School Newsletter – 14 August 2018

Term 3, Week 4 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Y7/8 Parent Camp Meeting 7.30-8.30 pm Rm18Tue, 14 Aug
Y0-1 Bee Lady VisitTue, 14 Aug
Y4,5 & 6 Intermediate Years Meeting 6.30-7.30 pm Rms 19/20Tue, 14 Aug
Y4-8 ICAS MathematicsTue, 14 Aug
School Cross CountryThu, 16 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
House T-Shirt DayFri, 17 Aug
BOT Meeting 6.30 pmMon, 20 Aug
Y5/6 Camp Information Evening 6.30 pm Rms 22/23Wed, 22 Aug
Kings' Band FestivalWed, 22 AugThu, 23 Aug
Y7/8 Mathex Teams 6.00 pm Selwyn CollegeThu, 23 Aug
Otago Problem SolvingThu, 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
House T-Shirt DayFri, 31 Aug
PTA - Blokes BreakfastFri, 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
Maori Language WeekMon, 10 SepFri, 14 Sep
Y0-3 Life Education TrustMon, 10 SepFri, 14 Sep
House T-Shirt DayFri, 14 Sep
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.

Dear Parents and Caregivers

As you will be aware, tomorrow the school is closed because of the teachers’ strike action.  While I understand there will be a variety of views about this situation within the school community, I would like to thank and acknowledge the many parents of Kohimarama School who have emailed me and spoken to me about their support for our teachers. The teaching staff at this school work very hard to ensure that they are doing their best to support the learning of your children. Our academic results continue to be at the highest level. Teachers are talented professionals each with their own skills and abilities which they feely share with each other and the students in their care.

Through our Board of Trustees, PTA and you, the parents and caregivers, they feel acknowledged by this learning community in their efforts.  Thank you.

You too have a voice in this process.  You can let the Government know the Kohimarama School community’s thoughts about;

  • teacher requirement and retention
  • support for teachers to manage the exponentially increasing workload
  • more resourcing for students, particularly those who require special support and extension
  • a pay increase for the teachers of today and to attract the teachers of tomorrow into the profession
  • the clear belief by many in the school system that we cannot manage by doing what we have always done and responding to the profession in the same way.

Please feel free to email the Education Minister on;

Auckland Primary Principals’ Association
On Thursday and Friday of this week, I will be attending the Auckland Primary Principals’ Association Conference – THINKING OUTSIDE THE DODECAHEDRON. Our theme is; Creating connected leaders, to continue building relationships and share in new learning. Supported by highly relevant content, the intimate nature of this conference delivers valuable time with colleagues to provide a rich environment for personal and professional growth.

Paul Engles, Principal

A Message from Snell Team

Term 3 is now well underway and Snell Team are busy preparing for the many events we have coming up this term. Cross Country training is almost complete with the big event coming up on Thursday. Production rehearsals are going well and we are building a picture of what our scene is going to look like; we can’t wait to put it all together!  In addition to this, our topic of Exploration is moving ahead in the classrooms with the Year 6’s exploring what lies beyond earth and the Year 7 and 8’s conducting their own personal explorations.

Year 6 Stardome Trip

On Tuesday, 7 August, the Year 6 learners took a trip to the Stardome Observatory and Planetarium to explore the concepts of Our Solar System. The objective of the trip was to encourage curious minds and inspire exploration of what lies beyond Earth.

Our day began with an educational talk around the solar system, the sun and the surrounding planets within our solar system. The learners then demonstrated their understanding by completing a fun-fact finding quiz surrounding the topic. They all worked well as a team through the quiz and managed to score one of the highest points in the quiz. Our guide was truly amazed! We ended off our visit with a show about “The Perfect Little Planet” inside the Planetarium.

We enjoyed the sunshine and good weather by taking a walk around the park and settled down for a well deserved lunch. After lunch, we all took a slow and steady walk up to the top of One Tree Hill domain and enjoyed the breathtaking views of Auckland.

Thank you so much to all the parent helpers who assisted us on our trip. Without your support, this incredible day would not have been possible.


As part of our Physical Education programme, Auckland Squash are providing students in Snell an introduction to the game. Through the expertise of Coach Jude and a transportable transparent court, the students have gained an insight into Squash. Many seem to be hooked already by its fast pace and use of angles. So far the coaching has included drills to develop hand and eye co-ordination and co-operative hitting. Squash has proved to be popular, with many children coming back to the court during break time for a bit of extra activity. At the end of the programme, information will be provided for those who wish to be involved in further coaching and participation through local clubs.

Production Update

This term, Snell Team is fully into the swing of Production. We have many different groups, working on many different aspects of the production – 2 dance groups, a backstage group, acting and singing. We cannot wait to perform in Week 10 and see our hard work come together!

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

“It’s not what you say, it’s also how you say it.”  “Respect means you care enough to think about others feelings before you act.”  “Respect others not because of who they are  –  but because it’s who you are, someone who respects others.”


Anchor Bottle Cap Cup

A huge thank you to all the parents and students who have collected Anchor milk bottle caps over the last few weeks.  A fantastic effort!  This competition has now closed.

