Whangarei Girls' High School is in the Northland region, with New Zealand's warmest climate and beautiful beaches and forests. We have a well established and well resourced international programme and enjoy helping students to improve their English, achieve high academic results and experience our beautiful country. We provide students with many new opportunities within our safe, supportive school community. Our dedicated international staff are on call 24/7.
We offer all traditional subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, History and Social Science as well as many others, including Outdoor Education, Arts, Drama, Music, Spanish, Hospitality, Photography and Design Technology. We have dedicated ESOL staff and support students to have their New Zealand schooling recognised. Our safe, friendly school environment is a great place for students to experience a wide range of sports, including hockey, horse riding, football, cheerleading, golf, netball, volleyball, and share their talents in drama, dance, singing, and music. We also offer exciting opportunities to experience New Zealand's beautiful outdoors.
We have an excellent, well-established international programme and enjoy helping our students to improve their English, achieve their academic goals and experience our beautiful country. At the same time, we enjoy learning about the countries and cultures of our international students. We are proud of our 130 year history as a highly successful school, providing:
Whangarei Girls' High School includes a modern technology block with dedicated classrooms for hard materials, graphic design and fashion technology, as well as a performing arts theatre, gymnasiums, dance studios and music suite. We strongly encourage our international students to try new things and discover new passions while they are here in New Zealand! We offer family homestays with friendly, local families as well as school boarding accommodation at Lupton House, situated on the school grounds and providing fun and camaraderie with over 60 fellow boarders.
For most students, coming to live and study in New Zealand is one of the biggest personal challenges they've ever had to face. Until they have to leave again.
"Everybody here is so open and friendly. At Whangarei Girls' High School everybody has tried to give me the best time possible, and when I needed help it was always given to me. It is difficult to integrate into a new country and a new culture, but everybody at school has made me feel at home."
"The first weeks were exciting and exhausting but I soon started to love my completely new and different life here. School, friends and of course my really nice host family, who I really want to thank for everything, helped me to become part of a real kiwi life. Speaking English wasn't a problem any more and I even started dreaming in English."
"I am so happy that I can study at your school. I have tried so many new things in New Zealand. For example, fishing in a boat, patting a sheep and cow, feeding the ducks in Mair Park and playing with fireworks in the garden. Here it is so amazing that I can see many stars at night and smell the fresh air on the road."
"My experience in New Zealand has meant gaining awareness of the world and of myself. It was growth and change, that change has scared me at times but has made me rich and real."