Ngaere School

Living and Learning with Respect

Wednesday 8th December

This will be the last newsletter for the year.

Sadly, this is the year we must say goodbye to some of our staff.

  • Darren Guthrie has been at Ngaere for the past 3 years and will take up a position at Westend School, NP
  • Kelly Whittaker will not be returning from her maternity leave as she is making the move north to be closer to family. Kelly has been at Ngaere since 2013.
  • Cushla Best who has been teaching in Room 2, filling in, first for Penny Andrews while she carried out her ASL Kahui Ako role and then for Kelly's maternity leave cover. She has been at Ngaere for the past 2 years.
  • Mandy Crowe has worked 2 days a week for the past 12 months (1 day the year before) helping to upskill children and teachers around their understanding of Maori tikanga and the use of te reo.

As a staff, as a board we offer a huge thank you to these teachers for their service while here at Ngaere School and wish them well as they move on.

Last weekend the board were pleased to appoint two new teachers to join the staff.

  • Miss Lisa Hulme who comes to us from her DP role in Whanganui
  • Mr Jonny Mercer who has made the decision to re-enter the teacher workforce having taught briefly at Ngaere School many years ago
We look forward to welcoming these two into our school and are excited for the opportunities to utilise the skills and knowledge they both will bring to our staff.

Class lists are still being finalised but at this stage we have:

Rm 1 - NE / Yr 1 - Ms Hey

Rm 2 - Yr 1 / Yr 2 - Miss Duncan

Rm 3 - Yr 3 - Miss Reynolds

Rm 4 - Yr 4 / Yr 5 - Mrs Andrews

Rm 5 - Yr 5 / Yr 6 - Mr Mercer

Rm 6 - Yr 6 / Yr 7 - Miss Hulme

Rm 7 - Yr 7 / Yr 8 - Miss Dravitzki

Children will be told of their classes on Day 1 of 2022 (1 February).

Enjoy the summer with your families. Stay safe and I look forward to welcoming your children back to school in 2022.

Warm regards


The Christmas elves were busy in our foyer...

End of Year Activities

Room 7 children had a great 'Day Out' in NP on Monday and an incredibly full on 'Day In' on Tuesday. Thank you to the parents who accompanied the group on Monday. Thank you too, to the PTA who funded the bus.

Friday is our whole school 'Big Day In'. The weather looks a bit doubtful but it will go ahead with a few tweaks if too wet for outside activities. Children are able to bring bikes, scooters, skateboards etc. for the 'Wheels' part of the day. Bikes may be left at school (locked away) for the tryathlon on Monday. The PTA will provide a sausage in bread for lunch and Eltham 4 Square have kindly donated iceblocks for everyone.

Monday is the Tryathlon with most children from Year 3 and up taking part, either individually or as part of a team. Parents are able to come and watch from designated areas. Please scan in at and you must wear a mask. We ask that you take responsibility for your own social distancing if you are near families you may not usually interact with. Please enter and exit through the side gate by Room 6.

Junior (Rms 3 & 4) 9.30 - 10.30am

Intermediate (Rms 4 & 5) 10.45 - 11.45am

Senior (Rms 6 & 7) 12.00 - 1.00pm

Assemblies will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. Parents are asked to be seated, again maintaining your own social distancing as necessary and to wear a mask. You are asked to exit the hall promptly at the conclusion. If you wish to take your child home after their assembly please advise the class teacher or leave a message to be passed on at the school office. You must wait for your child in your car.

Tuesday 11.15am - Rm 5 & 6

Tuesday 1.30pm - Rm 7

Wednesday 11.15am - Rm 1 & 2

Wednesday 2pm - Rm 3 & 4

The last day for all children is Thursday with school finishing at 12.30pm. Pease note, this is a day for clean up, tidy up so it is not strictly necessary for your child to attend!

School Pool

The board have made the decision to open the pool this summer. Keys will be for school families only and you must show your vaccine pass when collecting. Families will be advised via SkoolLoop when the keys are available. For those with keys already, please return or make arrangements with Jenny for the re-issue of it.

Payment to be made to Ngaere Board Account 15-3951-0380444-00

Should we go into 'Red' at anytime over the summer the pool will be closed.

Our duty of care is with the children of Ngaere School and this is what guides our decision.

Updated Website

This year we had planned to update and modernise our school website. This has now gone live although there is still some content to be added. Please check it out at

School Magazine

The magazine is at the publishers and we hope to have copies available next week for people to peruse. They can be pre-ordered from the school office - $20. It is a valuable collection of photos and stories of what we have been up to as a school this year.

From Room 3

The funniest thing that happened at school this year was when…

Stanley the Elf messed up Miss Reynolds’ name on the wall

Me and Kyrah laughed together

I read books with pictures that made me laugh

Stanley the Elf was in our room up in the corner of our room

Was when my friends made me laugh by saying jokes

Archie randomly jumped up to help Miss Reynolds by writing something funny on the whiteboard about boring sentences

The most interesting thing that happened this year was...

Making cherry blossom (Sakura) art

Was meeting Miss Reynolds

The most exciting thing that happened this year was when …

I got to know my friends better

we went swimming in our school pool

Reading and learning new words

We did maths and I was the first one finished

I have lots of friends

We had Pet Day

The happiest time was when…

Emerson played with me when I had no one to play with. We played shadow tag.

The thing I enjoyed learning the most was...

Learning how to speak in Japanese

Playing with my friend Oliver, he is the best!

Writing about Stanley the Elf

Learning about the Olympics

When we did takeaways in math

I heard that I did great at my maths test

The thing I enjoyed learning was...

how to make a clock

All about Monarch Butterflies

All about swan plants

The saddest thing that happened this year was...

Daffodil Day because the bike riders did not come but we still had fun by doing art for Daffodil Day

When Harper stubbed her toe, it was bleeding heaps!

When I found out Mr Guthrie is leaving at the end of the year.


Once again we would like to say thank you to our school community for the support with fundraising activities over the past year. Our final meeting for 2021 is tonight 7pm in the school staff room. As always, everyone is more than welcome to come along and be part of the group.

A reminder please, to have any outstanding school uniform accounts paid before the end of year. Ngaere School PTA Account 15-3951-0390909-00

Wishing everyone a safe and merry festive season and look forward to another year supporting the Ngaere School board by helping provide funds for their projects which benefit all our children.

Rotokare Youth Ambassadors

The award-winning Rotokare Youth Ambassador Programme is looking for new recruits for 2022!

This year-long conservation education programme has nurtured and empowered over 50 unique students across Taranaki to become kaitiaki for our natural environment. With workshops, field trips, and field elements, this holistic programme is the ideal ‘foot in the door’ for any senior primary student (Yr 6/7 in 2022) passionate about wildlife and conservation. Applications close on 16th January 2022.

Please see Mrs England for a flyer and application form or visit the website:

This is an out of school opportunity for weekend and holiday workshops.

Community Notices

Can you help? We have just sold our lifestyle block and settlement is 28 January 2022, so we are looking for a pet friendly rental in or around Stratford for a year. Rural or residential. We have only ever owned our own properties since arriving in Taranaki 14 years ago. Please contact Chenene 0211269483