Founded in 1891, Whanganui Girls’ College has been devoted to the education of young women for over one hundred years. Recognising the challenges awaiting young women in the 21st century, the school develops the skills they need to build the businesses, careers and communities of the future. Whanganui Girls’ College provides a physical, social and intellectual environment which promotes achievement and personal growth. The mottos ‘Ad Astra’ and ‘Poutamatia’ are words of encouragement to all girls to ‘aim high’ and to strive for excellence in everything they do.
We acknowledge that international students enrich our school and our community socially, culturally and academically; attributes that encourage all students to be global citizens.
A comprehensive orientation programme is completed upon the student’s arrival at school. Within the first week students have their English skills assessed to establish the appropriate academic placement level.
Long-term international students are encouraged to sit the New Zealand Qualification, National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). ESOL classes are available where needed.
The Dean of International Students works closely with each student to ensure they settle into their classes and have support available. We encourage all students to participate in extracurricular activities such as sport, music or cultural groups. We pride ourselves on our warm and friendly school, and on providing a safe and welcoming environment for all new students.
Whanganui Girls’ College offers an extensive orientation programme and students are provided with support if they have difficulties adapting to school life. The following support services are also available to students:
Full academic reports are issued twice a year and all international students are supported by staff in our international department. Agents and parents receive progress reports as required as well as copies of formal reports.
Success for all students in a girls' only environment is our goal. We provide an excellent education with outstanding outcomes for domestic and international students. Students can be accommodated in our on-site hostel or in family homestay accomodation. Access to the complete New Zealand experience including skiing, beaches, bush and city activities are on offer. Students also develop lifelong friendships and improve their English language skills in a safe, caring environment. Graduating students move on to tertiary study in New Zealand, back in their home country or to another country to be true international citizens.
"I really like this school. Kiwi girls and teachers were very friendly to me. Sometimes when I had some questions and I couldn’t understand, they always loved to explain to me and help me. Teachers always encouraged me when I was stuck. When I arrived I lacked confidence in my English ability, so I didn’t talk much. Kiwi girls always smiled at me when I walked past and made me feel so comfortable. Later on I got on well with them and made lots of friends. Kiwi girls are very nice and easy to be friends with. I like their company."
"I always enjoyed being part of this school as they always made me feel at home. The teachers are so supportive and they always tried their best to make me understand my school work. Most of the girls were like sisters to me due to the long period of time that I attended this school and lived with them at Ad Astra Hostel. Whanganui Girls’ College may seem small in numbers but it is definitely big at heart, just like a huge multi-cultural family that try their best to succeed in life."