School Newsletter – 30 April 2019

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

Upcoming Events

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
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 15 May
Cowley Team Cultural Sharing Day 11.30-1pmWed, 15 May
Otago Problem Solving Set 2Thu, 16 May
Y7 Boostrix ImmunisationsThu, 16 May
Y8 HPV1 Immunisations 12.00 pmThu, 16 May
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 17 May
Pink Shirt Day (Anti-Bullying)Fri, 17 May
Kohi's Got Talent - AuditionsMon, 20 MayFri, 24 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 20 May
Senior Kids Lit QuizMon, 20 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 22 May
Y8 HPV1 Immunisations - Catch-UpsThu, 23 May
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 24 May
BOT Elections - Nominations closeFri, 24 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 27 May
Kohi's got Talent - FinalMon, 27 May
SCHOOL CLOSED - Teacher Strike DayWed, 29 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 29 May
BOT Elections - voting papers sent outWed, 29 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 the Principal

Dear Parents

Welcome back to Kohimarama School for term 2. I especially want to welcome new families and those who have siblings that have started in Kiri team. We have certainly been fortunate with the fine weather and the opportunity to connect with family at Easter and ANZAC day.

Conversation about the use of devices for learning.

We understand that some people have concerns regarding the way that the school uses devices for learning.

We believe that teachers at Kohimarama School know their students, enable and enhance their learning and provide appropriate direction and support using a variety of strategies and tools that may include devices, to contribute to students being successful.

We appreciate the feedback from parents and are currently investigating the points raised while continuing to monitor and develop a balanced curriculum.

Our information meeting is on Tuesday 14 May for the whole learning community.  This will give you an opportunity to hear from speakers about the use of devices at home and at school and the ways that they support and enhance learning. I would encourage you to come along.

When : Tuesday 14th May

Where : School Hall

Time :  7pm

Our presenters are;

Mark Osborne

Mark is a Director of Leading Learning and has been a teacher, school leader and consultant for more than 20 years. He works nationally and internationally on future-focused education, innovative learning environments and educational leadership, helping schools build great places to learn and the capability to make the most of those spaces. Mark is also a doctoral researcher at the University of Melbourne currently looking at change leadership in innovative learning environments. Prior to becoming a consultant, Mark was on the foundation leadership team at Albany Senior High School. He has also worked extensively in libraries, with digital technologies and in makerspaces, working to create diverse, inclusive communities that help each other learn, innovate and find fulfilment.

Nathan May

National Attitude Manager

Nathan initially joined the Attitude team as a presenter in 2009 and has spoken to over 130,000 students and parents throughout New Zealand. He has worked for a variety of organisations including Vodafone and World Vision. He has worked alongside young people for over 16 years, and has a deep passion for Aotearoa. His hope is to see young people throughout Aotearoa live fulfilling and meaningful lives.

Attitude has over 18 years of experience reinforcing school health programmes with curriculum-aligned presentations and resources for students, parents and teachers. Tackling Technology Young people need new skills and guidance as they navigate their digital world. Content includes text bullying, online safety, communication, building character, and balance.

We invite all parents/caregivers to join us for this evening.

Paul Engles

Teacher Paid Union Meeting – Friday 10th May

The meeting that was scheduled for 19th March has been rescheduled to Friday 10th May.  The New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) is holding this round of Paid Union Meetings (PUM) for primary teachers who are members.

In the past the school has closed in the afternoon to allow teachers to attend the meeting.  It is very likely the school will need to close at 1pm on Friday 10th May.  An email will be sent to confirm this as soon as possible.

Board of Trustee Elections 2019

Background work is in progress for the upcoming Parent Representative elections.

Canterbury Education Services (CES) are providing BOT election services to our School in the upcoming Election.

In May nominations will be called to become members of the BOT.

Key dates are as follows:

By Friday 10th May – Nomination forms will be posted to all persons on the school’s caregiver roll.

Friday 24th May – NOMINATIONS CLOSE – 24th May at noon.  An election will then be held if the number of nominations exceed vacancies

Wednesday 29th May – Voting papers will be sent by post to all on the school caregiver roll

Friday 7th June – Voting closes at 12 noon.

Thursday 13th June – Votes are counted, and school advised of the results

Friday 14th June – New Board takes office

Kohimarama’s Got Talent – for all students

Yes, it is that time again when we share our talents!  All students are able to enter any of the categories, which are:

Singing, Musical Instrument, Dance, Comedy or Magic Tricks.

They may enter as individuals or as a group.  The auditions will take place in Weeks 3 and 4 this term, this means starting on Monday 13th May going through to Friday 24th May.  We are so looking forward to seeing the creativity we have here at Kohimarama.

School Guest WIFI Password

The School has a Guest WIFI which is used by teachers or visitors who are working within the school.  The password for this will be changed this week.  If you require access to our guest WIFI please contact Karen in the school office.

Email Contacts

The Caregiver emails provided to school are used for a number of purposes including SchoolTalk, contact by Class Co-ordinators, to receive weekly newsletters and other school email communication.  A number of our families have only provided us with one email contact.  If you would like another caregiver email added please email with your childs name and the caregiver email to be added.

