PTA Newsletter – 19 September 2018

School community news and upcoming PTA events and initiatives

Upcoming PTA Events

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

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to and attended the Soiree on September 8. Our bi-annual auction evenings are the PTA’s biggest fundraiser and so important to our school. As promised, this year’s event was AMAZING with parents enjoying a fabulous night out while making almost $80,000 in profit!!!

This was a fantastic outcome for our kids.  All of this money will be spent in 2019 on helping to make our School the best that it can be, with funds going towards improvements to the outdoor environment, technology and other resources.

The success of the Soiree would not have been possible without the vision and support of Helen and Josh Emett – thank-you both for your time and your incredible talent!! We’d also like to make special mention of Katie Oliver and Lauren Alberino who were responsible for collecting and marketing our amazing collection of auction items, Marina Nola for her fabulous organisation and also Anna Lawrence and Steve Gillet for making sure no one went thirsty on the night!!

We’d also like to thank Mission Bay Doctors for being a sponsor of the event and the following Kohimarama School families who sourced or donated items for the fundraising auction:

Andrew Barron, Sandra and Chris Aughton, Kristy Austen, Kirsten and Geoff Beggs, Hilary Blair, Mialy Bolger, Rachel and Matt Boswell, Jodie Campbell, Michelle and Rob Campbell, Amy and Dan Clark, Sarah Clayton, Kelly Coe, Balin Cupples, Frankie Donovan, Duane and Kara Eagle, Kate and Steve Evans, Marcia Gheerbrant, Cate Gibb, Chris Goad, Iva Goljerova, Emily Goodwin, Mark Jamieson, Angela and Martin Kneeshaw, Rebecca and Phil Heslop, Diane and Andrew Holmes, Anna and Andrew Lawrence, Jenny and Cam Lee, Jo and Scott McGregor, Sarah McIntyre, Lynda and Simon Millward, Malina Moore, Kat Morgan, Michelle Morpeth, Kellie and Jon Moyle, Gunther Neubert, Marina Nola, Jo Paton, Mattie and Justin Queale, Kate and Brett Russell, Kirsty and Aaron Scanes, Kerry Scott, the Seivwright Family, Iain Sutherland, Sarah and Julian Travaglia and Vivienne Withell.

And of course a huge thank you to Julie Kennedy and Barfoot and Thompson Kohimarama Branch who were our primary sponsor and provided us with our Auctioneer!

Soiree Sell-Off!

If you were at the Soiree then you will know how gorgeous the tables looked – and now we are selling some of the decorative items which we used.  Please let us know if you would like anything.

  • Tray – $10
  • Glass Vase – $15
  • Gold Mat – $5
  • Goodie Bags – $20

I want to buy something

Yummy Stickers

Please deliver any Yummy Stickers you’ve collected over the year to PTA cupboard in the office by Wednesday 26 Sept so we can send them off and redeem for sports gear! Half filled sheets are fine… and then continue collecting for next year’s application.

Blokes Breakfast

We had two big events in just over a week! Another Blokes Breakfast was successfully pulled off on Friday 31 August.  It’s not an easy thing to get 460+ small people and big blokes fed, coffee’d and photographed within an hour but thanks to the many helpers who came together, we made it happen on the day! We really love the good feeling this event generates within the kids and blokes community at our school.

Thanks Kirsten, for so capably pulling the event together and to our sponsors NZ Mint, Volt Espresso, Bakers Delight and New World Eastridge.

You are able to view and download your ‘selfie station’ photos if you want.

Parent Helpers Needed!!!

Production help – snack sales
We are planning to sell snacks before each evening performance of Alex in Music Land, but we need some helpers in the tuck shop!! If you can help between 12.15 – 1pm on Monday or Tuesday, or between 5.15 – 5.55pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday OR Thursday night next week please email The tuck shop will close 5 minutes before show time, so you will have plenty of time to get to your seats if you are booked to watch an evening performance.
Greats and Grans morning tea
The annual Kohimarama School Greats and Grans morning tea is being held at 10am on Friday 19 October and we need a few people to help make tea and coffee. If you are able to help please email
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.