A strong emphasis is placed on developing leadership skills, particularly in the senior school. Each Year 13 student is expected to sit on one of a number of committees that organise events and promote key ideas around the school.

Staff and students vote each year as part of the application process for the key offices of Head of School, Head of The Arts and Head of Sports. Each of these positions also has a deputy who works in a support role.

Junior students may also take leadership roles, such as class representative on the School Council, sport team captain or class librarian.

A student representative to the Board of Trustees is elected annually. This important position ensures that an advocate for the student body is part of key decision making processes. The popular and successful Peer Support Programme provides leadership training and opportunities for Year 13 students while also providing support for students in Year 9. A team of fully trained and very approachable senior students forms the Peer Support Committee. These students are available to offer advice to individuals needing help, support or just someone to talk to.

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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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