School Newsletter – 23 February 2021

Term 1, Week 4 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Kapa Haka 7.45 - 8.30Wed, 24 Feb
Y7/8 ObservatoryFri, 26 Feb
Kapa Haka 7.45 - 8.30Wed, 10 Mar
BOT MeetingMon, 15 Mar
Cowley Exploration DayWed, 17 Mar
Kapa Haka 7.45 - 8.30Wed, 17 Mar
Meet the Teacher EveningThu, 18 Mar
School Assembly - 1.50Fri, 19 Mar
Cowley Team - Mangere Mountain Education CentreMon, 22 Mar
Eastern Zones - SwimmingMon, 22 Mar
ESOL Information EveningTue, 23 Mar
Cowley Team - Mangere MountainTue, 23 Mar
Cowley Team - Mangere MountainWed, 24 Mar
Kapa Haka 7.45 - 8.30Wed, 24 Mar
Bay Suburbs - Swimming Wed, 24 Mar
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 Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Kohimarama School is operating at Alert Level 1

At school we will be maintaining the high levels of hygiene practices and cleaning that have been in use throughout the previous 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 equipment each day
  • The drinking fountains will continue to be closed at this stage so bring your own drink bottles to school.

The school will operate without restriction, however, everyone entering the site is encouraged to sign in when on site using the NZ COVID Tracer App.  This QR Code continues to be available at school entry points. 

School hours have returned to 8.55am – 3pm. As is normal access to classrooms is from 8.30am as there is no supervision of children prior to this time. The normal day programme including break times is reinstated and the whole school will take breaks together.

Meet the Teacher

Please note that we have rescheduled our Meet the Teacher to Tuesday 2nd March. We will be focusing on building the positive relationships between you and the teacher of your children as well as the Kohimarama School Learning Community. This aligns with our strategic goal; Build a positive and connected school community. 

Your family is invited to a BYO picnic at the school commencing at 5.30pm.

The PTA have arranged a Sausage Sizzle and food trucks including Sushi Truck, Spin Spuds and Stumpy’s Pizza so you can purchase food on site.

At 15 minute intervals there will be an opportunity to go with your family to visit your child’s class to meet with the teacher and other parents and students. You will have information to take away.  No formal presentation will be made. 

The schedule to visit classrooms will be as follows:

6.00pm – Kiri Team – Year 1 students
6.15pm – Cowley Team – Year 2 and 3 students
6.30pm – Hillary Team – Year 4 and 5 students
6.45pm – Snell Team – Year 6,7 and 8 students
7.00pm – Evening ends

In the event of being rained off, the classes will be open at the above times for you and the family to visit the teacher.

We look forward to welcoming our families to this evening.

Our School Vision

We dream – moemoeā
we inspire – whakaohooho
we create – waihanga
we empower – whakamana

This means we: 

  • Dream: we encourage our learners to create and innovate
  • Inspire: we inspire our learners through our values and whanaungatanga (to have a sense of belonging and family connection) to have a strong sense of pride and belief
  • Create: we build a community of learners and problem solvers
  • Empower: we empower our learners and provide them with the tools to achieve

This statement forms part of our Kohimarama Way represented through the symbol of our Pohutukawa Tree. It tells everyone what we live and believe and connects our values and Learner dispositions. 

Paul Engles – Principal

The Kohimarama Way  –  Reliability

Reliability means that others can depend on you to keep your commitments.  Reliability is doing something that you have agreed to do in a predictable way, without forgetting or having to be reminded.  When you practice reliability, you really care about doing what you said you would do.  Other people can relax knowing it is in your reliable hands.


Band – Begins Wednesday 24th February

Band practices begin tomorrow from 1.00pm in the Performing Arts room.  Please ensure your child comes to school with their instrument and music book.  All students and classrooms have been given a practice schedule for the term.

Activity Fees, Steam and Technology (Technology for year 7&8 only)

These payments were due in before the start of the school year. If you have not made payment please do so immediately.
Any outstanding payments not made will be followed up with a phone call.

Teacher Only Days

Please be aware of Teacher Only Days for this year. Thursday 1st April & Tuesday 26th October.

Road Patrols – Parent Help Needed

Are you able to support our students crossing Rawhitiroa Road or Kohimarama Rd safely in the mornings 8.30 to 8.55 am?  If you are interested in finding out more and think you can help, please contact Meegan Hill

Kapa Haka 2021

The Kohimarama Kapa Haka Group will begin this week on Wednesday the 24th.
Our practices are in the Hall and begin at 7.50 and go until 8.30.
Please have your children in the hall by 7.45 ready for Karakia.
We welcome all Kohimarama Students from Kiri team all the way to Snell. You do not need experience, you just need a positive attitude and to be ready to learn some ka rawe waiata.
This year we are looking for a group of parents to stay for each practice and support our Kaiako. If you are able to be at these practices and are keen to be part of the Tautoko roupu (support group) please let Kate Cadzow know at the first practice this week.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Lost Hand Bag

A few weeks ago a two tone brown hand bag was found outside a Ronaki Road address. There was nothing to help identify the owner. Inside the bag were exercise items, Kohimarama School Newsletter and a tooth extraction care note. If you believe this is your bag, please contact the office for further information.

Sports Notices

Senior School Swimming Sports (Years 5–8) – Thursday 4th March

We warmly invite you to come and support our first sporting event for 2021. Our swimming sports will be held at Sacred Heart indoor pool (244 W Tamaki Rd, Glen Innes).
Races will run from approximately 9-30am to 1-30pm. Whilst we can not provide  accurate details of when specific races will commence, the order of events is provided below as a general guide.


Year 5/6 Girls 4 x 25m
Year 5/6 Boys  4x25m
  Year 7/8 Girls 4x25m
Year 7/8 Boys 4x25m


Year 5 Girls/Boys 25m
Year 6 Girls/Boys 25m
Year 7/Girls/Boys 50m
Year 7 Girls/Boys 100m
Year 8 Girls/ Boys 100m


Year 5/6 Girls/Boys 25m
Year 7 Girls/Boys 50m
Year 8 Girls/Boys 50m


Year 5/6 Girls/Boys 25m
Year 7 Girls/Boys 50m
Year 8 Girls/Boys 50m


Year 5/6 Girls/Boys 25m
Year 7/8 Girls/Boys 50m

Sports Results

Flippa Ball Results

Year 5 Blue Kinas
Win 4-0
Loss 0-2
PoD Theo R & Frank O
Year 3/4 Sharks
Loss 0-4
Loss 0-1
Year 5 Blue Bottles
Loss 0-11
Year 6 Jellyfish
Win 12-0

Community Notices