Teaching and Learning

The heart of Christchurch Boys’ High curriculum lies at the intersection of our academic, sporting and cultural programmes that promote the personal, moral and intellectual growth of every boy.

Click here for the 2025 Curriculum Studies Guide

Weekly Note Information for Parents

Our Curriculum Studies Guide will help you make the best subject choices to meet your particular needs

We recommend studying the course offerings very closely and fully discussing these with parents and teachers and the school’s guidance staff if necessary.

If you need any assistance choosing courses, talk to your parents, subject teachers, our Deans, the Transition-Careers Staff, our Form Teachers, or the Guidance Counsellor.

Academic Word List
Weekly Exam Study Planner
Monthly Study Planner
Study Guide Techniques

The Heads of Department have identified the most common academic words in each subject to produce this resource for students and parents. The resource identifies commonly used words in assessments from Year 9 to Year 13 in each subject area and provides a description of the actions each word requires. This includes key words students should know for their external examinations.

Assessment Regulations

A copy of our Assessment Regulations has been emailed to all Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students on Thursday 10 March and students were asked to read these during Kaitiaki on Thursday 4th March with a copy included in the school newsletter on the same day. These are updated each year.


At Christchurch Boys’ High School, we recommend and strongly encourage all students to bring their own device (BYOD) to enhance their learning.

Using digital technologies to support learning is a crucial aspect of 21st Century teaching and learning. A personal device enables our students to access information, demonstrate what they have learned, communicate and collaborate effectively, and share their learning in a way that prepares them for the future.

Wilson Library

The Wilson Library is the hub of learning at Christchurch Boys’ High School. It provides a flexible space that students can use for reading, researching, studying and relaxing.

It offers a range of print and online resources to support students with their learning. This includes access to quality fiction and non-fiction books, an e-book collection, quick reads, the daily newspaper, a large variety of magazines, a 3D printer, computers, a colour photocopier, and laminating and binding facilities. During breaks, students are welcome to use the board and card games that are located around the library.

The Wilson Library is a vibrant, warm and inviting space that is supported by qualified, experienced library staff.


Monday – Friday 8:15 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:15 am – 4:00 pm

Contact us:

Phone: 348 5003 ext 261

Learning support

We recognise that some students require additional resources and individual programmes in order to develop social and emotional skills to reach their full potential.

Ehara taku toa

I te toa takitahi

Engari ko taku toa

I te toa takitini

My strength does not lie in

Working alone

Rather my strength lies in

Working with others


How to access careers advice at CBHS

Our Careers team are here to provide all students with advice when navigating their career pathway.  To assist with career development the Careers team coordinates Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) courses, Secondary Tertiary Pathways (STP) programmes, the Gateway programme, work shadowing and work experience placements.

Relevant Careers events and tertiary presentations are also promoted to encourage students to explore future pathways.  Students (and parents/caregivers) are always welcome to visit the careers team for individual careers advice and/or assistance with CV preparation and job search.

To stay up to date with Careers News, Events and Jobs visit the link below.
To contact the Careers Department please go to the link below and use the contact form.

Fine Young Man

In keeping with the school motto, “Altiora Peto” – I seek higher things, Christchurch Boys’ High School places great importance on the development of fine young men. Students are encouraged to lead a balanced life and to continue striving to be the best that they can be across all aspects of school life – academic, sporting, the arts and culture, service and responsibility.

Your attitude is a pivotal factor in how much you gain from your time at Christchurch Boys’ High School.  “Enough is NOT Enough” is one mantra we can apply to life at school, always challenging yourself in every area.  The programme is designed to give you opportunities to be your best, challenge yourself and put into action our school motto Altiora Peto – I seek higher things.  We all have different strengths to add value to school and community and this programme allows you to shine in your strengths and build on areas which need to be further developed.  Students are awarded Gold, Silver, Bronze medals at the end of each year depending on the number of points they have received.

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