School Newsletter – 24 July 2018

 Term 3, Week 1 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

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
Y0-1 100 Day PartyFri, 10 Aug
School Assembly 1.45 pmFri, 10 Aug
Y0-1 Bee Lady VisitTue, 14 Aug
Y4,5 & 6 Intermediate Years Meeting 6.30-7.30 pm Rms 19/20Tue, 14 Aug
Y7/8 Parent Camp Meeting 7.30-8.30 pm Rm18Tue, 14 Aug
Y4-8 ICAS MathematicsTue, 14 Aug
School Cross CountryThu, 16 Aug
House T-Shirt DayFri, 17 Aug
Y5-8 Senior Disco 6.30 pm - 8.00 pmFri, 17 Aug
Y0-4 Junior Disco 5.00 pm - 6.00 pmFri, 17 Aug
BOT Meeting 6.30 pmMon, 20 Aug
Kings' Band FestivalWed, 22 AugThu, 23 Aug
Y5/6 Camp Information Evening 6.30 pm Rms 22/23Wed, 22 Aug
Otago Problem SolvingThu, 23 Aug
Y7/8 Mathex Teams 6.00 pm Selwyn CollegeThu, 23 Aug
School Assembly 1.45 pmFri, 24 Aug
Team and Staff Group PhotosTue, 28 Aug
Sibling and Team PhotosWed, 29 Aug
Walking School Bus Lunch 11.25 am in the HallThu, 30 Aug
PTA - Blokes BreakfastFri, 31 Aug
House T-Shirt DayFri, 31 Aug
Y5 Sustainability ChallengeFri, 31 Aug
Y0-3 Life Education TrustMon, 3 SepFri, 7 Sep
PTA Meeting 7.00 pmMon, 3 Sep
Y4 Arataki Education CentreTue, 4 Sep
Y5 Arataki Education CentreWed, 5 Sep
School Assembly 1.45 pm (incl Intermediate Band)Fri, 7 Sep
PTA - Soiree and AuctionSat, 8 Sep
Y0-3 Life Education TrustMon, 10 SepFri, 14 Sep
Maori Language WeekMon, 10 SepFri, 14 Sep
House T-Shirt DayFri, 14 Sep
Conservation WeekSat, 15 SepSun, 23 Sep
School ProductionMon, 24 SepThu, 27 Sep
END OF TERM 3Fri, 28 Sep
House T-Shirt DayFri, 28 Sep
SCHOOL HOLIDAYSSat, 29 SepSun, 14 Oct
PTA - Calendar ArtMon, 15 Oct
Calendar Art WeekMon, 15 OctFri, 19 Oct
BOT Meeting 6.30 pmMon, 15 Oct
Y4-5 SwimmingMon, 15 OctThu, 18 Oct
START OF TERM 4Mon, 15 Oct
Y5/6 EPRO8 - 9.00am-1.00pm StonefieldsThu, 18 Oct
School Assembly 1.45 pmFri, 19 Oct
Y7/8 EPRO8 - 12.30-4.00pm St Thomas'sFri, 19 Oct
Greats and Grans Day 9.30 am - 11.25 amFri, 19 Oct
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

Welcome back to Term 3 at Kohimarama School

Welcome back everybody to our Kohimarama School learning community. We have an exciting and busy term ahead of us. Our whole school production is set for Week 10 of the term, with teacher preparation for the performances already begun. Our musical is set to involve all students across the school within the two casts, props, staging artworks and song and dance. Dress rehearsal is set for Week 9 of the term. The Education Review Office is visiting us in Week 8 and so the school is gearing up for this.

I would like to welcome the new families that have joined our school community.  I would especially like to welcome the new students who have started their schooling at 5 years old. I wish them every success in their learning journey with us.

Staffing changes and additions

Room 3, New Entrant class, was started at the beginning of the term. The room looked fantastic and Mrs Karsten and Mrs Barron are looking forward to having these students make a great start to their schooling. I would like to thank both teachers for stepping into this position as current staff members. Teacher supply in Auckland remains in a critical state and finding great teachers like Nickola and Lisa is beneficial to Kohimarama School students and families.

Because Mrs Karsten is now teaching, Mrs Andreza Salazar has stepped into the position of School Librarian. Mrs Salazar has been involved in education in her home country of Brazil for many years. She started the position at the commencement of this term and is enthusiastic to continue to make the library an exciting and wonderful place for students to visit and to read.

Student Achievement Discussions

Kohimarama School will be holding our Student Achievement Discussions next week. As members of our learning community, this is another good opportunity to be alongside your child and working on the next steps with them.

I always look forward to meeting many of you at this time and hearing about how your children are progressing. Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd are the days set for this to take place. See notice later in the newsletter.

Kiri Team AstroTurf

Many have commented on the wonderful AstroTurf that connects both blocks in Kiri team. Students enjoyed the surprise and had a wonderful day playing in and around the turf and the playground. Thank you goes to TigerTurf for installing the surface while we were on holiday and the PTA and parents for the opportunity to enhance this space.

Construction of new decks and paths

New paths and decks have been laid outside Rooms 8-13. This was a disruptive, major piece of work that needed to be undertaken in the holiday break.

Therefore the time-frame to complete the work was just two weeks. This was largely achieved with some finishing work on the decks still to be undertaken.

The enhancements support students to have flat surfaces to walk on to the boys’ toilets and the mobility toilet. The decks make this area much safer (due to the classroom doors opening outwards) and also enhances the opportunity to have extended learning outside of the classrooms.

Uniform Shop

As we commence this term, the addition of an online ordering system will be coming on stream next week. There will be guidelines around this posted in next week’s newsletter and on the school webpage.

