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Riccarton High School

Greetings and welcome to Riccarton High School. With just over 950 students representing over 70 different nationalities, we enjoy a high degree of multi-cultural diversity.

Set on 10 hectares of park-like grounds in the north-western suburbs of Christchurch, Riccarton High School is well known in the local community for its positive, friendly environment.

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Principal's message

Nau Mai, Haere Mai. The size of our school allows us the opportunity to give individual attention and support to our students as we strive to create young men and women who are morally responsible, academically focused and globally connected.

The school prides itself on the focus that it puts on character building through the Riccarton Way and its associated values: commitment, honesty, respect and excellence. Our school celebrates a high number of successes each year with academic results above national averages and a large number of our students representing the school, our province and our country in a wide variety of sporting, musical and cultural endeavours.

Riccarton High School is excited about the opening of our brand new outdoor education facility situated at Orohaki in North Canterbury at the beginning of 2020. This wonderful asset for the Riccarton High community will serve us well as we work to develop well rounded individuals who will contribute positively to society. We look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Neil Haywood, Principal.


We are opening the school for an evening that offers an opportunity for prospective 2022 Year 9 students and their parents to meet us, learn about what we do, and take a look around.

You will have the opportunity to hear our Principal Neil Haywood, tell you about the school, the support your child will experience as they transition into secondary school, as well as the chance to chat with our staff and some of our students in all the subject areas we offer.
Thursday 20 May, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
PRINCIPAL’S ADDRESS: 5:00pm and 6:30pm, in the hall.
All welcome.





Important dates and events

    • 9R to Orohaki17 May 2021to Wednesday 19 May.
    • PTA Meeting18 May 2021
    • 9O on Camp19 May 2021to Friday 21 May.
    • Year 9 2022 Open Evening20 May 20215:00pm - 8:00pm.
    • Filipino workshop22 May 20216:00pm - 8:00pm, in the staffroom.
    • NCEA Staff Only Day04 Jun 2021
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