Otago Girls' High School has a dedicated team of teachers who look after the creative strengths and talents of each girl and seek to develop these. The following is a list of some of the cultural activities available to students.
Our school is highly acclaimed throughout New Zealand for its choirs, especially the Southern Hesperides. There are always places in these choirs for new students. Rehearsals and performances continue throughout the year.
Instrumental Music : Orchestra
Otago Girls' High School and Otago Boys' High School have a large combined orchestra that plays at school and civic functions.
A number of students from Otago Girls' High School go to the Otago Boys' High School each week to rehearse for the symphonic band which gives concerts and tours on occasions to other South Island centres.
Other Musical Opportunities
Chamber music groups, string quartets, jazz bands, rock bands and a junior band are all part of the music scene at Otago Girls' High School. Lessons are available for individual students and small groups in brass instruments, strings, woodwind, piano, drums, guitar and singing.
During the second term of each year Otago Girls' High School and Otago Boys' High School produce a musical. The most recent productions were "Pop Stars","Fiddler on the Roof" and "Back to the 80s".
During the third term of each year 80 to 90 junior students put on an entertaining show for parents, friends, teachers and neighbouring schools.
Students from Otago Girls' High School regularly compete in the annual SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival in the first term, performing in five or fifteen minute scenes.
Each winter 80 to 100 students take part in the Stage Challenge competition. Many of these students are from Years 9 and 10. Otago Girls' was the Regional Winner of Stage Challenge in 2012 and 2013 and second in 2015. In 2107 we won numerous individual awards and most importantly the award for student leadership.
The school is well known for its strong Kapa Haka group, Wairua Puhou. This group welcomes visiting groups to the school and performs at provincial and national events.
The school has a strong Pacific Islands group that meets regularly and performs each year at school functions and at local festivals.
Public Speaking and Debating
Otago Girls' High School plays an enthusiastic and successful role in debating and public speaking competitions locally and nationally. All students take part in public speaking and interclass debating. The debating team meets during Terms 1, 2 and 3, while the public speaking group meets all year round. Speech lessons are available for individual students.
There are many opportunities for young writers to join the publishing club, enter competitions, or write articles for the school magazine or newsletter.
Art and Photography
Our school has always experienced success in local and national art competitions including the Ilford Shield for Photography, the Smoke Free Art Awards, the Telecom Awards and the National Portrait Competition. Each year senior art students hold an art exhibition "Portfolio" at the Dunedin Community Gallery.