Te Aratai College

Secondary school, Christchurch, NZ Haere mai ki te kura, Te Aratai College. Welcome to Te Aratai College.

Our school and community share a strong moral foundation underpinning our kaupapa: personalising learning pathways for personalising student success. Te Aratai College sees the individual and and partners with the student and whānau to create pathwayed programmes of study that connect with each student for personal excellence. We are a growing, diverse school in brand-new buildings reflecting our

Operating as usual


Learn some traditional calls and responses from Komiti member Ethan

Manuia le vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa


Te Aratai Sāmoan Language video 2024
Manuia le Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa

Photos from Te Aratai College's post 26/05/2024

Happy Sāmoan Language Week!!
Today marks the first day in celebration for Gagana Sāmoa in Aotearoa. Keep an eye out for some of our events happening throughout the week.

Manuia le vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa


Next week is Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa (Samoan language week)

To celebrate we are inviting all students to wear Samoan or cultural dress to school on Monday the 27th of May and Thursday 30th of May.

Please keep in mind Te Aratai College is closed for instruction on Friday due to the teacher-only day.

Fa'afetai lava

Photos from Te Aratai College's post 22/05/2024

Last week, our ākonga demonstrated ultimate Kotahitanga. We enjoyed sharing some kai and tī with our local residential home, along with sharing stories, laughs, and new connections blossoming.

To our ākonga: Me whakahīhī, ka tika
(You should be/feel proud).


This week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday a large number of our senior students will be involved in NCEA Literacy and Numeracy exams. This means that on these days, 20, 21 and 22 May, years 9-13 not involved in these will begin school at ako time (10:45am Monday, Tuesday, and 10:30am Wednesday, (Years 7 & 8 are unaffected).

Senior students have been notified of this and are due to attend if they are required to sit the exams.

Photos from Te Aratai College's post 12/04/2024

A big mihi to our Te Aratai College community for your aroha and support throughout our first term of 2024. We finished the term with a whare event of Fear Factor run by some of our prefects.

The staff team (pictured) took out the overall win but Pono was the first of Ngā Whare to finish. We had spicy noodles, mushy peas and cream, wasabi Weetbix, chocolate covered onions, toothpaste biscuits, soy sauce skittles and a tasty blended smoothie to top it off.

Respect to all of our participants and have a safe holiday!

Photos from Te Aratai College's post 10/04/2024

What a fantastic morning with the Year 7s participating in Cantamath. Great atmosphere, great math, great fun. Ngā mihi to all our Year 7 teachers and the math dept.

Photos from Kī-o-Rahi ki Waitaha's post 10/04/2024

Our Kī-o-Rahi team have safely made it to Tairāwhiti-Gisborne for the NZSS competition. Good luck to our team who have been training hard all term, as well as to Jesse Harding and Demi Salton, our dedicated kaimahi who have travelled with them.


Week 10 News Important information for the coming week

Photos from Te Aratai College's post 04/04/2024

Excellent day for the Year 9 Market Day! Our Year 9 Business classes did their best to meet the demands of a tricky clientele!


Reminder: 'Autumn Vibes' - our music event - is on tonight!!! 7pm start in Te Puna. Free entry.


Our first music event for the year 'Autumn Vibes' is on next Thursday 4th April! Come along to check out a range of performances from our NCEA music students and guests. 7pm start in Te Puna. Free entry.


Staff Sickness Senior Students (years 11 - 13) to finish school at lunchtime tomorrow - Friday 22 March

Photos from Te Aratai College's post 21/03/2024

At Te Aratai, we have restarted our AKC (Acts of Kindness) visits over at the local residential home. Our ākonga started their connections with some of the residents with some pool playing and colouring in. We were even treated to some piano playing by one of our ākonga. We look forward to these connections flourishing during our weekly visits.

Photos from Te Aratai College's post 18/03/2024

Fa'afetai lava and Vinaka to all our families, our village and school community for supporting our students through Polyfest this year. Nothing could have been achieved without you and is a reflection of the saying, O le tele o lima, e māmā ai se galuega or that many hands when put together, make the load easier. We appreciate your love and support.
Ofa lahi atu


Don’t forget about our Whānau Connect event tomorrow.

Tumuaki Maria Lemalie will be speaking at 4:30pm and 5:00pm.

Information sessions with Kaiārahi will begin from 5:15pm.

Sausages sizzle running from 4:45pm - bring the whole whānau!


Kia Ora koutou,

Information regarding our plan for the remainder of the week has been sent to all caregiver emails.

Ngā mihi


Kia Ora koutou,

Due to our staffing capacity school will be closed for instruction on tomorrow (Tuesday 13 February). We will supervise students if required but there will be no classes running.

Ngā mihi,
Te Aratai College


Ngā mihi o te tau hou! As the holidays begin to draw to a close, here is a reminder of our key dates for the beginning of the 2024 school year. Please pay close attention to the difference in start dates for our Year 7s and 8s.

Our taupaepae/reception staff will return from January 22 for any enrolment queries.

Don’t forget that the uniform shop is open 10am - 2pm weekdays on the lead up to school starting back!

Enjoy the remainder of the school break and stay safe.

School Uniform Shop Hours 10/01/2024

School Uniform Shop Hours If you're looking to purchase any uniform during the summer break you can catch us in these trading hours at school.

Photos from Te Aratai College's post 09/12/2023

Our Junior Girls representing at the Eastern U15 Junior Champs tournament, Selwyn Sports Centre.

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Our Story

Linwood College (formerly Linwood High School) has a proud history stretching back over 60 years.

Linwood is particularly well known for its strengths in music and the other performing arts, for providing a well rounded education with many different learning opportunities, for its strong pastoral care of students, and for its national reputation as an innovator in developing and providing new learning programmes for students.

Linwood attracts students from many different walks of life from throughout the eastern side of Christchurch city. Some students travel from seaside suburbs whilst others are located closer to the city centre. A good bus network provides transport to and from school, and enables students to quickly reach the city centre, community facilities or the suburbs.

We are proud to be a diverse school catering for students from different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Approximately 37% of students are of European background, 30% identify as Māori, 15% Asian and 10% as Pacific Islanders.

We welcome the increasing number of families who have come to Linwood College as part of the Christchurch rebuild team.

Videos (show all)

Samoan Calls and response 2024
Te Aratai Sāmoan Language video 2024Manuia le Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa
Our Te Aratai Junior Girls team doing their thing today at the Junior Volleyball Championship Tournament
More of our amazing mahi!
Level 1 Visual arts folios are complete! Massive congratulations to all akonga. These folios are the learners external N...
JP 🎼bang bang!
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85 Aldwins Road

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4pm
Friday 8:30am - 4pm
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