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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.

What's happening at Cannington School?

Upcoming Events in July

Sat 6

School Holidays

6 Jul 2024

Mon 22

Term 3 Starts

22 Jul 2024

Latest Notices

New Permission Form Loaded
3 Jul 2024

Dear Parents/Caregivers


We have loaded a new permission form to be filled in ASAP, please.


Kind regards

Cannington School Staff

End of term 2 assembly - Friday 5 July
1 Jul 2024

Hi All

The end of term has come around pretty quickly. We will be having a shared lunch from 12:30 pm Friday as normal followed by assembly around 1:30 pm, we look forward to seeing you all there.

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Parents, please support our local businesses

Temuka Transport JJ Limited - Timaru Vet Life Pleasant Point
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