Thorndon School

Last updated

Thorndon School
ThorndonSchool.jpg
Address
20 Turnbull Street,
Thorndon,
Wellington,
New Zealand
Coordinates 41°16′27″S174°46′47″E / 41.2742°S 174.7797°E / -41.2742; 174.7797 Coordinates: 41°16′27″S174°46′47″E / 41.2742°S 174.7797°E / -41.2742; 174.7797
Information
TypeFull Primary (Year 0-8)
Established1852
Ministry of Education Institution no. 3040
PrincipalAlistair du Chatenier
School roll300
Socio-economic decile10
Website
Thorndon school from Turnbull Street. Thorndon school 01.jpg
Thorndon school from Turnbull Street.

Thorndon School is a New Zealand primary and intermediate school located in the suburb of Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand.

Thorndon, New Zealand Suburb in Wellington City Council, New Zealand

Thorndon is a historic inner suburb of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. Because the suburb is relatively level compared to the hilly terrain elsewhere in Wellington it contained Wellington's elite residential area until its best was destroyed in the 1960s by a new motorway and the erection of tall office buildings on the sites of its Molesworth Street retail and service businesses.

Wellington Capital city of New Zealand

Wellington is the capital and second most populous urban area of New Zealand, with 418,500 residents. It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Remutaka Range. Wellington is the major population centre of the southern North Island, and is the administrative centre of the Wellington Region, which also includes the Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa. It is the world's southernmost capital of a sovereign state. Wellington features a temperate maritime climate, and is the world's windiest city by average wind speed.

It was first established on 5 April 1852 as St Paul's School in Sydney Street. After initial success, the school's reputation declined until William Mowbray took over as headmaster in 1859, who broadened the curriculum to an extent that his methods were copied by other Wellington schools. In 1873, the school was taken over by the education board of the Wellington Province, and Mowbray was kept on as headmaster. Around that time, the name was changed to Thorndon School, and it moved to a new site in 1880. Mowbray retired in 1902 after 43 as headmaster. [1]

William Mowbray was a New Zealand teacher and musician. He was born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England on 25 December 1835. He was headmaster of St Paul's School in Wellington, which changed its name to Thorndon School during his tenure, for 43 years.

Wellington Province Provinces of New Zealand in North Island

The Wellington Province was a province of New Zealand from 1853 until the abolition of provincial government in 1876.

Since then the school and the district have been through many changes. In the early part of last century Thorndon was the largest school in the city, and housed the Teachers Training College for a while. By the early 1990s the roll was down to under 100 but over the past 10 or 12 years the school has grown, in percentage terms, more than almost any other school in the Wellington area and the roll is now over 300. During the year 2000 two new classrooms were built as well as a new administration area. In the year 2002 the Board of Trustees introduced an enrolment scheme to manage the roll. During 2003 the school library was extended and refurbished and in 2004/2005 another new classroom was added while a number of older rooms were refurbished.

At the beginning of 2012 the Kimi Ora site was incorporated into Thorndon School and given the name: Ata Kimi Ora. In term 2 of 2012 the 'Noddy House', block D, was modified to become a classroom.

In spite of its small foot print the school enjoys good facilities, with two grassed playing field and a sealed netball/basketball court. During the summer the children swim at Thorndon Pool. In 1992 the Board of Trustees had an Adventure Playground built with locally raised funds and this has further enhanced the facilities. This was re-developed in 2006 and further work was undertaken in 2007. In 1999 a hall was donated to the school and moved onto its field. While this reduced the grassed area, the benefits of having a hall outweighed the negatives. In 2005 a kitchen and toilets were added. The hall was reroofed in 2010 with assistance from The Wellington City Council Heritage Fund. This hall, the Old St Paul's Schoolroom, has some historic links with the school, having been moved here from the original school site in Kate Shepherd Place . It is also, reputedly, the setting for the Katherine Mansfield short story, “Her First Ball”.

As of 2010 the principal is Alistair du Chatenier.

Notable alumni include judge Michael Myers. [2]

Related Research Articles

Wellington College is a boys secondary school in the Wellington, New Zealand suburb of Mount Victoria.

