School Newsletter – 18 October 2022

Term 4, Week 1

Upcoming Events

Kiri - Swimming LessonsMon, 17 OctFri, 21 Oct
Hillary Science InvestigationsThu, 20 OctFri, 21 Oct
Assembly - Kiri & Cowley (11.30)Fri, 21 Oct
Labour DayMon, 24 Oct
Teacher Only DayTue, 25 Oct
Kiri - Swimming LessonsWed, 26 OctFri, 28 Oct
BoT MeetingWed, 26 Oct
Photolife Teams/Groups/New Entrants/SiblingsWed, 26 Oct
Assembly - Hillary & Snell (2pm)Fri, 28 Oct
Yr 7/8 VR Hauraki Gulf BLAKEMon, 31 Oct
Stardome - Cowley TeamMon, 31 Oct
Yr 6 - ZooTue, 1 Nov
Athletics DayWed, 2 Nov
Athletics Day Rain DayThu, 3 Nov
Future Problem Solving National FinalsFri, 4 Nov
Assembly - Kiri & Cowley (11.30)Fri, 4 Nov
Yr 7/8 Arataki CentreMon, 7 Nov
Year 6 Hub - Science experts to visitMon, 7 Nov
EZ Touch RugbyTue, 8 Nov
Yr 7/8 Arataki CentreWed, 9 Nov
Kohimaramas got Talent - Musical InstrumentsThu, 10 Nov
Assembly - Hillary & Snell (2pm)Fri, 11 Nov
Yr 5/6 MathexTue, 15 Nov
BS Touch RugbyTue, 15 Nov
Kohimaramas got Talent - SingingWed, 16 Nov

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome back to Kohimarama School for the final term of the year. I trust that you all had time with family and perhaps holidays together. I know that a number of you went to visit family overseas after a long period of separation.

During the holiday break the Board, Senior Management Team and members of the Ministry of Education Asset Team visited the school to understand the complexities of our site. This is to inform the Master Planning process. The process is thorough with numbers of engineer reports undertaken last term and these are now being considered within the master plan.

At the end of last term we completed our Centennial by dedicating the Pohutukawa Tree planted adjacent to the top courts. Like all planned activities this one too was disrupted by rain. Nevertheless representative students for all classes assembled on the deck outside Snell Team along with Linda Millwood, the Centennial co-ordinator and Lizzie Massey our PTA co-chair to dedicate the tree, which represented the first 100 years and our Kohimarama Way. New World Eastridge gave ice blocks for all of the students to mark our final celebration.

The Kiri Garden.

This area received a makeover from our PTA and parents just before the holidays. You have made a big difference to this area and the Kiri students have placed their painted rocks throughout. A big thanks go to;

  • Lizzie Massey and her three children – Maddie, Theo and Lily.  
  • Julie Lindenberg and Billy 
  • Caroline Casey and George
  • Anne Thomas and Hugo 
  • Phil and Jen Coop and Alex
  • Nikki Badger
  • Craig and Bridgette Muir with Zara and Isaac
  • Annabel B and Conrad B
  • Hillary, Caleb and Asher
  • Dave and Lauren Long and Charlie
  • Gloria and Orban
  • Dan and Janelle Hawken and Ryan
  • Matt Muir and Finn 
  • Lena (Ryan’s nana) 
  • Amanda Sadlier and Madeleine

Apologies if I have forgotten someone. 

These members of our community worked very hard together to make a big difference for us all. A very big thank you.

Kohimarama Team through to the finals of the Junior Future Problem Solving.

In very exciting news, Liv d, Olivia C, Ava C and Isobel O made the Junior finals for Future Problem Solving. This is the first time we have ever made finals – and an amazing achievement.

They will be competing virtually this year (the final is usually held in Wellington) The theme is ‘mining’.

The exam date is sometime between the end of October and beginning November. The exam will be held at school during school hours. A big well done and thank you to Mrs Anna Crow, our enrichment teacher, for your coaching and support for the team. 

EPRO8 Finals

We want to wish our Year 7&8 team of Acacia G, Scarlett W, Lara K and Nina R all the very best as they compete in the finals tomorrow night.


In term 4 our school policy is that students must wear their Kohimarama Hat. Please ensure that this is named and that your child(ren) has these each day. As the weather improves this term it will protect students during their times outside.  Please also ensure that children are wearing the correct school uniform. Part of our teaching about Respect, this term’s focus value, is for themselves as members of the Kohimarama School learning community. The wearing of the correct uniform supports this. 

School Assemblies

During the COVID period with its various settings we restricted the attendance of parents at these events. This term we will be running assemblies each week. Odd weeks Kiri and Cowley teams and even weeks Hillary and Snell teams.

This reduces the numbers of students attending each assembly and allows teachers and classes to focus the material at a specific age level.

We again welcome parents to attend these assemblies during this term.

Please refer to the school calendar to check if your child’s team is attending the assembly.

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

Respect is an attitude of caring about people and treating the with dignity.  Respect is valuing ourselves and others.  We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy.  When we are respectful we treat others as we want to be treated.  Respect includes honouring the rules of our family or school, which make life more orderly and peaceful.  It is knowing that every man, woman and child deserves respect, including you.


Book Day Change of Date

Due to Kiri Team being involved in Swimming lessons we are shifting the Book Day date to Friday 2nd December.  As it is a school event, we want the whole school to be part of this exciting day.

School Librarian Needed

We are looking for someone to replace Barbara in the library. If you are interested in finding out more about what the job entails please contact Helen –

Public Holiday on Monday 24th October

There will be no school on Monday 24th October for Labour Day.

No School Tuesday 25th October – Teachers Only Day

Please note, there will be no school on Tuesday 25th October.

Collecting Children After School

School finishes at 3pm each day unless stated. Children need to be collected by the 3.15 bell unless they have an after school activity. All children uncollected at the 3.15 bell, need to report to the office.

Before and After School Traffic

Please be mindful of the safety of our students while driving around the school. We have noticed cars driving above the speed limit of 40km per hour around our school. Traffic can be very heavy before school starts, please keep this in mind as each childs safety is imperative.

Uniform Shop Has Moved

Certificates & Awards

Class Certificates

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

  • Room 9 – Joshua O, Imogen P
  • Room 10 – Orlaith S, Saskia C
  • Room 11 – Mason T
  • Room 12 – George R, Billy L, Rogan H
  • Room 14 – Connor B, Georgia P, Oscar H, Isabella H
  • Room 15 – Annabel B, Juliet Q
  • Room 18 – Mattys N, Leon L
  • Room 19 – Acacia G
  • Room 20 – Mya F, Olivia W, Evelina F
  • Room 21 – Kaley P
  • Room 22 – Audrey P, Harley S
  • Room 23 – Oliver S, Mikayla E
Caught Being Good  –  “Greenies”

Thank you to our students for including others and being respectful of the space we all share in the playground.  Special congratulations to:

  • Alexandra           Rm 19              for Respect              Selwyn
  • Olivia                  Rm 20              for Honesty              Selwyn

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