Cashmere High School News



The McCombs Performing Arts Centre has provided many fond memories for generations of Cashmere High School students. Now’s your chance to give future generations that same opportunity. A large part of our school has stood the test of time, however, some buildings including the Performing Arts Centre have had to be replaced following the Christchurch […]

Property Works Update


Work on the new Performing Arts Centre is progressing well. Most of the external work is now complete and the focus has shifted to the internal spaces, where several kilometres of cable have been installed into the walls and most of the gib has been installed. The civil works have also continued elsewhere in the […]

Support Continues Following March 15th Attacks


Cashmere High School has been overwhelmed by support from all around the world following the devastating terror attacks of March 15th that directly impacted several families within the school. Acting Principal, Carla Smith, recently communicated the following message: “I would like to acknowledge the loss and grieving felt by our school community as a result […]

New Principal for Cashmere High School


Cashmere High School’s new principal has been appointed. The letter sent out by Geordie Hooft, Chairman of the Board of Trustees follows: “It is with great pleasure that the Cashmere High School Board of Trustees announces that Mr Joe Eccleton has been appointed to the position of Principal, and will take up the role at […]

Farewell to Mark Wilson


Cashmere High School’s much-loved principal of the last 10 years, Mark Wilson, finished at Cashmere High School at the end of Term 1 to take up a new position in Auckland. At the end of the last day of Term 1 students performed a haka for Mark and then staff and students formed a guard […]

Cashmere High School Community Grieving Following Mosque Terror Attack


The mosque shootings of Friday, March 15th have been particularly devastating for the Cashmere High School community. Two current pupils of the school lost their lives that day – Sayyad Milne (Year 10) and Hamza Alhaj Mustafa (Year 12). Hamza’s father was also killed and his younger brother, Zaid (Year 9), is in hospital recovering […]

New Mural on D Block


Past pupil and professional artist, Jacob Yikes, has recently painted a new mural on the west side of D Block. This mural is inspired by Mount Rushmore in the USA, with the faces of the six famous New Zealanders whom the competitive Houses are named after being placed in front of the local Cashmere Hills.

Opening of New Science Block Extension


Just prior to the start of the school year, the opening of the new Science (A Block) extension was held. This is part of the school’s post-earthquake Stage 2 Christchurch School Rebuild (CSR) property programme. This exciting new two-storied extension includes seven new specialist Science laboratories, a new staff workroom, toilets and two large breakout […]

Cashmere High Success in National Reading Competition

At the end of 2018 Cashmere High School won the New Zealand Readers’ Cup – a national trophy for Year 9 reading comprehension. This national competition is a chance for Year 9 students to read a pre-selected list of books and pit their comprehension and memory skills against other teams to win regional and national […]

Property Works Update – Term 1


It’s exciting to see the new Performing Arts Centre really taking shape now. This great new facility is now expected to be completed early in Term 3 (July). As scheduled the new Science Block opened in time for the start of the 2019 school year. Photos of this to follow in due course.

Cashmere High School’s Principal Resigns


On January 7th, 2019 staff and parents were advised that Cashmere High School’s principal, Mark Wilson, had resigned from his role to take up a new position in Auckland. The letter sent out by Geordie Hooft, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, follows: “It is with sadness that I let you know I have accepted […]

Property Works Update – Term 4


The new Performing Arts Centre (PAC) is rising up on the site of the former one. This impressive new modern facility will include an auditorium to seat 800, two drama classrooms, toilets, music rehearsal rooms, staff offices andstorage areas. The expected completion date will be around the end of Term 2 (early July) 2019. The exciting new Science block […]

Life and Nothing Better – The First Third

A first hand account of Cashmere High School as an early pupil, written By Jeff Upton and published with permission. I was excited about becoming a pupil at CHS because someone had told me that they had a Rock ‘n Roll club. I asked my cousin (a 1956 entrant) about it, and his reply “Well, […]

CHS Music Department Music Tour 2018


This year Cashmere High School music is embarking on our most ambitious Music Tour. Every two years the Cashmere High School Music Department embarks on a music tour, with every four years touring to an international destination. This year we are touring from September 22nd to October 12th spending one week in Boston and the […]

Redevelopment Update…

The steel has been constructed for the new Science Block and the concrete has been poured for both the ground and level one floors. Work continues on the foundations Of the Performing Arts Centre (PAC Or school hall) and the steel framing has started going up. The new PAC will be completed by the end […]