Ao Tawhiti athletics day 2023
Ao Tawhiti Dance club 2022
Ao Tawhiti Jazz band 2016

Ao Tawhiti is a special character area school in central Christchurch for Years 1-13.

We offer opportunities for learning beyond the traditional mainstream schooling system. Our students value the choice and flexibility that our style of education provides.

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  • Whatuariki

    Over time I have developed independence and see the importance of having motivation. In the real world no one is going to necessarily chase you around and you have to be able to do your own thing. This school prepares you for that. This school is what you make of it.

  • Andy

    Highlights over the last few years include the opportunity to do a University of Canterbury Chemistry course. I have also enjoyed the Gateway opportunities, including doing a PHEC first aid course. I have done overnight tramps, including one to Lake Daniels, which really got me into tramping and climbing and bouldering. This term I am…

  • Kora

    I came to this school because I wanted to have choice around what I can learn. I like the opportunities that are available at this school. The best part of my day is Arotahi because this is when you get to do the learning that you want to do. I like being trusted to get…

The Ao Tawhiti building at dusk