School Newsletter – 26 November 2019

Term 4, Week 7 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Y7/8 CampMon, 25 NovFri, 29 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 25 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
Team Celebration WeekMon, 2 DecFri, 6 Dec
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 2 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
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 16 Dec
Certificate AssemblyMon, 16 Dec
Class Placements Go HomeTue, 17 Dec
Reports Go HomeTue, 17 Dec
Final AssemblyWed, 18 Dec
SCHOOL HOLIDAYSThu, 19 DecFri, 31 Jan
Road Patrol TrainingMon, 3 Feb
START TERM 1Mon, 3 Feb
Weet Bix TryathlonSun, 9 Feb
PTA MeetingMon, 10 Feb
Year 7/8 - Maritime MuseumThu, 13 FebFri, 14 Feb
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 Cowley Team

What we’ve been up to…

Last week was a pretty exciting week for Cowley Team. On Monday Phillippa, Tereora and Aaron from the National Archives and the Auckland Museum came to talk to us. We have been learning about Kaitiakitanga (Guardianship) and Conflict, and these amazing visitors came to share about how we can be Kaitiaki or caretakers of Taonga (treasure).

Aaron brought some taonga from the Auckland Museum’s handling collection. These items don’t usually get taken out of the Museum and we got to see and touch them! There was a mere pounamu, a piece of obsidian, a World War 2 helmet, an ancient axe head, a maori fish hook for catching sharks, a maori flute and a piece of coprolite – also known as 65 million year old triceratop poo!! Both Tereora and Aaron shared with us the stories behind these treasures and how we are kaitiaki for them – keeping them safe for future generations of New Zealanders.


The rest of the week was spent getting ready to look after one of our local taonga  – Kohimarama Beach. Year 2 completed their Beach Clean up last Wednesday and Year 3 has their Beach Clean up happening this Wednesday! To help us get ready we are using a planning kit from the Student Volunteer Army. We have completed a survey to help us decide which area of the clean up we can use our strengths in  – from communicating to others about how to look after the beach, collecting the rubbish and ensuring that everyone is involved. We have thoroughly enjoyed our project!

A message from the Principal

Family zone 

Thank you to those parents who attended the Family Zone meeting at school on Thursday 21 November. Congratulations to those parents who received a spot prize of a premium Family zone pack on the night.

Saunil Hagler, the Regional Manager of Family zone,  provided a overview of issues navigating the World Wide Web and how Family zone, in partnership with our school, protects students from access to harmful material.

You will have received an invitation via email, to participate with us and Family zone in protecting Kohimarama School students. This invitation is for you at home and will allow you to have insight into your childrens on line browsing while in your care. The school manages devices during school time.

The Chromebook is the device that we use at school. We allow BYOD from Year 3 onwards.  BYOD means that if you wish to have your own Chromebook, then  this is allowed. Students who do not have a BYOD use a school Chromebook. All devices are managed by the school during school hours. Our policy states;

The school will monitor traffic and material sent and received on school ICT equipment/devices using the school’s ICT network. The school will use filtering and/or monitoring software for this purpose to identify, restrict and manage access to certain sites and data, including email during school hours.  All students must have Family Zone’s Mobile Zone app installed and activated on ALL digital devices they choose to bring to school (eg BYOD devices). The school will then be able to provide filtering and enforce its acceptable use policy on the device during school hours even if the student uses other networks to connect to the internet (eg mobile data), which will help keep students safe online.

Setting up your children on their Chromebook is your responsibility. The following is a guide that allows you to safely set up a Google account via Family Link (instructions here). With you as the owner of the device you can ensure that safe settings and operation at home is maintained. The school has the responsibility of managing the Chromebook during school time.

Kohimarama School has Jordan Foster, ySafe Founder and National Cyber Safety Expert as our expert partner.

‘Digital citizens of all ages have the right to access technology in a safe, informed and supported environment. ySafe is committed to helping schools and families provide a solid foundation for the young people in their care to navigate the digital world safely and productively across their lifespan.’

The Board of Trustees Survey 

Thank you to those who have responded already. We appreciate your feedback in order to feed forward as our strategy for the next 3 years is developed.

Please use the following link to make your contribution

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

Compassion is having kind feelings toward someone who is hurt or troubled.  It is caring deeply and wanting to help, even if you don’t know them.  It is being kind and forgiving to someone who has hurt you.


2019 Year Book

The very popular Kohimarama School Year Book is now on sale.  The yearbook is a 64 page, full colour book and has a page featuring each class.  It also showcases the highlights of the academic, sporting and cultural year for the school.  Prior yearbooks can be viewed at the school office.

  • Costs:  Hard copy magazine $25,  Digital Version $10, Hard copy and digital package $30
  • Order close :  Friday 6th December 2019
  • Distributed :  12-13th December to classrooms

Make your orders through the Kindo Online Shop:

Any queries, please email Anna Crow:


The year 5/6 and year 7/8 semi finals for EPRO8 were held last week.

Kohimarama School had 4 teams that made it through to these semi-finals.  The tasks were more complicated and the competition more fierce.  All the teams chose to design and create a conveyor belt to wash, dry, count and deliver bananas.  It involved wheels and axles, a gearbox, counter and a sensor beam.  The results were very close and our teams did the school proud.  While they didn’t make it through to the finals, they gave it a good shot and had a lot of fun.

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.

Kindo Online Shop

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).

Walking School Bus – Santa Parade

Our Walking School Bus children were invited to walk in the Santa Parade on Sunday afternoon as a way of promoting the WSB to communities.

Collecting your children from school

As we hit December and everything becomes busier, including traffic, we ask that you take this into consideration when collecting your children after school.  School finishes at 3pm and children are to be picked up at this time.  Any child/ren unsupervised on the school grounds at 3.15pm are to go to the office until a parent arrives to collect them.

Weekly Results

Flippaball Results

      • Year 3/4, Kohi Kinas, won 2-1, POD Jack T
      • Year 5/6, Kohi Jellyfish, loss 5-6, POD Matthew S
      • Year 5/6, Kohi Narwhals, loss by default

Touch Results

      • Year 6, Kohi Eastern Dodgers, lost 2-4, POD  Grace H

Community Notices