Medbury School

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Medbury School
Medbury School
109 Clyde Road,
Coordinates 43°31′16″S172°35′16″E / 43.5212°S 172.5879°E / -43.5212; 172.5879 Coordinates: 43°31′16″S172°35′16″E / 43.5212°S 172.5879°E / -43.5212; 172.5879
TypePrivate boys' preparatory school, Years 1-8
MottoPlay the Game
Ministry of Education Institution no. 4118
HeadmasterIan Macpherson
School roll425 [1] (November 2020)
Socio-economic decile10

Medbury School, located in Christchurch, New Zealand, is an independent school for boys between Years 1 to 8 (ages 5 to 13). [2]



Medbury School was established in 1923 by the Chennells family after purchasing a property of 20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft) and a large family home called "Ripsford". The school began with only nine boys cared for by the Chennells. By 1925 the number of boys attending the school had grown to approximately 50. In 1955 the Chennells retired; by this time there were 111 boys at the school. [3] Development of facilities has occurred as the school has grown and the school will celebrate 100 years in 2023. [4]


Boys are accepted into Medbury School at any level between the ages of five and thirteen at the discretion of the Headmaster.

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  1. "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  2. Schools website Official site of The Medbury School. Retrieved on 14 October 2007.
  3. Christchurch city libraries site
  4. Education Gazette New Zealand - Jubilees & reunions [ permanent dead link ]
  5. Unofficial Biography