School Newsletter – 21 May 2019

Term 2, Week 4 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Kohi's Got Talent - AuditionsMon, 20 MayFri, 24 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
School Assembly - 1.55pmThu, 30 May
SCHOOL CLOSED - Teacher Only DayFri, 31 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 3 Jun
Y7/8 Camp Information EveningWed, 5 Jun
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 5 Jun
Y6 Camp Information EveningWed, 5 Jun
Walking School Bus Leaders TrainingThu, 6 Jun
Wacky Hair DayFri, 7 Jun
Year 7/8 Doc Edge Film Festival TripFri, 7 Jun
BOT Elections - voting closes noonFri, 7 Jun
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 7 Jun
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 10 Jun
Class Photos/Student Individual PhotosTue, 11 Jun
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 12 Jun
BOT Elections - votes countedThu, 13 Jun
BOT Elections - Board appointedFri, 14 Jun
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 14 Jun
Trivia NightFri, 14 Jun
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 17 Jun
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 Cowley Team

Cowley’s Cultural Sharing Day

Over last term and the beginning of this term, Cowley Team had been looking into the concept of Identity and how people’s culture has an impact on their identity. As part of the learning, each child chose a culture that interested them (it could have been their own or another), and found out information about that culture. The children then completed 1 to 2 pieces of work on their culture of choice, and took time and care to present their findings in different ways.

To celebrate the enormous amount of work that the children had undertaken, we had a Cultural Sharing Day last week where the children bought a food item from their own culture or the culture they studied, for a gigantic shared lunch. Every piece of work from every child was then displayed in the hall. The walls were covered with colourful and engaging presentations on the various aspects such as re-inventing a flag or national sports teams’ uniforms incorporating cultural elements, fact files, menus, collages, surveys, and stories. The Cowley Team parents were invited to join us for the shared lunch and view the all of the children’s work.

The Shared Lunch was fantastic! We started with a short presentation from some of the students and the Year 2 children sang ‘Titiro Mai’ to the parents. We then had lunch and there was lots of eating and chatting. The children then walked around sharing their learning with their parent or a special buddy.

The Cultural Sharing Day was a really valuable experience for the children and a fantastic culmination of the work that Cowley Team had completed.

Thank you to everyone who made it such a great success!

Cowley Team

Writers Festival

On Tuesday the 14th of May, 15 Year 7-8 students attended the Writers Festival at the Aotea Centre. There were three workshops, each at different times. When we were not in a workshop, we listened to speakers in the main hall.  They were very inspiring.

Poetry workshop with Courtney Meredith.
The poetry workshop was taken by Courtney Sina Meredith, a New Zealand poet. She opened the lesson with a karakia. We did an icebreaker exercise so that everyone would be confident to share. I love poetry, and I couldn’t wait to get started. First we did a piece of free form poetry, with a twist. Every minute, Courtney would call out a word, and we had to put it in our poems. Then we wrote a free form poem about ourselves, and shared. Listening to other people share their poetry was really cool, because we heard so many different poetry types.  Everyone was really confident, and some poems were just beautiful to listen to. I really enjoyed it, and plan to write more poetry! By Margo R

Workshop with Craig Phillips – Graphic Novel illustrator
I went to a workshop with an author/illustrator Craig Phillips who is the author of the book Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts: Ten Tales from the Deep, Dark Woods. This book is the winner of many awards. I love drawing so I was really excited for it. First he showed everyone in the workshop how to draw a face in three quick steps and then he asked us to draw different animals.  After that he showed us how to draw a lion which I modified it to make look like a wolf. Overall it was really really fun and inspirational.  By Thomas F

Eileen Merriman – Character workshop
Some of us attended a workshop with Eileen Merriman. We had been looking at creating complex characters. She explained to us that every character needs to have attention to them. They must have their own interesting personality with great detail no matter how big or small their impact is in the story. By Ishani L

The Kohimarama Way – Reliability

You know you have been successful practising Reliability when you make promises you can keep, treat your agreements seriously, plan ahead, do your best, finish on time, find another way if obstacles occur.


