School Newsletter – 4 December 2018

Term 4, Week 8  — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Y7/8 CampMon, 3 DecFri, 7 Dec
Y4/5 Team CelebrationWed, 5 Dec
Y0/1 Zoo TripWed, 5 Dec
House T-Shirt DayFri, 7 Dec
Sports Assembly 9.15 amMon, 10 Dec
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
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 Hillary Team

Year 5 Camp – Shakespear Lodge

The last few days the Year fives have been up at Shakespear Lodge on an incredible camp. We had an extraordinary adventure with lots of fun activities to do. The night before camp it was very difficult to get to sleep, we were so excited. When we were driving up to camp we had butterflies in our tummy because it was our very first time going away on camp. We were surprised to see a colossal, lodge that was over 100 years old, when we arrived.

During the day we had lots of exciting new experiences. We learnt how to shoot a bow and arrow during archery, at the end we got to try and shoot three balloons, some of us even hit them. It was nerve wracking going down the hill on a mountain board but once you got the hang of it, it was really fun. We learnt how to turn and swerve through cones. Raft building wasn’t just building a raft, we were also team building. Our feet got wet and some of us still have sand in our shoes.  After learning some kayaking skills we got to play some fun games, we even got to push some parents into the water.

At night we played spotlight. We had to find new and creative ways to get round the seekers and ring the bell. We were sneaking through the bushes trying to avoid being seen. Some of us tried on our own and others followed each other’s shadows. We crawled through the thick grass while the mosquitos were feasting on us. You had to stay low so that you wouldn’t be spotted. We thought carefully about what to wear so that we were camouflaged. We were so loud that the seekers found us so easily. When the bell finally rang we curiously wondered who got there.

It was awesome getting to work with people that we don’t usually work with during our camp activities. We worked as a team by using each others strengths. Camp was definitely a highlight, we had a great time and can’t wait for year 6 camp.

Year 4 Sleepover

In the school sleepover the Year 4 students that came had a wonderful time. While we waited for everyone to arrive we played some games on the field such as boys v girls infinity tag, stuck in the mud and octopus it was all so much fun. Then we did a team building challenge we made paper chains and measured which team got the longest paper chain. Each team picked one person in their team to carefully take their teams chain and then Miss Lindsay would call each team up and their person would slowly lay out their paper chain and if it broke only the longest part of the broken chain would be measured. For dinner everyone had brought in some food and we would be called to get our food and then we could add anything we wanted onto our plate. If people were still hungry they got seconds and there was also dessert with yummy donuts and kebabs with marshmallows dipped in chocolate and strawberries.

Once our tummies had settled we organised ourselves back into our groups and were sent to the hall to go toilet and get on some warm clothes and a torch each. Once we were ready we got a sheet with clues and went around the school to find bits of red reflective tape that had three letters on them, the way to find the letters was to use the clues. After orienteering we went to bed but some people couldn’t get to sleep because some people were whispering and turning on their torches.

When we woke up everyone packed and got changed for school. Everyone went onto the the field and played guess while we waited for breakfast to be ready. Later we got breakfast which we had a choice of rice bubbles or cornflakes. In the first block of school we did another team building challenge which I call the pasta marshmallow challenge because we had some marshmallows and dried pasta and each team had to make a sculpture and we would use a meter ruler to see who’s tower was the tallest. If the tower fell over then they will measure it from the ground, when some peoples towers fell down it  was only recorded as 3 centimeters high!

By Gemma and Scarlett, Room 13

Hillary Team

The Kohimarama Way – Friendliness

“I like to smile. I smile even when I’m nervous since it calms me down and shows my friendliness.” – Yani Tseng
“One thing everybody inthe world wants and needs is friendliness.”  – William E Holler
“Keep smiling because optimism and friendliness will take you everywhere.”
“Winning friends begins with friendliness.”


