Thorndon School

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Thorndon School
20 Turnbull Street,
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
TypeFull Primary (Year 0-8)
Ministry of Education Institution no. 3040
PrincipalAlistair du Chatenier
School roll300
Socio-economic decile10
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]

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  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.