Eastern Bays Junior Kids Lit Competition

On Wednesday 8th August, some Year 5 and 6 students took part in the Eastern Bays Junior Kids Lit Competition held at St Thomas’s School. Here they were quizzed on eleven books, by New Zealand authors, that they had been studying.

Out of 24 teams, our Year 5’s placed 2nd= and our Year 6’s placed 7th=.  A huge achievement for them all. Well done to:  Theo B, Tom M, Enya N and Mia P; Mac C, Thomas F, Isabella M, Margo R, Trixie R, Violet T and Sebastian Y.

Production Update 2

A word about make-up. Due to the health and safety issues around sharing make-up, and also the skin allergies of individual students to different kinds of make-up, we will only do special make-up for leads as needed. We would ask that each child have a base make-up if they are going to be on the stage. Therefore we require you to send your child with foundation, blusher, mascara and lipstick, as stated by the teams for matching costume, for each of the performance dates listed below.  Eye shadow colour will also be indicated by the team and any hair design information will come out later.  Your child should have a plastic sealed bag with the make-up suggested above, hairbrush/comb inside and facecloth or make-up remover for any touch-ups that may be required during the performance. The teams will forward more specific details for their segment in the production. Thank you in advance for your help.

We have two casts performing as indicated in the previous update. The teachers have placed students into casts and will send out those lists very soon, if they have not already done so. Tickets are not ready for going on sale but will be done using our online system.  Each cast will have 3 performances each. One matinee and two evening performances as follows:

Cast A –

Monday 24 Sept 1.00 pm matinee
Tuesday 25 September 6.00 pm evening
Thursday 27 September 6.00 pm evening

Cast B –

Monday 24 September 6.00 pm evening
Tuesday 25 September 1.00 pm matinee
Wednesday 26 September 6.00 pm evening

Still all very exciting – Debbie Ellery

Cancer Society  –  Fundraiser

Thank you to all students who took part in our student Fundraiser for the Cancer Society.  Together we raised $931.80  which was much appreciated by the charity when they received it.  Awesome support.

Road Patrol – Parental Supervision

We are looking for parents who are able to give 30 minutes  of their time,  once a week or once a fortnight, to supervise our Road Patrollers in the morning.  It involves meeting our students at 8.25am in the morning, helping them to put the signs up at the crossings and staying beside them as they put the signs out and in, allowing students and adults to cross on Rawhitiroa Road and Kohimarama Road.  Then when the bell goes at 8.55 am helping the students to put the signs away.  If you think this is for you, contact Thank you.

School Disco  –  This Friday!!

Tickets are on sale this week outside the hall from 8.30 to 8.55 am in the morning and 3.00 to 3.15 pm in the afternoon.  Tickets are $5, this includes a drink and a snack plus great music to dance to.  The professional DJ comes with a snazzy light show (no strobes) and we have lots of opportunities to win prizes.

  • Junior Disco      5.00 to 6.00pm
  • Senior Disco      6.30 to 8.00pm

Please drop off and pick up your children from the hall.  It is a small venue, so unfortunately parents will not be able to come inside until the end of the Disco.  No one wants to miss out on this fabulous school event.

New Online Uniform Shop

Now you can order and pay for uniforms online through our Online Shop and your order can be delivered to your child.

Find out more information about how to use the Online Shop or go straight there and create an account.

Go to the Online Shop

You can still purchase uniforms, in person, from the physical shop in the Hall on a Tuesday and Thursday morning, 8.10-8.50am.

Weekly Results

House Points: Term 3, Week 4

Congratulations to Patteson for being the Week 3 winners!

House Points for the Fortnight:

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

Total House Points as at 14 August 2018

  • Atkin: 8525
  • Colenso: 9130
  • Patteson: 7401
  • Selwyn: 7567

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

  • Room 1 – Savannah C
  • Room 2 – Ryan C
  • Room 3 – Ethan A
  • Room 4 – Oliver M
  • Room 5 – Oliver C
  • Room 6 – Amy D
  • Room 7 – Emily M, Esther C
  • Room 8 – Madeline M, Harry B
  • Room 9 – Jasmina M, Joshua O
  • Room 10 – Cerys J
  • Room 11 – Rachael T, Jacob H
  • Room 12 – Theo G-M
  • Room 13 – Imogen Q
  • Room 14 – Tashu N
  • Room 15 – Charlie B
  • Room 16 – Annabelle W
  • Room 17 – William B, Isabella F-M
  • Room 19 – Diego P-G
  • Room 20 – Leanne C
  • Room 21 – Marshall D
  • Room 22 – Hannah G
  • Room 23 – Timothy C

Caught Being Good – “Greenies”

Logan M            Rm 6                 for Friendliness           Colenso
Freja E               Rm 13                for Reliability              Colenso
Cooper T           Rm 13                for Friendliness          Selwyn

Netball Results

Y4 Kohi Lightning, Won 6-3, POD Isla M
Y4 Kohi Magic, Won 8-7

Flippaball Results

Y3/4 Kohi Kinas, Won 5-1.  POD – Andrew
Y3/4 Kohi Jellyfish, Drew 1-1. POD – Xavier
Y5/6 Kohi Narwhals, Won 5-1. POD – Grace
Y5/6 Kohi Stingrays, Lost 0-4. POD – Monty