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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

Jacqui Davis
Jacqui Davis

Grant Russell
Grant Russell

Anna Vignolini
Anna Vignolini

Jason Whaitiri
Jason Whaitiri

Senior Leadership Team

Catherine Bentley - Principal
Catherine Bentley

Principal

Catherine Kelsey - Deputy Principal
Catherine Kelsey

Deputy Principal

Emma Jensen - Deputy Principal
Emma Jensen

Deputy Principal

Phil Carmine - Deputy Principal
Phil Carmine

Deputy Principal

Amanda Greville - Learning Support Coordinator
Amanda Greville

Learning Support Coordinator

Deans

Kim Hokianga - Blue House Dean
Kim Hokianga

Blue House Dean

Amy Moli - Pasifika Dean
Amy Moli

Pasifika Dean

Stefanie Williams - Gold House Dean
Stefanie Williams

Gold House Dean

Kelly Manning - Yr 11 Academic Dean
Kelly Manning

Yr 11 Academic Dean

Sue Phillips - Yr 13 Academic Dean
Sue Phillips

Yr 13 Academic Dean

Leah Marumaru-Flynn - Purple House Dean
Leah Marumaru-Flynn

Purple House Dean

Carl Gibbons - Yr 12 Academic Dean
Carl Gibbons

Yr 12 Academic Dean

Kate Harding - Green House Dean
Kate Harding

Green House Dean

English Teachers

Karen Bain - HOD
Karen Bain

HOD

Moniqa Beatty - ESOL
Moniqa Beatty

ESOL

Stefanie Williams
Stefanie Williams

Mandy Jarden
Mandy Jarden

Marion Iosefo
Marion Iosefo

Kelly Manning
Kelly Manning

Jess McNab-Cottrell
Jess McNab-Cottrell

Mathematics Teachers

Gabriela Isolabella - HOD
Gabriela Isolabella

HOD

Adrian Leake - Assistant HOD
Adrian Leake

Assistant HOD

Yanxia Zhao
Yanxia Zhao

Rhonda Smith
Rhonda Smith

Belinda Averill
Belinda Averill

Vicky Peffer
Vicky Peffer

Visual Art Teachers

Chris Lee - HOD
Chris Lee

HOD

Jenny Dickerson
Jenny Dickerson

Shona West
Shona West

Science Teachers

Phil Chamberlain - HOD
Phil Chamberlain

HOD

Monique Goodson - Assistant HOD
Monique Goodson

Assistant HOD

Sue Phillips
Sue Phillips

Kate Harding
Kate Harding

Jesse Gabel
Jesse Gabel

Denise Metz
Denise Metz

Technology Teachers

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 Teachers

Katie Geary - HOD
Katie Geary

HOD

Emma Jensen
Emma Jensen

Amy Moli
Amy Moli

Carl Gibbons
Carl Gibbons

Leah Marumaru-Flynn
Leah Marumaru-Flynn

Kim Hokianga
Kim Hokianga

Performing Arts Teachers

Alana Frankum - HOD
Alana Frankum

HOD

Chris Atkinson
Chris Atkinson

Emily Miller-Matcham
Emily Miller-Matcham

Social Science Teachers

Stephanie Clifton - HOD
Stephanie Clifton

HOD

Stephen Gardner
Stephen Gardner

Rob Orr
Rob Orr

Karina Watts
Karina Watts

Shona West
Shona West

Belinda Averill
Belinda Averill

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

Rose Tuhiwai-Baker - Guidance Counsellor
Rose Tuhiwai-Baker

Guidance Counsellor

Non-Teaching Staff

Leah Setford - Teachers Aide
Leah Setford

Teachers Aide

Anita O'Donoghue - Teachers Aide
Anita O'Donoghue

Teachers Aide

Leanne Cameron - Teachers Aide
Leanne Cameron

Teachers Aide

Johanne van der Meer - Teachers Aide
Johanne van der Meer

Teachers Aide

Maxine Gilmour - Gateway / STAR Coordinator
Maxine Gilmour

Gateway / STAR Coordinator

Jackie Chamberlain - Teachers Aide
Jackie Chamberlain

Teachers Aide

Rosheen FitzGerald - Arts Administrator
Rosheen FitzGerald

Arts Administrator

Jenny Fugle - International Coordinator
Jenny Fugle

International Coordinator

Spring Xing - International Homestay Coordinator / Administrator
Spring Xing

International Homestay Coordinator / Administrator

Sue Eaton - Attendance Officer
Sue Eaton

Attendance Officer

Kerry Campion - Library Manager
Kerry Campion

Library Manager

Alison Fraser - Lab Technician
Alison Fraser

Lab Technician

Deb Ormsby - Administrator
Deb Ormsby

Administrator

Mandy Treneman - Communications Administrator
Mandy Treneman

Communications Administrator

Kay Whelan - Student Centre Administrator
Kay Whelan

Student Centre Administrator

Sonya Lyndon - Principals Personal Assistant
Sonya Lyndon

Principals Personal Assistant

Juliet Price - Financial Officer
Juliet Price

Financial Officer

Jo Beecroft - Finance / Kamar Administrator
Jo Beecroft

Finance / Kamar Administrator