The Kohimarama Way – Reliability

Reliability means that others can depend on you to keep your commitments.  Reliability is doing something that you have agreed to do in a predictable way, without forgetting or have to be reminded.  When you practice reliability, you really care about doing what you said you would do.  Other people can relax knowing it is in your reliable hands.


Sailing Success in the holidays

Congratulations to our students who sailed their optimists in the New Zealand Nationals in the holidays.  Impressive results, you winners you!
Sean K – 1st 12 year old sailor and 15th overall and he heads off to Oman for further competition in October.
Oliver S – 45th 11 year old sailor who heads off to Noumea for further sailing competition.
Finn D – 12th in Green Fleet  and Zoe S – 14th in Green Fleet.

Waterskiing – National Competition

Carter M won the bronze medal in the sub junior category of the NZ Nationals Waterski competition held in Auckland in the first week of the holidays. He was the youngest competitor to compete in this year’s nationals and there were 8 competitors from all over the country in his sub junior category (sub junior category is under 10 yrs). This is his second year competing in the Nationals, achieving 5th last year.  Well done Carter.

Kohimarama School – Code Champions

Term 2 starts on Tuesday 7th May.   This 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. Classes have been successfully developing their computational thinking and having plenty of fun in the process.

If you’re interested in joining us – or just finding out more – get in touch at or


Are you a strong swimmer in Year 6, 7 or 8?

Register for the School Waterpolo team!

Waterpolo is one of the fastest growing sports in NZ — Lots of fun and great fitness.

No experience is required, we have regular training sessions.

Games are late Friday afternoons, starting in Term 2, played locally at Sacred Heart College.

If your child is interested to find out more contact or call 0211504821






We are looking for year 5/6 girls to join our all girl Flippa Ball team. Flippa Ball gives children the option of playing a ball sport in the water. They also learn how to play as part of a team and how children with different skills can work together to achieve a goal. This is a FUN way for children to learn and reinforce skills that are FUNdamental and transferable. Please contact Aldo Coetzee ( if you are interested or want more information.

Weekly Results

House Points Update: Term 2, Week 1

Congratulations to Colenso for being Week 11 winners.

House Points for the Fortnight:

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

Total House Points as at the end of Term 1

  • Atkin: 4824
  • Colenso: 3655
  • Patteson: 2884
  • Selwyn: 3598

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

  • Room 1 –  Ivy H, Isabel P
  • Room 2 –  Spencer K
  • Room 3 –  Tangaroa S
  • Room 5 –  Kira U
  • Room 6 –  Ollie P
  • Room 7 –  Savannah C, Sam D
  • Room 8 –  Blair C
  • Room 9 –  Theo P
  • Room 10 -Amelia Z, Sebastian M
  • Room 11 -Zaha U
  • Room 12 -Liz Z
  • Room 13 -Xavier H
  • Room 14
  • Room 15 -Sam D
  • Room 16 -Isla M
  • Room 17 -Matthew S
  • Room 18 -Imogen C, Matt W
  • Room 19 -Rory T
  • Room 20 -Natan C
  • Room 21 -Will B
  • Room 22 -Theo B
  • Room 23 -Samantha L, Tom M

Walking School Bus: 

Alex G, Kira U, Emily C, Freja E

Caught Being Good – “Greenies”

Congratulations to all the students who have been ‘caught being good’ – you rock!  Special congratulations to our three lucky winners…

  • Oliver   Room 1     for Respect              Atkin
  • Ava       Room 15   for Committment   Atkin
  • Lou       Room 19   for Reliability           Patteson

Special “Greenie” Draw – Caught Being Good

Congratulations to the following people who have the opportunity to attend a live performance of Robin Hood this coming Saturday.  If you check your diary and find you have another engagement, please send the ticket back so we can give it to another lucky student – thank you.

  • Isabel – Room 1
  • Oliver – Room 1
  • Gigi – Room 2
  • Severn – Room 3
  • Noah – Room 5
  • Zane – Room 6
  • Jensen – Room 7
  • Connor – Room 8
  • Abigail – Room 8
  • Bella – Room 10
  • Felix – Room 11
  • Coco – Room 13
  • Ella – Room 15
  • Chad – Room 17
  • Bella – Room 21
  • Reuben – Room 23
  • Delilah – Room 19


Community Notices

What Now – Sundays 8-10am on TVNZ 2

Due to operational changes, What Now is no longer broadcasting on 19th May from Glendowie. They will notify us when they are back in our area. Our families are still very welcome to register online to attend the audience from another location. Dates and locations are available at They send apologies for any inconvenience this has caused. Any of our families that had already registered will be contacted.


Fantastic skill development

Fantastic strength building

Fantastic TUMBLING training

Fantastic flexibility & mental concentration

Fantastic coaches & equipment

Fantastic Fun!


Register on the  website today!

Class starts on Tuesday the 7th May,

at 3.15pm in the school hall.

“Classes are fantastic, more fun, more convenient, and I’ve learn’t

more in a term than I did in a year at my last club” Charlotte

The cost for the 8 week term is only $100.

0800 273368