Confirmed Teacher Strike Day – Wednesday 29th May

The Board of Trustees have confirmed the closure of Kohimarama School for the full day on Wednesday 29th May for the full day Teachers strike.  Please ensure that you have made alternative arrangements for your child that day.  You can find the letter from the BOT advising this on the governance page of the Kohimarama School Website.  We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause families.

Teacher Only Day – Friday 31st May

All Teachers will be involved in a full day of professional learning and development on Friday 31st May. This is the Friday prior to Queens Birthday weekend.

Teachers will be exploring new curriculum developments, deepening our understanding of learner assessment capability, development of Te Reo in our school in light of the NZ curriculum. We also have Dr Melanie Woodfield coming to share strategies and deepen our understanding about students with anxieties.

Employment Opportunity

Our lovely Librarian/Uniform Shop Co-Ordinator Andreza has secured another position and will be leaving Kohimarama School in June.  This position is for 23 hours per week worked Monday to Friday.  This role is during term time, with some additional hours during term breaks as required by prior arrangement.

Our ideal applicat is someone who has excellent communication skills and can relate to both children and adults.  Is able to work unsupervised as well as part of our larger team.  Has a real attention to details and the ability to multi-task.

Please send your CV and details of two referees to

Board of Trustees Elections

The New Zealand School Trustees Association ( is the official resource to assist trustees. They have set up a website to assist people who are considering standing as a Parent Representative:

The Returning Officer for Kohimarama School has provided additional resources on the process for submitting your nominations for the Board. You can find these on the 2019 Board Elections page.

Kohimarama’s Got Talent 2019

Auditions continue this week with Dancing, Musical Instruments and Magic Tricks.  Our final will be in Week 5 on Thursday 30th May.

Lockdown Practice

Last week all students and staff participated in a Lockdown Practice as part of our annual practice schedule.  Everyone followed the procedures quickly and quietly to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

New Face in the Office

Have you had the opportunity to meet Lily in the office?  Lily Brunet has joined Kohimarama School until the end of June to complete an internship as part of her studies in Grenoble in France.  She is working on the initial plans for the Kohimarama School 100 Jubilee celebrations in 2021.  If you have any experience planning an event or have attended a school jubilee and have any ideas or information that could assist her please feel free to pop in and say Hi or Bonjour.


Weekly Results

House Points Update: Term 2, Week 3

Congratulations to Patteson  for being Week 3 winners.

House Points for the Fortnight:

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

Total House Points as at 21 May 2019

  • Atkin:            7012
  • Colenso:        6420
  • Patteson:       5677
  • Selwyn:          6448

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

  • Room 1 – Afridi N, Frankie H
  • Room 2 – Oliver D
  • Room 3 – Natalie R
  • Room 5 – Billy L
  • Room 6 – Zayne L
  • Room 7 – Jensen K
  • Room 8 – Freya C
  • Room 9 – Varvara B, Micaela R
  • Room 10 – Krill L, Katelyn K
  • Room 11 – Demi C, Felix A
  • Room 12 – Lincoln C, Theani T
  • Room 13 – Leo P
  • Room 14 – Mattys N
  • Room 15 – Drew B
  • Room 16 – Samantha D
  • Room 17 – Kaylah J
  • Room 18 – Luke D-P, Nya P
  • Room 19 – Tim C
  • Room 20 – Charlie B
  • Room 21 – Owen M
  • Room 22 – Johnathin S
  • Room 23 – Lydia Z

Walking School Bus: 

Maddy B, Eva S, Flora O, Claudia B, Lily C

Caught Being Good – “Greenies”

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

  • Luke           Rm 16           for Commitment                Selwyn
  • Sami           Rm 23           for Helpfulness                  Atkin
  • Lucy           Rm 18            for Reliability                     Atkin

Flippaball Results

  • Year 3/4 Kohi Kinas, Won 10-0, PoD Louie E
  • Year 5/6 Kohi Jellyfish, Won 9-2, PoD Andrew F
  • Year 5/6 Kohi Narwhals, Lost 2-9, PoD Juliet N

Basketball Results

  • Year 5 Kohi Hawks, win 10-6, PoD Mischa
  • Year 7/8 Kohi Hornets, win 29-27

Netball Results

  • Y5 Bellbirds, Loss 8-3, PoD Iksimmar S

Community Notices