School Newsletter – 25 February 2020

Term 1, Week 4 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

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
Snell Year 6 - Auckland MuseumTue, 10 Mar
Hillary Year 4 - Auckland MuseumTue, 10 Mar
Kapa Haka 7.50-8.40Wed, 11 Mar
Kapa HakaWed, 18 Mar
Cowley Exploration DayWed, 25 Mar
Kapa HakaWed, 25 Mar
Student FundraiserFri, 27 Mar
SCHOOL HOLIDAYSMon, 30 MarTue, 14 Apr
Admin mtgFri, 10 Apr, 8:00am
START TERM 2Wed, 15 Apr
ANZAC DAYMon, 27 Apr
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

Please take time to have a look at the Recognition of Cultural Diversity Policy which is due to be reviewed. Instructions follow on how to have your say.

Documents currently under scheduled review Who reviews them?
Term 1 2020
Recognition of Cultural Diversity Board, staff, and parents
Instructions for reviewers

  1. Follow the link to each policy in the table above.
  2. Read the policy.
  3. Click the red Policy Review icon at the right-hand top corner of the page. A new screen will appear.
  4. Select your role (board member, staff member, or parent/caregiver) from the drop-down list.
  5. Enter your name (optional).
  6. Submit your ratings and comments.
    If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can easily provide you with printed copies of the policy and the review form.

Questions and Answers

Q: Are students allowed to bring cellphones to Kohimarama School

A: Yes. As long as you have permission from the principal to do so. Further down in the newsletter you will find a Phone Permission section which has a link to the form needed to complete.

The Kohimarama Way – Commitment

Without commitment, we just drift along, with no idea where we are going.  We change our minds.  We give up easily if things get too hard.  We break our word.  We give up on people we care about if they disappoint us or make a mistake.  When we are committed, people can count on us to keep our promises.  With commitment, we can achieve great things.


Teacher Only Days

Please be aware of Teacher Only Days for this year. Tuesday 2nd June & Tuesday 27th October.

Roll Return 2020

Twice a year, in March and July, all schools in New Zealand are required to furnish to the Ministry of Education a return detailing all students enrolled at their schools.  This return determines our funding and staffing for the remainder of the school year.  If your child is going to be absent or late for any reason on Monday 2nd March the office will require a letter or email from a parent/guardian justifying the student’s absence from school. This correspondence is to be provided to the school office, at no later than Wednesday 4th March by 9.00 am. Thank you in advance.

Phone Permission

We do not recommend that students bring cellphones to school. Cellphones are not necessary to have during the day. However, we understand that some parents like their children to have a phone to communicate with them after school. Cell phones may be confiscated if a child does not have permission to have the device at school or if they are not following the school guidelines. To complete the phone permission form, please click here.

Senior School Swimming Sport (Years 5-8) Thursday 5th MarchICAS Assessments

Kohimarama School will no longer be offering ICAS assessments for our students.  These assessments were ‘extra’ for students and the results from these were not used for future learning with our students.  We believe that PAT (Progress and Achievement tests)  give valuable and more useable information about our students.  These tests are nationally normed and specific for New Zealand students.  Kohimarama students sit these tests from Year 3 to Year 8 twice a year, from this data we are able to see where our students’ knowledge is now, and where the gaps are and at the end of the year we are able to see if students have improved.  The information from these tests are used by our teachers in their class programmes, specifically for students learning.

We warmly welcome you to come and support our first sporting event for 2020. Our swimming sports will be held at Sacred Heart indoor pool (244 W Tāmaki Rd, Glen Innes).

Students will need to be at school no later than 8.20am on Thursday 5 March. We will then depart Kohimarama School at 8.30am via buses. Students are expected to travel to and from our swimming sports by bus and remain at school till 3pm as usual. Cones will be placed along Rāwhitiroa Road so the buses are able to park.

Swim Races 9.00am—1.30pm-ish. Please find the order of events listed below. We are unable to give you accurate times for each event.

We require some parent helpers on the day. Please email Anna-Lena Lockie, if you are able to help.

    • Medley – Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Freestyle
    • Open Year 5/6 Girls
    • Open Year 5/6 Boys
    • Year 7/8 Boys
    • Freestyle
    • Year 5 Girls/Boys 25m
    • Year 6 Girls/Boys 25m
    • Year 7/8 Girls/Boys 50m
    • Year 7 Girls/Boys 100m
    • Year 8 Boys 100m
    • Backstroke
    • Year 5/6 Girls/Boys 25m
    • Year 7 Girls/Boys 50m
    • Year 8 Boys 50m
    • Breaststroke
    • Year 5/6 Girls/Boys 25m
    • Year 7 Girls/Boys 50m
    • Year 8 Boys 50m
    • Butterfly
    • Open Year 5/6 Girls/Boys 25m
    • Open Year 7 & 8 Boys 50m
    • Teachers vs Students
    • Freestyle Dress-up Relay 4 x 25m


Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

    • Room 1 – Jean-Rafael
    • Room 2 – Oliver F
    • Room 4 – Archer D
    • Room 5 – Carlos
    • Room 6 – Zoe B, Jackson K
    • Room 7 – Lucy B
    • Room 8 – Ethan A
    • Room 9 – Aimee J
    • Room 10 – Chris Y
    • Room 11 – Billy B
    • Room 12 – Charlotte A
    • Room 13 – Harry E
    • Room 14 – Hannah B
    • Room 15 – Catalina H
    • Room 16 – Lily M
    • Room 17 – Charlie G
    • Room 18 – Thomas F, Dheer L
    • Room 19 – Amy C, Daniel S
    • Room 20 – Georgia M, Sebastian W
    • Room 21 – Darcy A
    • Room 22 – Emma B
    • Room 23 – Lucas F

Walking School Bus

Imogen W, Hugo T, Maddie D, Zoe B, Cara SP

Road Patrollers of the Week

Congratulations this fortnight to Max H and Isla M for fabulous work, clear calls and making sure the road is safe before putting out the signs, you rock!   Thank you to all our students and parents who use our crossing to safely make it from one side of the road to the other, we appreciate your support

Caught being Good – Greenies

Wow, 407 greenies were in the boxes this fortnight, lots of great things happening in the playground.  Atkin got 111, Selwyn 97, Patteson 95 and Colenso 94 (we had 10 with no house circled).
Congratulations to our winners:
Sophia           Rm 5          for friendliness            Patteson
Amelie           Rm 15        for friendliness            Patteson
Amy               Rm 19        for commitment          Patteson


Sports Results

Flippa Ball Results

Year 3/4 Kinas
Draw 1-1
POD: Katelyn K
Year 5/6 Jellyfish
Win 7-0
POD: Jacob R

Community Notices