School Newsletter – 5 March 2019

Term 1, Week 6 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

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
Y2 Ruapotaka Marae VisitTue, 26 Mar
Kiri Team Beach WalkTue, 26 Mar
Y7/8 Eastern Zone SwimmingTue, 26 Mar
Y3 Ruapotaka Marae VisitWed, 27 Mar
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 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
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 Kiri Team

Tena Koutou Katoa

Week 6 already! Hasn’t the weather been amazing and what a lovely buzz of learning is out there.

We are very excited in Kiri Team to introduce Discovery learning this year. The reasoning behind this move is that children are naturally motivated to play and explore. A discovery program builds on this motivation as it uses play as a context for learning. Children can explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in imaginative and playful ways. Play supports positive attitudes towards learning.

A play-based approach involves both child-initiated and teacher-supported learning. The teacher encourages children’s learning and inquiry through interactions that aim to stretch their thinking to higher levels.

Children are supported in developing social skills such as co-operation, sharing and responding to ideas, negotiating, and resolving conflicts. The children have been arriving with big smiles and are ready to start the day.

The Kohimarama Way this term is Respect and children have been learning what this means to them through role play, stories and pictures. They know being respectful to their friends and others is very important.

Kiri Team would also like to welcome a special new member to our team. His name is Theodore the bunny! He is soft, cuddly and can nearly read!


Haere ra, Kiri Team

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

“Take care of your reputation. It’s your most valuable asset.”
“There is a longing among all people to have a sense of purpose and worth.  To satisfy that common longing in all of us we must respect each other.” – Chief Dan George
“Respect is treating your body with the same care you would give any other valuable and irreplaceable object.” – Cherie Carter Scott


Book Week Wrap-Up

Thank you for your support of our Book Week! You really went all out for the Book Parade as well as daily helping your child add the right part to their uniform – Thank you!  We really enjoyed having Stu Duval come and share his stories, teach us how to draw cartoons and work with our writers. Lots of House Points were won throughout the week, which will definitely benefit Houses for the end of year tally.  You will have seen the fabulous Door Displays, we had winners from each Team.  The winning class gets to choose a book that they would like in our Library.  Congratulations to:
Snell Team – Room 20 – “Commotion in the Ocean”
Hillary Team – Room 14 – “Harry Potter”
Cowley Team – Room 9 – “Piranhas Don’t eat Bananas”
Kiri Team – Room 2 – “Herbert” 

Teacher Paid Union Meeting – Tuesday 19th March

As you may be aware, the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) is currently holding the next round of Paid Union Meetings (PUM) for primary teachers who are members.
The Board of Trustees has advised that, due to staff attending the next meeting on Tuesday 19th March, the school will be closed for instruction for Year 1 – 6 students for the afternoon.  School will close for students at 1.00 pm. Please make arrangements to collect your child at this time.
As Year 7 and 8 students are at Selwyn College for the afternoon they will continue as usual.  They are escorted to Selwyn for Technology and leave directly from the College as is normal for them.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause families.

Ambassadors – Student Leaders

Congratulations to the students who have been successful in becoming 2019 Ambassadors for our school: Sam B, Imogen C, Alicja D, Layla D, Katie F, Delilah H, Philipp K, Claudio K, Lou M, Mohammad M, Yamato P, Margo R, Maya R, Connor R, Lukas S, Cynthia W.  They will be integral in welcoming new students to our school.

Peer Mediators

Congratulations to all our Peer Mediators for 2019. These students support us in the playground by keeping an eye out for students who may be lonely, not sure what to do or worried in any way. They are trained in how to approach and talk to students and the steps to take once they have found these students. They are also given some greenies so they can support us in identifying students that are caught being good. They will have a duty once a fortnight in the 2nd break of the day. We value their support as they play an integral part in keeping our students safe.
Congratulations to: Barney B, Sydney B, Elden C, Zoe C, Grace D, Luke D-P, Thomas F, Nathan G, Alessa I-M, Lachlan M, Aljawharah M, Nya P, Daniel S, Madison T, Luke T, Melody U, Beau U, Benjamin W, Finn W.

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.  Cones will be placed along Rawhitiroa Road so the buses are able to park.

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 4 x 25m

Weekly Results

House Points Update: Term 1, Week 6

Congratulations to Colenso for being Week 5 winners.

House Points for the Fortnight:

  • 1st Colenso 307
  • 2nd Atkin 286
  • 3rd Patteson 280
  • 4th Selwyn 256

Total House Points as at 5 March 2019

  • Atkin: 888
  • Colenso: 867
  • Patteson: 837
  • Selwyn: 802

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

  • Room 1 – George M, Saskia C
  • Room 2 – Ben C
  • Room 3 – Zara M
  • Room 5 – Blake W
  • Room 6 – Sam L, Juliet Q
  • Room 7 – Emily S
  • Room 8 – Madison A
  • Room 9 – Oliver S
  • Room 10 – Hamish B
  • Room 11 – Charlotte A
  • Room 12 – Jenna R
  • Room 13 – Leila M
  • Room 14 – Sophia U
  • Room 15 – Camryn W
  • Room 16 – Lucas F
  • Room 17 – Alyssa R
  • Room 18 – Thomas F, Barney B, Zoe C
  • Room 19 – Delilah H, Quynn T
  • Room 20 – Cynthia W, Ben W
  • Room 21 – Natasha D
  • Room 22 – Carlos M, Georgia M
  • Room 23 – Audrey H

Walking School Bus: Saskia C, Madeleine D, Jessica M, Angus B

Caught Being Good – “Greenies”
Congratulations to all our students who achieved great success in doing the right thing in our playground.  This week’s winners are:

  • Kareena       Room 18    For Reliability    Patteson
  • Maddison    Room 20    For Reliability    Patteson
  • Zoe                Room 20    For Reliability    Selwyn

Flippaball Results

  • Y3/4 Kohi Kinas won 8-1, POD Indie C
  • Y5/6 Kohi Jellyfish won 5-2, POD Ben W
  • Y5/6 Kohi Narwhals lost 2-6, POD Tilly E

Community Notices