PTA Newsletter – 15 October 2019

School community news and upcoming PTA events and initiatives

Upcoming PTA Events

Last day for Xmas Ham BookingsThu, 24 Oct
Calendar art orders due todayFri, 25 Oct
Greats & Grans Morning TeaFri, 25 Oct, 10:00am
A Jolly Holly Kohi Xmas Picnic Sun, 24 Nov, 3:00pm
Race to Base 'Amazing Race' Family eventSun, 24 Nov, 3:30pm
Last day for Xmas Tree SalesSun, 1 Dec
Last day for Calendar art ordersSun, 1 Dec
Christmas Hams collected today - time TBCFri, 6 Dec
Christmas trees collected from schoolSun, 8 Dec, 10:00am

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.

Welcome back to term 4. Did you know it’s only 10 weeks until Christmas!?  We have some great ways to make your Christmas planning a little easier starting with our Xmas ham fundraiser (orders due by Thurs 24th). Our inaugural ‘A Jolly Holly Kohi Xmas Picnic’ community event on Sun 24th November will include lots of fun activities including an Amazing Race treasure hunt style family event and will be a great way to welcome in the festive season.

Event News

Race to Base ‘Amazing Race’ treasure hunt style Family event – 24 November 3.30-5pm

What a fun way to kick off the ‘Jolly Holly Kohi Xmas Picnic’!

This is a great event for the whole family to get involved. Using a mobile app your team will follow race clues around the school and beyond, completing along the way fun challenges that involves teamwork, decision making, problem solving and a little bit of luck!  

The Race to Base is a professionally run event by Clued Up. It caters for kids of all ages (year 0 right through to year 8) and is designed for teams to be a mix of parents & kids (as one person in the team will need a mobile phone to access the Race to Base App).

Teams will receive clues, instructions and navigational guidance using the latest mobile app technology which navigates to a variety of ‘checkpoints’ and interactive challenges.  Each checkpoint presents a different challenge – teams will find themselves solving clues and completing fun challenges.  Teams all visit the same locations but in a different random order and will make or lose time depending on how you complete the challenges which means that the first team back is not necessarily the winner!

Cost is $25 per family/team (up to 6 people per team) 

Teams must pre-register and pay via online store on Kohimarama School website by Friday 15 November. 

A Jolly Holly Kohi Xmas Picnic  – 24 November 3-7pm

Our inaugural ‘A Jolly Holly Kohi Xmas Picnic’ community event will take place on Sunday 24th November from 3-7pm at the Kohimarama School top field.  It will be a relaxed afternoon for all of our Kohimarama School families to ‘welcome in the festive season’.  Come for an hour or for the entire afternoon, there will be plenty of fun activities and entertainment for all the family.

Family Fun …
  • 3.30-5pm – Race to Base ‘Amazing Race’ treasure hunt style Family event – refer details above
Kids Activities …
  • Race your friends on the obstacle bouncy castle and test your soccer skills with the inflatable Soccer Dartboard 
  • Face painters and balloon twisters available 3.30-5.30pm 
  • Santa will even make a guest appearance!
Food, Food Glorious Food … 
  • Bring your own picnic or enjoy the wide array of food trucks available from 4pm – Crepes Creation, The Sushi Truck, Spin Spuds, Stumpy’s Pizza & Ice Cream Social
Be Entertained … 
  • 6pm – Performances from our very own Kapa Haka group and School Band who will delight and entertain us
Win … $1,000 House of Travel Voucher 
  • $5 Raffle – please bring cash!   Drawn 6.30pm

Activity Update

Calendar Art Fundraiser – Orders due by Fri 25th October

We are again doing our annual calendar artwork fundraiser. During art week last term the kids worked on their Calendar Art and this week (14-18 October) it is available for you to view in class.

It is not limited to calendars however … cards, diaries, sketch pads, diaries and mouse mats are also available!  You would have also seen the order form in your kids book bags, if not you can view it here.

Orders are due please by Fri 25th October. To order, either go to the online store on Kohimarama School website or complete the paper form and return cash or cheque (payable to Kohimarama School PTA) in an envelope to the school office. Or direct credit to the PTA account 12-3027-0332092-00 (Referencing: Calendar. Child’s name. Room #)

Calendar Art is kindly sponsored by House of Travel St Heliers

Xmas Fundraisers – Trees & Hams

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells … To make your planning a little easier, this year we can take care of two essential Christmas items for you with our Xmas Tree and Xmas Ham fundraisers – for every Christmas tree and ham purchase will raise valuable funds for our school.

Christmas Cooked Hams – Harmony Organic & Free Range!  Order by Thursday 24 October

The Harmony NZ brand is organic restaurant quality, produced using the most ethical and sustainable methods – My Food Bag uses Harmony brand products and is also sold in Farro Fresh.

There are two Christmas ham options:

  • NZ Harmony Free Farmed Half Cooked On Bone 4.25-4.75kgs – $75.00 (Harmony brand is free range)
  • NZ Half Cooked Ham On Bone 4.00-4.50kgs – $65.00
  • Ham bags are also available – $10.00

To purchase a ham – Book via online store by Thurs 24 October.  Hams will be delivered to school for distribution on 06 December.

Christmas Trees

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree … there is something truly special about a real Christmas tree!

We are working with Zach’s Christmas Trees who will provide Kohimarama School a commission for any Christmas trees sold – the more trees sold, the higher the funds!

More details to come.

Greats & Grans Morning Tea – Looking for Volunteers

The annual Kohimarama School Greats and Grans morning is being held on Friday 25th October. The PTA supports this event by helping set up and serve the all important hot drinks and morning tea!  We need a number of people to help out between 10.30 and 12noon. If you can help please email Lynda

Pizza Friday’s Continue in Term 4

Pizza Friday’s continue this term, so kids will still be able to enjoy a slice of pizza (or fruity kanuti ice block) through to the end of the year each Friday at Big Break.

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.