School Newsletter – 10 December 2019

Term 4, Week 9 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Sports AssemblyTue, 10 Dec
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 11 Dec
School AssemblyFri, 13 Dec
Certificate AssemblyMon, 16 Dec
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 16 Dec
Class Placements Go HomeTue, 17 Dec
Reports Go HomeTue, 17 Dec
Final AssemblyWed, 18 Dec
SCHOOL HOLIDAYSThu, 19 DecFri, 31 Jan
START TERM 1Mon, 3 Feb
Road Patrol TrainingMon, 3 Feb
Weet Bix TryathlonSun, 9 Feb
PTA MeetingMon, 10 Feb
Year 7/8 - Maritime MuseumThu, 13 FebFri, 14 Feb
Netball TrialsTue, 18 Feb
Meet the TeacherWed, 19 Feb
Basketball TrialsFri, 21 Feb
Yr 6 - Water Safety Panmure PoolsMon, 24 FebTue, 25 Feb
Yr7/8 Globe TripFri, 28 Feb
Top SchoolsSun, 1 Mar
ESOL Parent Meeting - 2pm & 7pmMon, 2 Mar
Orakei Local Board Consultation - Yr8/7Mon, 2 Mar
Kapa Haka 7.50-8.40Wed, 4 Mar
Swimming SportsThu, 5 Mar
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 Snell

Year 7/8 Adventure Camp

In Week 7 the Year 7 and 8 students, along with their teachers and parent helpers embarked on our week long adventure camp. The first stop was Raglan where we challenged ourselves with surfing, explored the stunning limestone coast on our kayak excursion and tested our skills on the BMX track. On Tuesday afternoon, we continued our drive down to the Tongariro National Park ready to complete the Tongariro Crossing on Wednesday. The day dawned bright and clear and we were told repeatedly that you don’t get better weather for the crossing. The training the students had completed in preparation for the crossing was clear as they conquered the challenging but beautiful walk. They were all keen to rest tired muscles in the hot pools on completion. Finally, Thursday saw us have a slightly more relaxed day with a visit to the National Army Museum and our survivor challenge finals in the afternoon. Congratulations to the Waiouru Warriors who were our champions and chose to ice bucket Mrs Browne as their reward. 

A huge congratulations to all the students who, without fail, challenged themselves and demonstrated the Kohimarama Values in action. A huge thank you to the teachers and parents who made this very special trip possible. 

Year 6 Tiritiri Matangi Trip

On Thursday, December 5th, Year 6 went on a spectacular learning trip to Tiritiri Matangi. We spent the whole day there having fun and learning about many types of birds, animals, wildlife and how we can protect the unique biodiversity that Aotearoa has. 

After a great Ferry trip we arrived on the island and were taken off to explore with a guide. We stopped every now and then to talk about birds and trees that we saw, one group saw 2 enormous tree wetas! We all had specific birds we were trying to spot. It was amazing how many native birds were out and about that you almost never see on the mainland. 

After we made it to the top of the mountain near the lighthouse, we sat down and had some lunch. Soon after we did a scavenger hunt and went up to the historic lighthouse and learned about its past. 

The guides on Tiritiri Matangi are all volunteers who just like to help people learn about the island. It was very kind of them to give up their time to help us explore the island. 

We left and went back down the hill and we went down to the stony, hot beach, dipped our feet in the water and sat around waiting for the ferry to take us home. On the way back we had a few snacks and stood at the back where it was really windy and someone’s hat blew into the water! Overall we had an incredible learning experience and enjoyed it!

The Kohimarama Way – Compassion

“Compassion is the basis for morality.” Arthur Schopenhauer.  “Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.” Henry Ward Beecher.  Ïf you haven’t any compassion in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” Bob Hope.


Footpath Access/traffic disruption – Rawhitiaroa Road

We have been advised by the building contractor for the development in Rawhitiroa Rd that access to the footpath at the top of Rawhitiaroa road and Kohimarama road will be impacted this week as driveways and footpaths for the new townhouses are being laid on Wednesday onwards.  If you usually walk this way please be aware of this disruption and make alternative arrangements as required.  Note that due to works being completed that other traffic and parking management/restrictions will be in place that will impact vehicles using this area.

New Entrant Visits and Start Dates for Term 1 2020

All new entrants have two visits prior to their start date.  The dates for these for Term 1 2020 are as follows:
Group 1 – 1st visit 20th February, 2nd visit 27th February, start date Monday 2nd March
Group 2 – 1st visit 12th March, 2nd visit 19th March, start date Monday 23rd March
Group 3 – 1st visit 26th March, 2nd visit 2nd April, start beginning of Term 2
All new entrants will be contacted directly to advise their visits and start date based on their date of birth.

We are fortunate at Kohimarama School to have the support of our parents/caregivers.

