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Riccarton High School

Greetings and welcome to Riccarton High School. With 950 students representing over 30 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.


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 also very fortunate to have its own superb outdoor education facility at Kokiri on the West Coast of the South Island. This serves us well in developing well rounded individuals who will contribute positively to society. We look forward to welcoming you into our school. Neil Haywood Principal


Important dates and events

    • Main office opens21 Jan 2019
    • Year 12 course change day24 Jan 20199:00am-12:00pm. Only students who need to make changes should attend this day. Year 12 students may go home once they've completed changes.
    • Years 11 and 13 course change day25 Jan 20199:30am-2:00pm. Only students who need to make changes should attend. Year 11 and 13 students may go home once they've completed changes.
    • Staff only day28 Jan 2019
    • Staff only day29 Jan 2019
    • TERM 1 BEGINS:30 Jan 2019
      • 8:10am: Peer support to meet whanau teachers in whanau rooms.
      Year 9 Orientation begins, 8:30am-3:00pm.
      • 8:30am: Powhiri for all Year 9 students and their parents, new international students, new students and new staff members, followed by light refreshments.
      • 9:45am: Year 9 students return to the hall for whanau class allocations.
      • 10:30: Interval
      • 11:00am: Whanau rooms with whanau teachers and peer support leaders
      • 1:00pm: Lunch.
      • 1:45pm: Whanau rooms.
      • 3:00pm: End of the first day.
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