Russley School has out of zone places available in Years 5-8.  Applications are invited and must be received prior to the stated dates for each of the remaining terms (view dates here).  An application is no guarantee of a place.  Information and enrolment forms are available here or through

Welcome to Russley School 

Tēnā koutou katoa. Nau mai, haere mai ki te kura nei. Talofa lava, Mālō e lelei, Bula vinaka, Ni hao, welcome.

Russley School was established in 1963 and is a full primary school (Years 1-8) in north-west Christchurch, New Zealand, where our roll is between 420 - 480. The school has 20 classrooms, two halls, a library, and two playing fields providing plenty of space for student recreation activities.

Russley School has three important strategic goals that shape everything we do.

“Growing Together” 
Brave, resilient champions of our learning.

“Walking Together” 
Nurturing an inclusive, respectful community.

“Creating Together”
Inspiring confident innovators of tomorrow.

The school’s dispositions encourage students and staff to be respectful, self-aware, self-managers, team players, creative, problem solvers and healthy.

Russley has embraced a dual name for our school, Te Paritō Kōwhai, meaning the rejuvenation from the centre of the Kōwhai tree; something we encourage in all our learners through building positive attitudes to learning.

The school is proud of its team of dedicated, talented teachers and support staff, supported by a highly competent BOT and enthusiastic parent community.  Together, we make the Russley team.  The student whānau stem from all corners of the world and Russley celebrates its cultural diversity. 

Team Waka - New Entrant, Yrs 1 & 2

A child's first year at school is exciting.  In Years 1 & 2 through play, exploration and targeted teaching, the learners get a rich variety of experience across the curriculum.

Team Roto - Yrs 3 & 4

In Team Roto learners are encouraged to actively participate in the process of their learning.  They are encouraged to develop and embrace new challenges alongside a place-based curriculum.

Team Awa Nui Years 5 & 6

Progressing from the junior school into Team Awa Nui the learners are supported to develop leadership, collaboration and communication.  Practising the Russley Dispositions, the learners develop skills and independence by moving through different classes for learning.

Team Moana Years 7 & 8

Team Moana learners are motivated to take on greater responsibilities and aspire to leadership roles that support our students and school.  Learners experience the curriculum through multiple avenues where they are encouraged to strive to their personal best.