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6 Reasons to be a host family

Interaction with diverse cultures is a part of life. When individuals and families open their homes to students, personal development is inevitable. Familiarization with another race, culture and ethnicity expands the mind. It demonstrates how different yet similar we all are....

July 19, 2019

Hairspray review

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July 4, 2019

Te Rōpū Manu Huia are going to Nationals!

This year our kapa haka group combined with Hastings Boys’ High School to reform Te Rōpū Manu Huia. Under the skilled guidance of tutors Renata Nepe and Te-Rina Paringatai the group has flourished. From the start the group had ambitious goals and were committed to extensive training sessions including through the holidays.They also had two noho marae stays in preparation for the competition.  The Board funded new costumes for the girls which were put together by a group of dedicated sta...

June 27, 2019

Growing NZ Innovation Challenge

Ten Year 10 students from our school attended the Growing New Zealand Innovation Challenge. There were 9 other school groups attending from around the Hawke's Bay. The day was full of problem solving and innovation where the girls were faced with real world problems in our primary sector.  Our girls did extremely well and came away with three awards including the most valued participant for the whole day.  ...

June 26, 2019

Big Sing 2019

Congratulations to Pasifika Pride and Femina Capella for their amazing performances at the Regional Big Sing Competition 2019. Both choirs impressed with their mastery of languages, range and quality of tone, harmony and musicality. We are really proud of the hard work and hours these girls and their conductors put in to make the day such a success. The choirs came away with two of the three top awards - one each. Pasifika Pride - Winner of The Big Sing - New Zealand Choral Federation ...

June 24, 2019

Winners of the Learning Hawke's Bay Video Competition!!

Recently a small group of our international and domestic students, lead by Haruka Takahashi, entered the Learning Hawke's Bay video competition that was opened to all schools in the Hawke's Bay region.On Friday 10th May we then all attended a function where we got to meet the Mayor's of Hastings and the Deputy Mayor of Napier,  meet with other international students and to find out the winner of the competition and WE WON! The video was designed and completed by the students. Congratulation...

May 15, 2019

Outward Bound

I’ve recently had the amazing opportunity of attending the Outward Bound Leadership Course. During my 21 days at Anakiwa I was able to complete tasks that were not only physically demanding, but also mentally challenging. I had such an awesome experience learning and developing different leadership styles and ways to apply them. I was also fortunate enough to meet some incredible people and build lifelong memories and friendships. Being 1 of 2 year 12’s in my watch, I was lucky eno...

May 14, 2019

University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

On the 8th of April, 2019, a group of 9 girls performed a Shakespeare drama piece at the MTG theatre for the annual University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Regional Festival. The Sheila Winn Festival is a night where schools perform both teacher directed and student directed Shakespeare drama pieces. The language has to stay true to the original play but the pieces can be set anywhere and in any time. Hastings Girls’ entered two pieces in the festival this year. The teacher...

May 14, 2019

Hastings Girls' on the Environment Youth Council

A goal of mine has always been to give back to the community.  I was given the opportunity to go to a course at Outward Bound. Outward bound taught me the importance the youth has to the community. We can give so much back just by making a bit of an effort.  It made me realise that the youth should take responsibility and start to take care of our environment. This encouraged me to be apart of the Hawke's Bay Youth Environment Council. As a member, my goal is to bring awareness about t...

May 14, 2019

Hayley's success at Canoe Polo Oceanias

During the school holidays, Hayley Cameron, our Green House Captain, went to Australia with the New Zealand Under 21 Women’s Canoe Polo Team to compete in the Oceania Champs. The team competed well and came home with a silver medal – beaten by the New Zealand senior women in the final. As a warm-up to Oceanias they also competed in the Australia inter-state competition winning bronze Well done Hayley!...

May 2, 2019

​Colours, love and new beginnings

Colours, love and new beginnings. These are things that we celebrated at the Holi Festival on the 29th of March 2019.  This festival of colours originates from India. It marks the end of winter and welcomes the spring season. It’s a time for everyone to get together and celebrate the start of new friendships.                               &n...

April 29, 2019

Students assist paramedics

St John Ambulance crew responding to a call Wednesday afternoon (17th) would like to acknowledge the outstanding behaviour and actions of Hastings Boys and Hastings Girls High students who provided assistance to an elderly member of the community who suffered a fall and minor injury in Frimley Park. Tineal Pere, Montanna Hocking, Shahntae Ngawhika, Ottylean te-Houkamau, Shayden Pere, Jaydus Hungahunga, Kalib Walsh and Jaevarn Tapine-Ngamatu (sic) witnessed the accident and recognised t...

April 29, 2019

Out and about with our international students

We are delighted to be able to host a number of international students again this year. During their time with us, the girls have an opportunity to explore new and exciting experiences, both within and beyond the classroom. 2019 is off to a great start with our girls experiencing many firsts, whether it be new places, new cultures or discovering the uniqueness of Aotearoa.  We recently explored a couple of our local tour hot spots Arataki Honey and the Haumoana Farm Yard Zoo. The girls were...

