Where learners are seen and heard

Young people enjoy a sense of belonging, from which confidence develops. This foundation enables them to enjoy using their new skills and concepts in real life contexts and to manage themselves and their learning.

Our Junior College curriculum serves the student rather than the other way around. We focus on bringing the curriculum to the student in a way that engages with their world, helps them to make sense of it, and broadens their perspectives. Our learners know that “the stories we tell ourselves shape our future”, and they are supported by caring teachers to intentionally shape their futures, to take initiative, to set and achieve personal goals, and to solve real life problems.

Teachers work collaboratively to provide connected investigations that effectively meet the learning needs of Years 7-10 learners.

Specialist teachers work alongside formation teachers to provide rich learning experiences with real life outcomes. All of this takes place in a fun and open space that allows for students to work inside, outside, through workshops and independent or group work.

Horizon College has:

  • a science lab
  • 2 auditoriums
  • basketball and netball courts
  • soccer, hockey and rugby fields
  • libraries
  • bespoke spaces for delivering art, technology and music curriculum
  • automative workshop
  • outdoor tables and decks for study
  • 13 hectares of farmland, ponds and wetlands
  • cafe

Authentic and relevant experiences meet the needs of each individual learner as they face challenges and take increasing responsibility.

At Horizon, we seek to create an environment in which children and young people want to connect with God, self and others in meaningful ways as a normal part of life. Inspired by the life of Jesus and rooted strongly in our Christian heritage, our special character is our main point of difference.

Horizon is small and well-resourced so we can help learners thrive:

  • Being responsive to each learner.
  • Being responsive to the needs of young people by providing a sense of belonging, choice, and challenge.
  • Giving learners an opportunity to have a say in what they learn and how they learn.
  • Being committed to providing a breadth of experiences.
  • Employing teachers who are committed to our personalised learning approaches.
  • Being intentionally connected with real life opportunities in the community.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”


Connected Learning

Teaching and learning at Horizon College is not primarily taught in strictly isolated subjects that stop and start, but often in connected investigations of core compulsory learning areas (Science, Social Sciences, English, Technologies and the Arts). This helps learners to see the links between learning areas and to see the relevance and value of their learning.

Teachers equip learners with subject-specific knowledge and skills to a high standard within these connected investigations ensuring that NZ Curriculum requirements are met and that they are prepared for future learning, while developing into confident and competent young people.

Teachers have strong relationships with our learners, respecting their thoughts and ideas, encouraging their development, and stretching them towards improvement and success.

Purposeful Learning

A learner at Horizon is on a lifelong learning journey, and not just learning to pass tests. We know that learning, applied to real world and open-ended situations, is most easily recalled, and most valuable to life.

Learning at Horizon has value beyond the curriculum or classroom. We foster higher order thinking and problem-based learning that contributes to our community. In recent years our college learners were part of a council playground design and rebuild which included research and making submissions to the council, and involved English, Maths, Art, Social Studies. They have also worked with scientists from Auckland University to make hydrophones, gather data about marine sounds and present information of value to the science community (Physics, Biology, Technology, English, Mathematics).

Enriched Learning

Horizon is small but passionate, with highly qualified teachers. We are also well-connected with experts in our local community who often inspire our learners through guest lectures, interviews, discussions, and projects.

The College Curriculum

Our learners feel a sense of belonging and are loved by their teachers. Young people are free to be themselves, love learning, and risk failure and growth without fear.  We believe that with wide experience, and the ability to talk about those experiences, children can grow in confidence, which forms the basis for all future learning.

The College learning program aims for a holistic education that engages the whole student.  Pathways are created for students to excel and flourish in their areas of passion and interest, whether this is in NCEA subjects, extra-curricular areas or health and well-being.  A variety of subjects are offered at Horizon School.


Year 7-10 Options

Options available are Visual Art, Enterprise and Financial Literacy, Textile Design and Technology, Drama and Automotive.  Options are often integrated into connected learning investigations and may be offered on alternate years.

Sports Options

  • Netball, Hockey, Touch Rugby, Basketball, Cross Country, Zone Days

In addition to in-class learning, we offer the following optional learning extras during Years 7-13:

  • Musical Instrument Tuition
  • Librarian Training
  • Leadership
  • Eco-Team
  • Duke of Edinburgh

“Horizon College has been an amazing environment for my daughter to grow. As a parent I love that the focus goes beyond just academic learning but also supports the learners in developing a sense of belonging and seeing the value that they each have.”



Horizon teachers and staff are selected for their love for children and young people, love for teaching and for learning and commitment to creating an environment in which our learners might want to learn and to connect with God in some way.