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Posted on 13 April 2018

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Two More Sleeps Until the Gala!

Posted on 6 April 2018

See the Gala Roster below to see where and when we need you. If your name is not there, please just turn up and lend a hand!



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Posted on 5 April 2018


The official countdown has begun!  The Gala is on THIS SUNDAY and we are so grateful for all of our Gala Committee, staff, students, parents, whaanau, volunteers and sponsors who have been so generous with their time, goods, services and efforts thus far. 

There are people in every corner of the school and beyond, busily preparing for the day.  Our garage sale is once again well-organised, the Tenders Board, quickfires and raffles are being organised, the food has been arranged, the playlist has been selected and still the donations are coming in!    

The Gala is one of the biggest events of our Horotiu School calendar.  Thanks to the many individuals who make it such a success!  If you can offer even an hour of your time to help tomorrow, Saturday or on Sunday, please do!  We need you and it's an awesome way to contribute to the on-going success of our school.   No experience is necessary and your contribution is always appreciated. 

Every dollar raised counts, and every dollar goes back to our kids.  We are sure you'll all agree, they are so worth it!


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Posted on 4 April 2018

A huge thank you to all our Sponsors! We are so grateful for all your support and the incoming offers and donations continue to astound us! THANK YOU! Please repay the favours and support our sponsors when and where you can.

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Posted on 15 March 2018

We are well underway in the organisation for our annual Gala Day. This is set down for Sunday 8th April from 9-1pm. Once again we have the support of many wonderful sponsors and are very grateful for their generosity, Please check out their business and names below, and support them where and when you can. Once again we are striving together for success! Thanks for being a part of it.

 Horotiu School Gala Sponsors 2018

Ballance Agri - Nutrients

Hamilton Vet Services, Te Rapa

Skyline Rototua

Driving Creek Railway, Coromandel

Inflatable World

Para Rubber

Kmart - Te Rapa

Westfield Chartwell

Westpac, The Base

Paper Plus, The Base

Super Cheap, Te Rapa

Placemakers, Te Rapa

Wet & Forget, The Base

Toyworld, The Base

Oxford Pies

Hot Gossip Bra Shop

Waikato Museum

Ngaruawahia Golf Club


Lido CInema

Mexico Restaurant

Vital Balance

Stirling Sports, The Base

Oil Changes, Frankton

Foundation, The Base

Rollos Marine

Skycity Bowl & Social

Bob’s Bilkes 

Wairere Nursery 

$2+ Shop, The Base


Lone Star, Hamilton

Contempo Hair Design

HInterland Adventures

Vilagrad Winery

Boyds Motorcycles

Visique, Rototuna

Pet Essentials, Rototuna

Hunting & Fishing, Te Rapa

Itsy Bitsy

Acquisitions, The Base

Just Cuts, The Base

Alive Foods / Revive Cafe

Franklin Vets

David’s Emporium

Seafood Bazaar

Pitstop, Te Rapa

Paradice Ice Skating, Botany

Hazel Hayes

CAL Isuzu


Flagstaff Pharmacy

Event Cinemas, Chartwell

Golf Warehous, The Base

Payless Plastics, Te Rapa

Fairview Motors, Te Rapa


J.H Whittaker & Sons

Te Kowhai Garage

Bunnings, Te Rapa

Topsoil & Sand Supplies

Mitre 10 Mega, The Base

Hilton Brown Swim School

Redwoods Treewalk

Paper Plus, Te Awamutu

Davies Foods (2006) Ltd

Kings Finance

Modern Transport

Z Ngaruawahia

Ngaruawahia Pharmacy

North Waikato Dental Surgery

Te Rapa Tyre Centre

Bulls Worth Farm

Sharing Shed, The Base

Ingham Prestige

Longtail Pet Motel

Enterprise Motor Group

Lodge Real Estate - Jo Dwyer

Jim Wright Nissan

Care Vets, Rototuna

Three Brothers Hamilton

Kelly Tarlton’s Education

Beauty Matters

Vivo Hair & Beauty

Waikato Canvas

The Warehouse, The Base


Brett Devane



Signature Homes, Te Rapa



Village Cafe Whatawhata

Protech Automotive Ltd

Genesis Energy Huntly Aquatic Centre



Bin Inn, St Andrews

Braid Road Hairdressers

Fullon Fishing - Michael Moore


Attwoods Packaging

Budget Tyres



Green World Fruit & Veges

Ice Age Golf

Harcourts - Letitia Reid

Waste Management

Leisure Build

Snell Packaging & Safety

Get Nailed, Ngaruawahia

Callumbrae Mini Golf

Jam at Queenwood

Zealong Tea Estate Ltd

Ember Eatery & Bar

Waikato Milking Systems

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Horotiu School Learning Progressions now available for families!

