Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Small Boxes Needed

Kohara would love to take some of your recycling off your hands!! If you have any small boxes (cereal, tissue box or smaller sizes) we would love them for our box construction projects.

Thanks :)

Update on Athletic Sports

The senior Athletic Sports has been postponed to tomorrow as ground conditions at St James Park is not suitable. The weather forecast is looking warmer for tomorrow so fingers crossed Thursday will be much warmer for a picnic lunch down at the park.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017


Headlice are doing the rounds again. Please check your child's hair on a regular basis over the coming weeks. We are encouraging girls with long hair to wear it tied back, and have also reminded children to not share sunhats (and to make sure they check they have their own named sunhat on).

The following link has more information on headline including treatment options.


Last term we enjoyed our tennis session down at Waimairi Tennis Club and finally the weather played it's part! Here are a few pictures of the children in action.

Cardboard Cathedral Challenge

We had great fun today with our cardboard cathedral block challenge using loads of cardboard tubes. There was a great deal of cooperation, problem solving and team work as the children negotiated the challenge of stacking the tubes and getting the right balance and roof shape. The oral language was fabulous and there was lots of connections made as they shared ideas about their visits to the real cardboard cathedral.

Senior Athletics

A reminder that we are joining the seniors at St James Park for lunch on Wednesday (18th October). Parents are welcome to join us down at the park. Junior children to wear normal uniform (those in the relay team please make sure you have suitable sports shoes).

After lunch we have two teams representing Kohara for the junior part of the school relays - there was steep competition for the 8 places! Good luck to Freddy, Johnny, Zora and Hannah (Team 1) and Shiva, Ben, Anika and Rosalie (Team 2) and our reserves Khori and Lochie S.

It is really important that all children have a named sunhat with them and a warm jersey/jacket in case the weather is cooler.


Drawing and sketching are great for developing fine motor skills and using our observation skills. Many Kohara children love to use our sketching area to practice and refine our drawing techniques. This week Gemma used a teddy bear for inspiration in her art.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Bolt Visits Shantytown

Bolt had a fabulous time on holiday visiting a very cool place called Shantytown. It was made to look just like an old gold mining village. Bolt got to ride the steam train through the village down to the gold panning area where he got to have a go panning for gold just like in the olden days! He found a few specks of gold but sadly no big gold nuggets!

Bolt's favourite part was visiting the old jail cell and watching a hologram movie in the old theatre. He thought being a gold miner was lots of fun too! Can you count how many pieces of gold he found below?

Term 4 Week 1 (16-20 October)

Welcome back :)

Term 4 is a sunhat term!! Please ensure your child has a well named wide brimmed navy blue hat at school every day.

No Monday Meet Up this week

Athletics Day
The senior Athletics day is this Wednesday 18 October down at St James Park.
As usual the juniors will be walking down just before lunch to join the school at the park for a community lunch with whanau. You are welcome to join us there for lunch and a coffee cart will be there as well. After lunch the whole school will have class relay races with the juniors racing against each other. We will have two teams entered on the day and the remainder of the class will be supporting and cheering Kohara on. Class teachers will have an attendance roll with them so if you leave the park early with your child you must let Tracy or Monique know so we can note this on our roll please.

Health & PE Inquiry
This term for Health & PE we are mixing it up a bit. All our junior classes have been mixed up and will have the chance to visit different junior teachers for Health & PE activities over the term with two sessions each week with a different teacher. The focus is on relating to others in different settings. With activities like baking, folk dancing and poi, it should be lots of fun and a great way to meet others and get to work with new friends.

Our first two sessions are on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Because our classroom release time falls on Thursday afternoon Mr Lukes and Mrs McHaffie will take over our junior groups for that session.

Our weekly spelling words will be given out on Friday this week - keep an eye out for the notebooks coming home in schoolbags at the end of the week.

Please return library books before Friday for our class visit. Books issued from before the holidays will now be due back.

PTA Meeting
The PTA is meeting this Tuesday 17 October at 7pm in the library if you'd like to come along. We love seeing new faces and anyone is most welcome. There are a few Kohara parents on the PTA so you are bound to see a familiar face or two!

Parent Help
Due to all the comings and goings this term, we won't be having regular weekly parent help this term but we will call on helpers from time to time to help out with specific activities/baking etc.

