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James Hargest College




James Hargest is a large co educational Year 7-13 school, based on two campuses on the same street.  We have a well established International Programme with an excellent reputation. James Hargest College provides a very friendly and welcoming environment. We have a large vibrant  International Friendship Club, who are very inclusive of international students, supporting their  integration, and organising social events  like ice-skating, dinners, ski trips and ten pin bowling.


Located in  New Zealand's most southern  city and very close to world renown national parks, beaches and rivers.  The airport is 10 minutes and the   city centre only 5 minutes by car from James Hargest College. The school is quite multicultural and Invercargill has several ethnic restaurants and grocery stores. 


Large high tech  libraries with University style facilities, 4 gymnasiums,  modern learning environments with free wifi across the campuses,  warm and comfortable cafeteria providing Asian food to order. Specialist learning areas in Music, Technology, Art etc.

Curriculum and subject highlights

A wide range of subjects at all levels with students able to choose their own programmes.   Excellent opportunities for extension for talented students in Music, Drama, Art and the Languages (Spanish, French and Japanese), Business subjects, Technology, the Sciences and Mathematics. Many of our students gain places in top universities and our  alumni are highly successful.

Extra-curricular activities

There is a range of music groups eg choirs, orchestras, rock bands, jazz bands etc. as well as a Major Production that includes a full cast, orchestra and backstage team as well as a sound and lighting crew.  There are opportunities for interest in most  team and individual sports. If  a sport is not available at school there are many local clubs nearby and we will help students to make connections. There are also many service opportunities such as LEO Club, the Environmental Group etc

More about James Hargest College

Overseas students are made very welcome by local students, who support them in many ways, and often travel themselves on outbound programmes. James Hargest is widely known for both its high academic achievements and its positive culture. International students receive highly personal academic mentoring and pastoral care. 

Student from Thailand's thoughts
"James Hargest College is a very good high school for international students in Invercargill, New Zealand. There are many subjects for all students to choose. Not only subjects but also many activities for us to join in, such as LEO Club, international friendship club and Sport and Rec. I met many lovely people from joining those activities. All staff in JHC are so kind and caring, they make me feel warm and safe while I’m staying in New Zealand. I would highly recommend James Hargest College to all students who want to go study abroad. Coming to New Zealand and attending to James Hargest College is the best decision I’ve ever made”. 


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Contact details


James Hargest College
288 Layard Street
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Phone number

+64 3 217 6129
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