Henley School

Henley School, Richmond

Nelson, New Zealand

Email us: office@henley.school.nz
Telephone: (03) 544 8904

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Thursday 16th May

Notification of combined Teachers strike (NZEI and PPTA)

Wednesday 29 May 2019

Dear Parents and Caregivers


You will have heard in the media of the likelihood of a nationwide strike taking place this month.  NZEI (the Primary Teachers’ Union) has now advised the Henley School Board of Trustees that NZEI and PPTA (Secondary Teachers’ Union) members will be taking strike action on Wednesday 29 May 2019 as an agreement has not been reached between the two teachers unions and the Ministry of Education.


The Board has carefully considered the availability of teaching staff, and unfortunately decided that we can’t provide the normal teaching services during the strike.  It is important that you make alternative arrangements for the care of your child/children on the day of the strike.  The school will need to close during this strike.


We appreciate that this is inconvenient for parents and students alike, but please be assured that student safety is our main concern.  Thank you for your understanding.


Yours sincerely, 


Gus Shirley


Henley School Board of Trustees






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Welcome to Henley School, Richmond, Tasman

Tēnā koe

Ko Paparoa te maunga

Ko Māwhera te awa

Nō Tai Poutini ahau

Ko John Armstrong tōku ingoa

Ko tēnei tōku whānau

Ko Rebecca tōku hoa rangatira

Ko Rosie tāku tamahine

Ko Tom tāku tama

Tēnā koutou kātoa


Kia ora, I'm John Armstrong, the principal of Henley School. 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 so I am familiar with the challenges of being a parent. 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 involved with the Asia New Zealand Foundation and regularly support initiatives to make us more 'Asia Aware'.

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. 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.

Henley School, Henley Kindergarten, Waimea Intermediate, Waimea College and Maitai@Henley/Waimea special needs unit make up a unique educational complex that is sited on an extensive area of unfenced land. All schools co-operate to share facilities. Henley School is also a member of the Waimea Community of Learners/Kāhui Ako which is a group of 12 schools in the Waimea Plains that work collaboratively to raise student achievement in the region. Further information is available on the following website www.waimeacol.org 

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 (as evidenced in our most recent external review by the Education Review Office).

I look forward to meeting you and showing you around the school.

Ngā mihi nui

John Armstrong

B Com, BSc, BA (Hons), MA,
Dip Teaching, Dip Educational Management




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