KTS Newsletter

Term 2, Week 2, Tuesday 10 May 2022

Tena koutou e te whānau o Kohia Terrace School

A warm welcome to AJ (Rm 2) and Raul (Rm 7), who both started at KTS this week. We are looking forward to welcoming all our 2022 new students at our powhiri on Thursday. This will take place outside so please come along and join us as we welcome new students and their families.

It was a pleasure to spend some time down in Matamata with our Year 7 and 8 students last week. What a great facility Totara Springs is and our students were having the best time ever. We have, unfortunately, been impacted by a number of students, and two staff members, testing positive over the weekend. As a result the Board and I agreed to move to a distance learning programme for our Pohutukawa team this week to stop any further infection. It is a shame to finish the three days with such an outcome but I know the students, staff and the parent volunteers had an awesome time and that those memories will last. We so appreciate the efforts of the teaching team to get such a fantastic experience in place and our parents for taking some time from their work to ensure we could go.

Thank you to those parents who stagger the time they come to collect children at the end of the day, and those who are parking away from school and walking to reduce the amount of traffic. It is a busy time but please avoid parking on the yellow lines as it reduces the visibility for those students on road patrol. Wednesday Walkers begins tomorrow – see below for more details. We appreciate the efforts of Aisling Weir and her team to get this initiative up and running.

We have been made aware that some parents are not getting the messages sent via HERO. If this is the case, please try deleting the app and reinstalling it. If the problem persists, please let us know so we can talk to HERO staff to source other solutions. Your HERO access is vital to ensure you get the communications from the school and are seeing the learning posts that are published every three weeks or so. Thank you so much to those parents who have commented or liked the learning posts from last term. The winning house with a total of 2150 points was Te Kanawa, second was Snell with a total of 1850 points, then Sheppard with 1450 and finally Hillary with 1300 points.

Please feel free to join us, on zoom, for our AZOOMBLY (click on the link) on Friday at 9.00am. Finally, I hope you had a lovely weekend acknowledging all those mothers in our community. It certainly was a lovely weekend. – Alison


Thursday 12th May 6.30pm

Have you booked your place yet?

Only two days to go! 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.

Please enter now by completing this form

There are some great prizes up for grabs; thank you very much to our wonderful sponsors:


We have had a formal social /emotional learning programme (Kohia Korero) in place at KTS for some time. It has been a very successful programme to explore student wellbeing. We heard about Mitey last year and thought a new approach would be valued; as such we are delighted to start a partnership with Mitey to grow and support the mental health and wellbeing of all our students.

The Sir John Kirwan Foundation has designed Mitey with NZ teachers and the University of Auckland to provide an evidence-based approach to teaching mental health education to primary and intermediate aged children. It is built around the NZ curriculum and embedded into everyday learning, to ensure children are equipped with the age-appropriate skills and knowledge they need to recognise and respond to mental health issues in both themselves and others before they enter teenage years.

Mitey has successfully implemented its approach to schools in Auckland and we are excited to be included. We are just getting underway and will keep you updated but in the meantime, the following link will take you to Mitey’s homepage www.mitey.org.nz

Park and Walk – Wednesday Walkers

Starting tomorrow (11 May)

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 shuttle students to school; we appreciate this effort to reduce cars on Kohia Terrace.

How it will work:

Mornings: drop off 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 and 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: Meet by the junior gate between 3:00 and 3:10pm; students will be accompanied by an adult who waits 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.

Second-Hand Uniform Sale

The PTA will be holding our first second-hand uniform sale for the year on Wednesday 11th May. The sale will start at 2:30pm and finish at 3:15pm and will be held on the Year 6 deck, opposite the hall. Please wear a mask while at the sale and ensure you are socially distanced. A limit of 6 items per family will apply until 3pm to make it fair to buyers. Donations for the sale are gratefully accepted so if you have any unused uniform items that are taking up space, please drop these into the office. All money from the sale contributes to PTA fundraising.

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.

Frozen Jr

One of our intermediate students, Jemima, has been cast in the latest NYT production of Disney’s FROZEN Jr, on this weekend at the Auckland Town Hall.

Come and watch Elsa, Anna, Olaf and friends in a gorgeous 1 hour musical and listen to all your favourite songs from Frozen.

Tickets are still available for shows on 14 and 15 May.

Visit https://nyt.nz/programmes/frozen-jr for further details and tickets.

Calendar of events

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Community Notices

May Music Carnival

Saturday 21st May from 10am

Location: Mt Eden Village Centre, 449 Mt Eden Rd

We are excited to be presenting a fun filled morning of magic, music and swashbuckling!!!!

Each performance is limited to 100 people to allow for lots of space and comfort for our littlies.

Four performances in one day with tickets to each show costing $5 each or $10 for a family of 4.

Magic show performances with Le Cirque de JP, music entertainment with Little Ripples and Captain Festus McBoyle's Travelin Variety show.

Session 1: 10am - 10.45 - Magic show with Le Cirque de JP

Session 2: 10:30am - 11.15 - Music with Little Ripples

Session 3: 11.30am - 12.15 - Magic show with Le Cirque de JP

Session 4: 12pm - 12.45 - Captain Festus McBoyle's Travelin' Variety Show

More info and tickets can be found through eventfinda: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2022/may-music-carnival/auckland/mt-eden

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.

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