School Newsletter – 19 February 2019

Term 1, Week 4 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

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
Y1 Road SafetyMon, 25 FebThu, 28 Feb
Book WeekMon, 25 FebFri, 1 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 25 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
Y6 Water Sports and Safety - Orakei BasinTue, 5 MarWed, 6 Mar
Y7/8 Eastern Zone Boys SoftballTue, 5 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
Y6 Water Safety - PanmureTue, 12 MarWed, 13 Mar
Y7/8 Globe Trip HamletTue, 12 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 13 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 13 Mar
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 15 Mar
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 15 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 18 Mar
ESOL New Parent Meeting 7.00 pmWed, 20 Mar
Y1 Picnic 4.00pm-6.00pm School FieldWed, 20 Mar
Y7/8 River SafetyWed, 20 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 20 Mar
Walking School Bus Children - Iceblock in Break 2Thu, 21 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 25 Mar
Kiri Team Beach WalkTue, 26 Mar
Y7/8 Eastern Zone SwimmingTue, 26 Mar
Y2 Ruapotaka Marae VisitTue, 26 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 27 Mar
Y3 Ruapotaka Marae VisitWed, 27 Mar
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 29 Mar
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 29 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 1 Apr
Y5/6 Bay Suburbs SwimmingTue, 2 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 3 Apr
Y7/8 Museum TripThu, 4 Apr
Y2-3 Cultures Workshop Day 9.00 am - 1.00 pmFri, 5 Apr
Y7/8 Immunisation Talk 2.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 8 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 8 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 10 Apr
Student Achievement Discussions 3pm - 5.30pmWed, 10 Apr
Student Achievement Discussions 1pm-8pm - SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1PMThu, 11 Apr
Otago Problem Solving Set 1Thu, 11 Apr
END OF TERM 1Fri, 12 Apr
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 12 Apr
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 12 Apr
SCHOOL HOLIDAYSSat, 13 AprSun, 28 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 15 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 17 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 22 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 24 Apr
ANZAC DAYThu, 25 Apr
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 26 Apr
START OF TERM 2Mon, 29 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 29 Apr
Snell Team Tackling Technology PresentationTue, 30 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 1 May
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 3 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 6 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 8 May
National Young Leaders' DayWed, 8 May
School to close at 1pm - Teachers Paid Union MeetingFri, 10 May
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 10 May
Kohi's Got Talent - AuditionsMon, 13 MayFri, 17 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 13 May
Information Meeting on Use of Devices for Learning. School Hall. 7pmTue, 14 May
Cowley Team Cultural Sharing Day 11.30-1pmWed, 15 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 15 May
Y7 Boostrix ImmunisationsThu, 16 May
Otago Problem Solving Set 2Thu, 16 May
Y8 HPV1 Immunisations 12.00 pmThu, 16 May
Pink Shirt Day (Anti-Bullying)Fri, 17 May
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 17 May
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

Snell Team has had a positive and productive start to the year. With several new teachers across the team, there has been an emphasis on setting up routines and developing positive relationships that will prepare us for an exciting year of learning ahead. This year we have decided to implement Thursdays Unplugged across the team. This means on Thursdays we use no devices and focus on thinking critically, using our imaginations and developing a range of motor skills.

During the mornings the students move through a rotation of the following lessons:

Dance and Drama – Miss Hall
This term in dance and drama, we are focusing on developing our understanding of drama techniques and how they can enhance our performance. We have been implementing them into our space jump scenes and will be building up our confidence with them throughout the year.

Te Reo – Miss Cadzow
Through playing kemu (games) and learning simple new kupu (words) the Snell team students have been exploring asking and answering simple sentences. Our term 1 goal is to have all students to prepare and present their Pepeha, or personal and family introductions.
Toku reo, toku ohooho — (My language, My awakening)

Sewing – Ms Etzine and Mrs Drefers
This is part of the “Materials” strand of the New Zealand Technology curriculum. The technological processes usually involve the use of fabrics, but may include any “soft” materials: e.g. felt, trimmings, dacron stuffing etc. The emphasis is on creativity, and how fabric and projects can be enhanced, altered, personalised and embellished.

