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Wellington Girls’ College is an all girls state high school with a roll of 1450 students including 60 international students from Asia and Europe.  We enrol students from Year 9 (13 years old) – Year 13 (18 years old).  Wellington Girls’ College has a long-standing reputation of excellent teaching and extra-curricular programmes and our national examination results are consistently amongst the top results for state high schools in NZ.  There is a strong demand for places for New Zealand and overseas students at Wellington Girls’ College.

Students in Years 9 – 12 wear uniform, Year 13 students do not wear uniform.

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Staff:  Wellington Girls’ College has an experienced team of staff responsible for the academic and pastoral well-being of students.  International staff are based in the International House and have daily contact with students.  We have teaching staff fluent in Chinese and German and first language advisors available when needed.

Heather Twigg, International Director: Responsible for marketing, enrolment and the overall pastoral care of students. 

Sandra Smith, Head of English Language: Responsible for academic programmes and English language programmes.  

Jane O'Malley: English language teacher.  

Hali Balfoort, Homestay Manager: Responsible for homestay placements and support, assists with visa renewals and insurance claims.  

Mandy Chen,  International Administration and Chinese language support: Assists with, administration, visa renewals, Mandarain and Cantonese language support

Kaye Johnson, HOD Careers: Responsible for careers and tertiary planning advice. 


Location: The college is conveniently located in the heart of Wellington, three minutes' walk from the transport centre and from government, five minutes' walk from central city shopping. 

Wellington has New Zealand’s best public transport system and most students go to and from Wellington schools by bus or train.  The WGC campus is just 3 minutes' walk from the transport hub so getting around is easy and convenient.

Sports:  Over 850 students at WGC are involved in sport and our top teams and individuals compete at a national level.  There is a wide range of sporting activities and teams from beginner to elite level. The main sports season is April – August, during the winter season. Click here for more information about WGC sports.  WGC Sport

Clubs: Drama, music, debating, cultural activities and clubs are an important part of daily life outside the classroom and students are encouraged to join extra activities during their time at school.  Each year there are one or two major drama productions.  We have a variety of choirs and orchestra groups which practise and perform throughout the year. Click here for more information about WGC Music.  Music at WGC

Facilities: Wellington Girls’ College occupies a small campus surrounded by diplomatic, commercial and residential buildings.  The school has modern equipment and teaching spaces and makes good use of modern technologies including WIFI throughout the school.   In addition to our own gymnasiums and sports field we have easy access to city facilities for practice and competition.  The International Programme is based in the International House with English Language classrooms, staff offices, kitchen facilities, Wifi and computer access.

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