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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.

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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 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.

Our students creating a RW representing the Riccarton Way in May 2019.


Important dates and events

    • Welcome to the school year for 2020. Main school office and International office open20 Jan 2020
    • Year 13 Leadership training camp, Birch Hill21 Jan 2020Through to Wednesday 22 January 2020.
    • Year 12 Course Interview day23 Jan 20209.00am-12.00pm Only students who need to make course changes should attend.
    • Year 11 and Year 13 Course Interview day24 Jan 20209.00am-12.00pm Only students who need to make course changes should attend.
    • Staff only day. International students’ orientation begins27 Jan 2020
    • Tuesday 28 January:28 Jan 2020All Year 13 students: 10.00am - 12.00pm, Kapa Haka: 12.00pm-1.00pm, Peer Support Leaders: 1.00pm - 3.00pm, Mana Toroa students: 3.00pm - 3.30pm.
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