School Newsletter – 22 March 2022

Term 1, Week 8

Upcoming Events

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A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers

I do hope that you and your household survived the tremendous downpours of rain yesterday morning. It was certainly a different beginning to the week. 

My thanks go to our road patrollers and supervising parents who went out there to ensure that we could all cross safely into the school. Well done you guys. Thanks to parents who supported children to get into school as dry as possible. I know that you managed parking and movements around the school with extra caution. This was appreciated. 

We are hearing that the Covid cases in Auckland are reducing and that we are over the big numbers being reported over the last few weeks. At Kohimarama School we are maintaining an average of 81% of our students attending onsite during this time. Our school staff are averaging 85% of our teacher, learner assistants and admin staff working onsite during this time. As you can appreciate, staffing is being managed daily and successful planning for relief teachers to be available while staff are away. This has meant that we are currently in the position of keeping all classes operating. We hope that this remains the case for the remainder of the term.

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

You can help us to manage the school’s response by informing us if your child tests positive for COVID-19 including the date of the test, or if they are a household contact.  Please continue to monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms and to keep your child home if they are unwell.

Thank you for supporting us in maintaining a safe environment for all our learners.

Assessment for Learning

The school is working through its assessment processes at this time with a view to hold an Assessment Snapshot meeting with parents in the final week of this term. Given that over the last 18months, and with schools being in and out of lockdowns, formal assessment was not able to be completed as we would normally expect. Our goal in having an Assessment Snapshot meeting is to have up to date information on your child and their next steps in learning. As you are aware assessment informs the next steps for learning and sharing this with you will maximise the learning opportunities over the remainder of this year.  More information on this will be in the next newsletter. 

School Counsellors

As mentioned previously, our school is fortunate to have the services of two counsellors to support our students particularly over times like this when our world is in a state of uncertainty. The counsellors work at school on a Tuesday and have their sessions privately in the Admin area of the school. If you feel that you would like to explore this service please email them on counsellor@kohimarama.schiool.nz

Ministry of Education Property Development

The Ministry of Education is finally beginning to address our property deficit. 

We have begun working on a Master Plan for the school which will ensure that the school site is developed in a way that supports the numbers of students we are seeing living in the zone and wanting to attend.  

The process requires that we engage with the Ministry appointed architects to develop this plan. This process is set to take the next few months to develop. As you know, we have had some new modular buildings placed on site as a temporary measure. These are due to be here for approx 4 years.

The Kohimarama Way – Compassion

Compassion is one of our values that takes more time than others to understand well.   We seem to always be busy and going from one thing to the next and before you know it another day, another week and another month has gone by.  Compassion takes time – we need to observe, to listen, and to hear what another person is saying without judgement and without ‘butting’ in to give our opinion.  Then, and only then can we best support compassionately for another “In compassion lies the world’s true strength.”

News

Wacky Hair day – this Friday 25th March

We are raising funds for our World Vision child Nurnobi who wants to be a Policemen when he grows up, loves cold winter mornings, playing soccer with his mates and lives in Bangladesh.  We are encouraging all our students to come in mufti (normal clothes, no uniform), bring $2 and have their hair the wackiest they can make it.

Welcome to the Library!

I have an amazing story to share with you today. Kohimarama school has its own author, a year 6 student  Alisha W.  Alisha recently published her very first book Kate’s Cure for Laziness.  She believes the best kids’ books are created by kids, because they know what kids want to read about and how kids think.  Let’s congratulate Alisha together and please come to the library to read this beautiful book.

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

Certificates & Awards

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students:

  • Room 1 – Oswald W
  • Room 2 – Stella R
  • Room 4 – Elliotte D
  • Room 5 – Millie T
  • Room 6 – Chloe G
  • Room 8 – Mia V
  • Room 9 – Thomas O
  • Room 10 – Jonathan M
  • Room 11 – Lilly B
  • Room 12 – Rosie B
  • Room 13 – Hugo T
  • Room 14 – Isabella H
  • Room 15 – Madeleine S
  • Room 16 – Jenson B
  • Room 17 – Alexander BJ
  • Room 18 – Lara K, Henry T
  • Room 19 – Nina R
  • Room 20 – Harry E
  • Room 21 – Lily O, Kirill L
  • Room 22 – Zoe A, Felix A
  • Room 23 – Arno S, Timofey I
  • Room 25 – Ajay P
  • Room 26 – Ambra K
  • Room 27 – Declan F, Sam M
Caught Being Good  –  “Greenies”

Congratulations and thank you again to all our students who have been ‘caught being good’, you are champions.  Our very lucky winners are:

  • Nate         Rm 9          for reliability                  Atkin
  • Ben          Rm 16        for compassion             Selwyn
  • Naiya       Rm 25        for  reliability                 Patteson

Sports Results

Flippa Ball Results
  • Year 3/4 Sharks
    Win 5-2 POD Theo
  • Year 5 Kinas
    Win 6-1. POD Freya
  • Year 6 Blue Bottles
    Win 7-2. POD Esther