Cashmere High School

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Cashmere High School
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Address
172 Rose Street
Somerfield
Christchurch 8024
New Zealand

Coordinates 43°33′57″S 172°37′27″E / 43.5659°S 172.6243°E / -43.5659; 172.6243Coordinates: 43°33′57″S 172°37′27″E / 43.5659°S 172.6243°E / -43.5659; 172.6243
Information
Funding type State
Motto Leading Learning
Established 1956 (1956)
Ministry of Education Institution no. 340
Principal Mark Wilson
Years offered 9–13
Gender Coeducational
Colour(s) Burgundy, dark grey & dark gold             
School roll 1734[1] (October 2014)
Socio-economic decile 8
Website

Cashmere High School (Māori: Te iringa o Kahukura) is a state coeducational secondary school, located in southern Christchurch, New Zealand. It was opened in 1956 in response to population growth in southern Christchurch during the 1950s.

The school is located in the suburb of Somerfield, on the northern bank of the Heathcote River overlooking the Cashmere Hills (part of the Port Hills). Serving Years 9 to 13, Cashmere has a roll of 1708 students as of June 2011, making it the third-largest school in Christchurch.[2]

History[edit]

The school opened at the beginning of the 1956 school year with 198 students under founding headmaster Terry McCombs, a former Member of the New Zealand House of Representatives who had served as Minister of Education from 1947 to 1949.[3][4] McCombs served seventeen years as headmaster before retiring at the end of the 1972 school year.[3]

In the late 1980s, state school administration across New Zealand was reformed by the Fourth Labour Government in what was known as the "Tomorrow's Schools" reforms. From 1989, Cashmere was no longer under the governance of the Canterbury Education Board, which had been abolished, but under the self-governance of a Board of Trustees elected by the school community.

The current principal, Mark Wilson, replaced Dave Turnbull in July 2009.

Aerial photo of Cashmere High School taken on 24 February 2011, two days after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Soil liquefaction can be clearly seen on the playing fields.

Cashmere suffered moderate damage in the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, mainly from liquefaction.[5][6] On the day, the school had closed for instruction for the day at 12:00pm due to the Post Primary Teachers' Association, the main secondary school teachers' trade union, holding a paid union meeting that afternoon, meaning very few students and staff were on site when the quake struck at 12:51pm.[7] The school reopened on 14 March after the school buildings were inspected and deemed safe, and essential repairs and temporary fixes had been carried out.[6][8] In the aftermath of the earthquake, the school played host to Linwood College in a site sharing agreement while Linwood's severely damaged facilities were inspected and repaired. Cashmere used the site in the morning, while Linwood used the site in the afternoon for five months, until Linwood College moved back to its original site on 1 August.[9]

Cashmere High School is located in New Zealand Christchurch
Cashmere High School
Location of Cashmere High School within Christchurch

Enrolment[edit]

Cashmere operates an enrolment scheme to help curb roll numbers and prevent overcrowding. The school's home zone, in which students residing are automatically entitled to be enrolled without rejection, covers the southern suburbs of Christchurch as well as the settlements around the western and southern shores of Lyttelton Harbour. Suburbs and towns within the zone include Beckenham, Cashmere, Huntsbury, Murray Aynsley, Saint Martins, Somerfield, Spreydon, Sydenham, and Westmorland; parts of Addington and Hoon Hay; Hillsborough, Opawa and Waltham west of State Highway 73; and Governors Bay, Diamond Harbour, and Port Levy.[10] Students residing outside the zone are accepted as roll places allow per the enrollment scheme order of preference and secret ballot.

At the August 2010 Education Review Office (ERO) review of the school, the school had 1674 students enrolled, including 51 international students. The school roll's gender composition was 54% male and 46% female, and its ethnic composition was 78% New Zealand European (Pākehā), 6% Māori, 4% Asian, 2% Pacific Islanders, and 10% Other.[11]

Academics[edit]

Cashmere High School operates a regular timetable with five 55-minute teaching periods per day, except on Wednesdays where teaching periods are only 50 minutes each.[12]

In Year 9, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Health are compulsory and are studied for the whole year, while students rotate through four Technology subjects: Design Technologies, Graphic Communication, Materials and Electronics and Control, and Food Technology, studying one of them per school term. Students choose two Arts options out of Visual Art, Drama and Music to study for two terms each, and a Foreign Language option out of French, Japanese, Te Reo Māori and Spanish. There are no optional subjects.[13][14]

In Year 10, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Health remain compulsory subjects. Students elect between two and four optional subjects to fill the two remaining subject lines on their timetable - either two full-year subjects, a full-year and two half-year subjects, or four half-year subjects.[14]

In Years 11 to 13, students complete the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), the main secondary school qualification in New Zealand. Levels 1, 2 and 3 of NCEA are usually completed in years 11, 12 and 13 respectively, although students can choose subjects from different levels depending on their progress through the NCEA level system. Students study six subjects per year (five in Year 13), with English being compulsory in Years 11 and 12, and Mathematics and Science being compulsory in Year 11.[14]

Conductive education[edit]

The school has a Conductive Education unit, which opened in 2002, and caters for up to 20 secondary school-aged students.[15]

Co-curricular[edit]

School houses[edit]

Cashmere has six school houses into which students are grouped, each is named after a notable New Zealander.[16]

Blake Named after yachtsman Sir Peter Blake
Britten Named after motorcycle builder John Britten
Cooper Named after Maori activist Whina Cooper
Ngata Named after politician and lawyer Sir Apirana Ngata
Rutherford Named after scientist Ernest Rutherford
Sheppard Named after suffragette Kate Sheppard

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 5 November 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  2. ^ "New Zealand Schools - Education Counts". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "School History". Cashmere High School. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 214. OCLC 154283103. 
  5. ^ "An aerial view of Cashmere High School liquefaction (Photo 7) - Christchurch aerial photographs". Fairfax Media (via Stuff.co.nz). 6 March 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Connect, Term 2 2011". Cashmere High School. May 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mark Wilson - Canterbury Earthquake - Checkpoint". Radio New Zealand. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Filipe, Katarina; Gilbert, Jo; Neale, Imogen (5 March 2011). "Students wait as schools plan action". Christchurch: The Press. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Law, Tina (14 July 2011). "Christchurch pupils ready to get back to normal - End of site-sharing for schools". The Press (via Stuff.co.nz). Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "CHS Zone". Cashmere High School. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Cashmere High School Education Review". Education Review Office. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Timetable 2011". Cashmere High School. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Curriculum". Cashmere High School. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c "Studies Guide for 2012 Courses". Cashmere High School. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Conductive Education". Cashmere High School. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "House Competitions". Cashmere High School. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Mayor Bob Parker - Biography". Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  18. ^ a b "Performing Arts". Cashmere High School. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "Bic Runga - Famous New Zealanders". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 

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