We would still love someone each week though to pop in and put our reading books away in the reading room, so if you are able to spare a few minutes please let us know by adding your name to the reading returns roster outside the classroom on the noticeboard (by the bag area).

Lunch Clubs
Monday: French Club 12.30pm or Chess Club 12.45pm
Tuesday: No Craft Club this week
Thursday: Art Club 12.45pm

Bolt and Squirtle
The children are loving having Bolt and Squirtle, our class toys, come and stay and we are enjoying listening to their adventures. Please ensure that the whale toys are returned to school the following day as the children get really disappointed if they miss out on having a turn. We wonder what they'll get up to with the children this term?

School Photos
These are due to arrive soon - we will send them home once we receive them.

Have a great week. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Bolt's Holiday Snaps

So far Bolt has been having a lovely holiday. He has enjoyed having time to get creative with lego as well as learning to play the drums. He is VERY LOUD!!!!

Bolt also helped Will and Jack spray some rocks ready to hide around parks over the next week. If you would like to go rock hunting in the holidays get Mum or Dad to check out Christchurch Rocks on Facebook - there are always lots of rocks being hidden around Christchurch. When you find one, you can keep it, re hide it or replace it with one you have painted. Some good places to start hunting are the Margaret Many playground, the Elephant Park in Bishopdale and the Botanical Gardens. Bolt is off to the West Coast next week so we might even taken some with us and hide them over there!

Hope you are all enjoying a happy holiday. Why not leave us a message below and let us now what you've been up to!

Gabriel the Singing Superstar

On Friday Gabriel treated Kohara to a fabulous performance of his favourite Bruno Mars song. Gabriel has been practising for quite a while and was very brave to get up on stage and sing in front of us all. We learned that Bruno Mars is Gabriel's favourite singer and that next year he is going to see him live in concert. Kohara enjoyed seeing Gabriel live in concert!!

Library Surprise!

During our library visit last week, we got a lovely surprise when we saw Nicola park outside the library with some rather cute little pigs in the back of her car. We all got to have a turn popping out to have a look and most of us even gave them a scratch on the back which they loved.

One of our reading groups had an interesting connection as they have been reading a story called Charlotte's Web which is all about a pig named Wilbur. These pigs were called Calamity Jane and Annie Oakley!

Connecting with Kahukura

We were lucky enough to be able to visit Kahukura's Art Gallery on the last day of term to see the sculptures and art they have been working on over the term. We made lots of connections with our Kohara projects and have taken away lots of interesting and new techniques that we can now try.

Here are some of our favourite pieces we saw.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

End of Term

A huge thank you to all our fabulous parents who have given up their time to help Kohara this term. We really appreciate your support.

We hope the children enjoy a wonderful term break and look forward to seeing them back after the holidays. School resumes on Monday 16 October.

Friday is Library Day

Remember to bring the library books so you can get some new ones issued for the holidays.


On Thursday we enjoyed visiting Ara Atu to watch their drama, followed by Art and PE for Classroom Release and then went to tennis lessons at Waimairi Tennis Club. So no spelling testing. We will try and fit this in on Friday instead so if you haven't given Mrs O your spelling notebook, then you've got Friday to hand it in!

New spelling words will be issued to the children next term.

Friday is Loud Shirt Day!

Dust off your brightest and most colourful shirt for Friday to help celebrate Loud Shirt Day. Gold coin donation please to support those with hearing impairments.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Lauren's Beany Boo House

Check out the lucky beany boos who get to enjoy this fabulous house. They will never want to leave! Lauren has made a house, swimming pool and even a car - we guess even beany boo's have to go shopping sometime! This house has windows and doors that open, bunk beds, but we think our favourite part is the slides into the swimming pool! Well done Lauren - we can tell you have thought of so many interesting details for your house.

Bella's Art

This is Bella's first project by herself and she really enjoyed using pastels to create a masterpiece! We love the colours she has used and the frame finishes it off beautifully. It is now on the wall above the trophy cabinet so you can admire it when you pop in!

Louis the Musician

What an amazing performance at Monday Meet Up by Louis the musician! We loved listening to his beautiful piano playing and we can tell that he must put in lots of practice at home to get so good. It seems like practice is the key to getting really good at lots of things - music, sports, reading, maths, spelling, art, drama...

Thank you for sharing your music with us Louis. How neat that your big sister was also visiting from Papanui High to share her music with us as well. We bet she was really proud of you too.