Student Leadership Team

Middle:   Sarah Hohepa (Head Girl), Sea Muaimalae (Head Boy)
Left:  Courtney Petelo (Deputy Head Girl) :  Right Kiwa Shankar (Deputy Head Boy)

Aranui High is very proud of its students and their achievements. Our mission is to be the best possible community secondary school and to provide a broad pathway for all of our students.  We have a reputation for innovation and flexibility in supporting student outcomes. The Christchurch Education Renewal Plan significantly impacts on our school and its future. The Board of Trustees has been working with three other schools in our area, as part of the Aranui cluster. The Board of Trustees supported the Minister's proposal for the establishment of a brand new single site community campus in 2017. We will continue to work co-operatively with the other schools in the cluster, to ensure that this concept is developed into an exciting plan with further details, so that the youth of the eastern area of the city have an educational hub that all sectors of our society can be truly proud of. This year we will be holding two teacher only days for our four schools together, which will be very useful in furthering our collaboration together.

An Establishment Board for the new Community Campus was appointed by the Minister of Education last year.  We have enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the EBot and to hear about the visions its members have for the new Campus.  

Despite the fact that the school has a limited period of time until its closure, we have been working hard to ensure that the students who are currently enrolled at Aranui High School get the very best education possible, and can enjoy the full range of extra-curricular opportunities which school seeks to provide, to ensure that our students have a balanced, rich experience of learning. At the beginning of 2014 our school was completely restructured, with the four whare groups which were introduced in 2013 becoming the new organisation of our school life: each of the four whare groups has four whanau groups, which replaced our form classes. Each whare group has a Head of Whare, who replaces the horizontal dean structure which the school previously had in place.  The whanau tutors have numerous opportunities to connect with families, as the students in each whanau group will stay together for the duration of their time at school. Each of the sixteen whanau groups is led by a prefect. There are also regular whare competitions which provide a lot of fun for students and staff alike - the spirit displayed between the four whare groups competing for top points is most impressive!



    RIMU           KOWHAI          KAURI          KAHIKITEA

  Head of Whare           Head of Whare            Head of Whare           Head of Whare               Te Iwi Ngaro Wairau         Jane Herman                 Tanya Phillips                Scott Kyle                                                                                                       

Whare Leader             Whare Leader                 Whare Leader             Whare Leader            Michaela Kingi                Kyla McAlister                  Tim Harrington               TJ Snow                                              

In addition, we have made major changes to the way we interact with our families regarding student learning. Three times a year we are closing school for the afternoon, so that families/whanau can come to school for in-depth interviews, with students and their parents, together with the whanau tutor.  At these interviews our staff have the opportunity to review academic progress as well as goal setting, and discussing barriers to progress at school. The role of the whanau tutor is vital in this regard, as the whanau class and the whare have now become the heart of the way we do things at Aranui High.

Our school is also one of the first schools in Christchurch to be connected to the Network for Learning – N4L. This multi-million dollar Government initiative provides our school with uncapped high speed fibre broadband.  We have been working over the past year to ensure that our professional learning  reflects the demands of 21st Century learning, and a decision was made in  2014 that school would start late every Monday to ensure that staff have the opportunity to engage in in-depth IT learning. This is continuing this year.  

Our school’s last ERO report was in 2013 – it is a very positive report on the learning and outcomes for students. Our 100% pass rate for Pasifika students in Level 1 and level 2 NCEA last year is worthy of note, with pleasing achievement at other levels also. This year we have set the challenge of ensuring that all students at Level 3 achieve their target, as well as gaining University Entrance. Academic achievement is the heart of all we do as a school, and we actively work towards the Minister’s goal of 85% of 18 year olds reaching their Level 2 by 2017.


Nga mihi ki a koutou katoa


John Rohs


 2014 Annual Report to Board of Trustees

 Principals Blog:  https://aranuihighprincipal.wordpress.com/author/principalrohs/


Term 1 : Monday 2 February to Thursday 2 April

Term 2 : Monday, 20 April to Friday 3 July

Term 3 : Monday, 20 July to Friday 25 September

Term 4 : Monday 12 October to Thursday, 10 December



18 August  -  Board Of Trustees Meeting
24-28 Aug  -  Senior Assessment Week
31Aug/4 Sept  -   Winter Sports Tournament
8 Sept  -        Sports Photos
15 Sept -       Board of Trustees Meeting
21 Sept -       Year 11 and 12 Subject Selection and Report afternoon
25 Sept -       Last day Term 3 



Week 1:    Students came back to a very different looking Aranui High after the relcation of the village in the school holidays

Week 2:    A great victory vs Ellesmere College with some stellar performances by Aranui players have kept the rugby shield at Aranui. Well done boys

Week 4:  Our junior rugby team has won the mid-week competition final with a resounding 87  - 5  defeat of  Lincoln High School. 


Week 4:   The School production of "James and the Giant Peach" was a huge hit and wowed audiences, both young and old.     Well done to Matua Morehu Solomon, Jane Herman, Seta Timo and all the actors, musicians and singers.  What a hilarious fabulous show !




Term 1 Issue 1 (February)

Term 1 Issue 2 (March-April)

Term 2 Issue 1 (May)

Term 2 Issue 2 (June - July)


Aranui High School Facebook Page 



Minister of Education Decision - September 2013

Aranui Community Campus Community Engagement Report