Ngaere School

Living and Learning with Respect

Wednesday 21 November

Welcome to our newest students and their families; Hohepa (Yr4) in Whio Room and Jack (Yr 5) also in Whio Room.

Mindcraft the Musical

Rehearsals of our school production are well underway with our matinee performance on Thursday 6th Nov at 11.30am and evening performance on Thursday 6th Nov at 7pm.

Tickets will go on sale next Wednesday - $5.

Synopsis of 'Mindcraft the Musical' Copyright 2017. R.Sutherland.

“Journey with our modern family (and the dog) on their emotional adventure, being sucked into the cyber world of 'Minecraft' by the evil Ender Dragon.

Will the family have the will power to wake up from the Dragon's hypnotic powers of online addiction and harmful media messages, in time to escape their digital dungeon, mend broken relationships and find hope and happiness back in reality?”

Come along and find out!

All children will be involved in the production - acting, dancing or back stage. Our main actors are from the senior rooms with children from other rooms making appearances as puppets, zombie children, villagers, witches, dogs or other Minecraft characters.

Thank you to those who have helped with painting of props to date. Still plenty to do - see Mrs Andrews if you are able to help.

Practices are continuing at school this week. The whole school will be practicing at the Eltham Town Hall on Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th Dec. and will be traveling by bus to and from the Hall. Buses will also be used to transport children to and from the Hall on Thursday for the matinee performance. There will be a cost for buses, to be advised.

Classes for 2019

Parents will be advised of their child's room for 2019 through the end of year report sent home 11th Dec. Much time and thought goes into the placement of children and we are always mindful of the needs of our students.

Schools are funded for teachers based on the numbers of children that we predict will be in our school in any given year. In very simple terms the funding model is:
1 teacher to 18 children new entrant
1 teacher to 24 children Year 1 - 4
1 teacher to 29 children Year 5 - 8
Schools are then given their total staffing allocation from the Ministry of Education.
Schools need to then look at that allocation, work out how many children in each year group and try and match the total staffing allocation to the children we have in our school. This is not an easy process.We are fortunate to have a 7th teacher for 2019 which has allowed us to keep our numbers small in our Junior Rooms but does not allow a teacher for each Year level, so decisions have needed to be made as to best combinations within those 7 rooms.

Please be respectful of the effort we, as a staff have put in to the placement of your child for the coming year.


Our swimming pool is clean and warm thanks to the work of Alister, Vicki and Frosty. With the cold snap this week it has been decided to postpone the opening of the pool until next week. Children are able to bring their togs each day but teachers will decide each day whether they go swimming or not. At the moment production practices take priority!

Keys are available through the office for $50. If you already have a key and wish to keep it for the summer please advise Jenny asap. It is a costly exercise for the Board to keep the pool open for the summer so we value your honesty re key usage and payment.

Community Feedback Survey

Thank you to the 23 parents who responded to the recent Board of Trustees Community Feedback Survey around current reporting practices at our school. The responses will be discussed at our Board meeting. Teachers put a lot of time and effort into writing reports that are meaningful for learners and their parents so value the feedback which was, on the whole, positive.

Getting ready for School

The 'Fab at 4' Wednesday morning sessions are proving successful in Mahana Room with prospective new entrant children coming in to begin to get the feel of school life.

The second session of the 'Ready Steady School' meetings is tomorrow (Thursday) 9am in the library.

If you are reading this and have a 4 year old due to start school in 2019 see Mrs Andrews to find out more.

Raffle Items

The PTA will be selling raffle tickets at the production as well as the end of year Prize Giving. They would appreciate donations and suggest that children from each room bring different items to make a worthwhile Christmas - themed Hamper.

Rm 1 & 2 - something 'Christmassy'

Rm 3 & 4 - a tin of something

Rm 5 & 6 - a packet of something

Rm 7 - a bottle of something

It will be drawn on 13th December following the Prize Giving assembly.

Thank you...

  • Kiley & Danny Perrett for donating their calf shed sawdust for our garden area.
  • Jackie Taunt for the stable cleanings also for the garden area.
  • Raylee Blair for a generous donation of a number of 'Ridgeline' tops and hats for fundraising purposes.

End of Year Prize Giving

Our Prize Giving assembly will be on Thursday 13th Dec at the Stratford High School Hall. This will involve whole school singing, waiata from our Kapa Haka group, small performances from some of our students who have been learning piano or guitar with Mrs Larsen and a couple of small group dance performances (from our production). This is not an 'End of Year Concert' so classes will not be performing separately. It is our opportunity to wish our Year 8 leavers well and celebrate the achievement of individual learners.

Dates for the Diary

27 Nov Stratford High School Orientation 9am -11am (Yr 8)

30 Nov Tough Kids (Yr 8) New Plymouth

4 / 5 Dec Production practice (Eltham Town Hall)

6 Dec Matinee / Evening performance School Production

11 Dec End of Year Reports home

12 Dec Helpers' Morning Tea

13 Dec Prize Giving (Stratford High School Hall) 7pm

14 Dec 'Big Day In' End of Year Celebration Day