Cashmere High School News

Update on Stage 2 works


Leigh’s Construction is currently establishing themselves onsite and beginning preliminary work of the scheduled Stage 2 programme of projects. The full list of actual works in Stage 2 were outlined in Term 3’s Newsletter. The first projects to get underway will be: • Construction work for our new Science extension/block to A Block. • Asphalt […]

Construction of the new Bus Lay-by area

The Board of Trustees has paid through the school’s locally raised funds for a new bus layby, which was constructed over the Term 3-4 break. This area widens our Rose Street – Barrington Street loop road, to enable buses to have more space to safely park off the school’s driveway to better allow students to […]

Progress on Stage 1 work, Term 4

The last major piece of work within Stage 1 of the redevelopment is the completion of the new ‘Portal Block’ (which was previously the north-south wing of B Block). There were some complications in the early stages of this build, with this new block now due to be finished just prior to Christmas, for the […]

Planning for Stage 2 work:


The tendering process to appoint the construction company for Stage 2 is currently being completed, with actual works planning to commence within next month. The intention is for all of these works to be managed through to completion in 2019. The specific works are still to be confirmed once the pricing and appointment process is […]

Progress on Stage 1 work:

The main build of Stage 1 is the central ‘portal block’. On the site of the demolished north-south wing of B Block. After a range of delays, you can see the framing going up for this new block which will include Arts classrooms and the Heads of School offices on the ground floor, and English […]

Stage 1 – CHS Redevelopment is underway


After extensive planning and design works, Cashmere High School is now beginning the construction phase of the redevelopment project. Stage 1 commenced over the Christmas break and will continue throughout 2017. The designers and project managers are Athfield Architects Ltd, and construction is being completed by Arrow International. Stage 2 will go out to tender […]

Acknowledging the life of Lady Christina McCombs QSM


Remembering Lady Christina McCombs, who cooked whitebait for the Queen, and passed away just short of her 100th birthday this August. ♥ In 1955, Lady McCombs married Sir Terence McCombs, a former Lyttelton MP and the first principal of Cashmere High School. She took in his four children Elizabeth, David, Peter and Patrick and gave […]

Cashmere High School Proposed Master Plan


In April 2016, a team led by Athfield Architects was appointed to redevelop Cashmere High School as part of the Ministry of Education’s Christchurch Schools Rebuild Programme. The scope of this redevelopment includes remediation of earthquake damage and weather tightness issues, repair of underground infrastructure and an upgrade of the school’s teaching facilities to meet […]

Cashmere High School unveils $21.8 million rebuild proposal


Christchurch’s Cashmere High School is preparing to embark on a major $21.8 million dollar upgrade. The draft plan for the major project is expected to cost about $1m more than the $20.8m dollars allocated by the Ministry of Education, but the board of trustees is confident the school can plug any overspend. The project includes […]

Cashmere High School Aerial Flyover

Aerial Tour – Drone Flight over Cashmere High School – May 2016. Credit: Active Planet

Christchurch school faces eight month delay on repairs to leaky buildings

Plans for a $20 million dollar upgrade of Cashmere High School have been delayed by at least eight months, despite urgent repairs needed on leaky buildings. The major upgrade was originally scheduled for 2018, but last year an announcement was made to bring it forward by two years, to coincide with urgent works in April […]

Cashmere High will be first school to harvest electricity from footsteps

An energy-conscious Christchurch school has won $100,000 to install solar panels, a wind turbine, and kinetic energy-producing tiles. After four years building its vision to become sustainable, Cashmere High School stood out among nearly 1500 entries from 97 countries to win the United Arab Emirates Government-funded Zayed Future Energy Prize. Students Nola Smart, 17, and […]