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Girls' School

Year 4 to Year 8

Girls SchoolCathedral Grammar is unique among New Zealand preparatory schools in having a single-sex campus on a co-educational site.  From Years 4 to 8, Grammar girls are taught in their own classes, allowing the girls to flourish with their preferred learning styles.


The Girls’ School is an exciting place to be – an environment that encourages girls’ academic, cultural, social and physical development, as well as nurturing their social and spiritual needs.

Preparing girls for success in school and beyond begins with ensuring that they each develop a strong belief in themselves.  Research regularly supports the idea that girls too often attribute their successes to external sources ahead of their own abilities. We ensure that Grammar girls develop a profound belief in themselves and their abilities, key to which is providing leadership opportunities for girls at all year levels. Girls are given responsibility for an array of tasks in school and on the sports' field to ensure that they develop the personal skills and confidence to lead others – and to lead successful, satisfying and fulfilling lives in the future.

The Girls' School has its own Chapel Choir which leads the Monday morning service and regularly sings Evensong at ChristChurch Cathedral. The Girls' and Boys' Schools combine for a variety of cultural activities including orchestra, stage band, recorder ensemble, chapel services, theatrical productions and camps, and the playground is a shared space just as the pupils choose.

“Preparing girls for success in school and beyond begins with ensuring that they each develop a strong belief in themselves.”

The School Programme

Year 4 to Year 8

In meeting our commitment to our pupils, the curriculum is delivered through the increasing specialist teaching of the following subjects:

Citizenship & Pastoral Care

  • Virtues project
  • Objective setting and self-evaluation
  • Personal responsibility
  • Team work and leadership


  • Reading and studies of literature
  • Spelling
  • Written expression covering an increasing range of genre
  • Grammar and usage
  • Speaking and listening skills
  • Public Speaking


  • Number
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Algebra


  • Biological studies
  • Exploration of physics in the natural world
  • Understanding in chemistry
  • Geology
  • Environmental studies
  • Astronomy
  • Technology

History & Geography

  • New Zealand
  • Civics and the local community
  • South Pacific and Pacific Rim
  • The world and our place in it


  • Singing and choral music
  • Making music and improvisation
  • Reading music
  • Performance – keyboard, recorder, guitar, ukulele
  • Appreciation
  • Orchestra, stage band, ensembles
  • Competitions


  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Construction and sculpture
  • Clay
  • Fabric, fibre and collage
  • Cultural art
  • Artistic models

Physical Education and Sport

  • Fitness
  • Athletics and locomotive skills
  • Gymnastics and movement skills
  • Throwing and catching; large and small ball skills
  • Swimming and aquatics
  • Dance
  • Perceptual motor programme
  • Summer sport – cricket, tennis
  • Winter sport – hockey, netball, rugby

Religious Education

  • Bible, tradition and history
  • Christian doctrine and worship
  • World religions
  • Ethics, morals and values
  • Personal faith and philosophical issues


  • Te Reo
  • French
  • Latin

Information Technology

Cathedral Grammar invests heavily in information technology as part of its commitment to providing the ideal preparation for children’s futures.  

Most teaching spaces are equipped with interactive whiteboards which allow for electronic interaction with resources and learners. All staff have notebook or desktop access, both in-house and remote, to the school’s virtualised 
servers allowing for continuous interaction with their resources and pupils.

All pupils have access to computers.  A pod of computers in the Pre-School and a separate one in the Junior School provide access to reinforcement and resources although our philosophy is to minimise the use of computers in the teaching and learning programme at this level.

Years 4 & 5 have the use of a full computer laboratory while, at Year 6, each pupil is provided with a notebook which is theirs until they leave the school, providing access “on demand” to their resources, the internet and their teacher.

Outdoor Education

Our school camping programme for Year 4 boys and girls involves a day of outdoor activities followed by an overnight sleep out in tents in a country environment.

The three-day camp for Year 5 boys and girls includes orienteering, rock pool studies, archery and high-ropes challenges.  

Year 6 and Year 7 classes camp builds on the Year 5 experience with longer walks and mountain biking on forest trails.  Children work together on team challenges and cook one of their meals on camp stoves.  

Year 7 Leadership Camp takes place in November, the pupils camp under canvas at Orton Bradley Park. This camp, which includes sail training, search and rescue, first aid, team games and ropes, helps to identify the next year’s school leaders.

The Year 8 camp is very special and, for many children, one of the highlights of their final year.  The format is a six-day camping expedition into the Omarama and Mount Cook regions.  Sleeping in tents on most nights, the campers stay at Peel Forest, on a high-country sheep station in the Ahuriri River valley, and at Mount Cook.

In addition to camps, all year groups above Year 3 have individual outdoor education days which include sailing, beach education, surf safe, ice-skating and climbing.

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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

Postal Address

The Cathedral Grammar School
PO Box 2244
Christchurch 8140