Welcome - Kia Ora


  PRIDE             COURAGE          CARING          EFFORT              UNITY

WHAKAMANA       HAUTOA           MANAAKI         KAHA          KOTAHITANGA

Shannon Primary School provides a secure, happy and challenging learning environment where children are given many opportunities to develop intellectually and socially.  We recognise education involves a partnership between home and school working together in the best interest of each child.  We are very much a local community school.

We are a full primary school which means we have classes from Year 1 to 8.  We have the option of Year 1 to 6 children learning in our Rumaki Reo, total Maori immersion class.  We also have a preschool onsite that directly feeds into our junior school, as well as a local kohunga reo and playcentre.   We provide an up-to-date, balanced and positive learning environment centred around inquiry learning, using our local environment as a base for much of our learning.

We expect high achievement and effort of our students and this is acknowledged and celebrated.  Social skills are encouraged through contact with students of differing abilities and through our close bi-cultural interaction.

Shannon School operates an open door policy and has a warm, approachable staff.  It is our firm belief that working closely with families enables us to provide an opportunity for children to develop into happy, educated, life-long learners.

Message from the Principal - Murray Powell

I have been principal of Shannon School for the past five years. My background in education spans over 30 years and I have taught and led in a wide variety of learning environments - Music and Drama specialist, taught in all levels of the school, the highest to lowest decile ratings, Australian and New Zealand schools, city and rural communities.

I am passionate about learning and the creative Arts in particular.  I love to see the children, staff and parents/caregivers engaged in and excited about their own learning journeys. In May 2011 we had a very positive Education Review Office report which reflects the very positive learning that Shannon School is engaged in.

Please check my 'Blog' page (under 'News and Events') for some of the latest news.


We have recently (November 2013) launched our Senior student inquiries on the history of Shannon people and landmarks.  Please go to the following site to take you to the amazing children's work.



We have also recently (November 2013) digitised our school class photos and other memorabilia on the Horowhenua Kete site.  If you are an old pupil check it out!!


Welcome to new staff member - August 2013

With an increase in our roll numbers we have been able to employ an extra teacher to work in our Junior Area.  A special welcome to our new long-term relieving teacher, Sharna Davis.

125 YEARS - EASTER 2014

What an amazing event.  Photos are now available - general photos from the school and class photos from the Photographer.  Please refer to 'Facebook Page' under '125th Jubilee.


ERO Report - 2011

If you would like to read our latest Education Review Office report from June 2011 please go to our menu bar and click on ERO under Information.

We are very proud of our ERO Report as it reflects the great learning that is happening at our school.

As a board and school we  made a brave decision not to implement the National Standards at the time of the ERO team reviewing our school.  You will see this decision reflected in our non compliance in the ERO Report.


Here is a copy of our key school document.  Our strategic Goals for 2014-2016 are:

  • To enable personalised learning journeys
  • To grow our unique curriculum and learning environment
  • To foster whanau engagement
  • To accelerate student's learning and progress towards or beyond the National Standards
Shannon School Charter 2014.pdf1.22 MB