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Tomorrow’s Skills – Pathways to the Future and Preparing Learners Now

Monday, September 5th, 2016

5 September 2016 I was fortunate to attend the Education Leaders’ Forum in Auckland recently. Titled “Tomorrow’s Skills – Pathways to the Future and Preparing Learners Now”, the focus was … More…


Wellbeing at Home

Monday, July 4th, 2016

“Saying that you don’t have time to improve your thoughts and your life is like saying you don’t have time to stop for gas because you are too busy driving. … More…


Priceless Spirit of Adventure Experience

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Year 13 student Nicole Jackson, writes of her experience sailing down the side of New Zealand and across the infamous Foveaux Straight to Stewart Island on the Spirit of Adventure More…


How the NSYF Helped Me Realise My Passion

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Year 13 Student Margot Willis, went to the National Youth Science Forum hoping to experience independence, self management and a better understanding of science in today’s society. More…


My first week at Rangi Ruru

Friday, January 29th, 2016

It is hard to believe that I have only been in my office for a week as I already feel very welcomed and at home at Rangi Ruru. I feel … More…


Principal’s Address – Prize Giving Wednesday 2 December

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Rangi Ruru’s annual Prize Giving is an opportunity to gather as a family to remember and celebrate a year – to celebrate individuals and groups, and being the best we can be. More…


Rangi Ruru Language Teacher takes up Language Immersion Award in France

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

All my life I have known language as a door opener – to other peoples’ hearts, their cultures, friendships and lives. It has also paved the way for me to … More…


Becoming Carbon Negative – Where do you start?

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Ever wondered what your carbon footprint is? Follow Rangi Ruru general science and physics teacher Dr Catherine Low’s quest to become carbon negative. More…


Cantamath proves Maths and Fashion are not Mutually Exclusive

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Holly Ffowcs-Williams, a Year 9 student at Rangi Ruru, recently proved that combining her love of fashion with maths was a winning formula for Cantamath where she received Excellence in … More…


‘A Rangi Girl’ – Remembering Rangi Ruru in the 1940s

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Rangi Ruru alumna, Aeila Moody celebrates and reflects on her time as a boarder at Rangi Ruru in this marvelous poem titled ‘A Rangi Girl’ More…


Investment in Coaches Supports Every Sport and Every Girl

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

I am sometimes asked why we don’t offer a sport scholarship and it is a fair question. One of our philosophies is that we want to support the teams and girls already in the school. Rangi Ruru has around 75 coaches and this work, often behind the scenes, is clearly proving to be successful. More…


‘Petals and Bullets’ : The Evocative Tail of a Journey Across Euorpe

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

‘Petals and Bullets’ is an evocative story of Rangi Ruru Alumna, Dorothy Morris describing her journey to a Republican medical unit during the Spanish civil war in early 1937. More…


Political Legacies

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The ability to collaborate is seen as a vital skill as we move through the 21st century, and was the theme of the recent Independent Schools’ Conference I attended. It requires, however, a change in mindset to see the benefits of collaboration among competing organisations and Christchurch learnt the benefits very quickly in a time of crisis. More…


Bringing The Family Back Together

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

The theme of the 125th year was Bringing the Family Back Together, something that spoke not only of Rangi Ruru today but of its entire 125 years. The school began with such a family emphasis, run as a family venture and welcoming Rangi students into the family home. More…


Principal for a Day

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Alice Rae, a Year 10 student at Rangi Ruru was Principal for a Day and discovered what it was really like to walk in someone else’s shoes. More…


FLOB – Fun, Laugher, Opportunity and Belonging

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Head Girl, Jess Wood, introduces the student theme for 2015 at chapel. FLOB, stands for everything we believe in. Fun, Laughter, Opportunity and Belonging. More…


Principal’s Prize Giving Address 2014

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

I te Po Nei, Kia mihi. Kia mau ma hara, Kia poroake tatou. Tonight we celebrate, we remember and we farewell.
We celebrate a year. We remember a year and we farewell a year group. There have been a lot of speeches this year. A lot of words. And when I sat down to write this speech I really wondered what was left to say that wouldn’t sound repetitious, even clichéd. More…


Defining Worth

Friday, October 10th, 2014

It’s funny what we remember of our school days. Memory is extraordinarily selective and why some things stick in our minds and others don’t, is probably something best understood by neurologists. This year a lot of old girls have returned to their school, meeting old friends and remembering their school days. More…


Principal’s Open Day Address 2014

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Welcome to St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru, a very special place which we share with the Parish and where, as a school, we all gather three times a week. This school has been in the business of educating girls for 125 years. More…


St John Ambulance Annual Appeal Challenge

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

I have finally completed my shift as part of the St John Ambulance Annual Appeal Challenge. What an inspiring and humbling experience. I accompanied Rob and Jude for a ‘typical’ Friday night and saw firsthand the impact St John have on the lives of others. More…


The Best Part of This Journey

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The beginning of 2014 has been a whirlwind of activity at Rangi Ruru. The official opening of three new buildings – the Gibson Centre, Science Centre and the building which houses Student Services and Social Sciences – changes the face of the school and marks an extremely important milestone in our history. More…


Why Tension Isn’t Necessarily Bad

Monday, January 13th, 2014

It is fashionable to talk about tension as something negative, but, as we know from physics, some tension, not an excessive amount, is essential. Tension keeps things tight. Lose the tension and you are in trouble. More…


‘Personalised Learning’ Leading the Strategic Direction

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Student centred learning is a huge concept and at the very heart of it is something much more specific, and which you will increasingly be hearing about – personalised learning. The idea of personalising learning is at the heart of our philosophy at Rangi Ruru More…


Sometimes It’s Not What Is Said, But Who Said It

Monday, July 15th, 2013

One of the best things about being in education is that you get to hear the voices of our young people, in all their wonderful diversity. Never to be underestimated, they can show wisdom, humour, imagination and sensitivity that can stop adults in their tracks. More…


Rangi Hosts Deliver the Rangi Spirit

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

This blog is being written en route to London with 21 girls who are about to have the dramatic experience of a lifetime. I’m sure it will be inspiring, challenging and empowering and I’m looking forward to sharing the journey with the girls.
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My First Blog Post

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

This is my first blog for the new website so I guess that makes me a newbie as far as blogging goes. We are very excited about the new site as we have been working on it for some time and it is good to see it coming together. We are confident that it is a user friendly and informative site, and that it reflects the wonderful and special spirit of Rangi Ruru.
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