Welcome, Haere Mai, Hwan-Yeong to Gordonton School ‘the best rural school in the country!’  We are a decile 9, full primary school, with 12 classrooms and roll of around 250+ students. 

Our school has been providing quality learning for the students in the greater Gordonton area for the past 125 years. Today our motto of “The Best Today for the Best Tomorrow” incorporates the original mantra that has been associated with our school ‘Do Your Best.’ 

Our motto is the basis for everything that occurs at our school with the vision of having confident, connected, actively involved life long learners. There is clearly an expectation on our students to take an active role in their learning through the positive choices that they make.

Our school has three guiding rights, allied with three equally important responsibilities which is formative in all behaviour management.

  • The right to learn – If it is your right to learn it is your responsibility to ensure others are able to learn.
  • The right to be treated with respect – If it is your right to be treated with respect it is your responsibility to respect others.
  • The right to feel safe - If it is your right to feel safe it is your responsibility to ensure others are safe.

Literacy and Numeracy are a key component of the mornings at our school, with the morning time table being divided into 3 one hour blocks for reading, writing and mathematics learning. The other curriculum areas – science, social sciences, technology, the arts, health and physical education are covered through integrated inquiry learning topics.

All of our students are learning te reo with a trained tutor and from Year 3 up learning Mandarin is a weekly feature for these students. Our school also provides other learning opportunities to develop the holistic child. Such activities include school team hockey, football, netball, touch rugby, inter-school cross country, swimming, athletics speeches, kapa haka, musical instrument tuition. A bi-annual school wide production is a highlight.  

Our Board of Trustees supports our students’ learning by providing up to date electronic devices and thousands of dollars each year for learning resources. We also employ a number of teacher aides who work along side our teachers to assist with any student learning needs. A One Day School also operates for our gifted and talented students.

Our school welcomes international students (we are a signatory to the International Code of Practice) and our Board employs a qualified teacher/tutor to assist these students and other English Second Language students with their English language development  

We sincerely hope your association with Gordonton School will be a long enjoyable and rewarding one and we look forward to playing a significant role in your child’s education today and in the future. 



 Next Thursday the 26th is Junior Athletics (weather dependant). Parents & caregivers are warmly invited to come and support/encourage your children throughout the day. Please ensure your child has adequate clothing (preferably their house colour) footwear, hat, food and drink for all weather conditions. The postponement date will be Monday 30 November. The format for the day is as follows: 8.55am All students will meet with their classroom teachers, dressed in their house colours, ready to take the roll. Block 1: 9.10am-9.55am - Students will be participating in sprint heats and finals. Also depending on timing, the House Relays will take place. Block 2: 10.15 onwards - students will be split into age groups and then will compete in a variety of athletic events and fun games. These are 20min rotations that will continue until all students have competed in all events. The conclusion of the day will be around 2.15pm if all goes to schedule. 

End of Year Dates

These are the correct dates for the end of the school year:

December Friday 11 End of year prizegiving assembly for whole school - 11am

Monday 14 Final day for Rms 5-12 - normal finishing time

Tuesday 15 Last day for Term 4 - final day for Rms 1-4 - finishing at 12 noon 

It's that time of year again! Hats, Hats, Hats!

This term sees the compulsory wearing of wide brimmed hats (no caps unless they have the flap at the back) return. Our school policy is that all students and staff will wear hats when outside during Terms 1 and 4. Can you please ensure that hats are sent along to school.

Notices and News

This is where you can find info about current activities and events in and around the school.