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Newsletter Wednesday 18th October 2023

Ngaere School
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Living & Learning with RESPECT

Term 4  Week 2 – Wednesday 18th October 2023

Welcome – Nau mai haere mai

Welcome back to the last term of 2023.

We currently have a roll of 166 having had 5 new children join us last week. Welcome to Alfie,  Myles & Axel (NEs), Chayce (yr 1) and Carter (Yr 3). 

A huge thank you to teachers, PTA members and parent helpers who worked together for another successful Pet Day, and also to all of the sponsors of the day: Farmsource, Hellers Sausages for Schools,  Matthew & Co Real Estate, Pioneer Seeds, LIC, FMP, Smaxtec, Thomson ONeill Eltham, Adan Larsen Builders, Baldock Earthmoving Ltd, Taranaki Automotive, FIL, Fern Fuels, Taranaki Vets and Eltham Vets.  Your support is very much appreciated!                             Please feel free to offer any feedback on how you felt the day went or how we can improve, either through email to me or by attending the next PTA meeting on 31st October. If you didn’t get a chance to look at all the craft, we have a selection on display in the foyer for the next few days. Congratulations to the winners of the trophies.

We are working through our strategic plan and will shortly be sending out a quick survey to gather some more whānau voice. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of our school, so please take the time to answer the short questionnaire. If you would prefer to meet face to face to give your feedback then you are always welcome to make an appointment with me through the office.

Looking ahead to next year, we are about to start organisation for classes for 2024.  This can be a huge and complex task, as we consider a variety of information such as numbers in each year group,  friendships and clashes, student learning styles and teacher’s teaching styles.  Sometimes, however, these things are out of our control. If you wish to share any issues or considerations about your child’s learning and friendships that you feel may impact on their class placement for 2024, now is the time to let me know – email me or have a chat with your child’s teacher. 

On Monday 20 November, all the schools in the local area will be having a Teachers Only Day. Primary Schools have been given this time by the Ministry of Education to look at the updated New Zealand Curriculum. 

On a personal note, I have been offered an amazing opportunity through my involvement with Lions Clubs NZ for an international role in the organisation. Contrary to the stories that have been circulating, I am not resigning as Principal at the end of the year.  

Nga mihi nui,


That was Pet Day

by Room 3


Well done to everyone who participated in this years Pet Day!



Diary Junior Leading – Emelia Lawrence              Dairy Junior Rearing – Emelia Lawrence           Junior Reserve Champion – Miya Patterson         Junior Champion – Emelia Lawrence

Dairy Intermediate Leading – Finn Lawrence          Dairy Intermediate Rearing – Finn Lawrence            Intermediate Reserve Champion – Kyrah Ruparera Intermediate Champion – Finn Lawrence

Dairy Senior Leading – Harry Savage                      Dairy Senior Rearing – Harry Savage                        Senior Reservce Champion – Kelsey Perrett      Senior Champion – Harry Savage

Dairy Type Heavy Breeds – Emelia Lawrence     Dairy Type Light Breeds – Kelsey Perrett

Beef Junior Champion – Toby Waite                      Senior Beef Champion – London Oxenham

Calf Rearing Group McGregor Sheild – Lawrence Family


Junior Reserve Champion – Hunter O’Neill Junior Lamb Champion – Bryn Moir

Intermediate Reserve Champion – Isla Atkin    Intermediate Lamb Champion – Stella Joblin 

Senior Reserve Champion – Tyler Dettling  Senior Lam Champion – Oliver Larsen           

Overall Lamb Calling – Bryn Moir

Overall Lamb Champion – Ava Dettling   


Best Junior Pet – Dallas O’Neill   

Best Junior/Intermediate Pet – Lily Manukonga-Whitmore

Intermediate Champion Pet – Cooper Beck

Senior Champion Pet – Jaiah Otene

Overall Reserve Champion Pet – Quaid Swan

Overall Champion Pet – Cooper Beck

Could we please have all the pet day trophies returned to the school office asap so we can get them engraved.  Thank you.

EPro 8: Tomorrow we have 2 teams competing in the annual EPro 8 Engineering and Technology challenge at Stratford Primary School. Children work as a team of four to complete engineering design challenges and accumulate as many points as possible during the set time. Parents are welcome to stay to watch the event but are not allowed to help or talk with the students while they compete unless in health or danger related situations. 

Good luck to our Yr 5 & 6 team of Quinn, Mila, Connor & Guy and our Yr 7 & 8 team of Kymahni, Helena, London & Poppy.

Scholastic Book Orders due back 23rd November

Reminder: Children do not need to use their cell phones at school. Parents are able to leave a message through the school office if necessary. If it is vital that a child has their phone for after school contact then it must be handed in to the office in the morning and collected at the end of the day.

Speech Competition: Our 6 senior speech finalists will be presenting their speeches again at Eltham School next Wednesday along with finalists from Eltham and Rawhitiroa schools. The top three speakers will be invited to participate in the Lions Junior Speech Competition in Hawera on Sunday 5th November. Good luck to Celia, London, Lacey, Scarlett, Kelsey and Kaylee.

By Harper K & Oliver O (Room 4)

On Thursday Sue from Taranaki Regional Council came to vist Room 4. We had to answer 3 questions which were: 1. Where does our water go after we use it? (Ocean / Sewer) 2. How do we use water? (Drink it / Shower with it) 3. Who uses water? (Animals / insects / humans / plants / trees)

Sue told us that if someone puts something in the water it can affect the water and the person drinking it can get sick. Sue brought in a sample of what it looks like under the ground. There are leaky landfills, lakes or rivers, well, aquifer, unconfined gravel, unconfined aquifer, confining layer, ground water flow and sands and silt.

She had a pump at the back of the example box. She also had different syringes. One of them had red food colouring that she pumped into the ground. We saw where it went.

Sue told us that if we ever see anyone dumping something into a river or lake to call the Taranaki Regional Council.

Sue taught us heaps. Thanks Sue!

 What’s On..

  • Thursday 19th October – EPro 8 Challenge (Yr 5 & 6 9.30am / Yr 7 & 8 5.00pm)
  • Monday 23rd October – LABOUR DAY (no school)
  • Wednesday 25th October – Interschool speech competition at Eltham School
  • Monday 30th October – Rural Cluster Athletics (Toko) Yr 5-8
  • Tuesday 31st October – PTA Meeting 7pm (all welcome)
  • Wednesday 1st November – Board meeting 6.30pm
  • Thursday 16th November – Rural Cluster Tabloids (Midhirst) Yr 1-4
  • Friday 17th November – Stratford High School Orientation – Year 8
  • Monday 20th November – Teacher Only Day (MoE Directed) School closed
  • Tuesday 21st- Friday 24th November – Yr 7 & 8 Camp to Wellington
  • Thursday 23rd November – Bookclub due 
  • Wed 29 Nov  – Fri 01 Dec – Room 5 Camp Konini Lodge 
  • Thursday 14th December – End of Year prize Giving
  • Friday 15th December – Last day Term 4

(Please note this may not be a complete list and some dates may change)


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