School Newsletter – 10 March 2020

Term 1, Week 6 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

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
Kapa HakaWed, 25 Mar
Cowley Exploration DayWed, 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
Y7/8 Immunisation Consent TalksMon, 25 May
Student Fundraiser - Mufti Day & Bring your teddyFri, 5 Jun
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

Good afternoon everyone. 

We have been fortunate to have weather that continues to be warm and sunny allowing students to have time outside for physical education, sport and play.  

Activities Fees

Students have already been on a number of Activities over the first 5 weeks of school namely; Yr 7&8 to the Maritime Museum, Yr 6 to the Water Safety Programme at Panmure Leisure Centre, Yr 7&8 to the Globe as part of their Shakespeare study, the senior school, to our Swimming Sports and today Years 4 & 6 to the Auckland museum. Thank you all for paying your Activity fees because this enables us to plan for and enjoy opportunities to support learning.

Pre Enrolment for siblings

We have started the year with 528 students. This is an additional 23 students up on 2019.  As at 2 March this had grown to 539 and is continuing to grow. If you have children (or know of children) turning 5 this year and who live in zone or attend our local ECEs, please have them contact the School Office to start the enrolment process as soon as possible.  This helps us manage our class sizes and ensure we have the teaching staff and resources in place for the students starting later in the year.

COVID 19 from our schools perspective

There are no cases of COVID 19 in any school in New Zealand at this time. However we are taking steps to be proactive and ensure that we can be prepared for any eventuality.

What is happening at Kohimarama School?

The School is prepared and has a Pandemic Plan in place.
The school continues to update the community as it becomes available through the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education via eTap messages
Our School Docs page  has a statement about COVID 19 which has links to the MOE and MOH and advice.
There are no cases of COVID 19 in any school in New Zealand at this time,
If cases did develop in our area,  only the Medical Officer for Health can close a school or schools.
We are working with students on handwashing and hygiene.
The cleaning contractors have moved up their routines to clean all surfaces and door handles (high touch contact areas) each day with a stronger disinfectant.

What can parents do?

Keep students home if they are unwell.
Reiterate handwashing and hygiene messages
Request approval for time away from school in term time as usual.
Adhere to current recommendations regarding self-isolation after travel

Information for travellers 

All travellers returning from or who have transited through Mainland China, Iran, Northern Italy and South Korea are being asked to self isolate for 14 days.
Travellers from Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore Thailand and Italy are advised to ring the Healthline if they develop symptoms and to self isolate.

Questions and Answers

Q: Why has Kohimarama School adopted some of the teaching pedagogy and tools used by other schools?

A: Kohimarama School has been focusing on our student needs in a modern world. Teaching pedagogy has had to change along with our world views. 

Achievement in Mathematics and Literacy are most important and we continue to successfully raise our student achievement in both these areas against Nationally Standardised and Normed testing. Achieving at or above 96% in Reading and Mathematics makes us an outlier in the New Zealand demographic. This continued rise to a new high level of achievement is backed by our pedagogy supporting learner agency.

We use the SchoolTalk tool to enhance and make visible the agency for the child. The tool enables students to share their learning with each other and with you and to provide them with direction around why they are successful, what they need to learn next and what to focus on. We monitor their progress against our countrywide standardised measure, the New Zealand Curriculum.  

While we have made changes to teaching and learning (pedagogy) and some of the tools we use to provide the Rich Record of Learning for students, teachers and parents, Kohimarama School does this in our own way to meet the needs of our learners and provide them with the opportunities to maximise, personalise and build capability. In an exponentially changing world knowledge and being a capable self directed learner along with the soft skills such as empathy and collaboration etc are the currency of the future. Ref; OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030 

The Kohimarama Way – Commitment

“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts.  That is the secret of success.” Swami Sivananda
“Nothing deflates commitment faster than broken agreements.” Gay Hendricks and Kate Ludeman


Teacher Only Days

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

Student Fundraiser  –  Hilarious Hat Day Friday 28th Marc

Our Student Council has organised a Hilarious Hat Day fundraiser for our World Vision child, Nurnobi.  Students are encouraged to wear mufti (their usual weekend clothes), bring $2 and wear a hat.  There will be House Points in each class awarded to the Tallest, Most Creative and Wackiest hat.

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.

Student Achievement Discussions

Wednesday 1 April  1.30pm – 6pm
Thursday 2 April 3.30pm – 8pm
Note that the regular school programme finishes at 1pm on Wednesday 1st April.  Children are to be collected from school at that time.  
Following are instructions on booking your Student Achievement Discussions.
Bookings will open tomorrow at 10am and close on Monday 30 March at 9.00am.
Please leave a gap between your interviews if moving from one class to another so you do not lose some of your precious talking time.
The booking form can be accessed via the following web address:
Click onto ‘make a booking’ and enter the School Event Code :      jdm73
Then follow the instructions.
If for any reason you are unable to access this site or you experience any problems, please contact Karen in the School Office on 930 9820.

