School Newsletter – 22 October 2019

Term 4, Week 2 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Y5 CampMon, 21 OctTue, 22 Oct
Calendar ArtMon, 21 OctFri, 25 Oct
Y2-3 SwimmingMon, 21 OctThu, 24 Oct
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 23 Oct
Inter School Debate - 9amThu, 24 Oct
Greats and GrandsFri, 25 Oct
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 28 Oct
Y1 SwimmingWed, 30 OctFri, 1 Nov
Yr4 SleepoverWed, 30 Oct
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 30 Oct
New Entrant Visit - Room 24 - 11.30am-1pmThu, 31 Oct
Yr7/8 Mt Wellington WalkThu, 31 Oct
Bay Suburbs Girls BasketballThu, 31 Oct
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 1 Nov
Bay Suburbs Boys BasketballFri, 1 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 4 Nov
Y1 SwimmingMon, 4 NovThu, 7 Nov
Auckland Speech FinalsMon, 4 Nov
Y7/8 Eastern Zone Touch RugbyTue, 5 Nov
Yr7/8 Camp Parent Helpers Meeting 6.30Wed, 6 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 6 Nov
Yr7/8 Mercy Parklands Resthome VisitMon, 11 Nov
Y5/6 Bay Suburbs Touch RugbyMon, 11 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 11 Nov
PTA meetingMon, 11 Nov
Celebrating the Arts Festival 7pmTue, 12 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 13 Nov
Y7 Boostrix Immunisations - Catch-ups 12.00 pmThu, 14 Nov
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 Principals

Dear Parents

Thank you to all our staff and students for a great first week back to Term 4.  Already our calendar is full of exciting activities as we lead up to the end of the year.

Learner Agency

The importance of placing students at the centre of the learning is gathering momentum across the world. Yana Manyukhina and Dominic Wyse both from the University College London, have written; Agency, understood as the capacity to act independently and to make one’s own choices, is considered central to children’s development. Thus, education, and hence education curricula, have a role in the development of learner agency.

Recent reports on the future of work and education from the likes of the OECD, McKinsey and the World Bank, all agree that a future-ready person is someone who is equipped to adapt and learn throughout their lives. On top of a solid foundation in numeracy and literacy, this requires new sets of skills, values and attitudes:

  • Higher cognitive skills, which are things like creativity, critical thinking, and complex problem solving.
  • Social and emotional skills; things like collaboration, curiosity, empathy and self efficacy.
  • Technological skills. Increasingly most jobs will require some level of technological skills, from having basic sufficiency in new technologies, through to advanced IT, science, data or maths skills.
  • Values and attitudes. Most importantly, being future-ready requires a core set of values and attitudes such as respect and motivation

At Kohimarama school we have been been developing pedagogy to support Learner Agency. Significant professional learning, collaboration with other schools, teacher discussion and reflection help inform us. This link is our short video on Learner Agency at Kohimarama School.

Learner Agency Survey for our year 4-8 students

Our school has been involved in some ongoing professional learning around Learner Agency.  The school has administered a learning survey to all Year 4-8 learners. It has been used by teachers to better inform their learning design.  It is considered as a pre-gathered data set for the school. This is to inform you that the BOT have given written permission/consent for this data set to be used by Jana Benson who is undertaking her doctorate Studies through Curtin University.  Jana is a staff member at Stonefields School. The data set consists of over 1000+ entries from across four different primary schools. Anonymity is assured and no identifiable information will be included in the study. Jana will be working closely with her supervisor to ensure the validity and reliability of the survey so that the tool can be shared and used widely for other contexts and schools.  If you have any questions please either contact Paul Engles or Jana Benson  Alternatively, you can contact Jana’s supervisor Doctor Rekha Koul

This survey will take place in Week 4.

Term 4

Our Year 2 and 3 students started straight back into swimming lessons and continue this week.

Our Year 5 students are away at camp on  Monday and Tuesday this week. Two full days of exciting activities at Shakespear Lodge  have been planned. We are looking forward to welcoming them back and hearing all their stories.

As part of their continual Professional Development and ongoing learning, our Team Leaders and Deputy Principals are attending their final coaching course on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  Coaching for our teams and teachers is an effective way of ensuring that development continues purposefully for our school and individual staff.

2020 term dates

Term 1: Monday 3rd February – Thursday 9th April

Term 2: Tuesday 28th April – Friday 3rd July

Term 3: Monday 20th July – Friday 25th September

Term 4: Monday 12th October – 17 December

The Kohimarama Way – Friendliness

When people feel hurt or in trouble, they often feel alone.  Feeling alone can make things even worse.  Without compassion the world is a hard and lonely place.  Being compassionate helps us to feel less alone.  Compassion helps us to be understanding of others and ourselves.


Greats and Grands this Friday

On Friday we welcome our Greats and Grands to school.

Visitors are welcome to visit classrooms from between 9-11am.
They are free to move around all classes to visit their students.
Morning tea will be 11-11.30am in the hall for all visitors.

