We recognise that Boarding School requires adjustment for everyone in the family. Boarding will be a challenging experience for your daughter as she leaves the familiarity of home and moves to a more communal style of living. It may not always be easy, but the gains to be made are enormous.
At the beginning of every year we have our Boarders’ Retreat which is vital to fostering our positive and inclusive culture. It helps settle our newest members into our community, developing and strengthening relationships.
PC Time (Pastoral Care time) happens in year groups fortnightly. This is an opportunity for the girls to connect with each other and a staff member, often discussing ideas and learning more about one another.
Our mentoring programme is a significant part of our pastoral care in the House. Each senior girl mentors a junior girl during her first year in the Boarding House to help establish them into the new environment, build relationships and give them confidence and security.
The mentoring programme has created an inclusive culture and the interactions within year groups is positive giving each girl a strong sense of belonging and family.
Caring and experienced staff develop close relationships with the girls, ensuring that all boarders benefit from the safe, secure and positive environment provided by the Boarding House.
Our House and Flats
Girls have modern and comfortable living facilities. Large bedrooms with good storage and personal spaces. Six-bedroom flats for senior girls add a unique and special element to the boarding experience to enhance the girls’ life skills for future living.
Girls have access to the library, gymnasium, fitness centre, swimming pool, hockey turf, tennis courts and other school facilities after school and during the weekends – it’s a backyard that’s hard to beat!
Each term we have an Activity Calendar that is filled with a variety of in-house and external events. Every weekend there are different activities on offer for the girls to do. We make the most of what Christchurch has on offer including Crusader rugby games, markets, shows, physical activities such as mud run and City2Surf. Festivals and food markets are some favourites for the girls.
Our internal events consist of regular themed dinners giving the girls an opportunity to be creative and dress up and set the menu for our chefs. We have our annual traditional events which include the Monster Easter Egg Hunt, Mid-Winter Christmas Dinner, Boarders’ Concert, Multi Sport and our special end of year Celebration Service and Christmas Dinner which includes all families.
A History of Boarding
Boarding began at Rangi Ruru in 1896 in the original school on Webb Street. In 1923 the school moved to its present site on Hewitts Road and Te Koraha became home to boarders for the next 78 years. Boarders live on site in a modern boarding house that has been purpose built to cater to the needs of girls. With this strong history and experience in caring for girls, we are the right choice when it comes to the care of your daughter.
Life As A Boarder
The staff at the boarding house offers support for girls to pursue their personal interests and organise many enjoyable activities throughout the year.
During weekends, boarders can take part in a range of activities including trips to the theatre, ski trips, adventure outings or regular competitive sporting pursuits. They also have access to the library, gymnasium, fitness centre, swimming pool and other school facilities.
There are a number of celebrations, themed evenings and boarding events throughout the school year allowing our boarding community to come together in unity and strengthen our positive house culture.
The staff at the boarding house offer support for girls to pursue their personal interests and organise many enjoyable activities throughout the year.
A Campus Like No Other
Rangi Ruru has a picturesque campus with the historic homestead Te Koraha at the heart of the school, surrounded with beautiful gardens and green spaces. Rangi Ruru’s campus has been designed around the needs of tomorrow’s women leaders, focused on personalised learning and grounded in best practice teaching and learning.
School facilities are available to all boarders. These include: tennis courts, swimming pool, gym, fitness centre, art room, music practice rooms, library and computer rooms. These facilities are available by arrangement and are always supervised for younger boarders.