School Newsletter – 29 March 2023

Term 1, Week 9

Upcoming Events

Learning SnapshotsWed, 29 MarThu, 30 Mar
PTA MeetingMon, 3 Apr
Yr7/8 Selwyn TechnologyTue, 4 Apr
End of TermThu, 6 Apr

A Message from Hillary Team

Hillary Team have made a fabulous start to the year! 

This term we have focused on getting to know each other well and have been sharing our pepehas with each other. Room 13 even shared their pepehas at a school assembly. These pepehas help us learn more about our Hillary Team whanau. We also learned that we are all different and have unique attributions and talents, but together we make a great team.  Mahi tahi(collaboration) and hoahoa(friendliness) are important to us in our classes and our team.

We have also been learning about what our passions and interests are and how we can best identify them. Through provocation lessons during Passion Projects we were introduced to new and different interest, ie. photography, finger knitting etc.  Passion Projects has been most enjoyable as we have been trying new activities and now have identified what we would like to learn more about. We can not wait to share our projects at the end of next term!

Our topic of Inquiry this term has been focused on animals native to New Zealand. Our trip to the Auckland Zoo was very helpful in getting us started with this topic. We saw the blue penguins, kea and many more animals that are native to our beautiful home. We also realised that there are many animals that live in Aotearoa that are actually alien species. This means that they were brought here by travellers.There is always so much that we have to learn and we look forward to continuing this Inquiry topic.

Some classes were inspired by our trip to the zoo and decided to explore drawing native animals. We learned about the New Zealand born Maori artist, Warren Pohatu who is famous for his animal drawings. Here are some of our drawings.

Since March is Bike Month, we completed a Bike Safety Programme at school that was hosted by Constable Gordon from NZ Police. We learned how to safely ride our bikes on the road, using hand signals and following some basic rules. It was a fun and informative week. The most exciting part was following the course on the courts.

The Kohimarama Way – Friendliness

“Friendship is a relationship, friendliness is a state of your being.  You are simply friendly; to whom, that is not the point.”  Rajneesh.  Don’t wait for people to be friendly…show them how.


School Counsellor

Our school is fortunate to have the services of two counsellors to support our students particularly over times like this when our world is in a state of uncertainty. The counsellors work at school on a Tuesday and have their sessions privately. If you feel that you would like to explore this service please email them on

Student Ambassadors

You may have seen our Ambassadors on the side of Kohimarama Road holding signs encouraging traffic to slow down around our School and keep our students safe.  Thank you if you were one of those who went past us and smiled, waved, or tooted your horn, and if you do drive carefully and slowly around our school, you’re a star.

Today’s Shine class postponed – moved to 5/4 due to parent teacher meetings

Todays class has been postponed due to school finishing early. Class has been moved to next week on the 5th April 3.05 -3.50pm.

Music lessons for Students

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer Band for 2023, however, for this year we have the following musical opportunities for all students:

Rebecca Erskine
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri  
Ben Jurisich
Bass, electric, acoustic guitar, drums

Please contact the above teachers directly for bookings and costs.

Homestay Families Needed

Our school will be expecting visiting students from overseas arriving early June 2023 for 3-4 weeks at a time.  

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

Hosts will be paid a minimum of $300 per person, per week.  Students are placed two per home and 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 Hillary Team and Snell Team:

  • Room 11 – Sofia P, Hunter R, Dascha K
  • Room 12 – Lilian T, Amy D
  • Room 13 – Aurelia T, Blake J, Agnes C
  • Room 14 – Zara F, Darragh S
  • Room 15 – Theo R
  • Room 18 – Forest A, Arthur GM
  • Room 19 – Georgia P, Sophia GW
  • Room 20 – Leo M, Ashley W
  • Room 21 – Maisey B, Yayi Y
  • Room 22 – Hamish B, Miles L
  • Room 23 – Juella G, Phineas H
Caught Being Good – “Greenies”

With this fabulous sunshine we are all enjoying being outside during break times, thank you to all our students for being respectful of the available space and friendliness in including others.  Our fortunate students this week are:

  • John       Rm 19              for Friendliness           Colenso
  • Felix       Rm 23              for Friendliness           Colenso
Road Patrollers of the fortnight

Thank you for keeping us safe on the roads in the morning and afternoon, you take your responsibilities seriously and we are able to depend on you:

  • Ariel L 
  • Isaac W

PTA News

News from the PTA Second-Hand Uniform Shop

THANK YOU to the many generous families who have donated uniforms over the summer and throughout the term. Your donations are much appreciated and have served over 40 families in this first term alone.

KOHA SALE – Thursday, 27 April – 3-7:30pm – School Hall

This is a great chance to pick up back-up uniform pieces or a spare polo for creative days at school. Uniforms that aren’t up to selling standard but are still in fair shape will be available for a donation (koha). Good and excellent uniforms will also be available for purchase at regular price. Bank transfer only. Questions? Contact Amanda at

“Famous Places of New Zealand” Quizathon

Our “Famous Places of New Zealand” Quizathon has run in class today.  We hope you all enjoyed learning about different places in our wonderful country and have been able to sign up lots of sponsors!

Your teacher will send your signed forms home so that you can collect your sponsorship money for the questions you got correct.  Please return it to your teacher or the box in the office by 2pm Wednesday 5th April.

Remember there are awards for the most money raised and for the first class to return all their forms. We’ll announce the winners in Week 1 of Term 2.

Thank you for your support, Kohimarama School PTA

Sport News

Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon

On Sunday March 26, students from year 2 through to year 8 participated in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon at Point England. Our 6 year old athletes participated in a ‘Splash and Dash’ which was a swim and a run, while everyone else completed a triathlon of swimming, cycling and running.

Sport Results

Flippa Ball Results
  • Year 3/4 Kinas
    Loss 8-0 & 4-3. POD Marlo
  • Year 3/4 Sharks
    Loss 8-0. POD Ella & Phoebe
  • Year 5/6 Blue Bottles
    Win 7-2. POD Scarlett

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