Huntley School (New Zealand)

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Huntley School
Wanganui Road, Marton, New Zealand
Coordinates 40°03′53″S 175°21′40″E / 40.0647°S 175.3611°E / -40.0647; 175.3611Coordinates: 40°03′53″S 175°21′40″E / 40.0647°S 175.3611°E / -40.0647; 175.3611
Type Independent Preparatory, with Boarding
Motto Honos Per Ardua - Honour through hard work
Established 1896
Ministry of Education Institution no. 4111
Headmaster Sam Edwards [1]
School roll 133[2] February 2017
Socio-economic decile 10[3]

Huntley School is an Anglican independent boarding prep School in Marton, New Zealand. As of 2014 is currently co-educational, after being a boys-only school for 117 years.[4]

It was founded in 1896 by Charles Mather and Basil Wilson on Calico Line as a small school for children of the farmers in Marton. The school is now located on Wanganui Road.[5] The building has been rebuilt since the move. A nail from the original building is kept ceremonially by the headmaster.

The school has large grounds, including several sports fields, a Chapel (which celebrated its Centennial in 2009), a Gymnasium and an Arts and Technology block.

Huntley has 155 students in 5 squads named after the previous headmasters- Mather, Wilson, Rix-Trott, Strombom and Sherriff. They compete in various challenges such as Swimming Sports and Cross Country Running. About 100 are full-time (3 week intervals between exeats) boarders, while the remaining 50 are daystudents. Lunch is provided for all students every day.

The school is strong in many aspects. Academically, it does well in ICAS examinations, Otago Problem Solving and Mathex. Culture is taken very seriously- the Huntley Jazz Band often compete locally [6] and there is also annual Public Speaking and Debating competitions. The school is also quite strong in sports- every student is expected to do a sport- competing strongly in competitions and in sporting fixtures with other schools. The Chapel of St. Barnabas has just had its centennial in 2009. There is a service in the chapel every Monday, Thursday and Friday morning, and on Sunday evening. Social opportunities are also found, as there is a social with Carncot in Term 2 and Term 4.


  1. ^ Caroline Brown (2 March 2015). "New principal relishes changes". 
  2. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "ERO Review 2011". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Girls Being Accepted 2014". Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Huntley School - A Very Brief History". Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Huntley Out Jazzes the Competition". Wanganui Chronicle. April 2, 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 

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