School Newsletter – 7 May 2019

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

Upcoming Events

National Young Leaders' DayWed, 8 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 8 May
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 10 May
School to close at 1pm - Teachers Paid Union MeetingFri, 10 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 13 May
Kohi's Got Talent - AuditionsMon, 13 MayFri, 17 May
Information Meeting on Use of Devices for Learning. School Hall. 7pmTue, 14 May
Cowley Team Cultural Sharing Day 11.30-1pmWed, 15 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 15 May
Otago Problem Solving Set 2Thu, 16 May
Y8 HPV1 Immunisations 12.00 pmThu, 16 May
Y7 Boostrix ImmunisationsThu, 16 May
Pink Shirt Day (Anti-Bullying)Fri, 17 May
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 17 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 20 May
Senior Kids Lit QuizMon, 20 May
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
Kohi's got Talent - FinalMon, 27 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 27 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 29 May
BOT Elections - voting papers sent outWed, 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
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 and caregivers

Teacher Paid Union Meeting – Friday 10th May – School to Close at 1pm

You will have received via email the letter from the BOT regarding the upcoming Teacher Paid Union Meeting.

The Board has advised families that the school will be closing at 1pm on Friday 10th May.  This is due to insufficient staff on site to ensure the safety and safety of all of our students.

The Board appreciate the difficulty that this may cause families and apologise for any inconvenience caused.  Unfortunately, we will have insufficient teachers to continue our timetable as usual.

Please contact the Principal if you require anything further.

Teacher and Principal bargaining – The Current Situation

What has changed in recent months about the Teacher and Principal bargaining rounds? The short answer is nothing. There has been a great deal of media attention regarding the current teaching crisis particularly in big cities. This is not now confined to just the big cities but across the country. A recent package of fixes has been released prior to the forthcoming budget. This is really a surface approach and does not deal with the underlying factors :  Pay and Conditions.

As a principal and a parent, I am confident that we would like our children to have a teacher who is well trained, highly qualified, and highly skilled as well as being highly motivated, compassionate and caring. Whilst we are currently fortunate to have a workforce where these attributes abound, many of these people are leaving the profession. Providing the climate to enable teachers to thrive and to enjoy their work is crucial to maintaining our high calibre of staff, our high levels of achievement and continual learning. The whole learning community enables this to occur through support for and working with teachers.

It would be naive to suggest that wages have little to do with the current situation however; there are many other factors alongside the money. The passion for teaching, motivation and wanting to be the very best for the future of New Zealand are often the intrinsic values that teachers demonstrate.

Not only are we dealing with the above we are in the midst of many reviews in education. The BOT has kept you up to date with the Tomorrows School Review. Teachers are also involved in the learning support and curriculum and achievement reviews.  We are in tumultuous times. Our teachers at Kohimarama School remain professional, well trained, highly qualified, highly skilled as well as being highly motivated, compassionate and caring.

Teacher Only Day – Friday 31 May 2019

All Teachers will be involved in a full day of professional learning and development on Friday 31 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.

SchoolDocs – Our Policies and Procedures on-line

Our school has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our Policies and Procedures. We are excited that the site is live and available to our school community.

The School works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the School supplies specific information such as our Charter and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.

SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our Board of Trustees has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented. We will advise you when policies are up for review and how you can take part in the review.

We invite you to visit the site at (note that there’s no “www”!). Our username is kohimarama and password kohi.

Paul Engles


The Kohimarama Way – Reliability

When people are unreliable, others can’t trust them to keep their promises.  If airplanes, trains or buses are late, passengers can miss important appointments.  If someone keeps forgetting to do what they said they would do, they let people down.  When you are reliable, people can trust you to show up on time, be where you promised to be, to put tools away, to get the job done.


Fire Evacuation Practice

Today all students and staff participated in a Fire and Evacuation Practice as part of our annual practice schedule.  Everyone moved quickly and quietly to the top courts as per the plan following the alarm and recorded warning.

Weekly Results

House Points Update: Term 2, Week 1

Congratulations to Colenso  for being Week 1 winners.

House Points for the Fortnight:

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

Total House Points as at 3 May 2019

  • Atkin:        6014
  • Colenso:    5571
  • Patteson:   4765
  • Selwyn:      5564

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

  • Room 1 –   Imogen P, Jan D
  • Room 2 –   Franklin O
  • Room 3 –   Yukki U
  • Room 5 –   Terrence H
  • Room 6 –   Indiana P
  • Room 7 –   Grace D
  • Room 8 –   Bella H
  • Room 9 –   Jake S
  • Room 10 – Emily C
  • Room 11 – Tiffany T, Jasmine H
  • Room 12 –  Flynn T
  • Room 13 –  Liam I-M, Eden M
  • Room 14 –  Valle S
  • Room 15 –  Melanie H
  • Room 16 –  Farrah B
  • Room 17 –  Daini Y
  • Room 18 –  Neil T, Emma A
  • Room 19 –  Daniel S, Sydney B
  • Room 20 –  Madison T
  • Room 21 –  Enya N
  • Room 22 –  Max A
  • Room 23 –  Asher Z

Walking School Bus: 

Ryder H, Hamish M, Teegan H, Sienna G

Caught Being Good – “Greenies”

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

  • Liz           Room 12     for Reliability       Selwyn
  • Jacob      Room 12     for Friendliness    Colenso
  • Leanne    Room 18     for Friendliness    Patteson

Flippaball Results

  • Year 3/4 Kohi Kinas, lost 1-3, POD Coco P
  • Year 5/6 Kohi Jellyfish, lost 1-6, POD Sam D
  • Year 5/6 Kohi Narwhals, Draw 1-1, POD Juliet N

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.