PTA Newsletter – 26 November 2019

School community news and upcoming PTA events and initiatives

Upcoming PTA Events

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.

It’s hard to believe this year is almost over … it’s only one month until Christmas! This is our final newsletter for the year, and from all of us at the PTA, we thank you so much for your generous support this year.

We thank everyone who has contributed their time this year to PTA activities, be it supporting our events or organising fundraisers, co-ordinating rosters, spending your mornings on road patrol and walking school bus, selling Friday ice blocks/pizza or sorting Wednesday sushi, washing laundry, selling second hand uniforms & entertainment books, managing scholastic book club … the list goes on. We also thank everybody who has contributed valuable funds this year, WE ARE TRULY GRATEFUL.

We have lots of fun events and fundraisers planned for next year, but until then we wish you all a very safe and happy Christmas and holiday. See you in 2020!

Event News

A Jolly Holly Kohi Xmas Picnic – Oh what fun!

The sun shone, the kids bounced tire..less…ly on the bouncy castle and our fabulous Kapa Haka, band and choir entertained us while enjoying a relaxed afternoon (very well earned after the amazing race!) with family and friends. The afternoon started with 54 teams racing around the school and beyond in the bid to be our inaugural Amazing Race champions – congratulations to The Watkins-Ward family our winners for this year, closely followed by The Evans Family and picking up bronze was the Kneeshaw Knights. If the pics are anything to go by, it certainly was a fun way to kick off our Jolly Holly Kohi Xmas Picnic!

We are very grateful for the support of House of Travel St Heliers. Kohimarama School holds a special place in Owner Operator Darren McGregor’s heart.  A few words from Darren, our sponsor and friend of Kohimarama School.

“House of Travel St. Heliers were really excited to sponsor the Jolly Holly Xmas Picnic on Sunday and delighted to see the tradition continue and grow & flourish and I’m sure you’ll al agree the PTA did a marvellous job this year.

Kohimarama School has a special place in my heart as my daughter was pupil from Year 1 through to Year 8 and like her we made life long friends through the school.

Having recently taken ownership of The House of Travel St. Heliers it is a privilege to be able to give a little back and support the school once again and we’re looking forward to continuing to support the PTA and Kohimarama School #BetterTogether

So next time you are looking for some inspiration drop in store and pop in and say hello and meet our new team.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2020.”
Darren McGregor – Director House of Travel St. Heliers

Weetbix Triathlon 2020 – REGISTRATIONS OPEN

The annual Central East Auckland Weetbix Triathlon will be held on Sunday 9th February 2020 at Pt England Reserve. Kohimarama School has created a school group so when registering your child follow the instructions and enter them into our school group. For more info can be found at  Entries close on 5th February 2020.

The PTA will be setting up the big school marquee – its a great fun event for students to register now!

Top Schools Fun Day – Sunday 1 March 2020

Kohimarama School will be taking part in next years Top Schools Fun day – a day of fun competition between Primary Schools in the Auckland East area.

The school can enter teams of 10 children into each division:

  • Division 1 is Years 3 & 4
  • Division 2 is Years 5 & 6

The teams will compete in fun activities: Wobbly Wheels, Slippery Slide, Sponge Fun, Gumboot Throw, Ski Run, Mine Field, Newspaper Delivery and Husky Run.

Everyone has a sensational day out with excellent opportunities to have great fun in a team.

Save the Date if interested – team registrations and more details to come next year

Activity Update

No Sushi Wednesday today

There will be no school delivery today (27th Nov) as Mr Rice Runner is out of town. They will resume the following week on Wed 4th Dec.

For those who have placed term orders Rice Runner has refunded you for 27th Nov, please let them know if you don’t see it come through in a couple of days.

Calendar Art Fundraiser

Last week the kids would have taken home their calendar art orders – and don’t they look fab!

If you would like to reorder any artwork or place a new order (that missed the initial cut off date) orders will be accepted via the online store until Sunday 1st December ONLY.

Xmas Fundraisers – Zach’s Christmas Trees – ORDER BY 1 DEC

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.

Ordering is really simple … just go to to order your tree by 1 December.

For more details, view the Christmas Tree Flyer (PDF)

Be Sunsafe this Summer with Solimara Sunscreen

Solimara offers a truly natural sunscreen that provides superior broad spectrum SPF50 sun protection from damaging UVA + UVB rays. Containing natural oils and minerals the sunscreen is suitable for all the family (including kids 6+ months). You can purchase a 150 gram tube of sunscreen for $40 from our online shop – our school also receives a commission for every sunscreen sold.

Fun Activities & Events at St Heliers Bay Village

There are plenty of FREE family events down in St Heliers Village this Christmas, including the Addams Family ‘treasure hunt’ – entries forms from the library.

Get involved and have your say in 2020

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.