PTA Newsletter – 27 October 2020

School community news and upcoming PTA events and initiatives

Upcoming PTA Events

PTA MeetingMon, 2 Nov, 7:00pm
Quizathon - kids tested in class todayWed, 4 Nov
Calendar art fundraiser - last day for paper ordersFri, 6 Nov
Kohimarama Presbyterian Church Gift FairSat, 7 Nov, 9:00am
Trivia Night - Sports Team ThemeSat, 7 Nov, 6:00pm
Calendar art fundraiser - last day for online ordersSun, 8 Nov
Quizathon - final day for sponsorship payments to be returnedThu, 12 Nov
Centennial Cookbook - recipes due todayFri, 20 Nov
Xmas Treats - last day to orderThu, 26 Nov
Xmas Trees - last day to orderTue, 1 Dec
Xmas Trees & Treats to be collected from school today Sun, 6 Dec, 12:30pm

If you have a Google calendar you can add events directly to it via the Calendar page. For more events go to the Full School Calendar List.


Wednesday Sushi & Friday Fruity Kanuity/Pizza Helpers

We know the kids love sushi and their Friday ice block/pizza treat with the amount of sushi, ice blocks and pizza slices that are sold each week!  We will only be able to continue offering these for our kids with parent support – we are urgently looking for parent helpers to sort the Wednesday sushi (10-11.15am)  & sell ice blocks and pizza slices (1-1.30pm) on Fridays.

If you are happy to be on the roster and help out one or two Wednesday’s or Fridays this term please contact Lynda

Fundraising Events


Trivia Night  – Sat 7th Nov – SPORTS NIGHT IN! 

Our annual Trivia Night returns! A great opportunity to have fun night out and help us with our fundraising efforts.

Trivia Night provides a great ‘warm up’ to the All Blacks test that will be played later that night.  ‘Sports teams’ themed this year, be sure to register your table early so you don’t miss out!

  • Saturday 07 November – 6pm-midnight, Kohimarama School Hall
  • Arrive from 6pm, Quiz 6.30-9pm, All Blacks game 9.30pm to midnight

Ticket prices are $40 per person with 10 per table. Register for one, two or an entire table of ten – everybody is welcome. If you don’t have enough people to create a table of 10, we will help match you up with people from your year group. Tables are limited so secure your place/table now – REGISTER YOUR TEAM BY 29 OCT


Kids Literacy Quiz-A-Thon 

The kids have received their questions and sponsorship form – also attached here if for some reason it hasn’t made it home yet!

Kids will be tested in class on 4th Nov and teachers will advise how many questions were correctly answered. We would appreciate your support in celebrating your child’s QUIZ-A-THON success and obtain sponsorship from family and friends

12th Nov -Final date for Sponsorship form returned to the teacher with fundraising money (in cash) or if you prefer, direct deposit fundraising money into the PTA Bank account (if depositing funds to the PTA account, the form will still need to be returned to the teacher)


1. The class who raises the most money will each receive a free Fruity Kanuti

2. The first class to return all their fundraising money will each receive a free Fruity Kanuti

Calendar Art Fundraiser 

Artwork has now been completed and you would have received your calendar art order forms.

06 Nov – last day for paper form orders to be returned

08 Nov – last day for online orders

Early Dec – products delivered to kids to bring home

Christmas Trees …

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree … there is something truly special about a real Christmas tree!

We are again working with Zach’s Christmas Trees who will provide Kohimarama School a commission for any Christmas trees sold – the more trees sold, the higher the funds!

Zach’s Christmas Trees provides the finest Christmas trees in Auckland, so purchase with confidence knowing that your tree will be one of the best in the neighbourhood!

Two tree options available:

  • 4ft to 5ft          $42.00
  • 5ft to 6.5ft       $52.00

You can collect your tree from the school on Sun 6th December between 12.30-2pm, or have it delivered to your house on Mon 7th or Tues 8th December for $18. Removal after Christmas is also an option for $15.00.

Ordering is really simple … just click here to order your tree by 01 December.

For more details, view flyer here

… & Christmas Treats!

