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Introducing Hokowhitu School

Hokowhitu School is located in central Palmerston North, and we work hard to provide a supportive, caring, and positive environment for our children.

Our roll is currently around 380 students, and our children come from more than thirty different cultures. We are categorised as Decile 7 by the Ministry of Education.

We have an extensive playground and a swimming pool. We are also able to make use of the neighbouring Hokowhitu Park.

Hokowhitu School was opened in February 1924, and the Albert Street frontage—including our bell tower—is a Category II listed historic building.

Our Vision

Torongia ki te tihi o te maunga
Striving to get to the top of the mountain

Our values: STRIVE

Our STRIVE guidelines encapsulate the values we teach and grow at Hokowhitu School:

Step up - Manawanui
Try new things - Kia Kaha
Respect - Ngākau Whakaute
Investigate - Whakataki
Value others - Atawhai
Enthusiasm for learning - Ngākau Whakapuke

Our ERO Report & ERO Case Studies

Our latest ERO Report (2018) can be found here

Hokowhitu School is also profiled in an ERO exemplar report:

An exemplar report may be produced when ERO finds an organisation demonstrates effective practice in relation to specific aspects of performance.

The exemplar report is based on ERO's reports on Hokowhitu School in their Teaching Strategies that Works series:

Case Study #4: Making sure all teachers have the knowledge to enable literacy success for every child

Case Study #3: Working collaboratively to develop and implement an agreed mathematics curriculum and consistent, high quality teaching practices

Case Study #8: Ensuring more children achieve success when initially learning to read

Case Study #8: Empowering student learning, efficacy, aspirations and success

Other useful information

Our profile on the Education Counts website can be found here.