PTA Newsletter – 14 August 2018

School community news and upcoming PTA events and initiatives

Upcoming PTA Events

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
Kids Movie Tickets on-sale in Kiri (AM)Wed, 28 NovFri, 30 Nov
Kids Christmas MovieSat, 1 Dec
Walking School Bus CelebrationThu, 6 Dec, 12:55pm
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

To reserve tickets email Numbers are strictly limited to 150 so be in quick.

Thank-you to everyone who has already purchased a ticket to the Soiree – the response has been amazing and we have only 20 spaces left!!  Tickets are $150 per person and include:

  • Cocktail hour, featuring two house cocktails and a Seedlip non-alcoholic cocktail option
  • 3 course banquet dinner from ‘Madam Woo’
  • Wine & beer throughout the evening
  • Live and silent Auctions
  • Celebrity MC
  • Music & dancing

This promises to be a fabulous evening and we hope, a hugely successful fundraiser for our School – so get in quick to reserve your spot!

Auction Catalogue & ‘Buy Nows’!

As in past years, we are pulling together an array of exciting items to auction at the Soiree.  This year however, we are doing things a little bit differently.  We are creating an online auction catalogue which you will be able to view in the lead up to the event.

Many of the items in the catalogue will have a BUY NOW price attached, allowing them to be purchased before the Soiree by anyone in the school community.  We are planning to share a first cut of the auction catalogue by 23 August, and will be adding to it as more items are confirmed so make sure you keep checking back!!  Also keep an eye on facebook for news about the Soiree.

We still need your help with Auction Items!

We need your help to make the Soiree a big fundraiser for our school.  We still need more items to auction!  No item is too big or too small!!

Do you have access to products, services or experiences that we can auction? Can you ask friends or family that may be happy to donate something? Holiday houses, boat trips, vouchers… If you have any ideas or questions 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 and Julie Kennedy (Kohimarama branch)

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 on sale next week 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. If you need another copy, you can print this A4 template: Draw My Bloke (PDF).

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.  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

Scholastic Book Club

The latest Scholastic Book Club booklet has been delivered. Orders from the Issue 5 catalogue are due on 24 August. Please place any orders online at the Scholastic Book Club, as we are not processing paper orders. They also have an online version of the catalogue.

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

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.