Ferndale School is a State Special Education School located in Christchurch, New Zealand.  We cater for students with high to very high needs aged from 5 to 21.


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News & updates

 2016 Last Day 16 Dec
FERNDALE School Term Dates 2016
  • Term 1   2 Feb - 15 April
  • Term 2   2 May  - 8 July
    Queen’s B-day: 6 June
  • Term 3   25 July - 23 Sept
    Staff Only Day: 29 August tbc
  • Term 4   10 Oct - 16 Dec
    Labour Day: 24 October
    Show Day: 11 November

027 222 6646

Deputy Principal:
027 222 6647

Haere Mai, Welcome to Ferndale School


You are invited to our Ferndale School Term 2 Assembly
on 29th June 2016 at 11 am.
(Location: St Margarets College Auditorium.)
Please come and join us to celebrate our learning this term.


Ferndale Community Conversation
Evening Session 6:30pm on 29th June only cancelled due to lack of RSVPs.

12:30pm session still going ahead.
(Location: Christchurch Methodist Church, 165 Papanui Road)
This is an opportunity to come along and find out about school activities, building projects and vision for Ferndale.


A Letter from The Principal

Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome to our website.
Feel free to have a browse through to get an idea of who we are and what we do. This website will be updated and added to on a regular basis so please check in regularly.

At Ferndale school we endeavor to provide a truly special education that is as individual and creative as our students. Family involvement in deciding learning goals is a key part of our programme as we look to provide a rounded but specific education for each student. Our school motto, “The Best I Can Be” applies to students and staff alike as we all endeavor to reach our full potential. At Ferndale school we have a wide variety of teaching environments and learning programmes and to allow us to truly meet the needs of each student.

A special education environment is not for everyone and often a supportive mainstream school can be the best option for a young person. Ferndale school can support an ORRS student in the mainstream with our SEIT itinerant teacher service to mainstream schools.

We believe that there are students who need the specialised environment, teaching approaches, behavior management strategies and vision that is Ferndale school to truly meet their potential and we advocate for true parent and student choice at all ages with the child/young person as the paramount consideration.

If you have any questions regarding our school please do not hesitate to contact us or arrange a visit at your convenience.

We look forward to a fun and productive 2016.

Noho ora mai rā, nā

Ray Farrelly