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Welcome to Rangiora High School
Kia ora tatou katoa. E mihi nui.
Rangiora High School has, since 1884, provided the families of North Canterbury with a quality co-educational secondary education. Our motto – 'Lux Cum Amore' or 'Enlightenment with Friendship' – supports our three Lighthouse values which are at the base of all we do:
Aspire / Wawatahia – Aspire to achieve your best.
Respect / Whakautea – Respect yourself, others and the environment.
Contribute / Tohaina – Contribute actively to the community.
Our vision is to create inclusive, equitable and relevant learning opportunities for students with clear pathways that meet the aspirations of our community and which empower every student towards life-long learning.
The students are at the centre of our work and like you, we want the very best for them. We want to see them engaged in learning, to have them experience success in all areas of learning and to discover that learning takes place not just in the four walls of the classroom.
Our school is structured into six Houses – Hillary, Lydiard, Mansfield, Ngata, Sheppard and Rutherford. Our House system offers students a sense of belonging within the larger school and offers the opportunity for friendly rivalry and competition.
We welcome you and look forward to working together to make your child’s secondary schooling experience the best it can be.
About our School
School Day Structure
Rangiora High School operates 24 timetable periods each week. Different lesson times operate on Wednesdays.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday start with period 1 at 8.40am. On these days the school day ends at 3.00pm. The first break (interval) is from 10.45am to 11.15am. The second break (lunch) is from 1.20pm to 2.00pm.
The exception to the above is Wednesday when staff are involved in Professional Learning meetings. For students, school starts later on Wednesdays. Buses run approximately 75 minutes later (arriving just before 10.00am). On Wednesdays, lessons begin at 10.00am and the school day ends at 2.40pm, with one break.
There are two types of assemblies. School Assemblies (based on year level) run during wananga classes on a fortnightly cycle. Individual Houses also meet for House Assemblies once or twice a term.
Student attendance is monitored electronically every period. To report an absence from school for any reason (sickness, appointments, etc.):
or Telephone: 03 311 8888 and press 1
A telephone call to the school office must be followed with an appropriate note from a parent or caregiver. Parents and caregivers are welcome to contact the school's Attendance Officer on 03 3118888 for assistance with attendance and truancy issues.
In accordance with Ministry of Education regulations, a student living more than 4.8 km from the school is entitled to free bus travel. However, students may have to make their own way up to 1.6 km to a pick-up point. Information on bus routes and times may be viewed by clicking here. Specific information on pick-up times and stopping points should be obtained from the bus company, Torlesse Travel Limited, on 03 3135453. Good behaviour is expected on the bus at all times.
Reports and Interviews
Parents and caregivers receive regular reports on student progress and attainment. Student Achievement Interview Days (SAID) are held to discuss progress with parents and caregivers. However, we would encourage any parent or caregiver who has a concern to make an appointment at any time for an interview with your son or daughter’s Dean or class teacher, and not wait for the interview days. Please telephone the school on 03 3118888.
School Donation: The voluntary school donation is $140 for a one child family, $250 for two or more students in a family. There is no discount for early payment. Our aim is to deliver quality educational courses and activities over and above those that are funded by the Ministry of Education. Therefore, the voluntary donation is a contribution to the costs of activities and trips where participation is optional or where components of the activity are not covered by the MoE. We do appreciate the financial support our families make to the school. We ensure that students from families who choose not to contribute will not be disadvantaged or excluded from any activities we consider to be part of a complete education. Note, these amounts are subject to change.
PTA Donation: The voluntary PTA (Parent Teacher Association) donation is $10 per year.
The school welcomes online payment. The school's bank account number is 12 3149 0228242 00 (ASB Rangiora). Please quote your child's enrolment number and name when making payments.
Some assistance is available for families in difficult circumstances. The school has access to funds to which application can be made for help towards purchase of uniforms and school books. Grants are usually limited to $100.00-$200.00. Further information and advice is available by telephoning the school office on 03 3118888.