Rangi Ruru Girls' School

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Rangi Ruru Girls' School
Te Koraha 05.JPG
Te Koraha, the administration building of Rangi Ruru
Whaia to te rangi
("Seek the heavenly things")
59 Hewitts Road,

Coordinates 43°31′09″S 172°37′03″E / 43.5192°S 172.6175°E / -43.5192; 172.6175Coordinates: 43°31′09″S 172°37′03″E / 43.5192°S 172.6175°E / -43.5192; 172.6175
Type Independent Single sex girls Intermediate and Secondary (Year 7-13)school with boarding facilities (Boarding from Year 9)
Established 1889
Ministry of Education Institution no. 325
Principal Julie Moor
School roll 624[1] (October 2014)
Socio-economic decile 10

Rangi Ruru Girls' School is a school located in Christchurch, New Zealand for girls aged 11 (Year 7) to 18 (Year 13). It is an independent day and boarding school in the inner suburb of Merivale.


St Andrew's Church at Rangi Ruru

The school was founded in 1889 by two sisters, Helen and Alice Gibson, and administered by them for nearly 60 years. The Rangi Ruru Board of Governors was established in 1946 when Presbyterian Church members purchased the school. While the Christchurch Presbytery approves appointments, the board is autonomous.

Rangi Ruru, the name of the school, was suggested by a Māori chief of Rapaki Pa, Paora Taki. It is translated "wide sky shelter" and indicates that the school stands for hospitality and generosity.

Academic achievement[edit]

Rangi Ruru is consistently one of New Zealand's highest-achieving schools in academic achievement[2] NCEA In 2009, NCEA Level 1 was achieved by 99.2% of Rangi girls (nationally 62.8), level 2 by 100% (nationally 75%) and Level 3 by 97.4% (nationally 68.5%) Of Rangi girls sitting 2008 NCEA examinations at Level 1, 100% achieved their Certificate, 99.2% gained Level 2 and 91% gained Level 3.

Academic scholarships[edit]

Each year about 3 per cent of Year 13 students studying each subject at level 3 will get Scholarship. In 2009 Rangi Ruru scholarship girls’ achieved a total of 62 Scholarships in 18 subjects by 38 students, including 14 with Outstanding Performance. In 2008, Rangi girls achieved a total of 41 Scholarships, including five with Outstanding Performance, in 14 subjects by 31 students. In 2007, Rangi girls achieved an impressive 51 Scholarship awards with nearly 44% of successful scholarship entries.[3]


Rangi girls are highly active in over 40 sport codes and the school is recognised for its sporting achievements. It is regularly one of the top performing schools at rowing's Maadi Cup having won the Dawn Cup for overall achievement on a number of occasions. The school has a very high sports participation rate (consistently over 95% per annum), and a large number of girls who are high performance athletes, representing the region or country in their sports code.


Rangi Ruru has an excellent reputation for the cultural and creative opportunities it offers students and the achievement of students in this area. Both while at school and for those who pursue their creative interests through tertiary and career. The school's Visual Arts Faculty is held in particularly high regard and is notable for the number of students achieving NZ Scholarships. In 2004, Rangi Ruru was the first school in New Zealand to perform the musical Les Misérables: School Edition in collaboration with Christ's College.

Notable alumnae[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 5 November 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  2. ^ "High Pass Marks in City Schools". The Press. The Press. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  3. ^ "School Scholarship Statistics". NZQA. NZQA. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  4. ^ Egan, Brendon (3 July 2013). "Consistency key as Fenwick seeks improvement". The Press. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Finn, Jeremy. "Kenneth Macfarlane Gresson". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved December 2011. 
  6. ^ Tutty, Kevin (3 March 2012). "Olympic rower Macfarlane made right choice". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 7 October 2013.