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New Plymouth Girls' High School




New Plymouth Girls’ High School has shaped and influenced the lives of young women since 1885.  It is a real privilege and honour to lead this school, our school in to the future.  Our vision is clear:  to develop confident, educated young women of outstanding character.  This vision is timeless.  This vision is also underpinned by our core values of Respect - Whakamana, Responsibility - Haepapa and positive Relationships - Whanaugatanga.

Our school is based on traditional values with innovative approaches to teaching and learning supported by modern information communication technology.  We are living in a fast-paced and dynamic world. We need to be innovative and keep pace with change whilst holding on to the values and traditions we all hold dear. We do need to consider what our vision may mean for our young women in this rapidly changing world.  Relationships are at the centre of our philosophy – positive, supportive, collaborative relationships.  Together we can achieve so much and have achieved so much.  Our school offers a safe, positive learning environment where students are able to learn, work, grow, and achieve to the best of their ability.

We have a proud tradition of academic excellence and a proven record of outstanding achievement in sport, visual, and performing arts.  Our students consistently achieve above the national average and comparative schools in national qualifications.  A feature of the academic success of our students are the multi-level learning and accelerated programmes that enable academically gifted students to achieve a National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) at a level above their school year level; and the multi-level, diverse programmes that allow all students to achieve to the best of their ability.

Personal development is given high priority and leadership opportunities abound at all levels throughout the school.  We welcome international students and value their contribution and the cultural diversity they bring to our school community.

We are fortunate to have a dedicated, hard-working, motivated, and impassioned staff who are committed to the school values and vision and are striving for excellence. They are also committed to supporting all our students to achieve personal excellence and endeavour to do their best, respect each other, and work together.

More about New Plymouth Girls' High School

New Plymouth Girls' High School has shaped and influenced the lives of young women since 1885. Our vision, to develop educated, confident young women of outstanding character, is timeless. It is the individual and collective contribution of many that makes it possible for us to enjoy and be part of this very special school.

  • New Plymouth Girls’ High School is recognized both nationally and beyond New Zealand for providing excellence in education.
  • High academic standards.
  • A wide range of extra-curricular sporting and cultural activities offered. High achievement nationally in all areas. Sport, Music, Art, Dance and Drama are “Centres of Excellence” in the school.
  • Strong links with all universities (Massey, Victoria, Waikato, Auckland, Canterbury and Otago). NPGHS students are favoured for university hostel places.
  • Small number of international students that are highly valued for the variety, richness and diversity they bring to the school. Excellent pastoral care in accordance with the NZ Government Code of Practice.
  • Attractive spacious grounds. Fully networked - including the hostel. Well-equipped classrooms and specialist areas e.g. two gymnasia, two drama suites and a music suite.
  • International students are an important part of the school student leadership team which has real status in the school. Leaders are advocates for international students and organize regular social activities for them that link them with local students.
  • Generous ESOL provision within the school curriculum and extra language support available where required. A comprehensive orientation and support programme for new international students linked to NZ students as mentors and friends.
  • 150 bed modern on-site Hostel recommended to international students in their first year away from home (longer if parents require). Quality homestays also available.
  • We welcome contact with families and will do our best to keep them up to date with information about their daughter's progress.


Contact details


New Plymouth Girls' High School
New Plymouth
60 Northgate
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Phone number

+64 6 757 3899
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