School Newsletter – 14 June 2022

Term 2, Week 7

Upcoming Events

Assembly - Kiri & CowleyFri, 17 Jun
Matariki WeekMon, 20 Jun
BoT MeetingMon, 20 Jun
Matariki Welcome/BreakfastWed, 22 Jun
Matariki QuizathonWed, 22 Jun
Teacher Only Day - CoL PDThu, 23 Jun
Matariki - Public HolidayFri, 24 Jun
BS NetballWed, 29 Jun
Assembly - Kiri & CowleyFri, 1 Jul
Student Fundraiser - One Can, Two Can and Wear a hatFri, 1 Jul
PTA MeetingTue, 5 Jul
Toi Wearable ArtsWed, 6 Jul
Reports to go homeFri, 8 Jul
Assembly - Hillary & SnellFri, 8 Jul

A Message from Hillary Team

We have had an exciting term so far, with swimming, Greats & Grands day and learning about Tupaia. Two weeks ago Hillary team started swimming lessons at Swim-tastic, there were three lanes that we swam in. A few of the instructors’ names were Charlotte, Hannah and Michael, we have all really improved in most of the different strokes. 

Migration is our main topic for this term, so we have learnt a lot about Tupaia, who was on board the Endeavour with Captain James Cook when he found New Zealand. He was a priest, master navigator and teacher from Tahiti.

Last Friday was Greats & Grands day when a lot of grandparents came to school.  We were able to share our learning with them. There were also a few activities that we could complete with the Greats & Grands.

Overall this term has had a great start!

By Ashley W and Rachel C, Room 15.

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents

Reporting 2022

Please refer to our newsletter of 12 April for full details of the student assessment timetable for 2022 and the schedule for reporting to parents.

School Newsletter 12 April 2022

SchoolTalk Reports will be available for parents at the end of Term 2 on Friday 8th July.

More information on the SchoolTalk mid year report will follow in next week’s newsletter.

Following this, at the start of Term 3, Learning Conversations will be held on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th of July. These conversations will use the SchoolTalk report and develop the next learning steps for students. We see this meeting as being an important mid way point in students learning this year and so highly recommend that you take this opportunity to meet with teachers.

The times are as follows;

On Wednesday 27th July, school will finish at 1pm for students. Learner Conversations will be between 1.45pm and 5.45pm and on Thursday 28th July Learner Conversations will be between 3.30pm and 7.45pm.

Bookings for these will open on Monday 27th June at 10am so look out for details on booking these and an access code in next week’s newsletter.

Kohi Kids Care Centre – Barfoot and Thompson Stadium – closing

Feleti  Sofele and the team of the Kohi Kids Care Centre at the Barfoot & Thompson Stadium have been collecting students in the van after school from Kohimarama School for 20+ years.  This after school care service is closing its doors at the end of Term 2.  Feleti has been a part of many of our students’ educational journey from pre-school through to Kohimarama School.  We will all miss the van and his smiling face at the end of the school day.  We all wish him the very best in his next role.

Before and after school options are available at St Andrew’s Kids’ Club.  You can contact them on 528 5162 or on

The Kohimarama Way – Reliability

We can go straight to the Blues vs Brumbies rugby game on Saturday night for a ‘real life’ example of non-reliability vs reliability amongst teammates.  Two yellow cards denoting that even though they practise, practise and practise mistakes are still made and in the heat of the moment or due to slippery conditions an opposition player was up ended and another one had his head banged (definitely not in the rule book). There is the unreliability example – if you have a job to do, do it and be cognisant of the factors that might influence your ability to do your job properly, so that your team mates can rely on you.  What a great show of reliability from the rest of the team, with two players off at different times, the 14 players left could rely on each other to play their positions and fill the gap. One moment of frustration or not sticking to the rules causes so much more work for the rest of the team. Be a reliable team member, not an unreliable one.


