Henley School

Henley School, Richmond

Nelson, New Zealand

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

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Welcome to Henley School, Richmond, Tasman

Update 12.8.20 - 3.16pm

Dear parents and caregivers

Kia ora koutou

We are currently operating under Alert Level 2 as instructed by the Ministry of Education/Ministry of Health.

Please note the following:

• It would be great if your child could bring their own lunch and a drink bottle (drinking fountains are operating however we would prefer use of own named drink bottles)

• Wear the school uniform as normal

• Children will be reminded to practise good hygiene – washing hands regularly and using the hand sanitiser that is supplied to each classroom and teaching space

• All class trips, school wide events and interschool events scheduled for Term 3 have been put on hold until further notice

• Syndicate and full school assemblies are on hold until further notice

• Our Office will be open in a limited capacity as we are required to operate under public health requirements – please consider whether your physical visit is necessary

• Road patrols will operate as normal

• If you need to see the class teacher please make an appointment via the office on 544 8904 or office@henley.school.nz

• Once again keeping children home who are unwell will be very important at Level 2


Drop offs and Pick-ups at Alert Level 2: 

• As we are required to maintain contact tracing records for visitors to the site (including parents) we ask you to drop your children at the William Street or Gilbert Street entrance. To make it easier for your child, please pick them up from the same gate you drop them at in the morning

• In order to maintain social distancing and to avoid a large gathering we will utilise the top hard court (near the Waimea Kindergarten) as a drop off/pick-up point for those entering via Gilbert Street.

• The William Street entrance gate will be closed and we will be utilising the area outside the Community Oral Health Centre for the children to wait as a drop off/pick-up point.

• Teaching staff will be at both entrances to greet and ensure children are taken to the correct classroom. All the Junior Syndicate teachers will be meeting the younger children.

• At the end of the day the Junior Syndicate will be released at 2.50pm and will be supervised until released into the care of their parents and caregivers in the pick-up areas.

• The Middle and Senior Syndicate children will be released at 3pm as usual.

Any parent/caregiver who needs to come on site (beyond the pick-up/drop off areas) must sign in at one of the Contact Tracing stations. We have been asked to discourage parents and/or visitors under Alert Level 2 to reduce unnecessary contact tracing should the need arise. If you do need to speak to a staff member, please contact them by telephone or email the office to make an appointment.

I hope this information clarifies things for you. If you have any further questions, please email  office@henley.school.nz  or phone the school on 544 8904







You will already be familiar with alert level requirements.  We confirm the following will apply for our school while we are in Level 2.

  • At Alert Level 2 it is safe for all students, children, and staff to attend school. There will be appropriate precautions in place.
  • Children and staff who are at higher risk of severe illness are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.
  • Adults and children should remain at home if they are unwell.  Any child who is unwell at school will be sent home.
  • We ask that parents drop off and pick up their children from the school gates, as before.
  • If you do need to come into school grounds please sign in at one of the school office entrances by using the QR code for the NZ COVID Tracer App or by signing a Contact Tracing Register.
  • Masks are not required at schools at Alert Level 2, however your child is welcome to wear one.
  • Follow hand washing guidelines; wash hands thoroughly with soap for at least 20 seconds, rinse and dry.
  • Coughs and sneezes should be into your elbow.
  • Hand sanitiser is in every classroom.
  • Children, young people and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other.
  • Physical distancing of 2 metres is recommended for parents and caregivers, from people they don’t know (to align with public health measures outside the school grounds).
  • The school office has restricted entry – if you have a non-urgent query please phone the school at 544 8904 or email office@henley.school.nz
  • If your matter is urgent, please use the QR code for the NZ COVID Tracer App or sign a Contact Tracing Register at either of the school office entrances and observe the social distancing requirements.

Thank you for supporting the school


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 vinyl records, 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, Waimea 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





Monday 8 June

Dear parents and caregivers
Kia ora koutou

We were pleased to hear the Prime Minister's announcement today that we will be moving to Alert Level 1. For us here at Henley School the changes will take effect from Tuesday 9th June.

The key principles for Alert Level 1 are:

  • If you're sick, stay home. Don't go to work, school or socialise.
  • If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, call your doctor or healthline. Get tested.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow and regularly clean shared surfaces.
  • You must self-isolate if you're told by officials to do so.
  • Stay healthy, work with your GP if you have underlying health issues.
  • Keep track of where you've been.
  • Businesses help people track movements by displaying the QR code.
  • Stay vigilant.
  • Be kind to others and be kind to yourself.

From Tuesday 9th June parents and caregivers will be able to enter the grounds and classrooms without details being recorded as occurred prior to Level 1.  Our School Office will reopen fully.  Our William Street gate will continue to be closed from 0830 each morning to minimise traffic on our driveway.  We have the NZ Government QR codes displayed around the school for you to scan.

