14 Aug
Y0-1 Bee Lady VisitTue, 14 Aug
School Cross CountryThu, 16 Aug
Y5-8 Senior Disco 6.30 pm - 8.00 pmFri, 17 Aug
House T-Shirt DayFri, 17 Aug
Y0-4 Junior Disco 5.00 pm - 6.00 pmFri, 17 Aug
BOT Meeting 6.30 pmMon, 20 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 Snell Team

Year 6 Specialisation

Over the term, in specialisation we have been learning about science. We looked at the PH scale which means a chemical can be acidic or alkaline. It has the numbers 0-14 and the middle number which is 7 it is neutral and anything below is acidic and anything above is alkaline. You can test this by using litmus paper which changes colour. If you mix battery acid and drain cleaner it will most likely explode. We also used cabbage paper to do some acid and base art!

Isabella M – Rm 21

This term for specialization in room 23,  we created stop motion animations. We had to take lego, clay or anything movable and take pictures of them. Every picture was different to the previous, but just slightly to make it look like the lego or clay was moving. Our stop motion movies all had different topics. Some were  about making banana splits or pizzas, or lego villains vs heros, or even clay people.

Nathan G – Rm 23

This term for specialization in room 22, we’ve been making paper mache owls. We scrunched up newspaper and taped it all into a vague owl shape, then taped cardboard wings, feet, tail and eyes, we covered it with masking tape so that the newspaper and paste would stick easily. When we  had covered our owls thickly in newspaper then we painted the base colour. Once the base coat was dry we painted the other details on, like patterns or feathers. Our owls look so cool!

Margo R – Rm 22

Year 6 Zoo Trip

The Zoo was an incredible opportunity that our year six learning hub utilised for our inquiry about sustainability and habitats. We learned about adaptations different animals have been through to live a natural lifestyle. We focused on different types of habitats and regions of the world like water, forests, polar and much more. We have taken this learning and have used it to help create our amazing habitats.

Bug lab was an phenomenal experience for those of us interested in a bugs habitats, capabilities body parts and how bugs impact our everyday life. Did  you know that a butterflies DNA is used in banknotes. Our bug lab trip was an all around knowledgeable experience and was interactive and fun for the unique interests of our diverse learning hub.

By Trixie R and Violet T – Rm 22

Sustainability Year 7/8

What has been going on this term in Year 7/8? Well a lot has happened since day one but this term has been pretty great. The highlights were watching the documentaries on Anotes Ark and Solar Impulse 2. Anotes Ark was about a small island called Karabati. They were struggling because of rising sea levels and whenever they had a storm every home was destroyed and flooded. Anote Tong, endearing President of the island, races to find options — he advocates in international climate negotiations and investigates building underwater cities. In Solar Impulse 2 it was about inspiring people by showing them what’s possible. In the documentary they fly around the entire world with only the sun as power. The Solar Impulse 2 project started on 9th of December 2009 when it first took flight and from then it was only forward. In 2016 they completed their goal and made it around the world! This documentary was my favourite because we got to ask the directors questions! We found out all sorts of cool facts like the top speed of the plane was 140 kh. We then studied renewable energy sources and solutions for our future!

By Sean K – Rm 20

The Kohimarama Way – Honesty

“Honesty saves everyone’s time.” – Anonymous
“Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.” – James Altucher
“Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don’t expect it from cheap people.” – Warren Buffett
“The greatest truth is honesty, and the greatest falsehood is dishonesty.” – Abu Bakr 
“Be honest in your life, it creates positive energy.”-Fathima Bibi Joosab
“Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.” – John Lennon
“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”-Thomas Jefferson


A Message from Mr Engles

Uniform Shop

I am pleased to inform you that Mrs Gabrielle Findlay will be our uniform shop coordinator for the Terms 3 and 4 trial. As you know we are keeping the shop on-site and adding an on-line ordering option to meet the needs of the majority of respondents to our survey.
The uniform shop online option will commence in Week 2 of Term 3 with information about the process in the first newsletter and on the school website.
My thanks go to Mrs Janine Banfield who will manage the uniform shop in Week 1 Term 3 whilst Mrs Findlay is away from New Zealand.

Room 3 Teachers

We have two very good teachers to staff our New Entrant classroom, Room 3, from the beginning of Term 3. The students will have the talents and capabilities of two teachers namely, Mrs Nikola Karsten and Mrs Lisa Barron. Mrs Karsten will be teaching from Monday to Wednesday inclusive and Mrs Barron on Thursday and Friday. Given the difficulty in finding great teachers for our school, we are thankful that we have been able to make this arrangement work to advantage our teachers, school and, most importantly, our new students.

Farewell to Mrs Maran and Welcome to Mrs Browne

As I stated previously, Mrs Maran is heading to the United States at the end of the term. I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to Mrs Maran for her leadership across the school. Mrs Maran has made an impact in many areas, including our SchoolTalk developments and, particularly, on our Year 7 and 8 advances and on the students that she has taught. Thank you.
Mrs Browne will be taking over Room 20 and the leadership of Snell Team on her arrival into the school in Term 3. Mrs Browne has already visited the school, met with students and participated in planning and team discussions. Please ensure that we welcome Mrs Browne to our Kohimarama School learning community.

