Christchurch Alternative Education, 2019

 The 2019 AE Expo.  19th and 20th September. The venue is Turanga, the City Central Library.

 Most of the activity is in the TSB and Activity Room on Level One.

Where other locations within the Library and off-site are being used these will be flagged in the TSB room.

 Thursday 19th September

 10 am                                    Opening of Expo in the TSB space

11 -12 noon                        Workshops--young people engaged in a number of workshops including Visual Art, Tattoo, Audio, Digital Printing, Cooking, Photography, Graffiti Art

12 – 12.30 pm                   Lunch

12.45 – 1.45 pm                Workshops--young people engaged in a number of workshops including

                                                Visual Art, Tattoo, Photography, Graffiti Art and Basketball

                                                Plus a student is building a bike!

2 pm                                      Debrief of day in AE Provider groups

3 – 5pm                                Visual Static display and video presentation of student work

 Friday 20th September

 10 am                                    Students and staff prepare for ‘sharing the experiences’ session

10.30 am                             Sharing the Experience—students communicate about their Expo experience.  Announcement of the award winning piece of Art

11.30 am                             Voices from the Couch session.  Students prompted by questions talking about their time in AE.

12.00 noon                         Mihi Whakatau

12.30 pm                             Leave no Trace session.  Students and staff engage in the dismantle process and the Clean-up.

About AE in Christchurch 2019

Cashmere High School (CHS) is contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide Alternative Education (AE) for 120 students.

CHS has contracted five Whanau AE Providers and seven Vocational Pathways AE Providers. The former are community groups with a history of engaging young people in learning and cater mostly for Year 10 students while the latter cater for Year 11 students who are ready for an introduction to a Tertiary level programme.  See below for the list of providers.

the Christchurch Secondary Schools* who have signed up to the CHS/schools/Ministry of Education MoU. 

Students placed in AE must be on the roll of one of the Eligible Christchurch schools (See below for the Eligible schools list) and must be verified as eligible for AE by the AE Manager through an application process. See the attached T1 Application form.

The MoE verifies the decision of the AE Manager.

Those students currently not on a school roll (for example those who are with the K3 attendance service as a NEN case) must be enrolled in a school.  The school then provides the student with a programme and where necessary at a latter date applies to the AE Manager for placement into AE.

Students who have been in AE programmes in other parts of NZ must be enrolled in a Christchurch school and given a programme in that school.  Where necessary at a latter date the school can apply to the AE Manager for a placement innto AE.

Previous engagement in AE in another part of NZ does not mean automatic eligibility for AE here in Christchurch.

The AE Manager places the student into the most appropriate programme.  That is, one of the 12.

Students can move from a Whanau provider to a Vocational Pathways Provider.

A placement in Alternative Education is temporary and means the student learning occurs in an environment other than the school the student is enrolled at. The small group situation involves goal setting, literacy, numeracy, special interest areas, awards, and credits on the National Qualifications Framework. In student speak 'we get credits towards NCEA.'

The AE programme is delivered each week of the school term. 

Successful AE outcomes include placement into a mainstream school programme; placement in a youth guarantee tertiary course; dual enrolment in a secondary school and an associated trades academy; and employment.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible for Alternative Education, students must be deemed eligible by the AE Manager.  (The MoE has oversight of these decisions)

Applications using the form below (T1) must be submitted to the AE Manager by the School AE Contact Person. 

Once a student has been deemed eligible, two meetings are convened prior to the setting of a start date with an AE Provider. The second meeting, known as the induction meeting, is held at the provider’s site.

Please note that pomises made to students regarding placement in AE and in a particular AE programme by anyone other than the AE Manager serve to mislead and/or give the student inappropriate hope.

The student is

  1. either not attending school (out of registered school) and thus is showing in ENROL as a NENs case. The K3 Attendance Service works with the case to get the student enrolled in a school.
  2. or has been excluded from school
  3. or has dropped out of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu after enrolment as an at risk student
  4. or is, while on the roll of a school, not attending that school
  5. or has been suspended and is at risk of further suspension
  6. or is struggling with the school setting and needs time to address issues related to learning.

Not Eligible for AE

  • Y9 although exceptional circumstances may apply in Terms 3 and 4 
  • High & Complex Needs students
  • Intensive Wrap Around Service students

The providers of Whanau Alternative Education programmes (WAEP) are:

  1. Kimihia Adventure Programme (KAP) governed by the Trust with the same name.
  2. Te Kaupapa Whakaora (TKW) governed by Te Ora Hou
  3. Te Kupenga o Aranui (TKA) governed by the Trust with the same name
  4. Tumanako governed by Youth South West Christchurch Trust
  5. 180 Degrees governed by the 180 Degrees Trust

The providers of Vocational Pathways Alternative Education programmes (VPAEP) are:

  1. Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)
  2. Vision College (part of Apolistic TC)
  3. National Trades Academy (NTA)
  4. NZ Institute of Sport (NZIS)
  5. NZ Management Academy (NZMA)
  6. Enterprise
  7. Hagley Intensive Literacy and Numeracy

Others to be added to this list as and when is appropriate

Achievements in recent years

Improved attendance, literacy, numeracy, and wellbeing.  Certificates and credits on the National Qualifications Framework: Examples being PE, Art, Health, Nutrition, Cooking, Life Skills such as 'working in a group.'  In student speak 'we get credits towards NCEA.'

In 2018 there was a lot of excitment when 22 students gained their NCEA!

See report cards for each year under attachments below.


 The Christchurch Secondary Schools Alternative Education is managed by Arthur Sutherland.

See the attachments below for a number of useful documents including Getting started in AE (AA1), The Application form (T1) and the Eligibile Schools (A37)