Special Programmes


CBHS provides classes for students learning English as an additional language. 

When students first arrive, their English is assessed against the Ministry of Education English Language Learning Progressions (ELLP). The ELLP stages are Foundation, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3 and Stage 4. Students are then placed in English Language classes. 

English Language classes 

Year 9 & 10

9 & 10ESL - English for Speakers of Other Languages (Foundation to Stage 3 ELLP) – 3 hours per week & mainstream English

Year 11, 12 & 13

Some students are in two classes. 

Year 12 classes include students from Years 11, 12 and 13.

12ESL - English for Speakers of Other Languages (Stage 2 ELLP) – 4 hours per week 

12EAP - English for Academic Purposes (Stage 3 ELLP) – 4 hours per week 

13EAP - English for Academic Purposes (Stage 4 ELLP) – 4 hours per week 

The aim of the classes is to support students to have the language to manage learning within the Ministry of Education New Zealand Curriculum. The vision is for students to develop as confident, connected, actively involved, life-long learners. Students learn collaboratively with a focus on school language, through general topics e.g. ‘Fusion food’, ‘Stories of resilience’ or ‘The global banana trade’. We reinforce English language skills through ongoing vocabulary learning, the use of textbooks in the Great Writing series and school trips.

Long-term students in the Year 12 classes aim for the New Zealand National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) at Levels 1 and 2. The assessment focus is on English Language standards and Level 1 Literacy standards for those that need them. In the Year 13 class, students are aiming for NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance Literacy. Some senior students also have the opportunity to achieve the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) instead of NCEA.



Christchurch Boys’ High School has been arguably the number one rugby school in the world since the sport became professional in 1996. 

CBHS has produced 46 All Blacks. Since 1996, no other school in the world has produced as many international players. CBHS has produced 16 All Blacks, 3 Japan internationals, 1 USA, 1 Ireland and 2 All Black coaches. The undefeated 2013 All Black 
squad contained 7 former CBHS players and the head coach.  Junior national representatives from many countries i.e. France, Denmark, Brazil, Mexico and the Czech Republic have also participated in our international rugby development programmes.  65 former Christchurch Boys’ High players have gone on to play professional rugby (since 1996). 

The secret to the success of CBHS rugby has been based on our philosophy that academic endeavour and rugby excellence are dependent on each other. Our rugby programs focus on leadership, initiative, balance and the pursuit of excellence. 

When students attend CBHS they will enter into a rugby community and a traditional boys’ school with a proud history of success in many disciplines. They will leave CBHS as young men ready to accept the many challenges placed upon them in rugby and in life outside of school.

Christchurch Boys' High School at a glance

  • Decile 10 State Boys School
  • 1350 students year 9 to year 13
  • School uniform compulsory
  • Colours Blue and Black
  • 2kms from city centre, 4 kms from Airport

CBHS Rugby Programme at a glance

  • 530 Players
  • 23 teams from Under 13 - Under 19
  • 44 coaches, 23 managers, 2 physio’s, 1 weights instructor, 2 strength and conditioning coaches 
  • 4 rugby fields
  • 6 hectares of field space, 2 gymnasiums, 1 all weather training facility

International Rugby Programme

  • Rugby season commences 1st April to 23 August but the International Rugby Programme runs the whole school year between 1st February and 12th December.
  • Currently limited to 25 players.
  • Age 13 -19 years old.
  • Custom Group Training Camps available on request.

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