School Newsletter – 5 February 2019

Term 1, Week 2 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Road Patrol Retraining 9.00 amTue, 5 Feb
Meet the Teacher Evening 7.00 pmTue, 12 Feb
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 15 Feb
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 15 Feb
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 18 Feb
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 18 Feb
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 20 Feb
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 20 Feb
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 25 Feb
Book WeekMon, 25 FebFri, 1 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 25 Feb
Y1 Road SafetyMon, 25 FebThu, 28 Feb
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 27 Feb
Book Week - Book Character ParadeWed, 27 Feb
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 27 Feb
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 1 Mar
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 1 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 4 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 4 Mar
Y7/8 Eastern Zone Boys SoftballTue, 5 Mar
Y6 Water Sports and Safety - Orakei BasinTue, 5 MarWed, 6 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 6 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 6 Mar
School Swimming SportsThu, 7 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 11 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 11 Mar
Y7/8 Globe Trip HamletTue, 12 Mar
Y6 Water Safety - PanmureTue, 12 MarWed, 13 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 13 Mar
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 the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome to Kohimarama School for the 2019 academic year. Our learning community continues to work together to provide a purposeful learning environment that; instils a passion for life-long learning, and for making positive contributions to society.

Welcome to our new families. We look forward to getting to know you and to have you become part of our school community. It has been great to pop into classes and see new students working alongside our great Kohimarama children. Respect is our school value this term and the behaviour above is one of the traits of this value.

We have had a positive start to the year with new staff adding their talents to our committed team of teachers. Staff began the year with two days of professional learning and development to set us up for success. Continued work on our learner dispositions will see these reported to you mid and end of year. Focusing on the differentiation of learning, with Mark Osborne as an expert speaker, continues to support our learning as teachers. Please see the insert below for an outline of our learning.

Introducing some of our new teachers:

L-R :  Joy Marshall (Y2, Room 6), Kate Cadzow (Y6, Room 22), Candice Etzine (Y7/8, Room 18), Rachelle Hall (Y7/8, Room 20)

Our starting roll in 2019 is 516 pupils. We normally start with between 460 and 475 students. This continues the upward trend of families seeking to be members of our Kohimarama School learning community.

Bell time changes in 2019

Effective from the start of 2019 we have adopted new times for our bells and breaks.  This change has been implemented to maximise the learning opportunities for our students in the morning in particular. The start and finish times for school remain unchanged.

The bell times are as follows:

Block 1  8.55 am-11.00 am (brain/snack break taken in class)
Break    11.00 am-11.30 am 30-minute break
Block 2 11.30 am-1.00 pm
Break    1.00 pm-1.50 pm  50-minute break
Block 3 1.50 pm-3.00 pm

Both breaks will include a 10-minute sit down period for eating.  We suggest that you discuss this with your child and arrange food to suit your child based on these timings.
We are confident that the children are adapting and will settle into this small change.

This insert is to inform you about the continuing, professional development we are engaged in, to recognise and support the differentiation of our students and their learning.

Today’s classrooms are filled with diverse learners who differ not only culturally and linguistically but also in their cognitive abilities, background knowledge, and learning preferences.  Faced with this diversity, we are implementing differentiated instruction in an effort to effectively address all students’ learning needs – one size does not fit all.

When teaching students, teachers face the challenge of getting students to be authentically engaged in the content. Tomlinson (2012) argues that differentiation in the classroom can help to engage students by ensuring that content is at their level, process meets learning profile, and level of support is appropriate to their ability. Differentiation is a way of recognizing and teaching according to the different readiness, interest, and learning profile of students (Tomlinson, 2008).

At Kohimarama, the intent is to maximize each student’s growth and individual success by meeting each student where he or she is … rather than expecting students to modify themselves for the curriculum. (Hall, 2002).   The key areas that the teachers will use to support differentiation in our classrooms are through Content, Process, Product and Environment.

Content – what the student needs to learn or how the student will get access to the information

Examples of differentiating content include:

  • using reading materials at varying readability levels;
  • using learning centres that contain a variety of materials for students to explore aspects of the topic that interest them
  • using spelling or vocabulary lists at readiness levels of students;
  • presenting ideas using video, direct instruction and written forms
  • meeting with small groups to re-teach an idea or skill for struggling learners, or to extend the thinking or skills of advanced learners
  • focus on skill rather than context

Process – activities in which the student engages in order to make sense of or master the content

Examples of differentiating process or activities include:

  • using tiered activities which cover the the same understandings and skills, but with different levels of support, challenge, or complexity;
  • use adaptive learning tools that get harder or easier depending on student progress
  •  use personal agendas containing both in-common work for the whole class and work that addresses individual needs of learners
  •  curriculum compacting / telescoping: varying the length of time a student may take to complete a task

Product – culminating projects that ask the student to rehearse, apply, and extend what he or she has learned in a unit

Examples of differentiating products might include:

  • giving students options of how to express required learning (e.g., create a puppet show, write a letter, or create and illustration with labels);
  • allowing students to work individually or collaboratively on their products; and
  • encouraging students to create their own product assessment as long as they contain required elements

Environment – the way the classroom works and feel

  • giving students choice about who they work with
  • providing zones in the classroom types of learning to take place – e.g. desks, tables, floor etc.
  • working inside and outside the classroom

Paul Engles

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

Respect is an attitude of caring about people and treating them with dignity.  Respect is valuing ourselves and others.  We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy.  When we are respectful we treat others as we want to be treated.  Respect includes honouring the rules of our family or school, which make life more orderly and peaceful.  It is knowing that every man, woman and child deserves respect, including you.


Meet the Teacher Evening – Tuesday 12th February 2019 7.00 pm

We invite all parents/caregivers of the Kohimarama School Learning Community to attend our annual Meet the Teacher Evening.

Commencing at 7.00 pm, we would like to share with you information regarding school developments, take time to reflect on 2018, particularly the ERO Report, introduce you to our staff,  talk about next steps with SchoolTalk for you, our families, and hear from our Board of Trustees and PTA.  It is envisaged that this will take around 25 minutes.

After that you will move off and meet your child’s classroom teacher, along with others within their team.

Weet-bix TRY-Athlon – Sunday Pt England Reserve 10th February 2019 Check in 7.00 am

Good luck to all the Kohimarama students who are giving it a TRY and competing in the Weet-Bix TRYathon this Sunday at Pt England. There will be a School marquee on the day and an official Weet-Bix school photograph.  If you haven’t enrolled yet, it’s not too late, closing date is this Thursday 7th February.

Community Notices

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.

Click on the link for more information on International Taekwon-Do.

Shine Speech & Drama is a specialist, high-quality, fun speech & drama programme designed to build spoken excellence and self-belief. Students love Shine Speech & Drama.

Shine combines world-class content and student engagement with imagination and fun to achieve excellent results. Shine offers coaching for both Trinity and Speech New Zealand exams. Shine students do exceptionally well in examinations but they are optional.

If you are interested in taking advantage of these classes on site please look at what they can offer here.

Please contact Bronwyn for more information on 021 082 130 82.