Welcome to Shirley Boys’ High School

Shirley Boys’ High School is a large secondary school where boys are provided with a myriad of experiences. When these experiences are coupled with advice and guidance from parents and teachers, boys leave childhood behind and become young men. This has been our mission in the past and it is not going to change in the future.

On 29th April 2019 Shirley Boys’ High School started on our new site. While it was sad to leave 77 North Parade and all the memories associated with that site, our new purpose built site, co-located next to Avonside Girls’ High School provides us with many new opportunities. Our brand new school will continue to serve the needs of boys and families in eastern Christchurch who are committed to single sex education. Our culture and ethos will not change, but the first rate facilities will provide excellent opportunities for academic, sporting and cultural learning.

Shirley Boys’ High School is very proud of our past, and we have an exciting future. We look forward to the challenge of providing high quality learning for Shirley Men to prepare them for their future.


At Shirley Boys’ High School, students are grouped by House (Aoraki, Blake, Mullins and Snell) with approximately 300 in each house. Established in 2004, the House groups were named after famous New Zealanders who excelled in areas such as leadership, physical endeavour, academic excellence, and environmental and cultural awareness, all closely linked to the Shirley Boys’ High School values.

Throughout the year we have many House Competitions where each House earns points towards winning the House Cup. These competitions include Lip-sync, House Haka, Tabloids, Athletics, Backyard Cricket, Futsal, Debating and more. 

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Aoraki House

Aoraki House is named after Aoraki / Mount Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand. 

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Blake House

Blake House is named after Sir Peter Blake who was a famous yachtsman that led New Zealand to successive victories in the America’s Cup.

Mullins House

Mullins House is named after John Mullins, a former staff member at Shirley Boys’ High School. 

Snell House

Snell House is named after Sir Peter Snell who was a New Zealand middle-distance runner that won 3 Olympic Gold Medals. 

Form Classes

Form Classes are arranged vertically with Year 9-13 students in each. They are named after the Form Class Tutor, who for timetable purposes has a three letter code which is, in most cases, their initials (last name, first name in uppercase) and the first letter of their House group (lowercase) eg John Smith of Aoraki house would be SJa.

CV Gallagher trust

CV Gallagher Trust named after the first Headmaster, the objective of this Trust is to provide amenities of all kinds for the benefit of the students. Donations are invested and the income is used for school projects.

Contact – Mrs Jane Forster (Board Secretary)