Kohimarama School Speech Finals

Congratulations to all our students for writing and presenting a speech in Hillary and Snell Teams.  It is an important skill to learn and will help you in your future wherever you go. Thank you to our judges: Mr Altmann (Toastmasters), Mr Engles and Mrs Crow.  Our winners are:

Year 5/6

1st  Mia D
2nd Violet T
3rd  Charlotte S
Highly Commended: Tom M
Finalists: Mieke T-P, Poppy M

Year 7/8

1st Sean K
2nd Maxwell R
3rd  Caleb W
Hamish T, Natan C, Zejn M

Hot off the Press – Kids School News

Download first issue of Kids School News! Written for the kids by the kids and packed full of news, pictures, jokes and puzzles.
The KSN, Issue 1 – July 2018 (PDF) 2.2Mb

Road Patrol Supervision – Can you help?

Are you available to support our Road Patrollers on either Kohimarama Road or Rawhitiroa Road one day a week in the morning?  You would need to be at school at 8.25am to meet the Road Patrollers and support them putting up the signs, then supervise them for the 25 minutes they are on duty from 8.30 am – 8.55 am.
If you are interested, or would like to find out more about it, please email Meegan Hill

Cancer Fundraising – Term 3 Week 2

We are supporting students, staff and parents who have or have had cancer.  On Friday 3rd August, we will be holding a student fundraiser when students can come to school dressed in mufti, as colourful as they can be.  For participating students, we are asking them to bring $2 to go towards the fundraiser.

School Disco – Friday 17th August Term 3 Week 4

Yeeha, it is time for our school disco once again.  Our Student Leaders are working on the theme and decorations at the moment.  All you need to do is book the date in your diary so your students can join in the dancing.
Junior Disco (Year 0-4) will be from 5.30 to 6.30pm
Senior Disco (Year 5-8) will be from 7.00 to 8.30pm

Kiri Team Mystery Bottle Auction

What a fantastic Friday afternoon! Thank you all so much for your support and generosity. We want to especially acknowledge Wayne Mcguire – what an amazing job he did auctioning off 66 bottles! He is NZ’s top auctioneer and what  a superb performance he gave. We raised over $2,500 in one hour for our school production in Term 3.

Thank you to Wayne Mcguire, from Ray White One Team, for taking the time to support our school.  It was fantastic to have a local firm backing our fundraising efforts.  Thank you to our Student Leaders for their excellent assistance.

Kiri Team

Weekly Results

House Points: Term 2, Week 10

Congratulations to Patteson for being the Week 9 winners!

House Points for the Fortnight:

  • 1st  Patteson
  • 2nd Colenso
  • 3rd Atkin
  • 4th Selwyn

Total House Points as at 03 July

  • Atkin: 8291
  • Colenso: 8948
  • Patteson: 7146
  • Selwyn: 7353

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

  • Room 1 –   Ryder H
  • Room 2 –   Helena L-H
  • Room 4 –   Jazlyn L
  • Room 5 –   Cody M
  • Room 6 –   Matylda R
  • Room 7 –   Sam B
  • Room 8 –   Ellie H
  • Room 9 –   Lachlan C, Indiana C
  • Room 10 – Patrick M
  • Room 11 – Kroum L, Ethan P
  • Room 12 – Piala-Rose C
  • Room 13 – Max A
  • Room 14 – Hunter D
  • Room 15 – Keisha K
  • Room 16 – Tom M, Enya N
  • Room 17 – Alicja D
  • Room 19 – Natan C
  • Room 20 – Zara, Adam, Sean
  • Room 21 – Emma A
  • Room 22 – Mia D
  • Room 23 – Quynn T

Caught Being Good – “Greenies”

Thank you to all the students who were caught doing the right thing in the playground, you rock!!

Charlotte         Rm 6            for Commitment       Patteson
Imogen            Rm 13          for Reliability              Patteson
Sydney            Rm 21          for Reliability              Patteson

Basketball Results

Y3 Kohi Breakers, Lost 28-6. POD – Team

Netball Results

Y4 Kohi Lightning, Won 8-2.  POD – Caitlin H
Y4 Kohi Magic, Won 11-5.
Y8 Kohi Tactics, Drew 13-13.  POD – Rowan K

Flippaball Results – Finals

Y3/4 Kohi Kinas-3rd in Grade-Lost 0-2,POD-Jacob/Won 2-1,POD-Team
Y3/4 Kohi Jellyfish – 2nd in Grade – Lost 1-3. POD – Coco
Y5/6 Kohi Narwhals – 3rd in Grade – Won 5-1. POD – Maddie B
Y5/6 Kohi Stingrays – Won 3-0. POD – Ben

Community Notices

Holiday Programme
Year 0 to 6
Kohimarama Presbyterian Church
34 Kohimarama Rd
Thursday 19th July 2018
Full day 9.00 am – 4.00 pm $35.00
Half day 9.00 am – 12.00 pm $20.00
Prior enrolment is absolutely essential
Email for an enrolment form

Holiday soccer with Billy Harris
Indoors at Barfoot and Thompson Stadium, Kohimarama
9-12 July 9.00 am – 12.00 pm each day
Contact Billy 027 279-9042 or