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Rangi Ruru Girls’ School is an independent (private) day and boarding school for girls Years 7 to 13 and is located in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Rangi Ruru has a reputation as one of New Zealand’s best performing schools. What drives this success is our focus on the person and the opportunities we provide to each girl. What is unique about us, is that success, no matter how small, or in what arena, is measured by the personal achievements of each girl.

At Rangi Ruru our safe, caring and nurturing environment ensures that all girls are provided with the opportunity to break barriers, learn skills, discover courage and inspiration, have an impact, make friends, and become part of a legacy that will stay with them for life.

Our Values

Rangi Ruru is part of the Presbyterian network of schools and also welcomes a diversity of beliefs. Our values of Respect, Aroha, Enthusiasm and Endeavour, Generosity of Spirit and Integrity are based on Christian values and underpin everything we do.


Ensuring our girls feel secure and confident in the environment around them and that they are keen to learn and want to extend themselves each and every day, is at the centre of what we do at Rangi. Our approach to education means we place great emphasis on preparing girls for the world of opportunities and challenges that await them; ensuring they have the skills and attitude needed to take advantage of those opportunities and challenges. Every girl is encouraged and supported to reach her individual academic, social, spiritual and physical potential.

Learning at Rangi


Our Campus

Our Promise

A quality education is a gift for life. Our commitment to you and your daughter is that at Rangi Ruru she will be inspired, challenged and empowered within a community that knows and cares for her. She will be motivated to develop knowledge, understanding and skills and a strong set of values; she will make lifelong friends and she will have fun. She will leave Rangi Ruru a connected and curious citizen with the belief in herself to pursue her dreams and the ability to contribute positively to her community.


Our Community

It takes a collective effort to nurture strong and independent individuals and our focus is on building a community of support and care across and beyond our school. We understand that the teenage years can be challenging, and we have a strong and extensive pastoral care support structure in place. The triangle of school, parents and daughter is an important one.

Through the extensive curricular and co-curricular programmes, girls have the opportunity to learn in a dynamic environment, to try new things and to embrace new ideas. They are encouraged to become informed and involved members of society, to think about the world around them, to contribute and to belong.

Our motto is “Whaia to Te Rangi – Seek the Heavenly Things”.

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Dr Sandra Hastie Rangi Ruru Principal

Meet Our Principal

Dr Hastie has strong connections to Rangi Ruru which added to the significance of deciding to take on the role of Principal in January 2016.

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All Staff Photo - Rangi Ruru Girls School

Meet Our Staff

We are very proud of the calibre of our staff. Rangi Ruru employs more than 140 full and part-time staff, including teachers, administration, grounds and maintenance, catering and boarding staff.

Rangi students working at computers

Staff Vacancies

Rangi Ruru proudly employs the very best people. View Staff Vacancies at Rangi Ruru.

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We are a student centred school and because we are independent we have the ability to make our own decisions based on the needs of our students. Our curriculum reflects student needs, as does the range of enrichment and support programmes. Small classes enable more personalised teaching and learning which ensures every student gets the attention and focus they need. Our professional and experienced staff are well supported with ongoing professional development and are dedicated to inspiring, challenging and empowering our students throughout their time with us at Rangi Ruru.

Every year Rangi Ruru is among the top New Zealand schools for a wide range of academic, sporting, creative and cultural activities. More than 95% of Rangi students go on to further tertiary study in New Zealand and overseas, many gaining substantial scholarships as a result of their work at school.

Why Choose Rangi

One thing we hear over and over again is how much the girls and their parents are drawn to the close knit, family environment at Rangi Ruru. That the atmosphere is friendly, warm and supportive. We know other schools say the same thing but this is what our parents tells us all the time.

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Rangi Ruru School Building

Our Campus

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.

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Our History

Rangi Ruru Girls’ School was founded in 1889 by Miss Helen Gibson, and was administered by her and her sisters for nearly 60 years. The sisters wanted to create a school where girls could flourish and excel. Today, the school continues to build on that dream and has established itself as one of the leading independent girls’ schools in New Zealand.

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