Modern Learning Spaces

At the start of 2017 Kaiapoi High School entered the construction phase of the Greater Christchurch Schools’ Rebuild programme.  For two years previous to this, the design team developed a master plan that integrated the school’s learner vision and school vision into a teaching and learning design principle.

The design principle was based on creating a set of buildings that allowed the maximum amount of flexibility for our staff and students to engage in their learning journey.  The design team decided not to fully embrace the open learning style that was popular at the time, but rather create a space that would be used on a needs basis.  Whilst the buildings have an open central spine for student social and breakout spaces, classrooms surround this spine and are made up of both single and double spaces.  This combination of classrooms has allowed opportunities for collaboration and more traditional single teacher instruction.

Our key principles included:

  • Flexibility of spaces to enhance teaching and learning opportunities
  • Facilitation of connection between and within faculties
  • Encouraging and enhance opportunities to collaborate and co-locate
  • Building a sense of pride in the school environment
  • Provision of the most up-to-date technology
  • Allowing students to learn at their own pace under the direction of their teachers
  • Building on the positive relationships that are both encouraged and modelled within the school
  • Encouraging student ownership of their learning environment
  • House-based rather than faculty-based teaching and learning blocks, to encourage a pastoral-based approach to well-being.


The two new teaching and learning blocks were completed at the start of 2018 and the students settled into the buildings with ease.  This was followed by the construction of the school’s second gymnasium in 2019.  This includes an international-sized netball and basketball court, with seating for over 300 spectators.  This gymnasium was built in collaboration with the Waimakariri Council, to be used in conjunction with the local community.


The impressive auditorium has full drama and music facilities. The music suite includes an electronic keyboard laboratory and practice and recording studios. This complex is used for meetings, concerts and stage shows. A tohu and a mural with its pou whakamaharatanga feature in the foyer.

For any enquiries regarding Auditorium Hire, please email Jo McCurrie: j.mccurrie@kaiapoi.school.nz


The fully-equipped gymnasium provides for indoor sports, fitness and weight training. Sports fields include a permanent cricket wicket and nets, rugby, soccer and hockey pitches, and floodlit tennis and netball courts. A community initiative saw the building of a multi-disciplinary sports pavilion. Together these form a first class sports complex.

For any enquiries regarding Gym Hire, please email Jo McCurrie: j.mccurrie@kaiapoi.school.nz.


The Kaiapoi Squash Club courts are on the school grounds. Enquiries to:

Kaiapoi Squash Club
c/- Fay Cleaver
Ph. 027 495 5542
Email: fayz99@xtra.co.nz



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The library is open every school day from 8.30 in the morning. Students may come in at interval to do school work, and the library is open for general use at lunchtime. Students may use the library in class time with their teacher, or may choose to come in in their own time. The library also has an outdoor courtyard area for students to use in fine weather.

As a student, you will already be on the computer system, so just pick out what you would like to borrow, and take it to the issue desk. We have thousands of books and magazines for you to read. You can borrow up to FIVE books, for TWO weeks at a time. If you haven’t finished with the book by the date it is due back, bring it in to the library and it can be renewed for you. If we don’t have something you are looking for, please either ask a librarian for help, or write your suggestion down in the ‘The Bright Ideas Book’ on the issue desk.

There are eight networked computers for student use. If you would like to use one of these at lunchtime, then please see the librarian. You must use your own log-in, and abide by the rules in the cybersafety agreement you signed.

We have a large networked printer/photocopier in the library. Please ask for assistance to use this, if you would like help.


The School Canteen operates daily during term time.  It stocks a wide variety of healthy lunch options and snacks.

Click here to view Canteen Price List for 2020

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