Who We Are


Timaru Christian School is a decile 8, Year 1-10 state integrated school with approximately 130 students. Our roll is capped at 145 students. We are a non-denominational Christian school so we have families who attend a wide range of Christian churches in our area.

The vision of Timaru Christian School is Christ-centred learners with servant hearts. Our vision applies to everyone from Board members to staff to students as we are all learners, here to serve God and others.

Our values are Love and Grace through Servanthood, Truth and Perseverance. These are aspects of our culture which are encouraged and lived out through our curriculum, our language and our interactions.

We are proud of the diversity of our school community. With around 13 cultures represented in our school family, and a large number of students who understand two or more languages, we celebrate the diversity of God’s people. In 2017 we became signatories to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016, allowing us to enrol international students as well.

Our teaching team for 2019 consists of Mr Phillips and Mrs Zwies with Year 1, Mrs Cochrane and Mrs Thompson with Year 2 and 3, Mrs Lovely with Year 3 and 4, Mrs Lee and Mrs Hamilton with Year 5 and 6, Mr Pretorius and Mr Cuthbertson with Year 7 and 8, and Mr Goulet with Year 9 and 10. Mrs Nareki takes Library, PE and Music classes. Mrs Rentoul is the principal and Mr Phillips is the deputy principal and SENCO co-ordinator.

Our support staff include Mrs Clevely (Office Administrator), Mrs Pain (Receptionist), Mrs Anisy (Cleaner), Mr Rentoul (Caretaker), Mrs Bruning, Mrs Phillips, Mrs Uys, Mrs Lagesse, Mrs Tytler, Mrs James and Miss Phillips (Teacher Aides).

Our Board of Trustees is made up of the principal, staff trustee, 5 parent-elected trustees, and 2 proprietor trustees. They are responsible for governing the school and ensuring it is meeting its targets and goals.

Our Trust Board is made up of Mr Bryan Rapsey, the proprietor, and 4 other trustees. They are responsible for the buildings and our school’s Special Character.