PTA Newsletter – 04 February 2020

School community news and upcoming PTA events and initiatives

Upcoming PTA Events

Weetbix TRYathalon, Pt England ReserveSun, 9 Feb
PTA MeetingMon, 10 Feb, 7:00pm
Top Schools Fun DaySun, 1 Mar
PTA MeetingMon, 2 Mar, 7:00pm
Kiri PicnicThu, 19 Mar, 4:00pm

If you have a Google calendar you can add events directly to it via the Calendar page. For more events go to the Full School Calendar List.


Welcome to 2020! We hope all our Kohimarama School families, teachers and staff had a fantastic summer break and are settling back into school. For all new families who have joined the school this year, we extend a very warm welcome.  We have lots of fundraising activities and community events planned for this year, not forgetting our biggest fundraiser, our bi-annual Soiree which will be held later this year. Planning is also in full swing for our 2021 centennial celebrations. There are lots of opportunities to be involved with the PTA throughout the year, so please keen an eye out for how you can help and keep updated through our fortnightly PTA newsletter.

Event News

Weetbix Triyathlon 2020 – THIS SUNDAY

We’ve had a great response from Kohimarama kids who have signed up for this Sunday’s Weetbix Triathlon at Pt England Reserve. We will have our big school marquee set up on the day for kids to have a place to go before and after their tryathlon!  Good luck to all the kids and have fun!

Top Schools Fun Day – Sunday 1 March 2020

Kohimarama School will be taking part in next years Top Schools Fun day – a day of fun competition between Primary Schools in the Auckland East area.

The school can enter teams of 10 children into each division:

  • Division 1 is Years 3 & 4
  • Division 2 is Years 5 & 6

The teams will compete in fun activities: Wobbly Wheels, Slippery Slide, Sponge Fun, Gumboot Throw, Ski Run, Mine Field, Newspaper Delivery and Husky Run.

Everyone has a sensational day out with excellent opportunities to have great fun in a team.

Registration and information will be sent out shortly.

Activity Update

Sushi Wednesday starts this week

We will again this year offer sushi as an option for Wednesday lunches.  As a reminder you must pre-order by the end of the day Tuesday and fresh sushi will be delivered to school for your child’s Wednesday lunch. Go to the Sushi Wednesdays page for full details

Fruity Kunity Ice Blocks and Pizza Friday start this week

There is nothing better than a cool ice block on a hot sunny day! Fruity Kunity ice block Friday is back starting this week! We will again be offering kids the choice of either a slice of pizza (cheese or ham & pineapple flavours) or an ice block each Friday for $2. They will be sold 1.15-1.30pm out of the Hall Kitchen window commencing this Friday.

Second-hand Uniforms
The PTA has a supply of second-hand uniforms available for sale, with the money raised going back to the school. The types of items available varies at any given time.

If you have any uniforms you would like to donate, please drop them off to the school office.

If you are looking to purchase some uniform items, please enquire through our Second-hand Uniforms page.

We are so grateful for the help and support of our parent and caregiver community. We are looking for some help with the following please:

  • Road patrol Rawhitaroa Road – Monday morning (8.30-8.55am)
  • Wednesday Sushi – sorting sushi for classrooms on a rostered  basis (10am-11.30am)
  • Friday Fruity Kunity/Pizza – selling to the kids on a rostered basis (1-1.45pm)
  • Laundry roster – approx a bag of washing home on Friday, back on Monday, on a rostered monthly basis

If you are interested in helping and would like to find out more, please contact Lynda kohiptachair@gmail.com


At the beginning of each year we look for a class co-ordinator (or co-ordinators) who becomes the central point of contact for each classroom. Key responsibilities include:

  • Passing on communication directly from the PTA
  • Facilitating social events for both parents and children to get to know each other (suggest one per term) – i.e., class picnic at Madills/beach; meeting for drinks somewhere local (parents only)
  • Welcome new families who start during the school year and assist with the introduction to the school i.e., update on walking school bus, ice block/pizza Friday, sushi Wednesday etc
  • Organise the end of year gift for your teacher

If you are keen to become the class co-ordinator for your child’s class please complete your details here

Get involved and have your say in 2020

We are always looking for more parents to get involved – if you have some ideas we’d love to see you at our PTA meetings held the first Monday of each month in the school staff room, or happy to hear from you anytime – email Lynda kohiptachair@gmail.com

You can also:

Regular Activities

Yummy Stickers
If you buy ‘Yummy’ branded fruit collect the stickers or bag labels and we can exchange them for new sport equipment. Go to the Yummy Stickers page for more info.
Second-hand Uniforms
We have a range of items. Prices depend on condition; roughly $25 fleeces, $15 polo t-shirts, $20 skorts and shorts, $15 sports t-shirts. Go to the Second-hand Uniforms page for more info.
Walking Bus
Have you thought about joining a school walking bus? A short drive can be an amazing walk! If you’re interested in joining, go to the Walking School Bus page.
Ice-block/Pizza Fridays
For an ice-block or slice of pizza (cheese or ham & pineapple) on Fridays, send along $2. They will be sold 1.15-1.30pm out of the Hall Kitchen window.
Scholastic Book Club
Look out for this term’s Scholastic Book Club flyers in the book bags. Please place any orders online (or view the online flyer) at the Scholastic Book Club. No paper orders will be accepted.
Sushi Wednesdays
Pre-order by the end of the day Tuesday and fresh sushi will be delivered to school for your child’s Wednesday lunch. Go to the Sushi Wednesdays page for instructions.
Entertainment Books
For great discounts for local restaurants and attractions, order the hard-copy or digital versions –  $70 with 20% going to the school. Go to the Entertainment Books page for more info.