School Newsletter – 4 February 2020

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

Upcoming Events

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
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

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome to Kohimarama School for the 2020 academic year. Welcome to our new families. We look forward to getting to know you and to have you become part of our school community. 

It has been great to visit classes on day one. Our students, working alongside our great Kohimarama teachers, have started with energy and enthusiasm and are reconnecting and developing friendships. Commitment is the Kohimarama Value that we are focusing on in Term 1. This is a good driver for our learning this year.

Staff have had a positive start to the year with two days of professional learning and development to set us up for success. We continue to work on our learner agency (Students at the Centre of the Learning), the new technology curriculum and the tools that we have to maximise the learning opportunities. 

New staff at Kohimarama School in 2020

Welcome to our new staff members:

L-R :  Sheridan Read [Teacher Year 5}, Lucy Eskrigge [Teacher Year 5}, Sally Macky [Learning Assistant],  Bana Grabenhorst [Learning Assistant]

Our starting roll in 2020 is 527 pupils. In 2019 we started with 505 students. This continues the upward trend of families seeking to be members of our Kohimarama School learning community. The increased roll presents us with an opportunity to find ways of solving our accommodation needs at Kohimarama School. The Board is working with the Ministry of Education to provide the resources for our school. In the meantime we manage the shortfall as well as we can, always looking to the needs of the students and their learning in designing our way forward.

In any school there can be complaints, concerns or issues that need to be addressed. There is a process to follow in order to resolve the complaint. Dealing with things early and directly with those concerned prevents misinformation and the continuation of a problem that can be resolved early.  Below is the process that we use at Kohimarama School;

School Docs is our portal for our schools policies and procedures. 

We invite you to visit the site at

Username: kohimarama

Password: kohi

I encourage you to search for the information here and on our website in the first instance.

This year our school is 99 years in existence, so in 2021 we will be celebrating our 100th Jubilee. We have some parents, Board and PTA members willing to be part of a planning group this year. If you would like to be a part of the planning team, please contact Karen Nathan, Principals PA by email or phone 9309820. We would value your skills and contacts in event management. Thank you.

Learning at Kohimarama School

Kohimarama School has been developing its pedagogy for modern learners over the last three years. After a period of exploration and professional learning and development to ensure that our philosophy meets the needs of our students, in 2020 we are looking to embed this learning. 

While the single biggest in-school influence on student outcomes is high-quality, learner-focused teaching, the second biggest is the quality and capability of school leadership (Leithwood et al, 2008). Our school leaders continue to inquire into learning and maximise the learning process to support learners here and beyond the school.

‘The School Leadership and Student Outcomes Best Evidence Synthesis (Robinson, Hōhepa, & Lloyd, 2009) stresses the importance of leaders building relational trust in their schools. Effective leaders also require the knowledge, skills and dispositions to ensure that school-wide decisions are based on sound research and evidence. Only then can they foster the levels of inquiry, risk taking, and collaborative effort that school improvement demands’.

The OECD ILE Project identified seven principles of learning that focus on developing skilful learners with adaptive expertise.

The seven principles are:

  1. Learners at the centre
  2. The social nature of learning
  3. Emotions are integral to learning
  4. Recognising individual differences
  5. Stretching all students
  6. Assessment for learning
  7. Building horizontal connections.

The OECD ILE project acknowledges that there is nothing original in its ideas. Indeed our own New Zealand Curriculum predates its work by five years.

The OECD ILE project asserts that the key to school effectiveness and improvement is to realise the seven principles as a whole rather than work on one or two at a time. How a school does this will depend on its particular context, leadership capacity and capability. 

Developing student agency

The foremost of the ILE’s seven principles is ‘learners at the centre’:

The learning environment recognises the learners as its core participants, encourages their active engagement and develops in them an understanding of their own activity as learners.

For Green, Facer and Rudd (2005) this means that the education system … should be reshaped around the needs of the learner rather than the learner merely conforming to the system.

Learners need to be encouraged to become actively involved in decisions about their education and there must be appropriate ways for them to do so.

There are significant benefits for students when they have a say in what they learn, how they learn, and what help they need. Hargreaves (2004) notes that where their voice is sought and heard students are more likely to have enhanced learning partnerships with teachers, be more motivated to learn, think more deeply, and understand and develop their skills as learners. In other words, they take more responsibility for themselves as learners.

