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    • Start Dates for 2018 School Year


      Term 1, 11 weeks 


      Monday 29th January             - Teacher Only Day

      Tuesday 30th January            - Year 9, and Year 13 Prefects only

      Wednesday 31st January       - Year 9 All Day (9am - 2.30pm)

                                                      - Year 13 9am - 11am

      Thursday 1st February           - Year 9 All Day (9am - 2.30pm)

                                                      - Year 13 Peer Leaders various times over day

                                                      - Year 11 9am - 11am

                                                      - Year 12 1pm - 2.30pm

      Friday 2nd February               - Year 9 All Day (9am - 2.30pm)

                                                      - Year 13 Peer Leaders various times over day

                                                      - Year 10 All day

      Monday 5th February             - All years Normal school times beginning with extended Form Time  (Timetables)

                                                      - Powhiri

                                                      - Timetabled Classes from period 3

      Tuesday 6th February            - Waitangi Day

      Wednesday 7th February       - Timetabled Classes


      Friday 13 April


      Waitangi Day 6 February

      Easter: Good Friday 30 March, Easter Monday 2 April
      and Easter Tuesday 3 April 

      School holiday: Saturday 14 April - Sunday 29 April (includes ANZAC day 25 April)

      Term 2, 10 weeks

      Monday 30 April

      Friday 6 July

      Queen’s Birthday 4 June

      School holiday: Saturday 7 July – Sunday 22 July

      Term 3, 10 weeks  Monday 23 July Friday 28 September School holiday: Saturday 29 September – Sunday 14 October
      Term 4, 9 weeks Monday 15 October Thursday 13 December

      Labour Day 22 October

      Show Day 16 November

      Christmas Day

      Boxing Day

      New Year's Day 

      • CGHS win UC Cup Rugby Final

        Christchurch Girls' High School/ Te Kura o Hine Waiora 36 to Burnside/Rangi 7. Tries were scored by Rosie Kelly 2, Grace Brooker 2, Zoe Lieven and Libby Thomas, with Rosie Kelly kicking 3 conversions.


        A pretty tough and physical game, but CGHS dominated possession and territory to complete their 3rd consecutive UC Cup title win! Big thanks to our coaching team of Jamie Livingstone, Anna McCone and Dahlia Kilkelly.

        • Cantrices Shine

          Congratulations to Cantrices, the school's auditioned choir directed by Kaitlyn
          Tinworth, who competed at the Regional Big Sing Choral Festival this week.
          They were awarded the prize for Outstanding Performance of a NZ Composition
          for their song 'Poem from War' by Sarah Mccallum. Through the use of vocal
          imagery the piece describes the haunting realities of war. Samantha Hickford
          showcased her talents as the featured soloist and the choir was accompanied by
          Sunwoo Choe on the piano.

          A superb effort girls!

          • CGHS OPEN DAY 2017

            • New Gymnasium Opening

              We have waited and waited and at last…….

              A warm invitation is extended to all parents to attend the opening of our new gymnasium (the inside at least!). This will also be the first formal full school assembly of the year and we will be welcoming new students and staff as well as inducting our 2017 prefects. We are privileged to have Lesley Murdoch a former CGHS student, Olympian and double New Zealand representative in cricket and hockey to speak to us.

              The assembly Friday March 10 at 12.20pm and if you wish to attend we ask you to rsvp to admin@cghs.school.nz. This is to ensure we have adequate seating for guests.

              • Welcome to CGHS in 2017

                FRIDAY, 27 JANUARY

                Year 13 Peer Support Leader training 10am — 2pm (pizza lunch)

