Step into the exciting new learning experiences on offer at Hastings Girls’ High School. Our goal is to challenge you, inspire you and give you the freedom to be creative in your learning as you develop values, skills and knowledge in a context relevant to your identity, strengths and interests. Whether experimenting with science, trying a new language or creating in our drama, technology or art rooms, your learning will allow you to become more curious, confident and connected, enabling you to flourish in your chosen pathway.

Learning values at the centre of our teaching and learning

Manaakitanga, nurturing and lifting up our wahine, is a central aspect of our school. We strongly focus on the key competencies of self-management, participation, contribution, and relating to others in your learning. We celebrate the diversity of our students and whānau, and have high expectations of equitable learning for all.  

Ako, learning from each other, is a key aspect of every classroom. In our classrooms everyone plays a role in our collective learning.

Kotahitanga, working as one, is important to us. Together we reflect on your outcomes, results and classwork to ensure that you continue to achieve your highest possible potential.

Our teachers

We are incredibly proud of our teaching staff who combine a depth of specialist knowledge with high expectations and individual support for each student. We have a diverse range of teachers who bring their wealth of cultural, global and personal experience into the classroom. Our staff care about our girls and are motivated to learn their stories and place learning in context so the girls might best achieve and thrive.


Students are encouraged to choose their pathways with the support of their Akina Coach and Academic Deans. 

Junior students have the opportunity to opt into a learning Kāhui Kaupapa, which focuses learning through the lens of their academic strengths and passions. 

At NCEA, students are mentored and supported in their chosen pathways, setting learning in authentic contexts. 

We believe that students need time to reflect and self-manage their learning in preparation for their future. All students have a block of kāhui time during the week. Juniors are given the skills to manage their own homework and subject deadlines. On a Friday, senior students choose to work in a specialist Kāhui Kaupapa. This allows them to focus on achieving a Visual Art or Technology Internal, complete a Science practical, visit a cultural site for Waka Hourua or go to a workshop developing their writing skills. During this time students also have opportunities to plan for the future with careers conversations and workshops to develop skills needed beyond school such as financial literacy, flatting, jobs and hauora.

Education outside the classroom

At HGHS we know the key to our students’ engagement and achievement is the opportunity to experience learning in authentic contexts outside the classroom. 

We want our students to develop their imagination and self-confidence through these experiences. In Year 9 and 10 there are Marae based learning opportunities for all students; arts trips to theatre, art galleries and musical events; speakers and performers invited in to share their experience; cross-curricular days at Pa sites; opportunities to explore our coastline and high places; and professional workshops offered with groups such as Code Avengers. NCEA students go on Physical Education and Geography camps; visit local cultural sites, experience arts and cultural events; connect with visiting speakers and performers; and have opportunity for further learning through the Wāka Hourua programme, EIT visits, and the Young Enterprise Scheme for Business Studies. The large number of girls gaining Merit and Excellence Endorsements at NCEA in these areas is testament to the power of these experiences outside the classroom.