Teachers who engage with their students in this way come to understand them better, gaining insight into their aspirations and the communities to which they belong. This makes it easier for them to meet their students’ needs and ensure that learning is both relevant and challenging. When students are engaged in their learning, teachers are able to make the fullest use of their professional skills as educators.

By sharing power and the responsibility for learning, teachers set their students on a path to fulfilling the vision we have for them, with the ability ‘to secure a sustainable social, cultural, economic and environmental future for our country’. (Ministry of Education, 2007).

It is clear that there is no one-size-fits-all practice that can be considered current best practice in teaching and learning. Rather, schools need to adapt multiple practices to fit their unique context, utilise teacher capabilities, and – above all – respond to the needs, abilities and interests of each of their students. It is because The New Zealand Curriculum gives schools the flexibility to do this that it is the envy of educators in other countries

The New Zealand Curriculum describes teaching actions that have been shown to consistently have a positive effect on student learning. Students develop adaptive expertise and learn best when their teachers:

  • create a supportive environment This includes building strong home–school partnerships so that parents and whānau are actively involved in their children’s learning.
  • encourage reflective thought and action Inquiry-based approaches help students to be creative, engage in research, think critically about material they use, collaborate and reflect on outcomes.
  • enhance the relevance of new learning

Authentic contexts for learning are especially powerful if they are locally based.

  • facilitate shared learning. Students have opportunities to work with and support each other, and, as they do so, learn to work collaboratively and cooperatively.
  • make connections to prior learning and experience

Knowledge and skills can be scaffolded.

  • provide sufficient opportunities to learn.   It is important to include learning with technology because, when used properly, it can empower students and enrich and extend their learning.
  • inquire into the teaching–learning relationship

I look forward to meeting many of you during the term. 

Paul Engles – Principal

The Kohimarama Way – Commitment

Commitment is caring deeply about something or someone.  It is the willingness to give your all to a friendship, a task, or something you believe in.  It is the ability to make decisions and follow through on them.  It is keeping your promises.


Activity Fees, Steam and Technology (Technology for year 7&8 only)

These payments were due in before the start of the school year. If you have not made payment please do so immediately.

Teacher Only Days

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

ICAS 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.

Road Patrol – Parent Monday morning Rawhitiroa Road

Are you able to support our students crossing Rawhitiroa Road safely on a Thursday morning 8.30 to 8.55 am?  If you are interested in finding out more and think you can help, please contact Meegan Hill

Road Patrollers 2020

Thank you to Constable Gordon for training our Road Patrollers for 2020.  We have a very reliable bunch of 41 students trained and ready to go.  We will be giving our Road Patrollers their badges at school assembly this Friday.  Thank you also the parents who support our Road Patrollers each morning with supervision, much appreciated.

Top Schools Year 3-6

The Top Schools event is coming up on Sunday 1st March 9-3pm. Students who showed an interest met with Mrs Lockie today.  Mrs Lockie will now upload all registration forms via Kindo. Please check your Kindo account for the registration form. All sporting forms will now be completed through Kindo. Please ensure you have signed up.

Netball & Basketball Registration Year 3-8

From Friday registration forms will be available to complete on Kindo. All sporting forms will now be completed through Kindo. Please ensure you have signed up.

New Entrant Enrolments

As our school roll continues to increase, we encourage families with children due to start school in 2020 to complete the enrolment process as soon as you can to assist us with our planning.Please also remind friends and neighbours with preschool children to register their intent to attend Kohimarama School via our website or to collect an enrolment pack from the office.

Kindo – School payments online

Kindo has now been running through the holidays. Thank you to all the families who have made payment through the Kindo website.
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.
If you need assistance in setting up your Kindo account please contact the Kindo helpdesk on free phone 0508 4 KINDO (0508 454 636).
Kindo helpdesk is open Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm.

Missing Walking School Bus Kiwis

Last year the WSB purchased 7 new kiwis for the WSB.
Three kiwis are now missing.
If you have one from last year could you please return it to the office ASAP so we have them back for assembly this year.

Flippa Ball

We are looking for students (years 3-6) to join the Kohimarama Flippa Ball teams, especially year 5 and 6 students. Flippa Ball gives children the option of playing a ball sport in the water. They also learn how to play as part of a team and how children with different skills can work together to achieve a goal. This is a FUN way for children to learn and reinforce skills that are FUNdamental and transferable. Please contact Aldo Coetzee ( / 0211860934) if you are interested or want more information.


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