Welcome to Te Parito Kōwhai Russley School

The timing of our school rebuild has provided a great opportunity to create a new logo in line with our brand new school, one that enhances the Te Parito Kōwhai perspective of the school name.  Click on the photo below to view a short video from Principal Greg Lewis presenting a proposed new logomark for our school.

Click here to view our initial landscape design.


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

Te Parito Kōwhai 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.

Te Parito Kōwhai Russley School has four important strategic goals that shape everything we do.

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 growth and 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. 

'Growing Together'

Brave, resilient champions of our learning

'Walking Together'

Nurturing an inclusive, respectful community

'Creating Together'

Inspiring confident innovators of tomorrow

'Flourishing Together'

Feeling good, doing good


Te Kākano Year 1-3 
A child's first year at school is exciting.  Through play, exploration and targeted teaching, the learners get a rich variety of experience across the curriculum.  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.

Te Māhuri Year 4-6 
Progressing from the junior school to Te Māhuri, learners are supported to develop leadership, collaboration and communication.  Practising Te Parito Kōwhai Values, students develop skills and independence by moving through different classes for learning.

Te Kōhure Year 7-8 
Te Kōhure learners are motivated to take on greater responsibilities and aspire to leadership roles that support our students and school.  Students experience the curriculum through multiple avenues where they are encouraged to strive to their personal best.