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.

Deputy Head Girl and Head Girl

Gracy Singh and Pelerose Vaima'a

Purple House Captain

Liana Mikaele-Tuu

Visual and Performing Arts Captain

Berndette Christanti-Yafar

School Council Chairperson

Ramanjot Kaur

Green House Captain

Hayley Cameron

Sports Captain

Holly Barclay

Academic Captain

Lia Horsley

Cultural Captain

Ashleigh Jamieson

Community Liaison Captain

Kate Mohi

Blue House Captain

Alexandra Kerrisk

Gold House Captain

Yasmin Allen

Our staff

SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Catherine Bentley, Principal

Phil Carmine, Deputy Principal

Catherine Kelsey, Assistant Principal

Gail Reid, Assistant Principal

ENGLISH

Karen Bain, HOD

Shirin White

Nicola Lewis

Catherine Kelsey

Marion Iosefo

Stefanie Williams

Mandy Jarden

Regina Carrol

MATHS

Gabriela Isolabella, HOD

Adrian Leake, Assistant HOD

Jo Jarvis

Meredith Robert

Yanxia Zhao

Rhonda Smith

Belinda Averill

Chelsea Andrews

Jenny Jackson

ART

Chris Lee, HOD

Heather Jones

Jenny Dickerson

Shona West

SCIENCE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Hannah Smith, Chair

Jacqui Davis

Grant Russell

Anna Vignolini

Jason Whaitiri

Emma Jensen, Staff Rep

Jordan Mou, Student Rep