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We invite you to take the opportunities we offer and look forward to forming a partnership with you to empower your daughter to be one of New Zealand’s successful women of the future.

From the Principal

In a school for young women, the opportunities for your daughter to achieve, participate, assume responsibility and gain confidence are significantly enhanced. Our staff focus on your daughter’s learning, and are acclaimed by current students as approachable and dedicated to supporting high achievement.

Our curriculum choices, and pathways provide your daughter with the opportunity to achieve excellence as a strong foundation for success in tertiary education. Quality education for your daughter can be achieved with a positive partnership between school and family. Opportunities are available for your daughter. We invite you to join us.

A strong work ethic is promoted and expected. Emphasis is placed on the qualities inherent in selfmanagement, positive relationships and personal responsibility. Within our constructive and encouraging learning community, participation is expected, endeavour celebrated, diversity respected, and team work encouraged. Extension of your daughter’s development and potential through her active participation in a wide range of opportunities is available within the school and our community.

Ms Melba Scott, Principal

Cover: artist Schizelle Bester, Y12 Left: 8.30am




We believe in: • • • • • •

a commitment to excellence a positive learning environment a sense of community the celebration of diversity a future-focused education the spirit of our motto… semper sursum: ever upwards

Our Goals: • To provide a curriculum that meets the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum and Qualifications Frameworks; • To develop in students key competencies required to effectively participate and contribute as tomorrow’s women; • To support students as individuals, while requiring and assisting excellence in intellectual, physical, aesthetic, social and emotional development; • To inspire an awareness of the purpose and value in learning as an enjoyable life long process; • To provide a safe learning environment that enables quality teaching and learning;  To support staff as individuals, while requiring high professional standards and assisting staff to maintain them;

• To create an environment where there is respect for, and understanding of, cultural and individual differences; • To foster Maori language and culture, consistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi; • To ensure parents and the community are involved with, and well informed about, learning in their school; • To use the resources available to provide the best possible environment for staff and student performance; and • To adopt best business practice as a provider of education. The Board of Trustees has set three strategic priorities focused on excellence and with challenging targets for us to aspire to over the next five years. Priority 1 - Excellence in Achievement Priority 2

- Excellence in Sport

Priority 3

- Excellence in Performing Arts



An Academic Community Commencing at Year 9 with a broad foundation in academic study, across all eight learning areas of the New Zealand curriculum, our subject option choices over successive years become increasingly specialised with an increasing number to choose from. Knowledge and experience gained in each year of study enable students to make well informed curriculum choices for their future. Striving for excellence at every opportunity ensures prerequisites are met. Our school consistently achieves national qualification pass rates at least 10% above the national average for similar schools. At least 60% of our Year 13 students attend university on graduating from school, with many students earning scholarships to support their study. For three consecutive years at least twenty Palmerston North Girls’ High School students have won prestigious academic scholarships from New Zealand and International Universities. Our Dux in 2007 was awarded an NZQA Premier Scholarship from her success in examinations, top New Zealand scholar in Mathematics with Calculus, and an NZEST Scholarship; our dux in 2008 was awarded top New Zealand scholar in History as one of her three scholarship awards; and in 2009 students gained 22 NZQA scholarships. We assist high achievement in many ways, for example: • we offer a very broad range of subjects enabling students to explore their interests and follow these through to the senior school; • prerequisites for all subjects are published in our curriculum handbooks;

• in the senior years, most students will study academic subjects leading to university entrance, while students graduating to employment have access to our Career First subjects; • career information and guidance in subject selection assists the transition through school to enrolment at university and applications for university scholarships; • tuition is available at lunchtimes and after school; and • additional support is offered to students where they need it to achieve success. To assist success we recommend the daily use of the school diary to schedule appointments and activities, and to keep track of deadlines, work to be completed, and assessment results. Homework is essential; the most effective and successful students are those who establish a regular pattern of one to three hours homework every day and fill some of that time by creating their own homework activities. The daily habit of homework established from the first week will enhance achievement. Interest and participation in education, constructive relationships, a strong sense of purpose and personal responsibility for learning, along with parent support and excellent teachers, are all highlighted as major factors in achieving success and promoting a love of learning. There is always a direct link between a student's effort and her performance.



