School Newsletter – 11 June 2019

Term 2, Week 7 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

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
Trivia NightFri, 14 Jun
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 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
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 19 Jun
QuizathonWed, 19 JunFri, 21 Jun
Otago Problem Solving Set 3Thu, 20 Jun
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 21 Jun
Y4/5 trip to MindLabFri, 21 Jun
QuizathonMon, 24 JunWed, 26 Jun
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 24 Jun
Hearing and Vision TestingTue, 25 Jun
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 26 Jun
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 28 Jun
Intermediate Band in AssemblyFri, 28 Jun
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 1 Jul
Bay Suburbs NetballTue, 2 Jul
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 3 Jul
Y0-1 - Kiri Team Trip to Botanical GardensThu, 4 Jul
Kapa Haka Matariki Performance at Stonefields SchoolThu, 4 Jul
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 5 Jul
Reports Go HomeFri, 5 Jul
SCHOOL HOLIDAYSSat, 6 JulSun, 21 Jul
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 8 Jul
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 10 Jul
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

I am out of the school this week undergoing a medical procedure.  Meegan Hill and Debbie Ellery are stepping in in my absence and can assist you with any queries.  It is a busy time around the school with testing and report writing, school trips and sporting events happening as well as events such as Wacky Hair Day, Kohi’s Got Talent, can collection for the City Mission and SchoolTalk Information Evening next Tuesday.  Our newsletter this week has details of all these events.

Paul Engles

The Kohimarama Way – Reliability

“Some people are magic, and others are just the illusion of it.”  “Don’t be reliable only when it’s convenient.”  Rachel Wolchin.  “The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.”


Nurnobi Hossain – our World Vision Child 

Nurnobi is from Bangladesh and every year we hold a ‘wacky hair’ day to raise funds for him.  Nurnobi is 12 years old and is in Year 6 at his primary school.  He walks to school which starts at 9.00am and finishes at 4.00pm.  His favourite subjects are Maths and English.  One thing he is good at is music and an important thing he has learned, is how to work with others in a team.  When he grows up he wants to be a policeman.  Nurnobi’s favourite thing about this time of year are the winter mornings.  The best thing about this year so far is that he has been able to buy new books. Classes have a picture of Nurnobi in their classrooms for you to put a face to a name. Thank you to everyone who took part in our fundraising effort for Nurnobi, together we raised $1,000.50 – fabulous!.  Enjoy the photos of us with our wacky hair.

Farewell to our Librarian – Andreza

Many of you will have met Andreza in either her role as our school Librarian or as our on site uniform shop person. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Andreza and very much appreciated her positive contributions to our school in both of these roles.  Andreza’s last day with us will be on Thursday 13th June, this week.  We wish her all the best in her new role at the AUT Library.

School Uniform Shop

Over the past year we have been reviewing the operation of our onsite uniform shop for both online and day to day ordering.  After discussion with the Board of Trustees and PTA it has been decided to move this to an outside supplier who will be able to continue with online ordering as well as much longer opening hours for retail sales. We will provide you with further details once they are finalised. The uniform shop will be open as usual on Thursday this week.  From next week until the end of the term the shop will be open on Tuesday mornings only.

Kohimarama’s Got Talent 2019 Placegetters

SchoolTalk Information Evening – Tuesday 18th June at 7pm

All parents are invited to attend this meeting to inform you about how to use SchoolTalk effectively to understand your child’s mid year report.  We would like to make this as useful and informative as possible by making this evening team specific.  If you have more than one child in the school you will need to select the presentation/Team you wish to attend.

Prior to this meeting please ensure that both parents have accepted the SchoolTalk Invitation for each of your child/ren in order to access the information we will be discussing on the evening.  It is preferable that you bring a device, not a cellphone, to allow you to log on and have a go.  Note:  many families only have one email contact loaded on our student management system.  You can add a second parent/caregiver by emailing details to  This will mean the email address provided will be invited to join SchoolTalk as well as receive newsletters and other school emails when they are sent out.

We expect the evening to be approximately an hour long and require an RSVP of your attendance to ascertain numbers and allocate spaces accordingly.

You can RSVP to with your name and the team you wish to attend (Kiri (Y0/1), Cowley (Y2/3), Hillary (Y4/5) and Snell (Y6/7/8))

Auckland City Mission – Can Collection – Tuesday 18th June

We are asking students who are able to support this appeal to bring one or two cans to school next Tuesday 18th June.  This is an annual appeal that we contribute to, to support those in need.  We have Ember, from the Auckland City Mission coming to talk with us on Thursday this week to share where and what our contributions are used for.

Board of Trustee Elections

Votes will be counted by the Returning Officer on Thursday this week with our new Board of Trustees  appointed on Friday 14th June.

Discovery Learning in Kiri Team

Kiri Team teachers have been exploring the different ways children learn through play and ensuring these are implemented during Discovery Learning time. Each fortnight we will be sharing the many different forms and benefits of each type of play with you as a way of keeping you informed.  At the end of the explanation will be a list of equipment that best supports this type of play.  We invite parents, who may have this equipment that is no longer being used at their home, to bring it to school for Kiri Team to use. We promise that it will be well used and appreciated, thank you.

Co-operative Play

Cooperative play is when children unite to achieve a common goal.  They combine resources and brainpower to reach their objective.

Examples:  jump roping together, interactive pretend play, building a fort from boxes or old sheets and chairs, playing a board game, building with blocks.


  • Excellent for developing communications and compromise skills
  • Encourages self-expression
  • Boosts confidence as every child plays a valuable role
  • Teaches children why teamwork and fairness are important
  • Promotes sharing and empathy

Equipment – wish list:

Duplo, lego, elastics, marbles, marble runs, constructions sets, board games (connect 4, pup the pig, twister, headbands, guess who).

Weekly Results

Flippaball Results

  • Year 3/4 Kohi Kinas, 5-0 win, PoD Indie C
  • Year 5/6 Kohi Jellyfish, 5-1 win, PoD Niklas S
  • Year 5/6 Kohi Narwhals, 1-5 loss, PoD Ava L

Basketball Results

  • Year 6 Kohi Pistons, 36-5 win, Pod Tom McC
  • Year 7/8 Kohi Hornets, 52-27 win, PoD Callum B

Netball Results

  • Year 5 Kohi Keas, 9-3 win, PoD  Mya F
  • Year 5 Bellbirds, 9-2 win, PoD Freja E
  • Year 7/8 Flames, 29-1 win, Pod  Grace D

Community Notices