School Newsletter – 4 May 2021

Term 2, Week 1 — School news

Upcoming Events

AssemblyFri, 7 May
Year 6 Water Safety @ Panmure PoolsMon, 10 MayTue, 11 May
Yrs6-8 Writers Festival - Aotea CentreTue, 11 May
Swimming SportsFri, 14 May
Working BeeSun, 16 May
Year 6 CampTue, 18 MayFri, 21 May
Senior Kids Lit CompetitionFri, 21 May
AssemblyFri, 21 May
BOT MeetingMon, 24 May
Quiz-a-thon DayWed, 2 Jun
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

Welcome back to Term 2.  Our teachers and students have had a positive start and are getting back into the learning. The weather has been kind to us both in the holiday period and as we start the new term. During the holiday break we have had a number of small jobs undertaken across the school including; pruning some of our trees in the Kiri playground and near the senior playground, work in the staffroom to improve the flow and update appliances that were at the end of life and similar work in the office kitchen. Numbers of these jobs support our preparation for the Centennial celebrations on the 10th and 11th September. This will be a highlight of the school calendar and preparations for the Centennial will be interwoven into our day to day work to support this being a successful event for all of us. 

School Buildings

The Board of Trustees and I have been working with the Ministry of Education to secure accommodation for our students. The Ministry has agreed to provide modular buildings as temporary accommodation. We are informed that the first modular rooms will be in place by the beginning of Term 3. The building will house two classes of students and be an open space to allow a hub to operate within the building. 

Please make a note of the following dates for upcoming events:

Friday 4th June Greats and Grans

This is scheduled to be held on the Friday prior to Queens birthday weekend when we often have family members from out of town visiting for the long weekend.

This event asks our students to invite their special older family members or friends to come along to school to see them at work in the classroom.  This is then followed by a morning tea for our special guests. We were unable to hold this popular event in 2020 due to COVID.  We look forward to welcoming our guests to school on Friday 4th June.

Tuesday 8th June School Photograph

This whole school photograph hangs on the wall of the administration office.

This whole school photo was taken in 2000 to celebrate the millennium. 

To celebrate our Centennial Year we are once again going to take a photo of the whole school.  This will be done on Tuesday 8th June in the morning. Please make sure your child is at school on time and in their Kohimarama School uniform, for this exciting event which will become part of our records of our 100th year within the Kohimarama School Community.

Tax Gift

You will have read in the Board of Trustees newsletter that Kohimarama School has now entered into an agreement with TaxGift. Individuals can now opt in to donating their tax credit to the school by registering with TaxGift here:

How does this work?

Most individuals are able to claim a tax credit for donations in New Zealand. This includes a tax credit of 33.3% on the annual Kohimarama School donation which is currently set at $495 per child. In most instances TaxGift will be able to obtain a tax credit of $165 which is then donated, less a fee of 10%, back to the school on behalf of the individual. This additional donation is eligible for a further tax credit (not otherwise available to an individual) which is then donated again and again back to the school until the donation value drops below the minimum $5 threshold set by the IRD. The net effect is that an initial donation of $495 can result in a total of $701 (when the donated tax credits are added) received by the school.

To make this happen TaxGift needs to act as your tax agent for Kohimarama School donations only. Please note once you have signed up you will not be able to claim the Kohimarama School donation tax credit for yourself. You can opt out of TaxGift at any time by emailing

We are hoping that you will take this opportunity to further support the school through this process. Thank you in advance.

Paul Engles

The Kohimarama Way – Compassion

What is it?
Compassion is having kind feelings toward someone who is hurt or troubled.  It is caring deeply and wanting to help, even if you don’t know them.  It is being kind and forgiving to someone who has hurt you.

It is an exciting year for Kohimarama School as we celebrate its Centennial. To assist with our planning and to help the Centennial celebrations be as successful as possible we are actively seeking for help with the following:
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Copywriter
  • AV technician skills
If you have any expertise in these areas or know of someone who is able to assist, please contact us on

Planned Centennial Events: 10th & 11th September 2021

Fri 10th Sep
9am-11.30am          Alumni Classroom visits
A chance for past students to visit the classroom and see how school life has changed over the years, followed by morning tea

Sat 11th Sep
11am to 4.30pm  School Open Day & Formalities
Learn about the history of Kohimarama School with our ‘History Walk’, and see Old School photos & memorabilia
Be entertained with our Kapa Haka, choir, band, cheerleading & jump jam performances, kids games & activities, food trucks & more!
Formalities 2-3pm:  Official speeches, Centennial Tree planting & Centennial Cake followed by ‘Natter & Nibbles’ Afternoon tea
(Free public event)

7pm – Midnight   Centennial Gala Dinner including Fundraising Auction
(Ticketed event)

(Registrations & ticket sales from May)


Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

    • Room 1 – Grayson C, Aurelia L
    • Room 2 – Freya H
    • Room 4 – Lachie C, Damen A
    • Room 5 – Max P
    • Room 6 – Rhys W, Emilia A
    • Room 7 – Jay H
    • Room 8 – Bella M, Ben E
    • Room 9 – Mahiro S, Blair C, Joshua P
    • Room 10 – Ashlee J, Fletcher D
    • Room 11 – Leo M, Freddie R
    • Room 12 – Georgia P, Maisey B
    • Room 13 – Sophia GW, Paolo Z
    • Room 14 – Abigail J, Henry N
    • Room 15 – Madison A, Lotte A
    • Room 16 – Spencer K
    • Room 17 – Charlie P, Georgia H
    • Room 18 – Tilly E, Isabelle G
    • Room 19 – Hunter D,Claudio K, Enya N
    • Room 20 – Bailey Y
    • Room 21 – Alexandra D, Amelie CS, Valter S
    • Room 22 – Jack P, Lara K
    • Room 23 – Zac C, Lina N
    • Room 25 – Ava M, Chetna W
    • Room 26 – Nathan F

Caught Being Good – “Greenies”

Congratulations to our fortunate winners from the end of last term:
Nayan           Rm 2                for Reliability              Selwyn
Dash             Rm 26              for Commitment         Selwyn
Esther           Rm 13              for Reliability              Colenso

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