Academic Extension and Acceleration

At both Year 9 and Year 10, two classes of students are formed based on high achievement in our entrance examinations and demonstrated ability in the student’s prior learning. Students are expected to work with more complex texts and tasks. In many subjects, selection based on demonstrated ability continues in Year 11. An extension programme is offered by Dr Meikle to all students who wish to take on the learning challenges presented in the CREST and the enviro-schools programmes. Students work toward a Bronze, Silver or Gold CREST award. Successive students have won the regional award for their research project, and membership of Realise the Dream, a one week research residential programme in Wellington. In English, two extension programmes, reading and writing, offer students more extensive challenges often resulting in writing being published in national publications and accolades for speech competitions. In Biology, students can enter the International Biology Olympiad with its rigorous training and selection camps over the course of the year. A student has been selected as a member of the four-person travelling team, to Canada in 2007 and India and in 2008, with the latter bringing home a Bronze medal.

Year 9 students demonstrating exceptional ability in mathematics have the opportunity to advance to Year 11 at the end of Year 9. Many students achieve distinction awards in the ICAS Mathematics examination. International Mathematics Olympiad is now available for students to enter. In Social Sciences, the “Extra for Excellence� programme is offered to Year 9 and Year 10 students requiring students to explain their topic in depth. Senior students participate in the Model United Nations and CHOGM. Our students have successfully gained a place on the Model United Nations team travelling to The Hague. Senior History students are invited to present their work for consideration in the NZ Young Historians and Realise the Dream competitions. NZQA Scholarship examination entries are encouraged for Year 13 students. In some subjects, placement in a higher level of learning is available for students who clearly demonstrate their prior learning merits such consideration. We continue to review and develop our approach to extension and acceleration of students who demonstrate exceptional abilities.

In science, our students are very successful in gaining places at the various university science summer schools, both in New Zealand and overseas. Students attend university in a hands-on science experience providing insight to the study of science at university. Such experience acknowledges their potential to make a significant contribution to science in the future. In Mathematics, students participate in the Mathematics Development Band programme providing more challenging problems and complex mathematics.







TECHNOLOGY Food Technology Materials Technology Business Graphics Information Technology

THE ARTS  Dance  Drama  Music  Advanced Music  Visual Arts  Visual Imaging

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH  Physical Education and Health




 French  Japanese  Te Reo maori  English Enrichment  ESOL

Year 9

 Engl ish

 Mathematics

 Science

 Social Studies

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Year 10

 English

 Mathematics

 Science

 Social Studies

 Food Technology  Materials Technology  Graphics  Information Technology

 Dance  Drama  Music  Visual Arts

 Physical Education and Health

 French  Japanese  Te Reo Maori  English Enrichment  ESOL

 Economics

Year 11

 English or  English Studies

 Mathematics, or  Foundation Maths or  Applied Mathematics

 Science 3  Science 2  Science 1

 Geography  History  Social studies

 Music  Dance  Drama  Visual Arts

 Physical Education Studies  Physical Education and Health

 French  Japanese  Te Reo Maori  ESOL

 Accounting  Economics

Year 12

 English, or  English Studies

 Mathematics  Foundation Maths  Applied Mathematics

 Biology  Chemistry  Physics

 Geography  History  Classical Studies  Social Studies

 Materials Technology  Information Technology  Graphics  Food and Nutrition  Hospitality  Materials Technology  Hospitality  Graphics  Computer Applications  Computer Science  Childcare & Development 1

