About Us

Templeton is a rural suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand, approximately 20 minutes south of the Christchurch City Centre, 5 minutes south of Hornby. 

Templeton Primary School serves a community of approximately 1000 families locally as well as some families from nearby suburbs who prefer the rural environment.

School History

Templeton Primary School was originally situated on the corner of what is now Kirk Rd (formally Church Rd) and Railway Tce behind Mr Kissel's store, now a saddle shop.  It is believed that this school was first established around 1861.

The second school, built on the present site, was built in 1874 on property owned by Mr Bailey.  The school was a two room wooden building with stables for the children's horses. This building was reshaped and added to over the years, until in 1961 it was demolished and replaced by the present school.

The present primary school was officially opened in Templeton's centennial year of 1962.

The school's roll in 1866 was 25, in 1986 it was 234 and in 2024 it is 299 (enrolled and pre-enrolled).

In the early 1800's Templeton School serviced a very big rural farming community area.

Templeton School 40 Kirk RoadTempletonChristchurch 8042
Phone: 03 349 7045Email: office@templeton.school.nz


'Through the efforts and example of the Templeton Primary School community our children will be learners for life.'


'In Partnership we Educate'

Our school mission statement has been developed in consultation with our staff, students, Board of Trustees and parent community.  the purpose of this consultation was to ensure that the vision represented the views of the entire school community. It describes the future the school community envisages for all stake holders and the vision for students as confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.


At Templeton School / Te Kura o Rātā we have four school values.  These have three statements that are deliberately taught and acknowledged across our school.  The above posters are displayed around our kura/school. We proudly use NZSL to help us reinforce these values in all settings.  

Tamariki/students and kaimahi/staff are encouraged to incorporate our RATA values into our day. The values are central to everything we do in our school hapori/community.