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Office Email: [email protected]

Principal Email: [email protected]




Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga

Te Ara Huarau is the evaluation approach that the Education Review Office (ERO) is using in our school. This a developmental approach to evaluation where ERO and our school work together over time rather than one off reviews that happened previously. Te Ara Huarau is used in most English-medium state and state-integrated schools.

ERO maintains a regular review programme to evaluate and report on the education and care of young people in the schools. Our school worked alongside ERO to write our Profile Report. This type of report will only happen once as part of our initial engagement with Te Ara Huarau. The profile report reflects our strategic goals and a shared evaluation focus one or more areas that are important to us as we work together to improve outcomes for all our learners. ERO, like us, have a strong focus on equity and excellence. Future reporting will show our progress and achievement towards meeting the goals we have set. Public reports like the Profile Report are published on ERO’s website, or ask at the office for a copy of the doc.

 A Board Assurance Report that shows how we are meeting regulatory and legislative Requirements has also been published.


15th – 19th May – Road Safety Week

19th May – School Cross Country 11am

19th May – Home & School Meeting 8.45am at Ruth Pretty’s

26th May – Assembly

29th May – 1 June – Year 7 & 8 Technology

5th June – King’s Birthday

6th June – Interschool Cross Country (Kapiti)

12th June – STRIKE Concert

30th June –  Matariki Breakfast Celebration at school

Te Horo Kids with Heart


Zoe Crayford – for detailed story telling about your pirate picture.  You are a great role model for others.  He whetu koe

Ewa Rogers- for having the courage to try new things in your learning .  You are such a focused listener and learner.  Tino pai !   

Room 2

Aaliyah Meyer-Aldridge – for showing H.E.A.R.T in her approach to learning, We are so proud of you and how you are approaching your learning this term! Tō kerewa hōki/You are clever

Harlo McEwen- for showing H.E.A.R.T. Harlo is always happy to ask for help in her learning and otherwise! Awesome effort Harlo! 

Room 3

Ezra – Wow what a fantastic week! I have noticed such a great change in you this week. You have been making wonderful choices to support your learning. Tino Pai!  

Sofia – I love your enthusiasm and passion for your learning. It has been such a pleasure to watch you choose to do writing in your free play Ka Rawe Sofia !

Room 5

Beau Dunphy  Thank you for always showing the school HEART values.  You show resilience and perseverance in everything you do.  You do everything with positivity and a smile!    Ka mau te wehi Beau!

 Joe Bellman  this is to recognise the incredible work you are doing in your writing.  Your work is imaginative and fun to read.  You also show our HEART values in the class and are a great role model in Room 5. Ka rawe Joe !

Room 6

Lewis, thank you for the HEART you are showing in our class.  You’ve been helping kids who need support, finding equipment they’d like to play with, and focusing on your own calm and settled behavior.   Ka rawe – awesome!

Isabelle, you show HEART everyday.  You help anyone who needs it, you’re friendly, funny and kind, and your calm presence is appreciated by all of us here at THS.

Ka mau te wehi – thank you, Izzy!

Room 9

Hannah, For showing care and compassion for others in class and helping them with their learning. Tino pai Hannah, you are amazing!! 

Archie D, Always putting in the Mahi in class. Showing a great determination to achieving his learning goals. Tino pai Archie Looking forward to see more mahi from you this year. 

Room 10

Eli showed great heart at the interschool swimming even with some soreness swam (and won) every event he was in and represented the school proudly.

Lacee who always shows a caring nature. Lacee is always the first to help others if they are hurt or upset and is especially good with the junior members of our school. 

Room 11

Jahna O’Callaghan – For showing respect in the class by demonstrating wonderful listening skills. Jahna stops and listens to instructions carefully then acts quickly to follow these without being distracted. Ka Pai

Jayda-Rae Pokaiwhenua- Floyd

For empathy and having a helpful attitude. Jayda-Rae is quick to notice when she can help someone in the class and is always willing to go out of her way to help. Your help is always noticed and appreciated.  Ka mau te wehi 

Room 12

Joshua McGee – Your determination and perseverance in Mathematics is impressive!  You are making excellent progress here.  Well done!

Aimee Howell – Thank you for the leadership you are showing in our Matariki dance practices.  The other children are certainly looking to you.  Well done!

Star staff

Staff Member of the Week – Mr Dewe – For being ‘TEAM PLAYER’ with a CAN DO attitude. Nothing is ever any problem and you have fitted into Te Horo School like a glove. Thank you!

Te Horo School  Manaakitia – Family Fund 

We understand that some families/whānau can struggle at times to pay for school activities. We do not want any of our students to not take part in school activities or events due to financial hardship, so we have set up the  Manaakitia/ Family fund. Manaakitia is about the action of supporting others, it is about respecting others and caring for others and collective wellbeing.

The  Manaakitia Fund is a fund where families/whānau, businesses, and the wider community can make monetary donations that are received by Te Horo School for the purpose of supporting children, and families/whānau at our school. This could be by:

  • making regular donations to the Manaakitia Fund – as little as $5 a week
  • ad hoc donations to the Manaakitia Fund to cover the costs of school activities for a family/whānau, such as school camps.
  • Payments can be made via, Eftpos (office) or direct credit into our bank account

All incoming and outgoing donations are recorded in our accounting system – Xero. The recording includes who the donation is from, the amount, the date of the donation, and what that donation is going towards (if the donation is for a specific purpose). Receipts will be issued to people who donate funds. GST is not payable on donations, however donation tax credits can be claimed.

