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Principal's welcome

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.

 Yet for all this history and individual and collective achievement, it is to the future we look.  Cathedral Grammar is known as ‘the ideal preparation’  because everything we do is with an eye on the future.

 While we cannot claim to know exactly what sort of world the children of today will inhabit in 25, 50 or 75 years, one thing is for certain.  It will be a world that requires the best possible early physical, intellectual, creative, spiritual and social development of our young people, today.

 Accordingly, Cathedral Grammar is a fulfilling and richly rewarding in the present and prepares and equips children for the opportunities and challenges of the future, in equal part.

 For more than 130 years Cathedral Grammar has adapted to a changing world, while anchored firmly in the traditions of the Cathedral, of creativity, of sporting endeavour, of passion for learning and of fun.

 We look forward to the opportunity to sow the seeds of a life-long love of learning in your child, a basis for happiness, success and contentment in a rapidly changing world.

 I am honored to be associated with such an outstanding educational institution, and I trust you find this website useful as you consider your children’s education and future. And while it summarises the many parts of Cathedral Grammar there is, of course, nothing quite like ‘being there’. You are welcome to visit at any time – we like nothing more than for prospective parents to meet pupils and those who teach and inspire them.

Scott Thelning 


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

Postal Address

The Cathedral Grammar School
PO Box 2244
Christchurch 8140