Our school was established at a time when the Canterbury Provincial
Government struggled with very limited resources in pioneering conditions.
When our school started half of the children of New Zealand between
the ages of 5 and 15 were not going to school at all. Few children
stayed at school for more than five years. Born into the industrial
age, these children were very different to our current digital age
||All children attended Riccarton School.
||Fendalton School opened as a side school to Riccarton.
||The name of the school was changed to Fendalton District School.
Mr Culvinhouse was appointed as the first Headmaster. Miss Tulley,
who was called Headmistress, requested permission that her horse
be turned out in the school paddock during school hours.
||Mr. Bullock affectionately known to the children as "Sambo"
was appointed as the Headmaster. 65 children.
||The roll was 153... a second child teacher was appointed.
(Total staff was two teachers and two pupil teachers).
||Swimming Pool opened.
||157 Clyde Road acquired as the new Principal's residence.
||School closed due to the influenza.
The Principal reported that the school buildings were in a poor
condition and were infested with borer.
||A Library was purchased and the books catalogued.
Mr A.R.Blank appointed Headmaster.
A letter was written to the Ashby Bros. accepting their offer
to level up half an acre for cricketing purposes providing the
cost did not exceed five pounds. A concrete cricket pitch was
||The rooms were so cold that hot cocoa was supplied at one
cup each day for 1d. per week.
||Opening ceremony for the famous Open Air Classroom.
The matter of putting electric light into the school was discussed.
Professor Shelley, Professor of Education at Canterbury College
gave a most interesting address on Open Air Classrooms and urged
that the committee do its utmost to further the project.
||School uniforms suggested. Roll 400.
||One teacher had a class of 72 pupils.
||Parent Teacher Association formed.
||Strong opposition to the proposal by the Education Dept. that
a new Intermediate school be established.
||School milk scheme introduced.
||Children visited Lancaster Park to welcome Her Majesty the
||The school was renamed 'Fendalton Open-air School'.