PTA Newsletter – 30 October 2019

School community news and upcoming PTA events and initiatives

Upcoming PTA Events

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.

Event News

24 November 3.30-5pm

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

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. 

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!

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 
  • Magic Photo booth available 3-6pm
  • 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


Harmony Hams

Thanks to everybody who purchased a Harmony Cooked Christmas Ham – your purchases raised just over $450 for the school!  Hams will be delivered to the school on Fri 6th Dec – more details to come regarding timing etc.

Zach’s Christmas Trees

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

Every Christmas tree purchased online through Zach’s Christmas tree will raise valuable funds for our school – the more trees sold, the higher the funds!

Zach’s Christmas Trees provides the finest Christmas trees in Auckland, so purchase with confidence knowing that your tree will be one of the best in the neighbourhood!

Two tree options available:

  • 4ft to 5ft          $38.00
  • 5ft to 6.5ft       $48.00

You can collect your tree from the school on Sun 8th December between 10am-12noon, or have it delivered to your house on Mon 9th or Tues 10th December for $15. Removal after Christmas is also an option for $15.00.

Ordering is really simple … just click here to order your tree by 01 December.

For more details, view here

2020 Job Vacancies – we need your help please! 

We are so grateful for the parents who have been able to support with some very key roles over the past year(s), and now for a variety of reasons we have some vacancies for next year.  Huge thanks go to Michelle C, Kristy P and Billie M for ensuring our kids are safe crossing the roads each morning, enjoy their Friday treat and raise valuable funds for the school through second hand uniform sales and entertainment books – THANK YOU for your amazing support over the years.

Starting next year we are looking for some new people to manage these important jobs:

  • Ice block/pizza Friday co-ordinator – managing roster term basis & purchasing ice blocks weekly
  • Second hand uniform co-ordinator – manage requests ad hoc/weekly basis
  • Entertainment book co-ordinator – manage sale of entertainment book fundraiser once a year
  • Road patrol co-ordinator – managing roster term basis
  • Sushi co-ordinator – managing roster term basis

These jobs can be done remotely and don’t need to take too much of your time.  If you are interested and would like to find out more information, please contact 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.