Gordonton School

Creating a Brighter Future

At Gordonton School, we’re proud to offer a unique educational experience designed to enhance intellectual growth and promote participatory engagement. Take a look through our site to learn more about us.

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 Ngāti 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

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


Latest Notices

School starts 8.55am Monday 3rd February.​

2020 Term Dates

Term 1
Monday 3rd February - Thursday 9th April - Changed to 30 March

Waitangi Day - Thursday, 6th February 2020
Friday 7th February - Teacher Only Day - No school on this day.
Term 2
Tuesday 28th April. Changed to 15 April - Friday 3rd July

Queens Birthday - Monday 1st June 2020
Term 3
Tuesday 21st July - Friday 25th September
Monday 20th July Teacher only day - No school on this day.
Monday 24th August - Mid Term Break  - No school on this day.
Term 4
Monday 12th October - Tuesday 15th December

Labour Day - Monday 26th October 2020

Look out for our newsletters on Mondays.

Enrolment Scheme Notice - 2020

Information about our enrolment scheme and ballot.


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.  


Contact Us

Woodlands Rd, RD1, Hamilton, New Zealand

07 824 3602

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Sports Committee - sports@gordonton.school.nz

PTA  - pta@gordonton.school.nz

SKIDS (after school care) - 027 303 9242 - www.skids.co.nz

07 824 3602

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