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

He waka eke noa

Here, at Hastings Girls’ High School, your daughter writes her own story around learning in which she takes centre stage. Knowing your daughter’s story and catering to her specific learning needs is our ‘why’. Putting our why at the heart of everything we do enables us to make the best decisions for our girls, whether it be in the classroom, on the sports field, or through one of our many performing arts opportunities. Everything we do is shaped around the strengths and interests of our students. Our innovative curriculum hooks students in and challenges them by discovering their passions and interests. Flexibility allows students to make choices and drive their own learning.

I feel proud to be the Principal of a school that celebrates diversity, embraces inclusivity, and has a rich and valued history.

Catherine Bentley, Principal


At Hastings Girls’ identity is taonga – the essential building block which becomes the starting point for student learning; the foundation that supports our local, culturally located curriculum. We want our girls to know who they are, and to be empowered by their heritage, alongside their strengths and interests.

Our values of respect, honesty, perseverance and resilience provide the scaffold for our girls to develop their moral courage. Character is shaped through modelling and exploration in learning our values, which in turn are integrated into our everyday lives. They are present in our thoughts and in our words. We know, just like physical strength or intellect, our moral courage is not a fixed state, but something that, fuelled by determination, we can harness, hone and develop.

We believe that our holistic view of education will reveal outstanding learners, athletes, artists, world-class citizens and future leaders.

We have aspirational goals for our girls. We want the best for them. We support our girls to be courageous, kind and equipped for life.


Here at Hastings Girls’, we recognise students have different strengths, and learn at different speeds. We aim for each of our girls to achieve their goals and excel in learning, leaving us as young women who will flourish in society.

Students are mentored in order that they choose a pathway that best suits their strengths, interests and future plans. 

We are committed to a curriculum that challenges and develops the critical thinking, creativity,
knowledge and skills of all our girls. Specific learning needs are targeted by our supported learning programmes, tailored to offer extra support to girls who need it.

We also identify and provide for students who will benefit from further enrichment opportunities to extend their educational potential. This happens both in and beyond the classroom, with students participating in events such as Tournament of Minds and Growing NZ. From Year 10, students have the opportunity to take NCEA levels in their subjects of strength.


Our girl is at the centre of all we do at Hastings Girls’. Knowing her story informs how we guide her on her learning journey. Hastings Girls’ system of pastoral care is a wrap around service which has been developed in response to our students’ needs. Our intent is to make your daughter’s learning a true partnership between whānau/family and school. This makes us more responsive to her well-being so that we can better equip her for the future.

The Hauora team of specialists exists to better meet the needs of your daughter. They review processes and work with outside agencies using the most recent advice and data, whether it be around learning, behaviour or whānau engagement. By working as a collaborative team we can
be innovative and build the best experience for our girls.

At Hastings Girls’, holistic care is facilitated through Ākina groups, These are small, vertical house
pastoral groups in which a significant adult takes an active interest in each girl’s learning, growth and development. This group remains together over the course of their time at school. This creates a strong positive relationship, allows opportunities for mentorship and gives our students a greater sense of belonging. Our aim is to ensure our girls know who they are and that they feel absolutely accepted, connected and valued.

Rangatahi Pānui

Juicies and Moosies will regularly be on sale at lunch times in the near future as a fundraiser for HGHS sports teams preparing to compete at upcoming sports tournaments & national competitions. PricRead more

Rangatahi Pānui

Junior A Netball trials - Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th of March from 3:15-5 pm on the HGHS netball courts . Please be in your gear.Read more

Rangatahi Pānui

Awards Assembly Monday 22 February 2021: Invitations have been sent to whānau of those students receiving awards. If you have received an invitation, we would love to see you there. Leaders OathRead more

School Devices

If you require the use of a school device, and you haven't already done so, please fill in this survey.  Students can then go to the school library to receive a letter, which needs to be signed byRead more

School Lunches

We will continue to serve lunches at Alert Level 2 with the following additional safety measures in place: Lunch will be served in houses from four separate distribution points around the school toRead more

COVID-19 Level 2 Safety Management Plan

Please find attached for your information, our Level 2 Safety Management Plan. Please note that in addition to the daily cleaning schedule, extra cleaning routines have been added to our classroomRead more

Message from the MOE

Schools are open to everyone, and all children must attend. At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained but there is still risk of community transmission. It is safe for children and staff to attendRead more

Rangatahi Pānui

On Monday 15th February there will be a Leaders' Assembly to welcome our new school leaders for 2021 and on Monday 22nd we will award NCEA Endorsement Awards at Assembly. Parents are most welcome toRead more

Rangatahi Pānui

Ākina Group and personal ID Photos will be taken on Wednesday 10 February 2021. Costs for photos are as follows: Class photo $14.00 Laminated ID card $7.00 Informal Year 13 photo $14.00 Read more

Rangatahi Pānui

All Year 12 and 13 students with gaps on their timetable or need to change courses need to come to T1 on Tuesday or Wednesday to se Mr Gibbons, Mrs Kelsey or the Deans when the gap appears on the theRead more

Rangatahi Pānui

Academic Plans After NCEA results are released tomorrow, and students who have concerns about their final grades are welcome to come in on Friday and meet with Matua Carl or Mr Pera. Priority willRead more

2020 Akina Year Book

You can pick up your own copy of the Akina Yearbook during the holidays, from the schools main office between 10am - 2pm, Monday 18th Jan to Friday 29th Jan, or view/download a copy below.Read more