 Visual Arts  Photography  Art History  Drama  Media Studies  Music

 Physical Education Studies  Sport and Leisure

 French  Japanese  Te Reo Maori  ESOL

 Accounting  Economics  Business

Year 13

 English*  English Studies*

 Maths with Calculus*  Statistics and Modelling*  Foundation Maths*

 Biology*  Chemistry*  Physics*

 Geography*  History*  Classical Studies*  Social Studies*

 Materials Technology*  Food & Beverage Service   Food Preparation   Graphics*  Computer Applications*  Computer Science*  Tourism  Childcare & Development 2

 Drama*  Media Studies*  Visual Arts* - Design - Painting - Printmaking - Photography  Art History*  Music Studies*  Performance Music

 Physical Education Studies*  Sports Studies

 French*  Japanese*  Te Reo Maori*  ESOL

 Accounting*  Economics*  Business

 Automotive +  Career Management+  Restaurant Service +  Retail +  Barista +  Sport and Leisure  Vocational Computing 1  Childcare and Development 1  Gateway  Learning Management  Automotive +  Career Management+  Restaurant Service +  Retail +  Barista +  Vocational Computing 2  Childcare and Development 2  Tourism  Gateway  Learning Management



The eight essential learning areas described in the New Zealand Curriculum, including English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education, the Arts, Technology and Languages, are available to all students. Over the last three of these learning areas, Year 9 and 10 students select from a range of option subjects. Year 9 Students select four half-year option subjects: • One from the Arts • One from the Languages • One from Technology • A fourth option from any of the three learning areas listed above. Year 10 Students select any two of the full year option subjects listed for Year 10 under the arts, technology, languages and commerce. Year 11 Students study an English, a Mathematics, a Science, and three option subjects. Subject descriptions and prerequisites are listed in the curriculum handbook. Students intending to enrol at university, or students who are not yet certain of their future, are advised to choose option subjects that lead to the university approved list in Year 13, to note the University Entrance requirements, and strive to exceed the minimum prerequisites noted for each subject in successive years.

Year 12 Students study an English, and five option subjects. Subject descriptions and prerequisites are listed in the curriculum handbook. All students study six subjects. In advising subject choices, consideration needs to be given to the nature of the subjects selected, the student’s demonstrated ability to meet the prerequisites in her chosen subjects, the student’s application to work over the past school year, and the student’s need to work towards subjects in Year 13 that are approved by the universities and can be considered for university entrance. Year 13 Students choose any five subjects. Subject descriptions and prerequisites are listed in the curriculum handbook. University Entrance The current requirements include:  14 credits from each of two approved subjects at NCEA Level 3  14 credits in no more than two other approved subjects at NCEA Level 3  4 Reading and 4 Writing credits from NCEA Level 2 English or Te Reo Maori  14 credits at NCEA Level 1 in Mathematics These are minimum requirements only and for entrance to many specialist courses, a high quality of achievement is required. Students are always advised to achieve at the highest level possible.


Dance Showcase


Scholarships The New Zealand Qualifications Authority offers national Scholarship Awards to recognise excellence. Students in Year 12 and 13 are invited to register to sit the scholarship examinations which are held during the NCEA examinations in November. Single Subject Awards $500 per subject for one year Criteria: achieves Scholarship in one subject Top Subject Scholar Award $2000 annually for three years Criteria: top national scholar in one subject Scholarship Award $2000 annually for three years Criteria: achieves Scholarship in three or more subjects Outstanding Scholar Award $5000 annually for three years Criteria: considered for award if achieves Scholarship in three subjects with at least two at the outstanding level, or in more than three subjects with at least one at the outstanding level Premier Award $10,000 annually for three years Criteria: considered for award if achieves Scholarship in at least three subjects at the outstanding level

