Welcome to Henley School, Richmond, Nelson
Kia ora, I'm John Armstrong , the principal of Henley School. I commenced working here in Term 1, 2009. Prior to this I was principal of Sumner School in Christchurch for over 3 years. I have also been a principal of other schools in the region including Foxhill (1998-1999) and Upper Moutere (2000-2005). I also worked as a full time school reviewer for the Education Review Office in 2005 and continue to work for them on short term contracts. I am married to Rebecca (also a teacher) and we have a daughter called Rosie and a son called Tom. Outside of teaching I participate in a range of sports (boxing, tennis and paddle boarding), enjoy family time and collect Solid Gold Hits, Carltonware china, 1974 Commonwealth Games memorabilia and Vespa scooters. I am particularly excited about being principal of Henley School. This is a school that has a fine reputation in the Nelson region and also further afield. I am also passionate about Asia and have established a link with Innova Primary School in Singapore. I am involved with the Asia New Zealand Foundation to promote our school as an Asia Aware School.
Today’s Board of Trustees and Friends of the School, in conjunction with a dedicated staff, strive to provide a quality education for every student who attends the school in order to help your child to develop his/her natural abilities to the fullest extent. The resources and equipment available to use are second to none and are continually upgraded to meet the demands of our modern society.
Henley is privileged to have spacious landscaped grounds including a large hardcourt area and three adventure playgrounds. These grounds are a community asset and are available for general use during out of school hours. Recent developments at the school have included the establishment of a special needs Satellite Class from Maitai School. This is known as Maitai@Henley/Waimea and provides an important option for special needs students in the Waimea catchment. We are also a base for the NZ Centre for Gifted Education that operate their 'MindPlus Class' from our site catering for students with special abilities.
Henley School pioneered the use of a 'grid tied' Solar PV system that was installed in 2014 and enables us to harness the high sunshine hours here in the Nelson region and offset our power usage. We are committed to energy efficient solutions and incorporate double glazing, energy efficient lighting, heating and insulation. Our students are well aware and conversant of our efforts in this area.
Henley School, Henley Kindergarten, Waimea Intermediate, Waimea College and Maitai@Henley/Waimea make up a unique educational complex that is sited on an extensive area of unfenced land. All schools co-operate to share facilities.
I look forward to meeting you and showing you around the school.