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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.

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


Important dates and events

    • Year 12 course interview day28 Jan 20219:00am-12:00pm. Only students who need to make changes should attend. Year 12 students may go home once they've completed changes.
    • Years 11 and 13 course interview day29 Jan 20219:00am-12:00pm. Only students who need to make changes should attend. Year 11 and 13 students may go home once they've completed changes.
    • Staff only day01 Feb 2021
    • Year 13 training02 Feb 2021Whanau class leadership training, 10:00am - 12:00pm. Kapa Haka practice 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Peer Support training, 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Mana Toroa students 3:00pm - 3:30pm.
    • Year 9 and 13 start today03 Feb 20219:00am: Year 9 Orientation begins with a Powhiri for new students and staff, in the hall. 12:00pm -12:45pm: BBQ lunch for years 9 and 13 students, international students and other new students. 3:00pm: School finishes for the day.  
    • All year 9 – 13 students at school today04 Feb 20219:00am: Year 9 and 13 students all day.  1:00pm - 3:00pm: Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students go straight to their whanau classes.
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