Cobham Intermediate School

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Cobham Intermediate School
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Cobham Intermediate School in the centre; Burnside Primary in the foreground
294 Ilam Road
New Zealand
Coordinates 43°30′39″S172°35′03″E / 43.5108°S 172.5843°E / -43.5108; 172.5843 Coordinates: 43°30′39″S172°35′03″E / 43.5108°S 172.5843°E / -43.5108; 172.5843
TypeState co-ed intermediate (years 7 and 8)
MottoAchieving For Life
Ministry of Education Institution no. 3323
PrincipalEddie Norgate (2016–present)
School roll729 [1] (March 2020)
Socio-economic decile8 [2]

Cobham Intermediate School is a state intermediate school in the northwestern Christchurch, New Zealand suburb of Bryndwr.


Cobham was originally named Fendalton Intermediate. However, there was confusion between the school and Fendalton Open Air School, so the governor-general of New Zealand, Viscount Cobham, allowed the school to use his name.[ citation needed ] At the end of term 1 in 2011 long-running principal Trevor Beaton left Cobham Intermediate to retire. Scott Thelning from Mt. Pleasant School took over as principal in Term 3, 2011.

In March 2018 Cobham student Maia Devereaux invited Women's Minister Julie Anne Genter to come and talk about the gender pay gap to the room 11 and 12 students. [3]

Cobham Intermediate School has four main values which are Respectful – Responsible – Resilient – Positive

Cobham today

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The Hayley Westenra Suite commemorates the famous singer

Cobham is currently the largest intermediate school in the South Island and has a total attendance of 621 students. It is known all around New Zealand as a prosperous school in cultural, academic and sporting events. [ citation needed ] For example, in 2005, Cobham won the Cantamath competition (a mathematics competition for schools around the Canterbury region) in both the year 7 and 8 competition. Many musicians and singers from this school participate in the Lions Primary School Music Festival (A series of concerts for primary and intermediate schools around Canterbury) This school is also advanced in new technology and electronics.

Notable alumni


  1. "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  2. Decile change 2007 to 2008 for state & state integrated schools
  3. "Minister for Women says old white men should 'move on' from company boards". Stuff. Retrieved 28 November 2018.

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