School Newsletter – 25 September 2018

Term 3, Week 10 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

School ProductionMon, 24 SepThu, 27 Sep
House T-Shirt DayFri, 28 Sep
END OF TERM 3Fri, 28 Sep
SCHOOL HOLIDAYSSat, 29 SepSun, 14 Oct
Y4-5 SwimmingMon, 15 OctThu, 18 Oct
START OF TERM 4Mon, 15 Oct
PTA - Calendar ArtMon, 15 Oct
Calendar Art WeekMon, 15 OctFri, 19 Oct
BOT Meeting 6.30 pmMon, 15 Oct
Y5/6 EPRO8 - 9.00am-1.00pm StonefieldsThu, 18 Oct
School Assembly 1.45 pmFri, 19 Oct
Greats and Grans Day 9.30 am - 11.25 amFri, 19 Oct
Y7/8 EPRO8 - 12.30-4.00pm St Thomas'sFri, 19 Oct
Team and NE PhotosTue, 23 Oct
Y4-5 SwimmingTue, 23 OctFri, 26 Oct
Y6-8 First Aid - Block 1-3 - Rm 20Tue, 23 Oct
Y4 SleepoverThu, 25 OctFri, 26 Oct
House T-Shirt DayFri, 26 Oct
Y4/5 Olympic Ambassador Visit 1.45 pmFri, 26 Oct
Y0-1 SwimmingMon, 29 OctThu, 1 Nov
Y6-8 Sexuality EducationMon, 29 OctFri, 2 Nov
Y6 Book Council Workshop - St Thomas' 8.45 am - 12.30 pmMon, 29 Oct
Y6-8 First Aid - Block 1-3 - Rm 22Tue, 30 Oct
Y5 Junior Sustainability ChallengeTue, 30 Oct
Y6-8 First Aid - Block 1-3 - Rm 23Wed, 31 Oct
Y5 Bike SafetyThu, 1 NovFri, 2 Nov
Y6-8 First Aid - Block 1-3 - Rm 19Fri, 2 Nov
Parent Helpers' Morning TeaFri, 2 Nov
School Assembly 1.45 pmFri, 2 Nov
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

Happy Holidays!

Education Review Office Visit in Week 8 Term 3

A three-person team from the Education Review Office spent four days at Kohimarama School undertaking a review of; Accelerated Learning, Equity and Excellence in Learning, the conditions that promote our very good outcomes and reviewing our strategies to continue our success into the future.

The team members held several meetings with the Board, the Senior Management Team and the Team Leaders, and visited every classroom in the school. They also talked with students in a panel discussion, as well as when visiting the class, and also met with parents about the school, its learning culture and its achievements.

ERO commented positively on our engaged learners, their high levels of achievement and the positive steps in professional learning and development, enabling learner agency and the SchoolTalk learning tool.

The verbal feedback meeting was undertaken, firstly with the Senior Management Team and then with the Board. We all believed that it was a positive report that reflected the school’s achievements and success. We are now awaiting the draft to be sent to the school. This will go to the Board, who will review and pick up any factual errors. Once this is completed, it will be available to the public. We do not have a timeline on this process.

Below is some of the research behind learner agency that I discussed with ERO. I enclose again for you information.

What the research says;

Professor John Hattie (formerly University of Auckland) recently published a revised list of the most effective influences on student achievement which identifies student self-reporting as one of the most significant indicators linked to raise student achievement.

Two other international researchers, Black & Wiliam, further comment, “the process of students reflecting on their learning, through effective questioning that promotes the articulation of student thinking, is integral to classroom assessment practices that enhance student learning”.

‘If the focus is to be kept on learning, and the ownership of the learning with the child, then the best person to talk about the learning is the learner’… ‘Not only is the student the best person to tell their parents what they have learnt, but if we believe that students build their knowledge by communicating what they know, then providing an opportunity for the students to tell their family what they know can significantly assist with that learning.’ Absolum, (2006)

Research also shows parental involvement in schools and classrooms has a positive impact on children’s learning (Bastiani; Epstein).

In helping to strengthen the partnership between the learner, the teacher and the parent, we believe student led discussions promote some ways that learning can also be supported at home. This is a key goal within the New Zealand Curriculum.

School Production – Alex in Music Land

After much planning (Year 7&8 students writing the production), preparation (designing and building props, etc) learning lines and dances, sound, music and lights, we are presenting our production this week in six performances.

The production has been a whole learning community endeavour with teachers and teacher aides, students and parents all working many additional hours. The production is an outstanding event and all of our students involved in one way or another; props, supporting leads, dancers, singers, etc. As you know, with over 500 students in the school we have had to divide the school into two groups of approximately 260 students in each cast.

I would like to thank the many parents who supported the production from the outset. Your contributions gave us the ability to lift the production by allowing us to purchase and hire equipment, buy material for clothing, etc. Thank you on behalf of all of us.

