Ngaere School

Living and Learning with Respect

Wednesday 12th December 2018

Mindcraft the Musical

I am super proud of all our children and how they performed for you all last week. The main characters had such a lot of lines to learn and they all handled their parts like professionals. It is not easy (or cheap) to stage a production, especially when we use a theatre or Hall off site and have to travel to practices. Class routines are put on hold for a few weeks but end of year requirements for staff remain. So, I wish to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our teachers and teacher aides to ensure the production was successful; Mrs Andrews and her team (including TAs Vicki, Sherri, Carol, Lynn) - the props and costumes were perfect! Miss Whittaker and Miss Duncan for helping students learn their lines; Miss Whittaker for her continual encouragement and commitment as we practiced, and along with Vicki and Sherri, managing the back stage crew for the performances; Miss Dravitzki for controlling the music and sounds; Miss Reynolds and Mrs Andrews for their work with the dancers; Miss Reynolds for ticket and programme designs; and all the teachers for ensuring their own class dances were perfect! We couldn't do it without you!

We would be grateful for any photos you may have taken as that was something that we simply forgot to do!


School reports were given to the eldest in each family yesterday. Please get in touch if you have not received your child's end of year report. Stationery lists were also included for 2019. Copies of our lists are also available from Paper Plus, Stratford.

Classes for 2019

Mrs Andrews will be released from the classroom for Term 1 next year.

Rm 1: NE / Year 1 - Mr Darren Guthrie

Rm 2: Year 1 / 2 - Mrs Barb Gibbins & Mrs Maree Johnson (Term 1)

Rm 3: Year 2 / 3 - Miss Denise Reynolds

Rm 4: Year 3 / 4 - Miss Kathryn Duncan

Rm 5: Year 4 / 5 - Ms Natarsha Hey

Rm 6: Year 6 / 7 - Miss Kelly Whittaker

Rm 7: Year 7 / 8 - Miss Emma Dravitzki

Library Books

Once again we have a long list of books that are 'missing'! Please check bookshelves, under beds, under couches etc. for any library books or readers that belong to Ngaere School.

School Activities

Every year parents are asked to pay for shows and bus trips as they occur with the Board subsidising some of the bus costs. Other schools around the area charge an 'Activity Fee' as a one off payment to cover any non curricular experiences (Life Ed, shows, rural group sports etc). This is not a school donation or fee but a compulsory payment which would be used to cover costs as they occur during the year. Sports team fees and registrations would still be a separate payment.

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School Magazine

We have experienced a few technical hitches and glitches this year so will be unable to have the school magazine available for the end of the year Prize Giving. Copies will be posted to all year 8 students early in the new year. You may pre order a copy at the Prize Giving $10 or we will have them available, for purchase at the beginning of the year.
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Millie & Izzy enjoying their day in the sun at an event in Waitara recently.

End of Year Prizegiving

Thursday 13th Dec - 7pm at Stratford High School Hall.

Attendance is optional for children in Rooms 1 & 2.

Performances by the Mindcraft Dance groups, Kapa Haka, Debbie Larsen's music students, whole school singing.

Important Dates

Thursday 13th Dec - 7pm Prize Giving at Stratford HIgh School Hall

Friday 14th Dec - 'Big Day In' - Wheels and water day of fun at school. Sausage sizzle lunch.

Monday 17th Dec - Optional school day. No buses running. (Teachers will be involved in planning for 2019. Any students at school will be supervised) School closes at 12.30pm

Monday 28 Jan - School office open

Tuesday 29 Jan - School office open

Wednesday 30 Jan - Day 1 for all students

From the staff at Ngaere, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday with your children.