School Newsletter – 26 February 2019

Term 1, Week 5 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Book WeekMon, 25 FebFri, 1 Mar
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
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
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
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
Y1 Picnic 4.00pm-6.00pm School FieldWed, 20 Mar
ESOL New Parent Meeting 7.00 pmWed, 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
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 4 Passion Projects

This term we have started passion projects. Passion projects are when we learn more about our passions by creating a project around it. At the beginning we wrote down our passions and what we are already good at. We decided what our passions were and the teachers placed us into classes. Then we decided who we wanted to work with. The first thing we started with was creating a SMART goal. This tells the teacher what we are going to do, what we are going to learn, how long it will take, what we need and the challenges we will have during the process. We then had to write what we already knew about the project and what we wanted to know. At the end of the project, we are going to share with the Year 4 classes what we have learnt.

During passion projects, we are learning to work together and trying to learn from our mistakes.

Some of the passion projects this term are diorama, comic books, clay cups, clay pots, clay cars, go-karts, paper-mache, a t-ball tournament, dance routines, coding/making a game and many more. We are excited about learning more about things we are passionate about.


This term our focus for our inquiry is around our identities and how Manaakitanga influences and strengthens our communities. We began our inquiry by working on identifying our own identities and what community means to us. We started off by creating our family trees which tells you all about our family history, their origins and names of our family members. The family trees also include fun facts about all of our relatives, and much more. We then learned about what community means to us and shared our thinking to our friends. We combined all of our prior knowledge to help us find the different aspects that make up a community and then used that information to explore different types of communities we can get. We explored the different types of communities that we get by using a target map. We discovered that our community can consist of our home, family, classroom, school, sports, business and then lead further into the world. We are really excited to continue learning about our community and how Manaakitanga strengthens it.

Hillary Team

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

We know we are being successful practising respect when; we treat others as we want to be treated, we speak politely to everyone, we take special care of other people’s belongings, we are receptive to the wisdom of elders, we honour the rules of our family, school and nation and we expect respect for our body and our rights.


Senior School Swimming Sports – Y5-8 Thursday 7 March

We warmly welcome you to come and support our first sporting event for 2019. Our swimming sports will be held at Sacred Heart indoor pool (244 West Tamaki Rd, Glendowie).

Students will need to be at school no later than 8.20 am on Thursday 7 March. We will then depart Kohimarama School at 8.30 am via buses. Students are expected to travel to and from our swimming sports by bus and remain at school till 3.00 pm as usual.  Please do not park in the 5 minute parking bays on Rawhitiroa Road after 8.20 am on Thursday 7 March as the buses will be parking there.

Swim Races – 9.00 am – 1.30 pm ish

Please find the order of events listed below. We are unable to give you accurate times for each event.

Medley – Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Freestyle

  • Open Year 5/6 Girls
  • Open Year 5/6 Boys
  • Year 7/8 Boys


  • Year 5 Girls/Boys 25m
  • Year 6 Girls/Boys 25m
  • Year 7/8 Girls/Boys 50m
  • Year 7 Girls/Boys 100m
  • Year 8 Boys 100m


  • Year 5/6 Girls/Boys 25m
  • Year 7 Girls/Boys 50m
  • Year 8 Boys 50m


  • Year 5/6 Girls/Boys 25m
  • Year 7 Girls/Boys 50m
  • Year 8 Boys 50m


  • Open Year 5/6 Girls/Boys 25m
  • Open Year 7 & 8 Boys 50m

Teacher vs Students

  • Freestyle Dress-Up Relay 2 x 25m

Book Week

Thank you for your support of Book Week so far.
Today we had Winnie the Witch visiting with Years 2 to 4 students, a scavenger hunt in the library and each class completed their book door display.  Today we were wearing necklaces or taonga as our myth is how Maui pulled up New Zealand.
Tomorrow:  Students and staff come dressed as a book character and we check out the door displays that have been created by each class. Our Maori myth will be, how Maui slowed the sun.
Thursday:  Stu Duval, a NZ author, will be story-telling with our senior and middle schools and in the afternoon working with our talented drawers in Hillary and Snell team on cartoons.  Our Maori myth is Papa and Rangi, so students and staff will be dressed in something blue or green – still in their school uniform.
Friday: Stu Duval is still with us story-telling with our junior school and working with our talented and reluctant writers in Hillary and Snell Teams.  Stu will also be selling his books in the library after school on Friday.

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 9.00 am. Thank you in advance.

Change of Address or Contact Information

If your address or contact details have changed, could you please ensure that you advise the School.  You can email

Lost Property – Friday 1 March

Lost property will be on display this Friday after assembly inside the Hall.  Please have a look through for anything that may be missing from your home.

Walking School Bus Month – March 2019

Did you know that if your children join a Walking School Bus you can save up to 2 hours a week?

When you sign your children up to join a Kohimarama School Walking School Bus, we ask parents to walk one morning a week, which means that the other four mornings you have at least 30 minutes extra each day saving you two hours a week!  Not only that, students who walk to school make new friends in their area, take part in a WSB celebration each month and have the added benefit of a walk each morning!

For the month of March, Auckland Transport are hosting Walking School Bus Month.  Any student who walks to school with a Walking School Bus in March will receive a free Pedometer and special WSB Month Bag Tag from Auckland Transport.

To join a walking school bus, simply complete the form on the Walking School Bus page.

PTA Book Week Initiative

Buy a book through the online shop and gift it to our School Library for our kids to enjoy

This year our Kohimaramara School community can help support Book Week by helping to furnish our library with more books.

Each year the school purchases library books – these range from picture books, chapter books, puzzle books, non-fiction books, learning resources, etc that all help to encourage our kids’ passion for reading and inspire literacy.

As a way to highlight Book Week, our parent community has the opportunity this week to purchase one or more of your favourite books and ‘donate’ these to the school. The majority of books are priced between $20 – $35. There will be sticky label put in the front of each book showing who donated the book and, when the books arrive, the family that donated each one gets to keep the book for one week before it goes into the library circulation.

To donate a book, go to the Online Shop and make your selection.

Upcoming Building Works at Kohimarama School

If you are a parent who supplies goods to the building industry or a tradesperson, drop an email to and we can forward your details to the Works Project Manager.

Weekly Results

Flippaball Results

  • Y3/4 Kohi Kinas lost 1-2, POD Coco P
  • Y5/6 Kohi Jellyfish lost 1-3, POD Matthew S
  • Y5/6 Kohi Narwhals drew 2-2, POD Juliet N

Community Notices