Ngaio School was established in 1908 and is composed of wooden buildings nestled in the heart of Ngaio. The school aims to lay the foundations for lifelong learning. It has children from Years 1 to 6 and is proud of its achievements.
The school has developed systems to ensure children are supported so that they can achieve their potential in a holistic sense. Classes work closely together both as part of a syndicate and across the school.
There is a strong commitment to teaching the New Zealand Curriculum in its broadest sense. Children's progress in literacy and mathematics is closely monitored and additional support is provided for those who require it. Opportunities are provided for those who excel.
Ngaio School has a strong commitment to providing as broad an education as possible. There are regular visits to the local public library, visiting performers entertain the children, and class and syndicate trips are held to places with a connection to their inquiry learning and for learning about cultural events. Physical fitness and activity is seen as an important element of our learning programmes. There are many sports teams in a variety of sports codes. Students in Years 4-6 compete to participate in inter-school and inter-zone sports activities.
The school values education in the arts, as part of the classroom programme and extra-curricular lunchtime activities. There is private keyboard tuition available during school time. Art Attack takes place each year; students work collaboratively in mixed age groups to create vibrant displays for our shared space. Check out the foyer and corridors for our 2012 "Stories" themed art.
A variety of activities are offered for children at lunchtimes. There is a kapa haka troupe, glee club, MacAttack club and choir. The Golden Sparklers (Years 1 and 2 Dance Troupe) meet each week. Children have opportunities to learn instruments and participate in dance and drama activities.
Ngaio School is an Apple school, and we are proud to be developing digital learners for the future. Children learn to use a range of applications that support and enhance their learning in other curriculum areas.
The school environment reflects Ngaio School's green colour. There is an Arboretum, adventure playgrounds, a large sports field, shade areas and hard court areas. In the warmer terms, the children can swim in a heated swimming pool.
Children of working parents can be cared for before and after school in the Ngaio School Out of School Care programme (NOSCAR). Holiday programmes are provided for one week of most school holidays. Parents are welcome at school to assist in classrooms and assist the school in a wide variety of ways as their time allows. The Ngaio School PTA is an enthusiastic, capable group of parents who contribute much of their time and energy into providing quality resources and supporting school programmes for the children.
The Board of Trustees meets each month and governs the school capably and with the central goal being to provide the best quality education for all of the children.