Please note these dates for your diary in June:

  • 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

Road Patrol Parent Urgently Needed for Wednesday morning starting this week…

One of our parent supervisors has had to stop their role on Rawhitiroa Road on Wednesday morning and we need a replacement.  Are you able to give up 30 minutes each Wednesday to support our students coming to school safely? Please contact Meegan at  if you would like to know more or you are able to help us out.  Thank you.

Fundraiser combined with Come Cool to School Day…

Friday 1st July we are encouraging all our students to wear a hat to school and bring 1 or 2 or more cans of food to support the Auckland City Mission Can Appeal.  Participating students will wear school uniform and put a hat on top. Student councillors will be looking for the biggest hat, the smallest hat and the most creative hat from each class.  We are keen to count cans and break our total from our best previous year –  815.  Preference is for spaghetti, baked beans, fruit, and vegetables.  Thank you in anticipation.

Parking in neighbours driveways when dropping off or picking up children…

We are very fortunate to have neighbours who look out for our school, especially in the weekends when they let us know if there is any ‘dodgy’ behaviour going on.  We would appreciate it if we, our community, could return that respect and not park in or over their driveways.  As you can imagine it is terribly frustrating for them to want to leave or return to their home and find their driveway is blocked by one of our parents dropping off their child/ren.  Driveways are clearly marked and must remain clear at all times, they are not a parking space.

Welcome to the Library!

Last week we absolutely enjoyed playing games in the library: Chess, Twist, Snake and ladders, Uno and many more.  New activities attracted many students and helped to create new friendships. Older students guided our younger ones and everyone had a blast.

This week welcomes everyone to the library’s craft station to create your own Matariki themed treasures like paper lanterns, beautiful stars, paper chains, colourings and much more. Keep warm and share Matariki spirit with your whanau.

Certificates & Awards

Class Certificates

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

  • Room 9 – Samuel H, Ava M
  • Room 10 – George C, Samuel L
  • Room 11 – Zara M
  • Room 12 – Evie CS
  • Room 14 – Jazlyn L, Ashlee J
  • Room 15 – Mia M
  • Room 18 – Imogen C
  • Room 19 – Liv D
  • Room 20 – Samantha D
  • Room 21 – Emma K, James G
  • Room 22 – Alexa J, Cooper A
  • Room 23 – Stephanie G, Leon U
Caught Being Good  –  “Greenies”

Thank you once again to our students for showing the Kohimarama Way Values during wet weather breaks.  The rain has been torrential at times and our students have worked really hard at adjusting and ‘doing the right thing’, thank you.  Special congratulations to:

  • Ellie H            Rm 21                for Reliability             Atkin
  • Isabel N         Rm 18                for Friendliness         Atkin

Sport News

Bay Suburbs Football Tournament

On Thursday June 9, three teams from our year five and six classes attended the Bay Suburbs Football Tournament at Glover Park in Glendowie.

Despite some ominous weather predictions, an early decision was made to proceed, and an enjoyable and successful day followed.

Our Year 5 Boys and our Year 6 Girls both finished in second place after very close finals. The Year 6 Boys came fifth in a strong competition of nine schools.

Many thanks to our parent community, who acted as coaches, managers, drivers, caterers and cheerleaders.

Sports Results

Flippa Ball Results
  • Year 3/4 Sharks
    Win 5-0. POD Dario and Saskia
  • Year 5 Kinas
    Win 5-2. POD Whole Team
  • Year 6 Blue Bottles
    Win 8-2. POD Mia-Rose 
Netball Results
  • Year 8 Flames
    Win 15-7 POD Mya F

Community Notices

Parents’ Information Evening – ‘2023 Enrolment Process’

Glendowie College will hold a ‘Parents Information Evening’ on Tuesday 28 June 2022 at 7:00pm in the college library.  The purpose of this meeting is to outline the programmes the school offers and to cover the enrolment process for 2023 year 9 students’ enrolments.

This is an opportunity to meet informally with Gordon Robertson, Glendowie College’s Principal, to have any questions answered about the enrolment process.

We look forward to seeing you there.  No RSVP is required.