Posted on 6 March 2018

These are our newly-revised Learning Progressions that staff and students use in teaching and learning. Click on the link below and check out the Progressions for Reading, Writing and Maths.

Document may look small when you click on it.  Just zoom in and adjust to your suitable viewing size.  




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Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) include the great outdoors!

Posted on 6 March 2018

What a week of challenge and learning our students have enjoyed over the past week.

Some of our Seniors competed in the Police Training Challenge(and placed 2nd and 4th out of 48 teams!), our Year 2s attendedthe ‘Get, Set, Go!’ Day at Whatawhata School and this week ourWaka Kopapa teams are training on the awa for the upcomingschool Regatta competition.

Thanks to all those who provided transport, supervision and helped to organise the days. It has all been well worth it as we strive together with our students for success!


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Our New-Look Library is Open!

Posted on 9 February 2018

Thanks to all involved. Striving together for success once again!

Today we celebrated the official opening of our newly-refurbished Library. Matua Dwayne led us in Karakia and led the event (he has a lovely way with words). Marlene Julian (former Chairperson, parent and family sponsor of the new Library) cut the ribbon and alongside our Library Advisor, Vicky, unveiled the plaque acknowledging all those who have contributed to its development. Marlene reminded us all of the importance of reading and time well-spent reading with our parents/children. The Junior Kapa Haka group completed the occasion with wonderful waiata. 

We wish to thank each and every person who spent time fundraising for the library including the 2017 Gala Committee and parents and students who helped at stalls, the garage sale and/or sausage sizzles on the day. We also extend a big thank you to Keith Wood, parents and our School Librarians who helped with the packing of books, unpacking of books and organisation of shelving. 

Most of all, we wish to thank Mrs Kim Crook who persevered with the process right from the beginning. She has a passion for reading in our school and especially for our Library. She spends many many hours organising student barcodes, processing books and ensuring there is always an infinite number of journeys available for our students by just opening the front cover of a book. Congratulations Mrs Crook on creating such a wonderful learning space for us, and thank you!

If you have not had the chance already, please feel free to come for a wander through our new space, and YES....THE LIBRARY IS NOW OPEN FOR ISSUING!


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Meet the Teacher

Posted on 7 February 2018

Monday 12th February

 Dear Parents, Caregivers and Whaanau

On Monday the 12th of February, we will be holding a series of ‘Meet the Teacher’ Information meetings in each of our Learning Communities. These meetings will provide you with the opportunity to meet Hub teachers, engage with other families and to gain an overview of what the year of learning might look like for your child.

As part of the process your teachers will talk through policy, procedure, home learning, programmes, events, expectations, how you can assist, and will address any questions raised.

Please be aware that the Learning Communities will be running their presentations twice. The first session will begin at 6pm and conclude by 6.25pm. The second session (a repeat of the first) will begin at 6.30pm and conclude by 7pm. Each session will include a 15-minute introduction to their relevant learning hub, with an opportunity for to address any questions afterwards. Staff will also be available in their Hubs from 7-7.30pm for any parents wishing to meet teachers informally and/or share any information that may be relevant to their child.

In the event that you are unable to attend a meeting due to work commitments or because you have more than two children,detailed notes and handouts will be provided.

If you do have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting your classroom teachers.

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Welcome for New Staff, Students and Families: Poowhiri

Posted on 1 February 2018

Tomorrow morning - Friday 2nd February at 9.45am a Poowhiriand morning tea will be held to welcome new staff (Miss KomalKaur), new students and their families.

We extend the invitation for any whaanau wishing to attend to doso. All students are asked to wear their Horotiu School t-shirt andfor girls to also wear black skirts if they have them.

We look forward to officially welcoming new-comers to our schooland family.

Also a reminder in advance, that our Library will be blessed andofficially opened on the morning of Friday 9th February. Detailswill be confirmed next week.

Have a great day!


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