Aranui Learning Community Cluster

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This cluster includes three state primary schools, one state intermediate school, one state secondary school, one state integrated secondary school and 13 early childhood education providers.

As part of renewal planning, the Minister of Education announced a final decision to establish a new community campus on the current Aranui High School site with year 1-13 schooling, which will open at the start of term one 2017. This means Aranui High, Aranui School, Avondale School and Wainoni School will close on 27 January 2017. Chisnallwood Intermediate will remain open on its current site, subject to a review in 2020.

The Ministry will work closely with the four closing schools to provide extensive support throughout to the transition to the new campus in 2017. An Aranui Community Leadership Group (ACLG), made up of members of the local community, will be established to lead further consultation with the support of the Ministry and the education community. Read about the consultation on the Engagement Schedule page.

Supporting information for final decisions

Documents are available in PDF format only. Accessible versions can be supplied on request from View supporting information on the decisions process on the interim decisions and final decisions pages


  1. Avondale School
  2. Aranui School
  3. Wainoni School
  4. Chisnallwood Intermediate
  5. Aranui High School
  6. St James School

Early childhood education (ECE)

There are 593 licence spaces across the early childhood education (ECE) providers in this cluster, including 120 spaces for children under two years of age.

Eighty of the 87 new entrants who enrolled at a school in the Aranui cluster in the year to March 2012 had attended an ECE service.

Twenty six of the 30 Māori new entrants and 13 of the 17 Pasifika new entrants had attended an ECE service.


  1. Kidsfirst Early Learning Centres Aranui 
  2. Kidsfirst Kindergarten Portsmouth St
  3. Kidsfirst Kindergarten Ngaire Larcombe
  4. Kidsfirst Kindergarten Woolley St
  5. E Tipu e Rea Early Learning Centre
  6. Edukids Wainoni
  7. Gabriel House Kindergarten
  8. Just Kids Community Preschool 
  9. Ottawa Gardens Preschool and Nursery
  10. The Walnut Tree Preschool
  11. Tino E Tasi Preschool
  12. Waipuna Early Childhood Centre
  13. Te Kotahitanga ki Waitaha Kohanga Reo

ECE services are independently owned and managed.

School governance

There are three types of schools: state, private (or registered or independent) and state integrated schools. State integrated schools are former private schools which, while now “integrated” into the state system, also provide programmes around their particular religious or learning philosophy.

State and state integrated schools, while government funded, are managed by boards of trustees. Private schools receive only partial funding from the Government. Day to day management of ALL schools is the responsibility of the principal. The Crown is responsible for property provision for state schools to ensure students have access to their closest school. The proprietors of state integrated and private schools are responsible for their own buildings. The Aranui cluster includes one state integrated school.

School boards are required to develop individual charters and annual plans and report their performance against these.  You will be able to access the school charter from your school or at Find a school.

Education Review Office (ERO)  reports on school and early childhood performance are publicly available.

Aranui cluster ERO review cycle

Avondale School (Christchurch) 3 years
Aranui School (Christchurch) 1-2 years
Wainoni School 3 years
Chisnallwood Intermediate Under Review
St James School (Aranui) 1-2 years
Aranui High School Under Review

School roll changes

Image showing total cluster March roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Total cluster March roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012.

In March 2010, prior to the earthquakes, the primary schools in this cluster provided teaching and learning to 1740 students. While individual rolls have fluctuated, the combined primary roll in this cluster has declined by 355 to 1385 at March 2012.

Individual school March rolls, 2008, 2010, and 2012:

Note: only roll data for primary schools in this cluster is displayed.

Image showing Aranui cluster – Individual schools roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Aranui cluster – Individual schools roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012

The following chart shows the ethnic composition of the combined cluster school rolls by percentage of total combined roll

Image showing ethnic composition of Aranui Cluster.

Aranui Cluster: Ethnic composition

Education achievement

National Standards aim to lift achievement in literacy and numeracy (reading, writing, and mathematics) by being clear about what students should achieve and by when. Boards are required to report on learner’s achievement for 2011 in their 2012 Annual Report. You will be able to access National Standards data for your school from the Find a school section of the Education Counts website as soon as this information is available.

