Introducing Hokowhitu School

Introducing Hokowhitu School

Hokowhitu School is located in central Palmerston North, and we work hard to provide a supportive, caring, and positive environment for our children.

Our roll is currently around 380 students, and our children come from more than thirty different cultures. We are categorised as Decile 7 by the Ministry of Education.

We have an extensive playground and a swimming pool. We are also able to make use of the neighbouring Hokowhitu Park.

Hokowhitu School was opened in February 1924, and the Albert Street frontage—including our bell tower—is a Category II listed historic building.


Our mission

Strive to be the best you can be

Torongia ki te tihi o te maunga


Our vision

Our school is a wonderful place where students are inspired and guided on their journey through life.


Our values: STRIVE

Our STRIVE guidelines encapsulate the virtues and values we teach at Hokowhitu School: 

Step up and be the best you can be 

Try new things and persevere 

Respect self, others and things 

Investigate, wonder and learn 

Value others 

Enthusiastically live by our virtues


Our ERO Report & ERO Case Studies

Our latest ERO Report (2018) can be found here.

Hokowhitu School is also profiled in an ERO exemplar report:

An exemplar report may be produced when ERO finds an organisation demonstrates effective practice in relation to specific aspects of performance.


The exemplar report is based on ERO's reports on Hokowhitu School in their Teaching Strategies that Works series:

Keeping children engaged and achieving in writing (June 2019)
Case Study #4: Making sure all teachers have the knowledge to enable literacy success for every child


Mathematics approaches and strategies that worked (2018)
Case Study #3: Working collaboratively to develop and implement an agreed mathematics curriculum and consistent, high quality teaching practices


The reading approaches and strategies that worked (2018)
Case Study #8: Ensuring more children achieve success when initially learning to read


Keeping Children Engaged and Achieving in the Upper Primary School (2017)
Case Study #8: Empowering student learning, efficacy, aspirations and success


Other useful information


Our profile on the Education Counts website can be found here.