School Newsletter – 6 December 2022

Term 4, Week 8

Upcoming Events

Yr 7/8 Immunisations - Catch UpsTue, 6 Dec
Selwyn 2023 student testingTue, 6 Dec
Hillary Celebration Day - Parnell BathsWed, 7 Dec
Student Leader DayWed, 7 Dec
Yr 5 - Auckland RugbyThu, 8 DecFri, 9 Dec
Year 6 - Swimming SafetyThu, 8 DecFri, 9 Dec
Assembly - Hillary & Snell (2pm)Fri, 9 Dec
Kiri Team - Zoo TripFri, 9 Dec
Sports AssemblyMon, 12 Dec
BoT MeetingMon, 12 Dec
Certificate AssemblyWed, 14 Dec
Final AssemblyThu, 15 Dec

A Message from Snell Team

This year we were very fortunate to have had the very first Year 8 graduation formal. The theme was black, gold and white. The hub was beautifully decorated by the Year 7’s during the day and the event itself was in the evening.

We danced, had pizza, drinks, and even Mr Whippy showed up for dessert. Everyone looked absolutely stunning with their suits and dresses. DJ Viggo had the big speaker going and we cranked up the tunes as we danced together with friends. The photo booth was gorgeous and we had a whole bunch of pictures afterwards. Thank you so much to the wonderful Miss Cadzow for organising and all of the other fabulous teachers who helped out.

Scarlett and Maja

This term in Year 6 we have been learning about Kaitiakitanga and Conservation, and the way zoos play a part! First we all chose an endangered animal to research, then we wrote an information report about them. Once we finished our information reports we decided it would be a good idea to make an enrichment tool for the meerkats at Butterfly Creek. Enrichment tools are a way for animals to play, learn and get treats so it is important that all zoos provide them! We all got into groups of 3 and planned our enrichment tool. We sent all our designs to Butterfly Creek and the top 3 groups got to make and bring our enrichment tools with us!

Emily Miles, Rm 23

The Year 6 Hub was waiting outside on the court for the bus with anticipation. We could not wait to get to Butterfly Creek and see the Meerkats play with our enrichment tools.

Once we got on the bus everyone started singing and chattering waiting to get to Butterfly Creek. When the bus stopped kids piled off the bus forming into their groups ready to start the day of fun! The first thing we did was put our bags in our room for the day while the Zookeeper’s told us about the Meerkats and what was going to happen. Then they started taking the chosen projects to the Meerkat enclosure where floods of kids piled in, waiting to see the projects being used. Some projects were wheeled into the enclosure, others were nestled in the sand. The Zookeepers sprinkled treats over the enrichment tools and let out the Meerkats to explore. We were so happy to see Meerkats exploring and had an amazing time at Butterfly Creek. We cannot wait to go back!

Juliette Page, Rm 23

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue. – John Herschell.  You can’t force someone to respect you, but you can refuse to be disrespected.  As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others. – Robert Schuller.


Uniform at Kohimarama School – A Gentle Reminder

Lately we have had a number of students wearing incorrect uniforms. We do have a uniform policy at Kohimarama School and we would ask that you support your child in wearing the correct uniform right to the end of the year . Whilst we do issue uniform passes if a parent emails us with a reason for their child being out of uniform, these are only meant to be temporary – usually no more than a week. Students not in the correct uniform will need to obtain a ‘uniform pass’ from either Deputy Principal.

If you require a uniform item you can purchase these from The School Uniform Centre, 169 Manukau Rd, Epsom.

