HPS Whānau we are returning to school on Wednesday 17 November.


Kia ora HPS Whānau, 

School is open for tamariki from Wednesday 17 November (week 5 term 4). All our usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 will be in place, which include all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means students will be in Y1/2(Piwakawaka), Y3/4 (Kotuku) and Y5/6 (Karearea) bubbles.


To assist us with our planning we need to know if you are going to send your tamariki to school. Please email your child’s classroom teacher to let us know your plans.


Dianne Renner  Year 0 Piwakawaka 3      dianner@hendersonprimary.school.nz 

Kelly Ohms    Year 0/1 Piwakawaka 4        kellyo@hendersonprimary.school.nz   

Rukshana Ali    Year 0/1 Piwakawaka 4        rukshanaa@hendersonprimary.school.nz   

Lisa Thompson        Year 1/2 Piwakawaka 1        lisat@hendersonprimary.school.nz    

Arti Pandey                Year 2 Piwakawaka 2        artip@hendersonprimary.school.nz    


David Mafi                    Year 3/4 Room 10      davidm@hendersonprimary.school.nz

Sharaya McQuoid        Year 3/4 Room 11      sharayam@hendersonprimary.school.nz    

Wayne Widdowson        Year 3/4 Room 12      waynew@hendersonprimary.school.nz 


Tina Biddick                   Year 5/6 Room 7        tinab@hendersonprimary.school.nz

Tara Boreham                Year 5/6 Room 8      tarab@hendersonprimary.school.nz    

JiEun Kim                       Year 5/6 Room 9      jieunk@hendersonprimary.school.nz   


While we know how difficult it is trying to work from home as well as support tamariki learning you may choose to keep your child at home. To support this decision we will be continuing to support all children who remain learning from home through our online learning programme. From Wednesday 17 November, our Year 1 & 2 tamariki will continue their daily SeeSaw interaction with kaiako/teachers and our Year 3 to 6 tamariki will continue their daily Google Meet. Some tamariki will be doing this at school and others at home.

Our newly returning staff will be tested for COVID-19 before they start back at work. So please contact us by 3pm Monday 15 November so that we can organise our plans for a restart on Wednesday 17 November.

Reminders for returning tamariki…

  • You can assist everyone’s safety by keeping your child at home if they are feeling unwell and please do contact your GP or Healthline, to seek advice about being tested. 

  • Tamariki will wear their school uniform and in Term 4 we wear hats when outside.

  • Tamariki to bring their own drink bottle of water each day.

  • Free lunches will start from Monday 22 November..

  • Y4-6 tamariki are to wear masks, for Y1-3 tamariki this is optional. We will have some for those who forget.

  • Tamariki who have borrowed our school devices need to bring them to school with them.

  • Gates will be opened at 8:30am.  Entry to the school will be via the open gates by the Kmart car park or walking up our driveway (Montel Ave).


If you have any questions please email me… tonyb@hendersonprimary.school.nz 


Ngā mihi,


Tony Biddick







Enrolment Scheme 

“We are included in the Ministry of Education’s enrolment scheme work programme for 2021. When developing or amending an enrolment scheme, the Ministry must consult the school’s Board and take reasonable steps to understand the views of the local community.  The Ministry will be consulting with us in the near future, and we will share this process with you on our school channels so you can have your say.

Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions.



Our vision is for our tamarki/students to...

Face the future with confidence!

Kia matakite! Kia māia! 


by...being creative, confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners.

...seizing the opportunities provided by new knowledge and technologies.

...recognising Pakeha and Māori as full Treaty partners and value all cultures for the contributions they bring.

...developing the values, knowledge and competencies needed to live full and satisfying lives.


The school vision is aligned to the school’s values. There is an expectation that the school and school’s community work together, fostering and promoting the school’s vision and values to build and sustain a community of Henderson Learners.

We value our students, parents/whānau and staff. We all strive to be WARM hearted:

          Work hard (Pakeke mahi)

          Act safely (Mahi ora)

          Respect (Manaaki)

          Make good choices (Kia pai kowhiringa)






Our school has been open since 1873. Children from many ethnic and socio-economic groups attend Henderson Primary School which makes our school an exciting and vibrant place to be.

We are committed to high academic standards and high standards of student behaviour.  We expect that all students will achieve and we emphasize the teaching of literacy and numeracy.

At our school we focus on formative assessment teaching practices as the vehicle for effective learning. The main components of formative assessment are:

  • The active involvement of students in their own learning.
  • Sharing learning goals with students.
  • Involving students in self-assessment.
  • Effective questioning.
  • Providing effective feedback which leads to students recognising their next learning steps and how to take them.
  • Adjusting teaching to take account of the results of assessments.
  • Confidence that every pupil can improve.

We are a very well-resourced school.  We have a large library, gymnasium, swimming pool and extensive grounds.  Our staff are very experienced and provide our students with a safe but challenging learning environment.

We believe a positive relationship between parents and school is essential to maximise the learning potential of the children.  Our teachers and staff are very approachable and we will do our best to welcome and assist you.


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2021 School Dates 

Term 4  

Monday 18 October - Term 4 starts 
Tuesday 14 December - School closes - Term 4 ends 




2022 School Dates

Monday 31 January Auckland Anniversary 
Tuesday 1 February-Office Open 
Wednesday 2 February-Office Open/HPS Teacher Only Day

Term One 

Thursday 3 February - School opens for tamariki - Term 1 starts 
Monday 7 February - School closed for Waitangi Day 
Friday 11 March - WAPA2020 Teacher Only Day
Thursday 14 April School closes - Term 1 ends 

Term Two 

Monday 2 May - School opens for tamariki - Term 2 starts 
Friday 3 June - HPS Teacher Only DAy
Monday 6 June - School closed for Queen’s Birthday 
Friday 24 June - School closed for Matariki 
Friday 8 July - School closes – Term 2 ends 

Term Three  

Monday 25 July - School opens for tamariki - Term 3 starts 
Friday 26 August - HPS Teacher Only Day (TBC) 
Friday 30 September School closes - Term 3 ends 

Term Four 

Monday 17 October - School opens for tamariki-Term 4 starts 
Monday 24 October - School closed for Labour Day 
Friday 16 December - School closes - Term 4 ends 

   2021 Board of Trustees meetings in the Board Room

08 November 2021
06 December 2021