                Week 1

                School runs from 9am through to 2.30pm

                MONDAY, 30 JANUARY

                International student orientation

                Students new to CGHS at Years 10-13 orientation 9-11am

                Year 13 Peer Support training afternoon

                TUESDAY, 31 JANUARY

                Year 9 orientation 9am — 2.30pm

                Year 13 Peer Support Leaders 9am — 2.30pm

                Prefects at various times throughout the day

                Sports and Cultural Roadshow

                WEDNESDAY, 1 FEBRUARY

                Year 9 orientation 9am — 2.30pm

                Year 13 enrolment 9am — llam

                Year 13 Peer Support Leaders llam — 2.30pm

                Prefects at various times throughout the day

                Sports and Cultural Roadshow

                THURSDAY, 2 FEBRUARY

                Year 9 orientation 9am — 2.30pm

                Year 13 Peer Support Leaders 9am — 2.30pm

                Prefects at various times throughout the day

                Year 11 enrolment 9:00am — llam

                Year 12 enrolment 1:00pm — 2.30pm

                Sports and Cultural Roadshow

                FRIDAY, 3 FEBRUARY

                Year 9 Orientation 9am — 2.30pm

                Year 13 Peer Support Leaders 9am — 2.30pm

                Prefects at various times throughout the day

                Year 10 enrolment 9am to 2.30pm Sports and Cultural Roadshow

                Week 2

                School runs on normal times

                MONDAY, 6 FEBRUARY

                Waitangi Day

                TUESDAY, 7 FEBRUARY

                Powhiri; full day, timetabled classes start

                • 2016 Prizegiving

                  Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of the School, 

                  You are warmly invited to attend the Christchurch Girls' High School / Te Kura o Hine Waiora 2016 Prizegiving. 

                  • 7pm, Friday 9 December
                  • Horncastle Arena
                  • Please be seated by 6.40pm

                  It is expected that all students in Years 9-13 attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

                  • Important news regarding school and NCEA exams on Monday 14 November

                    The buildings have been checked by our engineer and are safe. This means the school is open and NCEA Exams will run at the normal time.(Students to be at school by 9.00am for NCEA exams)
                    For students unable to sit exams, the derived grade process will apply.
                    Students who sit their exams but think that their performance will be affected by the earthquakes can also apply for a derived grade.
                    We advise students to sit their exams if possible as the higher grade from their NCEA exam or derived grade will be counted.

                    • The Junior Speech Competition

                       The three place-getters in the competition

                      The Junior Speech Competition is a long-standing competition run by the English department for Year 9 and 10 students of CGHS. Topics are decided upon by the English department, and the competitors are presented with approximately 7 or 8 topics to form their speeches around. These topics often range from more serious subjects, to subjects which give scope for more humorous speeches. During the semi-finals – in which many students participate – each participant presents one minute of their speech so as to preserve some level of surprise should they be selected for the finals.

                      Students are judged, usually by the English teachers or librarians, on not only their content, but also their delivery: their eye contact, body language and stance among other factors. The winner of this competition will receive a prize at Prize Giving at the end of the year.

                      The Junior Speech Competition for 2016 focused on the broad subject of important global issues. Many students entered in the semi-finals, thus creating a very difficult and challenging decision for the judges when it came to selecting finalists.

                      Huda Abdulridha championed the competition, being awarded first place for her poignant and unforgettable speech on child soldiers, with Hannah Wotherspoon finishing a close second. Hannah spoke about women’s rights, creating a very powerful and thought-provoking speech. Third place was awarded to Jaime Cunningham who spoke about human equality as a whole: a topic that proved to be highly interesting and relevant.

                      Click here to watch Huda perform her speech.

                      Overall, the competition was immensely successful with a wide range of competitors who all presented well-thought out speeches. Huge congratulations go out to not only our three winners of the competition, but to all of the girls who put themselves out there and competed. Everyone who competed proved to have worked very hard on not only the craft of their speeches, but also created fluent and well-executed presentations.

                      Huda Abdulridha, the 2016 winner of the Junior Speech Competition.

                      • Exchange students from Okinawa, Japan visit CGHS

                        Our recent International Assembly, featuring performances from both the exchange students and girls from CGHS.

                        Christchurch Girls’ High School is a place of culture and embraces diversity. Currently, a group of exchange students from Mukogawa, near Osaka and Okinawa, Japan, situated 8,904 kilometres from New Zealand are visiting with us. With an approximate travel time of 17 hours and 50 minutes, it took the girls three days to travel from their home to Christchurch. Since then, they have been experiencing the true kiwi lifestyle, attending school here and living with billet families of students of CGHS.

