General Information

Otago Girls' High School welcomes enrolments at any time throughout the school year. Students can enrol from Year 9 through to Year 13.


All students at Otago Girls’ High School must wear full school uniform. The Otago Girls' High School Profile outlines the uniform in detail. The summer uniform includes a blue summer blouse, blue skirt and blazer; and the winter uniform includes a kilt, jersey, blazer and tie. A regulation school bag must be bought in Dunedin.


Under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students the school must ensure that leave to travel is only granted where it can be assured that the student will be supervised by approved adults and will be living in accommodation that meets the appropriate standard.

If students wish to travel out of Dunedin at any time they must complete a travel request form which must be approved by the Principal. Travel forms (domestic and international) must be fully completed, signed and received by the Principal at least 2 weeks prior to date of intended departure.  The Principal’s decision is final.

Please notify the home stay parent and the school if your daughter is to return home during the term breaks or before the end of the school term.

Eligibility for Health Services

Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If your daughter receives medical treatment during her visit, she may be liable for the full costs of that treatment.  Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at

Accident Insurance

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but your daughter may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at

Medical and Travel Insurance

International students (including group students) attending Otago Girls’ High School must have comprehensive medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand.

The insurance must begin one week before the date of your daughter’s departure from her home country until one week after her return. If you are arranging this insurance yourself, please forward a copy of the policy documents (translated into English) to the school when you forward the fees.

Otago Girls’ High School is able to arrange insurance for you from New Zealand.  Please advise us if your require insurance to be arranged.


Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website at


Otago Girls' High School has agreed to observe and be bound by the “Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students” published by NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority).   Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the NZQA website at

Student Contract

Each student will be asked to sign a contract agreeing to obey all school rules and to behave in an acceptable way both at school and in home stay.

If students do not meet school or home stay requirements, the Principal or Board of Trustees may decide to send them home. In this case no tuition fees will be refunded.