Our sponsors of the following prestigious awards confirm the availability of their Scholarship each year. Palmerston North Girls’ High School Trust Scholarship $2,000 annually for three years Criteria: academic excellence, contribution to school will be considered. Julia Wallace Scholarship $2,000 annually for three years Criteria: demonstrates passion and success in her chosen field of study and potential to pursue a tertiary qualification. Frances Elizabeth Jebson Memorial Trust Scholarship $500 annually for up to four years Criteria: for study in the field of Technology, Engineering, or Applied Science, preferably at Massey University, and displays academic, sporting and cultural interests, and financial need. Gifu Sogo Gakuen High School Japanese Sister School Scholarships One month of schooling in Japan. Criteria: senior students studying Japanese, demonstrating academic excellence and a positive contribution to school life. Other Scholarships Our Careers Advisor assists students in applying for the various university and corporate scholarships available.


Executive Prefects


Tomorrow’s Leaders

Leaders of today are responsible for guiding and shaping the leaders of tomorrow. Our young women face many opportunities to embrace leadership within our structure of councils and committees. Head students and prefects are charged with engaging fellow students to inform management decisions, plan and manage activities for the school, promote and recognise achievement, influence our school culture, and contribute to our public profile. In term four each year, our process of selecting head prefects for the following year commences. The executive prefects are announced by the outgoing executive prefects at our academic prizegiving in November. The Head Girl leads the Student Council. Students from all form classes are represented through their respective mini-councils enabling support for projects and charities, and issues of concern for all students to be addressed. The council appoints its own secretary and treasurer. The Head of Humanities and Sciences Council coordinates the work of the prefects selected to promote and lead in these subject areas.

The Head of Sports Council works with the school house prefects for Hodges, Mills, Rhodes and Stephens, and the sports code prefect. The Head of Arts Council co-ordinates the work of prefects selected to promote and lead in the faculties of visual and performing arts, languages, and associated clubs. The Head of School Community Council coordinates the work of the social, school magazine, and pastoral committees. The Student Trustee is elected by students to join the Board of Trustees, whose responsibility is to govern the school. The Student Trustee communicates through the Student Council and school assemblies. Our head students have a high profile in promoting and acknowledging student participation and achievement through school assemblies, and award ceremonies. Their work contributes to a very dynamic school with a very busy programme of activities and learning opportunities throughout the year for students.


Clarinets in The Concert Band


Life outside the classroom

A balanced education fosters intellectual, physical, social, emotional and aesthetic development. Active participation is encouraged to extend existing talent, explore new interests, and make positive use of time.

In December, Year 9 students are involved in an arts week, while Year 10 students are away at camps. Year 13 students attend a leadership camp in February.

The Arts Creative challenge for all students can be found in addition to those intertwined within learning programmes.

Challenge Students are invited to join other activities. The range is diverse, for example Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Challenge, the Enviro Group, Extension, competitions, and the Year 10 Business Enterprise Experience.

Groups advertise early in the year for interested members through the daily notices. Students will find activities such as orchestra, jazz, debating, stage challenge, cultural groups, dance, and much more.

We have an increasing number of students achieving Gold level awards in both CREST and Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Challenge.

The performing arts prefects join the Arts Council to lead creative activities and opportunities for students to participate and compete in activities such as the International Festival, Pasifika Fusion, Rock Da House, and Stage Challenge. Excursions Learning is enhanced when supported by experience to draw from. Most subjects plan field trips as part of the learning programme. On occasions, there is the opportunity to join an international trip, such as the recent trip to Japan and the proposed drama trip to Europe.

A number of students have their writing and art published in national magazines. In 2009, four students attended science forum at overseas universities. From their hospitality studies, students have represented Manawatu at the national cookery competition, while others competed on TV's Activate show. There are a great deal of activities to choose from and awaiting each student to take up the invitation.


