School Newsletter – 19 March 2019

Term 1, Week 8 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

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
Y7/8 Eastern Zone SwimmingTue, 26 Mar
Y2 Ruapotaka Marae VisitTue, 26 Mar
Kiri Team Beach WalkTue, 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
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 8 Apr
Y7/8 Immunisation Talk 2.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 8 Apr
Student Achievement Discussions 3pm - 5.30pmWed, 10 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 10 Apr
Otago Problem Solving Set 1Thu, 11 Apr
Student Achievement Discussions 1pm-8pm - SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1PMThu, 11 Apr
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 12 Apr
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 12 Apr
END OF TERM 1Fri, 12 Apr
SCHOOL HOLIDAYSSat, 13 AprSun, 28 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 15 Apr
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

With the events of last Friday still very much in our thoughts, I would like to acknowledge the staff of Kohimarama School for the way in which they supported students and put into action a positive response, that we can do something small to say that we are thinking about and supportive of our fellow Muslim New Zealanders. I’d like to thank the parents who have acknowledged the above and appreciated the communication from the school. Your feedback was very welcome.

In this particular situation the school crisis plan is implemented and, over the weekend, a draft response is created for the school. Meetings for Team Leaders and teachers were set up via email and organised for Monday morning.

On Monday morning, the Leadership Team met to discuss a draft crisis plan. The plan needed to take into account the needs of staff and students and ensure that it responded positively ensuring students were able to feel safe and secure at school.

Teaching staff met shortly afterward, where the plan implementation and resources were shared to ensure that teachers were confident and capable of carrying out a conversation with their students. We talked further about the differentiated approach across the age groups, focusing on positive support and actions.

On Monday, our students discussed our positive response and prepared cards. The cards were ready by 1.00 pm and delivered to both the Ponsonby (Al-Masjid Al-Jamie) Mosque and Starship Hospital. The student leaders represented the school in both venues.

Today, our mufti day is another positive action that we, as a Kohimarama School learning community, can undertake to practically support the people captured in the event. Thank you for the way that you, as a parent community, have worked with us to ensure a settled, safe community for all our students.

Student Achievement Discussion

Following are instructions on booking your Student Achievement Discussions.

Bookings are now open and close on Wednesday 3rd April at 9.00 am.
Please leave a gap between your interviews if moving from one class to another so you do not lose some of your precious talking time.

The booking form can be accessed via the following web address:
Click onto ‘make a booking’ and enter the School Event Code: 4wucz
Then follow the instructions.

If for any reason you are unable to access this site or you experience any problems, please contact Karen at the School Office on 930 9820.

School Policies for Review

The Alcohol/Drugs and Other Harmful Substances and Legislation and Administration Policies are up for review this term. You can see these on SchoolDocs which you can link to from our Policies page.

Tomorrow’s Schools (Haque) Report

We have received an invite to our families to an information evening held by the Hon Nikki Kaye (National spokesperson for Education) in the Glendowie College School Hall to discuss the Tomorrow’s Schools report.

The details of the evening are:
Venue: Glendowie College School Hall
Date: Wednesday 27th March
Time: 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm

The Hon Nikki Kaye will discuss the contents of the report and its implications for schools, parents, whānau and students.  She will then respond to questions from the audience.  Our local MP, Mr Simon O’Connor, will also attend the meeting.

We encourage you to attend this evening and learn more about this very important review of education in New Zealand.  You are welcome to invite friends and family.

Pre-Enrolment for Siblings

We have started the year with over 500 children and our roll is now 535 and continuing to grow.  If you have children (or know of children) turning 5 this year, please contact the School Office to start the enrolment process as soon as possible. This helps us manage our class sizes and ensure we have the teaching staff and resources in place for the students starting later in the year.

Paul Engles

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” – Lao-Tzu
“Respect others not because of who they are – but because it’s who you are – someone who respects others.”


School Mufti Day

Thank you to all of you who supported our school mufti day today to raise funds for our fellow New Zealanders in Christchurch.  We raised $1,898.80.

Kohi Students get cracking with code in Term 1

Every Tuesday, in a quiet corner of Kohimarama School, a small group of students are learning computer programming with Code Champions. Sometimes you could hear a pin drop; other times, it’s a noisy, collaborative affair. Whichever it is, the outcome is the same. This term, two classes have been successfully developing their computational thinking and having plenty of fun in the process.

Now, we’re looking ahead to Term 2. If you’re interested in joining us – or just finding out more – get in touch at or

Weekly Results

House Points Update: Term 1, Week 8

Congratulations to Atkin for being Week 7 winners.

House Points for the Fortnight:

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

Total House Points as at 19 March 2019

  • Atkin: 3972
  • Colenso: 3655
  • Patteson: 2884
  • Selwyn: 3598

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

  • Room 1 – Maela B, Rogan H
  • Room 2 – Amy D
  • Room 3 – Charlie P
  • Room 5 – Ely-Jae H
  • Room 6 – Arthur G-M
  • Room 7 – Rory W
  • Room 8 – James B
  • Room 9 – Arno S
  • Room 10 – Joshua P
  • Room 11 – Jayden L
  • Room 12 – Ava C
  • Room 13 – Tashu N
  • Room 14 – Isabel O
  • Room 15 – Xavier F, Skye M
  • Room 16 – Mya F
  • Room 17 – Molly C
  • Room 18 – Thomas F, Leanne C
  • Room 19 – Sam B, Ishani L
  • Room 20 – Sebastian W
  • Room 21 – Dylan R
  • Room 22 – Casey L, Riya S
  • Room 23 – Monty N

Walking School Bus:  Alex C, Patrick M, Zac C, Mia J

Caught Being Good – “Greenies”
Thank you to all students who were caught doing the right thing in the playground. Congratulations to:

  • Gigi        Room 2       for Reliability      Colenso
  • Poppy   Room 23     for Respect         Colenso
  • Rhys      Room 20     for Respect         Selwyn

Flippaball Results

  • Y3/4 Kohi Kinas lost 0-4           POD Demi C
  • Y5/6 Kohi Jellyfish won 6-2    POD Dylan P
  • Y5/6 Kohi Narwhals lost 2-6   POD Juliet N

Community Notices