PTA Newsletter – 13 November 2018

School community news and upcoming PTA events and initiatives

Upcoming PTA Events

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
Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlonSun, 10 Feb
Scholatic Book Orders dueFri, 22 Feb
Book WeekMon, 25 FebFri, 1 Mar
PTA MeetingMon, 4 Mar, 7:00pm
Walking School Bus Ice Blocks (Break 2)Thu, 21 Mar
PTA MeetingMon, 1 Apr, 7:00pm
PTA MeetingMon, 6 May, 7:00pm
School Working BeeSun, 19 May, 10:00am
Jammies in JuneTue, 4 JunFri, 7 Jun
PTA MeetingMon, 10 Jun, 7:00pm
Trivia NightFri, 14 Jun, 7:00pm
Quiz-a-thon questions given to kidsWed, 19 Jun
Quiz-a-thon testWed, 26 Jun
PTA Meeting - cancelled, due to BOT meeting clashMon, 1 Jul
Quiz-a-thon Sponsorship money dueWed, 3 Jul
Walking Bus Pizza lunchWed, 3 Jul
Chocolate Fundraiser - Info in book bags todayTue, 23 Jul
Chocolate Fundraiser - Opt Out Forms due todayFri, 2 Aug
Chocolate Fundraiser - Boxes home todayMon, 5 Aug
PTA MeetingMon, 5 Aug, 7:00pm
Chocolate Fundraiser - Money due back by todayFri, 23 Aug
Blokes BreakfastFri, 30 Aug
PTA MeetingMon, 2 Sep, 7:00pm
Pop Up Art Gallery - Sausage Sizzle from 4pmWed, 18 Sep, 4:00pm
Yummy Stickers due back todayFri, 20 Sep
Walking Bus Celebration LunchMon, 23 Sep, 1:00pm
Last day for Xmas Ham BookingsThu, 24 Oct
Calendar art orders due todayFri, 25 Oct
Greats & Grans Morning TeaFri, 25 Oct, 10:00am
A Jolly Holly Kohi Xmas Picnic Sun, 24 Nov, 3:00pm
Race to Base 'Amazing Race' Family eventSun, 24 Nov, 3:30pm
Last day for Xmas Tree SalesSun, 1 Dec
Last day for Calendar art ordersSun, 1 Dec
Christmas Hams collected today - time TBCFri, 6 Dec
Christmas trees collected from schoolSun, 8 Dec, 10:00am
Weetbix TRYathalon, Pt England ReserveSun, 9 Feb
PTA MeetingMon, 10 Feb, 7:00pm
Top Schools Fun DaySun, 1 Mar
PTA MeetingMon, 2 Mar, 7:00pm
PTA Meeting - TBCMon, 6 Apr, 7:00pm
PTA Meeting - TBCMon, 4 May, 7:00pm
Movie Night: The Gentleman (at Silky Otter)Mon, 29 Jun, 7:00pm
Movie Night: Knives Out (at Silky Otter)Wed, 1 Jul, 7:00pm
PTA MeetingMon, 3 Aug, 7:00pm
Blokes BreakfastFri, 28 Aug, 7:30am
PTA MeetingMon, 7 Sep, 7:00pm
Yummy Stickers Returned - Last day Fri, 18 Sep
Calendar art fundraiser - artwork created in classMon, 12 OctFri, 16 Oct
PTA MeetingMon, 12 Oct, 7:00pm
Gardening Working Bee Sun, 18 Oct, 10:00am
Quizathon - questions provided & sponsorship forms home todayMon, 19 Oct
Calendar art fundraiser - years 7/8 artwork done in classMon, 19 OctFri, 23 Oct
PTA MeetingMon, 2 Nov, 7:00pm
Quizathon - kids tested in class todayWed, 4 Nov
Calendar art fundraiser - last day for paper ordersFri, 6 Nov
Kohimarama Presbyterian Church Gift FairSat, 7 Nov, 9:00am
Trivia Night - Sports Team ThemeSat, 7 Nov, 6:00pm
Calendar art fundraiser - last day for online ordersSun, 8 Nov
Quizathon - final day for sponsorship payments to be returnedThu, 12 Nov
Centennial Cookbook - recipes due todayFri, 20 Nov
Xmas Treats - last day to orderThu, 26 Nov
Xmas Trees - last day to orderTue, 1 Dec
Xmas Trees & Treats to be collected from school today Sun, 6 Dec, 12:30pm
Friday Fruity Kanuity/Pizza Friday returns todayFri, 12 Feb
Weetbix TryAthalonSun, 14 Feb, 8:00am
PTA MeetingMon, 15 Feb, 7:00pm
Meet the Teacher & PicnicTue, 16 Feb, 5:00pm
Sushi Wednesday returns todayWed, 17 Feb
PTA MeetingMon, 1 Mar, 7:00pm
Meet the Teacher Evening and Family PicnicTue, 2 Mar, 5:30pm
Centennial Gala MeetingMon, 15 Mar, 7:00pm
Fluro Family Fun Run - Madills FarmFri, 26 Mar, 5:30pm
PTA MeetingTue, 13 Apr, 7:00pm
PTA Meeting - AGMMon, 3 May, 7:00pm
Working BeeSun, 16 May, 10:00am
QuizathonWed, 2 Jun
PTA MeetingTue, 8 Jun
Trivia NightFri, 18 Jun
PTA MeetingMon, 5 Jul
PTA MeetingMon, 2 Aug, 7:00pm
Bloke's BreakfastFri, 27 Aug, 7:30am
Centennial Classroom VisitsFri, 10 Sep, 9:15am
Centennial Open Day and CelebrationsSat, 11 Sep, 11:00am
Centennial GalaSat, 18 Sep, 6:00pm
If you have a Google calendar you can add events directly to it via the Calendar page. For more events go to the 2018/2019 Calendar List.

