Established in 1939, we are the second oldest Intermediate School in the South Island and the third oldest in New Zealand. Our motto is “Aim High”.
We are located between the suburbs of Addington and Cashmere. The area was once rich in natural resources and although this area has long since been modified, traditionally Māori would have utilised the abundance of natural resources available.
Forming part of a wider system of trails, rivers and streams which connected to the Ōpāwaho, this area was a source mahinga kai to Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu and was also a travel route between the Māori settlements on Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū and further afield, and at Kaiapoi Pā. Immediately prior to the school being built, the site was an old dairy farm and racing stables.
The school was known as Christchurch South Intermediate School until 2020 when the name changed to Christchurch South Karamata Intermediate School after the school was gifted the name “Karamata” by Ngāi Tūāhuriri.
- It has mana
- It implies success
- The canopy shelters and protects those under and in it
- It attracts birds, provides a safe haven
- A healthy canopy is a sign of a thriving culture, where all elements (i.e: water, sunlight, air, insects, birds, humans) work together for the best outcomes.