Category: News

Reminders: Week 3

“Your Education”, a student exchange organisation will have a student representative speaking in the library on Friday 1st May

Katie Sleeman, the USA Education Advisor, will be in the Careers room Thursday 30th April at 3.15pm. Come and hear about how to apply for universities n the USA, and scholarships available

Workshop for Parents of Teenagers

Dr Sue Bagshaw is coming to St Christopher’s to lead a workshop on bringing up children and understanding their brain development. If you are a parent of 0-18 year olds, then come along!

It will be held at St Christopher’s on Saturday 2nd May 9am-12pm. Morning tea provided. Cost $10. Register interest by emailing 

Otago Trip

We have 1 space spare for the Otago University/Polytech trip on Tuesday (28th April). $30 return, 5am – 10pm. See Mrs Bailey asap if you are able to go.

NZ School’s Film Festival

With more than $100,000 up for grabs “Focusonability VII” has one of the best prize line-ups any budding film maker could want.

Your school can promote the ability of people with disability, develop students understanding of the issues surrounding disability in New Zealand, develop their film making capacity, promote your school, win the school some really significant prizes and have the chance for the film to be shown on national television.

Entry is free, creating a film has never been easier and past years competitions have produced some really inspirational school entries. The 2014 competition saw a record number of entries from every state and territory and the winners came from across Australia and New Zealand.

– Papanui High School – Christchurch

– Trinity College – Western Australia                           – McKinnon Secondary College – Victoria

– Kellyville High School – New South Wales                – Geneva Christian College – Tasmania
For more information here’s our website: (where you can also view an interview with Papanui High School), full prize list is below, we’ll happily answer any questions you may have contact:  Ryan Goodwin –

Also feel free to check out our facebook site


May-June Defensive Driving Courses

Street Talk- defensive driving skills course-NZTA Approved course

By completing this course you can reduce your driver licence by 6 months.

Instead of waiting 18 months from when you sit your restricted licence, you can complete your full licence in 12 months.

Cost$170.00 Enrol online

Held at St Margarets College Tuesdays at 4-6pm: 5-12-19-26th May
Held at Christchurch Girls high School Mondays 3.30-5.30pm: May 11-18-25th May -1st June
Held at Upper Riccarton War Memorial Library 6-8pm: May- Mon 11th-Wed 13th– Mon 18th– Wed 20th


Text: 027 229 8018

Why you should attend a defensive driving skills course? Whether you’re on your learner or restricted licence, you’ll still reduce the time to your full licence by 6 months.
Yes, you can drive yourself on a restricted licence – but only at certain times or with an experienced driver. You can’t take your family, or your friends, anywhere. You can’t be on the road between 10pm and 5am without risking fines, demerit points or being uninsured if something happens. It’s for your own safety, but wouldn’t it be great to reduce months off this time as well as making yourself safer on our roads?

Term 2 Week 1 Notices

The Careers Expo will be on Friday 8th May at Horncastle Arena Period 1 for all Year 11s, 12s and 13s . We will travel there by buses from the Arthur St carpark. See your Period 1 teacher outside the Grange, to get marked present, before boarding the buses. we will be back at school for Period 2. Board buses again to return at 10am
There are 6 free large hardback diaries outside the Careers Room to give away. Ideal for making study notes at home. There is also a free, smallish, cork noticeboard. See Mrs Bailey
There is one place spare on the Otago Uni trip next Tuesday 28th April. Everyone going down should be at the school van in Arthur St at 5am. The van will go without you if you are not there, no refund.

There will be a person speaking about long and short term trips all over the world, from Student Exchange, in the Careers Room on Friday 24th April at 12.30pm. Come and hear what the possibilities are. There are scholarships too


SYNLAIT, a huge milk product manufacturing plant, would like to arrange a site visit for pupils interested in going straight into the industry from school next year. There are many opportunities from production to marketing to lab work. See Mrs Bailey to get your name down for a visit

CPIT Events

Our next CPIT Open Day is on Thursday 18 June from 3pm – 6pm at both the Madras Street and the Ensors Road campuses.

We have more School Holiday programmes coming for the next term break . Please click here for more details and dates.

The next ‘Music Arts for a day’ is on Thursday May 7. Please click here for more details and for all other dates available this year.

The next ‘NASDA for a day’ is on Wednesday May 20. Please click here for more details and for all other dates available this year.

Education USA

Get on track

Use school holidays to start planning your future

Are you already registered to take the SAT in May or June? Don’t wait, start preparing for the exams now! Check your local library for testing resources, and don’t forget about free online practice from the Khan Academy, or the official SAT Question of the Day.

We’re hitting the road in April and would love to see you at the following events:

Upcoming Events
Master of Laws Conference
April 13, 2015
5:30 – 7:00pm

EducationUSA Info Session
April 14, 2015
6:00 – 7:00pm
P.S. We’re looking for a Samoa-based Education Advisor. Must have the legal right to work in Samoa. Spread the word!

Hooray! We’re celebrating the launch of a new EducationUSA website this week! Check it out for valuable information like the “5 Steps to Study.”

Last month we hosted a webchat about playing sports on campus. You can watch it here, and if you are thinking about a career in sports, be sure to readthis article!