School Newsletter – 11 December 2018

Term 3, Week 9 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Y6 CelebrationTue, 11 Dec
Student Leader DayThu, 13 Dec
School Assembly 1.45 pmFri, 14 Dec
Reports Go HomeFri, 14 Dec
Certificate Assembly 9.30 amMon, 17 Dec
BOT Meeting 6.30 pmMon, 17 Dec
Final Prizegiving Assembly 10.30 amWed, 19 Dec
END OF TERM 4Wed, 19 Dec
SCHOOL HOLIDAYSThu, 20 DecWed, 30 Jan
START OF TERM 1Thu, 31 Jan
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 1 Feb
School Assembly 1.45 pmFri, 1 Feb
If you have a Google calendar you can add events directly to it via the Calendar page. For more events go to the Full Calendar List.

A Message from Snell Team

Year 6 Camp – Shakespeare Lodge, Whangaparaoa Peninsula

The Year Six camp was the one of the best experiences of our year. There were so many different activities such as Rock climbing, Archery, Orienteering, Mountainboarding, UHF Radios, Bush skills and Bush cooking. We were taught different techniques on ways to start a fire in order to use it as a method for cooking. Once we mastered the skill, we were able to make pancakes as our reward. They were delicious and everyone loved them! We learnt a variety of different ways to climb along the rock wall. Rock Climbing was a challenging and fun experience for all. During Mountain boarding, it was really interesting to learn that the boards have attached binders for your feet and it is vital to place a lot of weight on your front foot.

Archery is a skillful sport that is enjoyed by many people. We learnt and practiced the five “F’s”; fletch, form, feet, fingers and face. These are really important steps to use when shooting a bow and once mastered, they will help you get a bullseye.

Although all the activities were great fun, we also focused on team building, friendships and working positively with other people. It was really special to have the parent helpers with us at camp. We really appreciated them giving up their time to come on camp with us. Being on camp as allowed us the opportunity to grow as an individual as well as building new friendships and gaining confidence. This was truly a great way to end off our year!

Year 7 & 8 Camp – Camp Adair, Hunua Ranges

This year the Year Seven and Eights had the amazing opportunity to visit Camp Adair in the Hunua Ranges. There were so many activities we got to be part of.

We had so much fun on the confidence course, crawling, jumping and swimming through mud and water. The cleaning up afterwards wasn’t fun though! We also went on the mudslide in the pouring rain which was really fun and fast.

The high beam was a real challenge at first but after we understood that we weren’t going to fall off the beam we got “a little bit” of more confidence. To be fair the beam was reaching the clouds! Climbing up the giant ladder gave us a mean wedgie. We also reached new heights on the pamper pole and the abseiling wall.

Archery was a challenge for some of us but for others, it came more naturally.

We were all nervous and excited about building our own shelters. It wasn’t the most comfortable night, and half of us got particularly wet but we all still had lots of fun.

Overall camp was a great experience and we all had a really memorable week!

All of the teachers and students in Snell Team would like to take this opportunity to say a big Thank You to all those parents who gave up time to support us on camp. A big thank you also goes to the teachers for organising and running the camps.

First Lego League – Robotics Competition

On Saturday 1st December, 2 teams represented Kohimarama School for the first time at the First Lego League robotics competition. We met at Somerville Intermediate School bright and early and ready to put all our hard work into practice. The competition consisted of: a robot game where we had to design and code an EV3 Robot to complete missions with Lego models on the game board; a project where we identified a problem astronauts face on deep space travel and design a solution; and finally the core values where we had to display FLL values such as co-opertition and gracious professionalism. Both teams did extremely well on the day and thoroughly enjoyed the experience but particular congratulations go to the Space Invaders who took out the trophy for Project Presentation.

The students who took part were:
Space Invaders: Maxwell R, Matthew B, Elani R, Jack O, Shyam Z, Lou M
Coding Cobras: Sam W, Ken U, Lachlainn M, Henry W, Lukas S, Finn W, Mohammed M

Snell Team

The Kohimarama Way – Friendliness

“One thing everybody in the world wants and needs is friendliness.”  – William E Holler
“Just try to smile.”
“Friendship refreshes the soul.”


Staff 2019

There will be some changes to our staff for 2019 and we wish leaving staff all the best for their new endeavours and to know that they, and their contributions to our school, will be missed.

The following staff are leaving Kohimarama School to take up new positions in another school:  Brittany Wong, Kim Sanson, Juliette McKelvey and Jim Dyer.

We also wish Su Jacques safe travels, as she is taking leave to spend more time with her family overseas for the first three terms next year.

