School Newsletter – 1 June 2021

Term 2, Week 5 — School news

Upcoming Events

Quiz-a-thon DayWed, 2 Jun
Eastern Zones - Y7/8 Boys FootballThu, 3 Jun
AssemblyFri, 4 Jun
Greats and GransFri, 4 Jun
PTA MeetingTue, 8 Jun
Photolife (class and individual photos)Wed, 9 Jun
Bay Suburbs - FootballWed, 9 Jun
Hillary Team - StardomeThu, 10 Jun
Year 7/8 Doc Edge Film FestivalFri, 11 Jun
School DiscoFri, 11 Jun
Keeping Ourselves Safe (KOS) parent info evening @ 6.30pmTue, 15 Jun
AssemblyFri, 18 Jun
Trivia NightFri, 18 Jun
BOT MeetingMon, 21 Jun
Whole School PhotoFri, 25 Jun
Eastern Zones - HockeyMon, 28 Jun
Kiri Team - Road SafetyMon, 28 JunTue, 29 Jun
Toi Wearable Arts ShowcaseTue, 29 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 Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

We are halfway through term 2 and noticing that the weather has decidedly turned cooler. On Friday last we celebrated the success of our students in Years 4-8 at a Sports Assembly. This was to hand out certificates for our Kohimarama School, Senior Swimming Sports held at Sacred heart College on Friday 14th May. It was also an opportunity to again thank Don Forbes, parents and staff who assisted at the event.

NZ Histories Curriculum

As stated in a previous newsletter, the NZ Histories Curriculum is undergoing consultation. Kohimarama School has made a submission on the draft document. This is an ongoing development by the Ministry of Education who have partnered with a wide range of people to design draft Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories curriculum content.

This is part of a wider refresh of the national curriculum to ensure it is fit for purpose now and in the future and supports the languages, identities, cultures and wellbeing of all ākonga, students, in Aotearoa New Zealand.

When final content is approved, updates to the national curriculum (The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa) will be confirmed by publication in the New Zealand Gazette (often referred to as ‘gazetted’), and the curriculum changes will come into effect in 2022.

Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme (KOS)

Kohimarama School will be undertaking the Keeping Ourselves Safe (KOS) programme later this term. The KOS programme is part of the schools Health Curriculum. This is undertaken on a bi-annual basis. KOS is taught with the assistance of NZ Police and is a national programme. 

Keeping Ourselves Safe is a comprehensive child abuse prevention programme for schools. Its purpose is to:

  • teach students a range of safe practices that they can use when interacting with other people, both online and face to face
  • teach students how to recognise the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and encourage students who have been or are being abused to seek help
  • prevent abuse by making parents and teachers more aware of their responsibilities to help students avoid abuse.

More information including an invitation to a parent meeting will come via an etap message tomorrow.

Greats and Grans

This wonderful event occurred each year and is an opportunity for;

  • Opening Kohimarama School to our community, so they have a greater understanding of the learning environment.
  • To afford students the opportunity to share their learning experiences with their oldest relations and for students to learn from their Grandparents about school in their day

We did not hold this event in 2020 due to COVID 19 lockdown and health concerns. We are grateful to have this happening again in 2021.


We have been promised accommodation by the Ministry of Education for term 3 this year that will eleviate the pressure on Cowley team with two classes working in the library. These rooms will be modular and able to be removed when permanent accommodation is created at Kohimarama School. In the meantime our goal is to work with the MOE to deliver a modern building that will enhance the learning environment for our students and teachers.

The Kohimarama Way – Compassion

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” Jack Kornfield.  “Walk a mile in my shoes.”  Song.  “Don’t do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  They may have different tastes.”  George Bernard Shaw.


SchoolTalk Achievement Reporting

On Friday 2nd July we will be sharing your child’s End of Year Achievement and Progress Report with you. Please keep an eye out for further information regarding this over the coming weeks.

 In order for you to receive your child’s report it is vital that we have your current email address on record. If you have made recent changes to your email address please contact with the details so this can be updated.

For more information please go to:

Wednesday 2nd June – Quizathon

Classes will be tested on the Quizathon questions tomorrow.
See the PTA newsletter for details of returning your sponsorship form and money raised.

New Entrant (Year 0/1) – Parent Information Session – Thursday 10th June 10am-11am

If you have a child who has started as a New Entrant this year, or have a student who will be starting in Term 3, we invite you to attend a New Entrant Parent Information session in the hall on Thursday 10th June from 10am-11am.  Mrs Anne Bradley and Miss Meegan Hill will give an overview of our New Entrant process and how Kiri team supports our new students.  It will be informative as well as an opportunity to have your questions answered.
If you would like to attend please email

School Disco – Friday 11th June

A reminder tickets for our school discos are on sale via Kindo.  Once payment is received we will deliver tickets to students’ classrooms.  Cost is $5 and includes a snack and a drink.  Teachers are practising their dance moves and are really excited to be taking part in the Winter Wonderland theme.
Junior Disco  –  5.00 to 6.00pm (Years 0 to 4)
Senior Disco  –  6.30-8.00pm  (Years 5 to 8)

Friday 4th June Greats and Grans

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.  Our guests are invited to visit the school from 9am onwards.  Students   will be available to direct visitors to the correct classroom.  At 10.30am morning tea will be in the hall for all of our Greats and Grans.

Tuesday 8th June School Photograph

To celebrate our Centennial Year we are  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

Many thanks to those families who have signed up to Tax Gift.
Tax Gift allows you to donate your tax credit to the school.
Those who have already registered for this, including our Board of Trustees members,  have advised that this is a simple process to sign up and is an easy way to make an additional contribution to the school.
If you would like sign up  to TaxGift you can register here:

Updating Address and contact details

Please inform the school immediately if you have had a change of address or contact details.  It is important that we hold current contact details for your child/ren.

Class photos have been taken  since school started.
These are the earliest group photos that we have in our archives.

Sports Notices

Our second major sporting event for 2021, will take place on Friday August 6 at Madills Farm. If the weather on this day is not suitable, we will move the event to Monday August 9.

Sports Results

Flippa Ball Results

Year 3/4 Sharks
Win 2-0
POD Freya C
Year 3/4 Kinas
Loss 2-4
POD Theo R
Year 5 Kekenos
Win 7-2
POD Emily C
Year 5 Blue Bottles
Loss 2-5
POD Steph G
Year 6 Ninjas
No Game

Netball Results

Year 4 Fantails
Loss 5-11
POD: Scarlett F

Community Notices