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Important dates – Term Three

Life Education Bus

Monday 4th – Friday 8th of September

Paddy’s Mart

9th September Gates open at 11am

Home & School Meeting

Wednesday 13 September at Ruth Pretty at 8.45am

School Board Meeting

Thursday 21st September 7pm – Board Room Te Horo School

First Day Term 4

Monday – 9th October 

Teacher only day – school closed

Friday 17th November

Last Day Term 4

Tuesday –  19th December


I would like to Thank the school community for the overwhelming support for the staff and students last Tuesday. Many of you attended the farewell and tribute to Danielle McBride and to those who didn’t but supported us THANK YOU. Our support now turns to  Aaron, Kai, Isaac, Zoe and James as they make their way in the world without Danielle by their sides but in their hearts. 

The coin donation collection for daffodil day was overwhelming and the McBride/Wilson thank you all for this contribution. 

Koura i Te Horo – Gold in Te Horo
Last week at the AIMS games, Kieran proudly represented Te Horo School in canoe slalom and canoe racing for year 7 boys. Over two days of racing, including head to head knock out rounds, Kieran recorded the fastest times for canoe slalom for year 7 boys and he won gold! Well done Kieran.

Life Education Lessons

We are fortunate to have the Life Education Van visiting us in Week 8 & 9 of this term.  Further information about the Life Education Trust can be found at  Each class will have 2 sessions in the Life Education Van and then follow up activities in the classroom.  Room 11 and Room 12 have a third session as their content is a little deeper.  If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher.

Focus for Te Tipu (Year 0 – 3)

What are the qualities of friendship and being friendly?
Students explore the qualities of friendship, and what being a friend and being friendly means, for themselves and others.
How do we know what other people could be feeling?
Students discuss how to recognise how others may be feeling, and ways to respond appropriately.

Focus for Te Kaupeka (Year 4 – 6)

What makes our brain the control centre for our bodies?
Students will learn about the brain and its function, and discover why and how our brains control our bodies.
Why is physical activity good for our bodies?
Students learn about the effect that physical activity has on our body. Questions covered may include: What organs benefit most from physical activity? How much do we need, and which foods should we eat to give us the energy we need to make it through the day?

Focus for Te Hua Rakau (Year 7 – 8)

How do we keep ourselves safe?
Children brainstorm ideas on how to keep themselves safe in various settings, including at the playground, at school, at home, online, and at the beach.
Why are my reputation and identity important?
What gives us our identity and how do we create our reputations? What do they mean to us now, and what will they mean later in life? How do we show people who we really are? Depending on needs identified this could include personality, gender stereotyping and/or gender identity, physical and social expression, or other aspects discussed during the planning.


The final date for community feedback is 14th September – Please use the link below to have your voice heard.


For students seeking enrolment within Term 1 2024, the deadline for receipt of applications for
out-of-zone places is noon September 15th 2023.

Parents of students who live within the home zone and intend enrolling their child at any time during the
next year should notify the school to assist the school to continue to plan appropriately.

Ballot forms are available from the school office [email protected] or call 06 364 3071.


Thank you so much for such wonderful support for our THS Daffodil Day.  We raised an amazing $450 that went towards the Wilson family’s Give a Little Page.  Thank you to everyone who donated and to those students that came to school with a little bit of yellow!

Soft Fabric Technology:

During week 7 a group of year ⅞’s joined us in the hall to construct and block print their own aprons and make a patchwork bag. It was awesome to see the keenness of the kids to print on fabric and to share some of the basic skills of threading a machine, stitching and ironing! Technology provides the children with an opportunity to be exposed to a new skill or share their experiences in this area already. It was lovely to hear that we have at least one child who would like to get into more sewing at home! 



Room 1

River – You are becoming a calm and settled member of room 1. I see you trying so hard with writing your name and all the new letters you are learning. Tino pai rawa 🙂

Pippa – It is wonderful to see you writing with more independence Pippa. You are hearing so many more sounds in words and writing them in your stories. Fabulous spaces between word and full stops too.

Room 2

Sloane – For showing H.E.A.R.T in Room 2. Sloane we are amazed at your bravery and effort, you are always happy to share your thoughts and we love it! Tumeke!


Dorothy – For showing H.E.A.R.T in Room 2. We are so proud of the way you have transitioned, it feels like you have always been with us.

Room 3

Amelia – You have been such a super star! You are always willing to lend a hand to others in need.

It’s so great to see you working hard on your maths mahi. Keep up the great work!


Max – I am so proud of how hard you have been working to achieve your goal of being our heart student. You have been an outstanding role model in Room 3 during our new Esti Mysteries. You have shown patience with our Year 1 students and it’s heartwarming to see what a leader you are becoming. Ka rawe Max!  

Room 5

Eva – Thank you for your constant hard work and focus in the class.  You always show the school values particularly showing tolerance and resilience. Keep up the great mahi!

Elizabeth –  I love your sense of humour and your ability to see the funny side of things.  You have an amazing, focussed work ethic and are great fun to have in the class. Ka mau te wehi!

Room 6

Skalett – I want to celebrate your for being brave, for having the courage to take on a solo part in the choir.  I know you’re feeling a little nervous – kia kaha.  You’ll be amazing!

Charlie – I really appreciate the initiative you’re showing in class – asking great questions, helping without being asked to, and offering your skills as a tech person in assembly.  Ka rawe!

Room 9

Rose! For Amazing Results in her latest Maths Test. Rose showed great determination. And her use of Maths strategies to help her solve the problems was outstanding. Keep up the great Mahi Rose!! 