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

    • Room 1 – Archer D
    • Room 2 – Bella M
    • Room 4 – Julia R
    • Room 5 – Adrian J
    • Room 6 – Aston R
    • Room 7 – Oliver D
    • Room 8 – Noah F
    • Room 9 – Harry H
    • Room 10 – Nico G
    • Room 11 – Savannah C, Freddie R
    • Room 12 – Carl S
    • Room 13 – Alexandra D
    • Room 14 – Henry T
    • Room 15 – Toby T
    • Room 16 – Ellie H
    • Room 17 – Mikayla E
    • Room 18 – Barney B, Luke DP
    • Room 19 – Carlos M, Enya N
    • Room 20 – Tilly E, Isabelle G
    • Room 21 – Melanie H
    • Room 22 – Tristan F
    • Room 23 – Freja E

Walking School Bus

Harley S, Carla PG, Liam SP, Zac Miles, Yunus M

Road Patrollers of the Fortnight

Thank you to our Road Patrollers and supervising adults for keeping our community safe when crossing Rawhitiroa Road and Kohimarama Road.  If you use the designated crossings you know you and your child/ren will be safe.
Congratulations to our fabulous Road Patrollers:
Mya F        Rm 22
Cooper T   Rm 21

Caught being Good – Greenies

Congratulations to our winners:
Tymofii           Rm 4          for Commitment            Patteson
Oliver           Rm 2        for friendliness            Colenso
Nico               Rm 10        for friendliness          Patteson

Sports Results

Flippa Ball Results

Year 3/4 Kinas
Win 3-2
POD: Stephanie G
Year 5/6 Jellyfish
Draw 4-4
POD: Indiana C

Senior School Swimming Sports Results

Freestyle                             1st Place              2nd Place             3rd Place 

Yr5 Girls 25m                      Indiana C             Danielle P             Coco P
Yr5 Boys 25m                      Xavier H              Conrad C              Austin R
Yr6 Girls 25m                      Mischa M            Isla M                    Millie B
Yr6 Boys 25m                      Sam D                 Alexander C          Leon L
Year 7 Girls 50m                 Amy C                  Isabella FM           Tilly E
Year 7 Boys 50m                 Zachary B            Philipp K               Noah P
Year 8 Girls 50m                 Madison P           Trixie R                  Emma A
Year 8 Boys 50m                Timothy C            TJ D                       Thomas F
Year 7 Boys 100m              Zachary B             Philipp K               Noah P
Year 8 Girls 100m              Lucy H                  Emma A                Trixie R
Year 8 Boys 100m              TJ D                      Timothy C             Thomas F



Yr5/6 Girls 25m                 Mischa M             Isla M                    Indiana C
Yr5/6 Boys 25m                 Xavier H               Sam D                   Alex C
Year 7/8 Boys 50m            TJ D                      Thomas F              Timothy C
Year 8 Girls 50m                Madison P           Margot R               Lucy H



Yr5 Girls 25m                      Indiana C             Danielle P             Coco P
Yr5 Boys 25m                      Austin R              Xavier H                Flynn T
Yr6 Girls 25m                      Mischa M            Imogen C              Camryn W
Yr6 Boys 25m                      Leon L                 Alexander C          Sam D
Year 7 Girls 50m                  Amy C                 Isabella FM           Tilly E
Year 7 Boys 50m                 Philipp K              Zachary B             Max A
Year 8 Girls 50m                  Lucy H                 Madison P            Delilah H
Year 8 Boys 50m                 TJ D                      Beau U                 Thomas F



Year 5 Girls                         Indiana C             Coco Poole           Danielle P
Year 5 Boys                         Xavier H              Conrad C              Ethan P
Year 6 Girls                         Mischa M            Kaylah J                Camryn W
Year 6 Boys                         Sam D                 Alexander C         Leon L
Year 7 Boys                         Philipp K             Zachary B             Reuben WW
Year 8 Boys                         TJ D                     Timothy C            Thomas F



Yr5 Girls 25m                      Indiana C             Lara K                    Eden M and Isabel O
Yr5 Boys 25m                      Xavier H              Conrad C               Ethan P
Yr6 Girls 25m                      Mischa M             Isla M                    Kaylah J
Yr6 Boys 25m                     Alexander C         Sam D                    Leon L
Year 7 Girls 50m                 Tilly E                   Isabella FM            Alessa IM
Year 7 Boys 50m                Zachary B             Reuben WW          Philipp K
Year 8 Girls 50m                 Madison P           Emma A                 Lucy H
Year 8 Boys 50m                TJ D                      Timothy C             George S



Year 5-8 combined          Selwyn                 Atkin                     Patteson

The Sports Coordinator has emailed any families going to Bay Suburbs or Eastern Zones. If you have received this email please complete the google form.