School Newsletter – 15 March 2022

Term 1, Week 7

Upcoming Events

AssemblyFri, 18 Mar
Student Fundraiser - Wacky Hair Day/Mufti DayFri, 25 Mar
Kiri Road SafetyMon, 28 Mar
Kiri Road SafetyTue, 29 Mar
Kiri Road SafetyWed, 30 Mar
Yr 7/8 SurfingFri, 1 Apr
AssemblyFri, 1 Apr
PTA MeetingMon, 4 Apr
Sunglass ThursdayThu, 7 Apr
Y7/8 SurfingFri, 8 Apr

A Message from Cowley Team

Cowley Team has had a great start to the year!

We have been developing our ‘Growth Mindsets’ this term! This means that we know that good learners make mistakes – even famous inventors like Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein made mistakes! We are also building our resilience, independence and understanding of our learning through our work on the ‘Learning Pit’. We know that when we feel frustrated, or like our learning is too hard, this just means that we’re in the Pit. We have been practicing getting out of the pit by using our Brain, Bits and Bobs, and Buddies. If we still feel stuck – we talk to the Boss (Teacher)! We are really enjoying our independence and knowing that we can do anything if we put our minds to it! 

We have also been learning about Treaties. One of the things we have done to help us understand is that each class has made their classroom treaty with guidelines they have all agreed on. We know that a Classroom Treaty helps us to work together as a team, and they help make our classrooms places where we can all achieve our learning goals.

Another part of our learning on Treaties, is investigating the Treaty of Waitangi. We enjoyed the story ‘A Journey to Waitangi’ as it reminded us of packing our cars and going on big trips in the summer holidays. Lots of us enjoyed exploring New Zealand this summer and some of us even went to the Bay of Islands, near Waitangi. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 – that is over 180 years ago. It took us a long time to skip count in 10s to work that out!  We are really looking forward to exploring more about the Treaty of Waitangi and how it changed New Zealand.

Nga mihi 

Cowley Team

The Kohimarama Way – Compassion

“Give Compassion: Every day the average person fights epic battles never told just to survive.” – Ken Poirot.  “A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.” – William John Bennett.  “Compassion is about giving all the love that you’ve got.” – Cheryl Strayed


Wacky Hair and Mufti Day  –  Friday 25th March

We are raising funds for our World Vision child Nurnobi so are asking all students to participate by wearing mufti, making their hair as wacky as possible, and bringing along $2.  The two, best wacky hair from each class will win 100 house points. 

School COVID-19 Update

This week we have a number of students who are either at home isolating as they are COVID positive, they are a household contact of a positive case, or they are at home unwell, or away for other family reasons.

The isolation period for positive cases and household contacts has changed to 7 days. You can refer to the COVID-19 website for further information and suggestions for isolation.

For students at home isolated or sick, home learning packs are available from the school office.  Please email to request a learning pack and advise who will be collecting this.

Kohimarama School continues to maintain all Public Health measures including sanitising, ventilation, use of masks, social distancing and cough and sneeze etiquette.

Please inform the school if your child tests positive for COVID-19 including the date of the test, or if they are a household contact.  We will send a letter to your class when a student becomes COVID positive and they have attended school while they were deemed to be infectious.

Please continue to monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms and to keep your child home if they are unwell..

Student References for Next School

From time to time we get requests to provide a reference for current students.  As a Full Primary School we are able to do this as part of the application process for our Year 8 students moving on to College.

For students applying for other years, with your permission we are able to forward academic records as requested by the College/school they will be attending, or you can provide your child’s most recent SchoolTalk Report.

Welcome to the Library!

It is with great pleasure that we are welcoming all Kohimarama students to the school library this year.  Yes, we are back and running.  We had a successful Sea Week last week with many old favourites about the oceans, sharks, dolphins and many more sea creatures. Students are so excited to be able to visit the library during the big break and issue that special book or simply read on a comfy bean bag in the quiet corner.  Please help students to grow confident readers by discussing what they are reading, making sure the book is returned in a timely manner and supporting their interests in books.
That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” – Jhumpa Lahiri

Welcome to Book Club
During Level Red Scholastic Book Club will be coming to you via email. View Issue 2 online now. 

