School Newsletter – 13 October 2020

Term 4, Week 1 — School news

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Welcome back to school in Alert Level 1, our new normal at this time. We are so pleased to be able to operate at this level and long may this last. 

I do hope that you all had wonderful times during the holiday period for family fun and activities. Teachers have worked very hard during this year and I know that they welcomed a break without additional online learning requirements. Thank you to the community for your positive response and working with the school through the various alert levels this year. 

Change to Alert Level 1

At Kohimarama School our protocols will be as indicated in my COVID update communication of Friday 9 October namely; 

  • If you or your child are sick, you should stay home (phone Healthline or your GP and get tested if you have cold or flu symptoms). 
  • Continue to regularly wash with soap and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbows. 
  • Regularly disinfect shared surfaces. 
  • Support contact tracing efforts by using the QR Code for the NZ COVID Tracer App. (see item below for more information).
  • Maintain stringent self-isolation of those who display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or have been overseas in the last 14 days – Ministry of Health information for self-isolation.

At school we will be maintaining the high levels of hygiene practices and cleaning that have been in use throughout the Alert Levels.  This includes: 

  • Sanitising hands when entering and exiting the classrooms 
  • Hand washing often 
  • Correct cough etiquette 
  • Cleaning of surfaces including desks, chairs and shared equipment each day 
  • The drinking fountains will continue to be closed at this stage so bring your own drink bottles to school.

School hours have returned to usual, 8.55am – 3pm. We would encourage you to maintain entry to the school knowing that the classrooms are accessible from 8.30am onward. There is no organised supervision of children prior to this time. We welcome you into the school at the end of the day to collect children. Our learning continues right up until the bell goes at 3pm. Please respect students and teachers at the important end of the day processes and keep noise around classes to a minimum by maintaining a suitable distance.  The normal day programme including break times will be instigated for the whole school to take breaks together.

Our sushi lunches, Friday pizza and ice-blocks, sports practices and the use of the school hall by outside groups have all recommenced. Thank you to the PTA for being adaptable and supportive of the school’s COVID response and working with us to manage the risks.

I thank all those parents for using the NZ COVID Tracer App when entering the school. 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.

Year 7&8 Camp
Our Year 7&8 students, their teacher and brave camp parents are at Camp Adair this week. While the weather has not been the best they are fully involved in the camp programme. 

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Kohimarama school is an official polling place on Saturday. Please feel free to vote at the school. 

The Kohimarama Way – Honesty

Being honest is being open, trustworthy, and truthful.  When people are honest, they can be relied on not to lie, cheat, or steal.  Honesty is telling the truth.  It is admitting mistakes even when you know someone might be angry or disappointed.  Being honest means that you don’t pretend to be something you are not.  With honesty, you can trust things to be as they appear.


Labour Day & Teacher Only Day

Monday 26th October is Labour Day & on Tuesday 27th October is a Teacher Only Day. There will be no school on both days.

Road Patrol Parent Needed on Monday morning Rawhitiroa Road – Can you help?

One of our tireless workers has started a full-time job and can no longer supervise our Road Patrollers on Monday morning from 8.25 to 8.55 am for Rawhitiroa Road.  Are you able to support our students and families by taking on this duty for the next 9 weeks?  If so, or you want to know more before you commit, please contact Meegan at   We really appreciate your support, thank you.

School Disco –  Friday 30th October

Junior Disco – Year 0 to Year 4 at 5.00 – 6.00 pm
Senior Disco – Year 5 to Year 8 at 6.30 – 8.00 pm
Our theme is neon so we encourage our students to come as brightly dressed as they can.  Disco dancers will receive a snack and a drink during their time in the hall.  Students must bring their ticket to gain entry.  Ticket sales will begin again Wednesday 21st October, outside our school hall from 8.30 am till 8.55 am and after school from 3.00 to 3.15 pm.

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

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.

Kapa Haka restarts this week

Tomorrow (Wednesday 14th Oct) Kapa Haka will restart. Start time is 7.45 – 8.30.
Nau mai, hoki mai e tamariki

If you have a child staying home for any reason please contact the school office by email, website 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.