PTA Newsletter – 23 July 2019

School community news and upcoming PTA events and initiatives

Upcoming PTA Events

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
Chocolate Fundraiser - Money due back by todayFri, 23 Aug
Blokes BreakfastFri, 30 Aug
PTA MeetingMon, 2 Sep, 7:00pm
Pop Up Art Gallery - Sausage Sizzle from 4pmWed, 18 Sep, 4:00pm
Yummy Stickers due back todayFri, 20 Sep
Walking Bus Celebration LunchMon, 23 Sep, 1:00pm
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

Welcome back to term 3! It’s a busy term with lots of fun events and fundraising activity planned.

Kids Quiz-A-Thon – $12,500 raised

The kids all did super well with their quiz-a-thon raising a whopping $12,500 for the school. We appreciate the teachers support and your family and friends sponsoring our kids. These funds were allocated to rematting the Cowley playground and together with the additional funds raised from trivia night, it allowed for the upper areas of the playground also to be rematted, ensuring a safe play area for our kids.

How good does the Cowley playground now look!

Congratulations to our fruity kanuti winners:

  • Room 4 was the first room to get all their quiz payments in.
  • Room 6 raised the most money – almost $1k. Special mention to Room 14 too who were very close behind raising nearly $950.

Kids will receive a voucher from their teacher this week to enjoy a free fruity kanuti this Friday (available from the hall kitchen at big break).

Bi-Annual Chocolate Fundraiser is Back!

You will receive this week in the kids book bags, our info form on our chocolate fundraiser.  Full details are provided on this form, but in summary, each child will receive on Monday 05 August, a chocolate box (containing 36 small Whittakers bars) unless you complete the opt-out option at the bottom of the form indicating your preference to donate the profit ($30.00).

We understand not everybody loves chocolate but it is a great seller and something that can be easily sold outside the school community. We do encourage families to support this fundraiser recognising that this is a treat food that is should be sold to adult friends, family, colleagues etc. Funds raised will go towards purchasing new basketball uniforms and sports equipment along with the scheduled technology upgrades of new laptops, ipads and chrome books.

If choosing to opt-out and donate the profit, please ensure this opt-out form is returned to the office by Friday 2nd August. The $30 donation can be made via the schools online store (simply select the chocolate box donation item), via internet banking into the Kohi School PTA bank account: 12-3027-0332092-000 referencing Name, Room number and chocolate or by delivering an envelope containing cash/cheque made out to Kohimarama School PTA to the box in the office.

  • 23 July – forms home with opt out option
  • 05 August – chocolate box home
  • 05 – 23 August – Three weeks to sell chocolate ($2 per bar)
  • 23 August – Final day to return money

There are prizes too… for all kids who sell a box of chocolate there are spot prizes. Also rewards for the first class to return all their money and the child who sells the most boxes will also win a prize.

If you have any queries please contact Georgie on georgie.barker@gmail,com or Louise on

Blokes Breakfast – Friday 30 August 7.30-8.30am

It’s that time of the year again where the kids get to bring along their special big bloke for a light breakfast in the school hall, with a few other surprises. This a chance to get to know other people and just to hang out together.

Purchase tickets on online shop or on sale in Kiri before school Wed 21, Thurs 22 and Fri 23 August

$10 – bloke plus 1 child; $15 – bloke plus 2 children or $20 bloke plus 3 or more kids

Volunteers required please – if you can assist with help on the morning of the event or night before (cooking bacon, food preparation) or setting up the hall (from 3pm Thurs 29th Aug) please email Lynda

Activity Update

Pizza Friday’s Start This Week

Reminder, our inaugural Pizza Friday starts this week. For $2 kids will be able to purchase a slice of Domino’s pizza – choice of two pizza flavours:  cheese or ham & pineapple. Please note only one slice of pizza per child each Friday will be provided.

No change to times or location – 1.15-1.30pm from hall school kitchen.

For those kids who still prefer an ice block, we will also have these available for sale.

Wednesday Sushi – Menu Change

Rice Runner has been accepted into the Heart Foundation Fuelled 4 Life initiative, which is their commitment to not only provide great tasting food but be responsible for children’s health and well-being.

As a result there are a few changes that have been made to their menu starting in term 3:

All deep fried items will be removed from the menu: No Katsu Chicken Bento and Katsu Chicken on rice.

Spring Rolls, Fried Dumplings and Vege Tempura will be removed from Bento Box with apple and orange slices replacing the fried food in Bento Box

Road Patrol Help – URGENTLY Looking for Fortnightly Friday Morning Volunteer

If you are able to give 30 minutes of your time from 8.25am-8.55am once a fortnight on a Friday starting in term 3, please email Lynda

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/Pizza Fridays
For an ice-block or slice of pizza (cheese or ham & pineapple) 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.