School Newsletter – 8 December 2020

Term 4, Week 9 — School news

Upcoming Events

Certificate AssemblyTue, 8 Dec
Cowley Team Fun DayWed, 9 Dec
Y7/8 Celebration Trip Wed, 9 Dec
Sports AssemblyThu, 10 Dec
Y6 Trip to RangitotoFri, 11 Dec
Hillary Team Fun DayFri, 11 Dec
BoT MeetingMon, 14 Dec
Final AssemblyTue, 15 Dec
END TERM 4Tue, 15 Dec
If you have a Google calendar you can add events directly to it via the Calendar page. For more events go to the Full Calendar List.

A Messsage from the Principal

Dear Parents

It has been an unprecedented year. COVID19 and the continued growth in numbers at Kohimarama School has meant that we have had to be agile, embrace change, and take steps into the unknown. As a school we have remained strong and determined to keep students at the centre of all we do in this response. Above all to continue to support our students in their learning and in their wellbeing. 

As we move forward this year we have worked towards developing a visual representation of the Kohimarama Way.  The lead for this was given to us by the BOT when our vision was made aspirational; We Dream, We Inspire, We Create, We Empower.  This has caused us to capture this along with our values and learner dispositions into a visual representation.

Desmer Glenn, mother of Nathan in Room 19, and a fantastic artist, assisted the leaders of the school to place this by using the Pohutukawa tree as the representation of continued growth for our learning community. Many specimens of the Pohutukawa  are present in our grounds and community. 

All staff took part in painting the picture and all students have visited the office to dialogue with their teacher about the meaning that this visual has for all of us. They took home an A5 card to share this with you. A2 posters are in all classrooms in both English and Te Reo Maori.

I would like to acknowledge the teachers and students for being adaptable and resilient during this year. The staff professionalism, especially the care for students wellbeing, is evidenced in the way that they supported that learning in the lockdowns and upon return to school. Students who supported, adapted to the learning fully online and then each other on return to school, shows the values and learner dispositions remain strong.

Many of you have communicated to the school your thanks for the way that we were well prepared for the lockdown situations and that we communicated effectively our management plans for dealing with the pandemic. Many of you have thanked teachers for their professional support of your children during this time. It is our turn to say thank you for all that you do to encourage and support us and to be alongside the school during this year. Thank you to the many who actively get involved in the life of the school, take part in class trips, coach and manage teams and support the PTA in their work for the school.

I look forward to seeing you at the final assembly next Tuesday, 10.30am – 12.00 midday at Sacred Heart College Auditorium. 

I wish you all a wonderful holiday break with family and hope that you are able to take some time to rest and relax. 


The Kohimarama Way – Honesty

“Don’t expect loyalty when you can’t provide honesty.”    “Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.”


Final Assembly

Final Prizegiving Assembly – Tuesday 15th December 10.30am, Sacred Heart College

The Kohimarama School Prizegiving Assembly is our last day of school and all our students are expected to attend in correct school uniform. It is a great opportunity for us to meet together, celebrate the year and the outstanding achievements of our students.

In order for us to get there, students are transported by their parents to and from our Final Assembly at Sacred Heart College, 250 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie. Students in Cowley, Hillary and Snell Teams will meet with their class teacher at the front of the Auditorium at 10.00am and will walk in together as a class. Kiri Team students sit with their parents, so may arrive at 10.20am.

Students in the Ensemble Band, Choir and Kapa Haka need to be at the Auditorium at the times listed below, as we will be having a sound check for these groups before the Assembly begins.
Choir – 9.15
Ensemble Band – 9.30
Kapa Haka – 9.45

Car parking can be found on West Tamaki Road and Crossfield Road, plus Gate 4, which leads to a big parking area down by the pool. We expect the Assembly to finish by 12 noon, and students may be picked up from the front of the Auditorium at this time.

2021 Term Dates – Some changes

Please note we have a change to our Final Day in 2021. It will now be Thursday 16th December 2021. There is also a change for Teacher Only Days. We will no longer be having a teacher only day on Tuesday 8th June 2021, this will be a normal school day. We will have a teacher only day on Thursday 1st April 2021. New Dates as below.

Term 1: Friday 5th February – Friday 16th April
Term 2: Monday 3rd May – Friday 9th July
Term 3: Monday 26th July – Friday 1st October
Term 4: Monday 18th October – Thursday 16 December

2021 Public Holidays and Teachers Only days
Waitangi Day — Saturday 6 February 2021 (Observed to Monday)
Teacher Only Day — Thursday 1st April
Good Friday — Friday 2 April 2021
Easter Monday — Monday 5 April 2021
Easter Tuesday — Tuesday 6 April 2021
ANZAC Day — Sunday 25 April 2021 (Observed to Monday)
Queen’s Birthday — Monday 7 June 2021
Labour Day — Monday 25 October 2021
Teacher Only Day — Tuesday 26 October 2021

Office Hours

The office reopens for 2021 from Tuesday 2nd February 2021 and will be open from 9am – 2pm.
The office will be back to normal hours from Friday 5th February 2021, 8.15am – 4pm.

