James Hargest College
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|James Hargest College|
|6 and 288 Layard Street, Invercargill
|Type||State Co-Educational Secondary (Year 7–13) with divided campuses|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||552|
|School roll||1881 (November 2013)|
James Hargest College is a large school of about 1,950–2,000 students, in Invercargill, New Zealand. The majority of students are New Zealand European, but there are some Māori and Asians. The school caters for students from year 7–13.
The school is divided into two campuses, known as James Hargest Junior Campus (Year 7–8) and James Hargest Senior Campus (Year 9–13). The campuses are at opposite ends of Layard Street, and are separated by about a 15-minute walk.
James Hargest College is named after Brigadier-General James Hargest.
James Hargest Junior Campus was formerly known as Rosedale Intermediate School until it became part of the former James Hargest High School to make James Hargest College as part of the Ministry of Education review of schools in 2004. Other intermediate schools in the city merged with the newly formed James Hargest Junior Campus, increasing the school's roll and stretching resources. Because of this, a new technology block has been built, and several new classrooms have been built since the merge. There are over 25 homeroom classrooms. The subjects in the New Technology Block include Science, Art, Woodwork, Foods & Textiles technology, and an ICT & Media Suite.
The senior campus is much larger and has more students. The school has a very new, modern, NZ$2.2 million library, officially opened in 2004 which also includes the Guidance and Careers Centre. The library has a classroom with desks, computers and an Interactive Whiteboard, as well as a reading room where students can browse the library's collection of magazines, newspapers and many books. There are also DVD movies available for hire.
- A Block – Administration Block. Contains Main Office, Hall, Student Administration, Deans and heads offices.
- C Block – Commerce and Food and Fabrics Department. Subjects taught here Information Technology, Economics, Childcare and Development, Food Technology and Fashion and Design. Block was badly damaged by fire on 3 January 2013 – The block was torn down to be rebuilt, yet it is now nearing completion.
- G Block – Gyms 1–3 are all located and are used for teaching Physical Education, as well as Sports at lunchtime.
- M Block – Used For Teaching and Practising Music.
- N Block – Extra "prefab" Classrooms used for teaching Mathematics.
- P Block – P1 is used for Physical Education and Health Education. P2 and P3 are used for teaching English. P4 is the Year 13 Common room. P5 and P6 are also used for teaching English, and Drama.
The Hargest Centre is a large building at the senior campus. The large gymnasium viewing gallery is popular with students who often go there to watch interclass sports at lunch break. There is a cafeteria at the centre, where students can purchase their lunch, and there are tables for the older students to eat indoors.
C Block Fire
During the early hours of Thursday 3 January 2013 the C Block was badly damaged by a deliberately lit fire.  The block was currently undergoing major renovations and fortunately most of the equipment in the block such as computers and servers had been removed months prior to the fire. On 15 January 2013 it was revealed that the fire was deliberatly lit by two ex-students both 18 and 19 years of age. At this stage both accused offenders have been granted name suppression. 
Students can partake in a very wide variety of sports to represent the school, and there are often notices for tryouts in provincial sports teams.
Everyone at Hargest is placed into a school house. These are Menzies (green), Watson (blue), Thompson (red) and Hamilton (yellow). Near the beginning of each school year, the four houses compete for points at an athletics competition at Surrey Park Athletics Park, next to Stadium Southland.
On 24 August 2009, Paul O'Connor, who had been Principal since 1993, announced his resignation from the role due to retirement. He remained principal until the end of 2009. On 5 November 2009, Andy Wood was announced as Paul O'Connor's successor in the role. Wood was principal of Central Southland College in nearby Winton. Wood was also deputy principal of the college from 1982 to 2003. He began in the role in the first term of 2010.
- Steven Broad – New Zealand Idol contestant
- Nathan Cohen – Olympic champion and two-time world champion rower
- Eddie Dawkins – Gold medal at 2010 Cycling World Cup, silver at 2011 Cycling World Cup
- Christine French – first woman appointed High Court judge in the South Island
- Jon Gadsby – comedian
- Kali Kopae – New Zealand Idol contestant
- Suzanne Prentice – country singer
- Bonnie Soper – actress on Shortland Street
- Storm Uru – Olympic rower
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