Vision statement


Inspire ~ Empower ~ Challenge ~ Dream

After a thorough consultation process involving parents, staff, board and students, the Otago Girls’ High School Board of Trustees adopted a new Vision statement at the end of 2018.  Our vision is that we work together as a school community to inspire, empower and challenge our learners so that they have the desire, the ability and the capacity to not only dream, but to realise those dreams.  This vision is why we do what we do.  Work will continue in 2019 on further defining and articulating this vision and finalising the principles that will outline how we will do what we do.  Underpinning our vision and principles are our core values of Respect (kia whakaute), Positivity (kia hihiri) and Integrity (kia pono) as defined by our Positive Behaviour for Learning framework. These three elements: our values, our vision and our principles inform and shape the programmes of teaching and learning that occur both inside and outside the classroom. This is what we do.  

Student, staff and community consultations make it clear that we should strive for the highest possible achievement.  Hauora (physical, mental and emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing) is essential to achieve this goal and we are incorporating health and wellbeing content into all elements of the school’s operation.

Respect is central to our vision.  Respect for yourself encompasses the values of positivity and integrity while respect for others encompasses the values of empathy, inclusiveness, friendship, fairness, acceptance of diversity and valuing learning.  We value the place and contribution of Māori, particularly Kai Tahu our manawhenua.  We also respect our global community, and have welcomed increasing numbers of international and former refugee students to our school in recent years. We participate actively in our communities and look after our environment as evidenced by our gaining Green-Gold enviroschools status in 2017 and our participation in outreach programmes.

We are working towards a better future not just for our children but for all things and for all time; kaitiakitaka. We operate from a framework of positive behaviour for learning and restorative practice.

Mā te mātauraka ka tū teitei te tōtara

Through education the totara tree will stand tall

Recti cultus pectora roborant

The right education makes the heart as strong as oak

Head Prefect Ella Roony
Rose Stevenson - Head Prefect

Education Goals - Connect, learn, grow

We seek to provide an inclusive learning environment that fosters individual excellence and a love of learning. There is an emphasis on skills as well as knowledge.  E-learning facilitates and enriches our learning and digital citizenship is a key component of our programmes.  We encourage competence in literacy and numeracy.  We engage in meaningful health and wellbeing education.  Second language learning is strongly encouraged and six languages are offered.  We provide a range of exciting and relevant learning experiences outside the classroom.

Students engage in a well-rounded education.  They are encouraged to participate and contribute in sporting and cultural activities to complement their academic success.  Students also have opportunities to develop social and leadership skills, with older students supporting and helping younger students. The House system, implemented in 2014, and Peer Support Programme provide such opportunities.  In 2018 we adopted a vertical form structure to enhance student belonging and wellbeing.  Students engage in meaningful career education programmes. Partnerships with local enterprises, schools, tertiary institutions and community organisations enhance career related learning experiences.

Classrooms are vibrant, exciting and supportive learning environments.  Teachers foster positive learning relationships with students.  They endeavour to know each learner and to develop programmes relevant to them.  Students must know why they are learning and be able to make links to prior learning.  Teachers focus on strategies that will develop life-long independent learners with good research skills.  The school operates as a Teaching and Learning Community.  In 2019 there will be an increased focus on innovation and future focused learning with the introduction of iTime and an emphasis on integration and collaboration between departments and teachers.

Strategic Goals 2019-2021

To continue to improve academic achievements of all students.

  1. To ensure every student enjoys and is recognised for their success and to capitalise on this success in all aspects of their learning.

  2. To value the contribution and achievement of students from all ethnic groups while maximizing the retention and achievement of Māori and Pasifika students.

  3. To provide a future focused learning environment that encourages independence, innovation and collaboration.

  4. To give all students the skills to take their place effectively in the global community.

  5. To promote health and wellbeing among the school community.

  6. To use positive behaviour strategies to support learning.

Type of School

Single Sex Urban State Secondary School for Girls

Decile: 8