Henley School, Richmond

Nelson, New Zealand

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

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Henley School was opened by Mr Tennant, the then Minister of Education, on 28 November 1962. The roll at the time was 192 and there were six classrooms. Mr W S Burnside (1962 - 67) was the first Principal and, through his leadership, the school built a fine reputation in the district. The second Principal, Mr N M Brownlie, continued this fine work and during his time (1968 - 83) was largely responsible for the many ground improvements. His successor, Mr N Moore, retired from the position in December 1990. Mr Chris Ryan was principal from 1991 until his retirement in 2008 with the current principal Mr John Armstrong taking up the role at the beginning of 2009.

Henley School is named after a public vote, from names suggested through a “name the school” competition. The name Henley which was selected, proved most appropriate as the contributing area was first named “Henley” by one of the early settlers who came from Henley on Thames, England.

There was a steady growth in the population and the school roll peaked at 521 in December 1979. Then the roll, in line with the national trend, declined, as seen by the 1986 December roll of 398. Since that year however, with many new housing areas being developed near Henley, the roll is now consistently around the 500-600 mark. Our Learning Centre has recently been rebuilt (2015) and now includes a spacious Library along with multipurpose flexible spaces and a central Resource Room. The Administration Block was rebuilt and opened at the beginning of Term 4 2014.