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 medals, and gain international recognition in cuisine, music and the arts.

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

  • In 2021 Hetty Finney Waters won the Charles Brasch Essay Competition for Secondary and Tertiary students.
  • In 2021 Carinn Gaspar in Year 13 won two prizes in the International Code Games Challenge 2020/Senior Division. Best In Class -- Written Game Design Document, and Best In Class -- Written Game Design Document, Exploration Theme.
  • In 2021 Becky de la Harpe won the U19 South Island Secondary Schools’ Triathlon.
  • In 2020 Jennifer Marsh won two prizes in the Race Unity Speech Competition. The prizes were the Tohu Manukura i te Reo – Māori Language Commission Award for te Reo Māori and the Tohu Eke Panuku – Human Rights Commission Award for Impact.
  • Otago Girls' were finalists in the Zayed Sustainability Prize and two students attended the prizegiving in Dubai in 2020.
  • 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.
  • In 2020 Hannah Matehaere was named as a reserve in the New Zealand Junior Tall Ferns basketball team..
  • Casey Halcrow won the Otago Settlers' Association Schools' Essay Competition.
  • Hannah Mateheare attended the prestigous Powering Potential Programme in 2020.


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Prize list 2021
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