let the adventure begin

The world is a big place for small adventurers.

That’s why Cathedral Grammar’s Junior School is committed to providing the navigation skills, knowledge and confidence for a lifetime of discovery.

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Let the adventure begin

life is one long adventure

At three, the budding adventurers have their first taste of the possibilities of the world (aided by older, wiser adventurers).

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Life is one long adventure

Wanted: Asrto-Scientist

Young people for whom even the biggest sky is no limit. People who want to pursue new possibilities, discover new domains and find new frontiers.

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Wanted: Astro-Scientists

A real character


It’s an all-too-rare word these days.

It’s sometimes hard to define, yet so easy to know when you see it.

In a Cathedral Grammar girl or boy it’s as recognisable as their distinctive uniform.

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A real character

100 not out!

When it's a century of scholarships, it's even more cause for celebration. In the first decade of the 21st century alone, Cathedral Grammar boys and girls were awarded no fewer than 100 scholarships to secondary schools.

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100 not out!

Girl Power! Preparing girls for sparkling futures.

As they move beyond engineering school and into the wide world, they are taking something they treasure more than any scholarship or qualification.

The ability to think.

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Girl power

130 years new

To put Cathedral Grammar's heritage in context, the school celebrated its 50th anniversary before other well-known private preparatory schools in Christchurch had opened their doors.

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130 years new

Good sports

One primary school habitually provides more Canterbury hockey representatives than any other. The roots of this sporting tradition go back to the start of Cathedral Grammar and are expressed in many sporting achievements - and achievers.

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Good sports

The state of the art

Every week there are more than 300 individual instrumental music, speech and drama lessons in addition to the usual class lessons. The depth and scope of this training is a springboard to a dazzling array of creative outputs.

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The state of the art

Headmaster's Welcome

Paul Kennedy

Welcome to The Cathedral Grammar School, and to ‘the ideal preparation’ for your child for the future!

With a 130-year plus history, Cathedral Grammar is the longest established, private primary school in New Zealand. We take huge pride in the varied, successful and happy lives of the boys and girls who have experienced ‘Grammar’ over that time.

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Latest News


Taiko wins gold in Canterbury Junior Swim Champs

Swimming at the Canterbury Junior Championships in Timaru over the weekend of 30 January 2016, Taiko won 12 gold medals from 12 events in the boys 12 year old category.  His most …

A Final Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

On Sunday 20 December, the Cathedral Choir sang the festival service of Nine Lessons and Carols, the story foretelling and heralding Christ's birth. The choir performed a mix of …

Board Chair's Prizegiving Speech 2015

The speech  given by our Board Chair, Mrs Abby Foote is available on line at the link below. Members of the school community are encouraged to take note of the content, which …

School Overview

The Cathedral Grammar School provides high quality education pre-school, primary school and intermediate aged girls and boys. Cathedral Grammar is an Anglican independent school, offering parents choice in the selection of a school to best suit their child's needs.

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Our Location

To arrange a visit please contact the School:

Street Address

The Cathedral Grammar School
26 Park Terrace
Christchurch 8013

Phone: (03) 365 0385
Fax: (03) 365 0384
Email: headmaster@cathedralgrammar.school.nz

Postal Address

The Cathedral Grammar School
PO Box 2244
Christchurch 8140