Save the Date!

We are set for a very busy month this March. With a number of key events on the horizon we wanted to ensure our Riccarton High School whānau are well informed.


This year sees the return of our much anticipated Gala Day. The format will be different from previous years, with the event being held in the afternoon rather than over a full day.

Students will need to come to school in their whare colours and they will attend their normal Tuesday periods of 1, 3 and 5.

There will be an early lunch at 12.00pm. At 12.30pm students will take their school bags and belongings to their whānau rooms then head out to the fields to be directed to their events. To ensure the smooth running of the day, whānau teachers will relay all necessary information to students prior to Tuesday. Events start at 12.45pm.

The focus for this year will be on participation and giving new things a go. The three main events for the afternoon will be:

  1. 100m sprint
  2. Shot put
  3. Long Jump
  4. Relays

A sign-up sheet will be available for other athletic events which, along with finals, will be held at a later date.

Image by: Amie Blackwell


We invite you to join us for this year's Career Information Evening.

This is a wonderful opportunity to gain clear and concise information around tertiary, employment and gap year options for your child.

We will also outline important dates you and your child need to be aware of to ensure that all key milestones are reached this year.

For any enquires, please contact Mrs Lou Heenan at:

We look forward to seeing you there.


After two years of COVID-19 disruption, we are back and excited to invite you along to our colourful Culture Fest.

Enjoy cultural performances from our school performers and talented performers from our community, including Kapa Haka, Pasifika, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, African, Bangladeshi, Iranian, Mexican and many more.

Savour the tastes of food from China, the Philippines, India, Pasifika, New Zealand, and Africa, just to name a few.

Find out information about the library, meet and greet with your community leaders.

Meet and connect with your community, parents from the school and students.

For further information please contact our Cultural Diversity Coordinator, Sharnali Atashi Tisi on


Since the introduction of our whare culture in 2020, we feel very strongly that the whānau class and the role of the whānau teacher is integral to its success.

A Learner Hui is to be held on Tuesday 14 March from 12.30pm to 7.00pm, where all parents/caregivers are invited to attend a 15-minute interview with their child’s whānau teacher.

The learner hui has three main purposes – for whānau teachers to meet and build an ongoing relationship with their students and their whānau, to give feedback about how the year has started and to develop some goals for the year.

To book the interviews please log into SchoolPoint by doing the following:

* go to
* sign on by entering your username and password (information with these details has been emailed to you)
* click on SchoolPoint in the top menu
* click on Book Your Time for the Learner Hui
* choose the most suitable time for your 15 minute interview by using the scroll bar at bottom
* a confirmation email should be sent with your booking but we suggest you record this as you go, for your own records.

If you have more than one child attending Riccarton High School, you will need to repeat this process for each child and we suggest you leave a 15 minute gap between interviews in order to move freely from one whānau interview to another.

Kohanga Ako - normal timetable. Please note those students will run with their normal programme on this day.

Image by: RHS

Industrial Action - 16th March 2023

The PPTA (National Teachers Union), have informed the school that it's members will be involved in a strike on Thursday 16 March. This is as a result of the union failing to reach an agreement with the Government over contract negotiations. There will be no formal classes and students will be working from home on this day. We will offer supervision for students who do not have alternative care arrangements (by non-union staff), in the Library between 8.30am and 3.00pm on this day. If you intend on sending your child to school on Thursday 16 March, please inform the school office by either phoning: 348 5073 or emailing us at by Tuesday the 14th of March.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to you and your child and hope that the union and teachers can come to an agreement in the near future.


Thursday 23 March sees us hosting an information evening for the whānau of our current Year 9 students. This will be held in our school hall from 7.00pm to 8.30pm, and will provide an indispensable opportunity for whānau to meet with subject teachers and other key staff.

The evening will start off with Principal, Mr Neil Haywood, outlining key information relating to your child's first year at Riccarton High, including in-depth information about our Year 9 camps at Orohaki, which take place in Term 2. You will also hear from your child's subject teachers regarding teaching and learning plans for 2023 and their expectations of our ākonga.

This will also be an opportunity for you to share your thoughts on how your child's first year at Riccarton High School has started and to discuss any support requirements they may have going forward.

Cyclone Gabrielle Support from RHS

There is a growing desire among both students and staff to support those who have been devastated by the cyclone in the North Island. We are currently putting plans in place to enable this to happen and look forward to sharing these with you next week.