Hornby Primary is a state co-educational contributing school catering for children in Years 1-6 children. We are situated in the western Christchurch suburb of Hornby. At the end of Year 6, the majority of our pupils go to Branston Intermediate for Years 7-8.
Hornby Primary School was established in 1885 and now maintains a roll of approximately 160-170 pupils. The school is listed as decile 2 and generally draws children from the suburbs of Hei Hei, Broomfield and Islington.
Presently staffing comprises of a Principal and eight basic scale teaching positions. We employ a full-time teacher and five teacher-aides who work with seven ORS pupils. We also employ a full-time teacher-aide who delivers learning support and NESB programmes, and a part-time teacher who delivers 0.3 reading recovery.
Our office manager works 35 hours a week and our caretaker is employed for 20 hours per week. We also employ a resource manager for 5 hours per week who processes new resources.
The Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) service is based in Room 10 and a Social Worker in Schools (SWIS) is based in the office area adjoining the school hall. The SWIS worker services Hornby, Gilberthorpe, St Bernadettes and Sockburn Schools.
Responding to community wishes, a whanau class was established in 2004. We now have two classrooms; Years 2-3 and Years 4-6. Our overall aim is to provide a learning environment where academic success is valued and encouraged, while cultural awareness, identity and language acquisition are nurtured, maintained and enhanced. The NZ National Curriculum is the basis for teaching and learning programmes with a strong focus on numeracy and literacy, supported also by Te Reo Maori I roto I te Marautanga. Children will be secure operating in a Maori environment, confident in tikanga and developing a competency in Te Reo Maori. The school receives strong support from whanau and also the Resource Teacher of Maori (RTM) Christine Brown.
The school receives strong parental support and has an active Board of Trustees and Parent Support Group. Shared lunches are another special feature of the school and are always well attended.