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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 2 starts - Monday 3 May 

Friday 28 May - WAPA 2020 Teacher Only Day (school closed to tamariki)

Thursday 3 June - Whole school assemble 2pm (hosted by Karearea)

Friday 4 June - HPS Teacher Only Day (school closed to tamariki)

Monday 7 June - School closed for Queen's Birthday

Wednesday 7 July - Student Learning Conferences 1:30pm-6pm

Thursday 8 July - Student Learning Conferences 1:30pm-6pm

Friday 9 July - Whole school assemble 2pm (hosted by Piwakawaka)

Friday 9 July - School Closes - Term 2 ends

  Term 3 starts - Monday 26 July School 

 Friday 27 August - HPS Teacher Only Day (school closed to tamariki)

Friday 1 October - School closes - Term 3 ends

  Term 4 starts - Monday 18 October 

Monday 18 October - School closed for Labour Day

Tuesday 14 December - School closes - Term 4 ends


2021 Board of Trustees meetings in the Board Room

24 May 2021
28 June 2021
16 August 2021
20 September 2021
08 November 2021
06 December 2021