Wellington Girls' College
|Wellington Girls' College
Te Kāreti Kōtiro O Te Whanga-Nui-A-Tara
Wellington Girls' College from Pipitea Street
|Type||State Single Sex (Girls) Secondary School (Year 9-13)|
|Motto||Lumen Accipe et Imperti
"Take the light and pass it on"
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||272|
|School roll||1413 (July 2017)|
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.
In 1925 the Wellington East Girls' College was established to serve the southern and eastern suburbs.
- Fleur Adcock – poet
- Sylvia Ashton-Warner – writer, poet and educator
- Nellie Euphemia Coad – teacher, community leader, writer
- Anne French – editor and poet
- Robin Hyde – poet, novelist, biographer and journalist
- Luamanuvao Winnie Laban – politician
- Annabel Langbein – celebrity cook, food writer and publisher
- Katherine Mansfield – writer
- Trish McKelvey – cricketer
- Elizabeth McRae – actor
- Melissa Moon – athlete
- Marjory Nicholls – poet
- Anna Paquin – actress
- Jenny Pattrick – author
- Rebecca Perrott – swimmer
- Beverley Randell – children's author
- Jo Randerson – writer, playwright, theatre director and performer
- Margaret Shields – politician
- Fran Walsh – screenwriter and film producer
- Ella Wilks – actor
- Bridget Williams – publisher
- Edith Searle Grossmann – novelist and journalist
- Edith Howes — head of the junior department (1917-19)
|1883–1900||Miss M G Hamilton|
|1900–1926||Miss Mary 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|
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