YEAR 9 2021

Nau mai haere mai ki te Kura o Waimairi-iri

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new cohort of Year 9 students and their whānau as you look to begin your journey at your new school in 2021. Whether you are the first of your whānau to be part of this community, or whether you’re following the footsteps of older siblings or your parents, we know your experience here will be special and unique to you. The links below provide you with a range of information about the activities, events and requirements which will help you prepare for day one as you transition into Burnside High School.

All students are given three tests to help with placement in class.

As Canterbury will remain at COVID-19 Alert Level 2 on Friday 18 September, a number of changes have been made to allow the Year 9 2021 Entrance Testing to occur under Level 2 guidelines.

We ask that you read through the following changes carefully:

  • Many students will now have a new entrance testing session time, please click on the link below to view the new times. If your child’s school is not on the list, please ensure they attend Friday, 18 September 2020, 8.30 am – 11.00 am.

  • Students will meet INSIDE the Aurora Centre auditorium prior to testing. Students need to be seated by 8.30 am for the morning session and 12.30 pm for the afternoon session.
  • From there, students will be taken to classrooms throughout the school in smaller groups.
  • At the completion of the testing, students will be returned to the front of the Aurora Centre for you to collect.
  • There is no access to drive onto school grounds, please park away from the school and allow time to walk in.
  • Catch Up Testing will still occur on Friday, 16 October for those unable to attend September’s testing.

Breens Intermediate School
Students from Breens Intermediate School will have their tests administered by their own teachers in-class and NOT at Burnside High School.

Cobham Intermediate School
Students from Cobham Intermediate School will now attend testing on Monday, 21 September 2020, 8.30 am – 11.00 am. Please meet inside the Aurora Centre auditorium at 8.30 am.
Cobham staff will meet their students at the Cobham Intermediate School hall at 8.00 am to walk over and will collect students from the Aurora Centre once testing is completed to walk back to school.

The school offers a number of workshops for parents on a variety of topics including “Success at High School”.

It is specifically designed for parents of incoming Year 9 students and has been well attended over recent years. The workshop will consider the challenges of starting high school and how parents and the school can work together to minimise these challenges.

This workshop will be held on Tuesday 3 November 2020, 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm and repeated on Wednesday 4 November 2020, 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm. Both workshops will be held in the Staff Room.

To signal your intention to attend one of these evenings, please click here – we appreciate your attention to this by Friday 2 October 2020.

On Monday 19 October 2020 there will be an evening for parents starting at 7.00 pm in the Aurora Centre.

The first part of this evening will include a welcome by the Principal, followed by speakers on student welfare and placement, the Music Department, E-Learning, Sports Programmes and the PTA.

The latter part of the evening will be set aside for individual interviews with senior teachers. If you have specific concerns or have information about your child that would be useful for us to know, you are encouraged to make an interview appointment. To request an interview please click here and complete the form by Friday 2 October 2020.

The Burnside High School Year 8 “Familiarisation Day”, is planned for Monday 23 November between 8.30 am – 10.30 am. 

Students who are enrolled as a Year 9 student at Burnside High School in 2021 will be invited to attend this half day to support their transition to Burnside High School. This provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Meet key staff that will be important to them in Year 9
  • Find out about various sports/arts/cultural activities that will be on offer in 2021
  • Take a tour of the school while classes are operating
  • Ask current Year 9 and 10 students’ questions about Burnside High School and
    get involved in some fun activities to start making connections with other new students

More information will be sent to schools and families closer to the time.

Blended e-Learning at Burnside High School

We believe there are valid reasons for adopting an e-learning approach to teaching and learning and these are supported by educational research. They are:

  • it enables students to collaborate and connect with each other and the wider world to a much greater extent than formerly
  • it encourages critical thinking and allows greater access to information and resources
  • learning can take place anywhere and at any time, and student motivation and engagement are improved
  • it supports the way that an increasing number of our students learn and therefore it improves student outcomes
  • it allows for more personalised learning that meets the cultural, individual and developmental needs and interests of each student
  • NZQA are now offering some NCEA assessment online

What We Recommend

To enable students to get full benefit from the e-learning opportunities we offer, we highly recommend that students bring their own device, we highly recommend either a laptop or as the minimum requirement a Chromebook for Year 9 and 10 because they have been found to be reliable, fast and effective when used in our learning spaces.

Students will need to be able to:

  • have access to anytime, anywhere learning opportunities and resources
  • can communicate and share their learning on-line as well as transferring that learning across subjects and between school and home.

If you are looking at purchasing a device for next year, we recommend:

  • Cyclone Computing,
  • Harvey Normans
  • Noel Leemings,
  • Office Max and
  • PB Tech.


We deal with these companies through normal school business, and believe they are able to provide, quality information, service, technology, and ongoing support.

They can all be accessed either online or via the shop floor.