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. 


School Marae Trip

Our school Marae trip is now on Wednesday the 23rd September due to a Tangi.

Combined Sports Prizegiving - Saturday 19th September

This year, the Sports Committee have worked hard to have collaboration between our winter sporting

codes. We will be holding a combined prizegiving on Saturday 19 September at 9:30am in the

Gordonton School Hall. All children will be required to wear their sports uniform as we will be having

Sports Team photos on this day. The children will need to bring a spare change of clothes as

managers will be collecting in the uniforms at the conclusion of the prizegiving. We ask each family

to provide a plate of food for a shared morning tea. We look forward to seeing you all then.

Congratulations to the speech finalists

The following students participated in the East Waikato Country School Speech Competition and

really did us proud.

Jaimee Downing 3rd in the Year 7 Girls

Joel Morgan 1st in the Year 7 Boys

Beth Allwood 2nd in the Year 6 Girls

Josh Gurnell 1st in the Year 6 Boys

Komal Goundar who participated in the Year 8 Girls

Carys Morgan who participated in the Year 5 Girls.

Congratulations Stormers!

Congratulations Gordonton Stormers, who won their hockey final on Friday night against Hautapu!

Notices and News

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