School Newsletter – 06 August 2019

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

Upcoming Events

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
Student Achievement Discussions 3.30-6pmWed, 14 Aug
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 14 Aug
Student Achievement Discussion 1.30-8pmThu, 15 Aug
School Closes 1 pm Student Achievement DiscussionsThu, 15 Aug
Cross CountryFri, 16 Aug
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 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
Otago Problem Solving Set 5Thu, 22 Aug
Y7/8 E Pro 8 Challenge 5-8pmThu, 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
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 28 Aug
Team, Staff and Sibling PhotosThu, 29 Aug
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 30 Aug
Blokes' BreakfastFri, 30 Aug
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 2 Sep
School Speech FinalsMon, 2 Sep
Y4-8 ICAS ScienceWed, 4 Sep
Band Showcase 6.30pmWed, 4 Sep
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 4 Sep
Y6 E Pro 8 9.30am-12pmThu, 5 Sep
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 Cowley Team

Cowley’s Trip to MOTAT

Last week all of Cowley team visited MOTAT as part of our studies on Imagination, Invention and Innovation. We had a fabulous time! The Year 2 students spent the day there on Tuesday and the Year 3’s on Wednesday.

The children got to explore the site, go on a tram ride and spend time with a MOTAT Educator who led them in activity around inventing a machine.  

The children especially enjoyed the telephone exhibit which showcased telephones right from Alexander Graham Bell’s invention and then communication through the years. They got to ring each other using older models of telephones, and some even rang their family members and left messages. Some of the children also learnt about morse code and had a go at tapping out their names.

Another highlight was exploring the Innovators exhibition which highlighted key inventions and innovations that New Zealanders had developed and that were having an impact on the world around them such as Springfree trampolines (which they got to try out), and Rocketlab.

Once all the exploring had been done (and the tram ride completed) each class got to spend time with a MOTAT Educator who gave them the challenge of inventing a machine that could cause a chain reaction and knock down a small block. The children were in groups of 4 to 5 and had to collaborate and work as a team to complete the task. They learned first hand what it must be like as an inventor, having to make ‘prototypes’, conduct multiple tests to see if their design would be successful, be persistent and see the task through. It was also a valuable experience for them to realise that  inventions happen often as the result of several people working together to solve a problem.

It was wonderful to see all the different innovative designs the children created and the success they had at getting their machine to work.

Thank you MOTAT!

The Kohimarama Way – Friendliness

We practice Friendliness by liking ourselves and believing that we have something to share with others.  We be kind to people we don’t know.  We can be friendly just by walking in Eastridge, through the school grounds, down at the waterfront by looking into people’s faces and smiling.  They will probably smile back, if they don’t that is on them, not you.  We can show our friends we are glad to see them, by asking how their day is going and sharing our news with them.


School Email Addresses

We are due to close the old school domain of Any emails going to these email addresses will start to bouce back at the end of the month. Please ensure you have updated any school emails to our correct school domain For example not the old domain of If you need help with any email addresses, please feel free to contact the school office.

Student Achievement Discussions – Booking Instructions.

Student Achievement Discussion bookings are now open and close on Friday 9th August at 3pm.
Please leave a gap between your interviews if moving from one class to another so you do not lose some of your precious talking time.
The booking form can be accessed via the following web address:
Click onto the link to make a booking and enter the School Event Code: feaew
Then follow the instructions.
If for any reason you are unable to access this site or you experience any problems, please contact Karen at the School Office on 930 9820 ext 7001

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.

Photolife Photos – Tuesday 27th August and Thursday 29th August

Photolife will return in August to take all group, team and sibling photos.
Sibling photos will only be taken of those families who have completed a sibling form.
These are available from the office.

A fine demonstration of Kohimarama Values

A fine demonstration of Kohimarama Values of commitment and reliability. The attached photos show the two year 3 Kohimarama  netball teams on the last Thursday of last term during an horrendous storm. As you can see, the normally packed netball stadium was close to empty as so many teams just bailed.  But, not the Kohi year 3s! Out of 5 teams that actually showed up (normally there would be about 40) TWO of them were our girls and their passionate coaches. They demonstrated a passion for the game and resilience in seeing their games through despite the weather.  Thank you to these girls and their coaches for representing us so well. We are proud of you.

Maddie D, Emily C, Lily C , Jasmine H, Lily O, Emily M, Louisa W

Georgia B , Esther C, Mikayla E, Alexa J, Demi C, Alexandra S, Stephanie G

Year 5/6 Kids Lit Competition

On Tuesday we sent two teams to the annual Eastern Bays Kids Lit Competition. The children answered questions about 12 set books written by NZ authors.  Our teams both tied for 9th place against some strong competition from 26 other teams. We received a lovely picture book ‘Pea Pod Lullaby’ which will be made available in the school library.
Well done to our competitors; Max A, Drew B, Theo B, Casper H, Nina R, Theo B, Tom M, Mia P and Asher Z.

Congratulations to Leanne Clifford

Congratulations to Leanne Clifford for coming 3rd place for her year level at the gymnastics competition today.

Weekly Results

Basketball Results

  • Year 5, Kohi Hawks,13-1 win, PoD Mischa M
  • Year 6 Kohi Pistons, 34-28 win, PoD Ashton C

Netball Results

  • Year 5 Kohi Keas, 12-12 draw, PoD Imogen Q
  • Year 5, Kohi Bellbirds, 1-1 draw, PoD Lola P
  • Year 5 Kohi Pukekos, 1-1 draw, PoD Sienna D
  • Year 6/8 Kohi Flames, 22-14 win, PoD Sophie