• Welcome to all CGHS Old Girls

    Please click in each of the boxes for information about the CGHS Old Girls’ Association.

    You can contact us at oga@cghs.school.nz – we’d love to hear from you!


    • About Us

      Welcome to the Christchurch Girls High School Old Girls’ Association

      The Christchurch High School Old Girls' Association was founded in 1900. In 2017, the aim of the Association is to foster and keep alive amongst past and present pupils and staff, a remembrance of the school and Acland House and to take an active interest in their welfare. It endorses the school philosophy, which believes that academic achievement should be encouraged, love of learning should be nurtured, and young women should be empowered to make the best use of their opportunities and talents.

      The Association has members in Christchurch and 7 branches throughout New Zealand. It administers the Memorial Prizes, presented to keep alive the memory of past teachers and students, and has made many other contributions to the school and Acland House over the years. Staying connected through the Old Girls’ Association provides:

      •        The opportunity to renew and continue school and boarding friendships;
      •        Continued contact with the school community, news, activities and support for the future of the school;
      •        Links with branches throughout the country.

      We love keeping in touch with Old Girls, you can contact us at oga@cghs.school.nz.   We are always keen to welcome new members to the branch or our Committee.

      You can also contact a committee member or one of the branches as follows:

      2017 Old Girls’ Association Committee


      Kathryn Reid (Oliver 1972 - 76), Ph: 355-8659, kate.reid@xtra.co.nz


      Di Kennedy (Dunbar 1971 - 74), Ph: 351-7004, di.kennedy@clear.net.nz



      Neroli Anderson (1974 - 78), Ph. 942-0255, neroli-stewart@outlook.com

      Ros Robertson (Tod 1966 - 69), Ph: 355-8109, robertsonros@hotmail.com

      Annette Brown (Craw 1960 - 63), 337-3745, lindsay41@xtra.co.nz

      Felicity Woodham (1969-72), Ph: 384-3840, Flisw111@gmail.com

      Rachael McLean (2008-2012), Ph: 021 331-204 macleanrach@hotmail.com



      Sian Ruth (Nuthall 1977 - 81), 354-3272, s.t.ruth@xtra.co.nz


      Branch contact details

      Ashburton                        Diane Englebrecht, Ph. 03 308-7221, eeco@xtra.co.nz

      Auckland                          Tsana Plessius, Ph. 09 578-3613 or 021 478-382, tsana@plessius.com

      Marlborough                    Jane Sheat, Ph. 03 578-9004, sheatmail@clear.net.nz

      Nelson                              Jan Wood, Ph. 03 545-0366, gbwnz@xtra.co.nz

      South Canterbury            Mrs Elizabeth Small, bill.small@xtra.co.nz

      Southern                          Mrs Elizabeth Fraser, Ph. 03 218-9795  elizabeth_fraser@xtra.co.nz

      Wellington                        Doreen Ower (Watson 1950-1953), ph 04 971-7279 or 021-056-7845,  dlo@paradise.net.nz

    • Events/Programme


      Saturday 16 September 2017, Springtime Tour to Akaroa

      Join us on a tour to Banks Peninsula. Enjoy the stunning views of Akaroa Harbour as you lunch, then relax with free time to enjoy this beautiful French village and spend time with your Old Girls friends. On the way to Akaroa you will you enjoy a morning tea of creamed scones and tea/coffee at the historic Hilltop Hotel, and indulge in a cheese tasting at the award-winning Barrys Bay Cheese Factory.  For details and to book your place, click here. As we must confirm numbers, we need your acceptance by 6 September 2017.

      December 2017, CGHS’s 140th birthday

      You are invited to join the School’s celebration of its 140th birthday. Please keep checking the website or contact a committee member for further details.

      Saturday 24 February 2018, 2.00pm - 4.00pm.

      Afternoon Tea for Old Girls who were at School in 1954 and earlier. For catering purposes, please RSVP to Kathryn Reid. Non-members welcome. A gold coin donation would be appreciated.

      Saturday 19 May 2018.

      Annual General Meeting. Please keep checking the website or contact a committee member for details.

      Please click here for the Programme Card for more information on these events.

      Ideas for an event and/or help organising an event would be fantastic and gratefully received. Please contact a committee member or email us  oga@cghs.school.nz


      Please contact Jan Wood for details: Ph. 03 545-0366, gbwnz@xtra.co.nz


      Please contact Doreen Ower (ph 04 971-7279 or 021-056-7845) dlo@paradise.net.nz  for further details about functions.

      • Membership Application

        We are always keen to welcome new members. Please print this membership form and return it to us.

      • Fundraising

        From time to time, the Association undertakes fundraising initiatives.  If you have an idea, or would like to help with fundraising, we would love to hear from you: oldgirls@cghs.school.nz

        • See below for more information on our unique and very special Cranmer Square jewellery bead. These are a lovely gift for your Old Girls friends
        • Acland House is fundraising to replace all the chairs in the newly refurbished dining room. For a donation of $120 you are able to purchase a chair that will have a plaque engraved with your name and years at CGHS. Please see the attached flyer for details on how to order your chair
      • News and Photos

        May 2017

        Please click here to read the President’s report tabled at the CGHS Old Girls’ 2017 AGM.

        October 2016 – CGHS Sporting Representatives

        Christchurch Girls’ High School needs your help to compile a list of all former Christchurch Girls’ High School students who reached New Zealand representative status in sports, either while at school or after they left, to be recorded on our sporting honours wall.  If you have information of this nature, please email to admin@cghs.school.nz and provide the following:

        Name of Student:


        Year’s attendance at CGHS:

        Your assistance in retrieving this information would be greatly appreciated.

        Regards, Pauline Duthie, Principal

        Wellington Branch News

        Download the attachments below for the latest news from the Wellington Branch.

        2011 – Cranmer Square Site

        At the time of the 2011 earthquakes the Cranmer Square buildings were owned by Christ's College.  The buildings were badly damaged in the earthquake and were demolished in May 2011. At the 2011 AGM, Mrs Taylor, the School's Principal, advised that Christ's College and others involved with the demolition have been very co-operative during this sad process. As a result, pieces have been salvaged and these will be stored at the Matai Street site. The intention is that they will be incorporated into the Matai St site and buildings in the future.  Please be aware that the Matai Street site has also suffered significant damage in the earthquakes.

        Prefects from the Past

        These photos show the prefects from (l to r) 1913, 1920, 1927, 1928, and 1933

      • School Magazines 1948 -1953

        Click on the links below to access the school magazines

        1948     1949     1950   1951   1952    1953  

        1952 Thanksgiving service for 75th Anniversary