Cashmere High School News

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 […]

The Woolf Fisher Trust Fellowship recipient – Mark Wilson

It has been an extraordinary privilege to have spent the last term away travelling, visiting schools in Britain and Europe and studying at the Graduate School of Education, at Harvard University in Boston. This amazing opportunity was thanks to being awarded the Woolf Fisher Trust Fellowship. My thanks to our Board of Trustees for supporting […]

R-Block in Action – Redevelopment Update


  The southern end of the new R-Block with an external passageway to walk through after hours from the front carpark to the gym and library       The Eastern side of the new modern R-Block     The new Art Design Classrooms including high specced specialist student desktops.     Busy at work […]

The Past Pupils Mural kindly donated by the Cashmere High School Foundation


As Stage One of the Redevelopment comes to a close discussions turn to how to make the most of the space created, how to decorate the buildings and for the Cashmere High School Foundation Trust the question of how to honour those who have walked these halls before. At the top of the R-Block foyer […]

Stage 2 Update – The Demolition of the PAC


There was substantial property works underway over the Christmas school holiday break, with Stage 1 works finally coming to a conclusion and the Stage 2 works getting underway. This has all been a massive project, especially working around these while trying to keep the school operating as “normal”. The following are some photos of the […]

Celebrating the Completion of Stage One of the Redevelopment

Official Opening of R-Block. The first of the new buildings (R Block) was officially opened on Thursday 25th January, by Sir Tipene O’Regan. The highly respected Ngai Tahu kaumatua, academic, businessman and iwi leader has had a strong and active relationship with Cashmere High School over recent years, it was an honour to have a person […]