International agents, parents and students will know Burnside High School for our numerous achievements and our high-profile alumni who often stand out in the areas of: academia, Creative and Performing Arts, the Specialist Music Programme and Sport.
Because of our large size we are able to provide an extensive list of subjects. For those interested in Art - we offer the following separate senior classes: Art Design, Art History, Art Painting, Art Photography, Art Printmaking & Art Sculpture. For those interested in Digital Technologies - we offer: Digital Technology Infrastructure, Digital Technology Programming Computer Science & Databases, Digital Technology Digital Media, Digital Technology Project Based Learning. Our Maths Department is equally as diverse and challenging, offering Cambridge Maths for our most talented mathematicians. In Music, there are five different music classes at senior level. The degree of specialisation going as far as offering Music Conducting as a Year 13 subject. In the Languages Faculty there are six different second languages on offer - Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Te Reo Maori.
Our geographical location is also key to our success. We are only 4 km from the Christchurch International Airport, 2km from Russley Golf Club, 2km from the University of Canterbury and 400m from Jellie Park (a city owned fitness and aquatic centre)
With the above opportunities and facilities, and the well-staffed and dedicated team in the International Office, Burnside High School is able to offer everything an international student could wish for to succeed.
Aerial Burnside High School
Specialist Music Programme
BHS End of Year Programme
BHS Welcome Picnic
BHS School entrance
Burnside High School considers the students, their families and homestay families and the agents and guardians we work with to be part of a large international community whose focus is to keep each of our students safe, happy and successful. Our International Offices are staffed by a caring, professional team who are dedicated to looking after our International Students so that they achieve the best results they are capable of. It is our job to mentor the students from day one of arrival until the day they walk out of the Burnside High School gates for the final time.
Quote from an International student:
"I have been in New Zealand for more than a year. It is a brand new life and I have totally changed. I have gained something and also lost something. However, the important thing is that I learn something. I realize that I love this place, I love this system of education. It is fair for everyone. It evaluates students on the efforts they make every day. It is not that easy like most Vietnamese think but it is difficult in another way. I know this system suits me and I suit it as well. I know what I am good at, so I try to improve it. I believe being good at something gives me confidence and it works.”
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