During Years 9 and 10 all students study a number of core or compulsory subjects. These are English, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies.

Some of these subjects remain compulsory at higher levels, while others become optional. At Years 9 and 10, students also study between three and six optional subjects. These include French, German and Te Reo Maori in the Languages area; Drama and Music in the Performing Arts area; Financial Literacy, ICT, Materials Technology and Food Technology in the Technology area; and Graphics and Art in the Art and Design area. At Year 11, English, Mathematics and Science are compulsory. All students choose three additional Level 1 subjects from the following:

The Performing Arts (Drama and Music) Technology (ICT, Materials Technology, Food Technology), Languages (French, German, Te Reo Maori), Social Sciences (Geography, History, Tourism, Economics and Accounting, Health and Physical Education, or Art and Design (Graphics and Art). At Year 12, English is compulsory and students study four (or five) additional subjects, usually at Level 2. At Year 13, students study five subjects, usually at Level 3. Students with a strong academic focus are also encouraged to work towards scholarship in their strongest subjects. Specialist teachers tutor individuals and small groups in Reading and Mathematics.

Help is offered by staff within classes and in withdrawal situations to assist students who have difficulties in these areas. Alternative programmes are provided in the senior school to ensure that all students are able to achieve to the best of their ability. Most subjects offer Achievement Standards. A small number of courses offer Unit Standards. Students with English as their second language receive personal support in the ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages) area. A specialist teacher works with students to develop the skills needed to successfully adapt to schooling and life in New Zealand.

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Art & Culture

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The school’s Performing Arts Department offers classes in Drama and Music. These classes often lead to performance evenings and other presentations. Our Head of The Arts and Deputy Head of The Arts work with the Arts Co-ordinator to provide a variety of activities. Cultural activities offered by the school include:

Choir, Chorale, Lip-sync, Public Speaking, Orchestra, Shakespeare Festival, Speech Cup, Singing Cup, Kapa Haka, Debating.

Musical Productions
A combined musical production with Timaru Boys’ High School is performed annually. Each school alternates responsibility for producing and hosting this event.

Every alternate year Timaru Girls’ High School enters Stage Challenge.

Music Tuition
Students are offered music tuition in a range of instruments from the pool of itinerant music tutors


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Our school employs a Sports Co-ordinator who works with staff, students and outside volunteer coaches to ensure our girls have access to coaching and equipment so that they can participate in a wide range of winter and summer activities.

The Head and Deputy Head of Sports and senior student representatives from each sport work with the Sports Co-ordinator to provide a range of lunchtime activities.

Sporting activities currently offered by the school include: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Croquet, Cross Country, Cycling, Equestrian, Hockey, Indoor Bowls, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Petanque, Rowing, Rugby, Skiing, Small-bore Rifle Shooting, Soccer, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Touch, Volleyball

Outdoor Activities

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In addition to competitive and social team sports, Timaru Girls’ High School provides expert instruction in other outdoor pursuits from annual school camps to high country tramping as part of the Duke of Edinburgh programme.

Healthy physical exercise is an important part of the culture and traditions at Timaru Girls’ High School. Our students play a variety of team sports both competitively and socially with other schools where team work and co-operation are essential

  • "The popular and successful Peer Support Programme provides leadership training and opportunities for Year 13 students while also providing support for students in Years 9 and 10. The programme focuses on key issues such as maintaining healthy relationships, making new friends and starting at a new school."

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