Event News

Kids Christmas Movie – Saturday, 1 December

It’s our final event of the year so come along and join in the fun! It’s a kids’ Christmas themed movie event in the school hall on Saturday 1st December.

Pop on your santa hat or reindeer ears and bring a bean bag or cushion and get into the festive spirit!

  • For Years 0 -3 we are showing two 30 minute movies – Shrek the Halls & Merry Madagascar at 3.30pm (arrival from 3:15). Tickets are $10 including popcorn on arrival and an ice block served at intermission. Younger siblings are also invited.
  • For years 4 -8 we are showing Home Alone at 5.30pm (arrival from 5:15). Tickets are $10 and include a kids cheese pizza from Hell Pizza served at intermission. Popcorn and iceblocks will also be available to purchase (cash only).

Tickets must be pre-purchased available through the Online Shop or will be on sale in Kiri before school from 28-30 Nov (cash only).

Shrek the Halls & Merry Madagascar are both G rated, please note Home Alone is PG rated. You can read more about the movie and watch previews online.

Auckland Transport Walking School Bus Xmas Party

If you are a walker on one of our Walking School Buses, you are invited to an end of year party hosted by Auckland Transport, and open to all schools in Central Auckland. It will be loads of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Date: Sunday 18 November 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Madills Farm

Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon – 10 Feb 2019

Registrations for the Weetbix Kids TRYathlon in Pt England on 10 February are now open and we have registered Kohimarama School as a school group for 2019. Make sure you join the group when you register and we will have a tent and some other goodies set up for the kids at the event. (Further details to come.)

Yummy Stickers

Thanks to all of the amazing students who have diligently been collecting yummy stickers, Kohimarama School has $1,426 to spend on sports gear from The Yummy Fruit Company.

The students who collected the most were Yamato P (Room 19), Josh H (Room 11) and Steph G (Room 8) who each received 2 passes to Gravity.  The collected 1,700, 1,400 and 1,300 respectively.  A huge number of stickers!!

Keep collecting stickers year round! Go to the Yummy Stickers page for more info.

Soirée & Fundraising Auction

We have some uncollected mystery envelopes prizes!!  If these belong to you please contact asap. Any uncollected items will be offered for resale.

Calling all parents who want to help make a difference

PTA co-chair needed

After almost 2.5 years, Mattie is stepping down as co-chair at the end of the year.  She is leaving the PTA in great shape, following one of our most successful fundraising years ever. The budget and planning have already been done for next year, and Lynda will be staying on as chair – so this is a great time to join the team!!!

If you are interested in finding out a bit more about the co-chair role we would love to hear from you. Please email

Sushi Wednesday
We need a sushi Wednesday co-ordinator for next year. This is a very easy job to do from home and involves organising the volunteer roster and communicating with Rice Runner as required. (Approx 1 hour per month).  If you can help please email
Teacher Appreciation
As we have said before, good teachers are a school’s most valuable asset. Throughout term 3 and 4 we have been providing coffee baskets, treats and the occasional sushi lunch to our teachers as a way of saying thank you for all of the hard work that they do. Feedback from staff is that these are very much appreciated and we would love to continue with this initiative in 2019.  If you would be able to help for approx 2 hours per month please email

Get Involved and have your say in 2019

Our last PTA meeting for the year was on Monday 5 November. We are looking ahead to fundraising ideas for next year and how to spend some of the money raised this year. If you have some ideas we’d  love to hear from you. Email You can also:

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.