Term 1, Week 9, Tuesday 29 March 2022
Tena koutou e te whānau o Kohia Terrace School
A warm KTS welcome to Irina, who started in Room 15 on Monday.
It was great to see so many parents coming into the school grounds this morning; I hope you enjoyed the coffee van. The staff certainly did! It is nice to make the most of the continuing summery weather as we head into the last couple of weeks of term. Thank you for supporting the ice cream day on Friday; not only did we get the PTA fundraising underway, we also raised the spirits of many excited children.
We wish our Year 6 students a safe and exciting camp for the end of the week. Camps are always a highlight and we are so pleased to be in a position where we can still provide this valuable learning experience for our students.
We have our final assembly for the term this Friday – 9.00am (AZOOMBLY Link) You are most welcome to join us digitally.
Park and Walk
Introducing Wednesday Walkers starting Wednesday 13 April
It has been pleasing to see so many people park away from the school and travel the last small distance by foot or scooter. In order to make it even easier we are trialling a supervised walking bus that travels between Melville Park and school in the morning and afternoon on a Wednesday. A small group of parents has volunteered to drive these ‘buses’ and shuttle students to school.
How it will work:
Mornings: drop your children at the top of St Andrews Rd by the Melville Park playground between 8:20am and 8:40am. They will be accompanied to school by an adult. On arrival at the school gate they will walk independently to their classroom. There will be at least two groups leaving over this time; the last departure will be at 8:45am.
Afternoons: Students who are walking will come to a meeting point by the junior gate between 3:00 and 3:10pm. Again they will be accompanied by an adult who will wait with them until they are met at the entrance to Melville Park by the University on St Andrews Road. If nobody picks them up by 3:15pm they will be returned to the school office.
At this stage no prior registration is needed, just join in on the day. The important thing is for younger children to remember where they are meeting you in the afternoon. Everyone who walks (parents included) will earn a takoha – this acknowledges them as a Kohia Kaitiaki who shows care and respect for themselves (by walking), others (by keeping Kohia Terrace traffic-free) and the environment.
We are hoping to enter a few teams into the inter-school Strictly JUMP JAM Competition for Auckland Central in September this year. There are two categories: Strictly Freshman (for students who have never competed in the competition before) and Strictly Open (for students who have competed at any JUMP JAM live competition before. There will be an extra team in each category of ‘All Boys’ added this year (only if there are enough ‘All Boys’ teams Auckland wide). Each category will be split into two age groups: Y3 – Y4 or Y5, 6, 7 & 8.
JUMP JAM at KTS is often oversubscribed, with many talented performers auditioning for spots. Therefore, rather than holding ‘open’ auditions, we are first asking for expressions of interest to be submitted by families using this online form (one per child):
Then, the children whose families have filled in a form will be invited to audition for a JUMP JAM team during one of their break times next week.
Please note that filling in the form DOES NOT guarantee a place in the group, as performer numbers are capped by JUMP JAM.
If selected, your child will be expected to attend a weekly rehearsal during morning tea/lunch time.
We will contact the families of the selected children at the start of Term 2 with further information about the competition and rehearsals.
Part-time Teacher & Multicultural/Performance coordinator
If your child is interested in chess, here are the tournaments they can participate in to help prepare them for Nationals. Depending on restrictions, we would like to start the Chess Club up again in Term 2. We will keep you posted.
This is held every month. The winning team gets 5 spots at Nationals. It is an online event. You need four players minimum to make a team. Players can play individually too.
The next event is on 14 April. Here is the link: https://www.chesspower.co.nz/event/370111.
We hold lots of Sarapu Cup events both online and onsite. These are individual events that parents organise their kids to play in. They run on Sundays from 1pm to 5:30pm.
Central Auckland (onsite) Sunday 1 May: https://www.chesspower.co.nz/event/370119
Online 24 April: https://www.chesspower.co.nz/event/370202
To qualify for the Auckland Regionals, you need to win your cluster event. Clusters are the pathway to Regionals and Nationals. Here is a link to the cluster FAQ: https://www.chesspower.co.nz/page/clusters-faq.html. Kohia Terrace is part of the Balmoral/Epsom/Parnell cluster. Your cluster tournament is on Wednesday 1 June.
If you have any questions, contact Paul at Chess Power:
Phone: 0800 4 CHESS (0800 424 377)
Thank you to everyone who has ordered samosas, we had a fantastic response! Don't forget that samosas will be delivered to children to take home on Thursday afternoon. If you chose to pick up your order please come to the front of the school hall after school.
We still need two more parent helpers to sort and deliver samosas to the classrooms. If you can help from 1 to 3pm on Thursday please add your name to this list: Samosa helpers
Coming soon – KOHIA QUIZTACULAR
Thursday 12th May 6.30pm
Connecting our school community
The PTA is very aware that we have not been able to have any community-based events for some time so …. sit in the comfort of your home and join us for a Family Quiz.
Each family will take part in a family-based Kahoot quiz (via ZOOM). Depending on numbers there will be two or three different ZOOM rooms, all doing the same quiz at the same time.
$10.00 per family – plus you earn 500 house points.
Entry forms will be coming out next week, save the date!
Calendar of events
Music Lessons at School with Lewis Eady
Term 2 music lessons at Kohia Terrace School start from the week commencing 2 May.
We offer group or individual tuition on a range of instruments: piano/keyboard, guitar, ukulele, drum kit, singing… the hard part is choosing which instrument!
If you would like your child to learn a musical instrument at school but have not yet enrolled, please complete our online enrolment form today at https://bit.ly/LEMSMusicLessons.
We look forward to making music with your whānau soon!
Parnell Tennis Club
School holiday tennis coaching programme at Parnell Tennis Club will be from 18 to 29 April.
Time: from 9am to 12pm or 12pm to 3pm or 12pm to 3pm.
Enquiries: Goran Marsic 021 1677 460, email: firstname.lastname@example.org