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Discovery 1 Whakapapa

We are researching and collecting Discovery 1's Whakapapa (history). These stories will become part of our recorded history and will be shared at the Discovery 1 celebrations.

Would like to be part of this project, please email Darlene Reed at


Nei te mihi kau, nei te maioha
Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai ki Te Kura o Te Ao Whakahura

Greetings and salutations
A warm welcome to Discovery 1

Discovery 1 is a special character, state funded primary school temporarily based at Aidenfield in Halswell.

It is an innovative learning community where children, parents and staff have an active part in the creation  of a child’s learning journey. At Discovery 1 children have a love of learning, can self-manage, direct their own learning and embrace being part of a community.

The school is open for all New Entrants to Year 8 children. Those who thrive at Discovery 1 are those children who have committed and involved families, who are able to enter in to a dialogue about their passions and their learning needs, are motivated, collaborative and are risk takers.

The learning journey of a child at Discovery 1 is a responsibility shared by the child, the family, the community and the school. If you, your child and your family believe you would make the most of being part of our amazing learning community, please contact Discovery 1 today.

The  Future 

As of 27th January 2014, Discovery 1 will merge with Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti to form a progressive and unique learning environment for years 0 – 13.  During the initial phase, this new school will operate over two sites at Halswell and the University of Canterbury. The long term intention is to relocate back in the heart of Christchurch's CBD. 

On July 26th 2013, The Minister of Education appointed a Board of Trustees to govern the continuing school (Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti) as well as the merger process and establishment of the new school.  This Board is made up of members from both school communities and an independent chair. 

Discovery 1 believes this is a positive, exciting opportunity and the Board are confident this will strengthen our unique learning environment.

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