Achievement


Otago Girls' High School was the first state secondary school for girls in the Southern Hemisphere. We are proud of the young women of Dunedin who have achieved personal excellence since Otago Girls' was founded in 1870.

An unequalled tradition of success in educating girls has seen Otago GIrls' graduates become New Zealand's first women doctors, lawyers and judges; win Olympic and Commonwealth games medal, and gain international recognition in cuisine, music and the arts.

The following are a few of our amazing student achievements over the past year.

  • Jennifer Marsh placed 2nd equal overall in the Mānu Kōrero Speech Competition. She was 2nd in her impromptu speech and 3rd with her prepared speech. Both speeches were delivered in Maori.
  • Hayley Everett in Year 9 will attend Space Camp in the USA in July 2019.
  • Sam Couper in Year 13 was selected to attend the Asia Science Camp in China in 2019.
  • Sophia Niblock in Year 11 has been accepted in to the United Nations Youth Pacific Project Event in Australia and Vanuatu.
  • Freya Pettigrew in Year 11 won the Nation Wide ACA Design Competition and is off to New York to represent New Zealand at the Adobe Design Competition.
  • Rose Stevenson was selected as a  member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Symphony Orchestra.
  • Nikita Gibson was a finalist in the Vocal Solo section of the Gold Guitar Awards and also gained a number of highly commended awards.
  • Sabrina Swerdloff was selected to travel to Croatia to represent New Zealand at the World Schools' Debating Championships. 
  • Priyanka Poulton who won the regional final of the United Nations Association of New Zealand speech competition
  • Lucy Matehaere was selected to travel to Bulgaria to compete at the ICF Canoe Sprint Junior World Championships.
  • Ashleigh Allum spent three weeks representing Otago Girls’ High School as a participant in the 2018 Confucius Institute cultural camp in Wuhan, Beijing and Shanghai.
  • Anna Dawes won an ICAS English medal for being first in New Zealand in this examination.
  • Hayley Dick was selected to travel to New York and Europe with 'United Nations Youth New Zealand'
  • Erin Ford was accepted for the International Youth Science Forum in London.
  • Sarah de Vries and Rose Stevenson were second in the South Island Chamber Music Competition.
  • Tuihana Taiaroa-Smithies was selectded for the Shakespeare Glove Centre New Zealand Young Shakespeare Company to travel to London.
  • Hannah Matehaere was a member of the Under 16 New Zealand Basketball team.
  • Jade Middleditch was selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Football team.
  • Jenna Thorne was selected for the overall National Super Seven Team at the National Secondary Schools' Volleyball tournament.
  • Jenna Thorne was selected for the New Zealand Under 19 Volleyball team to travel to Vietnam. Hannah Moore was selected as the non-travelling reserve.
  • Hannah Moore and Taylor Thorne was named in the New Zealand Under 19 Development team.