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Principal's Comment

Robin Sutton —

Kia ora koutou. Talofa. Kia Orana. Malo e lelei. Bula. Fakaalofa atu. Namaste. Kumusta. Haere mai ki Te Kura Huruhuru Ao o Horomaka. Warm greetings to the Hornby High School community.

Success in schools is a team effort. We often liken education to a three legged stool: kura/school, family/whānau, and learner/akonga. Take any one leg away and the stool will fall over, but with all three legs present the stool has a natural stability, it won’t tip over easily. As we come to the end of 2020 (a truly challenging year) and we review our successes (what an amazing array of achievement we saw at our senior prizegiving) it is very clear that the three legs of a successful education have been present for these learners. We take huge joy and pride in the achievements of these extraordinary young people. Their work, their attitude, their grace, give me comfort that our future lies in good hands.

That said, human beings don’t get it right all of the time. ‘To err is human ..’ as the old saying goes. So please don’t think that you have to complete this journey alone. I love this wonderful whakatauki:

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini

Success is not the work of an individual, but the work of many

There is plenty of evidence to show that the more whānau engage with their child’s kura, the more successful our akonga will be. We want you all to feel welcome in our kura, your kura.


Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa

Let us keep close together, not wide apart

Please make sure you follow us on Facebook for the latest and most up to date news https://www.facebook.com/hornbyhighschool/ , and on our website www.hornby.school.nz . You can also follow my thinking our education journey at Hornby High School, and more generally, on my blog at https://whakataukihewakaekenoa.blogspot.co.nz/

Kia tau te mauri

Robin Sutton