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.

  • Our Head Girl Jennifer Marsh won two prizes in the 2020 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.
  • Melissa Bonilla Casanas was a Youth Member of Parliament for the Hon Michael Woodhouse in 2019. 
  • Hayley Everett  attended 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 attended the United Nations Youth Pacific Project Event in Australia and Vanuatu in 2019.
  • Freya Pettigrew went to New York to represent New Zealand at the Adobe Design Competition in 2019.
  • 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.
  • A junior team of students won the OST Extra Current Events Quiz.
  • Two students attended the prestigous Powering Potential Programme. 


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Prize list 2020
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