Additional Programmes

Chess Tournament

Our students elect to be part of the Chess Club which prepares them for an interschool Chess competition held at the Intermediate. Winning teams have the opportunity to compete in Christchurch at the Canterbury Chess Schools Tournament.

Music Festival

A choir is selected and trained to take part in the annual inter-school event held in Term 2.

Reading Recovery

This is a special programme aimed at helping children who are having difficulties with their reading in the early years of School. Children are tested at the age of six and entered into the programme if this is thought necessary. In a one-to-one situation with a specially trained Teacher, daily reading and writing instruction is given. Home support and practice of work is essential.

Special Programmes

We employ two teachers and six teacher aides to operate these programmes which deliver both extension and remedial work to individuals and groups. You will be contacted when your Child is offered the opportunity to be involved.

Examples include: the Australasian English, Mathematics, Science and Spelling competitions, Junior and Senior Extension programmes, remedial phonics and reading assistance.

Speech Competition

All Students participate annually in this public speaking competition. Additionally one Year 6 student is selected to compete at the Rotary Speech Competition.

Vinnies Group

The Vinnies group is a branch of St Vincent de Paul which is open to all children. They are involved in collecting pine cones for the needy, visiting the elderly in Rest homes and helping out with Meals on Wheels. The group is an opportunity for the students to help and be active in the wider Community.


A School Councillor is elected from each classroom with assistance from teachers. The Student Council meets regularly with the Principal to discuss a range of issues- from health and safety, ideas for new playground equipment and operating mufti days for groups like the Diabetic Foundation.

We survey our Year 6 Students on a range of items to assess their thoughts on our School. The Senior School in particular has responsibility for a range of duties such as Monitors in the PE Shed, running the School Assemblies and acting as Crossing Wardens.

Red Aiders are a group that assist in the playgrounds offering assistance and advice to others.

PALs are Physical Activity Leaders who assist by operating lunchtime games for those wanting to join in.


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