Our athletes at MISSA


Sport Sustained physical activity is important for our health and a game played within a set of rules satisfies our need to work with others to achieve a common goal. Our students have an outstanding record of participation and success in a wide range of physical pursuits. The school supports many sports codes with netball having the highest participation rate of around thirty teams. In February, students will find a constant stream of communication through the daily notices advertising activities to join. To assist their selection we host a sports expo in the school hall enabling students to see the full range of sports available and to speak with staff and students about those sports that interest them. Our school offers students an opportunity to specialise in a sport to excellence, or to try out other sports. Once they have left school, such opportunities become more difficult to take up.

Houses The tradition of enrolling students into one of the four school houses – Rhodes, Mills, Hodges, Stephens – continues with enthusiasm. The House Prefects join the Sports Council to organise a wide variety of inter-house activities for students to participate in. Other student councils also organise some of their events as house competitions making the annual interhouse calendar quite diverse and busy. Interhouse activities include athletics, swimming, cross country, netball, tennis, Rock ‘da’ House, science quiz, and many more. House points are updated and announced throughout the year leading to the award of the prestigious Nash Cup, currently held by Mills House.

In 2009, students earned eleven national titles, twenty-five students reached New Zealand selection, and two teams earned bronze at nationals. Overall we have a 60% participation rate in sport, compared to 48% national average, with thirty-two sports codes offered.


Year 9 Social Studies


Competent Young Women Students of Palmerston North Girls’ High School are expected to be supportive of each other in achieving their educational goals. Students have the responsibility for ensuring their own and other’s education can progress. The school has agreed theConduct following: Code of We expect everyone to: • Strive for excellence in all things • Respect others • Respect the environment • Take responsibility for their actions To guide our expectations, the New Zealand Curriculum outlines five key competencies as the capabilities people need in order to live, learn, work, and contribute as active members of their communities. Managing self – being aware of the effect words and actions have on self and others; having

strategies for meeting challenges; and making wellinformed choices. Relating to others – recognising and discussing diverse ideas; responding appropriately to challenging situations; and knowing when to compete and when to co-operate. Participating and contributing – balancing rights and responsibilities; being inclusive of others; and contributing to the quality of our environment. Thinking – actively seeking, using and creating knowledge; reflecting on learning; and challenging the basis of assumptions and perceptions. Using language – effectively communicating information, experiences and ideas; interpreting and understanding communication in various contexts; and using ICT with confidence. At Palmerston North Girls’ High School, students are expected to apply the code of conduct and develop increasingly complex competencies. We support development and apply sanctions where a student’s actions are inappropriate.


Hodges House at Swimming Sports


Student Support

An environment of constructive working relationships, positive friendships, and personal responsibility are essential in the development of high achieving and competent young women. Form Teachers have daily contact with their form class and may also teach them for one of their subjects. They oversee the academic progress of students, encourage participation in activities, and co-ordinate the writing of progress reports. Two Deans are appointed for each year group. Deans provide a first point of contact for matters related to personal and inter-personal wellbeing, or for general issues relating to progress at school. Deans include: Yr 9: Mrs A Peacock, Miss A Murphy, Yr 10: Mrs A Westergaard, Ms M Osborne, Yr 11: Mrs L Mohekey-Johnston, Ms N Blackler, Yr 12: Mrs K Georgel, Ms K Sheridan, Yr 13: Ms G Harcombe, Mrs A Barwick. A Senior Manager has oversight of each year level and works closely with their deans. Mrs Tonner, looks after Year 9; Mrs Gordon Years 10 and 13; and Mrs Brown, Years 11 and 12.

The Peer Support programme enables Year 12 students to support Year 9 students to adapt successfully to secondary school. This programme runs through term one. In 2010 we will introduce a programme through which Year 10 students can be mentored by Year 13. Our Learning Support department is available to assist students with individual learning programmes. Mrs L Hill and her team of staff have expertise to assist students manage their learning and progress to higher levels of excellence. Our Transition department provides students with a one stop place in the school to access information and experience of careers. Mrs T Collins and her team provide career advice, work experience, and arrange workplace learning and assessment through the Gateway programme. When students graduate from school, they apply to the Transition department for a leaving form. We acknowledge the importance of our partnership with families in assisting our young women to further develop their confidence, assume personal responsibility, and to continue along a pathway of wise decision-making.

