School Newsletter – 19 November 2019

Term 4, Week 6 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Student FundraiserTue, 19 Nov
Yr7/8 EPRO08 finalsTue, 19 Nov
Band Sign Up 6.30pmTue, 19 Nov
Yr5/6 EPRO08 finalsWed, 20 Nov
Y5/6 Bay Suburbs AthleticsWed, 20 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 20 Nov
Cowley Y2 Beach Clean Up 9-11amWed, 20 Nov
Y7 Boostrix Immunisations - Catch-upsThu, 21 Nov
Family Zone Parent Meeting - 7pmThu, 21 Nov
Y8 HPV2 Immunisations - Catch-upsThu, 21 Nov
Yr7/8 Mt Wellington WalkFri, 22 Nov
Christmas Family PicnicSun, 24 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 25 Nov
Y7/8 CampMon, 25 NovFri, 29 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 27 Nov
Cowley Y3 Beach Clean Up 9-11amWed, 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
Yr 6 - TiritirimatangiThu, 5 Dec
Hillary Fun Day - Parnell BathsFri, 6 Dec
Y7/8 Celebration Day - DevonportFri, 6 Dec
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 9 Dec
Sports AssemblyTue, 10 Dec
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 11 Dec
School AssemblyFri, 13 Dec
Certificate AssemblyMon, 16 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 the Deputy Principals

Family Zone Parent Meeting, 7pm Thursday 21st in Room 23.

Are you interested in keeping your child safe when they are using devices?

We have the right tool for you. Come along this Thursday at 7pm to find out more about how this can be achieved. Spot prizes will be given out through the night, it is worth your while. Read more further in the newsletter.

Athletics Y 5-8

Congratulations to all who took part. You all tried your best and achieved house points which is really important at this time of year – think house shield at final assembly!


Congratulations to our first ever cheerleading squad who took part in the Cheerbandz Nationals competition for schools. This group was across a range of year groups and coached by Sheridan Read and Rachelle Hall over a period of three weeks. This hard work paid off as they received first in their division – grade 2 and also received first overall.  What a fantastic achievement. Go Kohimarama School.

A message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Communications Survey – Initial findings and feedback

What’s working well

We had some fantastic feedback about the communication changes the school has made over the past couple of years. Specifically, the Newsletter, school calendar, FlexiBuzz app, Class Dojo, and the updated website. The feedback was that these are working well. 

Parents also appreciated the communication from their children’s teachers and the ability to have direct conversations with them.

What could be improved

The main area that people would like to see improved is the day-to-day communication about the learning taking place in the classroom. This tells us how engaged our learning community is with our children’s learning. In particular, some parents want to see more regular and detailed communication from teachers to support learning conversations they are having with their children at home. 

The other area where parents would like to see communications improved is in the early consultation on changes happening in the school, particularly around teaching practices. When asked about specific changes taking place, there was a mix in terms of what parents were most interested in. The 3 main priorities that emerged were:

– School Talk and the end of year report.

– The new digital curriculum and how that will look at Kohimarama School

– Changes to the physical classroom environment

Next steps

In the first instance we are setting up a question and answer section in the newsletter. 

Today will be the first in responding to questions and answers raised in the survey and general questions through the email address

Q: Are we able to get more regular updates on how our children are achieving?

A: The best way to regularly check on your how child is achieving is to have a look at the ‘Progressions’ section in School Talk. Here you’ll be able to see how your child is tracking on core subjects and learner dispositions relative to where they should be based on the curriculum. You can drill down to see how they are doing in particular areas and where they will be progressing to next. If you then have any questions or concerns, you’re in a great position to have an informed discussion with your child’s teacher. Find out more about using School Talk by clicking here.

Q: What extra curricular opportunities are there on offer and is there an easy way to find them out?

A: We are fortunate that we are able to offer a broad range of extracurricular opportunities.

  • Academic – Programmes available include Mathex, Otago Problem Solving, and ICAS. To find out more click here.
  • Arts – Students can participate in the Choir, Band Programme, Rock Band, and Kapa Haka. To find out more click here.
  • Sports – In addition to the school physical education programme, there are a wide range of school sports events and sports teams for the children to get involved in. To find out more click here.

