Ngaere School

Wednesday 4 July

Living and Learning with Respect


Well done to our two debating teams - Charlotte, Zoe, and Luci and Haylee, Izzy and Max who competed yesterday in our Cluster debating event. The moot was ' The best sports team is the one that always wins' and was adjudicated by pupils from Stratford High School. Both teams won their respective debates. Awesome - so proud!

Matariki Breakfast

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated towards our Matariki Breakfast tomorrow. We are going to have a feast! Breakfast will be available in the school hall from 8.15am until approx 8.45am. If you haven't RSVP'd there is still time! Flick a quick email to the school (it's just to help with the number of eggs we scramble and pieces of toast we cook!). Come as a family, come on your own...all welcome!

Hot Food Tuesday / Sausage Sizzle Fridays

The option to bring food for 'Hot Food Tuesday' will continue next term.

Our sausage sizzles will commence on Friday 27th July - week 1. Order forms for 'Friday Sausage Sizzle' have been sent home. Cost for the term is $15 for a slice of bread, a sausage and sauce each Friday. The sausages are 'Hellers'. Unfortunately we will not be offering gluten free bread this year. (If your child requires special bread this must come from home). If it is a sausage only option please indicate on the order form and the cost will be adjusted accordingly.

Orders to be in by Thursday week 1 please.

Mid Year Reports

Mid year Reports go home this Thursday for children in Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, Whio and Piwakawaka Rooms. Children in Mahana and Pukeko rooms receive their reports throughout the year. If you wish to discuss your child's report further, please arrange a time to suit both you and your child's teacher. There will not be a formal interview time this term.

End of Term Sports Round Up

Our two Basketball teams played their last games on Friday, Ngaere A being narrowly defeated 18-20 by SPS Charlies in a semi final match. A huge thank you to coaches Sonia Lightoller and Paula Nickel for their work with the teams over the past term and to the parents who helped out at Friday games.

Junior Hockey Funsticks (Yr 1 / 2) finished their season this week but our other hockey teams will continue after the holidays.

Thursday this week is Dress Up night for the Future Ferns Year 1-4 teams as this is their final week. A huge thank you to the many parents who helped with coaching these girls at their games on Thursday afternoons.

Last week the Year 7 & 8 rippa team played at NP, winning 3 out of their 5 games. thank you to parents who helped with transport last week.

Today we had teams entered in Rugby, Netball and Hockey for the Yr 5 / 6 Crowley Cup matches in Stratford. It was great to see so many of our Yr 5 & 6 students playing.

Next term we have the Yr 7 / 8 McLeod Shield rugby and Hurlstone Cup netball tournaments. More information on this next term.

Luci, Zack, Matthew and Jack are eagerly waiting to see if their trial for the Taranaki Under 13 Hockey teams (Girls / Boys) was successful. Hopefully they find out soon!

If your sport has finished, please return your sports uniform to Miss Whittaker.

Senior Term 2 Electives


On Friday we bid farewell to Mrs Pauline James who has been with us as a long term reliever / maternity cover position for the last 18 months. Prior to this she was a regular through the school as a reliever. Pauline has secured a position at Mimi School where, along with husband Roy she has built a house and planned to 'retire'! Ngaere's loss is certainly Mimi's gain and we wish Pauline all the best for her new adventure.

Pauline will be replaced for the rest of the year by Mrs Barb Gibbins.

Heads Up for Pet Day

Taranaki Rural Principals met with representatives of Federated Farmers, Rural Support, Okato Vet Group, Dairy NZ and TBFREE Farmers last week to consider a collective response around Calf Days for 2018 following the discovery, and move to eradicate, Mycoplasma bovis in New Zealand.

After careful consideration of the options, we will not be having a 'Calves' section in our Pet day this year. There will still be lambs and other pets.

PTA Update

  • Thank you to those who responded re 'Slink calves' collection last week. We will be going ahead with the Slink collection. Rosters will be sent out very soon! Each collector will have gloves and sanitiser for their own use and will be able to hose and disinfect their trailers at school (in the pool entry carpark) if they wish.
  • PTA Quiz Night - a decision will be made by 10am Thursday whether to proceed with this event depending on entries. Saturday 7 July - Skinner Rd Hall, $10 per person, teams of 4-6. BYO event, 7pm start.

From the Board of Trustees

Our Ngaere Board of Trustees met last Wednesday, and we had a really positive, constructive meeting. We thought it might be a good opportunity to keep you all regularly updated with what was discussed, and actioned so we’ve decided to do a monthly update in the newsletter!

As a Board, we are responsible for regularly reviewing school policies and updating them when required. This month, we reviewed our Self Review Policy which falls under NAG 2 (National Administration Guidelines 2). Megan then took us through the Mid Year Data Analysis for Mathematics following which Kathryn Duncan, Penny Andrews and Megan gave us a curriculum update on Maths at Ngaere which was an excellent insight into how our school teaches these essential skills in our learning environment. The plan is to also present this to our school community next term and I’d definitely recommend you get along if you can.

Finally, Brendan Haami filled us in on his exciting plans for his new role as Community Liaison. Brendan, in conjunction with Megan and Penny, are extending our new families pack and offerings. He plans to meet with all new families who are considering Ngaere and welcome them to our parent community, along with being another contact within the school when needed. If you have any ideas or suggestions for Brendan in this role, please touch base with him or Megan.

That’s all for this month. Hope your school holidays go well and we’ll touch base again next term!

Chairperson, Karen Smylie

Enjoy the holidays ... School starts back 23rd July