School Newsletter – 22 September 2020

Term 3, Week 10 — School news

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Change to Alert Level 2

As you will have heard the Prime Minister announced yesterday that Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 at midnight on Wednesday 23 September. At Kohimarama School our protocols will remain as they are; staggered entry and exit and staggered break times. A high level of hygiene will continue including the use of sanitiser, soap and water and spray for surfaces. 

I thank you for using the NZ COVID Tracer App, staying away when sick, seeking medical advice and getting tested if recommended to do so. 

While we are doing the right things, it is important that we continue to pay attention to the right information. Misinformation is designed to create panic, fear and confusion. Check your source. Get the real information from the Ministry of Health or Unite Against COVID-19 websites. The Ministry of Education also provides information for schools and early learning services including specific information for parents and caregivers..

The key changes in Alert Level are;

  • limits on social gatherings will increase from 10 to 100.
  • Face coverings remain required to be worn on public transport (but not for children under 12, and does not apply to school transport).
  • Face coverings will be required to be worn on any planes going to, from or through Auckland.
  • Aucklanders are asked to take their alert level settings with them when they travel outside the region, including large scale gatherings. 
  • Please continue to stay home if you are sick and get tested if recommended to do so.
  • Maintain good hygiene practices.
  • Scan into places through the NZ COVID Tracer app or keep a good record of where you have been, to support speedy contact tracing.

Greats and Grans

Due to Auckland remaining at Alert Level 2 we are concerned that grandparents are one of the vulnerable groups within the COVID 19 pandemic.
Because of this, an advance decision has been made to cancel our annual Greats and Grans Day usually held around Labour Weekend.
This will be disappointing as we know this is always a popular event on our calendar for families.  We will look forward to welcoming our special visitors back in 2021.

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

“I respect a person who respects me when I’m not around.”  “Never do to me what you wouldn’t want me to do to you.”  “You can’t force a person to show you respect, but you can refuse to be disrespected.”


In 2021, Kohimarama School will be celebrating 100 years and along with our current school community we’re searching for all past students, staff, friends and associates of our school so we can keep everybody informed with news and updates of our celebration plans!If you still keep in contact with parents, students and teachers that have since left Kohimarama School, please let them know they can register on our Centennial mailing list at

Student Fundraiser for Cure Kids

Thank you so much for your support last Thursday for our student fundraiser, due to your generosity we raised $1,228.90 for the Charity.  But wait, there’s more, students and staff outdid themselves in being as colourful as they could be – you can see for yourself in the photos below.

Year 5 & 6 Speech Competition

Well done to all our Speech Finalist. Congratulations to our talented winners;

Year 5&6 Persuasive Speech
1st – Sophia LM
2nd – Acacia G
3rd – Drew B
Highly Commended – Coco P, Farrah B, Mia J

Year 6 Spoken Word
1st – Scarlett W
Highly Commended – Emma B

Year 6 Flash Talks

1st – Hunter D
Highly recommended – Ella R

School Neon Disco  –  Friday 30th October

Yes, we are still having our Neon themed School Disco in Term 4.  Keep your tickets handy and for those of you who have not purchased a ticket yet, these will be on sale the week before the Disco Monday 19th October outside the school hall 8.30-8.55am and 3.00-3.15pm.  Tickets cost $5.

School Library Donation

Thank you to the NZ College of Chiropractic for their generous donation to the school library. This has allowed the purchased of new beanbags. Don’t they look great!!!

2021 Class Placement Requests

This is the time of the year when the Senior Management Team are looking at our roll numbers and staffing needs and the preparation of classes for 2021.  The process of placing children in classes is based on a range of information we have related to each child’s academic needs, achievements and social relationships.  It is a complex process to create the right balance in each class and meet the best interests of all our children, one that we take very seriously.We invite you to provide us with any request for the placement of your child for 2021.  You can email We will consider all such requests although we are unable to guarantee that we can accommodate them.  Please provide all requests before midday, Friday 23rd October.

Photolife – 29th October (Term 4 Week 3)

Photolife will be on site on Thursday 29th October to take group photos including netball, basketball, touch and other sports teams, school groups and new entrant class photo.  They will also take new student and sibling photos.
Coaches and Team managers will be emailed early in Term 4 with their team sitting time.

Parent Supervisor for Road Patrol – every second Friday, are you free?

Thank you to all our parents who supervise Road Patrol in the morning with our students, you do a fabulous job.  We are on the lookout for one parent who would be available every second Friday on Rawhitiroa Road Kea Crossing.  If you are able to help out would you please contact Meegan  Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

    • Room 1 – Jack B, Zach H
    • Room 2 – Emma T
    • Room 3 – Jenson B, Phoebe V
    • Room 4 – Noah H
    • Room 5 – Sophia K
    • Room 6 – Ted T, Mila F, Deniz E
    • Room 7 – Faisal M, Natalie R
    • Room 8 – Theo R, Johnathon M, Aurelia T
    • Room 9 – Isaac W, Jensen K
    • Room 10 – Leo S, Grayson G
    • Room 11 – Madeleine S, Savannah C
    • Room 12 – Varvara B, Madeleine T
    • Room 13 – Angus B, Acacia G, Kroum L
    • Room 14 – Lincoln C, Isabel O
    • Room 15 – Jacub H, Jocelyn T
    • Room 16 – Theo P, Oliver S, Zoe M
    • Room 17 – Andrew W, James G
    • Room 18 – Lachlan M, Icey S
    • Room 19 – Laila R, Toby H
    • Room 20 – Daniil D, Hannah Y, Harry E
    • Room 21 – Maddie M
    • Room 22 – Theo GM, Nina R
    • Room 23 – Xavier F, Zephyr G
    • Room 24 – Hunter R, Estee V

Caught Being Good – “Greenies”

Thank you to all the fabulous students who have been doing the right thing in the playground this last fortnight – you are awesome! Special congratulations to:
Mackenzie                   Rm 7               for Compassion      Patteson
Johnathan                   Rm 8                for Commitment     Patteson
Aston                           Rm 6                for Friendliness      Patteson

Road Patrollers

Thank you to our fabulous Road Patrollers who have worked overtime this week to ensure our students and parents cross the roads safely.  You are fabulous:
Matthew G, Lola PB, Samantha D and Summer P

Latest Sports Update

Many thanks to the team managers who have already returned the netball dresses in team sets. Please make sure this is completed by Thursday.
Coaches don’t forget to forward your MVP nominees.

Bay Suburbs Tournament Girls 29th October and Boys 30th October if at Level 1

Touch Rugby
Teams have been finalised and team managers should be completing registration

Sonia-Jane Drefers
Sports Co-ordinator

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