Let us make your Christmas baking easy this year!  Arobake provides a smorgasbord of delicious Christmas treats perfect for gifts, family gatherings and Christmas parties, all without the workload and supporting our fundraising efforts at the same time! Order by 26th Nov via online shop, with collection of your Xmas Treats from the school on Sunday 6th Dec between 12.30-2pm

Christmas Cake – Fruit & Nut top or iced – $45

A buttery and fruit filled cake, soaked in sherry once baked. Beautifully flavoured with Christmas spices, adorned with nuts and cherries or with a traditional white icing. Finished in a gorgeous Christmas paper.

Mini Christmas Mince Pies / 200g – $20 per box

Delightfully packed with a spiced, sherry-soaked fruit filling and wrapped in a butter sweet pastry. Boxed so perfect for gifts or indulge yourself!

Vanilla Crescents / 200g – $20 per box

The Jem of the shortbread world. Hugely delicious, these little jewels are covered in icing sugar hot from the oven, removing them when cool to create these sugar encased, almond and vanilla sensations. Boxed so perfect for gifts – best seller!

Stollen / 550g – $15

A rich, yeast-risen cake encasing a marzipan log. This rum steeped, fruit filled wonder is immersed in melted butter before its rolled in sugar. It’s Christmas, indulge yourself!

Christmas Trees / 5 per pack – $10

Rich, chocolate shortbread, chocolate topped Christmas Trees. Great for gifts and the kids love them!

Order here via online shop no later than 26th Nov

Community Events


Thanks so much to all of our parents, kids and friends of our school who helped with our gardening working bee.  The grasses along our Rawhitiroa Road fence line had a really good pruning and wow, it looks fantastic.  We really appreciate everybody that come to help, as the saying goes ‘many hands make light work’ – its amazing what can be done when we all work together. Big thanks too for Kennards Hire  – the hedge trimmers made all the difference!


Christmas Gift Fair – Sat 7th Nov – Kohimarama Presbyterian Church

A great ‘one stop shop’ for all your Christmas gifts!

Kohimarama Presbyterian Church’s annual gift fair is back – Sat 7th Nov 9am – 2pm.

You’ll find lots of great gift ideas from preserves, cakes, freshly baked goods, tea towels, Nepalese clothes, outdoor plants, skincare gifts, jewellery, candles …

There will also be lots of food options including a sausage sizzle, hot chips, crepes, BLT’s & baps and a bouncy castle to keep the kids entertained.

2021 Centennial

Do you have social media, website, communications & content expertise?

We want to grow our Alumni database and would love some help from someone who has experience in social media, comms and content creation to assist us with this.  Please contact Lynda on if you can help.

We invite you to submit your favourite family recipe in the following categories:

Weekday Family Meals
Celebration Dinners

Play Dates & Sleepovers
Picnics & Beach Days

Lunch Box Ideas
Healthy Snacks

Cakes & Brownies
Biscuits & Slices
Muffins & More

Look over our Recipe writing guide for some helpful hints and an example recipe.

Please submit your recipe using the online form by 13 November 2020.


Get involved and have your say in 2020

We are always looking for more parents to get involved – if you have some ideas we’d love to see you at our PTA meetings held the first Monday of each month in the school staff room, or happy to hear from you anytime – email Lynda

You can also:

Regular Activities

Yummy Stickers
If you buy ‘Yummy’ branded fruit collect the stickers or bag labels and we can exchange them for new sport equipment. Go to the Yummy Stickers page for more info.
Second-hand Uniforms
We have a range of items. Prices depend on condition; roughly $25 fleeces, $15 polo t-shirts, $20 skorts and shorts, $15 sports t-shirts. Go to the Second-hand Uniforms page for more info.
Walking Bus
Have you thought about joining a school walking bus? A short drive can be an amazing walk! If you’re interested in joining, go to the Walking School Bus page.
Ice-block/Pizza Fridays
For an ice-block or slice of pizza (cheese or ham & pineapple) on Fridays, send along $2. They will be sold 1.15-1.30pm out of the Hall Kitchen window.
Scholastic Book Club
Look out for this term’s Scholastic Book Club flyers in the book bags. Please place any orders online (or view the online flyer) at the Scholastic Book Club. No paper orders will be accepted.
Sushi Wednesdays
Pre-order by the end of the day Tuesday and fresh sushi will be delivered to school for your child’s Wednesday lunch. Go to the Sushi Wednesdays page for instructions.
Entertainment Books
For great discounts for local restaurants and attractions, order the hard-copy or digital versions –  $70 with 20% going to the school. Go to the Entertainment Books page for more info.