Co-Curricular Activities



Coding Club

Papanui High now have a Code Club for students interested in programming. This group is for everyone, whether you are a beginner and never coded, just played in Scratch or are already programming in one or more languages. We have been meeting once a week at lunch time however this is likely to change in 2017 to one day after school.


Kapa Haka



Peer Support

Peer Support is a leadership and mentoring programme that offers Year 13 students the opportunity to lead a group of Year 9 students during orientation and for sessions during the school terms. Students work in groups of between six and eight leaders and are assigned a Year 9 form class to introduce to the school, help build trust within the class, establish friendships, and develop communication skills. Peer Support leaders are trained at school in a two-day onsite training session followed by a three-day camp. They are continually guided and supported by staff throughout the programme.

Information will be given at assemblies in Term 3 for Year 12 students and application forms can be taken from Week 1 in Term 4. Applicants are notified in October of their success and information for training and camp will follow.

Year 12 Leadership Team

Year 13 Leadership Team


Literacy Activities





Chamber Music

Concert Band

The Papanui High School Concert Band consists of around 40 students who rehearse every Thursday afternoon after school under the direction of Mr Ian Thorpe. Students are put into the Concert Band as early as possible, and the group maintains an excellent reputation. At the 2015 Christchurch Concert Band Festival, they won ‘Best Band’ and most of the ‘Best Section’ awards. The band also travelled to Sydney in the same year to compete at the Australian International Music Festival, winning a Silver award and performing in the Sydney Opera House and at the Conservatorium of Music. A ‘Band Camp’ is held in Hanmer Springs every March to kickstart the year’s programme, and this is a very popular trip.

Flute Ensemble

Jazz Band

Jazz Combos

Vocal Groups/Barbershop

VOX Chamber Choir

VOX Paps Choir


Performing Arts

Physical theater group

We meet 3-5pm on Thursdays in the dance room.

Stage Challenge

School Production


Student Committees

Arts Council

Student Council

The Student Council is a group of 32 students, comprised of all year groups and committees from across the school. We meet every second Friday to organise and present mufti days, enhancements to school life and fun school events. One of the biggest events we run is the annual ‘Extravaganza Week’, a week full of fun activities for the whole school to enjoy. This week involves activities like the annual Year 13 Auction, Papanui Hottest Home Baker and the fun food-filled Carnival Day.

Every year, we are ably led by a Year 13 chairperson, most recently being Sam Cade for 2016.

To become a part of the Student Council you need to sign up to the other councils available and then you are voted on to the Student Council.


Student ICT Committee

The Student ICT Committee meets every second Thursday at lunchtime in B1. Students representing a range of year levels meet to discuss how PHS can better meet the ICT needs of students. Ideas are then presented formally to the Teacher ICT Committee for consideration.

To join the Committee you need to email Ms MacGougan



Lighting and Sound Team

Media Team


Visual Arts

Christchurch City Council Awards - Photography

Each year a senior Photography student volunteers to be the leader of the two CCC awards ceremonies, namely Garden Pride Awards and Edible Garden Awards. This involves constructing a powerpoint presentation of the nominated gardens and attending the Awards ceremony in the evening to photograph the attendees, winners and guests. Nic Marinkovic has been this year’s leader and has been supported by Michelle Richards.