Hornby High School

Student Showcase

Discover your full potential!

We encourage our students to take opportunities to develop their talents and explore their interests in the many activities available at Hornby High School.


Sport plays an important role in life at Hornby High School, with students encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them.

Our vision is to foster ‘enrichment through sport’, and we work hard at all times to encourage students to model and display our school values of Commitment, Achievement, Resilience, and Respect, in all of their activities.

Our impressive sports facilities (which include two full sized gymnasiums, a weights room, six astroturf netball/tennis courts, and irrigated fields) support a wide range of codes and activities.

What a challenging year this has been for everyone, Hornby High School included. Despite Covid-19, Hornby High School... read more


2020 Sports

Over the last few months, fourteen talented Hornby High School students went through a rigorous selection process to... read more


Sports Report

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2020 Sports and Cultural Photos

The guidelines have been developed after consultation with Centres and are aimed to provide the netball community with... read more


Netball NZ has released COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Guidelines to support member organisations in bringing a safe return to community netball.

2020 summer sports have kicked off with a huge bang. read more


Summer Sports

The National Secondary Schools Athletics were held at Newtown Park athletics track in Wellington from Friday December... read more


The National Secondary Schools Athletics


Why study music?

Music stimulates creativity, imagination, and intuition. Music can help you express ideas and feelings and Music is a universal language. Music courses run for years 9-13, we focus on performance skills, learning how to play instruments, singing waiata, and music appreciation. Music can help build confidence and resilience as it requires students to work with and relate to others, to be empathetic and thoughtful. We study and perform a range of music and have termly showcases for students to share their talents.

We also have six itinerant music teachers who teach Piano, Guitar, Drums, Voice, and Bass. These lessons (available to Year 9-13 students) are timetabled and students are able to have a one on one lesson with an instrumental specialist!

Our goal as a department is to nurture and support our musicians, to encourage students to step out of their comfort zones and to share their work. This encouragement of ‘risk taking’ is an important stepping stone for our learners as we support them on their journey towards our vision as ‘a centre of creative excellence he puna auaha’.

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Itinerant Music

Despite it being a quiet year for performing opportunities we have still had lots of fun in Voices with Soul. We have... read more


Voices with Soul

To days of inspiration. Making something out of nothing. The need to express.To communicate. To going against the... read more


Senior Performance

In the past 12 months, the Forte team of registered secondary music itinerant teachers have worked in collaboration... read more


Forte’s Collaboration with Schools in Christchurch

Singing and performance continues to be one of our strengths at Hornby High School. read more



Singing continues to be one of our strengths at Hornby High School. read more


Singing in Whare Toi Whakaari

Arts & Drama

Communications, Confidence, and Creativity

Drama courses run for year 7-13 students and there are a variety of performance opportunities. The main focus is on life skills such as working with others, developing empathy, and communication skills. Performing arts help students develop an understanding of their own and others’ cultures. We explore storytelling with masks, puppets, film, and improvisation. We develop critical literacy skills using a  broad range of texts from Dr. Seuss and school journals, to New Zealand theatre, contemporary musicals, and Shakespeare. We have regular Arts and Cultural events as students share their work with their community. We also facilitate theatre trips and host visiting performers and tutors from the community.  The goal is to create empathetic, thoughtful, people who are open to enjoying the rich cultural world of theatre.

Two enthusiastic teams led by directors Amy Woermann and Molly Noven set out to create scenes for the University of... read more


SCGNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

Arts evening was a lively, colourful performance celebration when NCEA students and the Shakespeare Festival teams... read more


Arts Evening

After lock down, Mr Hilliard organised some after school activities to compensate for the cancellation of sports. The... read more


Dance Group

In Term One two enthusiastic teams led by directors Amy Woermann and Molly Noven set out to create two scenes from... read more


Shakespeare Film Festival

To days of inspiration. Making something out of nothing. The need to express.To communicate. To going against the... read more


Senior Performance

'That Time That Place' by Ken Mizusawa was a thought-provoking script used by 10Drama to create an interesting movie... read more


Films in Whare Toi Whakaari


On Saturday 13th March the Hornby High School Polyfest group gave an amazing performance at the Canterbury Polyfest in... read more


Canterbury Polyfest

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2020 Sports and Cultural Photos

Mula noong Hunyo 12, 1898 hanggang sa ika-122 taon ng kasarinlan ngayong taon, ipinagdiwang ng mga Pilipino saan mang... read more


Philippines Celebration

In Term one, we had 3 visiting international students from Komagome, Toshima City, Tokyo, Japan. read more


Komagome students

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2019 Sports and Cultural Photos

The Philippines Independence Day is celebrated on June 12th each year and to mark this occasion, our Filipino students... read more


Filipino Culture Week and Salu Salo

Honours Board

Hayley Birchall (nee Inglis) is a creative person of extraordinary talent. She began dancing in 1998 at the age of... read more


Dedication to creative excellence marks Hayley’s work.

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Hornby High School Alumnae – Dr Sharon Forbes


It would be fair to say that 2020 has been a real roller coaster of a year, not only for our akonga (students), but for... read more


Learning Commons

2019 has been another year of development and innovation in our Learning Commons. Throughout the year, it has been very... read more


Learning Commons

The Summer Learning Journey (SLJ) is a free online blogging programme that has been created with the purpose of helping... read more


Summer Learning Journey

We have started a new book club at Hornby High School this year. The club is open to anyone who is keen and interested... read more


Hornby High School Book Club 2018