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 2023 Amelia Zhang was awarded a Merit Award at the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards and 2nd place in HETTANZ.
  • In 2023 Harriet Thompson won a silver medal in the U18 single at Maadi Cup. She was also named a trialist for the U19 New Zealand rowing team in 2023.
  • In 2023 Catherine Lund competed at the Australian Cross Country Championships in Bathurst in the U20 event aged only 17 at the time. Catherine's 27th placing was the highest placing for any NZ athlete in any event at this meeting. Not only was Catherine the first NZ athlete to finish she also finished ahead of the entire Australian team. 
  • In 2023 The Burberry Scarves placed first in the Otago Regional Finals of the 2023 Smokefree Rockquest. Both the Burberry Scarves (Maya Satake, Maisie Kirk, Rata Wiliams and Jenna Fahey) and Kidole (Meg Allison, Jaimie Minhinnick, Melitiana White, Amelia Phipps-Green and Eve Lester) were named in the top twelve bands in Otago and were selected to perform at the Otago Regional final in June.
  • In 2023 Fortress, the combined OGHS and OBHS choir, performed at the Big Sing Cadenza. One of only 12 South Island choirs to be chosen to perform. The choir was awarded a silver medal. 
  • In 2023 our combined OGHS and OBHS jazz band, All Blues, won a silver award at the Dunedin Youth Jazz Festival Band Competition. 
  • In 2023 Beth O'Connor was jointly presented the Gillette Venus Young Player of the Year at the ANZ Cricket Awards in Auckland. 
  • In 2023 Sophie Beaumont competed at the Junior Girls' Singles Darts Championship and placed first. Sophie was selected and named captain of the Junior Girls' Tournament Team and went on to lead the team to win the Junior Girls' Team Competition. 
  • In 2023 Lyvia Nilsen was selected into the New Zealand Diving Team for Junior Elite. She competed at the South Island Diving Championships and placed first overall in 1m and 3m springboard events. 




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