Our Principal’s Page


Tena koutou katoa. Nau mai. Haere mai! On behalf of the team here at Houghton Valley School, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all visitors to our website. We trust that you find it to be a useful source of information about our great little school.

Choosing a school for your child is an important (and sometimes confusing!) process. If you are considering our school as an option, a first step would be to view the ‘Houghton Valley School Information Book’ and the ‘Houghton Valley School Charter’ on our ‘Resources’ page. You may also want to read our most recent Education Review Office report at www.ero.govt.nz. Following that, I encourage you to meet me and have a look around our school so you can see it in action. Please contact me by phone (04 9393318) or email me (principal@houghton.school.nz) to arrange a time to meet.

Our vision is “Confident, collaborative, inspired children; learning for life”. This, along with our whakatauki, Hiringa, Wero, WhakatutukitangaInspiration, Challenge and Achievement, sum up what we’re all about.

Hiringa – The drive or perseverance; seeking to find out

Wero – To take on the challenge before you, in order to go forward.

Whakatutukitanga – To achieve something truly great after much hard work.

We have a fantastic team of talented teachers and support staff and supporting them is a priority for me as we strive to have the best programmes possible for all of the students in the school. As an experienced Principal I have an understanding of classroom dynamics and of what works -along with an appreciation of the challenges faced by teachers and children. We take advantage of the varied opportunities available to support the curriculum and for Houghton Valley School; this includes the luxury of an extensive outdoor environment including the nearby south coast. We have the best of both worlds being part of a city but also having expansive grounds that make us feel like we’re in the country. We think it’s important to get outside regularly and our students agree!

Here at Houghton Valley School our curriculum is underpinned by achievement in reading, writing and mathematics. We work hard to deliver class programmes that challenge children and we celebrate achievement. We set high expectations and provide all students the support they need to achieve the best they can.

If you are already a member of our Houghton Valley School community, you’ll know that our parents and caregivers do an amazing job supporting what we do here at school. Check out the ‘Home and School’ page for information about the events they lead.

If you require any further information about Houghton Valley School, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ka kite kua nei.

Raewyn Watson (Principal)