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Gordonton School

Anchored in MANA

At Gordonton School, we’re proud to offer a unique rural, values based, educational experience designed to enhance intellectual growth, resilience and to promote participatory engagement. Take a look through our site to learn more about how we are Anchored in MANA.

Principal's Welcome

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Gordonton school is a mid-sized, full-primary, rural school on the outskirts of Hamilton, the 4th largest metropolitan city in Aotearoa.

Our children are at the centre of all that we do at Gordonton School and we are a dedicated team of professional educators committed to supporting our children to be the best they can be. We strive to offer a range of academic, cultural and sporting experiences to ensure that all children can participate, and achieve success in a range of areas.

Our high expectations for learning and behaviour, alongside our school values of Manaakitanga, Awhina, Ngakau Pono and Ako support the caring, positive and inclusive environment that we create and maintain.

A great importance is placed on forming relationships where learners feel safe being challenged and taking risks, where goal setting is part of the learning process and where celebrating progress and success is part of everyday life.

Our aim is to empower students to be confident, connected, actively involved  lifelong learners and to leave our school after year 8 fully prepared for secondary school.

I am proud to lead and be part of such a fantastic school community so committed to creating a 21st century learning environment which prepares our children for the future.

We have an actively involved parent and whanau community and close links with Ngaati Wairere, the Tangata Whenua at Hukanui Marae.

When you enrol your child at Gordonton School you are agreeing to be a partner in your child’s learning. This is really important to us as you are their first teachers and working together, we will achieve so much more.

Welcome to our school.

Ngā mihi

Keith O'Donnell

Anchored in MANA

Anchored in MANA

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At Gordonton School we are Anchored in MANA



  • Kindness, care and respect.



  • Supporting others to be the best they can be


Ngākau Pono

  • Integrity, loyalty and honesty

  • Doing the right thing



  • Quality teaching and learning

  • Mahi tahi - learning together



Look out for our newsletters on Mondays.

Click here for Term calendar

Home: News

2024 Term Dates

Meet the teacher conferences: Thurs 1st Feb, book on Skool loop

School Starts at 8.55am Friday 2nd February, 2024


Term 1 
Fri 2nd Feb - Fri 12th April 

Tues 6th Feb - Waitangi Day

Fri 29th March - Good Friday

Mon 1st April - Easter Monday

Tues 2nd April Easter Tuesday

Term 2 

Monday 29th April - Fri 5th July

Friday 31st May - Teacher Only Day - no school
Monday 3rd June - King's Birthday 

Friday 28th June Matariki

Term 3 

Monday 22nd July - Friday 27th September


Term 4

Monday 14th October - Tuesday 17th December

Monday 28th October - Labour day


Keeping up to date

We try our best to communicate events with parents. There are a number of ways that we do this. The website is one way. You can download our weekly newsletters from our website.

We recommend you print out the term overview in the first newsletter of each term and put that on your fridge.

We also have Skool Loop, Spotlight, Facebook and email. Occasionally we send home paper newsletters as well. 

What's on in Term 2

Term 2 Events


Monday 29 First Day of Term



Friday 10 May - Assembly

Sunday 12 Mother’s Day

13 - 16 Book Week

Wednesday 15 Hard Court Day

Friday 17 Book Character Day

Tuesday 21 School Cross Country

Friday 24 Assembly

28 - 31 Te Rākau Camp

Friday 31 Teacher Only Day - School Closed



Monday 3 Kings Birthday - School Closed

Wednesday 5 EWCS Cross Country

Monday 17 - 18 Te Pihinga Overnight Observatory Trip

Wednesday 19 Mud Run

Thursday 20 Te Kākano Space Center Trip

Thursday 20 Rob Cope Internet Safety evening at the Gordonton Community Hall

Friday 28 Matariki - School Closed



Friday 5 Reports sent home

Friday 5 Last Day of Term 2


Term 3

Monday 22 July Term 3 starts

Home: Enrolments

If you would like to have a look around our school, please contact the office to arrange a visit.

Gordonton School has an enrolment scheme. Please check here to see if you are in our zone.  


International Students

We are a signatory to the International Code of Practice and we welcome international students. Our Board employs a qualified teacher/tutor to assist these students and other English Second Language students with English language development.  

Home: Contact

Contact Us

Woodlands Rd, RD1, Hamilton, New Zealand

07 824 3602

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After school care - Lisa Blake

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