Please note staff are not onsite during the school holidays and will not be tending to their school emails.

SchoolTalk Achievement Reporting

On Monday 14th December we will be sharing your child’s End of Year Achievement and Progress Report with you.

You will see how your child is achieving against our school progressions in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and our Learner Dispositions and their next learning steps, these progressions are linked to the New Zealand Curriculum. There will be a general comment about your child written by the teacher, and a reflection written by your child if they are in Years 4 – 8. School participation will be included at the bottom of our reports for those students who have participated in extracurricular activities.

Note students who started at Kohimarama School on or after 10th August 2020 will not receive a SchoolTalk report, they will instead receive a written report reflecting their learning in the past 4 months.

For more information please go to;

Students Leaving

As SchoolTalk is closed off once a child leaves, please print off a copy of your child’s report if they are leaving.  You can then provide this to your child’s new school. We also recommend you save the digital PDF that is included in your report email so the report is not lost. This PDF can also be downloaded from within SchoolTalk.

Note :  It is not usual practice for information to be forwarded on to your child’s new school.  If parents have consulted with the new school and specifically request information to be sent, then we require written permission to do so to meet our requirements under the Privacy Act.

Kindo – Leavers

School Leavers  / Kindo school shop

If your family is leaving our school and moving to another school that does not use ezlunch or Kindo for school payments, you need to close your account. If you’re not sure about the new school, log in, go to My Details and click on the list of schools, scrolling to find your new school.

If your new school is NOT on the list, use the ‘close account’ button on that screen. You can choose to donate your balance to school or have it paid out to your nominated bank account.

Piano Lessons

Years 0 to 3 at Kohimarama Primary School with Rebeccaduring school hours

I am a dedicated and experienced piano teacher living in Kohi. I have a Music Degree from the Royal College of Music in London, specialising in piano performance and teaching. With over 20 years’ experience teaching piano to all ages and abilities, I cater lessons for each individual. Some people just wish to play for fun which is definitely encouraged but for those interested in taking exams, I work from the ABRSM syllabus and have 100% pass rate for all my students. Learn the music you want:

 Jazz  –  Classical  –  Salsa   –  Pop.

Rebecca: 021 0244 7726

Sports Results


Congratulation to the Year 6 Pistons for winning the Auckland City Basketball Finals – A Grade against Kings, 26 to 25.
Their hard work and diligence paid off, with fantastic coaching by the awesome Mr Viggo, to top the league!

Touch Results

Year 6 Sharks
POD Lucas F
Year 8 Hurricanes
POD Toby H

Flippa Ball Results

Year 3/4 Blue Bottles
Loss 0-6
POD Charlotte S and Esmay O
Thanks for this year Coach Matthew Osborne!
Year 3/4 Kinas
Loss 0-5
POD: Maddie D
Thanks for this year Coach Oliver Faull!
Year 5/6 Jellyfish
Win 5-2
POD: Sam D
Thanks for this year Coach Nathan Coe!

Community Notices


Get the kids to run off some calories before Christmas!
21, 22, 23 December at Okahu Bay, 9am-midday each day.
Contact Billy on 027 2799042 to enrol
Billy’s classes start after school on Tuesday 9 Feb on the field.
For all ages.  Come along and try it out!

The best gift you can give to your child/children is to allow them to free play in natural settings these Spring School Holidays with CK!

The Conscious Kids Social Enterprise is inviting your children to a 100% play-in-nature school holiday programme.
Nature play free has proven physical, emotional and social health benefits. Our supervised programme allows kids to lead their own activities – mudslides, tree climbing, puddle splashing, hammock and hut building etc. Apart from the obvious safety restrictions and respect framework, there are few instructions for kids.  Our number 1 ‘rule’ is to have fun! Staff are present for supervision and support, but children follow their innate ‘readiness meter’ to make their own decisions before getting involved in any new situation.  Such child-led play enhances creativity, problem-solving, communication (including listening!), collaboration and many other 21st century skills.

The programme will run during the two weeks of the Xmas (from the 17th to the 23rd of December) and Summer Holidays (from the 11th to the 29th of January), at a cost of $70/child per day.
Daily programmes run from 9 am to 4 pm and are designed for children aged 5 – 12 yrs old. For booking and more information, please visit