School Newsletter – 28 May 2019

Term 2, Week 5 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

BOT Elections - voting papers sent outWed, 29 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 29 May
SCHOOL CLOSED - Teacher Strike DayWed, 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
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 5 Jun
Y7/8 Camp Information EveningWed, 5 Jun
Y6 Camp Information EveningWed, 5 Jun
Walking School Bus Leaders TrainingThu, 6 Jun
Year 7/8 Doc Edge Film Festival TripFri, 7 Jun
Wacky Hair DayFri, 7 Jun
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 7 Jun
BOT Elections - voting closes noonFri, 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
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 14 Jun
Trivia NightFri, 14 Jun
BOT Elections - Board appointedFri, 14 Jun
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 17 Jun
Can Appeal - Auckland City MissionTue, 18 Jun
SchoolTalk Information Evening - 7pmTue, 18 Jun
QuizathonWed, 19 JunFri, 21 Jun
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 19 Jun
Otago Problem Solving Set 3Thu, 20 Jun
Y4/5 trip to MindLabFri, 21 Jun
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 21 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.

Upcoming School Closures for Students

Wednesday 29th May – Teacher Strike Day
Friday 31st May – Teacher Only Day

A Message from Kiri Team

Tēnā koe from Kiri Team! We have had a very exciting start to the year with the introduction of Discovery Learning to our program. Students across all five classrooms are busy creating, imagining, constructing and collaborating in a wide variety of ways each morning. They have been involved in engineering marble runs and water walls, creating maps and puppet shows and developing new games and friendships. Teachers have also been working hard to scaffold their learning by creating meaningful explorations and provocations all while weaving in the curriculum and key competencies.

Our Kiri students are now coming to school with more focus, engagement and perseverance and are feeling less anxious about making the transition from Kindergarten.  It may seem like just fun but they are developing lifelong learning and self management skills each and every day.

We would also like to send out a massive congratulations to all of the Kiri students who auditioned for the Talent Quest. It’s no easy feat to get up on stage and perform but we enjoyed seeing your dances, comedy and magic shows and hearing your lovely singing voices. Congratulations to all the finalists.

Kia Ora,

Kiri Team

Senior Kids Lit Quiz

On Monday, the 20th of May, Kohimarama School sent eight children (and two reserves) making up two teams,  to the Senior Kids Lit Quiz at St Cuthbert’s College, hosted by Wayne Mills. The quiz was a series of questions based around popular books, both new and old. There were ten categories in the quiz which included Harry Potter, War, Elves, Hats, Families and Numbers in Titles.

Thomas F won a quick quiz Whitcoulls voucher. Team two came seventh, which was a great achievement.

We had a lot of fun.  Ben W.

The Kohimarama Way – Reliability

“The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.”  Cicero  “An honest person’s word is as good as their bond.”  Cervantes   “The only time you can’t afford to fail is the last time you try.”  Charles Kettering


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.

Wacky Hair Day  –  Student Fundraiser for our World Vision child, Nurnobi

Next Friday 7th June, we are raising funds for Nurnobi.  We would love you to come dressed in mufti and have wacky hair.  This could mean you wear a wig, or you have lots of ribbons in your hair, or you have one side tied up in a pony tail and the other side not, or…..  You can think as big as you want.  If you are participating remember to bring $2 to support Nurnobi.

Kohimarama’s Got Talent 2019

Thank you to all the fabulous students who took part in this years Talent Quest, you were marvelous and the teachers really enjoyed judging you in the auditions – who knew we had so much star power!  Yesterday we had our finals which involved over 30 contestants.  We were entertained with ballet, gymnastics, singing, jokes, magic tricks and all sorts of dancing – we were wowed.  In Thursday’s assembly we will be awarding certificates to all our finalists, our highly commended and top three placings – it is going to be very exciting finding out what the judges have decided.

Auckland City Mission Can Appeal – Tuesday 18th June

On Tuesday 18th June we are asking students to bring to school one or two cans of food for the City Mission who provide food for families, who need a helping hand.  If you feel able to support this appeal, we would really appreciate it, thank you.  Once we have all the cans we can do a tally of how many and what the favourite seems to be.

Employment Opportunity

We have a vacancy  for  Librarian/Uniform Shop Co-Ordinator at Kohimarama School.  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 applicant is someone who has excellent communication skills and can relate to both children and adults.  Must able to work unsupervised as well as part of our larger team.  Has a real attention to detail and the ability to multi-task.

Please send your CV and details of two referees to

Board of Trustees Elections

Nominations have been received by the Returning Officer and voting papers are being prepared.  The timeframe is as follows:

Voting papers sent out          Wednesday 29 May 2019

Voting closes noon                 Friday 7 June 2019

Votes counted                        Thursday 13 June 2019

Board appointed                    Friday 14 June 2019


PhotoLife will be in the school on Tuesday 11th June.  They will be taking individual and class photos.

Sibling, team photos and new entrant classrooms will be later in the year.

Measles in Auckland

The school  has received an advisory notice from the Auckland Regional Public Health Service regarding measles in Auckland.  It is important that the school holds current information regarding the immunisation status of all students.  Please send any updated records to if your child’s immunisation status has recently changed.

Weekly Results

Flippaball Results

  • Year 3/4 Kohi Kinas, Won 7-0, PoD Jack T
  • Year 5/6 Kohi Jellyfish, Won 3-1, PoD Max A
  • Year 5/6 Kohi Narwhals, Lost 1-9, PoD Mischa M

Basketball Results

  • Year 3 Kohi Magic, Won 13-0, PoD Xavier H
  • Year 5 Kohi Hawks, Lost 6-12, PoD Niklas S
  • Year 6 Kohi Pistons, Won 26-8, PoD Ben W
  • Year 7/8 Kohi Hornets, Won 29-27

Netball Results

  • Y5 Bellbirds, Won 6-1, PoD Maddie H
  • Y5 Kohi Keas, Lost 17-2, PoD Millie B

Community Notices