We welcome to our school the following teachers:  Jaymie Ford, Rachelle Hall, Joy Marshall, Kate Cadzow and Candice Etzine.

Thank you to Lisa Barron and Nikola Karsten for teaching in our New Entrant classes which started in Terms 3 and 4.  Your commitment to the students’ learning has been greatly appreciated, thank you.

Parent Information Evening – How to Read the New Reports

Tonight in Rooms 19 and 20, at 7.00 pm, all parents are invited to see the format that reports will be moving forward.  We will show you a ‘mock up’ of a report, show you how to read the information contained in the report and print a hard copy at home, if required.

Uniform Shop and Online Orders

This Thursday 13th December will be the last day the Uniform Shop will be open for this year.

Any online orders made from next week on will be delivered to your child’s classroom at the start of Term 1 2019.

Final Prizegiving Assembly – Wednesday 19th December 10.30am, Sacred Heart College

The Kohimarama School Prizegiving Assembly is our last day of school and all our students are expected to attend in correct school uniform. It is a great opportunity for us to meet together, celebrate the year and the outstanding achievements of our students.

In order for us to get there, students are transported by their parents to and from our Final Assembly at Sacred Heart College, 250 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie. Students in Cowley, Hillary and Snell Teams will meet with their class teacher at the front of the Auditorium at 10.00am and will walk in together as a class. Kiri Team students sit with their parents, so may arrive at 10.20am.

Students in the Ensemble Band, Choir and Kapa Haka need to be at the Auditorium no later than 9.20am, as we will be having a sound check for these groups before the Assembly begins.

Car parking can be found on West Tamaki Road and Crossfield Road, plus Gate 4, which leads to a big parking area down by the pool. We expect the Assembly to finish at 12 noon, and students may be picked up from the front of the Auditorium at this time.

Stationery Purchasing for 2019

A letter outlining the 2019 stationery process will be sent home along with your child’s 2019 class placement letter on 18 December.  It will outline the options available to you.

  1. Ordering online through Officemax – The benefits of this are discounted back to school pricing, stationery delivered to your home, as well as the ability to pay class activity fees and, if you wish, school donation at the same time.  Note that this opens 7 January 2019.
  2. Through a retail outlet – Class stationery lists will be available on the school website at the start of 2019.  Activity fees are to be paid directly to the school before school starts.

2018 School Yearbook

You are still able to order copies of the School Yearbook. We ordered a few extra hard-copies, which are available until they sell-out. Hard-copy magazine $25, Digital version $10, Hard-copy & Digital Package $30

Go to the Online Shop

Weekly Results

Touch Results

  • Y3 Kohi Kiwis won 4-0, POD Sam C and Jacob R
  • Y5 Kohi Hurricanes won 10-2, POD Ben W

Flippaball Results

  • Y3 Kohi Kinas won 2-0, POD Coco P
  • Y4 Kohi Jellyfish won 3-0, POD Sam D – Grade winners – no goals scored against them all term
  • Y5/6 Kohi Narwhals lost 1-2, POD Whole Team
  • Y5/6 Kohi Stingrays lost 1-4, POD Timmy C

Community Notices

St. Andrew’s Kids’ Club
Holiday, Before & After School Care
(116 Selwyn Avenue, Mission Bay)

This is a holiday, before & after school care programme run by St. Andrew’s Anglican Church.
For further information please visit our St. Andrew’s Kids’ Club website email us at or phone the parish office 528 5162
Book now for 2019, while spaces are available!

Skills of Soccer and Holiday Soccer with Billy Harris

Billy’s classes will resume in the New Year on Tuesday 5 Feb at 3pm on the school grounds.
Contact him if you’d like to try it out.
Also, Billy’s running a short holiday camp from 9am-midday on 19, 20, 21 December at Orakei Basin.  Contact him for details.
ph 027 2799042

Tennis Holiday Program

December and January 2019
17th to 21st December
7th to 11th January
14th to 18th January
21st to 25th January
9.00 am – 12.00 pm and/or 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm
Half day $165.00/Full day $330.00
Casual half day $40.00/Full day $75.00

Term One 2019
Starts Monday 11th/Thursday 14th
8 weeks $100.00

Contact Rick Healey or 021 286-1598

Stow Austin Studio

If you would like to enrol with our experienced modern dance school, Stow Austin Studio, for 2019 please visit our website or email or
NZAMD exam syllabus covering Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Ballet plus a  stunning professional annual production in November. Positive and affirming classes with excellent standards. Positions for preschoolers from 4 years and above are available.  Classes held in St Heliers and Epsom. Enquiries most welcome.