Our Guidance Counsellors are available by appointment. Mrs Brenda Pomana-Whale, Ms Petrina Paki and Mrs Laurel Melbourne have the experience and ability to provide support for any situation or issue our young women face in the community. Counsellors also have access to a network of specialists to support their work.



The School Uniform

The manner in which our young women present themselves for daily work reflects their sense of pride and engagement with the workplace. Our standard of dress contributes to the reputation of our school, to which every student has a responsibility. Year 9-12 Summer Navy blue dress, mid-calf length Red wool zip front cardigan jacket with school monogram Black leather McKinlay shoes, lace-up or ankle strap or McKinlay sandals (summer only) White ankle socks Year 9-12 Winter School tartan Kilt, mid-calf length White long sleeve blouse with Peter Pan collar Red cardigan jacket, as described for summer Shoes, as described for summer Black opaque tights Anorak or raincoat, blue Fairydown or Exeat brands Regulation scarf (optional)

Proposed Senior Uniform for 2012 It is important to recognise our Year 12 and 13 students as mature young women and provide a uniform that reflects their age and status in the school. The senior uniform will commence introduction in 2012 for Year 12 students. In 2013 both Year 12 and 13 students will wear this uniform. Details will be published this year. Physical Education Suitable clothing and footwear for activity Sport As required by the particular sport Stockists Gillespies Value House Ltd, 769 Main Street, Palmerston North Kellys' Shoes, Broadway, Palmerston North Other options One small earring in each ear and a watch. No other jewellery, nail polish or make-up. One headband in black or white. Natural hair colour, tied back.

Year 13 Students choose their own clothing suitable for a work environment. Formal dress includes a plain black knee length skirt, white shirt, school blazer and flat black shoes.


Canoe Polo


The School Year

The academic year is divided into four terms, usually of ten weeks each, except in 2011. Term dates for 2011 One: Tuesday 1 February to Friday 15 April Two: Monday 2 May to Friday 15 July Three: Monday 1 August to Friday 7 October Four: Tuesday 26 October to Wednesday 7 December The first term is spent establishing academic and assessment programmes, inter-house activities, summer sports competitions such as athletics, swimming, tennis, and cricket, student councils and their committees, and inviting students to enrol in winter sports teams. The second term continues the rigour of curriculum and assessments, and brings the commencement of the student council activities with their various subject weeks, events and competitions. The third term continues these activities, including various subject-related field trips, until school examination time in September. Winter sports season ends with many teams competing during the NZSS tournament week late in the term.

Assessments are scheduled regularly throughout the year making attendance every day all the more important. Once an assessment deadline is set, it has the same effect as sitting an examination – neither should be missed. Absence of more than two weeks in an NCEA programme will make most internal assessments scheduled during that time unavailable to the student. Reports are issued twice a year for students and are posted home to parents. A report evening for parents to make an appointment to discuss the report with teachers is scheduled in June. The “Update” newsletter is published and posted to parents on the first Wednesday of every month. The newsletter is posted on our website at Bus transport is provided to assist parents in getting students to school. Students eligible for bus transport must live at least 4.8kms from their nearest high school. Our school transport coordinator will provide students with information on the first day of school. Our school Code of Conduct applies.

The fourth term leads into preparation for external assessments and events to celebrate achievement. NZQA examinations commence in November. Year 9 students prepare for their arts week and Year 10 students for their camp week.


Year 9 Visual Imaging


The School Day

The day commences with period 1 class and students are expected to be in class working by 8.45am. The day ends at 3.20pm.

leaders assist with the programme and use the opportunity to promote activities, recognise achievements and inform students.

The school operates a ten-day timetable with five one-hour periods each day. Lunchtime is scheduled at 1.25pm. Students are advised to eat at interval.

