Rangi Ruru Girls’ School has been providing excellent education to girls from 1889. With an outstanding academic record, Rangi is considered one of the top schools in New Zealand
Along with academic excellence, we also offer our students quality facilities, excellent teaching staff and small class sizes. We provide a broad curriculum and extensive co-curricular activities including over 40 different sports; a wide range of musical opportunities, speech, drama and dance.
Rangi Ruru has a strong pastoral care and wellbeing network and we are able to offer our international students any additional support they may need while they are in New Zealand. International students may live with a school-approved New Zealand homestay family or in Rangi Ruru’s modern, on-site boarding house (limited places are available).
“I didn’t know a lot about Rangi Ruru before coming to New Zealand to visit, but I was told it was the best school in Christchurch and that the students and wider school community were very happy. It was quite scary at the start, but four and a half years on I am happy to say that it has been the best experience and I have made some very special lifelong friends.”
Our Offering to International Students
In addition to the extensive range of classroom subjects and out of school activities offered to all students, Rangi Ruru offers the following additional support to international students:
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Tuition
ESOL help is available for all international students, on a one-to-one or small group basis. Students usually have two or more hours of English help a week, depending on individual needs
Personal Development Plans (PDPs)
All students have a PDP interview in Term 1 to discuss goals for the year with their Tutor. Parents or Student Guardians are also invited to attend. Two follow-up interviews are held during the year and the school also issues two detailed reports annually.
Guidance and Support Services
Rangi Ruru has a strong guidance network and help is available from tutors, year level Deans, Boarding House managers, Psychologists and the Dean of International Students. The Dean of International Students is employed solely to work with international students and maintains close links with students, families, caregivers, guardians, deans, class teachers and Boarding House staff.
Rangi Ruru has an International Club where students of all nationalities, including New Zealanders, meet and plan activities and outings throughout the year.
At the beginning of each year (or term, if appropriate) there is a special orientation programme for international students. All new students and either their parents or Student Guardians must come to this.