Avonside Girls High School is confident its can be built back up.
The school was mostly destroyed by the earthquake in February last year. It began operating again this year only after 60 prefabricated buildings were brought onto the grounds.
The roll is down by 20% this year, meaning that just over nine full time teaching positions had to be let go.
However, principal Sue Hume says enrolment numbers are already up for 2013. She says the new classrooms are more appealing than standard prefab buildings and have been arranged so that students have courtyards in which to meet.
Ms Hume says the school's re-emergence has been an inspiration for the community and an example of what can be achieved despite the earthquake devastation.