Art – Mrs Naicker
We have begun the term with Koru art as its symbolism is befitting to the start of the school year. The koru is the Maori name given to the new unfurling fern frond and symbolizes new life, growth, strength and peace. This piece of art is being completed over a 4 week period and the learners add more detail as their picture grows.

Physical Education – Mr Forbes
This term PE is based around two popular sports, Softball and Cricket. Skills involved are pitching/bowling, hitting the ball, catching and fielding while being a good team player and having some fun.

Design Thinking – Mrs Browne
Design thinking is a specific design process which runs through the following steps: empathising; defining; ideating; prototyping; testing; reflecting; iterating. Design thinking falls under the outcome development strand in the Technology Curriculum.

Snell Team

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

Think about how you would like others to treat you and treat them with the same dignity.  How would you like others to speak to you, treat your belongings, and your right to privacy?  Treat yourself as you feel others deserve to be treated.  You deserve it too!


The report by the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce Our Schooling Futures: Stronger Together \ Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini was released in December 2018. The Independent Taskforce is now very keen to receive feedback from as many people as possible to help complete their final recommendations.

Public consultation on the report is now open and we really encourage school staff, board members, PTA members, parents, whanau and the wider school community to have their say on the future of our schooling system….

  • The Taskforce will be holding public consultation meetings around the country, starting on Thursday, 14 February and finishing on the 27th March. We really encourage everyone to come along to these events and find out more about the report and its proposals. The full schedule is now available on the website (venues will be added for events as they are confirmed)
  • An online survey which canvasses opinion on each of our 32 recommendations is now available and will remain open until 31 March 2019
  • Postcards: for students, families and anyone that just wants to briefly ‘have their say’ on a recommendation or the full report. Postcards will be available at the public meetings.
  • An 0800 for Oral submissions will be available from 11 Feb. Call 0800 FOR TSR to leave your thoughts on the future of our schooling
  • Formal written submissions about our report can be sent to:

Consultation closes 7 April 2019. We want everyone to have their say and we want to do our very best to listen carefully to what is said.

From the Independent Taskforce
Bali Haque (Chair), Barbara Ala’alatoa, Mere Berryman, John O’Neill and Cathy Wylie

New Staff 2019

We are very pleased to welcome the following new staff to Kohimarama School:-

Left to right:-
Jaymie Ford – Year 0/1
Emer Quinn – Room 1, Year 1
Kershnee Naicker – Room 23, Year 7/8
Moira Stanley – Release Teacher

Book Week – 25th February – 1st March

This is next week, when we celebrate all things ‘book’.  We have lots of activities happening for our students, read on to find out about some of them….

  • Classes start their door displays (an artistic impression of a book)
  • House Team Literary competition
  • First Break – staff reading in the library
  • Second Break Activity in the Library – Book covers
  • Afternoon activity with Buddy class
  • Read aloud Maori myth
  • Continue work on door display
  • First Break – staff reading in the library
  • Read aloud Maori myth
  • Second Break in Library Literary Quiz in the Library
  • Book character Parade.  Students and staff come dressed in a character from a book.
  • Visiting classes to view door displays and quiz
  • Read aloud Maori myth
  • First Break – staff reading in the library
  • Second Break in Library – Book Mark design
  • Author Stu Duval story telling with Senior and Middle school as well as cartoon drawing with some students
  • First Break – staff reading in the library
  • Second Break – Colouring in competition
  • Read aloud Maori myth
  • Author Stu Duval working with some students on writing, Junior school story telling
  • First Break – staff reading in the library
  • Second Break in Library Where’s Wally Message

Throughout the week you have the opportunity to purchase a book for our school library – PTA will give out details about this. If your family does choose to purchase a book, we will put a sticky label in the inside cover with your family name on it, and your family will have the book for a whole week, before anyone else!

