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Good for schooling, not for social environment.

3.7
Student · April 5, 2021
Student · April 5, 2021
Overall good faculty and great extracurriculars, but some teachers have serious problems and there's a massive smoking/drinking/drug problem amongst students, violence too.

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4.5
Student · April 2, 2021
Student · April 2, 2021
I am a student at Ashcoll and I am really enjoying college life. I have had great experiences and have felt well supported by all teachers. Ashcoll offers heaps of sports, clubs and activities. There are many great leadership opportunities, especially for seniors.

It is exciting hearing about the rebuild that was announced recently. It will probably have began before I leave college, and it is great for those who will get to experience the complete rebuild.

I have seen the school culture improve since I started at Ashcoll. Student leaders and teachers have had a focus on school culture, promoting positive interactions among students. There have also been barely any fire alarms being pulled for a joke, and none this year at all.

Overall, Ashcoll is a great local school where there are endless opportunities and great people, if you are willing to push yourself and get involved. After all, you will always do well if you have the drive and determination.

Why I love Ashcoll...

4.8
Student · Ashburton College · March 17, 2021
Student · Ashburton College · March 17, 2021
I am currently a student at Ashcoll. I am really enjoying college so far, as there are so many opportunities available for whatever interest you may have. There are opportunities to get involved in things such as choir, school productions, Ash dance, sports, school exchanges, academic opportunities, student council, senior leadership, school trips, show quest, house sports and competitions and many other clubs and groups too. From my very first day, the student leaders and staff were very welcoming, and they always stressed how important it is to get involved with the opportunities that interest you. I have seen lots of changes since I started at Ashcoll. We are getting a rebuild in the next few years, updating all our classes and making them better learning environments for these changing times. Teachers have cracked down on issues such as the fire alarms being pulled - there have been none this year. College is what you make of it after all. If you are willing to push yourself, get involved and have clear goals in mind you will go far.
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1.9
Student · October 2, 2020
Student · October 2, 2020
very bad got rotten pumpkins thrown at me and jumped on and teacher threw a kid into a wall

Did well academically, social environment dodgy

3.1
Former Student · October 2, 2020
Former Student · October 2, 2020
Was in the upper band during my first years there, didn't experience much in terms of peer conflicts. Wasn't a lot in terms of student wellbeing support systems.

During my later years there I noticed a considerable increase in the number of peer conflicts between younger students. I personally had to break up a fight between students as a year 12, just as I was just trying to go into the library to study. Another incident occured where multiple senior girls were ganging up on another senior girl, which I also, as a year 13 myself, had to break up while a teacher took his time approaching the scene. Note that I generally tended to lay low with my close friend group and stayed away from most other students.

In 2017 and 2018, there were numerous incidents where the fire alarms were pulled almost daily. However, this seemed to die out in 2019 when I was in year 13.

As a whole, I did well academically at ashcoll despite these issues. Now in 2020 I'm a student at University of Canterbury, and I feel I have had sufficient academic support to get me started on my career path.

Even though there are certainly better high schools in new zealand as a whole, ashcoll is ok if you're the same kind of person as me and you don't wish to stay at a boarding school, and live in the mid Canterbury region. I've met multiple ex-mt hutt students who preferred ashcoll over mt hutt.

However, the rise in peer conflicts in my senior years is certainly of concern. Naturally I cannot confirm whether these conflicts are ongoing. I'd certainly ask current students about the social environment prior to attending ashcoll, especially if you are a prospective younger student.

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