PTA Newsletter – 28 May 2019

School community news and upcoming PTA events and initiatives

Upcoming PTA Events

Jammies in JuneTue, 4 JunFri, 7 Jun
PTA MeetingMon, 10 Jun, 7:00pm
Trivia NightFri, 14 Jun, 7:00pm
Quiz-a-thon questions given to kidsWed, 19 Jun
Quiz-a-thon testWed, 26 Jun
PTA Meeting - cancelled, due to BOT meeting clashMon, 1 Jul
Walking Bus Pizza lunchWed, 3 Jul
Quiz-a-thon Sponsorship money dueWed, 3 Jul
Chocolate Fundraiser - Info in book bags todayTue, 23 Jul
Chocolate Fundraiser - Opt Out Forms due todayFri, 2 Aug
Chocolate Fundraiser - Boxes home todayMon, 5 Aug
PTA MeetingMon, 5 Aug, 7:00pm
If you have a Google calendar you can add events directly to it via the Calendar page. For more events go to the Full School Calendar List.

Event News

Trivia Night – Friday 14 June – TICKETS NOW ON SALE  & ONLINE AUCTION OPEN

Tickets are now on sale for one of the school’s most popular fundraising events of the year – our annual trivia night with TV Shows as the theme!

  • Friday 14 June – 7pm-midnight, Kohimarama School Hall
  • Arrive from 7pm, Quiz 7.30-9.45pm, DJ & dancing 10pm to midnight

Ticket prices are $40 per person with 10 per table. Register for one, two or an entire table of ten – everybody is welcome. If you don’t have enough people to create a table of 10, we will help match you up with people from your year group. Tables are limited so secure your place/table now

Go to the Trivia Night page to register

Help us re-mat the Cowley playground!

All funds raised from this year’s Trivia Night will go towards re-matting the Cowley playground to make this a safe play area for our kids. Thanks to the generous community and the hard work of some very dedicated parents, have pulled together a great selection of auction items.

As well as a silent auction on the night we have an online auction that includes a large selection of BUY NOW items, as well as the opportunity to bid on the silent auction items on the night. This auction is open to the entire school community, so even if you don’t go to trivia night you can still support by purchasing an auction item.

View the Auction items

Remember – every dollar of auction money that you spend goes directly to Kohimarama School.  If we can raise enough money the Cowley playground can get re-matted to make this a safe play area for our kids. Please help us make this happen.

Community News

Working Bee – THANK YOU

The weather may have put some people off, but huge thanks to the parents that turned up for our working bee. You all worked extremely hard and did a fantastic job transforming the Cowley garden and surrounding areas. We even managed a coat of paint on the top school walls in-between the rain!  Thanks to those parents and kids who helped out – you guys did an awesome job.

Jammies in June – PJ’s collected Tues 04 – Fri 07 June

Reminder that next week (Tues 4th – Fri 7th) volunteers will be in the hall every morning from 8.30 – 9am to collect pj’s in support of Jammies in June – an initiative run by the Middlemore Foundation to get warm pyjamas to kids in need.

These pyjamas which then be distributed through Middlemore Hospital and local GPs to families in need. The aim is to help keep kids warm over winter to break the cycle of winter illnesses.

If you would like to donate a new pair of pyjamas they would be gratefully received.

Entertainment Books

Buy a new Membership and get a bonus $10 Caltex StarCash Gift Card!

The new 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Memberships are packed with thousands of valuable offers for everything you love to do, all while supporting the school. Order online at

PTA Funds – your generous support is invaluable

During 2018 the PTA donated $89,115.07 in funds to the school a third of these funds enabled Kiri to be tiger turfed, new picnic tables for the upper school area and line markings on the tennis courts and surrounding ashfelt areas, a third of these funds supported the purchase of technology upgrades, new laptops, ipads, printers and chrome books and we also funded concept plans to be drawn up for the new school hall, a new sound system, library books, sports equipment and a new phone/inter school communication system.

With your generous support, we should be on track to again donate approximately $90,000 to the school in 2019. Already this year PTA funds have enabled new basketball uniforms to be purchased for all school teams, a range of new balls and three new portable tennis nets to use during lunchtimes. We have also enabled LED tv’s to be installed in the classrooms and purchased new laptops, ipads, printers and chrome books. Funds have also been allocated for the playground Cowley re-matting, library books and technology upgrades.

Activity Update

Anchor Bottle Top Collection

It’s easy – start saving your bottle caps from the following eligible milk bottles; 2L and 1L Anchor fresh white milk, this includes 2L and 1L Blue, Lite, Trim, Calci+, Protein+, Silver Top, Zero Lacto Blue, Zero Lacto Trim, Organic Blue, Organic Trim, a2™ Blue and a2™ Trim and put them in the collection box in the office between 01 April and 10 June.

Get involved and have your say in 2019

We are always looking for more parents to get involved – if you have some ideas we’d love to see you at our PTA meetings held the first Monday of each month in the school staff room, or happy to hear from you anytime – email Lynda

You can also:

Regular Activities

Yummy Stickers
If you buy ‘Yummy’ branded fruit collect the stickers or bag labels and we can exchange them for new sport equipment. Go to the Yummy Stickers page for more info.
Second-hand Uniforms
We have a range of items. Prices depend on condition; roughly $25 fleeces, $15 polo t-shirts, $20 skorts and shorts, $15 sports t-shirts. Go to the Second-hand Uniforms page for more info.
Walking Bus
Have you thought about joining a school walking bus? A short drive can be an amazing walk! If you’re interested in joining, go to the Walking School Bus page.
Ice-block Fridays
For an ice-block on Fridays, send along $2. They will be sold 1.15-1.30pm out of the Hall Kitchen window.
Scholastic Book Club
Look out for this term’s Scholastic Book Club flyers in the book bags. Please place any orders online (or view the online flyer) at the Scholastic Book Club. No paper orders will be accepted.
Sushi Wednesdays
Pre-order by the end of the day Tuesday and fresh sushi will be delivered to school for your child’s Wednesday lunch. Go to the Sushi Wednesdays page for instructions.
Entertainment Books
For great discounts for local restaurants and attractions, order the hard-copy or digital versions –  $70 with 20% going to the school. Go to the Entertainment Books page for more info.