Nau mai, haere mai ki te kura o Hastings Girls' High school

Here at Hastings Girls’ High School, each girl takes centre stage as we shape her educational experience to best meet her learning needs.

Choosing the right school for your daughter is about finding the place that encourages her to be her best self. Join us on this educational journey in building resilient, strong, confident and connected life-long learners. Working together, we value the relationships between students, school and whanau. We continually strive to strengthen these relationships to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for our young women of today.

We are proud to be the largest girls’ school in the wider Hastings district that consistently achieves academic results above the national average. Our curriculum provides a vast array of learning opportunities responding to the individual needs of every student. Girls are inspired to be kind, respectful, and to succeed in every endeavour.

You will be welcomed to a school that celebrates diversity, embraces inclusiveness and has a rich and valued history. In knowing our girl and supporting her in her learning today, she will be best prepared for her tomorrow.

Principal

E ngā whānau, koutou ngā akonga, tā tātou manuhiri a Sandra Hazelhurst, nau mai haere mai ki tā tātou whakapōtaetanga, nā reira tēnā koutou tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.  

At Hastings Girls’, our desire is to be a place where identity is taonga – the essential building block which will become the starting point for student learning, underpinning the shape of our curriculum.  We want our girls to know who they are, and to be empowered by their past, alongside their strengths, interests and talents. We have aspirational goals for our girls. We want the best for them. We want our girls to be equipped for life. 

True belonging comes through identity. An individual who has a firm sense of belonging is more likely to demonstrate the disposition of kindness. Kindness is essential for the health and wellbeing of any community and has high value here at Hastings Girls’. Kindness is the act of extending oneself, through actions and words, to uplift another human. Kindness is not an emotion or feeling, but a choice. 

We live in a time where some world leaders exert power and control by a process of dehumanisation. They lump people into groups, so better to label humans purely as capital or liability. The world of social media gives individuals a platform to replicate this way of thinking – a screen to hide behind whilst hatred and hurt is readily dispersed.   In a time such as this, there is, now more than ever, a pressing need for greater understanding and support around mental health. Now, more than ever, there is a need to cultivate kindness.

Studies have shown that kindness increases the love hormone, energy, happiness, serotonin, lifespan and pleasure whilst at the same time it decreases – pain, stress, anxiety, blood pressure and depression.  Interestingly, those who witness kindness are just as likely to benefit as those who receive or give the act. This proves that in a community where kindness is prevalent, it has the power to increase the wellbeing of both the individual and the community as a whole, in fact the magnitude of the positive effect of gestures of kindness cannot be underestimated. Fortunately, just as with any other disposition, kindness is both teachable and contagious.  Through our own actions, we have the power to inspire others to practice acts of kindness towards friends, whānau and strangers. We have the power to start a contagion.  

Hastings Girls’ 2019 Year- Book cover has been designed by Julles Santiago.  At first glance, one might mistake the formation of the formidable girls as the familiar Charlies Angels – the feminist utopian group who put their lives on the line for the greater good.  But no, rather, the cover depicts five HGHS Year 13 students, and yes, they too look somewhat uncompromising; the difference? Unlike the Angels, who achieve their goals through martial force, our girls gain their strength from the fact they are firm in their identity – shaped by their culture and religion; interests, skills and talents. They are equipped. They are strong. Hastings Girls’ High is a place where we celebrate identity; where belonging and kindness can flourish.  On the back cover of the Year book, Julles calls us all to action through her message, ‘Have courage and be kind’.   

In the words of writer Frederick Buechner, “As we move around this world and as we act with kindness, or with indifference or hostility toward the people that we meet, we are setting the great spider web atremble. The life I touch, for good or ill, will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops, or in what far place my touch will be felt.”

Tēnā koutou katoa. 

Catherine Bentley
Principal

Why Choose Hastings Girl's High School

Why choose Hastings Girls’ High School

To give your daughter an education which will allow her individual strengths to blossom. Hastings Girls’ High School is an extremely well-resourced school which offers first class academic opportunities to enable our learners to be prepared and excited about tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges.

At our place, female leaders are the standard, not the exception, therefore every decision is based around what is important and works best for girls. Inspiration is what we offer and we empower our learners to make this journey their own.

Our girls have a reputation of being open-minded, inclusive and culturally responsive. This mindset sets her apart, equipping her for the real world.

Learner-Centred

At Hastings Girls’ High School, we are learner-centred, meaning that we always place the girls' needs at the centre of what we do and how we do it. We are blessed with a diversity of girls in tradition, in background, in culture and aspirations. It is our job to inspire every girl to be the best she can be.

We encourage girls to discover and celebrate their own cultural identity. We foster collaboration, teaching the girls to be confident, resilient, empathetic, responsible and innovative.

Our pastoral care sees students and staff work together: setting learning goals, being reflective and responsive and celebrating success along the way.

Hastings Girls’ High School is a unique place for your daughter to be educated.

The Continuous Journey of Learning

Hastings Girls’ High School offers a curriculum which extends beyond the classroom. We challenge all girls to be part of exploring, developing skills, trying, sometimes failing and always learning.

Hastings Girls' High School has a proud sporting and cultural history.

We know that through participating and contributing beyond the classroom, a girl develops a strong sense of belonging which positively impacts on her success in all areas of school life.