 Staff Changes

 This week we farewell Mrs Julie Baranowski.  She has been teaching in Room 5 in Kiri Team.  We thank her for her great contribution to Kohimarama School and wish her well in her new position.

Replacing Mrs Baranowski is Miss Clara Desousa who is joining Kohimarama School from Canada.  We all look forward to welcoming her to our school and our community.

New Entrant Class Opening

Mrs Lisa Barron is opening Room 18 for all our New Entrant students starting in Term 4.

Paul Engles

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

“A lack of boundaries invites a lack of respect.”
“You can’t force someone to respect you, but you can refuse to be disrespected.”
“They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.”


Greats and Grans Day – Friday 19th October 9.00am – 11.25am

We are very excited to once again welcome our students’ Grandparents, elderly neighbour or family friend for our Greats and Grans morning on Friday 19th October. We invite visitors to come to the school any time between 9.00 am and 11.25 am and visit classrooms and participate in special activities.

Morning tea will be provided at 10.00 am in the hall during the morning break time. You are welcome to come for some or all of the morning, whatever suits.

This is the Friday before Labour Day so we are hoping this will enable Grandparents and other special older family members and friends to combine a weekend visit with a morning at school.

Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon 2019

Entries are open for the Auckland Central East Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon on February 10th 2019 at Pt England Reserve.

Our school has created a School Group which you can join when you enter from home. Search for Kohimarama School when prompted. By linking to our school group it will give us the chance to win some cool prizes.  There is a discounted entry price of $44.00 (online) for school registrations.  Participants need to be aged 7-15 years and can complete the TRYathlon as an invididual or in a team of two.

The TRYathlon is all about giving it a TRY and is rewarding and fun day out for you and your child.  If you wish your child to participate, enter at

If someone you know requires financial assistance to enter the TRYathlon, through either subsidised entry fees or funding for necessary equipment, then you can apply to the Weet-Bix TRYathlon foundation for assistance. Visit for details.

Bay Suburbs Girls’ Basketball Tournament

Congratulations to our Year 6 Girls’ Basketball Team who, after one team practice, managed to come away with 2nd place at this tournament. It was exciting to watch their progress over the day long tournament. Team members were Lucy H, Jezzabella B, Mia D, Trixie R, Charlotte S, Violet T, Amelie L and Isabella L. Sincere thanks to Brock Fenwick for coaching the team on the day and to Ashton M and Callum B, who were superb referees at both the boys and girls tournaments.

Confirmed Ballot Dates for 2019 Out of Zone Enrolments

Application Closing Date

Wednesday 17th October 2018

Ballot Date

Wednesday 24th October 2018

Ballot forms are available from the School Office

Certificate Assembly on Friday (Hillary and Snell Teams only)

On Friday this week at 1.45 pm,  we will be having a certificate assembly for Hillary and Snell Teams.  We have a variety of sports certificates and ICAS English to hand out to worthy students.

Lost Property

A reminder to come and view lost property in the hall this Friday from 8.30 am -10.10 am, before we dispose of it.  Prior to this it will be located in the Office area for you to view, since the hall is out of action.

Code Champions at Kohimarama School

Weekly Results

Flippaball Results

  • Y3/4 Kohi Kinas, Finished 2nd in Grade, Lost 1-2, POD Team
  • Y3/4 Kohi Jellyfish, Finished 3rd in Grade, Won 4-0, POD Team
  • Y5/6 Kohi Narwhals, Won 7-1, POD Bella
  • Y5/6 Kohi Stingrays, Finished 3rd in A Grade, Won 2-1, POD Monty

Community Notices

Holiday Programme
Year 0 to 6

Kohimarama Presbyterian Church
34 Kohimarama Rd
Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th October 2018
Full day 9.00 am – 4.00 pm $35.00
Half day 9.00 am – 12.00 pm $20.00
Prior enrolment is absolutely essential
Email for an enrolment form

School of Rock Holiday Programme

Get your digital native rockin’ out with a band and enjoying the first week of school holidays in a fun creative space with friends. Ages 10 – 13. Beginners welcome.

When? October 1st – 5th, 9.00am – 3.00pm each day.  BYO lunch.  Instruments and gear all provided.

Where? Auckland School of Rock.  141 Hobson Street, CBD. 30 customer parks for parents.

For more information or to enrol call Gareth; 027 661-3060 or email:

Tennis Holiday Programme
1st-5th and 8th-12th October
9.00am – 12.00pm
5 days $165 – Casual $38

Tennis Coaching at School – Term 4
From Thursday 25th and Monday 29th October
3.05pm – 3.50pm
8 weeks $100 – Rackets available

Contact Rick Healey 021 286-1598 or

Holiday Soccer with Billy Harris
Come and join Billy’s indoor soccer camp
9.00 am – 12.00 pm
1st-4th October
ASB Stadium, Kohimarama
Great for kids of all ages

Also, Billy runs his soccer classes in term time
Tuesdays 3.00 – 4.00pm.
Come and try it out!

Contact Billy on 027 279-9042 or