School Newsletter – 12 November 2019

Term 4, Week 5 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

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
Y8 HPV2 Immunisations 12.00 pmThu, 14 Nov
School Athletics Yr5-8Fri, 15 Nov
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 15 Nov
Y7/8 12th Night PerformanceMon, 18 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 18 Nov
Band Sign Up 6.30pmTue, 19 Nov
Student FundraiserTue, 19 Nov
Yr7/8 EPRO08 finalsTue, 19 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 20 Nov
Cowley Y2 Beach Clean Up 9-11amWed, 20 Nov
Yr5/6 EPRO08 finalsWed, 20 Nov
Y5/6 Bay Suburbs AthleticsWed, 20 Nov
Y7 Boostrix Immunisations - Catch-upsThu, 21 Nov
Y8 HPV2 Immunisations - Catch-upsThu, 21 Nov
Family Zone Parent Meeting - 7pmThu, 21 Nov
Yr7/8 Mt Wellington WalkFri, 22 Nov
Christmas Family PicnicSun, 24 Nov
Y7/8 CampMon, 25 NovFri, 29 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 25 Nov
Cowley Y3 Beach Clean Up 9-11amWed, 27 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 27 Nov
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 29 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 2 Dec
Team Celebration WeekMon, 2 DecFri, 6 Dec
Kiri Team - Auckland ZooTue, 3 Dec
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 4 Dec
Cowley Celebration DayWed, 4 Dec
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 Kiri Team

Tena Koutou Katoa

Week 5 already! Hasn’t the weather been amazing and what a happy group of children we have swimming everyday. Kiri Team started their two week swimming programme last week. The new Swimtastic pool in Mertons Road is a stunning new building, with superb  instructors. The children are loving the bus trip to and from the pool( no sleepers yet)and have been making excellent progress. The children are coached in small groups of 6 or 7 with an instructor who introduces and teaches them new skills. There is plenty of practice of these new skills with the children swimming full lengths. They will be very tired by Friday!

Greats and Grands was a huge success with Kiri children sharing their learning at school and working through a Greats and Grands Passport. This passport was a set of activities to be enjoyed with the special people in their life. It was delightful to see the collaboration between young and old.

This Term Kiri Team are learning about Water and what a precious resource it is. There has already been some interesting discussions and ideas shared. 

Discovery learning has continued to be a worthwhile platform for providing opportunities for exploration, creativity and collaboration.  The variety of equipment and resources that have been sourced and donated has certainly supported this learning. 

The Kohimarama Way this term is Compassion and children have been learning what this means to them through role play, stories, and pictures. They know being kind to their friends and others is very important.

Kiri Team would also like to welcome Sue Jacques and all the New Entrants to Kiri Team,  hope you are enjoying your new space, it looks wonderful.

Haere ra

Kiri Team

The Kohimarama Way – Compassion

You know you re practising compassion successfully when you: notice when someone is hurt or needs a friend, imagine how they must be feeling, take time to show that you care, ask how they are and listen patiently, forgive others when they make mistakes, do some service to help a person or an animal in need.


Athletics Day Update

The senior school Athletics will now be happening on Friday 15th November for Years 5-8 only. We will be at Glover Park from 9:30-12.45 and will only be doing the following events:

Year 5: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and Long Jump

Year 6: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and Long Jump

Year 7 and 8: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and Long Jump

The Year 7-8 1500m race will be at 9am on the day. All other events will commence at 9:45am.

All throwing events for Year 5-8 will be happening at school on Wednesday 13th November.

Year 4 will participate in the softball throw, 100m, 200m and long jump at a later date we will keep you informed.

