School Newsletter – 30 June 2020

Term 2, Week 12 — School news

Upcoming Events

Snell Speech FinalsTue, 30 Jun
Students Achievement Discussions (1pm-6pm)Wed, 1 Jul
Student Achievement Discussions (3pm-8pm)Thu, 2 Jul
END TERM 2Fri, 3 Jul
SCHOOL HOLIDAYSMon, 6 JulSun, 12 Jul
SCHOOL HOLIDAYSMon, 13 JulSun, 19 Jul
START TERM 3Mon, 20 Jul
BoT MeetingMon, 27 Jul
Family Zone/Cyber Safety Parent Information Evening - 7pmTue, 28 Jul
Eastern Zones NetballThu, 30 Jul
Yr 7/8 Camp Parent MeetingMon, 3 Aug
Cross CountryWed, 5 Aug
Art Gallery - Rms 12 & 13Thu, 6 Aug
EZ Basketball GirlsTue, 11 Aug
Kiri Trip - Howick Historical VillageTue, 11 Aug
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

As we move towards our school holiday break, we reflect on the two disrupted terms that we have experienced. COVID 19 certainly has affected the lives of our community and especially our students. As a school we are aware of these effects and continue to look at ways that we can best support students learning so that they continue to progress towards achieving desired outcomes. Initially, on our return to school, we focused on the health and wellbeing of students. Seeing students settle back into school while minimising anxiety as much as possible. As we move forward we use our Vision statement to guide us, We Dream, We Inspire, We Create and We Empower. The statement encourages us to use the opportunities at hand to engage students in learning. I would like to acknowledge the parent community for partnering with us during these unprecedented times to support students continuing to learn, explore and inquire.

Restricted Access to school during the holiday break

During the holiday break the Ministry of Education will be carrying out modifications to the property. This will mean restricted access to parts of the site while these works are underway. Although areas will be fenced off it is advisable that you avoid entry to the school during this time as a matter of health and safety. 

Book this date in your diary …

Family Zone is the tool that the school has chosen to add further support to our internet safety. We chose Family Zone because it supports students at school and at home when logged into a school email account. 

Family Zone also enables us to identify student activity online. If we find anything that is suspicious or dangerous we will inform you via a phone call and follow up letter. With Family Zone at home you also have the functionality to see what online activity is happening on other accounts and to have conversations about internet safety with your children.

Saunil Haglar from Family Zone will be here at school on Tuesday 28 July at 7.00pm. Saunil will join with Monique Browne, our Kohimarama School e-learning leader, to discuss Family Zone and its operation at Kohimarama School and in partnership with you at home.

At the end of term 3 2020 we will hold our usual Student Achievement Discussions finishing with our usual Schooltalk report at the end of the year.   

I would like to acknowledge the staff of Kohimarama School for their professional approach to their work even in the midst of a Global Pandemic. Teachers, Learner Assistants and support staff in our office and caretaker all contribute to ensuring that the school is able to respond to and meet challenges head on. Further being an agile organisation has meant that we could see issues and resolve these in quick time. They have all certainly gone over and above in their support of students and their learning.

I would like to also acknowledge the following staff who are leaving us at the end of this term; Kistin Hensman who has led much of the work around ELearning and been a key person in our Community of Learning COL as an across school leader. Kirstin is going to work for private companies in teacher education.

Danielle Collard started with us as a young teacher. Danielle learned, and worked hard and over the last few years has been the team Leader of our Year 4 classes. Danielle and her husband are going to be living in Taupo. 

Anna Lena Lockie has been a member of the school for some time and latterly as our sports coordinator. Anna-Lena left us during the Lockdown period to work at Ellerslie school where her children go. 

We thank each of these teachers for their dedicated support of Kohimarama School and the students with whom they worked. 


Thank you to everyone who completed our Survey regarding communication. We have had an overwhelming response telling us that majority of the community were happy with the current communication methods. Currently we will not be looking at adding another app to our commincations.


Paul Engles

Questions and Answers

Q:  When viewing YouTube at school on a school account what security controls are in place? Ie limited browsing, viewing, comments etc . How is this controlled – family zone or other?

A:  All accounts have restricted access. Items that are considered middle of the road will still be blocked but a student can request access and their teacher can approve or decline the video. This is a pre-set google filter which stops access to anything considered objectional. Students cannot see comments or make comments themselves.

