Our Community

Founded in 1877, Christchurch Girls’ High School benefits greatly from over 140 years of proud educational achievement. The second oldest single sex girls’ school in New Zealand, Christchurch Girls’ High School is the largest girls’ high school in Christchurch and one of the most successful schools nationally.

Community is the backbone of school. Christchurch Girls’ High School is enriched by the strong sense of connectedness between school and community. Students, staff, parents/caregivers and Old Girls all interact purposefully with the school. Links are deliberately forged with organisations, agencies and businesses beyond the school grounds.

The student body is drawn predominately from Christchurch but, because of the boarding element, students also come from across the South Island and the Chatham Islands. As a Decile 9 school, an enrolment scheme and zone have been in place since 2000.

One of the many ways our community keeps informed about events is through the school newsletters. 

The Christchurch High School Old Girls’ Association was founded in 1900. The aim of the Association is to foster and keep alive amongst past and present pupils and staff, a remembrance of the school and Acland House, and to take an active interest in their welfare. It endorses the school philosophy, which believes that academic achievement should be encouraged, love of learning should be nurtured, and young women should be empowered to make the best use of their opportunities and talents.

The Association has members in Christchurch and 7 branches throughout New Zealand. It administers the Memorial Prizes, presented to keep alive the memory of past teachers and students, and has made many other contributions to the school and Acland House over the years.

Staying connected through the Old Girls’ Association provides:

The opportunity to renew and continue school and boarding friendships; Continued contact with the school community, news, activities and support for the future of the school; Links with branches throughout the country.

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The Christchurch Girls’ High School PTA would like to extend a very warm welcome to the school community.

The PTA is active in providing a link between staff, parents and the Board of Trustees.

While the bulk of our funds are received from your PTA donation, we do organise fundraising and community events throughout the school year. All funds received are used to support your daughter’s school activities inside and outside the classroom. In the past, funds have been used for projects like the lunchroom upgrade, providing outdoor seating, and travel subsidies for teams and groups representing their school.  In addition the PTA runs the popular second-hand uniform sales and sells school blankets and umbrellas.

The PTA meets monthly (usually the first Monday of the month) and it is a great time to meet other parents and get to know them.

We invite you to join us at our meetings and you can be assured of a very warm welcome.

Email pta@cghs.school.nz for more information or to register interest in joining the group.

For general correspondence email:  admin@cghs.school.nz

To contact the Board directly email:  bot@cghs.school.nz

2019 Annual Report



Julian Bowden [Chair]

Jennifer Goldsmith [Deputy Chair]

Rodney Booth [Parent Representative]

Sally Nicholas  [Parent Representative]

Brian Northern (Parent Representative]

Rosalind (Ros) Robertson  [co-opted Parent Representative]

Yo Gulliver [co-opted Parent Representative]

Alastair Blyth [Staff Trustee]

Isla Clarkson [Student Trustee]

Christine O’Neill  [Principal]

BOT Times and Dates

Meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 5pm in room 115, behind the school library.

Note: There is a 15 minute public forum at the start of each meeting which parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

"Christchurch Girls' High School is enriched by the strong sense of connectedness between school and community."