At the heart of our school are the children. Havelock North is a special place, nestled at the foot of iconic Te Mata Peak, in as stunning part of New Zealand. We are lucky and proud to be the school that’s right here in the midst of Havelock North – a great little village.
Our school is a community of learners who respect and value each other and our place in Havelock North, our environment and the wider world.
As a school we want to empower the students to explore, make mistakes and learn from these, plus develop social skills – alongside the more obvious teaching in reading, writing and maths. By the time the children leave HNPS our aim is to have enabled them to move confidently into the wider world with a range of life skills and a lifelong love of learning.
The schools Motto: Tū Mana. Tū Kaha. Tū Tangata, loosely translated into English means: Stand Proud. Stand Strong. Stand Together. These are powerful messages which we want everyone to identify with. They link intricately to the Values listed below. To have a deliberate Māori influence within our school statement sends a powerful message to everyone: it acknowledges the importance of the Māori culture and enables everyone to identify with this, irrespective of their cultural background. This is a positive step for the school – one we can embrace and feel proud of.
The school Values are: Respect, Relationships, Responsibility, and Resilience. Our logo is a current reflection of ‘us’ as a school and a community, and links to the school motto. It tells a story about who we are and about our place in the wider Havelock North community.
Our school has a friendly environment, high expectations and staff encourage all students to aspire to meet our vision of “Empowering Learners for Life”.
Since the doors to Havelock North Primary opened in 1863, our school has had a history of passion and care for education. With a solid foundation of over 150 years, we are steeped in Hawke’s Bay history. Today Havelock North Primary is an innovative forward thinking school, giving thousands of children the base from which to launch a quest for life long learning.
Our wonderful staff are fully engaged with professional development to ensure that the delivery of the curriculum is current. The Board of Trustees are very supportive and work hard to support the staff in providing a stimulating learning environment. At HNPS we believe strongly in educating the “whole child”. Aside from the core learning areas, we offer a broad and rich curriculum.