School Newsletter – 1 November 2022

Term 4, Week 3

Upcoming Events

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
BoT MeetingThu, 17 Nov
Kohimaramas got Talent - Comedy/MagicThu, 17 Nov
Junior Kids LitFri, 18 Nov
Assembly - Kiri & Cowley (11.30)Fri, 18 Nov
Jolly Holly Christmas Family PicnicSun, 20 Nov
BS AthleticsMon, 21 Nov
Year 5 CampWed, 23 NovThu, 24 Nov
EZ AthleticsThu, 24 Nov
Yr4 SleepoverThu, 24 NovFri, 25 Nov
Kohimaramas got Talent - DanceMon, 28 Nov
ImmunisationsMon, 28 Nov
Year 5 Road Patrol TrainingTue, 29 Nov
Hillary Team - Mary PoppinsWed, 30 Nov
Year 7/8 - Mary PoppinsWed, 30 Nov
Year 6 Butterfly CreekWed, 30 Nov

A Message from Kiri Team

Tēnā koutou from Kiri

What an exciting start to Term 4! Swimming has been an absolute winner! For the past 2 weeks our older students have travelled to SwimMagic by bus for some fun filled lessons. What a great opportunity for students to develop confidence in the pool, learn some water safety and consolidate their swimming skills. There have been miles of smiles each day! Thank you SwimMagic.

We have had some exciting new developments in our playground. Kiri has become a beautiful environment with some popular features. There is now a Kiri whare, a new Kohimarama boat, a spectacular painted fence and a cool garden! Thank you to everyone who contributed.

A quick snapshot of some of the awesome learning happening in Kiri Team. Students have been learning about Diwali by making rangoli patterns and diva.

Room 4 has some fabulous published stories and Room 3 has some Art by Picasso 🙂

All of Kiri team have started an inquiry about Animal Habitats which we are super excited about. 

A very big welcome to the new families who have students starting in Room 7 with Amanda Martinez. Amanda has taught in Florida, North Carolina, Dunedin and Tokyo!

A big shout out to Janet Austin for putting our Kiri team readers away. Thank you!

Ngā mihi, 

Kiri Team

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

Without respect for rules, we would have confusion.  People would treat each other rudely and violate each other’s privacy and other rights.  Respect helps people to feel valued.  Elders deserve special respect because they have lived longer and learned many of life’s lessons.  Self-respect is making sure no one hurts you or abuses you, even an elder.  When you respect yourself, others respect you, too.


Kohimarama’s Got Talent 2022

By Friday this week, students who are entering the Musical Instrument section will have to have written their names on the entry form in their class.  The forms for this section only will be collected on Friday ready for their performance next Thursday 10th November.

  • Singing – Wednesday 16th November
  • Comedy or Magic – Thursday 17th November
  • Dance – Monday 28th November

Students are able to enter more than one category if they have talents in these areas, we don’t want anyone to miss out.  Students are able to enter as individuals and/or groups.

Year 7/8 EPRO8 Finals

Last week, Kohimarama School sent a year 7/8 team to the EPRO8 finals competition.  It is a huge achievement to have made it this far, having placed in the in-school competition, and semi-finals events to be selected. 

Congratulations to Lara K, Acacia G, Scarlett W and Nina R.  

The theme was leisure activities so the girls made a limbo machine that would set off an alarm if the bar dropped and a 10-pin bowling game that sensed when pins were struck down.

It was a tough competition!

COVID-19 tests available from the office

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  

Date for Selwyn College Orientation and Entrance Tests

I wish to let you know in advance that we will be asking all students who have been accepted for Year 9 at Selwyn in 2023 to come to Selwyn College on Thursday 1 December for an Orientation Day and Entrance Testing. The students will be asked to arrive no later than 9:00am and to take a seat in the Selwyn Theatre. We ask that students wear their current school uniform.

 This is the programme for the day:

  • 1. Arrival at 9.00am
  • 2. Orientation to the college
  • 3. Entrance Testing in Maths and English
  • 4. Lunch (This will be provided)
  • 5. Attendance at the Junior Performing Arts Production
  • 6. Departure at 2.30pm

Ngā mihi, Sheryll Ofner, Principal/Tumuaki


Just a reminder that we are holding our Testing Day for our new Year 9 students for 2023 next Wednesday.  Families have also been emailed a reminder.

  • Date:         Wednesday  26 October 2022
  • Time:          Arrival of students by 8:15am for an 8:30am start, finish at  approximately 12:00 noon
  • Venue:       Glendowie College, 21  Crossfield Road Glendowie (Gate 1), please meet in the                              carpark.

Parents are expected to make arrangements to collect their son/daughter at approximately 12:00 noon and return them to school.

Certificates & Awards

Class Certificates (Week 1)

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

  • Room 1 – Asher G
  • Room 2 – Ava C
  • Room 3 – Dominic M, Misha K, Fletcher O
  • Room 4 – not this week
  • Room 5 – not this week
  • Room 6 – Sabine P
  • Room 8 – Kiko Z
  • Room 16 – Ella C
  • Room 17 – Mikaere S
  • Room 25 – Lilian T, Elliott S
  • Room 26 – Honor R
  • Room 27 – Dascha K, Theo H
Class Certificates (Week 2)

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

  • Room 9 – Emma S, Jacob N
  • Room 10 – Isabel G, George C
  • Room 11 – Nicholas BJ, Sophia W
  • Room 12 – Lilly RW, Evie CS
  • Room 14 – Connor B, Teagan H, Liam C, Ariel L
  • Room 15 – John G, Ashley W
  • Room 18 – Gordon P, Lara D, Bazz L
  • Room 19 – Isaac R, Callum P, Farrah B
  • Room 20 – Lina N, William R
  • Room 21 – Asher P
  • Room 22 – Theo P, Esther C
  • Room 23 – Alisha W
Caught Being Good  –  “Greenies”

As we get into the warmer weather we are seeing more and more students utilising our green spaces and it is really good to note that they are sharing and being respectful of each other in our limited space – thank you.

  • Rosie               Rm 12          for awesome sports skills           Selwyn
  • Forest              Rm 14          for Respect and Reliability          Atkin
  • Hamish            Rm 22          for Reliability                               Atkin

Sports Notices

Athletics Day

Our final major school sporting event for 2022, Athletics Day, is scheduled to take place at Glover Park on Wednesday November 2.  Hopefully you can join us. This event is for Years 4 -8. We also have the next day reserved as our back up day. A plan of the day is attached.

Sports Results

Flippa Ball Results
  • Year 3/4 Sharks
    Win 3-2. POD Franklin
  • Year 5 Kinas
    Win 4-1. POD Leo & Scarlett
  • Year 6 Blue Bottles
    Win 9-1.