Cashmere High School News

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 […]

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 […]

The Designs for the New PAC


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 […]