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Christchurch Girls’ High School – Tomorrow’s inspired leaders today

Christchurch Girls’ High School (CGHS) has a 143-year history of educating young women. Its current site on the banks of the Ōtākaro Avon River is significant to both Ngāi Tahu and early European settlers, and this is reflected in the Māori name gifted to the school by Ngāi Tahu – Te Kura o Hine Waiora, meaning ‘the place where the waters nurture our girls in their education’.

Two or more generations of many families have attended the school, with daughters following in the footsteps of their sisters, mothers, aunts, or grandmothers. Despite its longevity, the school deems that part of its tradition is being untraditional – female principals had been educating young women at CGHS for over twenty years before New Zealand granted women the right to vote. 

The school’s current challenge is to ensure that it honours its traditions and legacy, while building on its history of innovation to empower and inspire the development of 21st century lifelong learners.

“We acknowledge the school is at a crossroads in terms of using our past to launch us into a 21st century future rather than an anchor to hold us back in a different time with different needs.” – Christchurch Girls’ High School Education Brief

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