School Newsletter – 23 July 2019

Term 3, Week 1 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 24 Jul
Otago Problem Solving Set 4Thu, 25 Jul
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 26 Jul
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 29 Jul
Y2 Cowley trip to MotatTue, 30 Jul
Y3 Cowley trip to MotatWed, 31 Jul
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 31 Jul
School DiscoFri, 2 Aug
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 2 Aug
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 5 Aug
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 7 Aug
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 9 Aug
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 12 Aug
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 14 Aug
Student Achievement Discussions 3.30-6pmWed, 14 Aug
School Closes 1 pm Student Achievement DiscussionsThu, 15 Aug
Student Achievement Discussion 1.30-8pmThu, 15 Aug
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 16 Aug
Cross CountryFri, 16 Aug
Ngaa Rau o te Kahu Kapa Haka performanceSun, 18 Aug
Cowley Exploration Day - Kitchen Science 10am - 1pmMon, 19 Aug
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 19 Aug
Y6 CampTue, 20 AugFri, 23 Aug
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 21 Aug
Y7/8 Mathex EveningThu, 22 Aug
Y7/8 E Pro 8 Challenge 5-8pmThu, 22 Aug
Otago Problem Solving Set 5Thu, 22 Aug
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 23 Aug
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 26 Aug
Team, Staff and Sibling PhotosTue, 27 Aug
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 Deputy Principals

Welcome back to Term 3. We hope everyone had a lovely break.  

School Open Days – Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July 

We are really looking forward to having everyone visit us on our Open Days on Wednesday and Thursday of this week to see the way our school works. You will have received an email from your child’s teacher outlining their timetable for these two days and we invite you to choose a time that works for you. We ask that before going to the classrooms, you first meet in the hall with Debbie and Meegan for a quick chat outlining what you should expect to see.  Our intention is that you see an everyday class situation with students and teachers working as they always do. Due to this the teachers will be teaching and will not be available to chat with you, please feel free to speak to the students who will fill you in on what they are learning. Additionally we have a building project in rooms 11, 12 and 13 that was started in the holidays and will not be fully completed until after our Open Days. Therefore these classrooms will not have students work on display around the room. Please note meeting and classroom visit times below.

Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July 

9.00 am  – meet in the hall first

11.30 am – meet in the hall first

1.50pm  – meet in the hall first


Three Major Highlights of the term

Disco – Friday 2nd August

The theme for the disco is come as a  ‘Movie Star’. The tickets are $5 and can be purchased outside the hall in the morning 8.30 – 8.55am and in the afternoon 3 – 3.15pm everyday. There will be no door sales.

Cross Country – Thursday 8th August

Further information to follow from our sports coordinator Anna -Lena Lockie.  This will be run at Madills Farm and you are warmly welcome.

Art Exhibition  – 17th, 18th and 19th September

This is an opportunity to view and celebrate your child’s artistic creativity.  There will be further information closer to the date regarding viewing times in future newsletters.

New Students and Families

Welcome to the ten new students who started school so far this term. We look forward to working with you and know that our community will support you during this transition time.

Caught Being Good  – “Greenies”

The fortunate students who went to the live performance of The Wind in the Willows over the holidays have let me know they had a fabulous time.  We thank Southern Stars Charitable Trust for this opportunity.

Meegan Hill and Debbie Ellery


Office Hours

The office will be open from 8.15am. If you require assistance before this time please see your childs classroom teacher or email the office at

Uniform Shop

Kohimarama School uniform is now available online and in store at the School Uniform Centre, 588 Remuera Road, Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm, Saturday 10am-1pm

Parking before and after school

We have had complaints of school families parking in driveways neighboring our school. Please be considerate and use the allocated parking or correct roadside parking.


If your child is going to be absent from school please call the school office DDI absent line on 930-9826 and follow the prompts or you can email the office at Please call or email before 9.00am.

Any parents taking their children out for holiday will need to email the office to request leave from the school. Please address this email to the Principal.

Student Achievement Discussions – Wednesday 14th August and Thursday 15th August 2019

Each discussion booking is 15 minutes long.  To ensure the smooth running of this for everyone, please ensure that you arrive in time for your booked appointment.  The end of the discussion will be by a school bell.

Please contact your teacher directly if you need to discuss your achievement discussion booking.

Wednesday 14th August – School will finish for students at 3.00pm (as usual) with discussions starting at 3.30pm

Thursday 15th August –  School will finish for the students at 1.00pm with discussions starting at 1.30pm

We will have some capacity to supervise students in the hall where parents are unable to make alternative arrangements.  It is important that your child’s classroom teacher is informed by 9.00am on the morning of Thursday 15th August if you would like your child supervised in the hall.

Instructions on how to book your Student Achievement Discussions will come out via email through the week.

Do you have Story Books in a language other than English?

Students and our school librarian, Barbara have come up with a fabulous idea of including books in our Library written in other languages.  We have a diverse group of students at our school whose first language is not English, eg. Swedish, German, Afrikaans, Dutch, French, Mandarin, etc.  If you are one of these families with books written in your first language that you do not need anymore, we would be very grateful if you took them to the Library for Barbara to add to our books. This way all students could enjoy the stories from another culture and appreciate how impressive it is for students at our school to speak  and understand more than one language.

Cowley Playground Upgrade

The Cowley playground has been resurfaced over the holidays. Thank you to the PTA for all your fundraising efforts.

Upgrade to classrooms

Works to upgrade Rooms 11-13 have been continuing through the holidays right up until Sunday afternoon. The painting, plastering, new carpet and vinyl, upgrade to switchboards and change to LED lighting have all been completed.
Remaining items are; Autex wall coverings and new heat pumps. These are scheduled to be installed next weekend. Rooms 11-13 have also had their internal cloak bays removed and are to be installed later this week.

Weekly Results

Flippaball Results

  • Year 3/4, Kohi Kinas,
  • Year 4/5, Kohi Jellyfish,
  • Year 5/6, Kohi Narwhals,

Basketball Results

  • Year 5, Kohi Hawks,
  • Year 6 Kohi Pistons,
  • Year 7/8 Kohi Hornets,

Netball Results

  • Year 5 Kohi Keas, 9-14 loss, PoD Skye M
  • Year 5, Kohi Bellbirds,
  • Year 6/8 Kohi Flames, 14-23 loss, PoD Sam B


Community Notices