Rangiora High School

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Rangiora High School
Rangiora High School Crest
Proud of our past, focused on our future.
Latin: Lux cum Amore
Enlightment with Friendship
East Belt
Rangiora, 7400, New Zealand
Coordinates 43°17′50″S 172°35′56″E / 43.29725°S 172.59876°E / -43.29725; 172.59876Coordinates: 43°17′50″S 172°35′56″E / 43.29725°S 172.59876°E / -43.29725; 172.59876
Funding type State
Established 1881 (1881) (Rangiora High School Act)
Opened 1884
Ministry of Education Institution no. 312
Chair Board of Trustees
Chairperson Matt James
Principal Peggy Burrows
Teaching staff 120
Years offered 9–13
Gender Co-educational
Hours in school day 8:40–3:20
Colour(s) Dark teal and gold         
Slogan School is your full time job[1]
School roll 1769[2] (March 2014)
Socio-economic decile 8
Intranet Moodle-based moodle.rangiorahigh.school.nz

Rangiora High School is a state co-educational secondary school located in Rangiora, New Zealand. Established in 1881 and opened in 1884, the school has a roll of 1769 students from years 9 to 13 (ages 12 to 18) as of March 2014.[2]


Rangiora High School 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, covers much of the coastal half of the Waimakariri District and southern Hurunui District, extending north to Waipara, east to the Pacific Ocean, west to Cust, and south to the Waimakariri River. However, the zone excludes the towns of Kaiapoi, Woodend, Pegasus and Waikuku, which are instead served by Kaiapoi High School.[3] Students residing outside the zone are accepted as roll places allow per the enrolment scheme order of preference and secret ballot.

At the March 2012 Education Review Office (ERO) review of the school, the school had 1789 students enrolled, including 44 international students. The school roll's gender composition was 49% male and 51% female, and its ethnic composition was 85% New Zealand European (Pākehā), 10% Māori, 3% Asian and 2% Other.[4]


In Years 9 and 10, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (although in year 10, students can choose to specialize, either to History, Geography, or Economics), and Health and Physical Education are compulsory core subjects. Year 9 students select four half-year elective subjects, which must include one Arts subject, one Technology subject and one Language subject (out of Chinese, French, Japanese, and Te Reo Māori). Year 10 students select either two full-year electives, one full-year elective and two half-year electives, or four half-year electives.[5]

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. In Year 11, students study English, Mathematics, Science, and three full-year elective subjects. Students in Year 12 study six full-year elective subjects, with English required if a student wants to gain University Entrance. Students in Year 13 study five full-year elective subjects, with study for an additional four periods per week. Because the 25-period-per-week school timetable is not evenly divisible into six subject lines, students in Years 11 to 13 spend the last period on Wednesdays either in supervised study or sport practice.[6]


School houses[edit]

In 2005, Rangiora High School's house system was re-established. Under this system, the school is divided into six houses, each containing approximately 300 students and 30 staff. Houses also provide a basis for inter-house competition in sport and cultural activities. The houses are named for New Zealanders who have achieved distinction in their respective areas.[7]

In alphabetical order, the six houses are:

Adult and Community Education[edit]

There are several ACE subjects, including Beginners' Yoga, French for Beginners, Floral Design, General Yoga, Mosaics for beginners, Painting for Everyone, Pilates - Introductory, Woodwork, and Zumba.[8]


Rangiora High School has over 120 teachers and more than 80 support staff.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable former students of Rangiora High School include:[10]


  1. ^ Rangiora High School Newsletter July 2011 - page 4
  2. ^ a b "Directory of Schools - as at 1 April 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "eLearning Schools Search". Te Kete Ipurangi. Retrieved 29 November 2013. . Searching for Rangiora High School, and then selecting "Show Enrolment Zone" will show the home zone.
  4. ^ "Rangiora High School Education Review". Education Review Office. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Junior Curriculum Handbook 2014". Rangiora High School. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Senior Curriculum Handbook 2014". Rangiora High School. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rangiora High School - Houses". Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rangiora High School - Adult and Community Education". 
  9. ^ "Rangiora High School - Staff". Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Rangiora High School - Alumni". Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
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  12. ^ Ross, Bruce J. "Malcolm McRae Burns". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Erebus man dies in crash". The Dominion Post (Wellington). 12 February 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Newbold, Greg. "Berkeley Lionel Scudamore Dallard". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Tony Hawke". Debate.org. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Former pupil about to take charge". Fairfax New Zealand (via Stuff.co.nz). 17 November 2008. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Graeme Higginson". All Blacks Stats. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Talk of retirement for Pulse's Donna Wilkins". Fairfax - via Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Story: Miles, Reginald". Netball New Zealand. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Ian Sinclair Video | Interviews". Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "Hon Dr Nick Smith". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan dies". Radio New Zealand. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "Story: Uru, Henare Whakatau and Uru, John Hopere Wharewiti". Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 

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