PTA Newsletter – 13 November 2020

School community news and upcoming PTA events and initiatives

Upcoming PTA Events

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.

This is a call for help from the Kohimarama School PTA!

If you, or anyone you know has thought about getting involved with our school PTA … we need you now!

The PTA is in great shape, with a solid framework and draft 2021 calendar created – with events already underway or  owned by capable PTA members.

But we need two enthusiastic leaders to take up the co-chair positions in 2021 – this is a great opportunity for you (and a friend) to meet some new people and provides a perfect time to reimagine and potentially create a change in the way the PTA operates next year.

The PTA is an integral part of our strong community focused school and allows parents to support the school in a very positive and proactive way, creating a link between families and the school. It also encourages a sense of school community whilst raising valuable funds through the organisation of many events during the year.

Be a part of something special for our children.

We’d love to hear from you, to explore the possibility of adding your personality, experience and skills to our school’s PTA! Come along and meet fellow PTA members at our relaxed PTA Christmas drinks on Monday 7th December at 7pm (venue tbc) or contact Lynda at or 021 896 229 to find out more.

Fundraising Events


Hockey, soccer, tennis and rugby fans and a raft of sporting ‘celebrities’ come out in force to outwit each other in our annual trivia night quiz. It was a tough battle between the teams but a last minute comeback saw ‘The Pundits’ being crowned this year’s champions (the jury’s out on whether it was general knowledge or the very generous ‘point buying’ that led to victory!). All in a good cause though as approx $6,500 was raised. Huge thanks to everybody who supported our trivia night.


Quiz-A-Thon – Final day for sponsorship $ to be returned please – This Fri 13th Nov

A friendly reminder please for sponsorship forms to be 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) by this Friday 12 Nov please.


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

Christmas Trees – order by 01 Dec 

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! – Order by 26 Nov

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

Calendar Art Fundraiser

Thanks for all of your support with the calendar artwork, final orders are in and we are just working through how much was raised. Early Dec products will be delivered to kids to bring home.

Community Events

Book Launch:  Dish editor Sarah Tuck talks about her new book: stuck together

An evening with Sarah Tuck, where she’ll chat about her new book: stuck together at St Heliers Bay Café & Bistro on Mon 16th Nov at 6.30pm

You will receive a complimentary glass of Amisfield bubbles on arrival, then enjoy a selection of Sarah’s
delicious dishes made up as share plates and receive a signed copy of her new cookbook, plus a goodie bag.
When: 6.30pm on Monday 16th November
Tickets available from Paper Plus St Heliers: $119 per ticket Limited to 80 people only.

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 20 November 2020.


Get involved and have your say in 2021

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.