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You are wondering if a bigger school might offer more for your child, but bigger is not always best when it comes to the relationship between student learning and school size. Research is showing that far from being disadvantaged by attending small schools, children actually do better.

Children are not overlooked or isolated at Cannington. Everybody’s participation is needed for team activities, and children at Cannington School come to know and care about each other to a greater degree than is possible in bigger schools.

Children at Cannington School  tend to take more responsibility for their own learning, learning activities are more individualised, classes are smaller, and teachers employ multi-age grouping and cooperative learning.

Children feel a greater sense of engagement, belonging, and personal value when their classmates and teachers get to know them. This in turn has a positive effect on behaviour and behavioural problems.

Parents and teachers become allies in fostering student success.  Communication between staff is easier, and they are able to work together to build a high-quality curriculum across disciplines and levels. Teachers have greater job satisfaction as a result.

Cannington School was established in 1856 and derives its name from Cannington Station which occupied the land south of the Pareora River and west of the White Rock River. 

It is a well-established rural school 30 minutes from Timaru. Most of our pupils travel to school by bus and come from as far away as Cave in the north and Maungati in the south.

Cannington School is a full primary school (Year 0 - 8). 

Cannington School is well resourced with a separate library, adventure playground, and a swimming pool which is used by all of the community. The school is wheelchair accessible. 

The students at Cannington School are involved in many experiences outside the classroom and parent support is always tremendous. Activities cover sports tournaments, camp for Year 4-8 each year, skiing, ice skating, pet day, and trips involving relevant curriculum areas.

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Ice Skating - Friday 23 June 2023
9 Jun 2023

Dear Parents/Caregivers


I have loaded a new ice-skating permission form to be filled in asap please.

We have organised a day out and have booked into Tekapo Springs to go ice skating on Friday 23 June 2023 with Albury School. 

We will all meet at Tekapo Springs to go ice skating at 10am and plan to catch up with Tekapo School for lunch (lunch will be provided for students) we will be heading to Tekapo Springs Pools for the afternoon.

For this trip to be successful, we will need help with supervision & transport during the day.

There will be no payment required for ice skating or pools for any student currently attending Cannington School. 
Payment will be required for any lunches ordered and any extra adults and siblings going to the pools or skating.

Adult - $45
Child - $30

All children will get ice skates and helmets (compulsory to be worn) included in their ticket.

To ensure your child/ren gets the most out of their day, we recommend they have the following if possible:
Ice Skating 
•    Waterproof pants
•    Waterproof jacket
•    Thermals (top and bottoms)
•    Hoodie/warm long-sleeved top
•    Gloves – if not waterproof then two pairs of woollen gloves are recommended
•    Beanie
•    Scarf
•    Woollen socks or two pairs of socks
•    Full change of clothes – including underwear
•    Sunscreen
•    Togs
•    Towel

If you have any questions/queries/concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office.
We look forward to a fun day on the ice!

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