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Important Dates – Term Three

School Board Meeting

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

First Day Term 4

Monday – 9th October 

Home & School Meeting

8.45am Friday 20th October 2023 at Ruth Pretty’s

Labour Day

Monday 23rd October – School Closed


Friday 27th October

Year 8 Camp

Tuesday 31st October – Friday 3rd November

Year 6 Camp

Wednesday 1st November – Friday 3rd November

Ag Night 

Tuesday 7th November at 5.30pm

Teacher only day – school closed

Friday 17th November

Kapa Haka Festival

Friday 1st December – Nga Purapura, 145 Tasman Road, Otaki

Last Day – Term 4

Tuesday –  19th December at 12.30pm

First Day – Term 1 2024

Thursday 1st February 2024


The Te Horo School Fair, Paddy’s Mart, was once again a HUGE success, attracting people from Wellington through to Palmerston, with the city dwellers loving the all round country theme that our fair offers and the locals enjoying our produce and catching up with other locals.  The fair saw another 2,000 people through its gates again this year with the weather working in our favour and the local farmer opening his paddock to allow fair goers easy parking.  Our little community pulls out all the stops when the call goes out for Paddy’s Mart.  New families and old all get together to really make this event successful.  We are also lucky enough to have a principal who welcomes and encourages our crazy ideas and allows us to take over the school, not just for the day but most of the term.  Our Home & School Committee continues to be heavily supported by parents and caregivers at the school and these people are the ones who put in the hard work behind the scenes pulling it all together.  We were also very fortunate to once again have Derek Kelly from Kelly & Co be our principal sponsor again this year.  Without Derek and his very generous donation our fair would not have been as successful as it was.

We would like to personally thank each and every person who got involved this year, we are humbled by all of the effort that you put in and we are super excited to announce that we made $45,509.  This was well beyond any of our expectations.  So thank you again for all of your hard work and support.

We would also like to thank our Main Raffle Sponsors…

The main raffle was also drawn on the weekend.  We would like to congratulate all the winners, who have been notified:

  1. Family Fun Times – Lisa Clappcott

2. Homes Delight – Harker Family

3. Couples Night – Maddy West

4. Sports Pack – Mary O’Hara- Smith

  1. South Island Family Adventure – Anne-Sophie Wills


Congratulations to Sonia Speedy who was the winner of Cow Pat Bingo this year! 


We would also like to pass on a BIG thank you to the following businesses for also contributing to our success on the day…..
Harrison’s Garden Centre 
Riverstone Cafe
South Pacific Roses
Waikane Butcher
Otaki Cold Storage
Strike’s Azaleas
Adorn Jewellery
Talisman Native Plant Nursery
Becs Shed
Zayaz Kebab Food Truck
Te Horo Garden Centre
Te Horo Hair Studio
Woodhaven Gardens
Te Horo Ornamentals 
Pepper and Me
Warehouse Levin
The Greenery
Whittakers Chocolates
Outpost 42
Watson’s Garden Centre
RJ’s Levin 
Jim Pardoe
Coastal Landscape Supplies
Bugs Popcorn
Common Property
Apostle Hot Sauce
Kapiti Chocolate Factory
Soap Box
Waikawa Olive Oil
Carousel, Palmerston
Kapiti Olive Oil
The S&O Manufactory 
Otaki Pottery Club

Photos of the kids who helped make the cakes for the paddy’s Mary cake stall. They were awesome!


What a great event – On Monday at lunch time both the teachers and students played a highly competitive game of netball – Thanks to the coaches and refs. 
The whole school was marking the beginning of a summer season with a sausage sizzle organised by Louise and Sarah.  This was great fundraising toward year 6 & year 8 Camps and raised  $212.00.
This is another event that brings students, staff and a number of community parents together and makes Te Horo School what it is. “Fabulous”
Allie McHugo Principal

Life Education

It was awesome to have the Life Education team in at school during Week 8.  The children were all engaged in their lessons and certainly learnt a lot.  We do hope they shared some of this learning with you at home.  Many thanks to Jonny and Harold for creating this experience for our children.

