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Hororata Primary School is a small contributing school catering for students in Years 1 to 6 in rural Canterbury. It is sited in attractive, well-developed grounds. The growing roll reflects the growth of the population in this area and the quality of the education the school provides. Since first opening in 1870, our school has maintained a strong emphasis on family, community, academic and sporting excellence. The Board, staff and school community are committed to providing quality education to enable the young people of Hororata to be competent, confident and connected lifelong learners.

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HPS – Principal's Notice (25/10/22)

Kia ora Koutou

Kia ora Koutou 
Whaktauki ‘He waka eke noa’ / we are all in this canoe together – Maori proverb 
Tikanga Hohe / Active Culture… Our Active Culture promotes positive and responsible attitudes towards personal health and well-being. 
Run, Jump, Throw… Akonga | students from Hororata Primary School will participate in a combined school Athletics Day at the Darfield High School on Monday 31 October 2022.  The day involving students from Hororata, Greendale and Windwhistle, will provide children in Years 4-6 with the opportunity to develop their athletic skills as part of our SportStart Programme and to measure their ability against other students from neighbouring schools.  These sports are a valuable tool to select Hororata students to progress onto the Malvern Twilight Athletic Sports to be held at Darfield High School on Monday 14 (PP16) November 2022. As a representative of Hororata Primary School, we expect all students to wear the school top, sun hats and footwear appropriate to the activity (No bare feet permitted).  Students will need their lunch and a drink for the day.  As teachers will be officiating on the day we require parent/caregiver assistance to supervise children during the athletic rotations.  If you can help on the day, please contact the school office. The group accompanied by their classroom teachers will travel to and from Darfield via school bus and are expected to be off the school grounds between 0840–1400hrs. 
 Our Year 0-3 students will participate in the Malvern Run, Jump, Throw Athletics day at the Darfield Domain (separate from their Year 4-6 counterparts) on Thursday 29 October 2020.  The modified Run Jump Throw (RJT) programme run by the Selwyn Sport Trust is a fun team-based competition comprising of modified athletics games aimed at achieving maximum participation whilst avoiding early specialisation. The focus of RJT is on skill development to build a generation of active, healthy, sport-loving children while most importantly having fun. 
Ako Tikanga   / Learning Culture… 
Spring Festival… Children feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when they know that people in their extended family and community are interested in their education. To reinforce this Hororata Primary School will be opening its doors on Wednesday 9 November 2022 for families and friends of the school to join us for our annual Spring Festival. The day will see tamariki/children participate in a range of STEAM activities; enjoy a presentation from a guest speaker; earn house points in the inter-house competition; show case their pets and watch Mum and Dad spend lots of money in the annual cake competition.  In addition to this, families will also have a chance to win prizes in the Mums and Dad baking and sculpture competitions… watch this space! 
Nau mai haere mai… I would like to welcome Janella Sabas (Pukeko/Piwakawaka) to our school and welcome back Jess Hanham-Carter (Miss Lee), who has stepped into Tui class, filling the BIG gumboots left by the departure of Mairin Borlase at the end of Term Three. As a Beginning Teacher Jess will be supported by Sharon Huck, who will work alongside her a few days a week. Parents will also notice the return of Julia Raybould to her fulltime role in Piwakawaka and students across the school will benefit from the learning support of Amy France in the afternoons. 
Finally, our country has one of the highest incidences of melanoma in the world.  The major cause, over exposure to the sun during childhood and adolescence, can be easily avoided. Re: SchoolDocs – Sun Protection Policy.
  • We ensure that sun protection is considered for all outside school events and activities, on-site and off-site, including sports and EOTC. We try to plan outdoor activities to minimise exposure to the sun during the summer. 
  • Students are encouraged to make use of shaded areas when outside. Students eat lunch in the shade or inside, as appropriate. 
  • We encourage students to keep hydrated by drinking water. 
  • We require students to wear hats that shade the face, neck, and ears whenever they are outside during school hours and/or activities, e.g. interval and lunch breaks, P.E., sports days, outdoor EOTC trips, and other school activities. Students at school without a hat must remain in an allocated shaded area or (if allowed) inside at break times. 
  • Students are allowed to wear sunglasses, which we recommend meet the AS/NZS 1067 Standard to provide good UVR protection. 
  • We encourage students to protect themselves with broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30 (Sun Protection Factor). The school provides sunscreen. 
  • We encourage students to wear clothing that protects the skin (e.g. long sleeve tops, rash tops) when at risk of extended sun exposure (such as at sports days, school camps, and picnics), or when swimming outdoors. 
  • Staff are encouraged to model appropriate sunsafe behaviour by wearing sun protective hats and clothing, sunscreen, and making use of shade whenever possible. Parents are also encouraged to wear sunhats and be positive role models when picking up children or participating in school activities. 
Important Reminder… 
  • High Visibility Safety Apparel (HVSA), is a compulsory part of the Hororata Primary School uniform for all students; 
  • All students in transit between home and school must wear the school’s HVSA, including pedestrians and all modes of motorised and non-motorised transport. Schools have the shared responsibility with caregivers and the local community to keeping our kids safe; we all need to be vigilant and remind children to wear their safety vests… it is “Bright to be Bright” 
Ngā mihi nui ki a koe mo to tautoko/ Thank you for your support 
Marty Gameson (Tumuaki/Principal)