Principal’s Welcome

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 people 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 Wairua 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 Values


To be Steadfast | Stout-hearted

Being steadfast to your values


To be Loyal | Faithful | Dependable | Show integrity

To have a true heart and to be true to yourself and others


Hospitality | Kindness | Generosity | Support

The process of showing respect, generosity and care for others


Finest | Best |

To do the best we can in search of excellence

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