School Newsletter – 17 May 2022

Term 2, Week 3

Upcoming Events

Cowley Swimming LessonMon, 16 MayThu, 19 May
Year 6 CampTue, 17 MayFri, 20 May
Wero White Water Rafting - Rm18Tue, 17 May
Wero White Water Rafting - Rm19Wed, 18 May
National Young Leaders DayThu, 19 May
Assembly - Kiri & CowleyFri, 20 May
ImmunisationsWed, 25 May
EZ Girls FootballWed, 25 May
Pink Tshirt DayFri, 27 May
Assembly - Hillary & SnellFri, 27 May
Hillary Swimming LessonsMon, 30 MayThu, 2 Jun
Year 6,7,8 Attitude PresentationMon, 30 May
Year 6,7,8 Attitude PresentationTue, 31 May
Assembly - Kiri & CowleyFri, 3 Jun
Yr7/8 Boys Football Development DayFri, 3 Jun
Grandparents DayFri, 3 Jun
Queen's BirthdayMon, 6 Jun
PTA MeetingTue, 7 Jun
Photolife Class/PortraitsWed, 8 Jun
BS FootballThu, 9 Jun
Assembly - Hillary & SnellFri, 10 Jun

A Message from Kiri Team

Tēnā koutou from Kiri

What a superb start to Term 2! Beautiful weather, and a shift to an Orange Covid setting which allowed Kiri Team students to start the term off with a visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. We had an amazing day exploring different galleries and exhibitions. We entered the atrium and there was Pete, the 9 meter long T-REX ready to greet us! 

 We learnt about volcanoes, saw an Egyptian mummy and even went inside a giant Kauri tree. On the top floor was a Japanese Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero-sen 22 that was intended to be flown on a kamikaze mission.  

The day was broken into parts so students could explore the Museum at their own pace, look at the amazing collections in the Weird and Wonderful space and attend a teaching session called Stars in Their Eyes.

This session explained how early Pacific navigators traveled across the open ocean to small inhabited islands using knowledge passed on by oral traditions, often in the form of song. It gave the students an interesting learning experience about how voyagers used only stars, waves, marine birds, and other natural elements as guides. This has given us a starting point in our Inquiry into Stars and the Night Sky. 

We had a fascinating day!   

Ngā mihi, Kiri Team

The Kohimarama Way – Reliability

How do we practise Reliability: by making agreements you can keep, then do everything in your power to do what you agreed to do.  Give your best effort to every job, and take your responsibilities seriously.  Plan ahead and leave enough time to finish what you start.  If problems arise, find another way.  Return what you borrow.  Most of all keep your word.


Please note these dates for your diary in June:

  • Friday 3rd June – Grandparents Day.  Grandparents and special older friends are invited to visit your grandchild’s classroom in the morning followed by morning tea in the hall.  Watch the newsletter for further details.
  • Monday 6th June – Public Holiday – Queen’s Birthday
  • Wednesday 8th June – Photolife Individual and Class Photos.  Note that teams and sibling photos will be taken later in the year.
  • Thursday 23rd June – Teacher Only Day.  School is closed for all students while staff join with our local Community of learning schools to explore NZ Histries curriculum, Treaty of Waitangi influences and local Iwi stories to support the teaching on NZ History.
  • Friday 24th June – Public Holiday – Matariki – new public holiday for 2022

Pink Shirt Day –  Or wear anything pink you have

Friday 27th May we are supporting the national ‘Pink Shirt Day’.  This is when we show support by wearing pink, that we believe bullying is not okay in our school or in any situation.  We encourage as many as possible to wear anything pink on the day, thank you.

Come cool to school days – two a term

Our student council has noticed, like the rest of us that the last two years have been pretty hard for us all.  They have come up with two days a term to have fun at school, just because.  They encourage everyone at school who wishes to to take part in these fun days: Colourful socks Wednesday 1st June = Come in school uniform but with different socks.  They can be as colourful or different as we want.  We must be in school uniform apart from our socks. Wear your PJ’s Friday 1st July = Come to school in your pyjamas.  This means if you are participating you are wearing your pyjamas not your school uniform this day

Stay alert: COVID-19 will still be with us this winter as well as seasonal coughs, colds and flu

COVID-19 will still be in the community this winter so stay alert – even if you’ve had it before.

Remember these five important tips from Auckland Regional Public Health Service:

  1. Vaccination.
  2. Keep up healthy habits: Healthy habits can protect you from lots of winter illnesses – not just COVID-19. They include washing and drying your hands well and often, wearing a mask (especially inside), and coughing/sneezing into a tissue or your elbow – not your hands.
  3. Be alert for symptoms: If you or anyone in your household has any cold or flu-like symptoms, stay at home and free-call Healthline: 0800 358 5453. They will tell you what to do, including how to get a test. Healthline is available 24/7, with interpreters available.

In an emergency (for example if someone is having difficulty breathing), immediately dial 111 for an ambulance. COVID-related medical care is free.

  1. Stay home if you live with someone with COVID-19: Everyone living in a household with someone who has COVID-19 needs to isolate for seven days – not just the person with COVID.  Please do not send your child in if they live with someone who has COVID-19, even if they are well.
  2. Check: is your whānau up-to-date? Now’s a good time to check that your whānau is protected against other diseases like measles, mumps, rubella and pertussis (whooping cough). With New Zealand’s borders re-opening, there’s a greater risk of serious diseases like measles arriving here. Talk to your doctor, or check your own health records (such as your Plunket or Well Child/Tamariki Ora book) to see if everyone’s up-to-date with their immunisations. 

For more COVID-19 information and advice


  • Healthline: 0800 358 5453 (a free, 24/7 service with interpreters available)

Or visit:

Welcome to the Library!

What a successful listening event we had last week!  Everyday students listened to a different story from Story Online and Cbeebies bedtime stories. This week our creative group of student librarians will run a Library hunt so all children can learn more about different books and authors in our collection. Please pop in at the big break. This week we are promoting new series: Unicorn Academy and The Rescue Princesses – great stories about Friendship, animals, magic and secret royal adventures.

Certificates & Awards

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students from Hillary Team and Snell Team:

  • Room 9 – Ivy H, Nate L
  • Room 10 – Isabel P, Agnes C
  • Room 11 – Aston R
  • Room 12 – Liam B
  • Room 13 – Harry H
  • Room 14 – Grace P, Isaac W
  • Room 15 – Jackson H, Robin K
  • Room 18 – Yayi Y, Emma B
  • Room 19 – Jessie L
  • Room 20 – Sam D
  • Room 21 – Blake J
  • Room 22 – Carlos H
  • Room 23 – Marko N
Caught Being Good  –  “Greenies”

Thank you for doing the ‘right’ thing in the playground, you are champions!  

  • Alex C            Rm 22                for all the Kohimarama Values           Selwyn
  • Liz Z               Rm 19                for all the Kohimarama Values           Selwyn

Sports Results

Flippa Ball Results
  • Year 3/4 Sharks
  • Year 5 Kinas
    Draw 3-3. POD Maddie
  • Year 6 Blue Bottles
    Win 9-0. POD Lucia 

Community Notices