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Thursday 29th June –School Trustees Meeting – School Staffroom 7pm

Friday 30th June 7am –  Matariki Breakfast Celebration at school

Friday 30th June – Last day of Term

Monday 17th July – First Day Term 3

Tuesday 18th & Thursday 20th July – Learning Conversations 3.15pm –  6.45pm (See below for Booking information)

Thursday 20th July – Otaki College Open Day

Friday 21st July – Lunches Return

Te reo Tuatahi and the Matariki Celebration

This week is a huge one for Matariki, with lanterns being constructed across the school, to our Matariki celebration, followed by our awesome Matariki Dance Challenge. 

We hope to see lots of you bright and early on Friday morning for our Matariki breakfast. Ngā mihi.

Haere Ra

Farewell term 2 – We are now half way through the school year. What a great 6 months.
Everyone involved with Te Horo School has worked hard, made a lot of progress and had a lot of fun. 
Thank you so much for all the support you give your children and the staff of Te Horo School.  
The Staff of Te Horo School hope you all have a super break and can’t we wait to see you back, well rested for Term 3. 
Allie McHugo Principal

Paraparaumu and Kapiti College Visits

It’s that time again when the Year 8 students and their parents make the important choice of which college they wish to attend next year. As part of the process students have had the opportunity to visit both Paraparaumu College and Kapiti College for a morning each and experience some of the wonderful opportunities that both colleges offer. It was great to see our students get actively involved in the activities and to meet up with some of our previous students, who either helped show us around the campus or just wanted to say hello. Well done to all the students who have attended these two visits for the HEART values that you showed during this time, as it was commented on by senior teaching staff from both colleges, maintaining Te Horo highly regarded reputation as recognised around the region. We eagerly look forward to our Otaki College experience early in Term 3.

Te Horo School Ag Night – Tuesday 7th November 

It’s Agricultural Club time again; If you are keen to rear a lamb, Kid or Calf this year please get in touch with the office ASAP,

  • Birth dates for calves are 1st July to 31st August inclusive.
  • Birth Dates for lambs and kids are 15th July onwards.
  • School judging days are to be held 6th – 11th November 2023.
  • Group Finals at Levin on the 17th November as notified last year.

We have booklets & information to collect from the school office.

If your child is interested in rearing a lamb please contact us to put your childs name on a wait list (We can’t make any promises but if we are contacted by local farmers with orphan lambs we will contact the first name on the list.

The decision has been made this year to judge the home gardens within the school community ,if you child is interested in growing a garden at home please contact the school office to register.

Please contact the office with any queries 06 364 3071.

Otaki Inter-School Soccer Tournament – Shout-out to Otaki New World

We would like to do a big shout out to Otaki New World for supporting Te Horo School in our sausage sizzle at the recent Otaki Soccer Tournament.  The sun was shining, the kids were in peak form and the sausage sizzle was sizzling all thanks to Otaki New World.  The day was a great success.  Thanks to all the parents who helped out as well. 

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.

Learning Summaries (Reports) 2023

Teachers are currently compiling your child’s mid-year Learning Summary which will be emailed to you in the last week of Term 2.   Please see the email sent last week if you would like more information about these. Learning conversations are being held on Tuesday 18th & Thursday 20th of July from 3.15pm –  6.45pm. Please click on the below link to book a time with your Childs teacher. If you have any queries please call into the office or call us on 06 364 3071

REMINDER: Music Lessons Opportunity for Years 6-8

If you would like to register your child for drum or guitar lessons, please complete this form by Wednesday 21 June.  There will be a cost for these sessions which will be confirmed shortly.  Please contact Wendy Keating with any queries. 

Bake Sale

Many thanks to the parents that sent along yummy treats for our Bake Sale Fundraiser for the Year 6 & Year 8 Camps.  Together you raised $700 towards the camps.  Well done!  


$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.

Pinecone Fundraiser

We had a great turnout & loads of fun gathering pine cones at the Freyberg’s property.  Who knew that all we had to do was suggest they bring hammers to bash them off the branches…. then there was a lot of enthusiasm!  We managed to fill 50 sacks, which was a fantastic effort from the kids, siblings and parents!   We now have to convert these to cash, so we’ll be selling them at the school gate, payment to the school office. Alternatively you can email or text orders to Janet Cottle ([email protected] / 021 301-330).


Home & School Committee



Paddy’s Mart is next term and these school holidays are a great time to have a clean out of all your good quality unwanted items.  Delve into the closet where you keep all the things that you might use one day and have a good clean out.  We are after any Toys, Books and Bric a Brac.  All of your unwanted items can then be dropped into Room 7 at school and will be sold at Paddy’s mart.


More information will be coming out about Paddy’s Mart next term, so keep an eye out and if you’d like to get involved or know more please email:  [email protected]



Our next meeting will be on Wednesday the 19th July at 8.45am at Ruth Pretty’s, School Road.  Come along and have a cuppa and a scone.  These meetings are open to all parents, caregivers, grandparents of the school.  It is a great opportunity to meet like minded people and get involved in our lovely community.


Wanted – any lengths of timber from 1m upwards of any size new or recycled (4×2, 6×2 8×2 etc) and plywood to help make new woodwork tables in our construction zone. We can also provide a home for any solid wooden tables, woodwork hand tools or power tools no longer needed, along with spare nails, screws hinges and the like, which could be used to help provide the senior students the opportunity to experience making things out of wood. Our second term construction group made a wide range of things from shelving and mini book cases to stationary holders and birdhouses, which they took home with great pride.

Any donations can be dropped at the school office and would be gratefully received. 



Friday Lunches – Term 3

We have exciting news, Friday lunches are making a return in Term 3. We will have a menu option that changes each fortnight. This will be advertised in each newsletter, an email will be sent out in the first week of term with a link to an order form (Also these will be available from the office)  The first option available on Friday 21st & 28th July is “Walking Tacos” These are essentially nachos, warm cheesy and super yummy. They will be $8.00 please send your child to the office to order with the correct cash (as we do not carry change in the office) Please contact the office with any queries o6 364 3071.


Wow!  It is that time of year again … time to start thinking about Paddy’s Mart.  If you are willing to sell some plots for Cow Pat Bingo please email [email protected] with your name, phone number and email address.  Danielle will then send home some instructions with your sheet of 25 plots to sell.  The plots are sold individually for $4 each or 3 plots for $10.  The winner of Cow Pat Bingo will win $500 cash.  The cow will come to Paddy’s Mart, do its business in a plot and there will be one winner.  If you take a sheet you are committed to selling the plot numbers before Thursday 31st August.  All sheets will need to be back to Danielle, SOLD or UNSOLD by this date.  If they are not back then we will assume they are unsold and will resell them on the day.  Let’s see if we can sell all plots before the day!  Thanks!  Danielle McMurchie.

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 : you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to make contact:[email protected] or 027 739 1986

Otaki Scouts

Otaki Scouts are fundraising to get their scouts and leader to the 2023 Jamboree in Hamilton, we are having a movie night – the movie is ELEMENTAL and being held at Focal Point in Levin, on Sunday 2nd July at 3pm – tickets are $25 which includes a drink ad for each ticket sold Otaki scouts get $9.50 towards our fundraising efforts – more details and tickets here