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TGHS Welcome Welcome to Timaru Girls’, a school with a proud and respected tradition, but also one that is moving fast for the women of the future. We have a lot to offer any girl - one of our strongest attributes is that our school reflects real life - we have girls from a wide variety of backgrounds bringing and sharing a very wide pool of interests and skills with each other.

Contact Us: Cain Street
Timaru, Canterbury 7910
(03) 688 1122
Timaru Girls' High School We are a school of approximately 450 girls. The school has a boarding house right on the school site. Tradition is strong at our school and our school motto is "knowledge is power".

The girls are friendly, care about each other and welcome new girls to the school. Have a look at our vision and you’ll see what is important to us.

Extra Curricular You name it, we’ve probably got it – sports, culture and service opportunities. Coaches from the community and teachers generally coach most activities. There are plenty of opportunities here and also leadership opportunities.
The Hostel In the hostel you will get your own room. Of course there are rules so everyone is safe. The hostel is right on the school site so it is easy to walk to school (!) and there are services to help you get to sports practices, the bus station when you go home etc. You have to do homework in ‘prep’ each night.
Our Vision Girls' High girls will be happy, motivated and well prepared for the future.

We value personal excellence for every girl, individual achievement, and creativity. We believe it is best achieved within a single sex environment where learning styles specific to girls are understood and best catered for.

TGHS Maadi Cup Squad

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They say success doesn't come without a lot of effort and pain and nowhere is this more exemplified than with Timaru Girls High School's 2014 Maadi Cup Rowing Team. Training for this event began way back in September 2013 and continued unabated to the Maadi Cup event in March 2014. Three or four times a week these girls would depart Timaru at 5am to train at Lake Opuha, an hours journey away, often in attrocious weather conditions because their traditional rowing venue at Salt Water Creek in Timaru simply did not have enough water to accommodate rowing training. Behind these girls were their dedicated coaches, trainers and parents, always supporting and encouraging when the going got tough! There were also the weekends of missed social events, where training took precedence, the strains and sprains from aching muscles and of course, the tiredness from the huge effort needed just to get up to that competitive level. The rewards for all this effort? Supreme highs from being right up there with the best athletes in New Zealand and of course, the heart break when success or failure could be measured in milliseconds. The Maadi Cup itself, an event like no other, where at the end of the day, Rowing is the big winner and every person who has been involved in the cup is that much better for it. For TGHS, this was our most successful Maadi ever, with all the crews making their finals and the Under 16 Coxed Quads coming away with the Gold Medal.

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Christchurch OGA 2014 Report

Presidents Report – 2013/2014


During 2013 the Christchurch Branch of Timaru High School Old Girls’ Association continued to enjoy a variety of events that brought former pupils together to celebrate that one thing we have in common – our school.


Our AGM was held in early March here at the Mary Potter Community Centre with 24 attendees. Our guest speaker was Liz Reece from Age Concern Canterbury who gave us an engaging and encouraging presentation on the services provided by Age Concern and in particular her own role of co-coordinating the Accredited Visiting Service for this region.


We celebrated High Tea at The Casino on 19th May with 21 of us enjoying a waist-threatening array of sandwiches, savouries and cakes. It was at this event we presented to Principal Sarah Davis a Cup for the School’s annual Junior Prizegiving Ceremony for the Top Academic Student in Year 10.


On the 12th September 25 of us enjoyed a lavish Dinner at the Five Stars Vietnamese Restaurant in Ilam, an evening that left our tummies very full.


Our final event for the 2013 calendar year was our very popular Christmas Morning Tea at Eliza’s Manor where 30 members, including three guests from Timaru Branch, enjoyed a splendidly catered feast presented by our own Ann Zwimpfer.


Timaru Branch held their mid-winter luncheon at The Poplars on the 7th July and I attended this on behalf of our Branch. I also attended the Ashburton AGM and Supper on the 8th November.


During the year I made contact with several other “old girls associations” in the Canterbury area with the view of forming an affiliation; nothing too formal and more like a sharing of ideas. As a result of this Elizabeth Bills and I attended a Waitaki OGA Afternoon Tea on the 12th October at Kate Shepherd House. I am still in contact with Christchurch Girls High and awaiting further information as they are making some changes to their old girls’ branch structure.


