Rangiora High School
|Rangiora High School|
|Proud of our past, focused on our future.
Latin: Lux cum Amore
Enlightment with Friendship
Rangiora, 7400, New Zealand
|Established||1881Rangiora High School Act)(|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||312|
|Chair||Board of Trustees|
|Hours in school day||8:40–3:20|
|Colour(s)||Dark teal and gold|
|Slogan||School is your full time job|
|School roll||1769 (March 2014)|
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
In alphabetical order, the six houses are:
- Hillary (Red), named after mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary
- Lydiard (Orange), named after athlete Arthur Lydiard
- Mansfield (Yellow), named after author Katherine Mansfield
- Ngata (Green), named after politician and lawyer Sir Apirana Ngata
- Rutherford (Blue), named after scientist Ernest Rutherford
- Sheppard (White), named after suffragette Kate Sheppard
Adult and Community Education
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.
Rangiora High School has over 120 teachers and more than 80 support staff.
Notable former students of Rangiora High School include:
- Todd Blackadder – rugby union player and coach, All Black (1995–2000, including captain 1997–2000)
- Sir Malcolm McRae Burns CBE KBE – agricultural scientist, principal of Lincoln College (later Lincoln University) and President of the Royal Society of New Zealand
- Ron Chippindale – aviation accident investigator, Chief Inspector of the Office of Air Accident Investigations (1975–90) and the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (1990–98)
- Berkeley Dallard – Under-Secretary of the Department of Justice, Controller-General of Prisons
- Tony Hawke – Canterbury Rams basketball player
- Hon Rodney Hide QSO – politician, former ACT Party leader, Cabinet Minister, MP for Epsom 1996-2011
- Graeme Higginson – rugby union player, All Black (1980–83)
- The Most Reverend Bishop Edward Joyce – Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Christchurch (1950-1964)
- Donna Wilkins (née Loffhagen) – Silver Fern player and Tall Fern captain
- Brigadier Reginald Miles CBE DSO* MC – military leader, prisoner of war
- Ian Sinclair – Test Cricketer (1956)
- Nick Smith MP – politician, cabinet minister, MP for Tasman/Nelson (1990–present)
- Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan ONZ – politician, cabinet minister, MP for Southern Maori 1967-96 (also attended Wellington East Girls' College)
- Henare Uru – MP for Southern Maori (1922–28)
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