Verbal Bouquet!

Thank you to Jacqui Grannetia who attended the Kapiti College Options Day with some of our Year 8 students.  We appreciate you giving up your time to support the Year 8s.

EPRO8 Internal Event

Last week the Year 5 / 6 and Year 7 / 8 students took part in the Internal EPRO8 competition.  6 hired kits plus the schools open 2 kits allowed 8 teams to compete with the ability to choose from 3 activities then attempt to meet set criteria to earn points along the way. The concept of EPRO8 is to develop problem solving skills, team work, communication and fun and the students took the opportunity to build some amazing structures.                                                                               Two teams from Te Horo will compete against other schools later in October.  

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 Wā Tuku Reo Māori/Māori Language Moment 2023

This year we celebrated in multiple ways. Each child got a feather/huru to decorate. Following this each feather was attached into a collective korowai/cloak.

We gathered in the hall to sing our school waiata, Tōku Kainga Waewae. Following this we shared to korowai and hung it in the hall. 

Thank you to all the children and staff who helped this moment come together.



    Room 1

Maksym – you show great courage in your learning.  You are always willing to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Tino pai rawa.

Madison – you show HEART everyday. You have a strong sense of empathy and are so caring with our new students. He whetu koe. 

Room 2

Room 2 – You amaze me!! 

 Tino pai ō mahi!

Room 3

Lucia and Zoe! For showing H.E.A.R.T. at garden club this week. It’s so great to see our tamariki looking after our kura. Zoe and Lucia cleaned out our vegetable pod and planted some vegetables for the Sharing Shed. 

Benedict you are always showing H.E.A.R.T. in Ruma Toru tino pai! I am really proud of the way you have been directing your own learning and remembering not to rush your work. You are a kind, caring soul with such a gorgeous smile and awesome attitude. Keep being you buddy!

Room 5

Harri – Thank you for bringing a sense of fun to the class.  You are always happy and smiling and making others feel good. Ka mau te wehi.  Amazing!

Genevieve –  You have an amazing positive attitude towards everything you do in the class and the effort you put into your work is greatly appreciated.  Tino pai!

Room 6

Ka rawe, Livi!  I am so impressed with the effort you’ve been showing in class – working hard on your Histories diorama and writing, even doing more work at home!  Ka pai tō mahi, Livi!

Ka pai, Ally!  Your positive attitude shines in our class every day.  You’ve been unwell, and have returned to class with a smile, ready to work hard and help others along the way.  Ka mau te wehi, Ally!

Room 9

Mae shows amazing Patients towards others in class. She is kind and caring to anyone who is upset or a bit out of sorts. She is a fantastic team member, giving suggestions for what her group could be working on. 

Dedication to learning! Tamsin And Zac have been working on their box dioramas. Showing tremendous dedication to building high quality dioramas and researching their chosen topics!

Room 10

Lacee who gave up her own time at Paddy’s Mart and helped out with face painting even though that wasn’t her job.

Toby for showing patience and skill to complete his diorama as well as completing all his reading work too!

Room 11

Abbey – For always showing respect by listening to and following instructions in class. You always try your best to complete tasks to the best of your ability and show a willingness to help others.  Thanks for your help at the Cafe for Paddy’s Mart.  Ka Pai!

Aurora – For always being a good role model and showing care and empathy for others. You accept opportunities to learn new skills and are respectful whenever you are interacting with others.  Ka Pai!

Room 12

Mischa  – You show creativity in all that you do.  You often use your imagination and original ideas to create amazing works of art!  Thank you for brightening up our space.

Jett – You continue to step out of your comfort zone.  We appreciate that you are willing to take safe risks and give things a go!

Staff Member 

Whaea Rachel – Thank you so much for sharing your ukulele skills with the students and the staff.  It has been great to learn alongside you.  We hope you have enjoyed your time with us!

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.

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.


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

To Book for the September School Holiday Programme–2023-Holiday-Programme—-

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