Geraldine High School

GeraldineHighGeraldine High School is set in a small town with a friendly village atmosphere, situated just one and a half hours south of Christchurch on the main highway to Mt Cook and Queenstown, and 25 minutes from Timaru and the Pacific.

Students at our school achieve well academically and also enjoy the relaxed way of life, fresh air, open spaces and genuine Kiwi hospitality that Geraldine and its surrounding rural district has to offer. They can live at a pace to suit their own needs, and take part in activities such as archery, golf, mountain biking, skiing and tramping.

Geraldine High School is:

  • In close proximity to pristine spectacular landscape including rivers, lakes, skifields, native bush and alpine environments
  • One of Canterbury’s leading co-educational secondary schools
  • Proud of its academic, sporting and cultural achievements
  • An appealing school set on an expansive 7.5 ha site
  • A school where people come first and family values underpin the school culture
  • Able to offer a wide range of quality educational courses that are well resourced and taught by highly skilled teachers
  • Fully committed to meeting the needs of all its students.
  • Has our own Challenge Ropes Course onsite

We offer a wide range of senior subjects with specialist teachers and resources, and gain consistently outstanding results in comparison to other decile 8 schools nationwide. Outdoor Education, Hospitality and Agriculture are areas in which our school is accredited to deliver industry standard programmes.

Our Outdoor Education programme offers the following:

Year 13

  • Pre-course Leadership training
  • Kayaking or Rafting (including the Clarence River expedition)
  • First Aid Course
  • Teaching ABL and low rope activities
  • Rock climbing
  • Navigation and Bush craft
  • Tramping (including in the Nelson Lakes area)
  • Mountain Skills (including skiing)

Year 12

  • Kayaking or Rafting (including Hurunui River)
  • Teaching ABL and low ropes activities
  • Rock climbing
  • Navigation and Bush craft
  • Tramping (including Mt Sommers Tramp)
  • Mountain Skills (including skiing and snow caving)
  • First Aid

We also offer the following optional courses for students

Agriculture, Accounting/Business Studies, Art, Geography, History, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, Statistics, Drama, French, Spanish, ESOL, Hospitality, Graphics and Design, Computer Technology, Music and PE.

We offer a wide range of sporting and cultural opportunities at school and within the larger community. These include some of the following, orchestra, lip sync performance, Kapahaka performing group, and a large range of competitive and social sporting activities.

Tuition Fees

One Term $6200
Two Terms $9300
Three Terms $12400
Four Terms $15500

School term for 2014

Term Start Date End Date
1 31 January    17 April
2 05 May 04 July
3    21 July    26 September
4 13 October 19 December

2014 Holidays

Schools will be closed in 2014 on Saturdays and Sundays, and on the following days:

  • New Years Day – 1 January
  • Day after New Years Day – 2 January
  • Waitangi Day – 6 February (Monday)
  • Good Friday – 18 April
  • Easter Monday – 21 April
  • Anzac Day – 25 April
  • Queen’s Birthday – 2 June (Monday)
  • Labour Day – 27 October (Monday)
  • Christmas Day – 25 December
  • Boxing Day – 26 December

International students at Geraldine High School stay in homestays around the district organised by the school.

  • Homestay accommodation fees: NZ$220 per week (includes administration fee)
  • Yr 12 Outdoor Education fees: NZ$175 per term
  • Yr 13 Outdoor Education fees: NZ$200 per term
  • Medical/travel insurance: NZ$500 per year (NZ$170 for 3 months)
  • Boys’ uniform (years 9 to 12) included in tuition fees
  • Girls’ uniform (Years 9 to 12) included in tuition fees
  • Outdoor education fees do not include some optional trips. Students are expected to have their own protective clothing such as tramping boots.
  • Year 13 students do not need to wear a uniform.