Dear Parents & Caregivers

Kia ora whanau
In response to voice from students, parents and staff, we are currently undertaking a uniform review. The Uniform Review committee consists of parents, staff and students from a range of ethnic backgrounds and across both senior and junior school. 
From the voice we have gathered to date, the most important factors we need to consider when making decisions about our uniform are: cost, style, comfort, durability, and protecting our school brand.

Rather than having both a winter and summer uniform, we would like to offer the girls a range of options from which they can choose to wear on any given day. These items would include: a skirt, short and long sleeved blouses, long trousers, jersey, cardigan, blazer, jacket, and socks and shoes or sandals. Students could purchase some or all of the above items.

Rather than students changing into an entirely new uniform in Year 13, we propose this change is made in Year 12, ensuring students get value for money by wearing the new uniform for two years. Year 13s will have an option of a new cardigan as a point of difference.

Early next term, we will be showing the students the proposed new uniform. We expect to make a final decision towards the end of May. Any changes would roll out over a period of three years.

2019 2020 2021
All Year 9 students in new uniform Year 9 & 10 students in new uniform All students in new uniform
Year 10, 11 & 12 – new uniform optional Year 11 students – new uniform optional  
All Year 13 students
in new uniform
Year 12 & 13 students in new uniform  
Once a final decision is made regarding uniform changes, we will no longer be selling second hand uniform items from our current uniform.

Wishing you all a very happy holiday and enjoy the special time with your family. I look forward to seeing you again in Term Two.

Catherine Bentley


Friday 13 April
Sports Assembly
End of Term One

Monday 30 April
Term Two Starts


CONTACT DETAILS                              

If you have had any changes to your contact details (address, phone, email or emergency contact details) please contact the School Office so we are able to update our records. It is particularly important for the School Office to have current contact details in case of an emergency.

Friday 26 January - Friday 13 April

Tuesday 6 February
Waitangi Day

Friday 30 March
Good Friday

Monday 2 April
Easter Monday

Tuesday 3 April
Easter Tuesday

Monday 30 April - Friday 6 July

Monday 4 June
Queen's Birthday

Monday 23 July - Friday 28 September

Monday 3 September
Teacher Only Day

Monday 15 October - Monday 10 December

Friday 19 October
Hawke's Bay Anniversary

Monday 22 October
Labour Day


New Zealand Under 21 Canoe Polo Team
Congratulations Hayley Cameron who has been named in the NZ U21 Canoe Polo Worlds Team to play at the World Champs in Canada in August this year.  A fantastic achievement of which to be extremely proud.


Congratulations Asher Grapes who is a member of the Under 17 Ikaroa Ki Te Raki Maori Netball team. She recently played in an Under 19 Netball Tournament  and was named as a member of the Tournament Team with 3 of the 10 players named playing for the Pulse franchise. Asher is also a trialist at a camp for the Aotearoa Maori Netball team.
Swimming Success
Congratulations to Year 12 student, Kate Allen who has had a number of swimming successes.
1. NZ Secondary Schools Open Water Champs, representing Hastings Girls’ High School
1 km - Gold
2.5 km - Gold
5 km - Bronze
2. EPIC Swim
1 km - Gold
2.5 km - Bronze
3. NZ Open water Champs 5 km  
5th in NZ
4. Ocean Swim series - Capital Classic - 3.3km
5. Across Lake Taupo Swim
1st Female overall in a time of 58 mins. 1st female youth. 

