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

Dear Parents and Caregivers


A very warm welcome to the 2020 school year.  I trust that your summer holiday has been relaxing and enjoyable and that you and your children are feeling refreshed and recharged in preparation for a busy and productive year ahead.  We look forward to welcoming each of our students as they start or return to Henley School for 2020.

As you will have seen in the media the national and international response to the virus, Novel Coronavirus, is rapidly evolving.  Schools throughout the country were very recently emailed information by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.

All three schools on our campus are closely monitoring and following their advice.  We are making the following information available to the families of all three school so that the information you receive is consistent and clear about this virus and our response to it.

It is important to note that there are currently no confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus in New Zealand and the Ministry of Health indicates that the risk of an ongoing outbreak in New Zealand remains low.

This is a new virus and its specific nature is currently unclear, however we are advised that it appears that individuals can have the virus at an early stage without showing any symptoms.  The incubation period is currently considered to be 14 days, which means that symptoms may not show for 14 days after a person is exposed to the virus.

With the school year about to commence and the health of students and staff being a priority for all, we would ask you to follow the following advice.


All Students:

  • Anyone who is unwell should NOT be at school.  If you have a concern about your child's health, please keep them away from school.  Contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice.
  • High Risk Students (those who have visited China or had contact with someone with the virus): Students who may be at high risk of exposure because they have recently been to China or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, are asked to delay the start of their school year for 14 days.  This will keep everyone safe.  We will ensure there is no impact on any student's learning if they are away from school for an extended period of time.
  • Please note that for everyone's safety if a student attends school with symptoms the Education Act allows principals to preclude students from attendance if they believe on reasonable grounds they may have a communicable disease such as Novel Coronavirus.

Further Information:

The Ministry of Health has published information regarding the Novel Coronavirus which is available here https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

We will be sure to share any updates regarding Novel Coronavirus as they come to hand.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your support.

Warm regards


John Armstrong





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




Latest News  

Fri 31 Jan - school open from 9.00am to 11.00am for families who wish to visit classrooms to meet their child's 2020 teacher (and drop off the 2020 stationery if you wish)

Fri 31 Jan - FOHS (Friends of Henley School) second hand uniform sale - 9.00am to 11.00am - Hall Meeting Room

Tues 4 Feb - first day of school for 2020

Thurs 6 Feb - Waitangi Day SCHOOL CLOSED

Fri 7 Feb - Teacher Only Day for all Waimea Plains schools SCHOOL CLOSED










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