Established in 1939, we are the second oldest Intermediate School in the South Island and the third oldest in New Zealand. Our motto is "Aim High".We are located between the suburbs of Addington and Cashmere on what was the site of an old dairy farm and racing stables.
Although a hall was originally planned for the school, the outbreak of World War II and the subsequent Government policy of "no assembly halls for intermediate schools" meant that the school was without a hall. After eighteen years of hope and frustration, a hall was finally officially opened in 1957 by the Minister of Education.
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The school made do with a variety of temporary library facilities until 1955 when the old Art Room was redecorated and equipped as the first "proper" library. In 1973 a much larger library was opened in its present location. In 2003 a new computer suite was added to the library to enable wider access to research information.
The school has undergone a number of upgrades and refurbishments over the years. In recent times the construction of a new office and administration building (2003), the development of a hard court area (2004) and a complete remodel, including extensions for Biotechnology and specific design areas, of the Technology Block (2005) have been completed.
In 2012 work was completed on a rebuild of our main classroom block. The old classrooms, which were built in time for the school to open in 1939, have been replaced with 4 'pods' of classrooms. Each modern learning environment 'pod' has 4 classrooms and a large shared space for collaborative large and small group learning.
The major rebuild of classrooms began prior to the September 2010 earthquake and February 2011 aftershock. The school buildings and resources, both old and new, suffered only very minor superficial damage in the earthquakes. The school was fortunate to only have minor liquefaction on part of the school fields and sealed court areas.
A long overdue full renovation of the school hall was completed in time for the start of the 2012 school year.
The school rebuilding and renovation programme has included substantial upgrades to full wireless access throughout the school enabling students to bring their own electronic devices to assist their learning.
An annual exchange with Broadgreen Intermediate in Nelson was begun in 1977 and it continues to be a highlight of our year.