I represented the Branch at the Senior Prizegiving at the School on the 6th November and also the Junior Prizegiving ceremony on the 10th December where I was invited to present the “Cultural, Sports and Special” Awards for Years 9 and10. This included the inaugural presentation of our donated cup for the Top Academic Student Year 10; the top of the Junior School. This was indeed a proud moment for our Branch.


2013 saw the 100 year anniversary of the splitting of the original combined Boys and Girls school. In 1913 the boys moved to their North Street site and the girls continued at Cain Street. Although we didn’t celebrate this anniversary here in Christchurch, it was recognised publicly at both schools, and the centenary of the forming of the Boys school coincided with the retirement of their Rector, Kevin O’Sullivan.


We sent our apologies to Dunedin, Waimate, Timaru, and Nelson/Marlborough Branches for their meetings during the year. As always, attending functions in other Branches is voluntary with an open invitation to all old girls nationwide. Information is generally held on the School website or you can contact me as I usually have a list of upcoming Branch functions.


During the year we welcomed four new members: Alison Davies; Margaret Eggleton; Bev Hurst; and Polly Hyndman-Porter. We also welcomed Alison Mareko back to the Branch. Sadly we also acknowledged the passing of two former ‘old girls’ of our Branch. Patty Lilley passed away in November 2012 and Anne Field during this past year.


Condolence cards were sent to several members of our Branch who lost members of their families during the year. We also acknowledge illness and hospitalisation when we are alerted to members suffering from any serious injury or ailment.


On a happier note we continued the practice of also sending a birthday card on behalf of our Branch to members celebrating a significant birthday during the year. According to our records we currently have one lady over the age of 90, another 15 over 80 and another six turning 80 this coming year. It is wonderful to see many of our senior ladies attending our meetings and we acknowledge their ongoing support. If you are aware of any significant occasions that should be recognised please do let your committee know as we love to remember and recognise our girls.


The Newsletter enclosed with the Annual Programme provides a summary of the upcoming year’s events and other activities. With the cost of mailing information to members we rely on the assistance of our team of Ringers to pass additional information as it comes to hand during the year. We encourage all girls to contact their Ringer or a Committee Member for any requests for information.


I extend my sincerest thanks to our Ringers again for their time and effort over the last year. Having additional Ringers reduces the pressure on those managing this task: Catherine Comber; Ruth Harwood; Christine Haythornthwaite; Heather Kelland; Neroli Marks; Tessa Molloy; and Jenny Roberts; along with Committee Members Elizabeth Bills; Valerie Elder; Lynne Myers; and Phil Phillips – thank you. Heather is handing in her ringing badge and we are looking to replace her.


My warmest thanks for the efforts and ongoing support of our Committee: Ngaire Robertson; Jo Geary; Elizabeth Bills; Lynne Myers; Phil Phillips; and Valerie Elder without whom our events would not be the success they are.


And a big thank you to all members for the contact and assistance you have provided to me over the past year.


I wish our Association all the very best for the coming 12 months.



Helen McCaul


Christchurch Branch

Timaru High School/Old Girl’s Association


2nd March 2014


Maadi Cup Rowing Gold for TGHS Team

The Timaru Girls’ Under 16 Quad (consisting of Tarina Crampton, Tayla Brown, Michaela Watt, Madison Gillespie and Brooke Clemett (cox)) with the training and guidance of their coaches Dan Kelly and Aleeshia Wilson, became the National Secondary Schools Under 16 Quad champions and winners of the Bethlehem cup by 0.42 seconds over their rivals in the 2014 Maadi Cup held on Lake Ruataniwha near Twizel. This is another special moment in Timaru Girls' High Schools fine sporting tradition and ranks right up there amongst the best with it being our first ever national Rowing Title! As any rowing competitor will tell you that success at this level is only achieved through a lot of hard work and pain so congratulations to all our rowers on a very successful Maadi Cup.

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TGHS Board of Trustees Governance Manual

A draft version of the Board of Trustees Governance Manual has been uploaded to our website so that the Timaru Girls' High School wider community can view it and give feedback to our Board of Trustees. The document can be found at this link. Our BOT Chairperson is Mrs Michelle Martin who can be contacted by email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


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