Eva has been making tremendous progress in her writing. She has been focusing on spelling, grammar and punctuation. As well as using lots of creative ideas to engage her readers. Great Eva! You Rock!

Room 10

Ada – For completing her multiplication and division tables and embracing new challenges

Charlotte – For showing an improved attitude to her work and her descriptive writing.

Room 11

Jayden – For having a positive attitude towards completing you learning tasks, using your initiative and getting on with what needs doing without waiting to be asked. You have a great sense of humour and you help make learning with Jo lots of fun. Well done.

Sam – For consistently putting the effort in to complete your home learning sheet each week. You are learning to settle into your class lessons with greater focus which is resulting in work of a high quality. Keep it up!

Room 12

Corban Krinkel – Room 12 appreciates your sense of fun!  We can rely on you to brighten our days by sharing a joke or two!  Thank you for always having a sense of fun!

Jade Moffat – Your courage and bravery doesn’t go unnoticed.  When things don’t quite go to plan you will always try again tomorrow!  You never give up!

Staff Member 

Te Horo School Staff – This week and last,  the whole staff has worked together to support each other and lived the HEART values. Ka rawe!

Trophies – 2022

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


Entries are now open to the 2024 Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon.  The event is in Palmerston North on Tuesday 19 March 2024  and is open for 7 – 15 year olds. Entries are open for some time, however, if you enter early you will get the Early Bird discount.  6 year olds may also enter the Splash & Dash event on the same day.

Information about this event can be found here: 

If your child will be at Te Horo School in 2024 (not Year 8s of 2023):  I have created a Te Horo School group and ask that when you register you use the following link so that you can be part of the Te Horo School group:  

If your child will be at college in 2024, however you would still like to enter them, then please use this link as there is no need to link into Te Horo School: 

As the nature of this event will require each participant to have their own bike, parents/caregivers will need to transport (or arrange the transport of) this to the venue. If we are able to, a teacher will be present at the event to assist with organisation and supervision. We will also require a number of parents/caregivers to support supervision at the event.  

Share your unique School Group link with your students today so they can easily link their registration to it and secure the OPENING WEEK SPECIAL price of $44 – a massive saving of $25 off the full price! Be sure they use the code ‘GIVEITATRY’ to unlock this VERY SPECIAL discounted price. Limited entries, ONLY 100 entries per event at this price will be available so make sure your students get in quick!

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

      Our mahi this week, continues our learning using poikere/playdough. We read a story (I haere ahau ki runga ki raro/I went up and down) and in our whanaungatanga groups we created a scene from the text. It was so awesome to see the kids animated in their scene creation and sharing ideas and resources. We are making a little book for each class to share their learning and continue to develop their vocabulary. 



Any donations of old gumboots for the gumboot throw at Paddy’s Mart would be gratefully received!! Please drop to the school office ASAP. 

Cancer Society Walking Stars 

The Te Horo School staff have formed a team to participate in the Cancer Society Walking Stars fundraiser – Wellington’s Brightest Night Walk!  This is a 12km walk in Wellington that starts at 8pm 🙂
This is a cause that is important to many of us.  If you would like to sponsor our ‘School Of Walk’ team a link can be found here.  So far we are second in the teams division 🙂
We would love for you to support us in this ever-so-important cause.  All proceeds go to the Cancer Society.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS –  Due back this Friday 8th of September 

Have you got any spare cardboard?

The Year 7s are going to be making some cardboard constructions during their Education Outside the Classroom Week (October 31st-November 3rd). If you have any larger cardboard boxes or flat cardboard please bring them into school after Paddy’s Mart has been. They can be placed in Room 7 and 8. Thank you.


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.   


Calling all young musical lovers aged 8-14! If you’ve got a passion for the spotlight and a love for Disney, we’ve got the PERFECT week lined up for you! Get ready to shine as you rehearse and then dazzle on stage at Southwards Theatre in Disney High School Musical Jr.!
. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED just a willingness to have a whole lot of fun!
Mark your calendars: October 2-6 in Paraparaumu
Limited spots available! Register to secure your place in the limelight!
Unleash your inner Troy, Gabriella, or Sharpay and join us for a week of musical magic that will leave you starstruck! Don’t miss out on this incredible chance to be part of something unforgettable!
Register now and let your talent take center stage:


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

Part-time, local and flexible work opportunity
Are you looking for flexible, part-time, work close to Te Horo School and within school hours? Waihōanga Retreat (10 mins drive from school) is looking for someone to join their friendly cleaning team, primarily to make beds. There are one or two shifts each week, usually on Mondays and Fridays for about 3 hours each time, and we pay Living Wage. If you would like to learn more/ have a look around, please email [email protected] or call/ text Rhian on 021 298 4319. Feel free to share around your networks!

Tennis coaching at Ōtaki Sports Club — term 4

Learning tennis through fun! Tuesdays after school

5-7 year-olds

A fun structured programme; specialised age-appropriate equipment; internationally-accredited professional coach, great with kids. $85 for an 8 week term.

8-9 year-olds

A fun structured programme; specialised age-appropriate equipment; internationally-accredited professional coach, great with kids. $85 for an 8 week term.

10-12 year-olds

Two options:

  • A fun structured programme; specialised age-appropriate equipment; internationally-accredited professional coach, great with kids. $85 for an 8 week term.
  • A fun introductory programme run by Ōtaki Sports Club members teaching the basics of tennis: $35 for a 7 week term

All equipment provided on all courses.

To enrol, contact Adam: [email protected] / 027 286 9820