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Haere Mai

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 western suburbs of Christchurch, Riccarton High School is well known in the local community for its positive, friendly environment.


Principal's welcome

Ngā Kōrero o te Tumuaki

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.

Our innovative style of teaching and learning extends outside the classroom. We are very fortunate to have our own outdoor education facility situated at Orohaki in North Canterbury. This wonderful asset for the Riccarton High community serves 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 Year 9 Information Evening, held in May each year, provides you and your child with a helpful introduction to life at Riccarton High School, including what they can expect in their first year of Secondary School and an insight to our wonderful Riccarton Way culture.
You will have the opportunity to hear from our Principal, Mr Neil Haywood, as well as the chance to chat with some of our staff and students in all the subject areas we offer. Plus, we will be giving away a brand new Chromebook to one lucky participant so make sure you come along and enter into the draw.
THURSDAY 19 MAY 2022, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
PRINCIPAL’S ADDRESS: 5:00pm and 6:30pm, in the hall.
All welcome.

Changes to second-hand uniform purchasing

Regrettably we wish to inform our parents and caregivers that due to a lack of membership, it is no longer viable for our School Parent Teachers Association (PTA) to continue to operate. We are now in the process of winding down our PTA and all of it’s activities.

This includes discontinuing sales of second-hand uniform using the current process. We are no longer accepting uniform to be sold on behalf of students and parents. All sales of uniform on behalf of the community through the school reception will cease 28 May 2022.

For owners of uniform items not sold by 28 May 2022, these may be collected from the school reception from 7 June 2022. We would be grateful if you could please confirm via e-mail, that you wish to collect the unsold uniform items. Please send your e-mails to by 28 May 2022. The PTA will then collect these items and leave them at reception for collection during the usual office hours.

Any uniform items that have not been collected by 30 June 2022 will gifted to the school to be sold, with all proceeds going to the Riccarton High School Hardship Fund. Future sales of uniform by Riccarton High School will only be of donated items, managed through the school office.

For parents and students looking to sell their second-hand uniforms there we recommend listing these on either Trade-me or Facebook Marketplace.