English & Learning Languages

This faculty incorporates English, Te Reo Mãori, Japanese and ESOL throughout Horowhenua College. Our aim is to encourage a lifelong interest in language and languages.
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The Languages Department at Horowhenua College is vibrant, creative, and passionate about our students and the curriculum we deliver.  It is staffed by a blend of new and experienced teachers, ensuring a balance of both expertise and new ideas.  The faculty incorporates English, Te Reo Māori, Media Studies, Business Studies, Japanese, and ESOL.  Our emphasis is on the skills required for success in education and the world beyond.  Within our classrooms, we celebrate the many cultures and backgrounds that our students represent.  This is reflected in our learning programs through our emphasis on student voice and culturally responsive and relational teaching and resources.

Our use of both internal and external assessments ensures that all our students can enjoy success according to their individual abilities.  All our programs are shared digitally with our learners and are carefully differentiated to ensure the greatest chances of success for all.

Language, Media Studies and Business Studies courses differ from English in that they are optional subjects whereas English is compulsory right up to Year 12.  Scholarship English is also offered in partnership with the Level 3 English course.


The faculty uses six classrooms, including the school Wharenui in its capacity as a teaching space. It also has the use of library facilities and computer rooms. English is also taught to the various Trades and Services Academies now operating within the college.


Year 13: English, English Scholarship, Media Studies, ESOL, Business Studies
Year 12: English, Media Studies, ESOL, Business Studies, Māori, Te Waharoa
Year 11: English, Japanese, Media Studies, ESOL, Business Studies, Māori, Te Waharoa
Year 9 & 10: English, Te Reo Maori, Tikanga, Japanese and Business Studies

Extra Curricular Activities

Debating Society
Writing Club


  • Claire McCormick – Head of English Faculty, English Scholarship
  • Christopher Fearon – Assistant Head of English Faculty
  • Sam Wiblin – English
  • Nicole Hamilton – English, Media Studies
  • Alex Sheward – English
  • John McElwee – English
  • Nick Stachurski – English
  • Lucy Pearce – ESOL, English
  • Sharon Moerkerk – English
  • Julie Bolton – English
  • Chris Wilton – Rangitahi Ora, Māori/Tikanga
  • Dylan Kiriona – Te Reo Māori
  • Louise Mattheus – Japanese
  • Nada El Hosseny – Junior Japanese 
  • Gina Kelly – Business Studies, Media Studies
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