Open main menu

Christchurch Girls' High School in Christchurch, New Zealand, was established in 1877 and is the second oldest girls' secondary school in the country (Otago Girls' High School is older).[3]

Christchurch Girls' High School
Chch Girls High 009.JPG
Christchurch Girls' High School
Address
10 Matai Street


8011

New Zealand
Coordinates43°31′30″S 172°36′39″E / 43.5249°S 172.6109°E / -43.5249; 172.6109Coordinates: 43°31′30″S 172°36′39″E / 43.5249°S 172.6109°E / -43.5249; 172.6109
Information
TypeState Single Sex Girls' Secondary (Year 9–13) with boarding facilities.
MottoSapientia et Veritas "Wisdom and Truth"
Established1877
Ministry of Education Institution no.328
PrincipalChristine O'Neill (from 2019)
School roll1227[1] (March 2019)
Socio-economic decile9Q[2]
Website

Contents

HistoryEdit

Christchurch Girls' High School was established in 1877, four years before Christchurch Boys' High School. The first headmistress was Mrs. Georgiana Ingle (a daughter of Richard Deodatus Poulett-Harris and half-sister of Lily Poulett-Harris). The second principal Helen Connon (later Helen Macmillan Brown) is better known as she was the first woman in any British university to gain an Honours degree.

The school's original building on Cranmer Square, which was renamed the Cranmer Centre, features prominently in the 1994 film Heavenly Creatures based on the 1954 Parker–Hulme murder case involving two students.

The school featured in national and international news in 1972 when two students led a "walkout"[4][5] from school assembly to protest the inclusion of religion in school morning assemblies. At the time, schools in New Zealand were supposed to be secular but this was largely ignored and students were usually told to bring a note from their parents if they wanted to opt out of the religious component of school assemblies.

Present dayEdit

Christchurch Girls' High School, known to many as Girls' High or CGHS, provides boarding facilities for 95 students from years 9 to 13 at Acland House, located 20–30 minutes walk away from school.

The school stands by the Avon River, on a site it has occupied since 1986. Previously, the area was occupied by a mill that was first built in 1861 by William Derisley Wood, which became known as the Riccarton Mill.[6]

The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake had a large impact on the school: it caused extensive damage to the current site;[7] the old Cranmer Centre site was damaged so badly that it was later demolished – and the school's principal at the time, Prue Taylor, lost her husband Brian in the CTV Building collapse.[8]

CGHS was the first school to go into lock down during the Christchurch mosque shootings at approximately 1:52pm on 15 March 2019.

Pauline Duthie, previous principal of the school, was appointed in 2014 and stepped down on 4 March 2019. She will continue to be a principal at the school of Columba College in Dunedin.[9]

Christine O'Neill has been appointed as the new principal, and will take on her new role in the beginning of Term 3 (22 July 2019).

Notable alumnaeEdit

Notable staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ Lovell-Smith, Melanie (8 December 2001). "Cranmer Centre (Former Christchurch Girls High)". New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  4. ^ Sally Varnham. "'Getting Rid of Troublemakers': The Right to Education and School Safety – Individual Student vs School Community" (PDF). Austlii.edu.au. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "The Riccarton Mill before the business was transferred to Addington". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  7. ^ Structural Inspection Report – 24 June 2011[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Williams, David; Young, Rachel (10 February 2012). "CTV building's flaws went unnoticed". The Press. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  9. ^ Loughrey, David (29 November 2018). "New principal for Columba College". Otago Daily Times.
  10. ^ Gardner, W. J. "Alice Muriel Flora Candy". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  11. ^ a b Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Foster, Emily Sophia". www.teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  12. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Fairbairn, Eileen". www.teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  13. ^ "I wanted to know what they were saying". E-Tangata – A Māori and Pasifika Sunday magazine. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  14. ^ a b Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Gibson, Helena Fannie and Gibson, Mary Victoria". www.teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  15. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Henderson, Stella May". www.teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  16. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Grossmann, Edith Searle". www.teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  17. ^ Thomson, A.D. "Some Pioneer Women Graduates in Botany from Canterbury University College" (PDF). Centre for Studies on New Zealand Science History. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  18. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Lorimer, Margaret". www.teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  19. ^ a b "Pauline Parker". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  20. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Robinson, Christabel Elizabeth". www.teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  21. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Simpson, Myrtle May". www.teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  22. ^ Steward, By Ian (9 November 2009). "'Hum of lesbianism' at girls' school". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  23. ^ "Kate Edger | NZHistory, New Zealand history online". www.nzhistory.net.nz. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  24. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Henderson, Christina Kirk". www.teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  25. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Hurle, Leila Agnes Sophie". www.teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  26. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Young, Stephanie Grace". www.teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 15 May 2016.

External linksEdit