School Map


A Taupaepae | Reception


B Art & Learning Support


GY Whakakori Tinana | Gymnasium


G/H Social Sciences & English


H Kāpunipuni | Hall


I Tāwāhi | International Department


E/F Kohanga Ago


L Ngā Reo | Languages


LI Te Kete Wānanga o Pūtaringamotu | Library


P Toi Whakaaaturangi | Performing Arts


S Putāiao | Science


ST Staffroom


T Hangarau | Technology


W Whare Ako

Taupaepae | Reception

Our reception is located at the front of our admin block – and easiest to access from Vicki Street. During school hours, all visitors must sign in here before going on to meet staff/students in the school.

Te Kete Wānanga o Pūtaringamotu | Library

Our library is an innovative joint venture with the Christchurch City Council. This gives our students access to a huge library resource – all the benefits of a school library and city council library in one

Read more about the Library

Toi Whakaaturangi | Performing Arts

Our drama theatre, music rooms and dance studio are found in P block. There are amazing options for performing arts as both a subject and as extra-curricular activities at Riccarton.

Read more about Arts & Culture

Social Sciences/English

Our social sciences department is located downstairs in G block and the English department is located upstairs 

Whakakori Tinana | Gymnasium

Riccarton has two gyms – Gainsford and McHarg – used for phys ed as well as sports. This block also houses a weights room and gym classroom.

Kāpunipuni | Hall

Used for school assemblies & performances, and often hired by the local community for various activities.

Tāwāhi | International

Our international department hosts students from around the world, who get to experience all that Riccarton High School and Christchurch have to offer.

Read more about our International Programme

Kohanga Ako

Our Kohanga Ako provides classes for students with special education needs, where they are taught school subjects along with social and independent living skills.

Read more about Kohanga Ako

Ngā Reo | Languages

Riccarton offers Te Reo Māori, French, and Japanese as subjects. L block also houses our ESOL and Pasifika Studies department.

Read more about ESOL

Putāiao | Science

Our science block contains our biology, chemistry and physics labs, and both junior and senior science are taught in this block

Art & Learning Support

Our junior and senior art and visual art classes are held in B Block.

Learning Support additional support for students in the classroom – such as assessment, reader/writers for subjects or exams, extra tuition.

Read more about Learning Support


Our staffroom is located at the back of the admin block. As well as being a place for our staff to enjoy their breaks, it is used for staff meetings and parent information evenings are often held in here. It can also be hired by community groups for small meetings.

Hangarau | Technology

This area has our food technology, hard materials, DVC, textiles and digital technology classrooms.

Whare Ako

Our whare is temporarily located in L block while our redevelopment takes place. A new, purpose-built whare will be constructed in 2024.

Read more about the Whare Ako