Wellington East Girls' College is a state single-sex girls' secondary school which sits directly above Mount Victoria Tunnel, Wellington, New Zealand. Serving Years 9 to 13, the school currently has 1113 students.

Karori Suburb in Wellington City, New Zealand

Karori is a suburb located at the western edge of the urban area of Wellington, New Zealand, 4 km from the city centre and is one of New Zealand's biggest suburbs having a population of over 14,000 at the time of the 2013 census.

Hale School is a selective independent, Anglican day and boarding school for boys, located in Wembley Downs, a coastal suburb of Perth, Western Australia.

Scots College, Wellington day and boarding IB World School for boys

Scots College is an independent (private) Presbyterian boys' Years 1 to 10 and from 2020 co-educational in Years 11-13 school located in the suburb of Strathmore Wellington, New Zealand. Under the leadership of an Executive Headmaster, the College comprises three schools, the Preparatory School for Years 1 to 6, the Middle School for Years 7 to 10 and the Senior School for Years 11 to 13. Each school has its own Principal and Staff. Scots College is an IB World College.

Michael Myers (judge) New Zealand chief justice

Sir Michael Myers was the sixth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand from 1929 to 1946 and served occasionally as Administrator of New Zealand from 1930 to 1941. He was the first person of Jewish descent to hold this position. He sat on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in 1936.

Christchurch Arts Centre

TheArts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora is a hub for arts, culture, education, creativity and entrepreneurship in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is located in the Gothic Revival former Canterbury College, Christchurch Boys' High School and Christchurch Girls' High School buildings, many of which were designed by Benjamin Mountfort. The centre is a national landmark and taonga as it is home to New Zealand’s largest collection of category one heritage buildings with 21 of the 23 buildings covered by Heritage New Zealand listings.

New Plymouth Boys High School

New Plymouth Boys' High School is a single-sex boys' state secondary school in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand.

Wellington Girls College state secondary school in Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington Girls' College was founded in 1883 in Wellington, New Zealand. At that time it was called Wellington Girls' High School. Wellington Girls' College is a year 9 to 13 state secondary school, located in Thorndon in central Wellington.

Wellington railway station main railway station in Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington railway station is the main railway station serving Wellington, New Zealand, and is the southern terminus of the North Island Main Trunk, Wairarapa Line and Johnsonville Line.

Wellesley College is a boys-only independent primary school in Days Bay, Eastbourne, New Zealand.

The architecture of New Zealand is influenced by various cultures but it is predominantly of a European style. Polynesian influence is also seen in some areas.

Kings School, Auckland school in Auckland, New Zealand

King's School is a primary school for boys from the Early Learning Centre (4-years-old) to Year 8 (13-years-old). It is situated in Auckland, New Zealand, and it also has strong links to the Anglican church; the Anglican Bishop of Auckland and the Dean of Auckland are permanent members of the school's Board Of Governors. The school sits on the former site of King's College and was established there on 6 June 1922 when the College moved to its current site in the South Auckland region of Otahuhu. Boys at King's School are offered a variety of curriculum activities. These include numeracy, literacy, Christian education, physical education, science, technology, art, music, drama, band and French.

Waitaki Boys' High School is a secondary school for boys located in the northern part of the town of Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand, with day and boarding facilities, and was founded in 1883. As of 2012, it has a school roll of just under 500.

St Mary's College Wellington is situated in the suburb of Thorndon in Wellington, New Zealand. The school is a state-integrated all-girls Catholic secondary school for years 9-13.

Sir Woolf Fisher was a New Zealand businessman and philanthropist who co-founded Fisher & Paykel, a major appliance manufacturing company, and the Ra Ora Stud, an important Thoroughbred racehorse breeding operation.

Kimi Ora School Wellington is a special needs school in Wellington, New Zealand, for students with physical disabilities, particularly cerebral palsy. Kimi ora is Maori for "seeking well-being in health" or "to be made whole".

Wadestown, New Zealand Suburb in Wellington City, New Zealand

Wadestown is a northern suburb of Wellington,, located about 2–3 km by road from the Wellington central business district and the New Zealand Parliament Buildings.

References

  1. Alington, Margaret (1 September 2010). "Mowbray, William - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  2. Spiller, Peter. "Myers, Michael". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 27 March 2014.