Live & Study in Christchurch

About Riccarton High School


Riccarton High School is a state co-educational school, which excellently caters to both the academic and social needs of all its students. 

We place a strong emphasis on multiculturalism and we are proud of our reputation as a school that serves international students well. Our diverse range of students opens up many cultural and learning opportunities for everyone here at the school.

Riccarton High School facilities are second to none. Our spacious park-like grounds (10 hectares) provide excellent recreational sporting and relaxation opportunities for all students:

Established, tree-shaded grounds provide lots of outdoor space for our students.

We have tennis, netball, and basketball courts; cricket, rugby, touch rugby, and soccer grounds; as well as two indoor gymnasiums for badminton, basketball, volleyball, etc.

Our buildings house excellent classroom facilities. We are currently undergoing a redevelopment of the school buildings that will give us two new school blocks (with 22 new teaching spaces including new specialist classrooms for performing arts, drama, music, art, and technology).

Our school library is an innovative joint venture with the Christchurch City Council giving our students access to a vast library resource – all the benefits of both a school and city library in one, right on our school grounds (complete with a cafe!).

The school is very well equipped with information technology, and our students enjoy the benefits that this brings to their learning. Riccarton High School is recognised as a school that is at the forefront of enhancing learning through the use of information technology.

About Christchurch

Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand. It has a population of approximately 378,000 people – large enough to offer a variety of things to do but with everything still close at hand. The Ōtākaro (Avon) River winds through the city, with lots of parks, playgrounds, etc along its banks.

Christchurch is known as the Garden City due to the number of parks, gardens, and green spaces it has, including our largest, Hagley Park, incorporating the Botanic Gardens.

Christchurch is surrounded by beaches, including Sumner, and around Banks Peninsula, the Port Hills provide a myriad of local walking tracks to explore, with the bush and mountains just a short drive away.

There are numerous malls dotted around the city to cater to any retail needs, along with gyms, swimming pools, sports centers, cinemas, art galleries, museums, and restaurants and cafes that will suit the tastes of everybody. 

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