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.

Important Reminder…

Ngā mihi nui ki a koe mo to tautoko/ Thank you for your support 

Marty Gameson (Tumuaki/Principal)

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