At the moment the uniform policy is being updated on the website as follows

School Uniform for all

  • Red Polo T-shirt with the School Crest (short or long sleeved)
  • Navy Blue skort / shorts or long pants
  • Navy blue Polar Fleece with the School Crest
  • Black ankle socks or navy tights/ knee length socks

Sports Uniform

  • School sports shorts
  • School House Tshirts

Students must arrive and leave school in the correct school uniform, however they may change into their sports uniform during the day.  There may be occasions when teachers will direct students to wear their full school uniform or alternative clothing depending on the circumstances e.g. swimming lessons

  • School Rain Jacket
  • School Beanie


A PLAIN black shoe must be worn at Kohimarama school. See the pictures attached


  • Shoulder length hair needs to be tied back with a navy blue, red or black hair tie/ plain headband
  • Hair should be a natural colour


  • Nail polish or makeup should not be worn at school unless for a specific event organised by the teacher
  • Students should wear only a watch/ single stud earring

Mr Engles is the only one with the authority to sanction, in individual cases, variances from the code. These reasons could include, but may not be limited to;

  • For reasons of religious belief
  • For reasons of cultural heritage

If a written request has been made to the Principal to wear a religious or special family piece of jewelry and permission is given the student will be issued with a pass


  • School Rain jacket
  • School house t shirts and shorts
  • School beanie

Book Day last Friday

Thank you to everyone who dressed up as a book character for Friday last week.  We celebrated with a parade in the school Hall so that we could get to see everyone’s fabulous costumes. Thank you to our teachers for making this happen in a fun way, celebrating everyone.  We did have finalists who earned their House 500 points.  We also had a Literary Quiz in the Hall at big break between Houses and we are very happy to announce the placings from the two different competitions

Big Quiz                                    

  • 1st = Atkin                               
  • 2nd = Patteson                         
  • 3rd = Selwyn                             
  • 4th = Colenso                         

Bonus Quiz

  • 1st = Patteson
  • 2nd = Selwyn
  • 3rd = Colenso
  •  4th = Atkin

We also celebrated books by having a Stop, Drop and Read session in the afternoon.


We have a large number of books outstanding, it is great that they are being read, but they all need to be returned this week, please.  Get your children hunting around their bedrooms for any books with the Kohimarama School stamp in them and return them to the school Library as soon as possible please, thank you for your assistance in this.

New Flippaball players for 2023

We will be looking to recruit new flippa ball players for next year especially current year 2 and year 3 players.   Games are played on Sundays at the Sacred Heart pool.

If any students would like to have a go at Flippa ball before next year they are welcome to come to the last practice on Thursday 8th Dec at the Swimtastic Pool on Merton Road at 7.15am to 8.15am.

Any questions please email

Homestay Families Needed

Our school will be expecting visiting students from Korea arriving 9th January and departing 25th February 2023.  

To facilitate these students we are looking for homestay families to host them.  

Although they arrive before the start of Term One, these students will attend school each weekday in January 2023.

Host’s will be paid $300 per student, per week – usually placing two students per home.  

Students can share a room but must have their own bed.  

If you would like more information or an application pack, please contact Debbie from Student-Care NZ Limited on or 09 390 7838 Mobile 027 285 7838

Certificates & Awards

Class Certificates

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

  • Room 1 – Cara V
  • Room 2 – Mila S
  • Room 3 – Arisha F, Maddox R, Aston O
  • Room 4 – Evie B, Scarlett E, Oliver T
  • Room 5 – Jasmine O
  • Room 7 – Oscar T
  • Room 6 – Sasha R
  • Room 8 – Andy SC, Paz A
  • Room 16 – Clara R
  • Room 17 – Sunidhi S
  • Room 25 – Darragh S, Romeo H
  • Room 26 – Ambra K, Natalie Q
  • Room 27 – Aiden R
Caught Being Good  –  “Greenies”

Thank you once again for all the students who have been ‘doing the right thing’ in the playground.  Your respect of each others’ games and for the rules of the game you are playing is much appreciated.

  • Maxim          Rm 1              for  Reliability           Colenso
  • Milly             Rm 5              for  Respect              Selwyn
  • Jay                Rm 26             for Reliability           Colenso

Sports Results

Flippa Ball Results
  • Year 3/4 Sharks
    Win 2-0. POD Saskia
  • Year 5 Kinas
    Loss 6-2, Win 6-0. POD Whole team
  • Year 6 Blue Bottles
    Loss 9-2.

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