The Cathedral Grammar School Pre-School

Christchurch Central

28 Park Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013

Childcare Type
Education and care centre
2 - 5

At our Pre-School we balance play with stimulating young minds, all the while ensuring our environment allows children to see themselves as capable, competent and confident learners. Through play the children are supported to engage in literacy, numeracy, science, technology, music, art and physical education. Specialist teachers lead weekly art and physical education lessons in The Cathedral Grammar School which nurtures, exposes and extends children's natural curiosity and early talents.

Children are supported to develop strong social connections with teachers, peers, families and the wider community. Children are encouraged to build on skills in listening, self-help, risk taking, social interactions, concentration and preparing the Pre-School children for a successful start to their schooling education.

All the facilities of The Cathedral Grammar School are available to our Pre-Schoolers, and there are strong links to the Junior School to make your child’s transition as straightforward and smooth as possible.

Our Pre-School students also enjoy regular playground fun and story time with the ‘big kids’, students from the Girls’ and Boys’ Prep Schools.

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The Cathedral Grammar School recognises it is a great privilege to partner with families in supporting the educational journey of their children. Learning at Cathedral Grammar is designed as a continuous pathway. This means whole school alignment of curriculum and pedagogy, and a shared responsibility of student learning realised through a strong and cohesive team approach.

Our Pathways to School programme has been specifically designed to ensure that your child has the best possible start at school and introduces your child to the foundations of numeracy and literacy through play based interactions, whilst building relationships and connections with Junior School staff and children in familiar environment.

When can my child commence school?

It is a legal requirement that children must be 5 when they commence school. To accommodate this, we have two entry intakes per term, weeks 1 and 5.

Term 1 2021:   27 January and 22 February
Term 2 2021:  27 April and 24 May
Term 3 2021:  26 July and 23 August
Term 4 2021:  18 October and 15 November

Term 1 2022:   26 January and 21 February
Term 2 2022:  26 April and 23 May
Term 3 2022:  25 July and 22 August
Term 4 2022:  17 October and 14 November

School visits

  • You will receive details of your child's school visits prior to the commencing Term.
  • School visits consist of 6 visits, twice weekly, and are scheduled in Weeks 3, 4 and 9.
  • During these visits, your child will experience a school morning with a literacy and numeracy activity and the chance to play with the other children, and their Year 3 buddy will look after them at morning tea playtime.

Buddy programme

Our buddy programme is designed to develop a sense of belonging for all new entrant children joining our school community. It also empowers our Year 3 students, who are the leaders of the Junior School. Your child will be allocated a Year 3 buddy, who will write to your child and provide a photo of themselves via email, in the week prior to your child's first school visit.

If your child is attending The Cathedral Grammar Pre-School, for half an hour once a week in the term leading up to commencing school, your child will have the opportunity to play and read with a Year 3 leader as part of our Tuakana Teina Year 3 Leadership programme.

Making a positive start to school provides children with opportunities to develop academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually, which all contribute to well-being and happiness. Children who are happy in themselves and in their surroundings, are better able to meet life’s challenges. They are also better learners and have stronger relationships with their peers. The Cathedral Grammar ‘Pathways to School programme’ will enable your child to move seamlessly from Pre-School to Junior School.

The Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga (ERO) is the New Zealand government’s external evaluation agency. It evaluates and report on the education and care of learners in schools, kura, kohanga reo, puna reo, and early childhood services.

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