James Hargest College

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James Hargest College
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6 and 288 Layard Street, Invercargill
Coordinates 46°23′25″S 168°23′01″E / 46.3904°S 168.3835°E / -46.3904; 168.3835Coordinates: 46°23′25″S 168°23′01″E / 46.3904°S 168.3835°E / -46.3904; 168.3835 (Senior)
46°23′27″S 168°21′44″E / 46.3907°S 168.3622°E / -46.3907; 168.3622 (Junior)
Type State Co-Educational Secondary (Year 7–13) with divided campuses
Established 1958
Ministry of Education Institution no. 552
Principal Andy Wood[1]
School roll 1922[2] (March 2016)
Socio-economic decile 8P[3]

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.[4] 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.

Junior campus[edit]

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.

Senior campus[edit]

The senior campus is much larger and has more students.[citation needed] 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.

Hargest Centre[edit]

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[edit]

During the early hours of Thursday 3 January 2013 the C Block was badly damaged by a deliberately lit fire.[5] 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 deliberately lit by two ex-students both 18 and 19 years of age. At this stage both accused offenders have been granted name suppression.[6]


School sports are popular and well established at Hargest. The school frequently shares inter school sporting competitions with rivals Logan Park High School in Dunedin and Gore High School in Gore.

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.[7] 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.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Forbes, Michael (5 November 2009). "New principal set for 'exciting and daunting' job". The Southland Times. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 18 April 2016". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-04-19. 
  3. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  4. ^ James Hargest College (from the Te Kete Ipurangi website. Accessed 11 September 2008.)
  5. ^ "Fire at city school". The Southland Times. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ex-Hargest students charged over fire". The Southland Times. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Forbes, Michael (25 August 2009). "'Exceptional' Hargest head rings bell on career". The Southland Times. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Cycling: Eddie Dawkins wins gold in men's sprint at World Cup". Television New Zealand. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "NZ men's cycling pursuit team snare silver". The Southland Times. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.