Kia Ora Koutou


 A warm welcome to Ellesmere College or Te Kāreti o Waihora (the College of Waihora).

We are a friendly, family-focused school, with a caring, inclusive culture. Our aim is to have engaged students who are enabled to excel.
Our core values are respect, integrity, success and empathy (RISE), all qualities that support high academic achievement and promote personal excellence.
Ellesmere College is a co-educational, state funded school for students in Year 7 (11 years old) through to Year 13 (18 years old).

Located in Leeston, a rural town with a population of 1700, we enjoy a scenic farming landscape. Thirty kilometres from Christchurch, we benefit from easy access to urban facilities and the community strengths of our rural environment.


 Please do not hesitate to contact us.


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Te Waihora Warriors Return

Vacancy - Sports Coordinator

Changes to Three School Days

Exploration Day Thursday 08 June: Classes finish at 12:00 noon, buses depart at 12:10pm
Junior Conferencing Tuesday 13 June: Classes finish at 1:15pm and buses depart at 1:20pm

The Ellesmere College Calendar

Ellesmere College

Providing quality education since 1981

Leeston Dunsandel Road
Leeston 7656
New Zealand
+64 3 324 3369