Southland Girls' High School

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Southland Girls' High School
Southland Girls High School logo.jpg
328 Tweed Street,
New Zealand
Coordinates 46°25′02″S 168°21′57″E / 46.4173°S 168.3659°E / -46.4173; 168.3659Coordinates: 46°25′02″S 168°21′57″E / 46.4173°S 168.3659°E / -46.4173; 168.3659
Type State, Girls, Secondary (Year 7-13) with boarding facilities at Enwood House
Motto Non Scholae Sed Vitae Discimus
Not for school but for life we are learning
Established 1879
Ministry of Education Institution no. 405
Principal Yvonne Browning
School roll 1129[1] (October 2014)
Socio-economic decile 5M[2]

Southland Girls' High School is a girls' secondary school in Invercargill, New Zealand. The 2005 NZQA report commended the school and staff for the very good practices and consistently high standards.[3]

The school admits a small number of international students. It consists of two main school blocks, one the former Tweedsmuir Junior High School. Students of all ages are mixed around the classrooms to involve all students thoroughly in school life, and one uniform is worn by all year levels. Two yearly musical dramas are produced in conjunction with Southland Boys' High School.

A new school gymnasium was officially opened in 2007 by Sport and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard.[4] The same year student teams won two national titles in synchronised swimming, with pupil Caitlin Anderson qualifying to represent New Zealand internationally.[5]

Notable alumnae[edit]

  • Jean Herbison, academic and educator
  • Clare Mallory, pseudonym of Winifred Constance McQuilkan Hall - children's writer and former dux of the school
  • Sheila Traill, has written and illustrated general and family histories as well as botanical and other works
  • Janetta McStay, at age 18 won a scholarship to study piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 5 November 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "2005 MNA School Assessment". New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Southland Girls High keeping active with new gym". New Zealand Government. 2007-07-26. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  5. ^ Andrews, Jerrie (11 December 2007). "2007 The Year In Southern College Sport". The Southland Times. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 

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