School Newsletter – 31 July 2018

Term 3, Week 2 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Y4-8 ICAS EnglishTue, 31 Jul
Student Achievement DiscussionsWed, 1 AugThu, 2 Aug
School Closes 12.55 pm Student Achievement DiscussionsThu, 2 Aug
Inside Out MovieFri, 3 Aug
House T-Shirt DayFri, 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
Y0-1 Bee Lady VisitTue, 14 Aug
Y4-8 ICAS MathematicsTue, 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
School Cross CountryThu, 16 Aug
Y0-4 Junior Disco 5.00 pm - 6.00 pmFri, 17 Aug
House T-Shirt DayFri, 17 Aug
Y5-8 Senior Disco 6.30 pm - 8.00 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
House T-Shirt DayFri, 31 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 Kiri Team

Tena Koutou Katoa,

Welcome back to Term Three.  We hope the holidays were a special time for you and your family.  It is lovely to see everybody back so refreshed, bouncy, and ready to learn.  An especially big welcome to our New Entrants in Room 3, and their lovely teachers Mrs Karsten and Mrs Barron.

The children were delighted to see their revamped play area which now boasts astro turf.  Other improvements around the school over the holidays have also enhanced the outdoor areas around Hilary and Cowley teams.

This term already we have begun cross country training.  We are fiercely racing around a fitness circuit each day in preparation for the big event at Madills Farm on Thurday 16th August.  Each day after big break the children choose to run one or two laps and return puffing and smiling.

This term the Kohimarama Way is Respect.   Some classes have started with pictures and role plays to learn about respectful behaviour in a variety of situations.  This is being recognised in the Kiri Team playground and celebrated.   It is lovely to see the children enjoying the dress ups and playing respectfully with each other during break times.

We are so excited about the production coming up in Week 10.   The generosity of parents from Kohimarama School in supporting this production has  been overwhelming.  A huge thank you to those in our community who support, and continue to support our fundraising efforts.  Kiri Team has begun their dance rehearsals, costumes are being designed and props have been purchased!  We can’t say too much but we look forward to showing you our sharp moves later in the term.

This term Kiri Team are learning about environmental issues and are inquiring into the effect of bees on the environment.  We have The Bee Lady visiting us on the 14th August to share her passion and knowledge about bees.   She will be talking and showing pictures that show the many aspects of a bee’s life, including a 360 video on the Ipad of what it’s like to be inside a bee hive, together with a demonstration of how pollination works using the children as props.  It’s very cool!

The Bee Lady will also talk with the children about honey bees, the crops they pollinate, their anatomy, how they reproduce in swarms, and what to do if a bee comes near you.  As a class we will learn about the difficulties the bees are facing and how we can help them.

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Today the NZEI has called its members to strike. As a teacher and Principal I know that this is a very difficult decision for our profession which has always maintained the goal of strong, consistent improvement for student learning at the forefront of all we do.

I have mentioned in previous newsletters my concerns regarding (1) the retention and requirement of the highest level of candidates to be the teachers of our students. The attraction of the profession has been diminished over recent times. Now there is a 40% less intake into the Facilities of Education in 2018 with the corresponding loss of academic staff. This is at a time of employment crisis in the teaching profession (2) Addressing the complex needs of modern learners including those with additional learning needs are just some of the issues that we at Kohimarama School are managing.

More information will follow in the next few days regarding the school’s ability to manage the strike. This will be sent to you as soon as practicable.

Paul Engles, Principal


The Kohimarama Way – Respect

Without respect for rules, we would have confusion.  People would treat each other rudely and violate each other’s privacy and other rights.  Respect helps people to feel valued.  Self-respect is making sure no one hurts you or abuses you, even an elder.  When you respect yourself, others respect you, too.


Student Fundraising – Friday 2nd August (this week)

We are raising money this term for the Cancer society.  We are inviting students who want to, to participate by wearing their most colourful clothes, wigs and beads and bring $2 on the day.  Within our school community we have had and have students and adults battling cancer – Paul Ewing, our Rock Band Director, died of cancer just last term. This fundraising gives us an opportunity to support them.

School Disco  –  Friday 17th August

Our theme this year is dressing in colour, be as bright as you can for the Junior Disco Years 0-4 which will be from 5.00-6.00pm in our school hall.  Our theme this year is dressing for the 21st Century for the Senior Disco Years 5-8 from 6.30-8.00pm. Tickets will be on sale the week of the Disco outside the hall for $5 at 8.30-8.55am and 3.00-3.15pm daily. Due to the size of our hall we ask parents to drop students at the door on Disco Night and pick them up from inside the hall at the conclusion of their Disco. It is going to be soooooo fun!

Cross Country Thursday 16th August

A message from our Sports Co-Ordinator Mrs Drefers:
School Cross Country Thursday 16th August, Madills Farm
Rain Day – Tuesday 21st of August

Please find below a schedule of when we intend to begin races.  I say, ‘intend to begin’ because as you know it depends on the number of pupils running on the day and the weather.  All parents are welcome to come and encourage your child as they run our Cross Country course. Children are expected to stay on after races and will sit with the other children who are in the same House team. We will try our best to run on time however, we cannot guarantee exact times and we thank you for your patience.  We suggest you allow yourself 20-30 minutes before the scheduled time of your child’s race.  If it is too wet, then we will run the school course instead.