Everyday throughout the school our teachers and students are supported by parents/caregivers who help in the classroom, on trips, on road patrol, putting books away, assisting with passion projects and numerous other tasks and activities. Thank you.
We have parents who are on our PTA and  our Board of Trustees.  We have a large number of people who coach and manage our many different sports and teams and support our students as they compete in competitions and tournaments. So thank you again to our fabulous Kohimarama Parents/Caregivers.
In past years we have held a parent helper morning tea as an opportunity to thank everyone for the support we receive.  As everyone’s schedules become busier, especially at this time of year, this has become more difficult for parents/caregivers to attend.  We will not be holding this this year. Instead we are personally thanking you with a card and a small treat for you by way of a token of our gratitude.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has helped out in Kohimarama School in the many different capacities around the school in 2019.
The support given to the Kohimarama School Learning Community is greatly appreciated by our students, teachers and staff.  pai whakawhetai ki a koutou.

Final Prizegiving Assembly – Wednesday 18th December 10.30am, Sacred Heart College

The Kohimarama School Prizegiving Assembly is our last day of school and all our students are expected to attend in correct school uniform. It is a great opportunity for us to meet together, celebrate the year and the outstanding achievements of our students.

In order for us to get there, students are transported by their parents to and from our Final Assembly at Sacred Heart College, 250 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie. Students in Cowley, Hillary and Snell Teams will meet with their class teacher at the front of the Auditorium at 10.00am and will walk in together as a class. Kiri Team students sit with their parents, so may arrive at 10.20am.

Students in the Ensemble Band, Choir and Kapa Haka need to be at the Auditorium at the times listed below, as we will be having a sound check for these groups before the Assembly begins.
Choir – 9.15
Ensemble Band – 9.30
Kapa Haka – 9.45

Car parking can be found on West Tamaki Road and Crossfield Road, plus Gate 4, which leads to a big parking area down by the pool. We expect the Assembly to finish at 12 noon, and students may be picked up from the front of the Auditorium at this time.


SchoolTalk Achievement Reporting

We are now ready to share your child’s End of Year Achievement and Progress Report with you. On Tuesday 17th December, you will receive an email from SchoolTalk with your child’s End of Year Report.

You can expect to see how your child is achieving against our school progressions in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and our Learner Dispositions. There will be a general comment about your child written by the teacher, and a reflection written by your child,  if they are in Years 4 – 8. School participation will continue to be included at the bottom of our reports for those students who have participated in extracurricular activities.

Each report shows you how your child is achieving against each of the New Zealand Curriculum expectations of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. You will see on the right hand side of the report your child’s next learning steps. Some of these intentions also include resources for you to support your child at home.

Note new entrant students from Room 24 will receive a written report as they have been at school less than 6 months.

For more information please go to;


Kindo – School payments online

We are excited to let you know that our Kindo online School shop is now linked to our school records, so you can view and make payments on your personalised account.

It is our preferred method of payment for your child’s school expenses, and we encourage you to set up your family account today.

It’s easy, convenient and open 24/7!

The school office will no longer be accepting cash for school payments in 2020 (exception being school fundraisers such as mufti days). Eftpos payments will still be available at the school office.

New users

New users can set up an account easily!

Click here and enter the email address the school has on file for you, then click ‘continue’.

A confirmation email with a link will be sent to you.

Click on the link and enter a password to complete your registration.

Existing users

Already have an access to PTA items or have you purchased a school yearbook in your Kindo account?

Simply login with your email and password and click on the ‘Fees and Donations’ service to link your students to our school records and view your family account.  Click here to log in.


There are a number of ways you can choose to top-up your account, and this can be done at the checkout, or by selecting the ‘top up account’ option.

Internet Banking       No fees. Allow 2 days for processing.
POLi                            No fees. Instant transfer. **RECOMMENDED**
Credit/Debit Card     50 cent charge + 2.5% fee. Instant transfer.
                                   Visa / MasterCard / American Express / China UnionPay available.


From your family account, you can choose to pay the full amount by clicking ‘+’ next to the item or make a part payment, by changing the amount before clicking the ‘+’.

For an optional item, click on your child’s initial next to the item to add it to your cart.

Once you have finished adding items to your cart you can select

Then simply click at the checkout and you’re done!

Your order will automatically go through to the school, and you will receive an email receipt confirming your payment or top-up!

Need assistance? Call the Kindo helpdesk on free phone 0508 4 KINDO (0508 454 636).
We are open Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm.



Touch Results

      • Year 5, Kohi Rabbitohs, 4-3 win, PoD Max H & Andrew

Flippaball Results

      • Year 3/4, Kohi Kinas, Semi Final: 2-5 loss, 3rd Place Game: 3-0 win, PoD Indie C = Placed 3rd Year 3/4 A Grade
      • Year 5/6, Kohi Jellyfish, 3-5 loss, PoD Team = Placed 2nd Year 5/6 C Grade
      • Year 5/6, Kohi Narwhals, 0-3 loss, PoD Alexander C = Placed 2nd Year 5/6 A Grade

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