School Newsletter – 1 September 2020

A Message from Kiri Team

Kia ora from Kiri. 

We were lucky! Rooms 1, 2, 4, and 5 just managed to slip in a visit to the Howick Historical Village before alert level 3 was announced. The children looked so delightful in their olden day dress and the teachers too! The day was rainy and cold but even in these conditions the trip managed to be very successful. We take our bonnets and scarves off to the ladies at the village! 

They ran a great day for us. The classes rotated between activities. There was butter making and tasting, playing olden day games in a beautiful parlour, acting out nursery rhymes, and discovering what was in the big blue trunk that came all the way from Ireland. We finished with a stern lecture about school life in the school house and some even experienced a caning! The children learnt many things, and  had a wonderful experience. Thank you Howick Historical Village for the special day you gave us.

The school Cross Country event was also a highlight,  we were lucky enough to have brilliant sunshine and dry running conditions. The students ran enthusiastically and showed great sportsmanship. Super effort by all.

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

“When I respect others, others respect me, and I like that.”  Year 5 student.  “Respect other people’s feelings.  It might mean nothing to you, but it could mean everything to them.”  “Respect should be the first thing you give and expect for yourself.”


2021 Term Dates

Term 1: Friday 5th February – Friday 16th April
Term 2: Monday 3rd May – Friday 9th July
Term 3: Monday 26th July – Friday 1st October
Term 4: Monday 18th October – Friday 17 December

2021 Public Holidays and Teachers Only days

Waitangi Day — Saturday 6 February 2021 (Observed to Monday)
Good Friday — Friday 2 April 2021
Easter Monday — Monday 5 April 2021
Easter Tuesday — Tuesday 6 April 2021
ANZAC Day — Sunday 26 April 2021 (Observed to Monday)
Queen’s Birthday — Monday 7 June 2021
Teacher Only Day — Tuesday 8 June 2021
Labour Day — Monday 25 October 2021
Teacher Only Day — Tuesday 26 October 2021

2021 – Planning – Year 4 to Year 8 Students

Our current school roll is the highest it has ever been, and it will continue to increase through until the end of this year.

Because of this we are starting our 2021 planning earlier than usual to ensure we have the classes and structure to meet our growing roll, especially in our middle years 2-4 and in our intermediate area of Year 7 and 8.

To support us in this initial preparation we will be asking our Year 4 to Year 8 families to complete a Google Form indicating their plans for 2021.  This will be sent to you later this week.

Note :  As usual, we will be asking parents for any requests for class placement, teacher or to be with other students later in the year.

Many thanks for your support in assisting us with our 2021 planning.

No Food for Sale during Level 2

There is no Sushi on Wednesdays and no Ice Blocks/Pizza during level 2.


Photolife will return in term 4 for all teams, groups, siblings and New Entrant classes.


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.

Latest sports Update

Huge congratulations to Kohimarama School Cheerleading Squad on their impressive win at The Cheer Brands Olympia Virtual event. This is the second year in a row that Kohimarama has won both their division and the overall schools division. Special thanks to the coach Mrs Read.
EZ & BS Cross Country Events have been cancelled for 2020. The school certificates for Cross Country will be given out at the first available assembly at Level 1. (Places 1st, 2nd and 3rd)
Netball games start next week on altered days for some years, your coach or manager will have informed you of any changes

Sonia-Jane Drefers