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 next door to Hornby High School which has a middle school for Years 7-10, then a senior school for Years 11-13. Hornby Primary School was established in 1885 and now maintains a roll of approximately 190-200 pupils.
The school is listed as decile and generally draws children from the suburbs of Hei Hei, Broomfield and Islington. Presently staffing comprises of a Principal and ten basic scale teaching positions, a full-time SENCO who delivers learning support and NESB programmes and 4 teacher aides. We also have a reading recovery teacher who delivers 0.4 and a Social Worker in Schools (SWiS) on-site.
Our Bilingual Unit was established in 2004. We 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.