Linwood College

Te Aratai College is a co-educational secondary school in Linwood, a suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Te Aratai College
85 Aldwins Road
Christchurch 8062
New Zealand
Coordinates43°32′19″S 172°40′02″E / 43.5386°S 172.6673°E / -43.5386; 172.6673Coordinates: 43°32′19″S 172°40′02″E / 43.5386°S 172.6673°E / -43.5386; 172.6673
Former nameLinwood College Linwood High School
MottoKimihia: to seek: in pursuit of excellence
Ministry of Education Institution no.337
PrincipalDick Edmundson[1]
Years offered7–13
School roll895[2] (March 2022)
Socio-economic decile3H[3]


Founded in the early 1950s, to cater for the secondary educational needs of a growing population in eastern Christchurch, then Linwood High School became one of New Zealand's larger secondary schools during the 1970s, with a roll of over 1600 pupils, at one point. However, as it also served a relatively low socio-economic area of industrial southeast Christchurch, and promoted sporting achievement alongside academic achievement, the school gained a reputation for being "rough".

Following the introduction of the 1989 Tomorrow's Schools policy, the role declined from about 1500, in 1990, to 775, in 2000. Much of this decline was attributed to the relaxation of school zoning restrictions and the resulting white flight by affluent families within the large south-eastern Christchurch catchment area sending their children to higher decile schools, that had a better academic reputation.

In 1975 the school began to take in deaf students from Van Asch College.[4]

With the appointment of a new principal, Rob Burrough, in 2000, the school undertook a rebranding exercise, changing the name from High School to College, and, consulting with both students and the community, rethought how it taught students. By 2004 the roll had climbed to 1080, academic results were above the New Zealand average and sports participation had noticeably increased.

In 2010, principal Rob Burrough resigned to take up a head-teacher post in Mombasa, Kenya. In 2015, Richard Edmundson was appointed principal. Since his appointment he has overseen the rebuild of the Linwood College campus as well as the introduction of a new enrolment scheme in 2020.

2010–11 earthquakesEdit

Linwood College suffered the loss of a Year 11 student in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. School buildings sustained moderate damage in the quake and the college was forced to site-share with Cashmere High School while repairs were undertaken at the Linwood site. Staff and students returned to the Linwood campus in August 2011.

2022 Te Aratai CollegeEdit

In 2022, with the completion of the rebuild of its campus, Linwood College will be renamed Te Aratai College, which means "pathway to the sea."[5] The name was gifted by Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga. With the rebuild and introduction of new zoning, the college is anticipated to grow to 1800 students over the next ten years.[6]


Former teaching staff have included:

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Appointment of New Principal in 2016". Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  2. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Historylvl1". 20 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Rebuild - Te Aratai College". Linwood College. 9 September 2020. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Former students take one last walk through Linwood College". Stuff. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "History". Linwood College. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  8. ^ R. T. Brittenden (30 April 2007). "1966 Wisden Cricketers of the Year – Dick Motz". Wisden. ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 July 2017.

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