In addition to our school opportunities, a wide range of after school activities are on offer. More information can be found here on our website

Do you want to keep your children safe on the Internet?  That is what we are doing at Kohimarama School. We have partnered with Family zone to roll out changes to our cyber safety measures at school to ensure that all students are protected on the internet, no matter what device they are on or what network they are using to access it.

During this year and in discussion with parents, we decided to extend the standard Ministry of Education protection to ensure that all students are safe and secure when using devices. We are able to extend this to you, the parents, so that you can be assured that your children are safe at home as well. Family Zone offers us comprehensive management tools to ensure that everyone is safe so sharing this with you enables us to work together.  

To find out more please attend our parent meeting on Thursday 21 November at 7pm


Any device a student brings to school needs to be protected by Family Zone’s Mobile Zone application (see below). This ensures that the devices will comply with the school’s expectations for internet usage during school hours, regardless of internet connection. Outside of school hours, parents can use their Family Zone account to get insights into internet access for devices with Mobile Zone activated and protect them if they choose. See below for more information.


On Thursday 21 November, we will invite you to create a Family Zone account. If you don’t already have a Family Zone account, you will receive an email from Family Zone with instructions on how to set up your account and install and activate the Mobile Zone app on your child’s device. All families will start with a Family Zone Insights pack. See below for more information.


Mobile Zone is Family Zone’s application which you can download onto your children’s devices (smartphones, tablets & laptops) to protect and manage their internet use no matter where they are or what network they are connected to. The school will manage this during school hours and parents can manage their children’s internet settings, access and routines – anywhere, anytime via their Family Zone account called the Zone Manager. This can be done online or via the Zone Manager app.


Family Zone Insights is a FREE pack available to all families at the school providing them with powerful insights to view internet usage on up to 6 devices with Mobile Zone activated. This includes snapshots of usage and detailed reports, along with visibility into installed apps and (where activated by parents) device location. Simply log into your Family Zone account and install the Mobile Zone App on your child’s device to view insights.


A Family Zone Premium pack allows families to filter the internet (eg block adult content) and apply routines (eg study and sleep times) on up to 6 devices with Mobile Zone activated. Families can subscribe to Family Zone’s Premium pack for $59 incl. GST per year from the subscription settings within their account. If you have more than 6 devices, you can purchase an Extension Pack via the Family Zone Shop.

At the meeting we will be giving some premium family packs away, so come along you might be a lucky recipient. 

WHO IS ySafe?

Family Zone works with a number of Cyber Experts dedicated to helping keep young people safe online. Kohimarama School is proud to partner with ySafe. They’ll manage your filters and settings, and keep you up to date with the latest apps, trends and online risks.

Visit this special website to learn more about how this software is being made available to families and the school’s expectations regarding devices being brought to school:

Confirmed 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 – Tuesday 15 December

The Kohimarama Way – Compassion

Ïf your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” Jack Kornfield
“Walk a mile in my shoes.”


New Entrant Parent Information Session

We invite all parents of students who have joined Kohimarama School recently as New Entrants to attend this informative session with Miss Hill and Mrs Bradley.  It will be in the hall on Monday 9th December from 10am-11am.  Please no preschoolers at this session.  If you would like further information please contact Karen in the office.

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

We are offering an information session for all student who will be in Years 4 to 8 next year and may be interested in joining our school Band.  The instruments we play are woodwind – clarinet, saxophone, oboe, flute or brass – trumpet or trombone.  There will be students who are already in our Band with their instruments available to talk with and try their instruments.  Miss Middleton-Olliver, our Band Director and Miss Hill will be there also to outline the programme, student commitment and costings.  Be great to see you there if you are interested.

Student Fundraiser  –  Cancer Research

Today we held our last student fundraiser of the year for Cancer Research, thank you to all the students and staff members who participated.  We raised

Working together with Kindo, Kohimarama School will bring you a fantastic way to view and pay for your child’s school needs online.

No cash, no paper, no hassle!

It is our preferred method of payment.

You can:

  • view and make full or part payments on your family account
  • pay for sports teams
  • support PTA fundraisers

More items will come in 2020.