Thanks to Janine Banfield, who has stepped into the uniform position for this week while Gabrielle Findlay is overseas.

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

Respect is an attitude of caring about people and treating them with dignity.  Respect is valuing ourselves and others.  We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy.  When we are respectful we treat others as we want to be treated.  Respect includes honouring the rules of our family or school, which make life more orderly and peaceful.  It is knowing that every man, woman and child deserves respect, including you.


Wednesday 1st August & Thursday 2nd August 2018

Please take the time this week to book your student achievement discussions which will be held on Wednesday 1st August and Thursday 2nd August. Please be aware that school will finish for students at 12.55 pm on Thursday 2nd August with the first interviews starting at 1.30 pm on that day. We have some capacity to supervise students in the hall where parents are unable to make alternative arrangements. It is important that your child’s classroom teacher is informed by 9.00 am on the morning of Thursday 2nd August if you would like your child supervised in the hall. School will finish for students at 3.00 pm on the Wednesday.

Below are the instructions to book your Student Achievement Discussions

Please leave a gap between your interviews if moving from one class to another so you do not lose some of your precious talking time.
The booking form can be accessed via the following web address:
Click onto Event School Code—Type in tek8g press enter—Then follow the instructions.

If, for any reason, you are unable to access this site or you experience any problems, please contact Myana at Kohimarama School Office on 09 930-9820. Myana will be able to make an appointment time for you.


Teacher Aide Wanted

We have a position created by a current teacher aide who is heading overseas.  We are looking for an enthusiastic, supportive and encouraging replacement.  The hours are 8.55 am to 12.55 pm Monday to Friday.  The position will include supporting small groups of students in their own classroom with learning.  If you are interested, please contact our school office, with a letter of intent and two referees.

Kapa Haka

The Kapa Haka performance has been rescheduled to Sunday 29th July. Kohimarama will be performing at 9:45am at Selwyn College Theatre. We ask that if your child is attending the event, they are backstage at 9:10am in their uniform. Uniforms will be distribute at Kapa Haka Wednesday. If you have any further questions, please email Juliette –

Entry is a Koha/Gold Coin donation.

Student Fundraiser  –  Cancer Research  Friday 3rd August

This term we are raising money for cancer research.  We are encouraging students to participate by wearing colourful clothes, wigs and beads – any or all.  For those students wishing to support our fundraiser we ask them to bring $2 on the day, thank you.

School Disco  –  Friday 17th August

A ‘heads up’ that our School Disco is coming up.  Our Junior Disco is for all students in Years 0 to 4 and goes from 5.30 to 6.30pm.  Our Senior Disco is for all students in Years 5 to 8 and goes from 7.00 to 8.30pm.  More information will be forthcoming the closer we get.  It’s going to be mega fun!!

Bay Suburbs Netball Results

The Year 5/6 Bay Suburbs Netball tournament was held on Tuesday 3 July 2018 (last week of Term 2). Many thanks to parents and staff for their help with transport, coaching and managing our teams. We had fantastic results!!

Year 5 Mixed – A Grade (8 Teams)
1st Parnell Y5A
2nd St Thomas’s Y5B
3rd Kohi Wizards

Year 5 Mixed – B Grade (8 Teams)
1st St Heliers Mystics
2nd Kohi Flames
3rd St Ignatius Y5B
4th St Ignatius Y5C
5th Glendowie Gold Eagles
6th Kohi Pulse

Year 6 Mixed – A Grade (8 Teams)
1st St Thomas’s Hotshots
2nd Kohi Firebirds
3rd Glendowie Thunderbolts

Year 6 Mixed Results Top 8
1st St Thomas’s Superstars
2nd St Joseph’s Y6B
3rd St Ignatius Y6B
4th Kohi Mystics

BOT Past and Present Student Database

The Board of Trustees are currently undertaking a project to create a database of Kohimarama School’s past and present students. As the school has been going nearly 100 years, there are a lot of hand-written records to input!  We are about half way through the project but are looking for a few more people to help enter details into an Excel spreadsheet.

The data can be entered at home and in your own time. If you have a few hours to spare, access to Excel and a willingness to help us digitise this extremely valuable information for the school, please contact Jodie at

Weekly Results

Netball Results

Y4 Kohi Lightning, Won 8-3.  POD – Gemma M
Y4 Kohi Magic, Won 12-9. POD – Team

Community Notices

Learn to code after school
Is your daughter or son interested in computer programming? Whether it’s to support school studies, for a career of the future, to create games or just for fun, join Code Champions for after-school classes on Tuesdays in Term 3. There are eight weekly sessions, starting 31 July. The cost is $200 and a computer is provided during class time. Places are limited. Book now! Coding is a fundamental part of modern learning. Get your child on the front foot with one of the most important digital skills to have in today’s hi-tech world. To find out more contact Greg Adams at

Fine Young Artists
Term 3 After School Program
at Kohimarama School in the school hall
Thursdays 3:15 to 5:15
Starting Thursday 2 August for 7 weeks
Only $195
Cover Stories — mixed media on MDF spines

Your artwork is like a stack of books, all written about you, a pile of story books about your life, things you have done, places you have been, moments you want to remember.
We teach you to design lettering, illustrate, paint and put your own special signature logo onto each book, creating your very own quirky visual library.
Role Model Artists: Peter Gibson Smith and Lynley Dodd (New Zealand)
To enroll visit our website: or ph 09 634-1995

Fantastic skill development, strength building, tumbling training, flexibility & mental concentration
Fantastic coaches & equipment
Fantastic Fun!
Register on the  website today!
Class starts on Tuesday 31st July at 3.15 pm in the school hall.
The cost for the 8 week term is only $100. or 0800 273-368