Timaru Girls’ High School has a strong support and guidance network. It is designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students. The network begins at the classroom level.

Subject teachers set a learning environment that encourages academic achievement and creates a positive classroom community. Form teachers provide the next level of support. Further guidance and support is offered by Deans who oversee the progress and welfare of students in a single year group. The Dean follows a year group from Year 9 until they leave in Year 13.

This gives the Dean a chance to really get to know the students in their year group and their families and provide personal guidance. More specialised help for individual students can be sought from the Guidance Counsellor or the Careers Advisor. The Guidance Counsellor offers advice on emotional, or social issues; she works individually with students who have been referred or who just need to talk.

The Guidance Counsellor also works closely with outside agencies in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for students. The last part of the support and guidance network is the senior team: Deputy Principals (2) and Principal. The senior team works with all of the people mentioned above in order to make Timaru Girls’ High School the best possible environment for the academic and social development of each student.

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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