by Sally Blake

Learning Environment

Riccarton High School is dedicated to providing a variety of learning opportunities and environments that will enable our students to learn to the best of their abilities and in their own style.

A vital part of this is using the wide variety of facilities we have access to, both on and off the school campus, to provide your child with the resources they need to succeed. 

From the use of our Orohaki outdoor education facility, to the community library that is housed within our school property, and the integration of technology around the school, we can provide an environment that will stimulate and enrich learning for our diverse student population.

As students progress through the school our comprehensive careers programme can provide practical pathways for the future. 

The programme gives students the opportunity to gain valuable real life and workplace experiences.


Riccarton High School is very fortunate to have its own outdoor education facility at Birch Hill in North Canterbury.

Year 9 and 10 students engage in a programme that provides the opportunity to develop self-confidence, team and leadership skills in an outdoor education setting that is facilitated by specialists.

The programme is a compulsory part of the school curriculum and it serves us well in helping to develop well-rounded individuals. Often, our graduates refer to the outdoor education experience as the highlight of their time at Riccarton High School.

This property includes a main lodge with kitchen, living and bathroom facilities, alongside sleeping facilities for 24 people, and includes 1.3 hectares of land, ⅓ of this in protected native bush, bordering Department of Conservation land.


The school’s unique partnership with the Christchurch City Council has created a state-of-the-art school/community joint-use library on our Main South Road boundary.

This wonderful asset increases the learning opportunities for our students by giving them access to not only excellent study facilities, but also an extensive range of printed and electronic resources, two dedicated school librarians and the expertise of City Council staff.

The library is also very well utilised by a range of community groups looking for meeting spaces and a venue to host a range of activities, benefiting both the public and the school.

Follow this link to find out what's happening at the library.

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Blended learning brings together the best of traditional learning methods and the use of electronic technologies. 

We are well resourced for e-Learning and blended learning. We have school-wide WIFI coverage and students have access to specialised software and equipment. 

All internet use is filtered for safety, and logged against students’ usernames. 

All students are expected to bring their own portable, internet-capable electronic devices to support their learning. 

Information to help students and caregivers choose suitable devices is available here:

Follow this link for more details on blended learning and BYOD (bring your own device).

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