School Newsletter – 4 August 2020

Term 3, Week 3 — School news

Upcoming Events

Cross CountryWed, 5 Aug
Art Gallery - Rms 12 & 13Thu, 6 Aug
Kiri Trip - Howick Historical VillageTue, 11 Aug
Art Gallery - Rms 14 & 17Tue, 11 Aug
EZ Basketball GirlsTue, 11 Aug
Howick Historical Village Y2Wed, 12 Aug
Howick Historical Village Y3Thu, 13 Aug
Art Gallery - Rms 15 & 16Thu, 13 Aug
EZ Basketball BoysThu, 13 Aug
School DiscoFri, 14 Aug
Cheerleading - Olympia Cheerbrandz CompetitionSun, 16 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 

Thank you for the way that you, the learning community of Kohimarama School, responded to our broken mains water pipe last week. I realise that this was an unexpected interruption to schooling and your lives. 

As a school we did our best to remedy the problem but it became apparent that this was going to be difficult. Our contractors worked solidly on Thursday and we held out as long as possible before the decision had to be made to close on Friday as well. Thankfully the broken pipe was located in the senior playground at 1.5m deep. Given the location and in particular the obstacles around the playground, the contractor had to work manually without the large equipment that is normally used in these situations. This pipe has been fixed and the Ministry of Education advised. 

The school is 99 years old and as part of our discussion about future building development, infrastructure renewals are also being discussed.  Due to the age and layout of the school we are unable to isolate parts of the water system. This can only be shut off at the road for the whole school.

With no water for toilets, hand washing, drinking etc, this provided a health and safety issue for the school. Closure is not taken lightly by the school and both the Ministry of Education and Board of Trustees are involved in this decision. 

On Wednesday afternoon, teachers were able to set students up to continue learning remotely from home. COVID 19 helped to set up this continuity plan for learning. Thank you to students and teachers for being agile and able to quickly shift into another mode of learning. 

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Family Zone – cyber safety meeting

Thank you to those who came to our meeting on Cyber safety last week. We had a small number of parents attend and this was a little disappointing given the topical nature of device use by students in New Zealand schools.

The school views cyber safety as an important component of learning and of the use of devices at Kohimarama School. Family Zone is a tool that directly supports this. In partnership with families we want students to be safe wherever they are online. If you would like to receive the invitation to partner with school on FamilyZone, please email

Cross Country

We look forward to seeing family and friends come along tomorrow to Cross Country down at Madills Farm. Times are down the bottom of the newsletter, please allow time on either side of your childs race to ensure you are there when they run. The weather is looking cloudy but fine for tomorrow, perfect for running.

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners. Laurence Sterne


School Disco  –  Friday 14th August

Tickets are on sale this week, outside the school hall at 8.30 – 8.55 am each morning and 3.00-3.15pm each afternoon.  Tickets cost $5 per student, this entitles students to a snack and a drink as well as paying for our DJ and prizes that are won on the night.
Junior Disco  Years 0-4  5.00-6.00 pm
Senior Disco Years 5-8  6.30 – 8.00

Phone Permissions

All students who require a cellphone to be with them on school days need to have permission from the principal. If you have not done this please follow the link to complete the online form.

Phone Permission

Latest Sports Update

Cross Country

Wednesday August 5th at Madills Farm
These are approximate race times so please allow time on either side of the race if you are coming to watch your child.
Approximate times as follows:

10.00am Year 7/8 Snell Team
Year 7/8 Girls
Year 7/8 Boys

10.30am Kiri Team
Year 0 Girls
Year 0 Boys
Year 1 Girls
Year 1 Boys

11.00am Year 2 Cowley Team
Year 2 Girls
Year 2 Boys

11.30am Year 3 Cowley Team
Year 3 Girls
Year 3 Boys
(Kiri team + Year 3 depart)

12.00pm Year 4 Hillary Team
Year 4 Girls
Year 4 Boys

12.30pm Year 5 Hillary Team
Year 5 Girls
Year 5 Boys

1.00pm Year 6 Snell Team
Year 6 Girls
Year 6 Boys

If the weather is very bad the cross-country event will be run from Kohimarama School on the practice course for Years 5 to 8 starting at approximately 9.30 am. The event for Years 1-4 will be rescheduled to a later date.

Sonia-Jane Drefers
Sports Co-ordinator

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