Please talk to the office or to Allie, if you would like to know more about the Manaakitia Fund. All discussions will be confidential. 

 He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata

Goodwill toward others is a precious treasure

(Mead & Grove, 2004)



During week 4 – 15th – 19th May the teachers will be educating the students at Te Horo School about the process and procedures if we ever have to have a lockdown.

We will then have a practice (without calling parents and sending students home) during week 5.

Te Reo Tuatahi

Our Year 4 – 8 students are currently using an online platform called Te Teo Tuatahi for the delivery of our Te Reo and Tikanga Maori lessons.  Each week the teachers engage in some professional learning and then deliver lessons to the students via an online tutor.  So far this term we have learnt;

  • The song Nga Whetu O Matariki
  • The origins of Matariki
  • The phrase ko wai, with particular reference to learning about the atua
  • A closing karakia
  • We welcome all whanau to join with us on our Te Reo Tuatahi journey as we launch into Matariki together.
  • As part of the package there are whanau lessons available, should you wish to participate the website link and password can be found below.

Our Local Curriculum Programme

Every week we will have a kīwaha/saying and a kupu/word that we encourage the children to use, feel free to get into it at home too! 



YEAR 6 & YEAR 8 Camps 2023

Information has started coming home about our Year 6 and Year 8 camps for 2023.  There have been emails about fundraising and about parent helpers – please check your inbox for these.  If you have not received them please let Danielle know ([email protected]) – we would hate for you to be missing important information.  Many thanks.  Danielle (Year 8 Camp) & Allie (Year 6 Camp).


$40 per trailer
All money goes to school camp. Sharpen your chainsaw, cut, and fill your own trailer.
Wood is pine, recently harvested so best for next year’s burning.
305 Mangaone North Road, Hautere, Otaki. Access is up a driveway directly opposite our gate. You will need to back your trailer up to the wood so please drive in through our gate at 305 to turn around. Then drive back out to then back up the opposite driveway to stack the wood.
Cash into our letter box please or transfer directly to Te Horo Home & School account 12-3157-0123969-00 Please use “Firewood” as a reference
Available weekends anytime or after 3pm on weekdays (so gate can be unlocked) Please message Aron 027 304 0115 for queries and times you need.

Home & School

The next Home & School meeting is scheduled for Friday 19th May at 8.45am at Ruth Pretty’s. This is open to all parents/caregivers/grandparents of the school who would like to get involved in fundraising or just come along for a
cuppa and meet members of our wonderful community.

Pink Shirt Day

This year Pink Shirt day will be held on Friday 26th of May! Luckily this is also an assembly day so we will be able to celebrate the sea of pink then!

To celebrate this we would welcome a day of pink for everyone! This might be pink hair, pink shirts, pink tutu’s or pink shoes! Let’s have some fun and encourage everyone to be an Upstander in our community. 

School Sports


A reminder that this is taking place on Friday 19 May from 11am.  We are still looking for parents to help us on the day as Marshalls.  Please email [email protected] if you are able to help – we will make sure that we swap you out for your child’s race.  Our Year 6 boys will run alongside our Year 7 boys due to numbers – however they will still be placed as a Year 6 and run the Year 6 course.  Please reassure your child in Year 4 – 8 that there is a fun run option if they are not looking forward to cross country – this fun run cuts out the section to the top of Blackburne Hill.  Looking forward to seeing the children running for their house groups on Friday – Go TE WAKA!

Year 3 – 6 Otaki Netball Registration please click on this link to register your child for Year 3 – 6 Otaki Netball.  If you have any questions please contact Bobby on [email protected]

Rippa Rugby REMINDER

We are fortunate to have Ryan from Rippa Rugby coming in during Term Two to run some Rippa Rugby sessions with our children.  For those children that are in Year 3 and above can we please ask that you complete the Rippa Rugby registrations as part of our registration process.  That is if you have not done so already for this year.  This registration does not mean that your child is registering to play rugby for the 2023 season and does not mean that they need to attend mid-week training or Saturday games.  This Registration is for Rippa Rugby in school only.


Year 7 & 8 Technology – Week Six

The Year 7 & 8 Technology programme is taking place 29 – 31 May.  Please ensure that your children have their hair tied up and closed toed shoes for these 3 days.  Closed toed shoes are essential in the kitchen, when working with power tools and when working with sewing needles.  We look forward to sharing the children’s creations and creativity with you!

For Soft Fabrics this year we will be combining Apron making and some basic printmaking skills! It’s going to be great fun as always and we are looking forward to getting creative. If you happen to be throwing out any old and preferably large mens shirts please consider bringing them into school. Thank you.

Community News

sKids After School Care – Te Horo School Hall

sKids can support your before/after and holiday care needs.  To enroll and book just go to, from the home page click on the blue parent login button which takes you to sKids AimyPlus, or go to:

If you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to make contact:

[email protected] or 027 739 1986


Beginner Canoe Polo

Ever wondered about the sport of canoe polo?  Possibly not, however it is a great sport that can help increase your fitness and kayaking skills.  The Otaki Canoe Club is running beginner sessions at Haruatai Pool in Otaki 4-5.30pm starting on Sunday.  

Join Kieran Butler and quite a few ex-Te Horo students at this fun game in a warm pool. Just bring togs and a towel and have a go.