School Newsletter – 8 September 2020

Term 3, Week 8 — School news

A Message from Hillary Team

Online Learning 

Online Learning has been a really great learning experience for us all. We really enjoyed learning at home as we were able to concentrate on the tasks that were set and without any big distractions – just peace and quiet. We were able to work at our own pace and within our own time. The Google Meet videos were really great as we were able to see our teachers and friends and share a bit of our learning. The work was really easy to follow and allowed us to be successful within our learning. Although Online Learning was really good, it has been great to be back at school and to share what we were up to during Alert Level 3 and see our teachers and friends again.

Art Gallery Trip 

In August, four of the Hillary Teams classes were fortunate enough to go to the Auckland Art Gallery. The purpose of our trip was to see how Storytelling can be illustrated into different visuals which provides us with a better understanding of the concept of Storytelling which we are currently learning for our Inquiry Topic. We learned that all pieces of art have a story behind them, there were some wooden sculptures and painted pieces. After learning about how Storytelling can be illustrated, we completed a scavenger hunt around the gallery looking for different items in the artworks. We were able to create our own pieces of art based on a story we have heard from our own families and share these with each other. In the learning centre, we were also able to create our own designs using magnet shapes and had a lot of fun. It was a fantastic experience!

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

“Never respect others merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy.  We do not value the sun for its height, but for its use.” Gamaliel Bailey.   “If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.” John W. Gardner.


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 – Thursday 17th September

We are raising funds for Cure Kids which is a charity that funds research into childhood illnesses and diseases i.e. Respiratory conditions, Type 1 Diabetes, Visual impairments, Autism, Childhood Cancers, Child Development, Genetic Conditions, Heart, Infants, Infectious Diseases, Mental Health, Neurological Disorders, Obesity, Oral Health and Pre-term infants.  We are asking students who would like to participate to dress in as many colours as they can and bring along $2.  It is going to be super fun!

School Disco – New date

Yeeha!  We have managed to book DJ Dave for a new date next term, Friday 30th October – Term 4, Week 3.  It is still Neon Theme ad we are super excited about it.  If you have purchased a ticket already, keep it in a safe place and this will gain you entry to the Disco.  If you haven’t purchased a ticket yet, we will be selling them the week before the Disco outside the school Hall in the mornings before school and after school.  Practise your dance moves now in preparation.

2021 – Planning – Year 4 to Year 8 Students

Thank you to those families who have updated us with their students plans for 2021.
If you are in Year 4-7 and have not yet done so, please complete the attached form by Wednesday 9th September.

Parent Help – Road Patrol Supervisor

We need a parent helper on Tuesday to supervise Kohimarama Road.  Are you free from 8.25am to 8.55am to support our Road Patrollers ensuring parents and students cross our road safely?  If so would you please contact Meegan on  Your support is much appreciated, thank you.


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.

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

    • Room 1 – Naiya P, Emmett K
    • Room 2 – Fern O, Sammy M
    • Room 3 – Ella C, Max S
    • Room 4 – Aria Z
    • Room 5 – Lola B
    • Room 6 – Charlie P, Ava M, Cara SP
    • Room 7 – Bella C, Saskia C
    • Room 8 – Nate L, Adalene A
    • Room 9 – James B, Jessica C
    • Room 10 – Madison A, Yunus M
    • Room 11 – James B, Eva S
    • Room 12 – Elena P, Felix A
    • Room 13 – Sophia U, Oliver T
    • Room 14 – Jack T, Sophia LM
    • Room 15 – Ben L
    • Room 16 – Emily C, Katelyn K
    • Room 17 – Blake S
    • Room 18 – Trixie R, Anna P, Connor R
    • Room 19 – Theo B, Sebastian TR
    • Room 20 – Margo R, George S
    • Room 21 – Kaylah J, Samantha D, Cohen E
    • Room 22 – Iksimmar S, Imogen Q
    • Room 23 – Casper H, Leon L
    • Room 24 – Jack B, Aurelia L

Caught Being Good – “Greenies”

Congratulations to all our students who have been caught doing the right thing this week.  Fortunate winners:
Lucy           Rm 7           for Friendliness                                    Colenso
Riley           Rm 23         for Reliability and Commitment           Colenso
Zak             Rm 20         for Reliability, Friendliness and            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:
Sam D, Kaylah J, Maddie Mc and Blake S

Latest Sports Update

Auckland Netball has advised that due to the extension of Level 2.5 the earliest games will resume is Thursday 17th September
Auckland City Basketball has advised that due to the decision to remain at Level 2.5 they are unable to run SKBS Miniball, they will be in touch again once the Government release their next update next week.
No decision has yet been made about the tournament.
Touch Rugby
Touch rugby at Madills Farm will go ahead in Term 4. Assuming appropriate Levels are in place. If your child would like to play please email me your childs name room number and year group. Every team will need a coach and a manger, if you are able to help please also include this in the email. Cost will be advised at a later point once teams are determined. (Touch season is normally only six weeks long).
Swimming Lessons
Senior Management Team have decided that all swimming lessons have been cancelled for the remainder of the year.

Sonia-Jane Drefers
Sports Co-ordinator

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