Cashmere High School

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Cashmere High School
172 Rose Street
Christchurch 8024
New Zealand
Coordinates43°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
Funding typeState
MottoLeading Learning
Established1956 (1956)
Ministry of Education Institution no.340
PrincipalMark Wilson
Years offered9–13
Colour(s)Burgundy, dark grey & dark gold             
School roll2088[1] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile9Q[2]

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 overlooked by the Cashmere Hills. Serving Years 9 to 13, Cashmere has a roll of 2088[1] students as of August 2018, making it the third-largest school in Christchurch.


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 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, mainly from liquefaction.[5][6] On the day, the school had closed for instruction for the day at 12:00 pm 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 12:51 pm.[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 Christchurch, New Zealand
Cashmere High School
Location of Cashmere High School within Christchurch


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 76; and Governors Bay, Diamond Harbour, and Port Levy.[10] Students residing outside the zone are accepted as roll places allow per the enrolment scheme order of preference and secret ballot.

At the October 2013 Education Review Office (ERO) review, Cashmere had 1666 students enrolled, including 46 international students. There was an even number of male and female students. Seventy-five percent of students identified as New Zealand European (Pākehā), nine percent as Māori, three percent each as Asian, and Pacific Islanders, and ten percent as another ethnicity.[11]


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]

In 2013, 91.4 percent of students leaving Cashmere High held at least NCEA Level 1, 79.6 percent held at least NCEA Level 2, and 54.0 percent held at least University Entrance. This compares nationally to 85.2%, 74.2%, and 49.0% respectively.[15]

Conductive education[edit]

The school has a Conductive education unit, which opened in 2002, and caters for up to 20 secondary school-aged students.[16]


School houses[edit]

Cashmere has six school houses into which students are grouped, each is named after a notable New Zealander.[17]

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 Āpirana Ngata
Rutherford Named after scientist Ernest Rutherford
Sheppard Named after suffragette Kate Sheppard

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  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 6 March 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Connect, Term 2 2011" (PDF). 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 Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  10. ^ "CHS Zone". Cashmere High School. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  11. ^ "Cashmere High School Education Review". Education Review Office. 22 November 2013. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Timetable 2011" (PDF). 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" (PDF). Cashmere High School. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  15. ^ "School Qualifications – Cashmere High School". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Conductive Education". Cashmere High School. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  17. ^ "House Competitions". Cashmere High School. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  18. ^ a b c d "Performing Arts". Cashmere High School. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  19. ^
  20. ^
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Mayor Bob Parker – Biography". Christchurch City Council. Archived from the original on 22 December 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  23. ^ "Bic Runga – Famous New Zealanders". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  24. ^ Canterbury Ram Ethan Rusbatch dreams of breaking into the Australian NBL

External links[edit]