Westlake Girls High School

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Westlake Girls High School
Logo wghs2.jpg
2 Wairau Road
Auckland 0627
New Zealand

Coordinates 36°46′57″S 174°45′03″E / 36.7825°S 174.7508°E / -36.7825; 174.7508Coordinates: 36°46′57″S 174°45′03″E / 36.7825°S 174.7508°E / -36.7825; 174.7508
Funding type State
Motto Virtute Experiamur
(Let Courage Be Thy Test)
Established 1958 (1958) (co-ed), 1962 (single-sex)
Sister school Westlake Boys High School
Ministry of Education Institution no. 38
Principal Roz Mexted
Years offered 9–13
Gender Girls
School roll 2207[1] (July 2014)
Socio-economic decile 9[2]

Westlake Girls High School is a state single-sex girls secondary school, located on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand.

The school in the suburb of Takapuna, west of Lake Pupuke and adjacent to North Shore Hospital, the Auckland Northern Motorway, and the Northern Busway's Smales Farm station. Serving girls from Year 9 to Year 13 (age 12-18), Westlake Girls has a roll of 2237 students as of June 2011, making it New Zealand's eighth-largest school, and the country's largest single-sex girls school.[3]


The school has its origin in 1958, when it opened as a co-ed institution. In 1962 Westlake Girls' and Westlake Boys High School emerged as separate schools, though they maintain relations.

Westlake Girls and Boys[edit]

Physically merely a few hundred metres apart, Westlake Girls and Westlake Boys engage in an annual theatrical production together, several joint musical ensembles (including a joint choir, two orchestras, a concert band and a jazz band), and some social dances, among other things. The joint choir, "Choralation", has won the top award in the nation wide secondary schools choir competition The Big Sing for three years in a row, something never done before in the history of the competition. The two schools share a motto - Virtute Experiamur (Let Courage Be Thy Test).


Classes run Monday - Friday, four terms per year, usually beginning in late January/early February. Students attend a Form Class every morning from 8:45 - 9:05, during which time a roll check is performed. Two periods, 9:05 - 10:05 and 10:05 - 11:05 precede a morning break. From 11:25 - 12:25 Period 3 runs, followed by lunch. 1:15 - 2:15 and 2:15 - 3:15 are the last two periods of the school day. Year 13 students are permitted to leave the school grounds, are excused from wearing the school uniform. However, recently, year 13 will require to wear a senior uniform.They also receive study periods within their timetables.


  • Art - Art Design, Art History, Painting, Photography, Art Practical, Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Business Studies - Accounting, Accounting Introductory, Business Studies, Economics, Legal Studies
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • English - Alternative, NCEA, Cambridge, Bridging
  • Graphics & Design
  • Health
  • Information Technology - Computing, Information Technology, Introductory Computing
  • Languages - Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish
  • Mathematics - Statistics and Probability, Pure, Double, Extension, Alternative, Mathematics with Calculus, Mathematics Statistics & Modeling, Statistics in Practice
  • Media Studies
  • Music - General or Extension
  • Physical Education - General or Applied
  • Science - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General
  • Social Sciences - Classics, History, History Cambridge, Social Studies, Geography, Travel and Tourism
  • Technology - Fabric, Fabric Applied, Child Development, Food Technology, Hospitality, Hard Materials
  • Te Reo

Subject Information[edit]

This section is still being edited.

  • Art Design - Students who wish to take this course must choose it in Year 9. Students may be able to start this course in Year 10 (possibly Year 11 as well) if discussed with the Year 9 or 10 deans, and/or with the teacher in charge of this course.
  • Child Development - This course is only for one year (Year 12). Anyone can take this course because there are no prerequisites. By the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the practical care and education of infants and young children.
  • Health - Every student in Year 9 and 10 is required to take this course, it becomes optional from Year 11 onwards. Students may start this course again in Year 12 or 13. If they do, they will need to have 12 credits in English to be able to get in this course.
  • Travel and Tourism - This course begins in Year 12. However, students may begin this course in Year 13. There are no prerequisites for this course.


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 30 July 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  2. ^ Decile change 2007 to 2008 for state and state integrated schools
  3. ^ "New Zealand Schools - Education Counts". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 

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