Burnside High School

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Burnside High School is one of NZ’s largest and best performing secondary schools.

Burnside High School is a state co-educational secondary school located in the suburb of Burnside in Christchurch, New Zealand. With a role of almost 2600 students, it is the largest school in New Zealand outside Auckland, and is among the country’s six largest schools.

Burnside High School is recognised as the best school for Performance Music in New Zealand, and with a Visual Art Department that ranks in the top 3 nationally, Burnside High School has caring, knowledgeable teachers and first class facilities. We have specialist courses in Rugby, Outdoor Pursuits and Computing as well as the Performing Arts. There have over 40 sports available and with the Southern Alps only an hour away students can ski in winter and surf in summer.  Come to Christchurch and enjoy getting to know 2,600 students from 47 countries.

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Unique Features
  • One of NZ’s largest (2,600 students) and best performing Secondary Schools
  • Arguably NZ’s best school for Performance Music
  • Functional, modern and attractive buildings
  • Aurora Centre for the Performing Arts (750 seat auditiorium)
Student Support

Four full time international staff members for pastoral needs, International Leaders Programme, Buddy system for new students, caring and supportive teachers.

ESOL Support
  • Intensive High School Preparation class for beginnners
  • Integrated ESOL classes at all levels to University Entrance.

Homestay only, carefully matching hosts and students.

  • Extensive range of subjects
  • Cambridge Mathematics
  • Languages include: Japanese, German, French and Maori
  • Outdoor Pursuits
  • Hospitality
Co-curricular Activites
  • Over 40 sports
  • Over 20 music groups, 6 choirs
  • Ski trips
  • Drama and Dance
  • National Champions – 2015, 2016 for Girls Volleyball (indoor and beach)
Specialist International Courses Courses
  • International Music Programme – Designed for able musicians in either instruments or voice.
  • International Rugby Programme – There are over 25 students each year who take part in this 22 week course.
  • Ski and Snoboard Club
  • Non NCEA Alternative Programme – November

Featured Video

SMP Burnside High Specialist Music Programme May 2016
A day in the life of Alina Birkmeyer and Sarah Kaehs.


Address: Burnside High School, 151 Greers Rd, Burnside 8053, Christchurch
Website: http://www.burnside.school.nz


To enrol in this school, download the form below, complete and return to ISENZ.

Download ISENZ Enrolment Form (PDF)

Email a completed and scanned copy to russell@isenz.com.

Or post a completed copy to:
Russell Trethewey
PO Box 5329, Terrace End
Palmerston North, New Zealand

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For more information about this school, please contact ISENZ.