School Newsletter – 9 June 2020

Term 2, Week 9 — School news

Upcoming Events

Photolife - class, individual photosTue, 9 Jun
School Assembly - 1.55pmFri, 12 Jun
Year 7/8 Doc Edge Film Festival (Online)Mon, 15 Jun
Y7/8 ImmunisationsTue, 16 Jun
Student Fundraiser - One Can, Two Can AppealWed, 17 Jun
Waking School Bus Pizza LunchFri, 19 Jun
MatarikiMon, 22 JunFri, 26 Jun
School Assembly - 1.55pmFri, 26 Jun
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
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 Deputy Principal

Thank you for your support
We are so fortunate for being part of this community, when we ask for help you always back us up, thank you.  Last week I was asking for support from parents to supervise road patrol in the mornings and guess what?  All three spaces are filled and we have a parent every day on both crossings to make sure our road patrollers and students are safe whilst crossing our roads. Thank you. We asked students to bring $2 last week to support Nurnobi, our World Vision child and guess what?  Your generosity knocked our socks off $1,149.80 is winging its way to Bangladesh to help Nurnobi and his community.  Our students totally got into the theme wearing mufti and bringing a teddy bear or soft toy.  Thank you.
We asked you to drop your child/ren off at a particular gate during Alert Level 2 and changed pick up times and guess what?  Not only did you support us by rearranging your personal timetable to make it happen, but you also lined up as asked, waiting for your child/ren at the end of the day.  Thank you.
When you did drop your child/ren off in the mornings, you didn’t park on the yellow lines, over a neighbours driveway or up school driveways.  And you made sure your child/ren crossed the road safely by showing them how to use the pedestrian and kea crossing correctly.  Thank you.

The Kohimarama Way – Friendliness

You know you are practising Friendliness when you like yourself and realise you have a lot to offer, you smile and greet someone you don’t know, you get to know someone and let them get to know you, you show an interest in others, you show caring when a friend needs you and you are friendly to people who look and act differently.


One Can  –  Two Can Appeal 2020 – Next week Wednesday 17th June

With the event of Covid19 many more families are in need of food packages.  Our school always generously supports this annual appeal which is usually in September, but the Auckland City Mission have brought it forward to June.  If you are able to support other families in Auckland we are asking for donations of food, see below the extensive list, to be brought to school on Wednesday 17th June.  Thank you
Tinned/Jar Goods                         Dry Goods
Baked Beans                                  Cereal
Spaghetti                                    Biscuits
     Tomatoes                                 Toilet rolls
           Corn                                  Soap/body wash
                  peas                                 Shampoo/Conditioner
                     beans                              Toothbrushes/toothpaste
 Soup                                          Flour
  Meat                                          Sugar
         Fish                                        Tea bags
Jars of Pasta sauce                       Rice
   Jam                                              Pasta
                     Peanut butter                      Feminine Hygiene Products
           Honey                                  Cleaning products
Vegemite/Marmite                           Coffee/Milo
                                                        Snack foods
Once again, thank you for your support, every little bit helps a NZ family in need.

Term 2 Student Achievement Discussion and Reporting

As we are all aware the COVID 19 pandemic has caused disruption to the normal school assessment and reporting cycles. The government has addressed this in the NCEA credit system for our secondary students. 

At Kohimarama School we had to cancel our initial Student Achievement Discussion scheduled at the end of term 1 2020, due to being in lockdown. 

On returning to school we placed great emphasis on student wellbeing and allaying anxiety and settling them into the school routine again.

At the end of Term 2, written school reports would usually be sent home.   As you would appreciate to do this immediately on return to school would not provide us with reliable data. Therefore, we are unable to generate a SchoolTalk report at this time.

We have rescheduled Student Achievement Discussions to be held at the end of Term 2 (week 2, 1st & 2nd July).  At this student achievement discussion you can expect a one page document giving you a visual picture of how your child is tracking towards achieving the expected outcomes by the end of the school year in reading, writing and mathematics. This document will provide you with the next learning steps and areas for development. The SAD will be undertaken with you and your child. We have asked students to share a completed piece of work that they are proud of to discuss with you. 

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.   

Details of the Student Achievement Discussions are as follows:
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  

Bookings open on Wednesday 10th June at 9am and close on Monday 29th June at 9am.
To book a Student Achievement Discussion, please go to :
Click  ‘make a booking’ and enter the School Event Code : s7d2w
Then follow the instructions.
If for any reason you are unable to access this site or you experience any problems, please contact Karen at the school office on 930 9820.
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 the school bell.

Kapa Haka – Can you help?

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Kia ora koutou whanau of Kohimarama.

Are you a filmmaker? Do you have film and voice recording equipment? Are you a video editing whizz?

The Kohimarama Kapa Haka Roopu have a new school song that we would like to debut to the school community with a music video. But we need your tautoko, support!

If you have any film and recording equipment we could borrow, or you are able to lend some of your time to the Kapa Haka roopu, then please email Kate Cadzow at

Naming Uniform

At the end of last term there was approximately $1,500 worth of fleeces in our lost property. We do try to return as much lost property to the children when we can, but this can only be done if the items are named. Please ensure all school uniform is labelled. 

Sick Children

If your children are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms). Continue to regularly wash and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbows.


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.

Latest Sports Update

Team Practices

With the change to Alert Level 1, I will be releasing a schedule for team practices later this week.

Auckland Netball

Auckland Netball is expected to confirm later this week any fee reductions. Once we know what the reduction will be, those that have paid via Kindo will be reimbursed the full amount of $77 back into their Kindo account. We will then send a notification of the new amount to be paid via Kindo. For those who paid directly to the schools account we will be in touch with you individually to refund the difference between the old and new amounts. We expect notification shortly from Auckland Netball regarding the new fees. Please be patient, Auckland Netball is working as hard as they can.

Term 3 Games are scheduled as follows;

Grading Games start week beginning July 27th (Week 2, Term 3)

Final Game week beginning September 21st (Week 10, Term 3)

Auckland Basketball

I have spoken to ABSL this week, they assure me Miniball will be played at B&T Stadium in Term 3. However we are still awaiting advice as to specific details.

Sonia-Jane Drefers
Sports Co-ordinator

Community Notices