Experience in outdoor living under canvas is given to all Year 7 students at Kaituna Valley, a unique, beautiful site on Banks Peninsula. The total cost is $60. These camps are held early in the year which facilitates transition.
Year 8 classes attend a camp at one of a range of venues, usually later in the school year for different learning outcomes. Costs vary according to venue.
Year 7 students experience a sailing day and Year 8 students have a ski day in the third or fourth terms.
Cobham Intermediate offers three A&E classes at each year level. Students are selected for these classes based on their primary school achievement record, conversations with their Year 6 teachers and the Cobham entrance test (English, Maths and Reasoning). Classroom learning programmes accelerate students to higher levels of thinking and enrich them with depth and complexity of learning topics.
Additional enrichment activities include Future Problem Solving, an opportunity to sit a wide variety of National and International tests such as the ICAS and the University of Otago Junior Maths competition, Cantamath, robotics, Literature Quiz, Canterbury Westland Science Fair, chess, music groups (eg. Chamber Orchestra and Chorale), sports teams (eg. NZ Association for Intermediate and Middle Schools Games) and specialised individual programmes. Students selected to be in these classrooms will have the opportunity to work with other like minded individuals.
In addition to this all maths classes at Cobham are ability grouped.
Inquiry immersion classes are an option at both Year 7 and Year 8 levels.
Please note: students in this class enjoy all of the academic, cultural, technological and sporting activities provided.
Our school provides a depth of professional, motivating support to enable students who have particular learning needs to have these addressed.
The establishment of a well-staffed Learning Centre has enhanced these programmes.
ICT has become an integral part of all teaching and learning programmes at our school.
Access is available to all students subject to their parents/caregivers authorizing use on our school’s consent form
Our modern, fibre-optic system enables interactive learning opportunities throughout the world.
Parents/Caregivers are informed of any serious infringement.
Random audits of computer usage are carried out each term.
Cobham uses internet filtering software “Campus Watchdog” which is endorsed by the New Zealand Ministry of Education.
Our students have opportunities to participate in:
Abilities and interests are catered for in a diverse range of musical groups.
The groups perform at school assemblies and on special occasions, various Christchurch festivals and by invitation.
There is a Year 7 and Year 8 choir, a chorale for the most talented singers, and private singing lessons are available.
Cobham has an orchestra, a jazz band for accomplished players, a chamber orchestra for the advanced players, and recorder groups (beginner and advanced).
There is free instrumental tuition is available for learners of violin, cello, flute and clarinet.
Students can have private lessons for piano, guitar, keyboard and theory.
Cobham Intermediate also has a dance troupe, a Maori cultural group (Kapa Haka) and a biennial operetta.
Our Board of Trustees provides additional finance which enables us to provide higher quality teaching and learning through having half-classes (up to 16 students) for all practical classes. These include Fabric, Food, Metal, Wood, Science, Art, Music, Performing Arts and Physical Education. In addition the teaching of Mathematics is enhanced through ability grouping and additional teachers across each year level cohort to reduce group numbers.
Our school enjoys outstanding, modern and age-appropriate physical resources. Specialist rooms designed to meet the needs of our students include those for Technology, Science, Visual Art, Performing Arts, Physical Education plus an ultra-modern Music Suite named for Hayley Westenra, a former student.