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School Board Meeting

Thursday 24th August – Held in Boardroom Te Horo School 7pm

Band Quest

Wednesday 30th August

School Assembly

Friday 1st September

School Photos

Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th of September

Life Education Bus

Monday 4th – Friday 8th of September

Paddy’s Mart

9th September Gates open at 11am


Thank you to all those that helped to make the Mastermind competition such a success this year.  A lot of work goes on behind the scenes by the children and their families to ensure that the children are both confident and knowledgeable about their selected books.  Congratulations to our Year 5 – 7 children who participated in the competition and to our Year 8 group who were the senior winners on the day.  It is lovely to see the trophy sitting in the office again.  The feedback about Mastermind was very positive – although the children would like more mints!  The children also talked about enjoying reading the books, reading something different from usual, working as a team, having fun with friends and the competitive aspect.  They loved this experience, but some also found it very nerve wracking.  What a way to show courage and step out of your comfort zone.  We are looking forward to Mastermind 2024 already!


This week the year 7 and 8 students have been cooking up a storm. The blueberry muffins and  pork dumplings have been a hit with the staff. The burgers and chips went down a treat with the students. Nic Garrod has seen an improvement in kitchen etittique and students are demonstrating a better understanding of some cooking techniques. 
Construction continues to be polarising – student outcomes and their visions sometimes just don’t meet but everyone is having a great time. The learning about planning before construction has been essential and for most they have found out that there is a lot more to using hand tools than they thought.
Making aprons is proving to be fun, using a sewing machine and an iron is a challenging experience and students are coming away proud of themselves as they tackle these new experiences.


Daffodil Day for Cancer Awareness is on the 25th August this year.  Room 5 are organising our THS Daffodil Day which will be recognised on Monday 28th August (week 7).  We will be asking everyone to wear something yellow, could be a hat, a scarf, t-shirt, bow in their hair, or just something yellow. We are asking for a gold coin donation that we will collect and donate.  The Cancer Society is currently supporting a number of our students and whanau at the moment and it would be great to give back to them!


It’s Calendar Art time again!

The student’s have been busy creating artwork that can be made into affordable Calendars, Cards, Diaries, Mouse Mats and Sketch Pads.Each product is made from your own child’s art.These make unique Christmas gifts for family and friends and are perfect for posting overseas.This year the funds from Calendar art will be going towards the cost of Senior Camp.

Please follow these instructions to place your order online:

1/. Go to

2/. Use the Entrance Code: KZ2075 

3/. Enter your child’s room & name when prompted

The order is open from Monday 14th August until Friday 31st August at midnight. Payment can be made over the website via credit card. If you have any questions please contact the office.


   Please see the last newsletter for the songs that choir will be learning this term.  Some classes also have them loaded onto Google Classroom.   Whānau, it would be great if you could practice these with the children at home.  If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Whaea Wendy.

Trophies – 2022

Can we please have all trophies from Ag Night & End of year prizegiving returned to school ASAP


    Room 1

Zoe – You have been working so hard in room 3 on BSLA.  Fabulous story writing with sounding out, fingers spaces and full stops. Ka rawe!

Wyatt – The effort you are putting into BSLA is amazing.  Whaea Lou says you ask great questions and take such a positive attitude into room 3. He whetu koe.

Room 2

Mia – for showing H.E.A.R.T in her friendships and making good choices. 

Arthur – For showing H.E.A.R.T during his whole process of making a poupou. Tumeke!

Room 3

Flynn M – I love how you have been showing patience with our Year 1 buddies and stepping up as a leader in Room 3.  Tino Pai Flynn!

Tommy – For making positive steps towards your goals. Tommy, you have been trying to show “five” on the mat during our morning routine. Ka rawe! 

Room 5

Mark – Thank you for always showing that you are a HEART student in Room 5.  You are working particularly hard in writing and producing some fantastic writing.  Keep up this amazing work Mark!

Millie – Millie, you are always trying your best in your work and always show that you are a HEART student in Room 5. Thank you for the kindness you show to everyone in the class.  We are lucky to have you in class.

Room 6

Lucy, you show leadership in our class every day.  You’re the first to help with tidying up, you put 100% (and more!) into your learning and you are a great support to your younger classmates.  Ka mau te wehi!

