School Newsletter – 27 July 2021

Term 3, Week 1

Upcoming Events

Warriors Community Programme - SnellTue, 27 Jul
Bay Suburbs GymnasticsMon, 2 Aug
Eastern Zones - NetballThu, 5 Aug
School Cross CountryFri, 6 Aug
Cross Country - Rain DayMon, 9 Aug
Health Curriculum Survey goes outTue, 10 Aug
Band Showcase eveningTue, 10 Aug
Snell STEAM FairMon, 16 Aug
BOT MeetingMon, 16 Aug

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to our school for term 3. The term started with a blustery and wet day. Despite this students settled quickly into their learning.

As this is the Winter term we know that students will, from time to time, come down with runny noses and coughs. We ask that you please ensure that students stay away from school in order to prevent the spread of colds and flu. The school uses sanitiser and washing facilities in the classroom as part of the Level 1 COVID 19 requirements.

In Term 3 we will be celebrating our Centenary. This is an important milestone in the life of the school. This year we aim to celebrate the centenary in September and coincide this with our Art Gallery. Please see the details below.

We would like to let you know how you, as our current school community, can be involved in the celebrations;

Art Gallery

This will open in conjunction with our centenary celebrations.  This is always a popular event for our students to share their creative works with their families, friends and this year with our centenary visitors

Friday 10th September – Classroom visits and Assembly

As a part of the centenary celebrations, alumni are invited into the school to visit while students are at work. This is also an invitation to our parent community to also visit, along with our alumni, from 9.15am – 11am to see our students involved in their learning.

Our assembly will be held as usual in the afternoon.  This will have a centenary theme.

Cyber Safety – Netsafe

Today marks an important milestone for Netsafe and Aotearoa as we launch the country’s first dedicated online safety awareness week. Net Safety Week inspires positive change and helps the community stay safe online. 

Please feel free to see the dedicated resources housed on the Netsafety Week website. They have been created to start a kōrero about online safety and include key messages and graphics. Communities are safest when we look out for each other, and weeks like this are a good reminder of what we can achieve together. 

Family Zone / Linewize

Kohimarama School has a partnership with Family Zone, who provide a broad suite of cyber safety services which help our school community keep our students safe online.

Family Zone provides visibility and security while students are using devices while here at school.

You will also have received information when your child started about Family Zone for your use at home on how you are able to provide the same level of visibility and security around device usage when not at school.

Full details of Family Zone are available on our website. Click here

We encourage you to take the time to read this information and to see the different ways that we as a community both at school and at home can support our students in their online learning and use of devices.

Counsellor at Kohimarama School

We sent details of counselling services in our 6th July newsletter Click here These services will begin from next week.  Our counsellor Deborah Kevany will be visiting the school on a Wednesday.  You can contact Deborah on the following email;

Works in the Hall

The Autex panels are now being installed in the hall.  These will be beneficial in reducing noise in the hall as well as providing usable wall space for displays.

We are hoping that this work will be completed in time for our assembly on Friday.

Paul Engles, Principal

The Kohimarama Way – Friendliness

Friendliness is being a friend.  It is taking an interest in other people.  It is going out of your way to make others feel welcome or to make a stranger feel at home,  When you are friendly, you happily share your belongings, time, ideas, and feelings.  You share the good times and the bad times together.  Friendliness is the best cure for loneliness.


Health Curriculum Consultation coming up

All schools in New Zealand are required to consult with their school community every two years regarding their Health Education programmes. Health Education is part of the Health and Physical Education curriculum. Learning in Health is guided by underlying concepts, key areas of learning and the Achievement Objectives. You will have a chance to have your say on the areas we cover and the programmes we utilise to deliver our Health Curriculum. We will also be collecting feedback from both the staff and a selection of the learners at our school. Look out for the google form that will be appearing in your emails within the next couple of weeks.

Road Patrol Supervisors needed – can you help?

We are needing parents for both Kohimarama Road (every Friday) and Rawhitiroa Road (every second Friday, starting this Friday).  It means being at school at 8.25 am and supervising Road Patrol students carry signs in and out as well as standing beside the Lead road patroller to ensure signs go out and in safely until the bell rings at 8.55 am.  Please contact me if you are able to support our students and school in this way.  Thank you in anticipation.

Centennial News

Centennial Registrations

This term we invite our community, families and past students to celebrate our Centenary.

Planning is well underway and we all look forward to the celebrations on  Friday 10th and Saturday 11th September and our Centennial Gala Dinner on Saturday 18th September.

To assist with planning on these days, we are asking all current families to indicate their attendance at the celebrations.
Details for registering are on our website here :

Centennial Volunteers

To make this event a huge success we are asking our school community for volunteers to assist us finalise details for the event as well as for the Saturday celebrations.  If you are able to assist with any of the following please email with your availability.

  • Registrations
  • Managing on the day logistics
  • Set up in the morning
  • Supervising kids games & activities on field
  • Selling raffle tickets
  • Selling memorabilia items & centennial magazine
  • Selling kids activity game tickets
  • Sausage sizzle
  • Afternoon tea – set up, serve & clean up
  • General tidy up/pack down after the event

Make sure these dates are marked in your diary:

Old Crockery Items Wanted

For one of the activities planned for Saturday 11th September, we need a supply of old crockery.  If you have any old unwanted, cracked or chipped items of crockery please drop them into the box in the office.  You will then have to wait until September to see how they will be used.

Centennial Advertising Boards

If you live on one of the main roads and thoroughfares and have some fence space it would be great if you could pop a board up to promote the centennial to our wider Kohimarama community.

Boards are corflute (so extremely light) and can be affixed by cable ties (which we will provide) and are easily removed leaving no damage. Boards are 120 x 120 cm.
If you can help please contact

Sports News

Year 6 Netball teams have podium finishes at the Bay Suburbs Tournament

On Wednesday July 7, Kohimarama School attended the annual Bay Suburbs Netball Tournament at St Johns, and was represented by four teams across years 5 and 6.

Despite some ominous looking weather, we enjoyed a very successful day. The Year 6 Diamonds were crowned champions of the A grade competition with an unbeaten run of 5 victories, and our Year 6 Emeralds took out third place in their competition with 3 fabulous wins

Thanks to our regular, and stand in coaches and the team of parents who provided transport and support at the event.

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