Wellington Girls' College
|Wellington Girls' College
Te Kāreti Kōtiro O Te Whanga-Nui-A-Tara
|Wellington Girls' College from Pipitea Street
Lumen Accipe et Imperti
"Take the light and pass it on"
|Type||State Single Sex (Girls) Secondary School (Year 9-13)|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||272|
|School roll||1325 (July 2014)|
Wellington Girls' College was founded in 1883 in Wellington New Zealand. At that time it was called Wellington Girls' High School. Wellington Girls' College is a year 9 to 13 state secondary school, located in Thorndon in central Wellington.
Seeing a need for higher education for girls the founding fathers of Wellington College leased a building in Abel Smith Street in 1882 and appointed Miss Martha Hamilton as the Lady Principal of the school. It opened on 2 February 1883 with 40 students. However, by the end of its first year the roll increased to almost 100 girls, and when the Premier, the Rt. Hon. Robert Stout visited the school in 1884 the building was overcrowded with 130 students. As a result of his visit the school was moved to its current site in Pipitea Street.
- Fleur Adcock - Poet
- Sylvia Ashton-Warner - writer, poet and educator
- Nellie Euphemia Coad - Teacher, community leader, writer
- Anne French - Editor and poet
- Robin Hyde - South African born poet, novelist, biographer and journalist
- Luamanuvao Winnie Laban - Member of Parliament
- Annabel Langbein - Celebrity cook, food writer and publisher
- Katherine Mansfield - Writer
- Trish McKelvey - Cricketer
- Elizabeth McRae - Actress
- Melissa Moon - Long-distance runner, 2001 New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year
- Marjory Lydia Nicholls - Poet
- Anna Paquin - Actress: Best Supporting Oscar for The Piano and on HBO Series True Blood
- Jenny Pattrick - Author
- Rebecca Perrott - Swimmer
- Beverley Randell - Children's author
- Jo Randerson - writer, playwright, theatre director and performer
- Margaret Shields - Minister of Women's Affairs and Chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council
- Fran Walsh - Academy Award-winning screenwriter and film producer
- Ella Wilks - Actress
|1883 - 1900||Miss M G Hamilton|
|1900 - 1926||Miss M McLean|
|1926 - 1938||Miss V M Greig|
|1938 - 1950||Miss E M North|
|1950 - 1958||Miss M J Clark|
|1958 - 1978||Miss B Fraser|
|1978 - 1995||Mrs E C Barnett|
|1995||Mrs K D Kelly (Acting)|
|1995 - 1996||Miss N R Newton|
|1996 - 1997||Mrs K D Kelly (Acting)|
|1997 - 2006||Ms Marg McLeod|
|2006 - 2007||Mrs Denise Johnson (Acting)|
|2008–present||Ms Julia Davidson|
- "Directory of Schools - as at 30 July 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-08-02.
- "Education Review Report: Wellington Girls' College 25/05/2009". Education Review Office. 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
- "School Ties Newsletter". School Ties (14). May 2010.
- "School Ties Newsletter". School Ties (15). November 2010.
- "School Ties Newsletter". School Ties (16). December 2012.
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