Choose to pay-as-you-go or add funds to your Kindo account in advance, using internet banking, account2account or Visa/Mastercard (fees apply).


Athletics Day Results

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
100m Y5G Millie Benbow Mischa McLister Isla McGhie
Y5B Matthew Sawden Xavier Freitag Zephyr Galbusera Lokeni
Y6G Mackenzie Roxburgh Poppy Monk Szilvi Pinter
Y6B Henry McMahon Harold Schlasberg Aidan McGregor
Y7G Jezzabella Bianco Lucy Hargreaves Emma Atterbury
Y7B Timothy Cruz TJ Duder Elden Chen
Y8G Amelia Marsh Nya Pryde Leanne Clifford
Y8B Lachlainn McMahon Rhys Gardner Sasha Whitley
200m Y5G Millie Benbow Mischa McLister Isla McGhie
Y5B Matthew Sawden Zach Gillet

Leon Lonshakov

Zephyr Galbusera Lokeni
Y6G Maddie Bell Poppy Monk Isabella Jarvie
Y6B Henry McMahon Harold Schlasberg Noay Payten
Y7G Jezzabella Bianco Lucy Hargreaves Maddison Tough
Y7B Timothy Cruz TJ Duder Thomas Findlay
Y8G Amelia Marsh Leanne Clifford Cynthia Wang
Y8B Lachlainn McMahon Mikey Lewis Rhys Gardner
400m Y5G Amelia Benbow Isla McGhie Mischa McLister
Y5B Chad McLullich Matthew Sawden Sam Duder
Y6G Mackenzie Roxburgh Isabella Jarvie Poppy Monk
Y6B Cormac Pepper Henry McMahon Noah Payten
Y7G Lucy Hargreaves Emma Atterbury Jezzabella Bianco
Y7B TJ Duder Cooper Fenwick Matthew Wright
Y8G Amelia Marsh Leanne Clifford Cynthia Wang
Y8B Lachlainn McMahon Natan Chadzynski Callum Blyth
800m Y5G Millie Benbow Mischa McLister

Darcy Atkinson

Isla McGhie
Y5B Chad McLullich Matthew Sawden

Xavier Freitag

Theo Gheerbrant-Mourao
Y6G Bella Jarvie Mackenzie Roxburgh Poppy Monk
Y6B Cormac Pepper Noah Payten Oliver Stone
Y7G Lucy Hargreaves Emma Atterbury Margo Renoux
Y7B TJ Duder Luke Travalgia Matthew Wright
Y8G Leanne Clifford Zoe Stone NA
Y8B Natan Chadzynski Lachlainn McMahon Callum Blyth
1500m Y7G Lucy Hargreaves Margo Renoux NA
Y7B TJ Duder Luke Travalgia Cooper Fenwick
Y8G Leanne Clifford Zoe Stone Nya Pryde
Y8B Natan Chadzynski Callum Blyth Lachlainn McMahon
Long Jump Y5G Amelia Benbow Mischa McLister Frida Comber
Y5B Matthew Sawden Zavier Freitag Sam Duder
Y6G Maddie Bell Poppy Monk Mieke Thompson-Pain
Y6B Noah Payten

Harold Schlasberg

Phillip Kartusov Aiden McGregor
Y7G Jezzabella Bianco Lucy Hargreaves Emma Atterbury
Y7B TJ Duder Matthew Wright Harry Evans
Y8G Amelia Marsh Grace Denby Nya Pryde
Y8B Mikey Lewis Lachlainn McMahon Natan Chadzynski

Matthew Bailey

High Jump Y5G Millie Benbow Mischa McLister NA
Y5B Zach Gillet

Zakary Coquillat

Niklas Schwabe

Isaac Rogers

Y6G Mackenzie Roxburgh Maddie Bell Keisha Knight
Y6B Aidan McGregor Henry McMahon Monty Neubert
Y7G Jezzabella Bianco Lucy Hargreaves NA
Y7B Matthew Wright Toby Holland NA
Y8G Zoe Cotton Amelia Marsh NA
Y8B Lachlainn McMahon Mikey Lewis Matthew Bailey
Discus Y5G Millie Benbow Mischa McLister Summer Pene
Y5B Niklas Schwabe Sam Duder Andrew Findlay
Y6G Samantha Lye Maddie Bell Mia Pepper
Y6B Aidan McGregor Zachary Blundell Harold Schlasberg
Shot put Y5G Millie Benbow Summer Pene Mischa McLIster
Y5B Sam Duder Blake Stewart Leon Lonkshakov
Y6G Georgia MacDonald Icey Shi

