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Burnside High School

Secondary (Years 9-13, approx age 13-17)

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, Sport and the International Rugby Programme.  

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.  Should further information be required, please click on the button below.

Contact Burnside High School
Physical address

Greers Rd Burnside
8540 Christchurch
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Phone numbers

64 3 358 8383

  • Number of students: 2,600
  • Number of international students: 160
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • Cambridge International Examinations
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Accommodation advisory service
  • Career guidance
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus


  • Homestay
Canterbury stretches from ocean to the Alps, and is a land of plains and peaks. It is a place of variety and innumerable attractions.

Within two hours of an international airport, you can ski, play golf, bungy jump, go whitewater rafting, mountain biking, wind surfing, whale watching, and visit world-class vineyards and gardens. Where else in the world can you do that?

A must-see is New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook. Go hiking in Arthur’s Pass National Park or just wander around the picturesque bays and villages of Banks Peninsula. And then there’s New Zealand's second-largest city, Christchurch known as 'The Garden City'.

Christchurch is a beautiful city where you can cycle alongside the river, stay in good hotels and indulge in fine sophisticated dining, and a city where, just 15 minutes from the centre, you can scramble up mountain bike tracks or ride a wave at a surf beach.
Main centres: 

Akaroa, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Timaru


Amberley, Aoraki / Mount Cook, Arthur's Pass, Ashburton, Cheviot, Christchurch, Fairlie, Geraldine, Kaiapoi, Kurow, Lake Tekapo, Lyttelton, Methven, Omarama, Rangiora, Temuka, Twizel, Waimate, Waipara, Weedons

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
Christchurch Educated is the local education organisation
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