April 15, 2019

Good Luck Emma

Congratulations to our very own Emma Jensen for her selection in the Barbarians Rugby Team.Emma is one of our talented PE teachers, who has had an extensive rugby career, starting back at CHB College more than 20 years ago. Some of her career highlights include winning three consecutive Rugby World Cups, as well as being named a Barbarian again, for the second time this year. In her long list of achievements Emma is an 'equal' most capped Black Fern. What an honor! We wish Emma all the best...

April 11, 2019

Speech Success

One of our year 12 students, Gurmeen Kaur, has recently placed 4th in the Hawke's Bay RSA Speech Contest and was awarded a monetary prize.  Gurmeen gave a powerful performance about the theme, “Women at War.” She recalled stories about the many Maori and Indian women who dedicated themselves to the war effort, but whose actions are often forgotten.  Through these women, Gurmeen reminded us to honour the bravery of those before us and made connections between the many cultures pract...

April 11, 2019

Our Polo Girls

Twelve girls from Years 10 and 11 have had the fantastic opportunity to go to Birchleigh Polo Club to learn to groom, ride and play. These girls will also be taking Equine Studies as part of this experience. This is a great programme which builds confidence, resilience and also potential pathways for girls. ...

April 11, 2019

Our Champions

Year 9 Swimming Sports Champion: Ruby Scofield Year 10 Swimming Sports Champion: Jorja Early Senior Swimming Sports Champion: Kate Allen...

April 11, 2019

Term 1 Summer Sports Summary

The volleyball team performed exceptionally well at the New Zealand Secondary Schools championships.  They qualified into top 8 of Division 3. The team only dropped 2 games, which saw them drop out of the top 4.  They won the final game, which was a credit to all the members of the team. Well done girls....

April 11, 2019

Safety and Risk Management in the Outdoors/Tourism Trip

We spent four days away in Rotorua, partaking in a number of different activities, and learning about a lot of different things that relate to Tourism and Geography, Safety and Risk Management, and Leadership in the Outdoors. The girls identified hazards related to people, environment and equipment throughout the trip, and also experienced a number of different leadership styles.  We spent time with the Rotorua museum people, and learnt about how tourism began in New Zealand, and how it was...

April 11, 2019

HGHS girls selected for the HB Youth Council

Kate Allen, Kathleen Steffert, Pelerose Vaima’a and myself have all been selected to be apart of the 2019 Hastings Youth Council. Hastings Youth Council consists of a small group of 15 pupils aged 15-18 who live in the Hastings area. We all come from different schools across Hawkes Bay. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month. I chose to apply to be on the youth council as I wanted to voice my opinions and thoughts but also be somebody for our youth to come to, to voice their v...

April 11, 2019

We have the new, improved gym up and running!!

After six terms without a big space to teach in, we are thrilled to be able to use the newly refurbished and extended gym.  It feels huge, it feels flash and we are excited about all the things we can do, play and achieve in there.  Not only do we now have a full sized Basketball court, but also an Indoor Netball court, so that our girls can train inside. An extra Badminton court can also fit which means we will have more students actively learning in PE.  We do, however, need to ...

April 11, 2019

The school needs you to step forward

On 10 May, we will be calling for nominations for members of our community to join the Hastings Girls' High School Board of Trustees. The nominations close shortly after on 24 May, so that voting can begin, close and the Board can take office again by 14 June. We want to invite all members of our wider community to consider joining our school Board of Trustees, and adding measurable value to our students as we grow resilient, strong, confident and connected life-long learners. Both parents and p...

April 4, 2019

Whanau Day - Wednesday 10 April 2019

Kia Ora Whanau Our relationship with the families and whanau of our girls is really important to us as a staff and central to the success of your daughter at HGHS. As we come to the end of Term 1 we would like to invite whanau to take up an opportunity to meet with their daughter’s Akina coach.  Our Whanau Day is on Wednesday 10th April from 1.30-7.00pm. Akina Coaches, Deans and the Careers Advisor are available during that time for whanau and their daughters to drop in at a suitable...

April 3, 2019

Torrie and Rebecca march to success

Torri Bolten, Rebecca Churches and their marching team 'Buckingham Guards' recently traveled to Christchurch for the NZ Marching Championships.  Torri, Rebecca and their team first qualified to march against the top 6 teams (out of 13) in the Championship grades, which is a huge achievement, with tough competition.  Then the following day they performed in the elite Championship division and placed 4th Display, 5th Technical and 5th Champion Senior team overall.    ...

March 29, 2019

Year 9 Cross-curricular steam class

Attention all Year 9 Students and WhanauWe are excited to be able to offer your daughter an innovative learning opportunity for the rest of her Year 9 2019. Due to our roll growth in Year 9, we have decided to open a sixth class for our current Year 9 students. This will provide smaller class sizes across year 9 for all students, and aims to give students an opportunity to opt into a STEAM, cross-curricular learning hub. As a school we are committed to the development of a rich curriculum with a...

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