Bella Jarvie

Mia Pepper
Y6B Monty Neubert Aidan McGregor Zachary Blundell
Discus Y7G Jezzabella Bianco Sofia McCrorie Rodriguez Emma Atterbury
Y7B Elden Chen TJ Duder Matthew Wright

Timothy Cruz

Y8G Nya Pryde Zoe Cotton Grace Denby
Y8B Lachlainn McMahon Mohammed Mubard Callum Blyth
Shot put Y7G Jezzabella Bianco Emma Atterbury Lucy Hargreaves
Y7B Thomas Findlay

Jacob Cameron

TJ Duder

Matthew Wright

Barney Bayly
Y8G Zoe Cotton Nya Pryde Grace Denby
Y8B Natan Chadzynski Mohammad Mubard Lachlainn McMahon

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management’s upcoming emergency mobile alert test on Sunday 24 November.

The Ministry wants to make sure all New Zealanders with a mobile phone, including visitors such as international students, are aware of the upcoming mobile alert test.

Emergency Mobile Alerts are messages about emergencies sent by authorised emergency agencies to capable mobile phones. The alerts are designed to keep people safe and are broadcast to all capable phones from targeted cell towers. They can be targeted to areas affected by serious hazards and will only be sent when there is a serious threat to life, health or property, and, in some cases, for test purposes.

An advertising campaign will run from 17-24 November on TV, radio and online, along with other communications activity.

We apologise if you have already received this information from other channels.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management

Weekly Results

House Points Update: Term 4, Week 5

House Points for the Fortnight:

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

Total House Points to date

  • Atkin: 15,766
  • Colenso: 15,372
  • Patteson: 14,700
  • Selwyn: 14,503

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

    • Room 1 – Joshua
    • Room 2 – Mason
    • Room 3 – Huxley
    • Room 4 – Archer
    • Room 5 – Noah
    • Room 6 – Grayson, Isaac
    • Room 7 – Ben C, Ben L, Oliver
    • Room 8 – Jamie, Georgia
    • Room 9 – Daniel
    • Room 10 – Bella, Andrew
    • Room 11 – Marko, Tiffany
    • Room 12 – Patrick, Ava
    • Room 13 – Lucas
    • Room 14 – Adrian, Kroum
    • Room 15 – Alexander
    • Room 16 – Maddie
    • Room 17 – Sienna
    • Room 18 – Lukas, Lachlain
    • Room 19 – Jezzabella, Sebastian
    • Room 20 – Zoe, Grace
    • Room 21 – Laila
    • Room 22 – Katie, Mackenzie
    • Room 23 – Sherry
    • Room 24 – Michelle, Ben,Jackson, Ambra, Louis,

Walking School Bus

Hamish M, Alex C, Sam D, Mia J

Eco Warrior

Ashton C

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:

Charlie           Rm 3            for Respect            Atkin
Hannah          Rm 5            for Respect           Colenso
Jay                 Rm 24          for Resptec           Colenso
We also had 30 lucky winners pulled out who received a free entry ticket for a child who is accompanied by a paying adult to Kelly Tarlton’s.

Flippaball Results

      • Year 3/4, Kohi Kinas, lost by default, PoD none
      • Year 5/6, Kohi Jellyfish, 5-1 win, PoD Andrew F
      • Year 5/6, Kohi Narwhals, 4-1 win, PoD Annabelle W

Touch Results

      • Year 6, Kohi Eastern Dodgers, 1-2 loss, PoD Mackenzie R
      • Year 6, Kohi Eastern Dodgers, 6-2 win, PoD Mia P & Bella J

Community Notices