We are very proud of Timaru Girls’ High School which has challenged and supported young women since 1988 and has produced many leaders in a variety of walks of life.

Achievement has always been important in the school in academic, sporting, cultural leadership and service activities and we are proud of our students’ results in all these areas on both a local and a national level.

We deliver a quality education through identifying and knowing the needs of all of our students.

Positive, supportive relationships between students and teachers form the basis for learning and these are what we promote in the school. We want our students to be confident, active partners in their learning taking full advantage of all that the school can offer them.

Our school reflects the richness of New Zealand society and prepares young women for success in their future. Join us as we learn, grow and share together.

What makes us unique?

Timaru Girls’ High School has a proud 138 year history of educating South Canterbury’s young women. While we acknowledge the rich traditions and culture of the school, we also look to prepare for the world beyond the school gate. We do what we can to weave the past with the future of the students of today. Our Motto, Scientia Potestas Est (knowledge is power) is as true today as it was when the first Girls’ High girl walked through the school gates in 1880. We work with young women to build their knowledge and self-esteem so that they can become lifelong learners who are prepared to face the challenges of the 21st century.

We aim to provide a quality education for each student in a secure and caring environment in an all girls’ school. We provide accommodation either in the school hostel or in homestay accommodation. We have many high quality homestays and the large school hostel is situated on the school ground

Sports, Activities & Trips

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 and Volleyball.

Activities include: Choir, Lip-sync, Public Speaking, Orchestra, Shakespeare Festival, Speech Cup, Singing Cup, Kapa Haka, Debating, Musical Productions, Drama and Music Tuition.

There are many sporting exchange trips with schools in other areas. A number of subjects have trips connected to them, e.g., History trip to the Goldfields in Central Otago, Geography trip to Mount Cook, Biology trip to a wild life park, etc.

Sports & Activities

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Rowing
  • Small-bore Rifle Shooting
  • Tennis
  • Touch
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Hockey
  • Indoor Bowls
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis
  • Goldfields Trip - History
  • Geography Trip - Mt Cook
  • History Trip - Akaroa
  • Tourism Trip - Queenstown
  • Biology Trip - Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Musical Production
  • Shakespeare Festival
  • Stage Challenge
  • Choir Festival

Languages we teach

  • English
  • German
  • Te Reo Maori

Extracurricular Activites

  • Hospitality
  • Graphics and Design
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Skiing / Snowboarding
  • Aviation

End of Year Programme

At the end of the year there are two formal prizegivings, senior and junior. Before the Junior Prizegiving, the junior students are involved in a series of activities including, sailing, surfing, swimming, a day trip to a major city, china painting, plus others. The seniors can have trips arranged to Queenstown, Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook.

Year Planner

The year planner holds information regarding school holidays for the year, any activities, sports exchanges, examinations and other activities that may be scheduled to happen during the year.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Cross Country

Susanne Doerner

StudyNZ Co-ordinator

Mr A Gill

Director of International Students

Mary Ellen Luyten

Dean of International Students

Fee Breakdown

Please note that these fees are approximate. Contact StudyNZ or the school for exact fees depending on your choice of activities or subjects.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
School Fees $3,625.00 NZD $3,625.00 NZD $3,625.00 NZD $3,625.00 NZD
Homestay Fees $2,650.00 NZD $2,650.00 NZD $2,650.00 NZD $2,650.00 NZD
Extramural Fees $ NZD $ NZD $ NZD $ NZD
Study NZ Fees* $3,600.00 NZD

Our Fees include the consultation beforehand, school choice, assistance with all paperwork and visa application, preparation for time abroad. Pick up on arrival. Transfer to family or domestic flight depending on destination and support during entire stay in New Zealand for student and family. Airport drop off or check in support in Auckland for departure to home country depending on departure situation. We also offer orientation and farewell camps for our students on arrival and departure. Health Insurance is compulsory and can be taken out through StudyNZ with Unicare under our Master policy