Timaru Girls' High School

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Timaru Girls' High School
Timaru Girls' High School
Cain Street, Timaru, New Zealand
Coordinates 44°24′19″S171°14′40″E / 44.4054°S 171.2445°E / -44.4054; 171.2445
TypeState, Girls, Secondary (Year 9–15), with boarding facilities
Motto Latin: Scientia Potestas Est
"Knowledge is Power"
Ministry of Education Institution no. 361
PrincipalDeb Hales
School roll435 [1] (February 2024)
Socio-economic decile6N [2]
Website timarugirls.school.nz

Timaru Girls' High School is a secondary school in Timaru, New Zealand, founded in 1880. Timaru Girls' High provides education for girls aged between 13–18 years of age (class levels – years 9 to 13). It also has a boarding facility within the school grounds for pupils not living in Timaru itself and also caters for international students. The school motto is Scientia Potestas Est – Knowledge is Power. The school is a stone's throw away from the Catholic Roncalli College.



The school has 4 colour houses named after New Zealand native flowers and each student is put into one of them to encourage team spirit.
The colours are:

There are several House events per year, Swimming Sports, Athletics, Cross Country, Aitkens and Waters Cup Day and House Choirs

Notable alumnae


In September 2011, a school girl wanted to support the country's Blue Friday, a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer. She was banned from supporting it because students were only allowed to support female causes, even though the girl's own grandfather had died from this cancer. This raised issues in the newspapers [3]

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  1. "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 14 March 2024.
  2. "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. Filipe, Katarina (3 September 2011). "School 'only supports female causes'". The Timaru Herald . Retrieved 22 November 2011.