                        After speaking with one of the Japanese exchange students, it was apparent that there were many differences between living in and attending school in Japan, and living in and attending school in New Zealand. In Japan, none of the girls sit on the floor during classes or at break times. Similarly, they also do not use computers in class, instead doing all of their written work by hand. Unlike in New Zealand, students in Japan do not have a morning tea break. Shion (16 years old), one of the exchange students I spoke with, said that she was loving New Zealand, and found all of the differences between Japanese and New Zealand culture fascinating. Particularly, she is thoroughly enjoying learning about Maori culture and the language, and has enjoyed learning about self defence in P.E.

                        The exchange students from Japan are in New Zealand for up to 5 weeks, spending the majority of this time at Christchurch Girls’ High School. We extend a very warm welcome to the girls, and hope that they find New Zealand to be both an interesting and exciting cultural experience. We wish them the very best for their time here, and a safe trip back to Japan when the time comes.

                        Jess Maindonald, Prefect.


                        • Our Exchange with Waitaki Girls' High School

                          On Tuesday 28th June, Christchurch Girls’ High School competed against Waitaki Girls’ High School in some friendly, yet challenging competition in the Waitaki Exchange. The Waitaki Exchange is a great way to connect with other girls from different areas of New Zealand, and enjoy a day of supporting and playing hard in this competition.

                           The Waitaki Exchange showed some impressive results for both Christchurch Girls’ High and Waitaki Girls’ High, with Waitaki taking out both Junior and Senior badminton 4-0. Waitaki also highlighted their sporting prowess in basketball, beating CGHS 43-35. The moot of the debating competition involved arguing whether children should be allowed to own and use mobile phones, with Waitaki once again winning. However, CGHS came to the top in football, winning with an impressive score of 6-2. Again, Girls’ High’s hockey 3rd XI beat Waitaki 7-0, with the Girls’ High rugby team also taking out Waitaki 48-36. In Netball, CGHS Senior B, Year 10A and Year 9A all won their games, with impressive scores of 35-18, 43-9, and 39-17. Girl’s High further highlighted their sporting ability in rock-climbing where they once again overcame Waitaki Girls’ High. 

                          Head of Hockey, Laura Williams, stated that the hockey games were an immense amount of fun, with the Waitaki girls providing a great contest for our hockey 3rd XI team. She also stated that it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and that each year the hockey girls looked forward to this tournament.

                           Sophie Jackson, Deputy Head Girl, says that the Waitaki Exchange is a great opportunity for the two schools to compete, and despite some injuries, it was still an awesome day.

                           A massive thank you goes out to all those that had a part in organising the Waitaki Exchange. Overall, the day was an immense success and ran extremely smoothly. Another thank you goes out to everyone who participated in the day and made the tournament a memorable experience to the students of both Christchurch Girls’ High School and Waitaki Girl’s High School, and to those that participated in the organisation of the day in regards to providing food and structuring the timing of the games. 


                          Pictured:  CGHS Hockey3rd XI and Waitaki Girls’ 1st XI. 

                          • CGHS 2016 OPEN DAY

                            • CGHS student Kate Smith selected for World Champs U19 Cycling Team

                              Kate has been selected on the back of strong performances in the Individual pursuit, Points Race and 500m Time trial and 500m Team Sprint. Read more here.

                              • CGHS Athletics Sports Day 2016

                                On Friday 26th of February, the entirety of CGHS travelled to Burnside High School for our annual Athletics Sports Day. The day is always both enjoyable and entertaining; with multiple events such as high jump, shot put, and various sprints providing opportunity to compete against other students and win House points. The day also provides occasion to get dressed up in your House colours, continuously inducing the appearance of many wacky and creative costumes.


                                2016’s Athletics Day was an immense success, with Connon (followed by Harper) taking out the junior House relay, and Selwyn winning the senior House relay; championing what is widely regarded as the main event of the day. Deans finished a close second in the senior relay, followed by Connon in third place.

