School Newsletter – 13 September 2022

Term 3, Week 8

Upcoming Events

Auckland Championships-Cross countryTue, 13 Sep
Future Problem Solving ExamThu, 15 Sep
Trivia NightFri, 16 Sep
Auckland Champion of Champions GymnasticsWed, 21 Sep
EPRO8 Yr7/8 Semi-FinalsWed, 21 Sep
Cowley Team Exploration DayWed, 21 SepThu, 22 Sep
Paul - Principals ASL MeetingWed, 21 Sep, 9:00am
EPRO8 Yr5 Semi-FinalsThu, 22 Sep
Year 6 - MotatFri, 23 Sep
Life Education - Cowley TeamMon, 26 SepFri, 30 Sep
Public Holiday - Queen Elizabeth II Memorial ServiceMon, 26 Sep
BS HockeyThu, 29 Sep

A Message from Cowley Team

Cowley Team is on a health kick! 

We have been learning about how to stay healthy. We have been finding out  how our heart and lungs work and why exercise is important to us. We have investigated the types of food children in other countries eat and compared them to our own – some of the foods are very different! We have also explored the different food groups and what types of foods we should eat to keep our bodies healthy.

The team has made paper plate fruit and we have learnt about what makes a healthy plate for us to eat. We have investigated hygiene, exercise and how our body works. We loved making obstacle courses to include a range of different movements!

In addition to learning about healthy bodies, we are also learning how to take care of our mental and emotional health through Zones of Regulation. This builds on our emotional literacy and gives us a range of strategies for our kete to help us to manage our big feelings.

Nga mihi, Cowley Team

The Kohimarama Way – Honesty

“Don’t expect loyalty when you can’t provide honesty.”  “Honesty is often very hard. The truth is often painful. But the freedom it can bring is worth the trying.”  Fred Rogers


COVID-19 Mandate Update

Dear Parents 

You’ll be aware that New Zealand will move to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand.

This new approach will result in minor changes to the way we operate.

Mask wearing is no longer required. You may choose to wear a mask if you wish.

All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

The very positive news is that household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to be isolated, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, students who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend. It is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning, and connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.

The school has a stock of RAT Tests so please speak to the office if you need some for your family.  Or you can access RATs from the MOH here: Request a RAT– Ministry of Health  

Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting our Kohimarama School community.

Nga mihi nui, Paul Engles (Principal)

Public Holiday on Monday 26th September

There will be no school on Monday 26th September. New Zealand will mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II with a State Memorial Service and one-off public holiday.

Student Leavers

We are currently working on class numbers for 2023. If you know your child will not be attending Kohimarama School next year please ensure you complete the Google form that will be emailed home today. This form needs to be completed by Friday 23rd September. We thank you in advance.

Come Cool To School Day  –  Pyjamas last Friday

Thanks to all students and staff who participated in our day last Friday by wearing pyjamas.  We all looked relaxed and comfy, see for yourself below:

Scholastic issue 6 – Orders Close on Friday 16th September

Book orders are currently open for Issue 6 of Scholastics. Orders close on Friday 16th September.

Order here

Welcome to the Library

What a busy week the library had!  Scavenger Hunt proved again to be the favourite activity of all.  Student librarians ( Emma B. and Freja E) organised a wonderful quiz based on the Harry Potter books where students had to find a number of clues before finding the prize – Hedwig, the Owl.  Each successful hunter earned the house points.  Also students involved in a Library scavenger hunt based on a variety of resources’ locations and learned all about Fiction and Non-Fiction areas, Science Fiction and Biography, History of Trains and Encyclopedia.  

This week the library is celebrating all things Roald Dahl 13th September is his 106th birthday and his books are always amongst the favourites for all ages.  Please come to the library to listen to the Roald Dahl stories such as The Enormous Crocodile and Witches.  Also on Tuesday and Wednesday we will play Kahoot! so bring your devices and test your knowledge of Roald Dahl stories.

‘Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable…’ – Matilda

Certificates & Awards

Class Certificates

Congratulations to these outstanding students from Kiri Team and Cowley Team:

  • Room 1 – Zoe G
  • Room 2 – Luke W
  • Room 3 – Daniel M
  • Room 4 – Charlie L
  • Room 5 – Remi A
  • Room 6 –
  • Room 8 – Alex H
  • Room 16 – Emma B
  • Room 17 – Anna Z
  • Room 25 – Zara F
  • Room 26 – Freya O
  • Room 27 – Olivia O
Caught Being Good  –  “Greenies”

Once again our students have been dodging the rain and each other on our busy playgrounds and fields, thank you for doing the right thing.  Our fortunate students this week are:

  • Olive           Rm 5           for being brave             Atkin
  • Hunter         Rm 3          for Reliability                 Selwyn
  • Owen          Rm 3          for Honesty                   Patteson

Sports Notices

Lucas O returned from the AIMS Games and brought his silver medal that he won in canoe sport.

The Yr 7 Sparks netball team attended the prize giving ceremony at the Auckland Netball Centre on Saturday, and received their runner up certificates.

Sports Results

Flippa Ball Results
  • Year 3/4 Sharks
    Loss 4-7. POD Evie
  • Year 5 Kinas
    Win 7-1. POD Alex and Scarlett
  • Year 6 Blue Bottles
    Win 2-1. POD Demi

Community Notices

Conscious Kids Spring Holiday

The best gift you can give to your child/children is to allow them to free play in nature these School Holidays with CK!

The Conscious Kids Social Enterprise invites your tamariki to a 100% nature based school holiday programme this July. An all-day programme which allows the children to fully immerse themselves in nature, learn about risk and set challenges for themselves in a supervised setting. We provide basic equipment suitable for exploring the outdoors: ropes, tarpaulins, bungees, hammocks, magnifying glasses and much more. Our supervised programme allows kids to lead their own activities – mudslides, tree climbing, puddle splashing, hammock and hut building, etc. Social competence is a strong focus, as children work together to set rules within a framework of respect for others and the environment. Our vision is “Little Seeds for a Better Future” as we believe that children who spend time in nature will develop the skills and attributes needed to be successful in their school years, and beyond. 

Spring is such a special season! It brings together all the elements and instigates all the senses like no other season. Rain and shine, warn and cold, beautiful colors, lovely smells and life blooming everywhere! Perfect time to comply our number 1 ‘rule’: HAVE FUN!

Our Holiday Programmes will run in October (Monday to Fridays from the 03th to the 14th), at a cost of $75/child per day.

Daily programmes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are designed for children aged 5 – 12 yrs old. For booking and more information, please visit