Coding Club

Papanui High 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 meet once a week currently at lunch time on a Wednesday in P3.

Anyone is welcome anytime. For any questions see Mrs Gallop in the Commerce office or email



At PHS we have Junior and Senior debating teams. During lunchtime workshops we practise our public speaking and quick thinking skills and we also debate in the weekly Christchurch Schools’ Competition. Over the year the teams debate about a huge range of controversial issues, such as gender equality in the media, sexism against men, retirement, how we tolerate prejudice at sporting events, whether violence against extremists is justified, and whether human organs should be for sale.

Most of the students are active in many other areas of school life, and it is great to not only have their involvement in debating, but also to see them using their invaluable debating skills throughout their other activities and classes.

We always welcome new students!


Student Librarians

The Papanui High School Library is always keen to involve students from Year 9 through to Year 13 in the day-to-day running of the library.

Usually students apply for a position at the beginning of each year and are guided through a training process enabling them to complete library circulation routines. However anyone expressing an interest during the year  may also  ask to join the team.

Our team must commit themselves to a regular duty each week at interval or at lunchtime on a chosen day and work closely with Ms Bennett, the librarian.

If you are interested in joining the team, please see Ms Bennett or Mrs Mathias in the library.



PhilSoc was established in 2013 as an after school activity for students who enjoy asking the 'big questions'. Headed by Jo Dwan, Liam Campfens, and Rob Adams, PhilSoc meets after school on Wednesday once a fortnight. At each session, one of the leading teachers, students, and, at time, guest speakers, deliver a presentation encouraging students to critically consider topics from both their own society and the wider world. Each presentation is followed by group discussion where students can share their thoughts on issues that arise. Some examples of topics that have been examined include free will, sex and gender, poverty, justice, sacrifice, aliens, and the existence of God. Students who have attended PhilSoc thoroughly enjoy the discussion and higher order thinking that is encouraged. For those students looking to take this opportunity to the next level, they are able to present as part of their NCEA speaking assessments and gain level 1, 2, or 3 credits. PhilSoc is completely voluntary and all students, teachers, and others from outside of the school are welcome to attend. PhilSoc: the Papanui High School society for the enlightened and open-minded!


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 [email protected]


Tech Crew - Lighting and Sound

The Papanui Tech Crew is a group of students run by Mr. Scowcroft who want to grow their experience in performance lighting and sound operation. They work together to operate the sound board and lighting program for the Year 12, Year 13, and whole school productions. There is a meeting in the Drama building at the start of each year where students can register their interest. Mr. Scowcroft assigns students to shows based on the demand of the job and schedule of the students. Senior students are often paired with junior students so that they can share their knowledge. No previous experience is required to join, the main skills needed are attention to detail, willingness to learn, and focus under pressure. The group is growing each year, all are welcome.

For any questions throughout the year, see Mr Scowcroft in the Drama office or email [email protected]