The Kohimarama Way – Friendliness

“People often forget that friendliness is free.”  “Better to be the one who smiled than the one who didn’t smile back.”  “My favourite things are jokes, friendliness and feeling comfortable.”  Billy Childish


Year 7 and 8 Speech Finals

Congratulations to all our Year 7 and 8 speech finalists.  Our judges:  Mrs Ellery, Mrs Potgieter and Mrs Walkinshaw said the standard was high this year and it was an enjoyable experience listening to all the speakers.  We have three categories:
1. Persuasive speech.  The student prepares a 3 minute speech on their chosen topic and is able to use cue cards.
2. Flash Talks.  The student prepares 10 slides to accompany their chosen topic. Each slide is shown for 10 seconds and the duration is 1 minutes 40       seconds.  No cue cards are allowed.
3. Spoken Word Poetry.  The student prepares a 2 minute presentation, no cue
    cards are allowed.
The results are:
Persuasive speech

1st Quynn                 2nd Ishani
Highly Commended:  Charlie B and Rory
Flash Talk
1st Trixie                   2nd Luke T
Highly Commended:  Saheshin
Spoken Word Poetry
1st Emma A
Highly Commended:  Theo

Roll Return July 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 Wednesday 1st July 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 Friday 3rd July by 11am. Thank you in advance.

School Disco

A reminder that our school disco is happening next term  –  Friday 14th August. We have a junior disco – Years 0 to 4  and a senior disco – Years 5 to 8. Our student leaders are organising this and tickets will be on sale early in term three.


If you have a child staying home for any reason please contact the school office by email, or phone the absentee line 09 930 9826. Childs name, room number and reason for absence must be provided. If no reason for absence is given your child will be marked with an unjustified absence.

We have now set up an absence form on the school website. This can be located on the front page.

Photolife Individual and Class Photos

You will have received a slip with a keycode to access your child/rens photos.  Remember to place your order soon to ensure free delivery to the school at the start of Term 3.

Family Zone/Cybersafety Parent Information Meeting

Tuesday 28th July, 7pm, Snell Team Classroom
We invite you to join us for a Parent Conversation with Saunil from Family Zone around cybersafety and the use of Family Zone to keep your family safe online.
If you have general questions regarding Family Zone please contact our IT Help email

School Accessibility Modification Project

Contractors will be on site soon to start work on modifying school accessibility.  This work will take around 10 weeks to complete.  A lot of the work will be up around the Snell Team area and will also include entry to the school from both Kohimarama and Rawhitiroa Roads, access to courts and Kiri Team playground as well as additional handrails.  Please take care around the site once this work begins.

Details of the Student Achievement Discussions are as follows:

Each discussion booking is 15 minutes long.  To ensure the smooth running of this for everyone, please ensure that you arrive in time for your booked appointment.  The end of the discussion will be by a school bell.

Wednesday 1st July – Students to be collected at 1pm
1.30pm-6pm – Student Achievement Discussions
Thursday 2nd July – Normal school programme
3.30pm-8pm – Student Achievement Discussions  

We will have some capacity to supervise students in the hall where parents are unable to make alternative arrangements.  It is important that your child’s classroom teacher is informed by 9.00am on the morning of Wednesday 1st July if you would like your child supervised in the hall.

Book Donations

Thank you to the wonderful people who have been in donating books to our School, teacher aide Sally and the family of Joao from Snell Team. Thank you for your generous donations!

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

    • Room 1 – Theo H
    • Room 2 – Orla J, Honor R
    • Room 3 – Ava J, Alex B
    • Room 4 – Nils J
    • Room 5 – Ella A
    • Room 6
    • Room 7 – Huxley W, Alexander V
    • Room 8 – Felicity L, Jessica M
    • Room 9 – Grace D, Fitia B
    • Room 10 – Zayn L
    • Room 11 – Jackson H, Connor B
    • Room 12 – Tiffany T
    • Room 13 – Indiana C
    • Room 14 – Leila M, Ashton J
    • Room 15 – Lara K
    • Room 16 – Amy D, Claudia B
    • Room 17 – Maddie D
    • Room 18 – Emma A, Trixie R
    • Room 19 – Oliver S, Claudio K
    • Room 20 – Precilla M, Thomas D
    • Room 21 – Imogen C
    • Room 22 – Max A
    • Room 23 – Ella R, Daini Y, Blake S


Walking School Bus Certificates

Emma S, Zac C, Emily M, Lilian T, Grayson G

Caught Being Good – “Greenies”

Congratulations to the many students who were doing the ‘right thing’ in the playground over the last two weeks.  Our fortunate winners are:
Jack             Rm 1             for commitment          Selwyn
Dash            Rm 6             for respect                  Selwyn
Imogen        Rm 22           for compassion           Patteson

Road Patrollers

Congratulations to Cohen and Icy, thank you for the great job you do of keeping us safe when we cross the roads.

Latest Sports Update


All teams should have their netball bags. Please feel free to start using the courts for netball training, in the time you have booked.


Auckland Basketball has informed us the competition is still going ahead, however no official cost or start date have been given.

Cross Country

Cross Country will be held on Wednesday 5th August. More information will come in the new term.

Sonia-Jane Drefers
Sports Co-ordinator

Sports Results

Flippa Ball Results

Year 3/4 Blue Bottles
Loss 2-3
POD: Demi C
Year 3/4 Kinas
Loss 0-8
POD: Willa D
Year 5/6 Jellyfish
Win 2-1
POD: Alexander C

Community Notices