The school canteen is open before school and at break times. We serve healthy food options.

Students are issued with a timetable which schedules their in-class programme. It is a good idea to pack the school bag each night according to the timetable. Many students prefer to have all their books with them, while others choose to register for a school locker and manage their books in two places. Students have a school diary and should establish the habit of using it from day one to keep track of commitments, activities, homework, assignments and to record achievements. We know that life gets very busy for our students and managing a diary is a normal workplace practice. School notices are published daily and made available at form time. These contain a feast of activities, events, competitions, opportunities, and a constant stream of meetings to organise these activities. Students who listen, follow up on notices, and ask for more information, seldom miss out on opportunities. To assist new students, we schedule a sports expo at the start of each season. An assembly is scheduled each week.

Electronic devices such as iPods and mobile phones can lead to inappropriate behaviour and interrupt learning. They can be used only at break time, not in class or between lessons. Computers are available for students during class time at the instruction of their class teacher, or at one of the computer labs during break times. Students are given a password for their electronic folder. Print facilities are available and should be used with discretion. The school participates in the ‘Paper for Trees’ project established by the student envirocommittee. Waste paper is recycled in every classroom. Students who fall ill during the day report to the sick bay. Parents will be contacted if it is advisable for a student to go home. Students with appointments during the day sign out at the Student Centre before leaving school. If your daughter is absent from school, telephone our attendance line 353 8062 and leave a detailed message.



Netball Tournament winners


The Board of Trustees The Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, except December and January, at 5.30pm. Board members include: Shaun Carrick (Chairperson) Doug Russell Helen Talamaivao Zaneta Park Louise Clarke (Deputy Chairperson) Joanna Crowhurst (Staff Representative) Hayley Robinson (Student Representative) Melba Scott (Principal) Sue Alchin (Secretary) School donations are set annually by the Board as a guide to parents of a voluntary contribution that would significantly enhance our ability to continue providing quality education along with quality facilities to support that outcome. Funding from Government has eroded overtime exacerbated by the increasing demand for the school to provide modern technology, equipment and facilities to meet the needs of education for the 21st century. The Board has little option but to encourage local funding. Donations contribute to our development including projects such as recently upgraded computer suites and software

applications, and planned projects such as developing a Performing Arts Suite and creating an online library. Donations for 2011: $200 for one student; $300 for two or more students. ICT donation $50 per student. PTA donation $25 per student. School fees are charged for materials and activities which are purchased by students from the school. In many instances, it is beneficial for the school to assist purchases of appropriate materials in the quantities required than for students to have to source their own. Where applicable a materials fee is included with the subject description in the Curriculum Handbook. The PTA meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm. Chairperson: Alison Lissington. The Old Girls’ Association hosts regular functions which are widely supported by past students and staff of all ages. More information can be found on our website


Enrolment Scheme

Pursuant to S11 of the Education Act 1989, Palmerston North Girls’ High School operates an enrolment scheme. Prospective students are required to apply to enrol and will be considered according to the following criteria: 1 Applications to enrol for the new school year must be received from all prospective students by the advertised closing date. 2 Where the usual place of residence for prospective students lies within the described zone for Palmerston North Girls’ High School, those students will be offered enrolment. Proof of residence may be required. 3 The residency zone is defined as being the area inside the boundaries created by: • Main Street between Cook and Fitzroy Streets; • Cook and Fitzroy Streets to the Manawatu River; • Massey University area; • Albany Road to Old West Road; • The intersection of Aokautere Drive and Moonshine Valley Road, including Moonshine Valley Road; and • All roads off the eastern side of Aokautere Drive and Old West Road between Albany and Moonshine Valley roads, including Turitea Road to Harts Road, and Pacific Drive.

