Middleton Grange School

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Middleton Grange School
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Middleton Grange School in 2012
In thy light shall we see light
30 Acacia Avenue
Upper Riccarton
Christchurch 8041
New Zealand
Coordinates 43°32′13″S 172°34′34″E / 43.5369°S 172.5760°E / -43.5369; 172.5760Coordinates: 43°32′13″S 172°34′34″E / 43.5369°S 172.5760°E / -43.5369; 172.5760
Type State Integrated Composite(Years 1-13)
Established 1964
Ministry of Education Institution no. 335
Principal Richard Vanderpyl
School roll 1356[1] (July 2016)
Socio-economic decile 9Q[2]

Middleton Grange School (abbreviated MGS) in Christchurch, New Zealand, is a state-integrated Christian co-educational Year 1 to 13 school. It's currently New Zealand's largest evangelical Christian school.


Established in 1964 by the Christian Schools Trust, as an independent Christian school and became integrated into the state system in 1996. Middleton Grange School's academic structure consists of four departments, Primary School, Middle School, Senior College and International College.

Middleton Grange School belongs to the Christchurch Christian Schools Network (CSN) and the New Zealand Association for Christian Schools (NZACS).

The school premises used to house the Christchurch headquarters of the Maxim Institute, a conservative Christian thinktank. Bruce Logan was once Middleton Grange's former curriculum director.

The school was ordered in 2010 to apologise and compensate a former employee for firing him because of his homosexuality.[3]


Pupils and teachers are divided into specific houses which then compete in (mostly) sporting and cultural activities. There are four of these, named after early British explorers of Antarctica, as Robert Falcon Scott stayed at Middleton Grange's original gentry house before embarking on his ill-fated expedition.

Middleton Grange House Names & their Colours
Scott Named after Robert Falcon Scott CVO (6 June 1868 – 29 March 1912), who was a British Royal Naval officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions: the Discovery Expedition, 1901–04, and the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, 1910–13.
Wilson Named after Dr Edward Adrian Wilson ("Uncle Bill") (23 July 1872 – 29 March 1912). He was a notable English polar explorer, physician, naturalist, painter and ornithologist.
Shackleton Named after Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton CVO OBE, (15 February 1874 – 5 January 1922), an Anglo-Irish explorer who was one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
Bowen Named after Sir Charles Bowen (1830 - 12 December 1917). He was a prominent mountaineer and explorer of the Andes, and a Christchurch City Council member.

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  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2016". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Gay coach sacked from Christian school". The Press. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 

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