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School Life


Te whare manaaki

School Life


Te whare manaaki

The Living Environment

The living environment supports all aspects of the life of the school and in doing so, hopes to promote all round excellence in our students. We believe this is an integral part of the school life for the students at Hato Pāora College. It is through our provision of a safe and positive environment that our students have the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

Boarding Goals

Students at Hato Pāora live, learn and work in a whānau environment.

Boarding and hostel life provides boys with unique opportunities to: 

  • Live and learn alongside their peers.
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities and responsibility.
  • Develop independence, self-reliance and the highest possible personal standards.
  • Develop a healthy and caring attitude toward others – characterised by a spirit of genuine acceptance and concern for one another.

The Hato Pāora Living Environment is divided into dorms which can comfortably accommodate 140 boys. A dorm parent is assigned to each dorm and these staff members are supervised by a shift supervisor. The Director of Boarding lives on-site and is available to assist hostel staff and students at any time.

Pastoral care provided by on-site staff members ensures boys are supported and comfortable in their living environment, allowing them to flourish across all areas of their education.

Boys lead activities and practices outside school hours and develop lasting friendships. They participate in sporting and social activities during the weekend. The boy’s enthusiasm for spontaneous karakia, waiata and kapa haka sessions illustrate the lively nature of hostel living at Hato Pāora.

Day In The Life Of A Boarder

What your boys at Hato Pāora are to expect in their daily life.

6:30am – Lights go on

6:35am – Wake up and activities of daily living

7:30am – Breakfast is served in the Wharekai

8:00am – Duties or time to get ready

8:25am – Ranks

8:30am – Chapel

8.45am – Form class

9:00am – 3:20pm – The school day

3:20pm – Ranks in the Quad

4:00-5:00pm – Physical Education and Activities

5:00 – 5:20pm – Shower/get ready for dinner and study

5:30pm – Dinner followed by clean-up

6:20 – 6:30pm – Evening karakia in the Chapel         

6:30 – 8:30pm – Study and supper (Monday-Thursday), Leisure and/or recreational activities (Fridays)

8.50pm – Dorm Hui

9:00pm – Lights out for Years 9-11

10:00pm – Lights out for Years 12-13