                                A massive thank you goes out to everyone that had a part in organising the day; everything went extremely smoothly and every person who participated had an amazing experience. Also, a huge thank you must be said to this year’s House Prefects: Laura Williams, Anna Stevenson, Rose Faulks, Abi Holder, Emily Boyle and Taylor Waddington, for encouraging House spirit and making this day incredibly fun and memorable for all those in attendance.

                                • CGHS buildings given the all clear

                                  Dear Parents/Caregivers
                                  The school's structural engineer has undertaken a thorough and systematic check of all our buildings this morning. There is no structural damage. As it is safe to reoccupy the buildings, school will resume tomorrow morning at 8.40am,Tuesday 16 February, as usual.
                                  Thank you for your patience. The welfare and safety of our students and staff are always our first priority.
                                  Kind regards
                                  Pauline Duthie
                                  • CGHS PTA Secondhand Uniform Sales Information

                                    • CGHS at the NZ Young Designer Awards

                                      Congratulations to Mia Evans for her 2nd place in the YDA - Living Environments category.
                                      Mia was awarded for her concept camping light - Solar Flare.  Powered by a solar energised induction circuit, Mia's design concept is an environmentally sustainable light used by the outdoor enthusiast.
                                      Well done Mia.
                                      • Dads and Daughters Breakfast

                                        The group                                                                      The buffet

                                        At the end of last term, the PTA ran its second Dads and Daughters Breakfast. Once again this event proved its popularity selling out within a few days.

                                        This year we were very fortunate to have as our guest speaker, Alex Hanlon, Director of Learning Resources from the University of Canterbury, who is currently overseeing the $900m rebuild at the University. Alex provided an engaging presentation; offering her tips on life, challenging fathers to encourage companies to promote women at senior management/board levels, and encouraging daughters to believe in themselves and give it a go.  

                                        Feedback received both on the day and since the event has been extremely positive, with everyone loving the food and the close proximity of the venue. So next year make sure you are quick to reserve your place!

                                        CGHS PTA


                                        • South Island Snow Sports Championships Success

                                          Last weekend, the Snow sports team travelled to Wanaka to compete at the South Island Championships.  Click here to read more.

                                          • The Fiscal Policy Challenge Team go to Wellington to collect prizes

                                            The Fiscal Policy Challenge team of Shayna Black, Siana Worthington, Rutvi Soni and Rose Faulks travelled to Treasury in Wellington on Wednesday to receive their prizes for coming 3rd in this competition. Each girl received $800 in electronics vouchers and a $1000 scholarship to Victoria University. A highlight of the day was the opportunity to discuss their policy ideas for social inclusion in the economy with the Minister for State Housing and State Services, Paula Bennett. She had been so impressed when reading their presentation that she had even discussed their recommendations with the Minister of Finance!! Congratulations, girls!


                                            • Places available for Y10-13 for 2016


                                              Places are available for out of zone students in Years 10-13 who wish to attend Christchurch Girls’ High School.

                                               Enrolments should be received by 4.00pm 31 July 2015 for a 2016 commencement.

                                               To apply, either collect a prospectus from the school office or click here for a pdf application form.




                                              • Year 12 PE Camp to Boyle River

                                                Year 12 Physical Education Classes went to Boyle River Outdoor Education Camp in early June to

                                                complete one of their internals on Risk Management in the Outdoors.  It is a beautiful location and

                                                the girls experienced opportunities to complete a variety of activities teaching them the importance

                                                of identifying risk and managing it.  The activities required them to problem solve, develop the skills

                                                of working with others and apply a lot of new skills.

                                                The activities included adventure based learning games such as crossing a swamp with nothing more

                                                than three boards and their intelligence and team work, the flea jump and night line to build trust

                                                and communication skills.  They learned climbing and belaying skills and crossed wires 20 feet up in

                                                the trees. Later the challenge was increased on the more challenging high poles (rickety bridge, giant

                                                ladder and greasy pole.  Everyone got to be a 'Flying Kiwi' being propelled upwards with nothing

                                                more than 'girl power' to lift them. 

                                                One dark and cold evening found the girls doing a solo which required them to be dropped off in the

                                                woods alone, to contemplate their self-reliance.  A challenge for many and a success for all.

                                                Great food and accommodation meant a fantastic time was had and everyone successfully

                                                completed their Achievement Standard and Unit Standard credits.  

