Agriculture has a long tradition at Rangiora High School and we are one of the few schools in New Zealand to have a farm.
The school farm was started in 1910. After years as a mixed stock, crop unit it was restructured as a 40 hectare teaching unit running sheep, calves and crops, with an attached horticulture area.
In November 2007 the Board of Trustees sold an 18 hectare portion of the school farm. This land had been re-zoned 'Residential' by the Waimakariri District Council in 2005.
The farm gives practical experience to students taking agricultural courses and supplements the theoretical teaching of the Land-based Studies department.
Students can study towards NCEA qualifications, which can lead to university degrees.
In addition, the school offers a basic farming skills course where students work on the school farm gaining practical skills and Agriculture Industry Training Organisation unit standards, which can also count towards the National Certificate in Agriculture.
The Rangiora High School farm will always remain an important feature of the school's special character.