School Newsletter – 5 November 2019

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

Upcoming Events

Y1 SwimmingMon, 4 NovThu, 7 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
Y5/6 Bay Suburbs Touch RugbyMon, 11 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 11 Nov
PTA meetingMon, 11 Nov
Yr7/8 Mercy Parklands Resthome VisitMon, 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
Y8 HPV2 Immunisations 12.00 pmThu, 14 Nov
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 15 Nov
School Athletics Yr5-8Fri, 15 Nov
Y7/8 12th Night PerformanceMon, 18 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 18 Nov
Yr7/8 EPRO08 finalsTue, 19 Nov
Student FundraiserTue, 19 Nov
Band Sign Up 6.30pmTue, 19 Nov
Cowley Y2 Beach Clean Up 9-11amWed, 20 Nov
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 20 Nov
Yr5/6 EPRO08 finalsWed, 20 Nov
Y5/6 Bay Suburbs AthleticsWed, 20 Nov
Y8 HPV2 Immunisations - Catch-upsThu, 21 Nov
Family Zone Parent Meeting - 7pmThu, 21 Nov
Y7 Boostrix Immunisations - Catch-upsThu, 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
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 Principal

Dear parents and caregivers

As has been previously communicated, Kohimarama School has partnered with Family Zone.

This is part of our ongoing commitment to educational excellence and our legal responsibility – duty of care- to ensure our students’ safety and well-being by providing a safe physical and emotional environment for our students, our school has partnered with Family Zone.

Family Zone provides a broad suite of cyber safety services which help school communities keep students safe online. They provide tools for both the school and families to use to gain visibility and management over children’s internet access, regardless of internet connection. Their unique ecosystem allows school communities to work collaboratively so students are safe online on all devices and all networks, all the time. Please note the meeting time below in your diary.

Cyber Safety Information Evening 
Family Zone app and router works across every device, everywhere.
Thursday 21 Nov | 7 pm – 8 pm in Snell Team Rm 19&20

You’ll receive more information regarding Family Zone in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please read the information below to understand how Family will help the school community to keep students safe online.

On the School Network

Family Zone School Manager will provide visibility and management when students are connected to the school network during school hours. This will help keep students safe and focussed online. To access the internet via the school network students devices must be protected by the Mobile Zone application. Read on for information on Mobile Zone. Learn more

Off the School Network During School Hours

Family Zone’s Mobile Zone application can keep students safe when they choose to use unsafe networks (eg mobile data), during school hours. Mobile Zone will enforce the school’s acceptable ICT usage policy and prevent students accessing inappropriate content. Any device a student brings to school, needs to be protected by the Mobile Zone app. Learn more

For Families Outside School Hours

Parents can choose to use Family Zone Insights outside of school hours to monitor internet usage on up to 6 devices with Mobile Zone activated. Insights provides snapshots of usage and detailed reports, along with visibility into installed apps and device location (when activated by parents). To use Family Zone Insights you need to set up your FREE account, see details below. Learn more

School-Issued Google Accounts

We will be deploying a Chrome extension to all school-issued Google accounts. The extension will activate only when students are logged into Chrome with their school-issued Google account and connected to the school network (ie. it will NOT activate off school network). This will apply when students are signed into Chrome on a Chromebook, Mac or Windows laptops and desktops.

 Family Zone Accounts for Families

The school will work with Family Zone to create a private Family Zone account for every family. You will receive an email from Family Zone with instructions to activate your account.

Authority To Be Contacted By Family Zone

To streamline the process of creating accounts for school families, we will provide your name, email address, children’s names and birthdates to Family Zone.

Privacy and Security

Please be assured that our school and Family Zone take your privacy and security seriously. For more information – 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).

We are committed to ensuring our students get the very best education and in today’s fast moving times, technology is a tool that supports future focused learning. However, it’s abundantly clear to all, that technology can expose our children to risks. Our school is choosing to step-up up to these challenges and we do so in full confidence that we’ll receive the support of our fantastic school community

Paul Engles

The Kohimarama Way – Compassion

Compassion begins by noticing when someone seems sad or troubled.  Put yourself in their place and ask how you would feel if it were happening to you.  Think about how you can help.  Take time to listen, and then say kind things like “What are you sad about?”and “How can I help?”Be forgiving when others make mistakes.  Be a friend when someone needs a friend.


Celebrating the Arts  –  Tuesday 12th November @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 next Tuesday 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 next week.  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


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

Weekly Results

House Points Update: Term 4, Week 3

House Points for the Fortnight:

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

Total House Points to date

  • Atkin: 15,210
  • Colenso: 14,844
  • Patteson: 14,147
  • Selwyn: 13,929

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

    • Room 1 – Rogan
    • Room 2 – Nate L
    • Room 3 – Isabel G
    • Room 4 – Sophie G
    • Room 5 – Noah
    • Room 6 – Ollie B
    • Room 7 – Helena L, Jazlyn L, Lydia B
    • Room 8 – Ashlee J, Samantha P
    • Room 9 – Ellie H
    • Room 10 – Paolo Z, Ashlee J
    • Room 11 – Zoe A, Stephanie G
    • Room 12 – Jacob R
    • Room 13 – Emmett F, Isabella E
    • Room 14 – Cerys J, Carter M
    • Room 15 – Max H
    • Room 16 – Isaac R
    • Room 17 – Lola P
    • Room 18 – Sasha W
    • Room 19 – Nathan G, Lauren M
    • Room 20 – Luke G, Rhys G
    • Room 21 – Bella J, Alessa I
    • Room 22 – Dheer L, Icey S
    • Room 23 – Joao D, Isabelle G
    • Room 24 – Orla J, Olivia O

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:

Forest                  Rm 7                  for Helpfulness                 Atkin
Noah                   Rm 5                  for Respect                       Atkin
Ella                      Rm 4                  for Reliability                    Colenso

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, 4-3 win, PoD Conrad C
      • Year 5/6, Kohi Jellyfish, 5-1 win, PoD Theo B
      • Year 5/6, Kohi Narwhals, 3-0 win, PoD Szilvi P

Touch Results

      • Year 6 Kohi Sharks, 7-0 win, PoD Noah P
      • Year 6 Kohi Eastern Dodgers, 1-9 lost, PoD Mieke T-P


Community Notices