                                                Thanks to Ms Otway and Miss Lynch for making the camp possible and great fun.

                                                • 2015 Entertainment Book Orders

                                                  Download the order form from the link below if you would like to order a copy of the latest Entertainment Book. Each purchase helps the school through this fundraising opportunity.

                                                • 2015 Curriculum Review Parent Summary

                                                  Click here to see the results
                                                  • Polyfest 2015

                                                    Last Saturday, March 21st, some of our talented students performed at Polyfest at Westminster Park in Christchurch. This year was the second time our girls have participated, however it was the first time that they performed alone. Last year it was a combined performance with Christchurch Boys’ High School and, though it was very successful, this year was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to gain confidence in their ability and prove to themselves how talented they are as a girls’ group.

                                                    They certainly proved this to us. With no more than five weeks preparation time, they put together a collection of original songs with live accompaniment by their two tutors Toa and Pua. The tutors played the guitar and drums, an element that set the Girls’ High performance apart from other groups’ performances which were often done to prerecorded music.

                                                    Twelve of our girls participated in total, ranging from Year 9 to Year 13, and though the routines they performed were Samoan and Tongan, it was wonderful to see the range of cultures represented in the group, which comprised Cook Island, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Maori, and European girls.

                                                    Thank you so much to Pua and Toa Siulangapo, for contributing their time and talent, both in preparation for and during the festival. And of course, thanks must go to the girls for being such great ambassadors of Girls’ High and showcasing the cultural diversity of our school, as well as the talent of our students and their willingness to explore cultures other than their own. You have made us proud.

                                                    • 2015 CGHS Academic Awards

                                                      ACADEMIC AWARDS 2015

                                                      At the Scholars' Assembly the following students were presented with Academic Colours and Academic Merit Awards for their outstanding academic achievement in 2014. 

                                                      ACADEMIC COLOURS – NCEA LEVEL 1

                                                      (80 or more credits achieved at the Excellence level in NCEA Level 1 or above in 2014).


                                                      Yasmin Alsagoff, Sneha Bothara, Emily Boyle, Grace Cartwright, Hayley Cox, Rose Faulks, Sarah Gabites, Julia Gunn, Grace Kortegast, Alicia Loose, Abigail McPhail, Rebecca Morrison, Jennifer Partington, Claudia Prescott, Georgina Sapsford, Yuriko Shiratori, Kate Smith, Rutvi Soni, Laura Thomas, Paige Waddington, Rebecca Welsh.

                                                      ACADEMIC MERIT – NCEA LEVEL 1

                                                      (60 – 79 credits achieved at the Excellence level in NCEA Level 1 or above in 2014).


                                                      Ruby Allsop, Lucy Bent, Josephine Berliner, Abby Birkett, Harriet Clyma, Alice Commons, Sophie Jackson, Tiffany Jagau, Kate Keenan, Sami Kokich, Rebecca Lau, Jess Maindonald, Laura Manhire, Amanda Meuldijk, Stephanie Patient, Grace Ritchie, Mackenzie Slee, Georgina Taylor, Taylor Waddington, Kate Williams, Laura Williams, Holly Williamson.

                                                      ACADEMIC COLOURS – NCEA LEVEL 2

                                                      (60 or more credits achieved at the Excellence level in NCEA Level 2 or above in 2014).


                                                      Shayna Black, Katie Brolan, Alice Burgess, Rebecca Chrystal, Madeleine Conway, Madeline Craig, Sophia Davies, Connie Dwyer, Maisie Evison, Poppy Fowler-Blyth, Harriet France, Emi Frost, Kate Gibb, Isabella Griffiths, Tessa Hartland, Hannah Kenneally, Emily Lai, Olivia Lynch, Sienna MacArthur-Beadle, Alice McAtamney, Grace Partridge, Grace Puentener-King, Katie Shaw, Zoe Smith, Seoyun Song, Juliette Soule, Jessica Taylor, Holly Tudehope, Amy Vallance, Jordan Whitteker-Love, Petra Williamson, Siana Worthington.