House Captains

Introducing  Atkin House Captain – Maddie McGregor

Hi!, I am Maddie McGregor, I am very glad to be a returning Atkin house captain for this year. You might also remember me from last year from being one of the Atkin house captains in 2021. Although Atkin house hasn’t won a shield in a while, the house  shows perseverance, sportsmanship, and collaboration skills. I hope and believe in Atkin to win the house shield this year and I am so proud to look after and encourage this house. I am very competitive when it comes to sports  and enjoy playing the majority of them. The sports I enjoy doing  are soccer, touch rugby, netball, golf, surfing and swimming. One of my proudest moments is coming 3rd in cross country. I believe courage and perseverance are very important skills when it comes to sporting events or any challenges in life,  that’s what I believe helped me for cross country. I am looking forward to the big sporting events such as cross country swimming sports and athletics day, remember your house t-shirt and wrapper free lunch and to earn some greenies when out and about at school!. I hope to see you all around sometime. GO ATKIN!!

Introducing Colenso House Captain – Farrah Blyth

Hi my name is Farrah Blyth I am one of Colenso’s house captains for 2022! I was a house captain last year and I am stoked to be it again. I love supporting Colenso and to see the way Colenso never gives up! Some of the sports I enjoy are Netball, Soccer, Touch Rugby and Cricket. My main goals for being a house captain this year are to support Colenso as much as I can, to make sure Colenso is a house that shows good sportsmanship on the field and in the classroom and to make sure 2022 is a great year. I am looking forward to seeing Colenso pumped at the big sporting events such as cross country, athletics day and swimming sports. Make sure to wear your house t-shirts, have a wrapper free lunch and to earn as much greenies as we can because the more we do then the closer Colenso is to winning the house shield which would be amazing. I hope to see you around!

Swimming Sports

We held our 2022 event on Thursday March 10, at the Sacred Heart Pool in Glendowie. Our format was a little bit different this year, due to Red Level restrictions, but we all had an enjoyable day. Here are the results for our podium finishes. If you require information about other placings, please email


Freestyle1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
Year 5 Girls 25mMadison AMatilda CMia-Rose K
Year 5 Boys 25mHarry HLiam CJeffrey D
Year 6 Girls 25mDemi CAllie SEmily M
Year 6 Boys 25mTheo PCooper AHarley S
Year 7 Girls 50mLara KAva CLiz Z
Year 7 Boys 50mJacob RCallum PLucas O
Year 8 Girls 50mMaddie MSummer PFarrah B
Year 8 Boys 50mAlexander CSam DMax A
Backstroke1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
Year 5 Girls 25mMadison AMia-Rose KWilla D
Year 5 Boys 25mJeffrey DHarry HSamuel L
Year 6 Girls 25mEmily MDemi CAlisha W
Year 6 Boys 25mTheo PAsher PCooper A
Year 7 Girls 50mLara KIsabel OLiz Z
Year 7 Boys 50mJacob RCallum PLucas O
Year 8 Girls 50mEmma BMaddie MNina R
Year 8 Boys 50mSam DAlexander CMax A
Breaststroke1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
Year 5 Girls 25mMadison AMatilda CAbigail J
Year 5 Boys 25mJeffrey DFreddie RHugo T
Year 6 Girls 25mDemi CAllie SKaley P
Year 6 Boys 25mTheo PCooper AHarley S
Year 7 Girls 50mLiz ZSophia UAva C
Year 7 Boys 50mJacob RMatias T-RCallum P
Year 8 Girls 50mMaddie MSummer PEmma B
Year 8 Boys 50mAlexander CSam DMax A
Butterfly1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
Year 5 Girls 25mMadison AAbigail J
Year 5 Boys 25mJeffrey DHugo TRory W
Year 6 Girls 25mEmily MAllie SAlisha W
Year 6 Boys 25mTheo PCooper AJenson P
Year 7 Girls 50mLiv D
Year 7 Boys 50mMatias T-RHenry T
Year 8 Girls 50mNina R
Year 8 Boys 50mSam DAlexander CMax A

Sports Results

Flippa Ball Results
  • Year 3/4 Sharks
    Win 12-1 POD Olivia
  • Year 5 Kinas
    Draw 2-2 POD Bella
  • Year 6 Blue Bottles
    Win 8-1. POD Lucia 

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