School Community

From The Principal's Desk

Timaru Girls’ High School offers every girl a stable environment in which to develop and grow as an individual.

We provide each girl with the opportunity to discover and nurture her talents, accept responsibility and transform herself into a confident young woman who is equipped both personally and academically to face the future. Timaru Girls’ High School proudly maintains strong cultural traditions with an emphasis on self-motivation, high personal values, mutual respect and discipline.

These combine to provide girls with an experience that is not only enjoyable but which also fosters a true sense of self-worth. The educational framework in place at Timaru Girls’ High School begins with a broad based programme for junior girls, leading to a wide range of specialist study areas during their senior years.

Programmes are available to cater for the individual needs of girls at each level and to further expand their personal development in preparation for tertiary education or the work force. All the staff at Timaru Girls’ High School make it a priority to interact directly with our girls at every opportunity, maintaining that allimportant personal contact through the period that many regard as the most significant formative years of all. Girls from many different backgrounds and nationalities add a welcome diversity to life at Timaru Girls’ High School, providing their fellow students and staff with a valuable insight into, and an understanding of other cultures and societies.

The culture of our school is based on its long history and traditions which provide our girls with a sound base from which to take their first confident steps out into the wide world.

Mrs Sarah Davis
JP, M Ed Admin, BA, Dip. Tchg.

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Board Of Trustees

Boards of trustees are accountable to parents and caregivers, their local communities, the Minister of Education and the Ministry of Education, other government agencies and the public, for their actions and performance.

The board is the employer of all the school’s staff and is responsible for:

  • Setting the school's strategic and policy direction in consultation with parents, staff and students
  • Ensuring that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students
  • Overseeing the management of curriculum, staff, property, finance and administration
  • Constantly monitoring and reviewing progress against targets to inform future planning.
  • The board must have a charter, which sets out long-term goals and annual targets determining the school’s priorities.
  • The board must monitor and report annually to its community and the Ministry of Education on progress towards those goals and targets.

Extract taken from the Ministry of Education website

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Our Charter and Values

We value individual achievement, creativity and personal excellence. We believe it is best achieved within a single sex environment where learning styles specific to girls are understood and best catered for. Our curriculum offers a wide variety of achievement opportunities and we encourage participation in a diverse range of cultural, sporting and service activities.

Our learning and teaching programmes support positive outcomes for our girls. We expect them to work hard to achieve to their potential. We value the partnership between school, students, their families and the wider community towards better achievement for all. We are lucky in that our school is set in attractive and mature grounds.

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Mission Statement & Values

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- Ko te manu e kai ana I te miro, nona te ngahere
Ko te manu e kai ana I te Matauranga, nona te ao
Knowledge is Power


- Inspired young women, equipped for life through quality education


1. Community (Manaakitanga)
2. Heritage (Taonga tukuiho)
3. Leadership (Nga Ranga tira mo apopo)
4. Learning culture (Wananga)

Strategic Goals 2016 – 2018

All Timaru Girls' High School students will experience success through a full education which recognises individual needs and reflects our vision and values (underpinned by NZ Curriculum, measured by NCEA and with support for our priority groups).

Board Of Trustees

  • Vicki McKnight (Chair, Parent Representative)
  • Sarah Davis (Principal)
  • Simone Tulley (Staff Representative)
  • Michael Winter (Parent Representative)
  • Alison Leadley (Parent Representative)
  • Ross Munro (Parent Representative)
  • Ginny Vincent (Parent Representative)
  • Sarah Milne (Co-opted)
  • Lily Bolland (Student Representative)

Board Secretary

  • Lyn George -

Staff List

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School Policies

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