Celebrating Success Beyond School

Come and see what our students go on to do

Welcome to the Otago Girls’ High School Alumni Association, where the echoes of tradition meet the the future. Our commitment to fostering connections, celebrating achievements, and nurturing the legacy of Otago Girls’ High School is strong and growing.

At the heart of our association lies a dedication to preserving the bonds formed at Otago Girls’ High School. Through social events, networking opportunities, and shared experiences, we strive to keep the flames of friendship burning bright, spanning generations and transcending distance.

Membership within our association is not just an affiliation; it’s a testament to your commitment to improving Otago Girls’ High School. Whether you’re a parent, a student, a staff member, or simply a passionate advocate, your presence enriches our journey.

To join our alumni network and to receive our three alumni newsletters and event updates each year, simply reach out to us at admin@otagogirls.school.nz, and become part of a legacy that spans generations.

Welcome to the Otago Girls’ High School Alumni Association - where every voice finds resonance, and every story adds to the tapestry of our shared history.

 

Celebrating Success Beyond School

Georgia Pope: Achievements Since 2018

Post-High School Journey

After graduating in 2018, Georgia Pope enrolled in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program at Otago Polytechnic. She won the 2021 NZIA Southern Branch Student Award and a silver medal at the 2022 Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards for her Kaituna Wetland Project, gaining national attention and opportunities to speak at architectural events and work with the Dunedin City Council.

Upon graduating in 2021, Georgia worked as an architectural designer before returning to Otago Polytechnic in 2023 for a Masters of Architecture (Professional). She won gold at the 2023 Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards and had an essay published in the Otago Polytechnic Scope Magazine. On track to be the first female graduate architect from Otago Polytechnic, she now works part-time at Bell + Co Architecture.

Current Role

As a graduate architect at Bell + Co Architecture, Georgia blends creativity and technical skill. She designs high-end residential projects, produces 3D models and technical drawings, and collaborates on-site with engineers, builders, and clients. Her role allows her to push design boundaries and make a positive impact on the built environment.

Passion for the Role

Georgia loves the combination of creativity and practicality in her job, exploring innovative design solutions and creating meaningful, sustainable spaces. Seeing her designs come to life and positively affect people and the environment is incredibly rewarding.

High School Highlight

Georgia’s favorite high school moments were in the workshop during Hard Materials and Design and Visual Communications classes, inspired by her teacher, Mr. Pickard. These experiences sparked her passion for design and construction.

Advice to Her Younger Self

Georgia would tell her younger self to never let gender define her aspirations or resilience. Embrace uniqueness, break down barriers, and pursue goals with confidence and determination.