Thornton School



Thornton School is a small country school situated in the small coastal village of Thornton, 15kms northwest of Whakatane. The Thornton area has a wonderful history where 100 years ago the surrounding land was swampland which was drained to become the productive farm land that it now is.

We are fortunate to be near the Thornton beach and alongside the wonderful Rangitaiki River.

Our local school community is drawn from from the Plains and wider Whakatane area. Our parents are very supportive of our school and we have an active Parent Group.

The school has 100 students in 5 well-resourced classrooms catering for students from Years 0 – 8. We have a friendly, vibrant, high quality teaching staff and teacher aides who support teaching programmes. 

Our school has a family feel to it and our children are very supportive of each other.

The school has wonderful grounds with excellent facilities, including a modern and well maintained library, swimming pool, playgrounds and large playing fields including the native shrubbery perfect for building huts. The classrooms are well resourced with computers, laptops and interactive whiteboards.

Each year we hold amongst other activities, our Calf Club day, Art Week and school production. Our students participate in a variety of sporting codes through interschool events with the other schools on the Rangitaiki Plains and some students represent the school in Saturday netball and soccer teams.

If you would like your child to join us at Thornton School, please give us a call on 3049308.


Shelley Bremner                                                                                                                                                                Principal

Thornton School

Phone/Fax:  073049308 or 0272564911



2017 Term Dates

 Term 1

Tuesday 31 January – Thursday 13 April

 Term 2

Monday 1 May – Friday 7 July

Term 3

Monday 24 July – Friday 29 September

 Term 4

Monday 16 October – Wednesday 20 December

School Bank Account Details:  

BNZ Account

Thornton School Imprest Account



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