School Librarians 2019

Congratulations to our School Librarians and Library Monitor for 2019.  It is a big responsibility working in our Library, with students and learning the skills of a Librarian and we are thrilled with our final 16 students.

Year 8 – Oliver T, Sasha W, Finn W
Year 7 – Imogen C, Thomas F, Lauren M, Katja P, Margo R, Daniel S, Melody U, Sebastian W
Year 6 – Holly C, Juliet N, Mia P, Oliver S
Library Monitor Year 8 – Mikey L


Kiri Team are doing an art project this term and we require gumboots. If you have any gumboots that are too small or broken we would love them. Any size, child or adult, would be greatly accepted. Unfortunately they will not be returned.  Please drop off to Room 1 or 2.  Thanks – Kiri Team

Roll Return 2019

Twice a year, in March and July, all schools in New Zealand are required to furnish to the Ministry of Education a return detailing all students enrolled at their schools.  This return determines our funding and staffing for the remainder of the school year.  If your child is going to be absent or late for any reason on Friday 1st March the Office will require a letter or email from a parent/guardian justifying the student’s absence from school.  This correspondence is to be provided to the school office, at no later than Monday 4th March by 9.00am.  Thank you in advance.

Video from Meet the Teacher Evening

A video from the Meet the Teacher evening by Paul Engles on Transforming Learning for the 21st Century is available on the Kohimarama School Website.  You can find this under Learning/Our Learning Approach.


If your child is going to be absent from school please call the school office DDI Absent Line on 930-9826 and follow the prompts or you can email the office at giving reason for absence.  Please call or email before 9.00am.  Any parents taking their children out for holiday will need to email the office to request leave from the school.  Please address this email to the Principal.


If your child requires any medication, either on a day-to-day basis or a once-off, the School Office must be made aware by the parents/caregivers and the medication forms completed.  Any medication must be brought into the Office by an adult; no medication can be brought into or taken away by a child.  If your child requires medication on a day-to-day basis, ie for asthma, allergies, etc, parents/caregivers must bring the necessary medication into the School Office and it will be stored in our school Sickbay for emergencies.

Weekly Results

House Points Update: Term 1, Week 4

Congratulations to Selwyn for being Week 3 winners.

House Points for the Fortnight:

    • 1st Selwyn
    • 2nd Atkin
    • 3rd Colenso
    • 4th Patteson

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

  • Room 1 – Ted T, Viggo H
  • Room 2 – Lucy B
  • Room 3 – Dash B
  • Room 5 – Faisal M
  • Room 6 – Nicholas B-J
  • Room 7 – Jasper Z
  • Room 8 – Joshua G
  • Room 9 – Louisa W
  • Room 10 – Emily M
  • Room 11 – Angus W
  • Room 12 – Florence H
  • Room 13 – Matias T-R
  • Room 14 – Jack P
  • Room 15 – Max A, Freja E
  • Room 16 – Gabin M
  • Room 17 – Zakary C
  • Room 18 – Diego P-G, Kareena J
  • Room 19 – Siddharth S, Dylan S
  • Room 20 – Toby H, Jacob C
  • Room 21 – Zach B
  • Room 22 – Ashton C, Charlie B
  • Room 23 – Poppy M, Reuben W-W

Walking School Bus: Isla M, Felix A

Caught Being Good – “Greenies”
Congratulations to all students doing the right thing in the playground. Our fortunate winners are:

  • Syliva   Room 22   for Friendliness   Patteson
  • Noah    Room 22   for Reliability       Patteson
  • Layla    Room 23   for Friendliness   Patteson

Flippaball Results

  • Y3/4 Kohi Kinas drew 1-1, POD Jack T
  • Y5/6 Kohi Jellyfish won 6-1, POD Niklas S
  • Y5/6 Kohi Narwhals lost 1-6, POD Bella J

Community Notices