Olive, your positive attitude shines through every day.  You put extra effort into your learning, asking great questions whenever you’re unsure.  Your calm (but cheeky!) manner has a wonderful impact on our class – thank you.  Ka pa tō mahi!

Room 9

Jackson – Thank you for being so enthusiastic and interested in your work.  You always work hard to get your work finished and I’ve really enjoyed working with you this week.  (Mr Saunders)

Mya – Thank you for being a great class member!  You are always so kind, friendly and reliable.  I’ve really enjoyed working with you this week.      (Mr Saunders)

Room 10

Acacia – For showing resilience when she was feeling unsure and for persevering. 

Amaia who models great work habits and positive behaviour everyday!!  

Room 11

Ava – Ava is a kind and empathetic friend who always has a smile on her face. She is becoming a focused learner, who is making a huge effort to complete her weekly learning to the standard expected.  Well done 

Lenix – Lenix is showing many of the qualities of a leader during Kapa Haka. He is a kind and helpful student, who always has a smile on his face and is always ready to share a joke.   Lenix is learning to stay focused to ensure his work gets completed by the time limits set. Ka Pai.

Room 12

Brody – You have settled into Te Horo School remarkably well.  It is awesome having you in Room 12.  Thank you for joining us!

Ethan Corbitt – Congratulations on your first Mastermind experience!  You were a very valuable member of the team and participated with HEART!

Staff Member 

Staff Member of the Week – Mr Nolan

Thank you for being a TEAM PLAYER by supporting the kids in so many ways outside of your classroom – organising the disco camp fundraiser, garden club, EPRO8…just to name a few! 


Te Reo Tuatahi

Our Year 4 – 8 students are currently using an online platform called Te Teo Tuatahi for the consolidation and practice of our Te Reo and Tikanga Maori lessons.  

    • Te Reo Rangatira

      This week we began the printing process. The children were inspired by the kaiwhakatere/navigator Whātonga! We learnt to sketch a poupou, then use skewers to imprint on the foam. Following this we had to use printing ink to roll and print on cartridge. We are so excited(hiamo!) about the final product. The children have done at least two prints so we will have one for a special mural at school and for home. 


Thanks to those that have already returned their sales sheets for Cow Pat Bingo.  A reminder to those that have them still that they are due back on Thursday 31 August 2023.  Thank you for your efforts with this.


Our Friday Lunch orders continue to be popular! So far this term we have had Walking Taco’s, Macaroni Cheese and Nacho’s. The option for the next fortnight is Chili Dogs /Hot Dogs (Friday 1st & 8th of September) Orders are taken every Wednesday morning in the school office. Please get in touch if you have any questions.



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 the school office as we have a local farmer that has orphan lambs.

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.

Thanks to all the students that have come to the office  for registration forms. Please can we have all registration forms returned to the office ASAP so that we can send out the project booklets.   

Information from Vets on Riverbank


We have these booked for Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th of September – All students will have individual and class photos taken. Please get in touch with the school office to register for sibling photos, see below timetable for the days & times your child will have their class and individual photo.


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


This Father’s Day is Sunday 3 September and  DADS ARE FREE at Ngā Manu!
Bring your family to Ngā Manu this Father’s Day and Dad’s get in for free (adult admission normally $15). Quote DADISFREE at the counter. Please visit for more information. We look forward to seeing you all at Ngā Manu soon.

Otaki Tennis Club – Open day  10th Sept

Love Tennis.  Have-A-Go at Otaki Sports Club. Give tennis a try and be in the draw to win tickets to the 2023 Australian Open.  Win spot prizes playing fun games suitable for all ages.

Otaki Sports Club will be participating in the national “Love Tennis” event which will see tennis clubs across New Zealand giving members of their local community an opportunity to try tennis.  There is no cost to have a go, and all equipment will be provided.  Register at the event and you will go into the draw to win tickets to the 2024 Australian Open.  There will be games and challenges where you can win spot prizes.  Our resident coaches will be running sessions all day.  Never used a ball machine?  Now’s your chance!  The BBQ will be sizzling sausages and other snacks and drinks will be available from the clubhouse.  Otaki Sports Club is located behind the swimming pool at Haruātai Park, 200 Mill Road, Otaki.