Papanui High School

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Papanui High School
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Papanui High School
30 Langdons Road



New Zealand
Coordinates 43°29′29″S172°36′25″E / 43.49139°S 172.60694°E / -43.49139; 172.60694 Coordinates: 43°29′29″S172°36′25″E / 43.49139°S 172.60694°E / -43.49139; 172.60694
School typeState co-educational secondary (Year 9-13)
MottoIn Opere Felicitas
"Be happy in your work"
Ministry of Education Institution no. 316
PrincipalJeffrey Smith [1]
School roll1535 (November 2020)
Average class size28.5
Campus typeSuburban
HousesNgaru Nui, Ahi Ka, Ruu Whenua, Taa Hiko
Colour(s)  Navy blue
Rival Burnside High School
Socio-economic decile7O [2]

Papanui High School (PHS) is a state secondary school located in Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand. The school was founded as Papanui Technical College in 1936 and was officially renamed Papanui High School in 1949. [3] The first principal of the school was Joseph Bell McBride. [4]


In 2011 a new gymnasium and pool complex was introduced to the school's campus. It was opened in association with Christchurch City Council and was named in honour of Paralympian Graham Condon, [5] who died in an accident involving a car while riding his hand-propelled bicycle. The Graham Condon Recreation and Sports Centre has become a very important part of the school community.

The school is the fourth largest in the city with a roll of 1535 students in November 2020. [6] Located between the second largest mall in the city 'Northlands Mall' and Firestone, the school plays a large part in the wider community.

The current principal is Jeffrey Smith. [7] In 2006 66% of Year 11 students gained NCEA Level 1.That figure lowered to 62% 2012, but increased to 82% in 2015. NCEA performance in Level 2 also reached the national average. [8]

Notable alumni

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