                                                      ACADEMIC MERIT – NCEA LEVEL 2

                                                      (50 – 59 credits achieved at the Excellence level in NCEA Level 2 or above in 2014).

                                                      Claudia Allan, Rebecca Baddeley, Isabella Burt, Abby Bent, Kate Copeland, Freya Dixon, Mia Evans, Maddie Harris, Anete Kaidme, Joanna Kuang, Sabrina Lee, Kaylie Leung, Madeleine Marshall.

                                                      • Whanau News

                                                        Marae visit with Jean Sturm.

                                                        The kapa haka group were honoured to have the opportunity to support the visiting Jean Sturm students at Rehua Marae on Wednesday.  The girls were lucky to be able to support the Marae to give a formal powhiri.

                                                        After the powhiri, the boys and girls were separated to be taught haka and poi. Thank you very much to Awatea Pokai for teaching the haka and Te Arani Huia for teaching the poi.

                                                        The marae experience ended after a few games and a lovely performance of the French national anthem to the local elders of the marae, who were gathered for their weekly lunch.  It was a wonderful experience for all.

                                                         Whānau News

                                                        On Wednesday the kapa haka group went to the mass powhiri for Te Matatini, the national kapa haka competitions. It was an amazing experience to be part of the welcoming for 7000 visitors who have descended on Christchurch for this wonderful event.  The girls were able to join in the haka powhiri, having spent the first few weeks of school learning the words and actions. 

                                                        • Success of St Johns candidates

                                                          • Canterbury Secondary School Triathlon Championships

                                                            Click on the image for more information

                                                            • National Track Cycling Representatives announced

                                                              Click on the image to see more information

                                                              • Recent Rowing Successes

                                                                Click on the image for the latest news

                                                                • Student Academic Achievement Successes in 2014

                                                                  Click on the links to see the impressive academic achievement of girls in 2014.

                                                                  EXCELLENCE ENDORSED CERTIFICATES

                                                                  Deserving special mention are those students who gained 50 or more Excellence credits in the Achievement Standards they entered. This achievement in 2014 earned the following students an Excellence endorsed certificate.

                                                                  Level 1 2014

                                                                  Level 2 2014

                                                                  Level 3 2014

                                                                  EXCELLENCE ENDORSEMENTS

                                                                  Many students gained an Excellence Endorsement in one or more subjects. We applaud them for this fine effort.

                                                                  Outstandingly the following students gained Excellence Endorsements in all six of their subjects.

                                                                   Year 11:

                                                                  Yasmin Alsagoff, Snetha Bothara, Julia Gunn, Jennifer Partington, Rutvi Soni and Rebecca Welsh

                                                                   Year 12:

                                                                  Alice Burgess, Emi Frost,  Grace Partridge, Grace Puentener-King and Juliette Soule

                                                                  Multi-level Succes

                                                                  Scholarship 2014

                                                                  • Eligibility for the Athletics Team

                                                                    Click here for more information

                                                                    • Year 9 Health Education Programme

                                                                      We are running the My FRIENDS Youth Resilience Programme in our school as part of the Positive Behaviour for Learning initiative by the Ministry of Education.  The programme is designed for students and run by specially trained teachers from our school as part of the Health Education programme. 

                                                                       My FRIENDS Youth Resilience Programme is based on extensive research into the treatment and prevention of anxiety and depression and has been endorsed by the World Health Organisation. It was developed by Dr Paula Barrett, the founding director of Australia's Pathways Health and Research Centre.   It has been shown to help build students' resilience - their ability to overcome anxiety and to cope with difficult and challenging situations.

                                                                      Your daughter will be given a workbook and you are encouraged to have a look through it whenever she brings it home for a homework assignment.  The programme consists of ten sessions and she will participate in one session a week starting shortly.

                                                                      You can help your child become more resilient by encouraging them to talk about what they're learning in class and practise some of the skills with them.  

                                                                      Please contact Ms Otway if you wish to have more information about the programme.

                                                                      • The Lunchroom Smartcard

                                                                        Click here for more information.

                                                                        • Cycle Way Information

                                                                          Click here for further information about the cycle way on Matai Street.