4 Applications for enrolment from students who do not meet the residency criteria will be considered for enrolment according to the following order of priority: i Special Programmes – not applicable. ii Applicants who are siblings of current students. iii Applicants who are siblings of former students. iv Applicants are children of Board employees. v All other applicants Where places for out of zone enrolments are oversubscribed, selection within the priority group will be by ballot in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary for Education under S11G(1) of the Education Act 1989.


Enrolment Procedures

The Board of Trustees supports choice for parents and students in selecting secondary education for young women. Enrolment places are available for families whose usual place of residence is outside that described in the enrolment scheme. Families in the wider district of Palmerston North considering secondary education for their daughter are encouraged to furnish an application for enrolment. Attendance at any particular Year 8 school is not a criteria for entry to Palmerston North Girls’ High School. To assist with the process of application, the following points are noted: 1. The optimum roll for Year 9 in 2011 is 290 students 2. Information and enrolment application packs for the 2011 school year will be available from Monday 19 July 2010 from your daughter’s current school, or by telephoning Palmerston North Girls’ High School reception, (06) 357 9194. 3. The school will host guided tours for all prospective students and their families on Thursday 29 July 2010, commencing in the school hall. There are two tour options to choose from – either 3.30pm, or 7.00pm. Tours will take approximately 100 minutes to enable us to show you our curriculum areas and assist your daughter to select her option subjects.

4. The closing date for enrolment applications is 1.00pm Friday 20 August 2010. Applications received after that date will be placed on our waiting list and considered in the order they are received. 5. In accordance with the school’s enrolment scheme, a ballot will be held to manage overcrowding. A response to all enrolment applications will be posted in the week following our closing date. 7. Entry testing is scheduled for: Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School Tuesday 14 September 8.45am to 11.45am Other contributing schools Tuesday 16 September 8.45am - 11.45am Carncot and catch-ups Tuesday 23 September 8.45am to 11.45am 8. The first day of school for Year 9 students is Tuesday 1 February, 2011. Year 9 students, peer support leaders from Year 12 and staff will share the day together, assisting our new students to an excellent start at Palmerston North Girls’ High School. CLOSING DATE FOR ENROLMENT APPLICATIONS IS 1.00PM FRIDAY 20 AUGUST 2010 Complete the application for enrolment form and the subject selection form. Attach the required documents and post to “Enrolment”, Palmerston North Girls’ High School, Fitzherbert Avenue.



Contact us

Senior Managers Principal

: Ms M Scott

Deputy Principal

: Mrs M Gordon

BBS, MPM M.Ed.Admin, BA

Assistant Principal : Mrs P Tonner Dip PE

Assistant Principal : Mrs S Brown BA, Dip Info Studies, Dip Ed

Executive Officer : Mrs M Pink Principal’s P.A. : Mrs S Alchin Office Manager : Mrs K O’Neill



Mrs M Parker BA

Learning Support :

Mrs L Hill



Mrs A Brookie




Ms K Carter (Acting) MTchLn (Distinction), BA Hons. Dip Ed Management, Dip Rec & Sport

P.E. & H


Ms J Crowhurst

Heads of Departments

Social Studies


Ms E Tyler


: Mrs J Mair



Mr C Scrimgeour


: Mrs J Scott



Miss C Forsyth

Te Reo Maori


Whaea N Hunt (Acting)

Visual Art


Mrs P Hansen

BEd Dip Tchng, BA

TTC Dip Tchng, Bus Dip


: Ms N Blackler BTchLn, NDBE, Dip Spec Subj.


: Mrs S Mohekey


MA (Hons), BA


: Ms M O’Donoghue BA, Dip Ed


: Mr J McCarten Adv Trade Cert


: Ms B Pomana-Whale


: Mrs T Collins


: Mrs J Lindsay

BSocWork(Hons), PGdipSocSS

School Address Palmerston North Girls’ High School Fitzherbert Avenue Palmerston North 4410 New Zealand


Telephone Fax Email Web

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+64 (06) 357 9194 +64 (06) 357 9193



Palmerston North Girls High School  

High School

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