The Senior Volley Ball team competed in the Open Tournament in Napier on Friday 2 March and Saturday 3 March. The team, coached by Poppy Tucker-Low began the tournament with a convincing 3 set win against Napier Girls’ High School B. The team played so well after a big week at school and in very hot conditions inside Centennial Hall. The next game was against Taradale A and after a few delays during the day, the game started at 8pm. The girls won the first set but lost the second. Into the 3rd set the girls dug deep to take this set against Taradale. The team had to win 3 sets in tournament and headed into the 4th set at 9pm. This was a very hard fought last set and although the girls were tired they managed to take the win.
The first game on Saturday began at 8.30am against Havelock North. The team took it to 4 sets but couldn’t quite make it. This moved us to the Semi-finals against Napier Girls’ High School A. The girls had a hard loss after a long 2 days. This placed them in the play-off for 3rd-4th for the tournament. The final game was against Sacred Heart College and it was a fantastic game to watch after a very busy 2 days. The girls worked well as a team and took out the final game to leave them 3rd for the Tournament. 
Team: Ula Vaima’a, Fesotaiga Valoanga, Emmaleigh Oli, Siliilagi Baker, Lorelle Olive, Asher Grapes, Liana Mikaele Tuu, Rudeania Crichton, Dilimor Lima, Joy Tevita.

Winter Sports Trials
Trials for winter codes are underway for teams beginning competition in Term 2. It is very important that your daughter returns her consent form and pays the appropriate fees by the due date. This is the cost of the affiliation fee only. The Sports Department is very appreciative of the support of the Principal and Board of Trustees in agreeing to cover the substantial costs of transport, tournament fees, uniforms and other associated expenses pertaining to each code and so the importance of paying the charged sports fee cannot be underestimated.

East Coast North Island Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships 2018
4x100m Relay
1st Place – Hastings Girls’ High School Junior Team
2nd Place – Hastings Girls’ High School Intermediate Team
Triple Jump
2nd Place – Asher Grapes
1st Place Junior Girls – Jayda Brown (New record set)
1st Place Intermediate Girls – Olioli Mua (New record set)
1st Place Senior Girls – Ashley Palu (New record set)
3rd Place Senior Girls – Puaula Vaima’a
1st Place Junior Girls – Jayda Brown (New record set)
1st Place Junior Girls – Jayda Brown (New record set)
2nd Place Junior Girls – Luatolu Semisi

Canoe Polo
Congratulations to the Hastings Girls' High School Canoe Polo team who won a Silver Medal at the National Competition held recently in Palmerston North.
Well done to Hayley Cameron who was also named in the tournament team.

Basketball Representatives
Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected as Hawke's Bay Basketball representatives.
U17A Girls – Geneva Harrison

U15A Girls – Kahlia Awa, Raedeen Blake, Kyra Collier, Legacy Harrison, Breezyn Ioane, Jaimee Mataira, Mia Smith, Passion Te Amo

These teams represent Hawke’s Bay at a range of tournaments and we wish them all the very best for the upcoming season. 

Equestrian Success - Mounted Games

Congratulations to Sophie Daly who has just won the NZ U14 Pairs Championship which is now a back to back title. She is also the NZ reserve, U17 Pairs champion which is a wonderful achievement as she is yet to be eligible for this age group. Sophie and her partner competed in France together last year and have been voted the 2nd best U14 pair in the world for 2017. This is the first time a NZ pair in this age group has ever been ranked internationally.
Sophie has also been selected to represent New Zealand at the Mounted Games, World Pairs Championships to be held in Denmark. She will compete in the U14 age group, in the Mounted Games World Team Championships in Belgium in the U17 age group and at Mounted Games World Individuals Championships in France in the U14 age group. Sophie is the youngest New Zealand Mounted Games rider in NZ to be selected to represent NZ in an U17 team to compete at a world championship. 

We are incredibly proud of your results Sophie and wish you all the very best for the exciting challenges you have ahead.

Equestrian Success
Caroline Howell  has been selected as the sole A1 competitor to represent Hawke's Bay Area Pony Club at the New Zealand Pony Club Eventing Championships to be held from 18–21 April in Masterton and Clareville.

Caroline also won the Pappalino trophy as the top A1 rider in Hawke's Bay for the 2017/2018 season.