Special Education

Special Education delivers specialist services and support to learners with special education needs across this cluster. This includes support to early childhood education, schools, teachers, parents, families and whānau.

Māori and Pasifika provision

Māori-medium education programmes involve students being taught either all or some curriculum subjects in the Māori language, either in immersion (Māori language only) or bilingual (Māori and English) programmes. There are no Māori or Pasifika bilingual units in this cluster. Samoan language provision (NCEA) is delivered by Aranui High School.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision

ESOL provision for refugee and new migrant learners from non-english speaking backgrounds is provided to 53 learners in four primary schools and 14 learners in the secondary school in this cluster.


Technology provision in this cluster is located at Aranui School and Chisnallwood Intermediate.

Land – State schools only

School sites sit outside the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) land classification process and will not be given any Technical Category foundation rankings, though the land in the surrounding residential area of this cluster has been classified TC2 and TC3. Geotechnical assessments on the state school sites in this cluster indicate land issues may compromise continued education provision.

Further Ministry commissioned assessments may be required at a later date, should any of these sites be further developed.

Buildings – State schools only

There are 82 teaching spaces included in the 9,272 square metres (of useable space) of teaching and learning and administration areas across this cluster of schooling provision. The teaching, learning and administrative space is incorporated into 59 actual buildings. All of these buildings have suffered damage during the earthquakes.  Repairs have yet to be made to the building stock. Condition assessments confirm over time earthquake strengthening will be required across 22 buildings within the cluster. There are weather tightness issues in a further 15 buildings.

Building condition information – State schools only

Number of buildings Number of buildings with EQ damage Number of buildings with strengthening required Number of buildings with weather tightness repairs required Number of buildings with both strengthening and weather tightness repairs
Aranui School 11 11 6 2 1
Avondale School 16 16 3 5 2
Chisnallwood Intermediate 25 25 9 8 0
Wainoni 7 7 4 0 0
Cluster 59 59 22 15 3

Based on March 2012 rolls – a minimum of 57 teaching spaces will be required for ongoing teaching and learning in this cluster, as below.

School rolls and classroom numbers – State schools only

March 2010 roll Classroom (no.) current (July 2012) March 2012 roll Estimated classrooms required at March 2012
Aranui School 195 10 144 6
Avondale School 487 21 321 13
Chisnallwood Intermediate 821 38 759 34
Wainoni 133 13 83 4
Cluster 1,636 82 1,307 57

The way forward

Extensive condition assessments and engineering investigations have confirmed all buildings in this cluster currently remain fit to occupy – unless already isolated.

A number of the buildings across this cluster will, however, require remediation and strengthening over the longer-term.  18 are not considered cost effective to repair. This includes 41 teaching spaces.

Future planning

The earthquakes provide an opportunity, as outlined in the Education Renewal Recovery Programme [PDF; 881kb], to consider options for revitalising the greater Christchurch education network that go beyond simply replacing what was there. Discussions with schools, communities and providers within this cluster will be key to informing decisions around the future shape of education for the Aranui education community. Ways to enhance infrastructure and address existing property issues, improve education outcomes, and consider future governance will form part of these discussions.

Community engagement

The Ministry of Education will formally consult with these clusters and their communities on the possible shape of future education provision. This will include providing detailed information on the issues and options affecting each individual cluster for community consideration. In line with the support signalled in the Education Renewal Recovery Programme [PDF; 881kb] for improved collaboration, this will provide an opportunity to gain further suggestions around shared provision across schools and services within specific areas of interest and the wider community, as appropriate. Boards will formally consult with their communities where closures or mergers are indicated.

Check out the engagement schedule for further details.

Secondary schooling

Secondary, state integrated and independent schools located within these clusters will be involved in discussions around the future shape of provision within their education communities. A separate discussion will, however, also be held with all state secondary schools around secondary provision going forward.

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