Are you ready to begin your Rangi journey?

Rangi is Christchurch’s only girls’ school offering a true Years 7 to 13 experience, delivering a seamless curriculum by specialist teachers at all year levels.

Rangi is consistently in the top 3% of New Zealand schools for academic achievement. In national and international competitions and examinations, a high proportion of students feature at the top of their chosen fields of endeavour. More than 95% of Rangi girls go on to further tertiary study in New Zealand and overseas, many gaining substantial scholarships as a result of their work at school, and our dedicated Careers and Pathways Strategist who works with each girl one on one.

Knowing each girl enables us to support her learning and hence the outcomes. Helping her find her learning passion and knowing that she will do better if she loves what she does means we can design learning opportunities to support her range of passions and individual strengths.

We have high expectations – we know all girls will succeed on their own terms; we aim for the best possible outcome that we believe they can achieve. At Rangi, we believe in NCEA because it is a level playing field and a true New Zealand qualification that is well understood offshore.

We have high expectations – we know girls succeed on their own terms, in their own way

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Joining Rangi at Year 7

Starting your daughter at Rangi Ruru in Year 7 will ensure that she is future-ready, equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to be a powerful learner. The stability of remaining in the same school from Year 7 through to Year 13 means no extra adjustment period at Year 9. From Year 7 girls are challenged to be resilient and responsible in preparation for transition into the secondary school.

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Joining Rangi at Year 9

We offer more than 36 subject options across different learning areas in Years 9 to 13. This breadth is important before they begin to specialise and pursue in their senior years those subjects they are passionate about or in which they have a particular ability. This provides them with flexible pathways that will support further study and careers. A language is compulsory at Year 9.

The New Zealand Curriculum

Rangi Ruru follows the New Zealand Curriculum, which specifies eight learning areas:

  • English
  • The Arts
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology

The learning associated with each area is part of a broad, general education and lays a foundation for later specialisation. As with the key competencies, this learning is both end and means; valuable in itself and valuable for the pathways it opens to other learning.

While the learning areas are presented as distinct, this does not limit the ways in which we can structure the learning experiences offered to students. All learning should make use of the natural connections that exist between learning areas and that link learning areas to the values and key competencies.

Learning areas

Each learning area has its own language or languages. As students discover how to use them, they find they are able to think in different ways, access new areas of knowledge, and see their world from new perspectives.

For each area, students need specific help from their teachers as they learn:

  • the specialist vocabulary associated with that area
  • how to read and understand its texts
  • how to communicate knowledge and ideas in appropriate ways
  • how to listen and read critically

In addition to such help, students who are new learners of English or coming into an English-medium environment for the first time, need explicit and extensive teaching of English vocabulary, and word forms.

As language is central to learning and English is the medium for most learning in the New Zealand Curriculum, the importance of literacy in English cannot be overstated.

We are committed to preparing our students for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), a globally recognised qualification.

Key Competencies – Capabilities for living and lifelong learning

The New Zealand Curriculum identifies five key competencies:

  • Thinking
  • Using language, symbols, and texts
  • Managing self
  • Relating to others
  • Participating and contributing

People use these competencies to live, learn, work, and contribute as active members of their communities. More complex than skills, the competencies draw also on knowledge, attitudes, and values in ways that lead to action. They are not separate or stand-alone. They are the key to learning in every learning area.

Successful learners make use of the competencies in combination with all the other resources available to them. These include personal goals, other people, community knowledge and values, cultural tools (language, symbols, and texts), and the knowledge and skills found in different learning areas. As they develop the competencies, successful learners are also motivated to use them, recognising when and how to do so and why.

The competencies continue to develop over time, shaped by interactions with people, places, ideas, and things. Students need to be challenged and supported to develop them in contexts that are increasingly wide ranging and complex.

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Learning Support

The Learning Support Team delivers solutions and teaching programmes tailored to a variety of learning needs. The team of specialist teachers and teacher aides provide support to girls to overcome barriers to learning as well as providing extension and acceleration. The Learning Support Team delivers solutions and teaching programmes tailored to a variety of learning needs.

  • Literacy and mathematical skills development
  • Study skills and assessment techniques
  • Other support and lessons linked to curriculum areas
  • Special assessment conditions applications for NCEA
  • Gifted and Talented Education for highly able students
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)