We would really appreciate all spectators sitting/standing on the outside of the running track. Please be mindful of younger siblings as pupils will be running by where you are seated/standing.  Additionally, for safety reasons we would ask that you please do not bring dogs nor purchase treats to deliver to your child at the conclusion of their race.

10.00 am


Kiri Team
Girls run first
Boys run second
11.30 am


Hillary Team
Year 4 Girls
Year 4 Boys
10.30 am


Cowley Team
Year 2 Girls
Year 2 Boys
12.00 pm


Year 5 Girls
Year 5 Boys
11.00 am


Year 3 Girls
Year 3 Boys
12.30 pm


Snell Team
Year 6 Girls
Year 6 Boys
  1.00 pm


Year 7/8 Girls
Year 7/8 Boys


Kapa Haka Performance

On Sunday the 29th of July the Kapa Haka group participated at Selwyn Theatre for the Nga Rau O Te Kahu annual Kapa Haka event. Firstly, we went backstage and got dressed up in our awesome costumes. Then it was our time to be called on stage. We had been practising this since the start of the year and so of course we felt extremely nervous but excited at the same time! After the performance, we felt so proud and important. We finished the morning off with a delicious hangi and a big smile on our faces. A special thanks to Kellie, Sophie, Kristy and Malina for helping us out at practice and the performance. Also Julianne for the bows and of course TA for making every Wednesday fun and inspirational.

By Tim, Sienna, Charlotte, Lachie


ICAS Science Results

Year 4

Year 5 Year 6 Year 7

Year 8

High Distinction
(Top 1%)

Sherry J

(Top 10%)

Andrew F
Kaylah J
Scarlett W
Sean K Rowan K
Adam W



Drew B
Hunter D
Gemma M
Nina R
Theo B
Grace H
Carlos M
Tom M
Enya N
Mia P
Dylan R
Daniil D
Ella N
Hadley Q
Carl Y
Oliver T
Finn W


Production 2018

We are all looking forward to production this year. The students in Snell Team have written the production and each team in the school is taking part. Thank you to everyone who has supported us in the fundraising we have already undertaken.

The production is titled – ‘Alex in Music Land’. The performances will take place in Week 10 – the last week of the term – on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. There will also be a matinee on Monday and Tuesday of the same week.

There will be two casts so each cast will have three performances in total. As soon as the teams have worked out who is in which cast they will inform you so that you can organise to see your child/children at the appropriate performance time.

The production will be taking place at school in our hall so we will be looking to hire lighting. If you have a contact in lighting we would like to know. We are keen to look first and foremost within our school community before seeking outside. I would like to get the lighting organised before the end of Week 4 so please contact me – if you can help.

There will be weekly updates on production in the newsletter so watch this space and thank you again for all your support.

2019 Enrolments

If you have a child turning 5 in 2019, who will be coming to Kohimarama School, can you please email the School Office at, including the following information: child’s name, date of birth, address and parent name and contact phone number.  This will help us with planning for 2019.  Thank you.

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.

New Beanies

The Uniform Shop has just had a delivery of new beanie hats! Only $12 each. Buy them through the Online Shop or from the hall on a Tuesday and Thursday morning, 8.10-8.50am.

Weekly Results

House Points: Term 3, Week 2

Congratulations to Patteson for being the Week 1 winners!

House Points for the Fortnight:

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

Total House Points as at 31 July

  • Atkin: 8366
  • Colenso: 8996
  • Patteson: 7238
  • Selwyn: 7413

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

  • Room 1 – Nico G, Scarlett F
  • Room 2 – Grayson M
  • Room 3 – Jessica M
  • Room 4 – Jackson C
  • Room 5 – Freya C
  • Room 6 – Zaha U
  • Room 7 – Henry N
  • Room 8 – Lily C
  • Room 9 – Kevin W
  • Room 10 – Lina N
  • Room 11 – Jay S, Florence H
  • Room 12 – Zach G
  • Room 13 – Blake S
  • Room 14 – Madeleine H
  • Room 15 – Alessa I-M, Laila R
  • Room 16 – Owen M, Mia P
  • Room 17 – Hamish S
  • Room 19 – Callum B
  • Room 20 – Leela C-T, Sam W
  • Room 21 – Nya P
  • Room 22 – Thomas D
  • Room 23 – Ishani L


Caught Being Good – “Greenies”

Thank you to all our students who are doing the ‘right thing’ in the playground, you make our school a fun place to be.  Our winners this week are:
Ben          Rm 2       for Respect               Atkin
Mason     Rm 4       for Friendliness       Atkin
Ben L       Rm 10     for Friendliness       Atkin

Flippaball Results

Y3/4 Kohi Kinas, Won 3-1.  POD – Niklas
Y3/4 Kohi Jellyfish, Won 4-0. POD – Austin
Y5/6 Kohi Narwhals, Lost 2-4. POD – Grace
Y5/6 Kohi Stingrays, Won 6-2. POD – Finn E

Community Notices