EPRO8 Semi-Finals

Congratulations to Natan, Zejn, Noah and Zara who, after qualifying in their first heat of the EPRO8 Science & Technology challenge, competed again in the semi-finals. Held on Wednesday night at St Thomas’s School, our team was pitted against 15 other teams. A great experience and lots of fun. They walked away in 7th place which is an excellent outcome.

School Sports Shed Key

The Office Sports Shed key has gone missing.  The key has a very large wooden tag attached labelled “Sports Shed”.  It may have been collected up with someone’s sports gear after touch practice or taken home accidentally by a coach or student.
Please all take a moment to check and return to the Office if you find it.

Walking School Bus – Term 4 Celebration

As a celebration of all the students who walk to school using the Walking School Buses we are having ‘Ice Block Day’.

Ice Block Day is on Thursday 6 December at Long Break (12.55 pm – 1.35 pm) in the Hall.  If your child/children have been using the Walking School Bus in Term 4, then we’d love to see them to get their ice block and share in this celebration.

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 to 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 10.00 am and will walk in together as a class. Kiri Team students sit with their parents so may arrive at 10.20 am.

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 12.00 pm, and students may be picked up from the front of the Auditorium at this time.

Road Patrollers – 2019

A reminder that all permission forms need to be returned by tomorrow, Wednesday 5th December, to the Office.

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.

Picking Up and Dropping Off Children

Please be considerate and DO NOT use private driveways as dropping off or picking up points when you are taking your children to and from school. Please DO NOT park over our neighbours’ driveways, even for a few moments. It is very frustrating for our neighbours if they are trying to get out of or into their homes to find their driveways are blocked.

Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon 2019 – Reminder

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.  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

School Production Videos

We have full videos ready for viewing of the School Production, Alex in Music Land. This was filmed by students who have done a great job. Enjoy.

> Watch the Videos

2018 School Yearbook

The very popular Kohimarama School Year Book is now on sale. The yearbook is a full-colour book and has a page featuring each class and also showcases the highlights of the academic, sporting and cultural year for the school.

Go to the Online Shop

  • Costs: Hard-copy magazine $25, Digital version $10, Hard-copy & Digital Package $30
  • Orders close: Friday 7 December
  • Distributed: 12-13 December to classrooms

Weekly Results

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

  • Room 1 – Lydia B
  • Room 2 – Arthur G-M, Joanne W
  • Room 3 – Mackenzie G, Stefan M, Jasper M
  • Room 4 – Forest A, Oscar H
  • Room 5 – Madison M
  • Room 6 – Lilia R, Zoe A, Jenson P
  • Room 7 – Andrew W
  • Room 8 – Amelia Z, Jayden J
  • Room 9 – Samuel S, Ashton J
  • Room 10 – Harry H, Coco P, Luke W
  • Room 11 – Harrison A, Matias T-R
  • Room 12 – Isaac R, Samantha D
  • Room 13 – Cooper T, Alyssa R
  • Room 14 – Riley E
  • Room 18 – Tangaroa S, Ben C, George M, Giavanna M, Chetna W
  • Room 19 – Ege O, Lukas S, Yamato P, Zoe S, Shyam Z
  • Room 20 – Zoe C, James M, Mohammed M
  • Room 21 – Sebastian T-R
  • Room 22 – Lucy H, MacPherson C
  • Room 23 – Amelie L, Lachie M

Walking School Bus: Zoe M, Noah S, Sienna G

Caught Being Good – “Greenies”

Thank you to our students who continually ‘do the right thing’ in our playground, playing by the agreed to rules, including others and having fun.  Special congratulations to our winners:

Arno S         Rm 6          for commitment         Patteson
Lara             Rm 11        for Respect                   Selwyn
Matthew     Rm 19        for Reliability              Colenso

Flippaball Results

  • Y3 Kohi Kinas won 3-2, POD Conrad C
  • Y4 Kohi Jellyfish won 5-0, POD Matthew S
  • Y5/6 Kohi Narwhals won 5-1, POD Sam D
  • Y5/6 Kohi Stingrays won 4-3, POD Hadley Q