School Newsletter – 2 February 2021

Term 1, Week 1 — School news

Upcoming Events

John Parsons -Cyber Saftey ExpertWed, 10 Feb
Road Patrol Retraining Year 6Thu, 11 Feb
Weetbix Triathalon - Pt EnglandSun, 14 Feb
BOT MeetingMon, 22 Feb
Kapa Haka 7.45 - 8.30Wed, 24 Feb
Y7/8 ObservatoryFri, 26 Feb
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


I hope that you have all enjoyed the beautiful Summer break and the accompanying bout of great weather.  We are looking forward to our students joining us when school reopens on Friday 5th February.

Our teachers are currently at school preparing for the return of our students. We have three days of induction and  professional learning and development for all teaching staff. Planning for commencement of the year is being completed and all staff are excited to welcome you to the learning planned for 2021.

The Ministry of Education has confirmed that Kohimarama School will receive two relocatable classes to be in place before the start of term 3 2021. The main block of the school has been repainted along with other areas in preparation for our centenary year. AC has been placed in Snell Team meaning that all classes across the school can now control their environments. Other works around the school are in progress as I write.

Road works – Kohimarama and Rawhitiroa Roads

There is currently a lot of road works directly impacting traffic around the school.  As these works appear to be delayed from the initial plans, we advise families to take this into consideration when they travel to school over the next few weeks and until the works are finalised. On Friday, the footpath opposite the school gates on Kohimarama Road may be difficult to manage. The traffic control people will be onsite to guide students safely to the pedestrian crossing as required. 

COVID 19 update

Recent community outbreaks of COVID-19 are a reminder to us all to:

  • Sign in using the NZ COVID Tracer App when entering the school
  • Washing hands with soap and water and maintaining personal hygiene
  • Staying at home if unwell and contacting Healthline if appropriate

Staff will reinforce the above with students and I encourage you to do the same at home if you haven’t already done so.

Put these dates in your diary now;

Remember that the school is closed on Monday 8th February as the public holiday for Waitangi Day. 

Wednesday 10 February 2021. John Parsons, renowned Cyber Safety, expert will be running a session for our parent community at 7pm in Rooms 19&20. John has spoken widely across NZ educational organisations. Further information can be found at,throughout%20New%20Zealand%20and%20Internationally.

Tuesday 16 February

Our Meet the Teacher will have a different format focusing on building the positive relationships between you and the teacher of your children. You are invited to a picnic at the school that evening commencing at 5.30pm At 15minute intervals there will be an opportunity to go to your child’s class to meet with the teacher and other parents. You will have information to take away, no formal presentation will be made that evening. 

Updating contact Information

It is important that we hold up to date contact information including addresses and phone numbers for all our students.  If you have had any changes over the summer break please email with your updated details.

School Hours

School starts for all students at 8.55am.  Please ensure that your child arrives at school on time.  All late students must sign in at the office if they arrive after 8.55am.

School finishes for students at 3pm.  A bell will ring at 3.15pm.  Any student on the school grounds without a parent must go to the office until their parent/caregiver arrives.

I look forward to catching up with many of you on Friday.

Kind regards
Paul Engles