School Newsletter – 3 December 2019

Term 4, Week 8 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

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
Y7/8 Celebration Day - DevonportFri, 6 Dec
Hillary Fun Day - Parnell BathsFri, 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
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 16 Dec
Reports Go HomeTue, 17 Dec
Class Placements Go HomeTue, 17 Dec
Final AssemblyWed, 18 Dec
SCHOOL HOLIDAYSThu, 19 DecFri, 31 Jan
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

Thank you PTA

The school would like to acknowledge the work of the PTA. In conjunction with the school, the PTA has continued to support the purchase of Capital Items such as the playground surfacing and upgrade, technology upgrades including new sound systems for inside the Hall and for outside activities, library book purchases including the donation of books by parents. The PTA continues to support the school in these ways and many other ways. Thank you to Lynda Millward and the PTA team.

2020 Staffing Update

As we near the end of the year we have a couple of staffing changes.
*   After many years at Kohimarama School, Kelly Reilly from Room 15 is leaving to take up a teaching position closer to home on the North Shore.
*   Alison Snell  from Room 16 is moving from a full time teaching role at Kohimarama School to part time/relieving teaching in 2020.
Many thanks to Kelly and Alison and all the best for next year.

Kohimarama School 100 Jubilee – early 2021

Planning is already underway for this significant event for our school.  A small group from the PTA will be further developing plans in 2020 and additional people are needed to assist with this.
If you have experience in event planning or other expertise or would just like to be involved in this event please make contact with Karen on

Questions and Answers

Q: What are the school’s plans to cope with the growing population and subsequent increasing roll numbers at Kohimarama?

A: Both the School management and the Board of Trustees are actively working with the Ministry of Education (MOE) on short term and long term solutions. Kohimarama School has not had significant building and development works undertaken by the MOE in quite a number of years. 

In the long term; our rising roll has meant that the school is working towards being on the MOE list of significant roll growth and therefore specific master planning for our complex site. The master plan will take into account the current buildings, future buildings and changes that will need to be made. This is in the hands of the MOE with significant BOT input.

In the short term we need to manage the growth. This means using spaces in the school differently, or making spaces that will support additional teachers and students. This also means monitoring and supporting teachers and students with additional resources such as Learning Assistants, part time teachers as required and to ensure that we do not disadvantage learners during this time.

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.


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.

Sports Assembly Tuesday 10th December

The annual sports assembly is being held on Tuesday 10th December in the hall at 9:15am Parents of children receiving awards have been emailed. If there are coaches who would like to present their teams awards please attend the assembly. We look forward to seeing you there.


“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. This year, we again have a digital version (PDF) available.Costs: Hard-copy magazine $25, Digital version $10, Hard-copy & Digital Package $30
Orders close: Friday, 6th  December 2019
Distributed: 12-13 December to classrooms
Make your orders through the Online Shop – 

Kindo – Online School Shop

We are busy making changes behind the scenes to make our Kindo online school shop even better.

Soon the shop will be linked to the school records, making life easier for everyone. You will be able to view your family account, and see any outstanding payments, PLUS you’ll have the option to make full or part payments on any outstanding items.

With our school shop linked to our school records, you’ll never have to worry about getting the right room number again – it will happen automatically.

More information coming soon!

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;

Excellent sailing news!

Congratulations to Sean K and Oliver S from our school and their teammate Fred B from the Kohimarama Yacht Club for winning their division in the Auckland Teams Racing Champs recently.  They each sailed in their Optimist boats battling to get to the finals which were the team that had the best out of five races.  Sean and Ollie’s team came first winning three races to one.  How awesome are they?
But wait there’s more…
Sean has just competed in the Sir Peter Blake Regatta this weekend, after having successfully completed the Tongariro Crossing on school camp.  This time he was sailing in the P Class division, with sailors ranging in age from 12 to 17 years, (Sean is 12).  There were 7 races over Saturday and Sunday, in each race, the sailor was awarded points and the idea is to have the least amount of points.  Sean got 7 points over the two days sailing and was the winner!!  Phenomenal sailing success, congratulations.

Auckland University Cricket Club Competition

Yesterday five Kohimarama year 3/4 and year 7/8 teams competed in the Auckland University Cricket Club schools competition. It was a whole day of cricket playing against other very good teams. The year 4 ‘Kohi Apples’ had an unbeaten run and won the final match against St Heliers 94 runs to 49, to take out the year 4 competition. Well done boys. Thank you to Anna-Lena Lockie for organising our school teams and another big thank you to all the parents helpers.

Weekly Results

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

    • Room 1 – Viggo
    • Room 2 – Sam
    • Room 3 – Sofia
    • Room 4 – Emma
    • Room 5 – Hannah
    • Room 6 – Teagan, Jessica, Freddie
    • Room 7 – Harry, James
    • Room 8 – Jager, Cleveland
    • Room 9 – Alexander
    • Room 10 – Carl
    • Room 11 – Lily, Jayden
    • Room 12 – Jacob
    • Room 13 – Lila, Danielle
    • Room 14 – Ben
    • Room 15 – Cohen, Hunter
    • Room 16 – Summer
    • Room 17 – Zach, Riley
    • Room 18 – At Camp
    • Room 19 – At Camp
    • Room 20 – At Camp
    • Room 21 – Maya
    • Room 22 – Isabella, Johnathin
    • Room 23 – Madison, Keisha
    • Room 24 – Bella, Jay, Hunter

Walking School Bus

Angus B, Joshua N, Dario L Angus W


Touch Results

      • Year 5, Kohi Rabbitohs, PoD Matthew G
      • Year 6, Kohi Sharks, 4-5 loss, PoD Ben W

Flippaball Results

      • Year 3/4, Kohi Kinas, 1-2 loss, PoD Xavier H
      • Year 5/6, Kohi Jellyfish, 2-7 loss, PoD Sam D
      • Year 5/6, Kohi Narwhals, 0-4 loss, PoD Tilly E

Community Notices