I hope this information clarifies things for you. If you have any further questions, please email office@henley.school.nz  or phone the school on 544 8904

Thanks once again for all your work and cooperation with the above points as we return back to normal operations.

Kind regards

Ngā mihi nui

John Armstrong



Monday 25 May

The Ministry of Education is asking all schools to submit to them attendance data weekly. They have also asked us to inform you that the purpose for this is to:

• report to the National Crisis Monitoring Centre and government on levels of attendance during the COVID-19 period
• inform and support Ministry planning for students and schools returning to normal operation, and
• evaluate and report on the effectiveness of initiatives implemented by the Ministry to respond and manage its response to COVID-19.

Our daily attendance here at Henley School is consistently above 90 percent (attendance rate today is 94 percent - last Friday 22nd was 93 percent)

Thank you
John Armstrong


Friday 15 May

Please click here to see the information regarding the reopening of school on Monday 18th May under Level 2 conditions.


Monday 12 May

Please click here to see the latest information regarding the upcoming change in Alert Levels.  As planning continues for the reopening of school next week, further information will be delivered via email, the school website and Facebook page as it becomes available.


Sunday 10 May

Please click here to see details of the distance learning being provide by Henley School for each Syndicate for Week 5 of Term 2.


Sunday 3 May

Please click here to see details of the distance learning being provide by Henley School for each Syndicate for Week 4 of Term 2.


Monday 27 April

Please click here to see details of the distance learning being provided by Henley School for each Syndicate for Week 3 of Term 2.



Wednesday 22 April (pm)

Kia ora parents and caregivers

On Monday the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on the 28th April.  The overriding principle for Alert Level 3 is to stay at home, other than for essential personal movement and going to work and school.

Wherever possible,  students are to stay at home. Parents and caregivers can send children to school from Wednesday 29 April, only if both parents are working in essential or safe services and no alternative arrangements within an extended bubble are possible.

The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home. 

If you need to send your child to school please follow the link below and complete the brief survey by Friday 24th April, 1pm.

Ngā mihi nui

John Armstrong






Wednesday 22 April (am)

Kia ora parents and caregivers

We hope that Term 2 and our Learning from Home programme has been a success for you so far. We've been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you for your support.

Yesterday the Government decided we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April. That means we will be open to receive students from the 29 April. We will start to prepare school this week.

The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that puts them at a greater risk of severe illness you must keep them at home. If your child is sick please also keep them at home.

We will contact you later this week via email and Facebook to find out whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person. This will be in the form of a brief survey to help us with our logistical planning.

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with Ministry of Health to develop clear guidance for safely re-opening schools. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. Like you, we want to be sure we keep our community as safe as possible.

For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance while we plan for Alert Level 3. We will be in touch again soon with more information. Please keep connecting with your teachers to support your child's home learning.

Kind regards
John Armstrong



Sunday 19 April

Please click here to see details of the distance learning being provided by Henley School for each Syndicate for Week 2 of Term 2.



Tuesday 14 April

Schools are providing distance learning until they are reopened.  For the information on what Henley School is providing, please click here

Thank you

John Armstrong



Wednesday 8 April

Thank you for the responses to the survey regarding requesting devices from the Ministry of Education. The deadline for this has now passed and the information has been sent to the Ministry of Education.

At this stage we do not have information about how the roll out will be progressed or the timeline. We will keep you informed when further information comes to hand.

Thank you

John Armstrong


Thank you for the responses we have received to the survey regarding devices.  The deadline for this has now passed and the information has been sent to the Ministry of Education


Tuesday 7 April

Dear parents and caregivers

We hope you are continuing to manage well during the lockdown.  Thank you for supporting your child/children during this time.

Next week (15 April) is the beginning of Term 2 and we will still be in lockdown of course. This means schools will be delivering education by distance. 

If you do not have access to an internet capable device such as a Chromebook, Laptop or tablet that is available for your child during normal school hours please complete the following short survey form for the Ministry of Education by 5pm Wednesday 8th April.

The Ministry of Education will use the information to identify where devices or hard copy learning resources may need to be delivered. They won’t be able to meet everyone’s needs all at once, but we will continue to provide as much as we can, as it is available. Please complete the survey form for each of your children separately.


This is information we are collecting for the Ministry of Education. The collection, use and disclosure of this information is authorised by the Civil Defence National Emergencies (Information Sharing) Code 2013 under the Privacy Act 1993.

Resources are limited and it will take time to get them to learners who most need them, so the sooner we are able to get this information to the Ministry of Education the better.

Many thanks

John Armstrong



Wednesday 25 March

Henley School COVID-19 Update 4


Please click here for the latest update 

Please click for the the Learning from Home information





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