Thornton School



Photo Gallery

What's happening at our school in pictures

Shrek the Musical Jr 2019

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Our production based on the movie Shrek

The Lion King 2018

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Our school production held in August

Interschool Cross Country 2018

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A windy, cold but sunny day out on Manawahe Road. Some fantastic results for our students and all did the school proud

Touch Rugby 2018

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Fun day out at Awakeri School

School Production 2017

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This year our school put on Wind in the Willows. The children did so well and put on a fantastic show

Room 3 Camp 2017

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Another great Room 3 Camp with Mrs Mitchley, this year off to check out the Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton

Swimming Sports 2017

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A fun day with all our students giving swimming a go - many with great success

School at the War Memorial Hall

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We set up a make shift school and fun zone to help out displaced families after the Edgecumbe Floods

Room 2 Camp 2017

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Learning, fun and adventure at Lake Rotoma

Room 4 Cambodian Cuisine 2017

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Our new International Student Ra is introducing his classmates to his style of food - they all love it


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Room 2 Students DARE programme with Police Education Officer Trish Morris.

Touch Tournament

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Well done to the children from Rooms 2,3,and 4 who participated in the Touch tournament at Awakeri School.

Kids for Kids Concert

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Kids for Kids Concert
I was very proud of the ten students who participated in the World Vision concert with Suzanne Prentice. Your behaviour was wonderful and your singing was magic. Well done!

Dune Planting

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Planting 1000 pingao plants with Wayne O’Keefe from Coast Care

Jump Rope for Heart

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Our students have raised $1381.30 for Jump Rope for Heart.

Art Expo

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Our students artwork was displayed at the War Memorial Hall, Whakatane and they travelled into Whakatane for workshops including African drumming and dance, Maori design, mask drama and expressive writing. Josh Moore played guitar and the Kids for Kids choir performed.

Life Education

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We welcome Shirley and Harold in the mobile classroom to our school.

Art Week

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The school is positively buzzing! We have had a fantastic group of talented people working at our school this week and our students are painting, acting, dancing, constructing, beading and more!

Agricultural Day

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Well done to all the children
who competed with a calf,
lamb, goat or pet and the indoor exhibition. It was a good day despite the weather.

High Seas Adventure

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Whakatane Little Theatre

Wednesday 30 November 2011
Two Performances -1pm & 7pm and
Thursday 1 December 2011 - 7pm

Pocket Bikes

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Mike, Tracy, Loren and Connor McMillan showing us their your pocket bikes.

Swimming Sports 2012

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Well done to all of our swimmers on our day. Congratulations to Green House.


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This is a celebration of our school year and all that our pupils have achieved. We have a special Christmas visitor coming this evening for our students, preschoolers and other children.

Room 2 Camp

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Room 2 Aquatic Camp - Year 7/8 Students from Room 2 went on camp at Lake Rotoma from Tuesday 7 – Friday 10 February.
They had a great time kayaking, air rifle shooting, building bivouacs, orienteering and more.

Sports Day at Awakeri School

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A fun mud filled day for our soccer kids at Awakeri School.

Thornton Toilet Block Mural

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Children from Thornton, Edgecumbe and Otakiri Schools were chosen to create a mural for the toliet block at Thornton Beach Domain with Art teacher Lee Wright.


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Room 3 created their very own scarecrows from straw, wood, old clothes and imagination....

Top School 2013

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Competing in the Top School competition at Awakeri School.

The T2 Show

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An awesome show to learn about our native birds, with fabulous dancing and acrobatics to tell the story.