Palmerston North Girls' High School

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Palmerston North Girls' High School
Te Kura Kōhine o Papaioea
Fitzherbert Avenue
Palmerston North 4410
New Zealand
Coordinates 40°22′03″S 175°37′06″E / 40.3676°S 175.6184°E / -40.3676; 175.6184Coordinates: 40°22′03″S 175°37′06″E / 40.3676°S 175.6184°E / -40.3676; 175.6184
Type Single-sex secondary school for girls (Year 9-13)
Motto Semper Sursum
'Ever Upwards'
Established 1902
Ministry of Education Institution no. 203
Principal Karene Biggs
School roll 1233[1] (July 2017)
Socio-economic decile 8P[2]

Palmerston North Girls' High School is a secondary school for girls, located in the suburb of Hokowhitu in the city of Palmerston North, New Zealand.


The main entrance of the school is located on Fitzherbert Avenue, near the Victoria Esplanade. Adjacent to the north are Huia Street and tennis courts. Behind the school is Manawaroa/Ongley Park.


In 1902, Palmerston North High School was a co-ed secondary school created with an initial roll of 84 students (40 boys and 44 girls). The first classes were held at St Andrews Presbyterian Church Sunday School hall.

In 1912, Palmerston North High School was split into two single-sex schools: PNGHS and PNBHS.

School houses[edit]

Palmerston North Girls' High School is divided into four houses. On enrolment, students are placed in a house at random, or into a house with family ties if possible. Staff are also placed in the houses. Each house is named after a former principal of the school.

The house names and colours are as follows:

Colours Name

The student councils organise events, many of which contribute to the inter-house competition and points towards the award of the Nash Cup.


At the September 2010 Education Review Office (ERO) review, Palmerston North Girls' High School had 1202 students enrolled, including 22 international students. 64 percent of students identified as New Zealand European (Pākehā), 17 percent identified as Māori, three percent as Pacific Islanders, and 16 percent as another ethnicity.[3]

Palmerston North Girls' High School has a socio-economic decile of 8 (step P), meaning it draws its school community from areas of moderately-low socioeconomic disadvantage when compared to other New Zealand schools. This changed from decile 9 (step Q) at the beginning of 2015, as part of the nationwide review of deciles following the 2013 census.[2]

Notable alumnae[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Palmerston North Girls' High School Education Review". Education Review Office. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Hockey: Georgia Barnett". Retrieved 27 September 2016. 

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