Term 2, Week 4, Tuesday 24 May 2022
Tena koutou e te whānau o Kohia Terrace School
It is certainly nice to have some degree of normality this week. Even more encouraging is that I had no notifications of positive cases over the weekend. This morning we have just five new students with COVID, four of them already isolating as they were household contacts. It is great to see the majority of students back in school today along with the staff. Please, unless students are unwell, have COVID or are isolating, students should be at school.
It is difficult to manage a full classroom and to support distance learning. Rachel Ogilvy will be supporting those who are required to stay at home throughout this week, to allow teachers to concentrate on their classes. Homework books, covering many aspects of the curriculum, are still available for purchase from the school and are a great backup for those days when your child is well enough to do some school work but not able to attend. See Kindo to order – we can arrange contactless pick-up or drop off if necessary.
We were indeed a sea of pink on Friday. Thank you so much for supporting our Pink Shirt Day in support of anti-bullying. See the photo above of one of the pink heart mask accessories that some of the intermediate students made and distributed. Many classes talked about ways to be kind to each other and the link back to our school value of being a Kohia Kaitiaki and the need to Care and Respect and Lead with Integrity.
This year sees our first public holiday to celebrate Matariki. The te reo programme in our classes this term is based on Matariki and building our students’ knowledge of this celebration. We are inviting any student and their whanau to join us at dawn (7.00am) on Maungawhau followed by a breakfast back here at school on Thursday 23rd June. Mark your diaries – we will have more detailed information in upcoming newsletters.
Just a reminder that next Friday (3rd June) is a Teacher Only Day. We will be working with all the other schools in our Kahui Ako (community of schools) looking at the Aoterora Histories Curriculum now that it has been finalised, as well as a school-based deep dive into our literacy programmes. I hope you have a nice long weekend planned.
Finally, please remember to check that your child’s polar fleece is named so we can ensure it is returned if found. Please all take care, what with COVID and normal winter bugs – Alison
School Board Election 2022
The School Board elections are coming up in September and it is important that we have the correct contact details for you. Could you please check in Hero that your name, postal address, e-mail and mobile phone number are correct.
Intermediate open evening
Are you starting to think about where your Year 6 student will be going for Year 7 & 8? Come to the open evening on Tuesday 21 June at 6:30pm to find out more about intermediate education at Kohia. If you have friends who are interested, send them along too. We usually open a few balloted places, depending on numbers.
Park and Walk – Wednesday Walkers
Please join our Wednesday walking bus and earn a special green takoha for your house.
Mornings: drop off at Melville Park playground between 8:20am and 8:40am. Children walk to school with an adult. At least two departures over this time mean you won’t miss the bus!
Afternoons: Meet by the junior gate between 3:00 and 3:10pm and walk back to Melville for pick up before 3:15.
School Cross Country
Our annual Cross Country and Fun Run is coming up in week 5 on Wednesday June 1st.
All times are approximate so please arrive at least 20 minutes before your child’s event if you would like to support your child.
We will be starting off with the Fun Run:
9:00am: Years 1 & 2 Fun Run
9:30am: Years 3 to 5 Fun Run
10:00am: Years 6 to 8 Fun Run
The Competitive Cross Country will be after morning tea:
11:15am Year 3 Boys and Girls
11:30am Year 4 Boys and Girls
11:45am Year 5 Boys and Girls
12:00am Year 6 Boys and Girls
12:15 Year 7 Boys and Girls
12:30 Year 8 Boys and Girls
12:45 Finish - Lunchtime
The distances they will be covering at Melville Park are as follows:
Year 3 - One big track and one small lap
Year 4 - One big track and one small lap
Year 5 - Two times big track
Year 6 - Two times big track
Year 7 - Three times big track
Year 8 - Three times big track
Kohia Kangaroos Y3/4 team had their first game last week. They lost to St. Kent’s 10–4. Thanks to their coach, Enzo (Year 7) and manager Jing.
The Y7/8 Cobras had a great game, winning 38–18
The Y2 Comets won their first game, 8–0
The Year 3/4 Eagles also won 3–0, with their Y8 coach Nethuli leading them to victory.
The Y3/4 Flyers had a close game, losing 2–1.
The Y6 Firebirds also won their game, with a score of 13–5
Calendar of events
Mt Roskill Grammar School Open Day
We look forward to sharing our school with you and supporting your child’s transition to secondary school.
The principal will be addressing families at 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm.