School Newsletter – 6 July 2021

Term 2, Week 10

Upcoming Events

Learning Conversations - students finish 1pmWed, 7 Jul
Bay Suburbs - NetballWed, 7 Jul
Learning Conversations - start 3.30pmThu, 8 Jul
Warriors Community Programme - SnellTue, 27 Jul
Bay Suburbs GymnasticsMon, 2 Aug

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

As we come to the end of this second term I would like to thank you for your continued support of Kohimarama School. I especially want to acknowledge our PTA and the work that they continually do to provide us with opportunities for our students through fundraising and supporting our planning to enhance the learning environment.

I want to acknowledge staff for their support of the learners at Kohimarama School. The opportunity to discuss progress for individuals at our learning conversations will be the culmination of the reporting cycle for this first half of 2021.

Learning Conversations

Each conversation booking is 15 minutes long. To ensure the smooth running of this for everyone, please ensure that you arrive on time for your booked appointment. The end of the Learning Conversation will be by the school bell.

  • Wednesday 7th JulySchool will finish for students at 1pm
  • Thursday 8th July – School will finish for students at 3pm (as usual)

We will have some capacity to supervise students in the hall where parents are unable to make alternative arrangements on Wednesday afternoon.  It is important that your child’s classroom teacher is informed by 9.00am on Wednesday morning if you would like your child supervised in the hall.

Counselling Services at Kohimarama School

Following on from COVID 19 and changes to our society where work, leisure and living have all returned to a different normality, we have noticed a general increase in the number of students experiencing some form of anxiety or reduced resilience, and this has resulted in an increase in referrals to counselling agencies for students at Kohimarama School. The four primary schools within our community of learning have had similar experiences and have all discussed what can be done to provide additional support for the wellbeing of our students.

We have managed to make a successful application for a limited amount of funding from the Ministry of Education for Counselling Services. We are therefore pleased to be able to offer the services of a dedicated School Counsellor at Kohimarama School for Terms 3 and 4 of 2021.

Further details including how to access this service will be in a letter to parents/caregivers coming home this Wednesday afternoon.

I wish you all a wonderful time with your family over this coming holiday break. If you are travelling for the holidays I wish you a safe journey.

Paul Engles, Principal

The Kohimarama Way – Compassion

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”  Dalai Lama


Student Fundraiser – Wow!

Thank you for your support in raising funds to support extra beds in PICU at Starship Hospital. Students participated by wearing pyjamas or coming in mufti.  We had some extremely generous donations so that we were able to finish on a total of $1,083 – how amazing is that!

Thank you for your unused sports equipment and clothing

Again, thank you for your generosity.  Miss Folkard and I, with the girls involved in the whole operation just delivered 6 boxes of used but not needed sports equipment and clothing.  They were greatly appreciated and for sure will be well used now that your child/ren no longer need them.  Really appreciate your generosity, thank you.

Our Beautiful View

Have you noticed the amazing view that we have? Visitors and new families to the school often make the comment “wow – look at your view” when we step out of the office. Next time you are up on the deck by the office and Snell team take a moment to appreciate what a beautiful spot we have for our school.

Certificates & Awards

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

  • Room 1 – Elsie C
  • Room 2 – Felix S
  • Room 3 – Isla A, Maxim M
  • Room 4 – Ollie M
  • Room 5 – Mina G
  • Room 6 – Sam M
  • Room 7 – Zachary M
  • Room 8 – Nathaniel J, Zara F
  • Room 9 – Hugo T
  • Room 10 – Arno S
  • Room 11 – Millie P, Samuel L
  • Room 12 – Annabel R, Estella D
  • Room 13 – Leo S
  • Room 14 – Nicolas P, Alegra Z
  • Room 15 – Oliver M, Lachlan F
  • Room 16 – Hyunsoo L, Lily RW
  • Room 17 – Jasper M, Harry B
  • Room 18 – Maja B
  • Room 19 – Scarlett W, Alessa IM
  • Room 20 – Benjamin B, Johnathin S, Maddy H
  • Room 21 – Lucy M, Liam IM
  • Room 22 – Bhaagya M, Jacob R
  • Room 23 – Coco P, Xavier H, Jacub H
  • Room 25 – Jonathan M
  • Room 26 – Mason T
Caught Being Good

Lots of students being caught doing the right thing, thank you.  Our fortunate winners this week are:

  • Maddy, Rm 8, Selwyn – for Friendliness
  • Nathan, Rm 26, Patteson – for Reliability
  • Lottie, Rm 15, Patteson – for Respect
Walking School Bus
  • Imogen P

Sports News

Celtics claim championship

Last night the Year 6  Kohimarama Celtics took out the Year5/6 Yellow Division title in the Auckland City Basketball competition. In a very close game against the vigorous St Kents’ Girls School White Lightning, the Celtics prevailed 16-12, after being locked up at 6 all at halftime.

The player of the day was Coco P, and special thanks to Lucas O who stepped in to cover regular team members Indie C and Isabella E, who were not able to take the court.

Many thanks to all the parents who made this possible with coaching, scorekeeping and supporting the team. The Celtics look forward to defending their title in the Term 3 competition.

Eutopia Cheer and Dance Competition

On the weekend the Kohimarama School Cheerleading team competed at Eutopia Cheer and Dance Competition in Auckland.

Coached by 3 time world champion winner, Michelle Williams, the girls did an outstanding performance and picked up a 2nd place.

Thanks goes to Mrs Hepburn who helped train the girls, Kelly Coe who printed the tee shirts (at short notice) and to Mrs Crow who manages the team.

The team trains once a week during lunchtime at school and are now preparing for their next competition in August.

Sport Results

Flippa Ball Results
  • Year 3/4 Sharks
    Win 2-0. POD Jasper M 
  • Year 3/4 Kinas
    Loss 1-4. POD Willa D 
  • Year 5 Kekenos
    Loss 2-4. POD Maddie D 
  • Year 5 Blue Bottles
    Loss 0-1. POD Steph G 
  • Year 6 Ninjas
    Win 3-1. POD: Coco P
Netball Results
  • Year 5 Pukekos
    Win 8-5. POD: Lily C
Basketball Results
  • Year 6 Celtics
    Win 16-12POD: Coco P

Community Notices

Maths Tutor

Ex-Kohi student currently in Year 11 studying Year 12 Maths
Maths Cup winner, Excellence Endorsed
Located in Mission Bay $35 per hour
Call or text 021 028 26772

Kohimarama Presbyterian Church Holiday Programme

Date:               Monday 19th July and Tuesday 20th July
Theme:            Go for Gold
Location:        34 Kohimarama Road
Full day:         9am to 4pm
Half day:         9am to 12pm
Cost:               Full day – $40, Half day – $20
A fun programme of crafts, games, bouncy castle and lots more fun! To sign up please contact:

Kohimarama Presbyterian Church After School Care Programme

A fun, relaxed programme full of arts, crafts and games. Afternoon tea is provided.
Day:                Held on a Tuesday during term time only
Time:              From 3.30pm to 5.00pm
Cost:               $50 per family per term or $5 per visit
Location:        34 Kohimarama Road
For more information please contact: