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Covid Update

Posted on 27 October 2021

Alert Level 3, Step 1

Kia ora e te whaanau,

Today it was announced that the Waikato will move (at midnight) to Alert level 3 step 1 (the same slightly stepped down alert level settings for Auckland).

While this level will be reviewed again on Monday next week, unfortunately Minister Hipkins also advised the earliest a return to school will happen is 15th November, due to ongoing concerns about how to do this as safely as possible.

We will, therefore, be continuing our distance learning programme. We know the restrictions of Alert Level 3 have been a real challenge to the wellbeing of our students, staff and parents, and we know that many of our kids are keen to see their friends and teachers kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face). We also know that there are a number of cancellations and changes. We are going to miss these events, these traditions, we miss normal, we miss you!

We know that the relationships that we spend so much time on are the key to true learning and our success. This is whanaungatanga.

At Alert Level 3, all children who can stay at home, should still stay at home. Our school is only open for children who are unable to stay at home because both parents are required to go to work i.e. if there is no other person in their immediate or extended “bubble” who can supervise them during the day.
There are very strict health and safety measures we have to follow, and we must endeavour to limit numbers onsite. Students will not be able to arrive without prior notice and must have completed the registration process.

If your circumstances have changed, please email me - principal@horotiu.school.nz

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Covid Alert Level 4

Posted on 18 August 2021

Horotiu School Update - 18 August Update

Kia ora koutou


We are now all in Alert Level 4 which means that our school will not be open onsite for any students from Wednesday 18th August through to Friday 20th August 2021. This follows someone being identified with COVID-19 and who has been in the Auckland and Coromandel communities while infectious with the Delta variant.


It is really important we do everything we can to keep our community safe. Alert Level 4 means we need to stay home in our bubbles and avoid any travelling as much as possible.  Supermarkets, pharmacies, food banks and other essential services will be open – but remember to wear a face covering if you are out and about (even a scarf wrapped around your mouth and nose will help). Check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go and please also keep a distance from people you don’t know and wash your hands well and often, especially before and after using any public facilities.


  • Our distance learning plan will therefore kick into action - Hubs will put their daily learnings onto Dojo but feel free to use other resources available to anyone in the country including:

     -    Spending quality time with whaanau

     -     Radio

*With such short notice we weren’t able to hand out hard packs of resources to students in order to support distance learning.


Our focus as always will be to support the learning, safety and wellbeing of our rangatahi and tamariki and we continue to be here to support you as well.


Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s kaiako or me, if there is something you need assistance with.


Ngaa mihi

Jonathan Wright

Principal - Horotiu School

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Kotahi Senior Camp 2020

Posted on 8 November 2020

In November our Year 7/8 students enjoyed an awesome camp at Micamp Whakamaru. Check out some of the moments and memories here.

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Posted on 3 July 2020

This year Covid dampened our opportunity to hold our annual School Gala. However many of our sponsors had already donated and/or continued to donate to our cause - for which we are very grateful!

HOROTIU SCHOOL GALA TENDERS GALORE!!!    Click here to check out our fantastic packs: HOROTIU SCHOOL TENDERS GALORE 2020.pdf

Get yourself a great deal and support our school at the same time. In place of our on-site Gala (affected by Covid) this year we are offering up the donations received from our generous sponsors via an online opportunity of 'Tenders Galore'.

How it Works:
Click on 'Tenders Galore' file.  
Read through the tenders available.
Click on the link for those you are interested in. Tender the amount you are willing to offer for the item (offers must be at or above the Reserve amount noted on the form).
Press ‘Submit’.
All tenders are confidential.

Please Note: 

At this time, highest tenders will be determined and ‘winners’ will be notified of their success.

All items to be fully paid for and picked up by Friday 14th August, 2pm.

Jump online and have a look! This will also be shared on the Horotiu School Gala Facebook page. 

Spread the word and share where you can.

Thanks for your support!

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Please Support our Gala Sponsors & Businesses

Please Support our Gala Sponsors & Businesses

Posted on 17 June 2020

These sponsors have continued to show their support to our school regardless of Covid.

As you will be aware our Annual School Gala was unable to go ahead this year due to Covid19.  Our sponsorship initiative was already underway and we had numerous businesses already who had sent in sponsorship goods and services and more that were in the process of arranging delivery.    When we went into Level 4 we approached these businesses to check whether they would like us to return their sponsorship items.  We were humbled by their responses that they were still willing to support Horotiu School and its students.  We are now planning to make the most of their support with fundraising ventures when things settle down in regards to Covid.    

However now is the time for us to re-pay their loyalty and generosity towards our school by supporting their businesses.  We ask that you read through our generous list and support them in any way you can. 

SPONSORS 2020 (1).pdf

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Appointment of New Principal: Mr Jonathan Wright

Posted on 25 May 2020

Exciting news!

It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce to the community and students that the Board have appointed Mr Jonathan Wright as the new Principal of Horotiu School.

Jo is an experienced leader and teacher in his own right who, along his wife Shon and two children, has been part of our school family since 2016. He has built strong relationships amongst our staff, students, whaanau and community and we know he will continue to do his best for our school and people.

We would like to thank the the Appointments Committee members for their dedication and effort in ensuring that they found the best person for this position. You made a great decision!

Congratulations Jo! We wish you well on the next chapter of this journey.

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Welcome Back to School

Posted on 18 May 2020

(albeit in Alert Level 2)

....And just like that we are here on-site and back into the swing of things.  It’s been a calm, settled and enjoyable day for both students and staff.  It was awesome to be back together again. 

Thanks parents for your support with ‘goodbyes at the gate’ this morning and ‘g’days at the gate’ afternoon for pick ups.  A reminder morning drop-offs are from 8.30am.  It may be a good idea to pre-arrange a gate that your family always meet or drop-off at the same gate or follow the rule that you meet where you were said goodbye that morning.  This should make it easier for all.  

Road wardens are also on patrol in the morning to help ease any traffic congestion and/or parking issues.  We were stoked with the great role-modelling we saw today from parents and students in this regard.

We look forward to another great day of smiles tomorrow and extend a ‘virtual high-five’ to you all.  

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School Whakatauki

Posted on 4 May 2020

NZ is coming together for a joint purpose at the moment which makes our school vision and whakatauki extremely relevant. Here’s a little reminder of our Whakatauki that staff and some of our students helped put together during lockdown.

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Farewell Message from Mr Spaans

Posted on 23 April 2020

We wish Mr Spaans and his family all the best as he spreads his wings and flies the coop. Here is message from him to you. Ka kite. Ma salam!

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Mr Spaans' Message from the Depths of Self-Isolation

Posted on 28 March 2020

A Note from the Senior Leadership Team: This is the quietest anyone has ever seen Mr Spaans and we’re not sure whether this is self-isolation or insisted on by his family!

Good morning everyone!

Hope you are all well, taking care of each other and trying to have fun. Keep up the creativity, use your imaginations and be kind. PS Mrs Wishy Washy and Lego Boy, let's see you top this. Off to practice my cooking.

Mr Spaans

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