Bohally Newsletter - Week 4 Term 1

25th February 2022

Principal's Welcome

Tēnā koutou

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2022. For new families, we try to get a newsletter out twice a term and if you ever are looking to read older ones they are up on the website under the communications tab. Like many schools, we use a range of media to connect with our community such as our school facebook page, school apps, the website, emails and of course this newsletter.

It has been good to see our new Year 7's settling in and many of them look like they have been here forever. Please remember that some students find the transition between schools a bit more challenging and take a bit longer to feel at home. Change is a good thing for students to experience and we as adults can help them deal with that change by positive talk and ensuring them that it can take a while to feel comfortable but it does happen. Change is part of our lives now and not many people don't get to experience it. Teaching our children the skills of resilience is just as important as literacy and maths in this fast-moving world.

Speaking of resilience, we yet again need a bit of it at the moment to deal with the uncertainty of COVID in our community. Please remember that schools will endeavour to stay open and that if there is any change we will contact you. I believe rumours are adrift in our community, but as we teach our students - trust your sources!!

Next week, on Tuesday 1st March, we look forward to our annual school triathlon where our students swim, bike, and run their way around the school. This is lots of fun and we expect all students to take part in some way. Your child's class teacher would have talked to their classes about this and we look forward to a fun event. Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions, we will not be allowing any spectators at this event, but you can talk to your child about their successes following the event. The following week on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th March are our whānau hui - a time for parents to meet with their child's teacher one to one, please ensure you have made a time to come in. We value your input into your child's education and see this initial meeting as very valuable in establishing a positive relationship between yourselves and the school.

Take care over the next few weeks and look after those around you.

Ngā mihi,


Upcoming Events

  • Whanau Hui (School closes 1 pm) - Monday, March 7th - Tuesday, March 8th
  • Triathlon - Tuesday 1st March
  • School Swimming Sports - Year 8- Monday 14th March, Year 7 - Tuesday 15th March
  • Last Day of Term 1 - Thursday 14th April
  • Good Friday/School Holidays - Friday 15th April

Whanau Hui

Whanui hui/3 way conferences are being held on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th March. Attending Whanau Hui is a fantastic opportunity to touch base with your child's teacher, work collaboratively on your child's goals, ask questions and find out how they've settled into the new school year.

If you haven't already booked to see your child's teacher, please click on this link and use the code 8g74H. If these dates do not suit you then please make contact with the class teacher to arrange a phone call or to meet at another time. Our meetings this year will be strictly 15 minutes to get through all our appointments and fit within Covid guidelines. Please wear a face mask.

The school will close at 1 pm on both days. The Witherlea buses will run at 1pm. Students on other buses will have to make alternative arrangements.

Bohally School Triathlon

Next Tuesday, March 1st, is the Bohally School Triathlon. All students have signed up for either the Elite, Individual, or Team event. Students can wear sports gear (in their NKO colours if they wish).

Please help your child check their bike is in good condition, and with any logistics to get it to school, if necessary. All bikes will be stored on the school netball courts ready for the transition from swim to bike. Children will be released at the end of the day in groups to collect their bikes and go home.

What it will involve

Stage 1 - Swimming 5 lengths of the Bohally pool. 125m

Stage 2 – Cycling 3 circuits of the field. 1.6km

Stage 3 – Running 3 laps of the track on the field.

Swimming Sports

The Year 7 and 8 Swimming sports will be held on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th March. There will be competitive races and participation races. We would encourage all students to participate to support their class and NKO.

School App and Facebook

You can keep up-to-date with school notices and any alerts from your child's class teacher or the school, through School Apps. This is able to be downloaded to any iPhone or Android phone. Please subscribe to your child's class as well as General Alerts. Click on the flyer for instructions.

Our school Facebook page is where we can also send out important information, as well as celebrate the learning and activities that are happening in school. Simply "like' the page and be in the loop.

Cleaner Required - Marlborough Tech Centre

Marlborough Technology Centre

Cleaner required

The Marlborough Technology Centre requires a part time cleaner. 2 hours per day. 3:15pm – 5:15pm. Term time Monday - Friday. Holidays by arrangement. Must be reliable.

Applications or enquiries to: Paul Sainsbury, Associate Principal, Marlborough Technology Centre, 45 McLauchlan St, Blenheim.

Ph: (03) 5772434, 0212374582. Email:

What we have been up to .......Tamanui te rā

Weekly Rotations

This term Tamanui te rā have had weekly hub rotations. We have been doing Swimming with. Mr Robinson, PE with Miss Diamanti, Art and learning our Pepeha with Mrs Springett, and NZ Sign Language with Mrs Joshi.

We have had rotations every Tuesday and Wednesday. Here is a round-up of some of the action.

New Zealand Sign Langauge

In Room 3 this term we have been learning NZSL.

People are learning to greet each other and learning how to say common words.It has been an exciting journey learning how people can say their names in NZSL, Kai Pai! We have a few demonstrations online for you to see, we have practised it for 20min every Tuesday and Wednesday.

By Bella And Makaydee

Art and Pepeha

Mrs Springett has been helping us learn our pepeha and create an art work to go with it. We have separated a piece of A4 paper into as many lines of pepeha as we have. Then we watercoloured the lines and we left them to dry. Next time we will write our pepeha on the paper.

Lauren Room 3


This term in Tamanui te rā we have been learning to swim. It has been a very fun activity because it is different from everyday school life. As well as learning to swim we have been learning water safety like how to starfish on top of the water to stay afloat. Last week my group, the dolphins, worked on our backstroke technique. We all did very well and learned a lot. I think we all have lots of fun in the pool as well.

Andrew Hall


This term in Tamanui te rā, we have been learning about geometry. The other day we learned about vertices, faces and edges and how to figure out how many a shape may have .Today we learned about tangrams and how to make the parts from paper and card and then make them.

Community Notices

Oral Health

Nga mihi o te tau hou / Happy New Year Marlborough Community,

We hope 2022 is off to a good start for you. Please share these Lunch Box Top Tips with your teams and whānau if possible. Healthy kai helps to prevent tooth decay.

Enrol online: Community Oral Health Service - Blenheim

This is the link for the online enrolment for the Marlborough Clinic on the corner of Nelson and McGlauchlan Streets (mobile clinic to Picton, Seddon, Ward, Havelock, Renwick and Murchison) - If you would like paper copies of our enrolment form please contact me. Children should have their teeth checked regularly from the age of 2 years to keep smiles healthy.

Year 9 applications for next year - St Andrews College and St Kentigern

Please see the information below if you are interested in finding out more information regarding enrolments or scholarships.
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At Bohally we strive to keep our community up to date with what is happening at school. We have three main ways we communicate - our school app, website, and Facebook page. We recommend downloading our school app. The app will allow you to set up alerts for your child's class and activities. This causes a push notification on your phone if any notices are uploaded. If you have any questions about how to access any of these three systems please talk to your child's teacher. Below are the links for you to follow.



School App:

Search 'School Apps NZ' on Google Play or the Apple App Store.