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Welcome to the New Year Everyone!

Welcome to the New Year Everyone!

Posted on 16 January 2019

2019 has arrived!

Just a reminder that you still have a few days left of your holiday break.  School begins for students on Tuesday 29th January, the day after Auckland Anniversary Day.  

A reminder also to our Year 7 & 8 students and families, that Technology begins for them the next day on Wednesday 30th January, with a poowhiri on-site at Ngaruawahia Primary that morning.  Whaanau are welcome to attend. We ask that all students travel together on the bus for the first day of Technology, from school. 

Any other dates for Term 1 can be found via the link on our school website.  Please note these can be subject to change.  Keep up-to-date with our school newsletter for details. 

We look forward to seeing you all again soon!  Enjoy a safe and relaxing rest of your break.



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Smoothing the Way for our Kids

Posted on 13 December 2018

It’s all go at Horotiu School!

Today our students enjoyed Transition sessions right across the school. Year 2, 4 and 6 students were welcomed into their 2019hubs to get to know the remaining students and new teachers.The sessions were very successful with lots of smiles, questions and advice shared from the older group to the younger ones.Making sure students feel comfortable about their shift into theirnext hub is something that is very important to us, and we are working hard to ensure the change is as smooth and worry-free for our students as can be.

This week sees our continued relationship with Kelly Sports in our swimming programmes. The JLC have extra swimming instructors in the pool this week and next, and tomorrow our senior two hubs head out onto the awa - our ultimate innovative learning environment.

The Senior Hubs (Kotahi and Fusion Whaanau) will be learning together off-site, near the river’s edge at Turangawaewae. The day sessions will run from 9am-2pm, and we are asking where possible that families arrange for students to be dropped off &picked up (or permission to walk home) directly from Turangawaewae (where the Regatta is held). Thanks to all our parents who have made arrangements for this day already, as requested.

The Seniors will be engaged in land and water-based Waka Kopapa sessions, land-based tabloid activities, water-based relays, life-jacket sessions in the water and education around barge-jumping. We see this as a very relevant and essential part of ourPE Programme, particularly as many of our students live around, use and visit the river regularly.

Students will need their togs, towel, hats, sunscreen, a spare change of warm clothing , a packed lunch and a drink. There will not be any opportunity for students to leave the pools (to buy lunch etc) until they are released at the end of the day.

There is no extra cost to students/families for this but we would really appreciate your support in ensuring your child is on-site and prepared for swimming on the day. We would also love to have as much help as possible from parents who are able to attend the day.

This day will go ahead rain or shine.

We look forward to an awesome end to our school week. Come along and have a look or help us out. We’d love to see you.


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Zoofari Reward Day!

Posted on 13 December 2018

On Tuesday, the 52 students who had earnt enough Dojo points across the whole year travelled with Mrs Parker and Mr Casey to the Hamilton Zoo.

It was a fantastic day out, with students from JLC, Shooting Stars, TWOF and Kotahi attending. 

On Tuesday, the 52 students who had earned enough Dojo points across the whole year travelled with Mrs Parker and Mr Casey to the Hamilton Zoo. It was a fantastic day out, with students from JLC, Shooting Stars, TWOF and Kotahi attending. With the help of some lovely parents, we split into groups for a day of exploring the zoo. Highlights were definitely the chimpanzees, ring-tailed lemurs and for Kane, the bison.

After a spot of lunch, we went into the education room where zoo staff showed us some amazing artefacts and talked to us about some of the animals in the zoo and conservation. Did you know one of the chimpanzees is even older than Mr Casey! Overall, we had a fantastic time and we recommend you go to the zoo over the summer.

As you know we are a Positive Behaviour for Learning school and each term the school sets a behaviour total for the children to aspire to and work towards. If successful, they get a celebration opportunity. This year these events included the; movie and popcorn afternoon, a staff cooked breakfast, the games afternoon and most recently, the water play (drench the teacher) event. What is special about the Zoofari children, is that they managed to reach all these milestones. Something to be very proud of.


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Our Cultural Dance Group Perform in Hamilton!

Posted on 13 December 2018

Congratulations to Miss Kaur and her team of dancers.

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Hakarimata Challenge

Posted on 13 December 2018

Making connections, conquering our own milestones!

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Remembrance Day - an Important Occasion for Us All

Posted on 13 December 2018

Genevieve and Joshua lay a wreath on behalf of Horotiu School at today’s Armistice Day Service at Ngaruawahia.

This marked 100 years since the gunfire was silenced at the end of WW1.May we all strive together for peace.

Thanks Antonia Ratcliffe for the photo and supporting Josh andGenevieve today in stepping up in this very special role.

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Senior River Safety Day

Posted on 13 December 2018

This was a new initiative for our Kotahi and Fusion Whaanau hubs. The aim to connect with the awa, learn how to respect and interact with it.

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Book Week and Grandparents Day ~ A Huge Success!

Posted on 28 September 2018

Thanks to everyone who attended, purchased books, supplied a plate to share and came along to experience our kids' success.

A huge thanks to all the parents who did baking or contributed biscuits etc today for our Grandparents morning tea. There were some very yummy Kiwiana creations. Thank you also to all the parents who helped out in the kitchen to make the cups of tea/coffee and helped clean up at the end. Thank you Grandparents for attending today. We hope you enjoyed all our performances and your morning tea. Thank you to all the people who purchased our Book Fair books today. We sold over $4000worth of books which gives our school $1500 worth of new books for our School Library. Thank you so much for your huge generosity! We hope your Grandchildren /children enjoy reading the books you bought for them over the School Holidays.

Congratulations and well done to Kim Crook for all the effort she put in to make this event and fundraising opportunity such a great success!

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Trolley Derby Inquiry Event ~ Racing Ahead!

Posted on 28 September 2018

Thanks to all our competitors, pushers, spectators and whaanau who supported Kotahi in their Kiwiana Trolley Derby event today.  It was a great success with a lot of great learning happening along the way for both our organisers and our racing teams.   There was obviously a whole lot of learning happening at home too with an amazing collection of trolleys on display!  Apologies to all those who have lost wheels on their lawn-mowers, laundry trolleys and bicycles in the process of these trolleys being made.  Hopefully they are now swiftly returned. :-)

Striving Together for Success!


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CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!

Posted on 28 September 2018

We are now in the final stage of the Scooter Track development, and need as many hands on deck as we can. The Scooter Track Project Team met last night to plan ahead for this day (the last Saturday of the holidays) and really just need people-power to bring it all to fruition. Please book this date in your calendars, and come along prepared to dig in. It's a lot of hard work and labour. For Safety: Please be aware that due to machinery being on-site and a busy team focused on the job, we ask that young children do not attend.

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