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Newsletter Wednesday 08th November 2023

Ngaere School
School Newsletter
Living & Learning with RESPECT

Term 4  Week 5

Wednesday 8th November 2023

Welcome – Nau mai haere mai


A HUGE thank you to all the families, both from school and the wider community who nominated Ngaere School with Fern Fuel’s ‘Fuel for Schools’ programme. We were able to purchase a vege pod as well as a Cricut machine for use as school with the accumulated funds.


Junior Tabloid Sports: Tabloid sports for children in years 0-4 will be next Thursday 16th Nov at Midhirst School. Postponement day is Friday 17th. All children will travel by bus, leaving school at 9.30am to arrive in plenty of time for a 10am start.

Teams have 15 minutes at each rotation before moving on to the next activity with the last round finishing around 11.45am with lunch from 12 noon. Children will then come back to school for the afternoon programme. It is not necessary to take your child home for the afternoon but should you wish to you must advise the class teacher.

Parents are welcome to watch on the day.

Please take the time to have your say.

Community Survey: One of our school’s strategic goals focuses on educationally powerful partnerships between our learners and our school community. We know how important whanau voice and support is for all our learners at Ngaere School and would appreciate you taking the time to fill in the following survey to guide our thinking as we review and revise our strategic thinking. 

2023 Community Survey

Should you wish to include your name and contact details you will be eligible to go in the draw for a $100 grocery voucher which will be drawn 24th November.


Education Outside the Classroom: We have a number of EOTC events this term with Year 7 & 8 heading to Wellington in a couple of weeks for their urban experience, Rm 5 staying a couple of nights at Konini Lodge, Mt Taranaki with lots of tramping planned, Rm 4 having had a day at Lake Rotokare on Monday and a day at Vertical Horizon’s planned for the last week of school, and a junior trip to Hollard Gardens later in the term.

None of these events would be possible without the support of parents so a big thank you to those who have volunteered to help in any way whatsoever for the class excursions.

We are limited in the number of adults we can take on overnight stays by the space available at the booked facilities and appreciate that a number of children can be disappointed their parents are not going with them. We see camps as a chance for children to test their independence a bit, supported by adults who are not their parents. However, we do understand that for some children the experience is too daunting. If your child is not attending camp they are still expected at school for the time their class is away.


Camp fees for both the Yr 7 & 8 trip to Wellington and the Rm 5 trip to Konini Lodge are due by Friday please.  If there is an issue with payment of these fees could you please contact the school to discuss.  Thank you.


We have a number of our children doing some amazing things outside of school.

Recently we had Amelia, Lacey B, Kate & Lacey S take part in Cheerleading competition in Auckland. Amelia & Lacey B’s team took out 1st place as did Kate & Lacey S’s team. Well done!

Kelsey & Celia both competed in the Lions Speech competition in Hawera on Sunday with Celia coming 3rd overall. Both girls did themselves, their families and our school proud!

We have had a number of children show their calves at Taranaki Calf Championship Days and they have come away with a number of wins between them. Well done to Miya P, Guy & Kelsey P, Emelia & Finn L, Harry S & Lacey B.

Room 4 – Writing


You must visit Lake Rotokare because you can camp, fish, go on bush walks and more! You can also discover cool bugs and animals like kiwis and amazing birds. Did you know that supple jack is a plant that you can eat? You can get water from it and eat it and it tastes like peas! Rotokare is a secured place that has a 2 metre fence that goes all over the lake which is 8 km long! The top of the fence is smooth so no claws from cats or any animals that have sharp claws can get in. 


A poem  about Ray

Ray, you were a bush walk guide who was amazing.

A thing we learned that you can survive on one plant called supplejack.

You told us about the rat traps, mouse traps and stoat traps and you set it off for us. 



How would you feel if you could take a nice cold swim in the summer at lake Rotokare?  Here is some information about lake Rotokare.

Did you know that lake Rotokare is 4 km long ? Lake Rotokare was built in the early 1870s and the fences were finished in 2008. The first bird to come  to lake Rotokare was the Saddle back. There are 2 different species of Saddle backs: the North Island and South Island saddleback. 

Lake Rotokare is 230 ha and the lake is 6m deep. Did you know that if you ever get lost in the bush at Lake Rotokare and if you run out of food and water you can eat supple jack. Supple jack has water inside it when you snap it and you can eat it. It Looks like asparagus.

Did you know that kiwi have 2 eggs but the average is 1. Kiwi eggs are around 120 centimetres long. There are around 200 kiwis at lake Rotokare.



We are planning a Maize Maze which will run for approximately 3-4 weeks from the end of February 2024 in our paddock beside the school grounds. Our fundraising goals for the school in 2024 include; new technology, updated sports uniforms, subsidised school sport fees, support with school camps and trips out into the community.  If you are able to help in any way with preping and maintaining of the maize maze, to helping out on the days that the maize maze is run, please let the school office know.  This is a major fundraiser for the school and any help would be very much appreciated.

Any school family businesses who would like to sponsor the Maize Maze, the cost is $100. Please contact the school office if you are interested.  By supporting our Maize Maze we will ensure your business has its name featured and advertised throughout our promotions and running of the event. There will be a treasure hunt competition through the Maze for participants to locate all of the sponsors businesses name and logo on a wooden picket, with their findings helping secure spot prizes that will be up for grabs.


If you are not using Ballance, and you or anyone you know  would like a no obligation visit from the Ballance Rep to discuss your fertiliser plan please contact:

Tomiko Mayo Nutrient Specialist

 ph 021 2805068 

 What’s On..

  • 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 
  • Monday 27 Nov – Swimming begins (weather dependent)
  • Wed 29 Nov  – Fri 01 Dec – Room 5 Camp Konini Lodge 
  • Tuesday 5 Dec – Board Meeting 6pm
  • Wednesday 6 Dec – PTA Meeting 7pm
  • Thursday 7 Dec – Hollard Gardens (Juniors)
  • Friday 8 Dec – Float entry in Eltham Christmas Parade
  • Monday 11 Dec – Reports home this week
  • Tuesday 12 Dec – Rm 4 Vertical Horizon’s day
  • Thursday 14th December – End of Year prize Giving 7pm SHS Hall
  • Friday 15th December – Last day Term 4 (Children not expected at school)

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


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