Labour Weekend and Teacher Only Day

Remember that this coming weekend is Labour weekend. In hope that you have an opportunity to spend quality time together and I wish you safe travels if you are heading out of Auckland. On Tuesday 29th October, following on from Labour Day,  is a Teacher Only Day. Enjoy your four day weekend.

Senior School Athletics Year 4-8, Tuesday 12th November @ Glover Park

The 2019 Senior School Athletics will be held at Glover Park on Tuesday 12th November, note the date change due the council double booking us with another school.  All parents are welcome to come and encourage their children as they compete in the events.  Children will be competing in their events and rotating around 4 different stations.  The first event starts at 9.45 am and each rotation is 45 minutes long.  There will be a break in the programme at 11.15 am where all children will watch the 800 m races and then the rotations will continue again at 12.00 pm.  We hope to have all events completed around 1.30 pm and then the 100 m finals and the house relays will be run.  Children are required to compete in their Kohimarama House t-shirt and P.E shorts.  Make sure your children have their hats and sunscreen!

Events List

Year 4 – 100m, 200m, 400m, long jump, tennis ball throw
Year 5 – 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, shotput, Discus
Year 6 – 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, shotput, Discus
Year 7 – 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, long jump, Shotput, Discus
Year 8 – 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, long jump, Shotput, Discus

Parent Helpers for Year 4 – 8 Athletics Day on Tuesday 12th November

A handful of parents are needed to help with tasks on Athletics Day.  If you are able to assist, please email

Cyber Safety Information Evening

Parent Workshop with Dr Dawn Huebner

Register your interest at  Cost is $49.00

Weekly Results

House Points Update: Term 4, Week 1

House Points for the Fortnight:

  • 1st = Colenso
  • 2nd = Patteson
  • 3rd = Atkin
  • 4th = Selwyn

Total House Points to date

  • Atkin: 14,522
  • Colenso: 14,099
  • Patteson: 13,383
  • Selwyn: 13,173

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

    • Room 1 – Ethan AH, Imogen P
    • Room 2 – Theo R
    • Room 3 – Harriet W
    • Room 4 >– Nathan W, Naiya P
    • Room 5 – Imogen W
    • Room 6 – Seerat K
    • Room 7 – Grayson M
    • Room 8 – Enrico LS
    • Room 9 – Madeleine D, Zac C
    • Room 10 – Scarlett B, Lucia M
    • Room 11 – Collins C, Leon U
    • Room 12 – Lara D, Ethan P
    • Room 13 – Harry H, Indiana C
    • Room 14 – Sophia LM, Uliana D
    • Room 15 – Theo GM, Scarlett W
    • Room 16 – Mischa M
    • Room 17 – Esme LH
    • Room 18 – Mikey L
    • Room 19 – Jocelyn KW, Toby H
    • Room 20 – Margo R, George S, Beau U
    • Room 21 – Aidan P, Finn D
    • Room 22 – Madeline B, Adina P
    • Room 23 – Aidan M, Harald S
    • Room 24 – Sammy M

Walking School Bus

Claudia B, Mattias E, Patrick M

Caught Being Good – “Greenies”
Congratulations to all for being caught doing the right thing in the playground, you are winners.  This fortnight our winners are:

Faisal                  Rm 5                  for Respect                 Atkin
Philipp                 Rm 21                for Reliability               Patteson
Holly                    Rm 22                for Reliability               Selwyn

We have 20 extra winners this week receiving a ticket from Kelly Tarlton’s. One child goes free with each paying adult for general admission.  Hopefully you find time to use this before it expires 31st December 2019.

Rm 2 Mckenzie, Rm 3 Hamish, Rm 4 Oliver, Rm 6 Indie, Pedro, Willa, Leo, Rm 8 Nico, Georgia P, Abigail, Madison A, Rm 9  Zoe, Joshua, Harry, Rm 11 Stephanie, Lachie, Rm 17 Iksimmar, Rm 22 Theo, Rm 23 Isabelle, Rm 20 Luke.

Road Patroller of the Fortnight

Thank you Layla for your reliability and responsibility in being one of our commited road patrollers.  We very much appreciate all you do to keep students and parents safe when using our crossing.

Parent Supervisors for Road Patrol

Are you free in the mornings from 8.25 until 8.55?  Do you enjoy the fresh air and supporting our school?  Well we have the job for you – we are looking for four parents to support our road patrollers on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings for the rest of the term.  Please contact the school office or email Meegan Hill  We look forward to hearing from you.

Flippaball Results

      • Year 3/4, Kohi Kinas, 0-2 lost, PoD Indie C
      • Year 5/6, Kohi Jellyfish, 2-2 draw, PoD Niklas S
      • Year 5/6, Kohi Narwhals, 3-1 win, PoD Tilly E          Result for the term: Combined B and C Grade 3rd

Community Notices