Joanne Synge - Principal (Year 4-8 Teacher)

My name is Joanne Synge and I am the Principal here at Horahora School.

I have been teaching at Horahora since 1999 and have lived in the district since 1982.

I am married to Trevor and have 3 grown up children and 2 grandchildren (and another on the way). My son started at Horahora School in 1988 and I joined the Board of Trustees in 1989 and am still on it! My two daughters also completed their primary education here at Horahora School.

I taught in the Year 3 – 5 class from 1999 until 2014.I then taught in the Year 0 – 4 class from 2014 to 2015.In 2015 I was appointed Principal and then in 2016 I moved to the Year 4 – 8 class where I now teach 2.5 days each week.The other 2.5 days are spent doing my Principal administration duties in the office (or offsite at courses/meetings).

I am very passionate about Horahora School and the local community, it's been part of my life for such a long time.The students here are very important to me and their education is paramount.

Angela Hammond - Teacher

I am Mrs Angela Hammond.I have been teaching in large schools in Hamilton for the past 10 years and am looking forward to returning to my rural roots.I have a fiancée, Aaron, and a beautiful 7-month old son, Isaac, who keeps me busy outside of school.

I have enjoyed being part of the football community at varying levels throughout my life, and continue to play socially now.



I am passionate about writing, spelling and how these combine to enable students to find their own individual voice. I am really looking forward to the new challenge Horahora will bring!

Sally Huddart - Teacher Aide

My name is Sally and I have been a Teacher Aide at Horahora school since 1998. I have lived in the district for the last 10 years.

I love working with children and watching them make progress.

My foster son, Corban was at Horahora for 3 years and is now at Matamata College.

I am a passionate animal lover and have a dog, cats, a goat and chickens.

Sherrilee Kerkhof - Cleaner/Caretaker

My name is Sherrilee and I have lived in the district for 15 years. I have 3 children, twins Bianca and Ricco (who came through Horahora and have just started at Cambridge High) and Luca who is now a year 6 at Horahora.

I have been the cleaner/caretaker at Horahora for 3 years.