In being involved she develops confidence, self-respect and leadership.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Hannah Smith

Chair

Hannah Smith - Chair
Emma Jensen

Staff Rep

Emma Jensen - Staff Rep
Jacqui Davis

Jacqui Davis
Jordan Mou

Student Rep

Jordan Mou - Student Rep
Grant Russell

Grant Russell
Anna Vignolini

Anna Vignolini
Jason Whaitiri

Jason Whaitiri

STAFF

SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Catherine Bentley

Principal

Catherine Bentley - Principal
Phil Carmine

Deputy Principal

Phil Carmine - Deputy Principal
Catherine Kelsey

Assistant Principal

Catherine Kelsey - Assistant Principal
Gail Reid

Assistant Principal

Gail Reid - Assistant Principal

DEANS

Kim Hokianga

Blue House

Kim Hokianga - Blue House
Carl Gibbons

Yr 12 Academic Dean

Carl Gibbons - Yr 12 Academic Dean
Stefanie Williams

Gold House

Stefanie Williams - Gold House
Kelly Manning

Yr 11 Academic Dean

Kelly Manning - Yr 11 Academic Dean
Kate Harding

Green House

Kate Harding - Green House
Amy Moli

Pasifika Dean

Amy Moli - Pasifika Dean
Leah Marumaru-Flynn

Purple House

Leah Marumaru-Flynn - Purple House
Sue Phillips

Yr 13 Academic Dean

Sue Phillips - Yr 13 Academic Dean

ENGLISH

Karen Bain

HOD

Karen Bain - HOD
Moniqa Beatty

Moniqa Beatty
Stefanie Williams

Stefanie Williams
TBC

TBC
Mandy Jarden

Mandy Jarden
Marion Iosefo

Marion Iosefo
Kelly Manning

Kelly Manning

MATHS

Gabriela Isolabella

HOD

Gabriela Isolabella - HOD
Jenny Jackson

Jenny Jackson
Adrian Leake

Assistant HOD

Adrian Leake - Assistant HOD
Vicky Peffer

Vicky Peffer
Yanxia Zhao

Yanxia Zhao
Rhonda Smith

Rhonda Smith
Belinda Averill

Belinda Averill

ART

Chris Lee

HOD

Chris Lee - HOD
Jenny Dickerson

Jenny Dickerson
Shona West

Shona West

SCIENCE

Phil Chamberlain

HOD

Phil Chamberlain - HOD
Denise Metz

Denise Metz
Monique Goodson

Assistant HOD

Monique Goodson - Assistant HOD
Sue Phillips

Sue Phillips
Kate Harding

Kate Harding
Jesse Gabel

Jesse Gabel

TECHNOLOGY

Jan Gabutt

HOD

Jan Gabutt - HOD
Robyn Fargher

Robyn Fargher
Noeline Stewart

Noeline Stewart
Kirsty Taylor

Kirsty Taylor
Amy Rose

Amy Rose

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH

Katie Geary

HOD

Katie Geary - HOD
Kim Hokianga

Kim Hokianga
Emma Jensen

Emma Jensen
Amy Moli

Amy Moli
Carl Gibbons

Carl Gibbons
Leah Marumaru-Flynn

Leah Marumaru-Flynn

PERFORMING ARTS

TBC

HOD

TBC - HOD
Chris Atkinson

Chris Atkinson
Emily Miller-Matcham

Emily Miller-Matcham

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Stephanie Clifton

HOD

Stephanie Clifton - HOD
Belinda Averill

Belinda Averill
Stephen Gardner

Stephen Gardner
Rob Orr

Rob Orr
Karina Watts

Karina Watts
Shona West

Shona West

TE ARA REO NGĀ TIKANGA

Marlene Wilkinson

Marlene Wilkinson
Shona West

Shona West
Belinda Averill

Waka Houroa

Belinda Averill - Waka Houroa

LEARNING SUPPORT

Amanda Greville

Learning Support Coordinator

Amanda Greville - Learning Support Coordinator
Rhonda Smith

SENCO

Rhonda Smith - SENCO
TBC

Guidance Counsellor

TBC - Guidance Counsellor

TEACHER AIDES

Anita O'Donoghue

Anita O'Donoghue
Kay Boden

Kay Boden
Leah Setford

Leah Setford
Leanne Cameron

Leanne Cameron
Jan Kay

Jan Kay
Jackie Chamberlain

Jackie Chamberlain
Eseta Naoia

Eseta Naoia

NON-TEACHING STAFF

Sonya Lyndon - Principals Assistant

Kay Whelan - Student Services Admin

Mandy Treneman - Admin

Deb Ormsby - Admin

Rosheen FitzGerald - Arts Admin

Leanne Cameron - Uniform Shop 


Bob Morgan - Head of Sports

Tiana Hohaia-Hall - Sports Coordinator

Juliet Price - Financial Officer

Jo Beecroft - Finance / Kamar Admin

Sue Eaton - Attendance Officer

Leah Setford - Gateway / Trades

Jenny Fugle - International Co-ordinator

Spring Xing - Homestay Admin

Alison Fraser - Lab Technician

Kerry Champion - Library Manager

Jason Mulligan - Caretaker

Maxine Gilmour - Gateway / Trades