Parent Helpers for Athletics Day

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

Celebrating the Arts  –  Tonight @7.00pm

We are very fortunate to have dedicated teachers and students who have committed to practising all year in our various cultural groups and tonight they will be performing for us in our school hall.  We have Kapa Haka, Junior and Senior Choir, Beginner, Intermediate and Ensemble Band.  We encourage you to come along and listen to each groups’ fabulousness.  Students are asked to be in full school uniform and to meet their groups’ teacher at 6.30pm.
Kapa Haka = Rm 22/23
Bands = Rm 19/20
Chor = Rm 18

Band Sign Up Night  –  Tuesday 19th November @ 6.30pm

For any students who will be in Years 4 to 8 next year and would like to find out about our Band programme, we invite you to come along, with your parents, to school in Rooms 22 and 23 Tuesday 19th November at 6.30pm.  We will give you an overview of the Band programme and what the expectations are if you join our Bands.  Additionally, we will have students who are already in the Band there for you to speak with and instruments for your child/ren to ‘have a go’ on.  We are a brass and woodwind band which includes instruments such as flute, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, trombone.  You will meet Miss Susanna Middleton-Olliver who is our Band Director and we will also share information regarding the hiring of instruments.

Student Fundraiser  –  Cancer Research  Date Change to Tuesday 19th November

Next week we have our final student fundraiser for the year.  We are asking students to participate by wearing mufti (clothes they would wear after school or at the weekend) and bring $2.

2019 School Yearbook – On sale via Kindo

Orders for The Kohimarama School Year Book are now open.
This year’s book is 64 pages in full-colour and has a page featuring each class.  It also showcases the highlights of the academic, sporting and cultural year for the school. This year, we will again be offering a digital version (PDF).

  • Costs: Hard-copy magazine $25, Digital version $10, Hard-copy & Digital Package $30
  • Orders close: Friday 6th December
  • Distributed to classrooms: Thursday 12th December

Make your orders through the Online Shop –

ICAS Science and Mathematics results

We offer the opportunity for students in Years 4 to 8 to sit these assessments.  Starting this year Distinction and High Distinctions Certificates will be handed out in the next school assembly, all other certificates will be given out in class. Our results for 2019 are:
Science                                                           Mathematics
31 students achieved participation                38 students achieved participation
8 students achieved merit                              9 students achieved merit
22 students achieved credit                           27 students achieved credit
5 students achieved  distinction                     6 students achieved distinction

Creating Family Zone accounts

Our school will prepare the information required to create Family Zone accounts. 

What information is required to create Family Zone accounts? 

  • Student information (for each student in the family) 

○ First Name 

○ Last Name 

○ Date of Birth 

  • Parent/guardian information 

○ First Name 

○ Last Name 

○ Email address 

Why does Family Zone need the parents’ email addresses? Parents’ email addresses are required to provision the account and email the account set-up link. 

Why does Family Zone need students’ date of birth? Creating family accounts requires the absolute minimum information; however, the students’ date of birth is an important element of PII (personally identifiable information) and it is essential that it be correct. The students’ date of birth also ensures your child is placed in the correct age profile in your Family Zone account. 

How does Family Zone protect the data supplied? Please be assured that Family Zone takes privacy and security seriously. All data collected will be kept in strictest confidence in accordance with our Privacy and Customer Detail & Security Policy

Opting Out If you don’t wish to use Family Zone outside of school hours, please respond to this email to opt out. Please note, if you decide to opt out, a Family Zone account will NOT be made for you, however your child’s internet access during school hours will STILL be required to adhere with our acceptable ICT usage policy, including with regards to unsafe networks (eg Mobile data).

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 – 15 December


Sports Results

Flippaball Results

      • Year 3/4, Kohi Kinas, 3-1 win, PoD Coco P
      • Year 5/6, Kohi Jellyfish, 3-2 win, PoD Max A
      • Year 5/6, Kohi Narwhals, 4-0 win, PoD Mischa M

Touch Results

      • Year 5 Kohi Dragons, 7-2 win, PoD Lucas
      • Year 5 Kohi Rabbitohs, PoD Cohen E


North Island Optomist Champs

Our kids had a great time at the North Island Optomist Champs last weekend.

Racing against a fleet of 88 they achieved…

Sean K 5th overall , 2nd 12 year old
Oli S 15th overall, 3rd 11 year old
Zoe S 52nd overall

Weet Bix Tryathlon Sunday 9th February

The annual Central East Auckland Weet Bix Tryathlon is coming up on Sunday 9th February 2020 at Pt England reserve. Kohimarama School has created a school group so when registering your child following the instructions and enter them into the group. Go to the following website for more information

The PTA will be setting up the big School Marquee. Its is a great fun event for students. Entries close on February 5th 2020.


Community Notices