On Friday 16 March, Hastings Girls' High School celebrated the Holi Festival. This is celebrated in India and it signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many, a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive. It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. 100 odd girls were involved in this festival as well as a few school staff members! It was a great event that celebrated the diversity in our school and it was awesome to see everyone getting involved! A huge thank you to Mrs Winsley and the Sabhyachar girls for making this event possible!
Written by Sabhyachar Leader, Hena Dugh




Mr Lawrence Yule, MP for Tukituki, had the pleasure of hosting the new school leaders and representatives from their school for breakfast, the aim of which is to celebrate success and to encourage ongoing interaction between the young leaders in our community. 
Deputy Principal Mr Phil Carmine, Head Girl Caroline Jones, Deputy Head Girl Hena Dugh, Academic Captain Nicole Douylliez and Purple House Captain Patyne Te Whaiti attended this year’s Young Leaders’ Breakfast on Friday 9 March 2018. Following the formal part of the morning, the girls had an opportunity to meet and mingle with other school leaders from all Hawke’s Bay secondary schools. Scholars Restaurant, at EIT, was the prefect venue for this celebration of leadership.


We welcome Niamh Egan, from Cape Physio, who has started as the physiotherapist at HGHS which is a free service.
Niamh will be available from 12.30pm – 2.00pm on a Tuesday and 10.30am – 12.20pm on a Thursdays. Students will need to book an appointment to see Niamh at the main office.


Level One

Holly Barclay
Hayley Cameron
Bernadette Christanti-Yafar
Lia Horsley
Jyothis Jose
Ramanjoot Dhillon
Manraj Kaur
Ramanjot Kaur
Maddison Kimber-Jones
Kym Sedcole
Rubee Singh
Kaitlin Summersby
Pelerose Vaima’a
Libby Wilkinson
Level Two

Trinity Hart
Georgia Huisman
Nicole Douylliez
Hena Dugh
Mae Gilmour
Ngahoe Karauria
Isha Kaur
Ramanvir Kaur
Tia Kimber-Jones
Courtney McLeod
Priscilla McLintock
Holly Moroney
Sarah Purdon
Kate Rowland
Devdolly Saini
Rytasha Sekhon
Chare van der Merwe
Devon Willis
Sugalu Ah Yu
Evana Archer
Grace Chambers
Caroline Howell
Irirangi Hui
Emma Ingram
Lily Ingram
Isabella Jenkins
Jessica Johnson
Caroline Jones
Winona-Jo Joyce
Neve Duff
Ella Foskett
Samelra Franklin-Chessum
Gurleen Kaur
Emma Kendrick
Greer Lawson
Xanthia Lecusanu-Burns
Brooke McCracken
Georgia Naera
Te Newha Naera
Layla Poppelwell
Alexandra Potts-Tyro
Amy Reid
Charley Ropitini
Gypsy Saker
Emilee Scarborough
Stevie-Lee Sylva
Summer-Rose Taylor
Patyne Te Whaiti
Alexander Thach
Nikayla Thompson
Jaime Treweek
Millie Tucker
Alex Turley
Sophie Wallace
Tymeka Wawatai


Congratulations to the following students who have been selected by the Hastings District Council to be members of the Hastings District Youth Council for 2018. Students apply to the council for selection and representatives are chosen from our local secondary schools.
Kate Allen, Hena Dugh, Caroline Jones & Emilee Scarborough who are newly elected members. Rytasha Sekhon & Pelerose Vaima’a who are returning members following the 2017 year.

  • give a youth perspective on issues
  • promote and encourage youth involvement in planning and developing Council services
  • make sure the views of young people are canvassed and passed on to the Council
  • give advice on planning and infrastructure, particularly relating to any direct impact on young people
  • give input relating to policy and strategic development


The School operates a restricted driving programme. The driving lessons occur every Thursday between 12.30 - 3.30pm. The lessons are with a qualified driving instructor and cost $50 per lesson. Students/parents are required to sign a contract and pay for 2-4 lessons in advance on their student account.

More information is available from Leah Setford in the Travers Centre.


This is a timely opportunity to reinforce the importance of regular school attendance. The following table illustrates just how much vital learning time is missed when students do not have regular attendance. At Hastings Girls’ High School we are fortunate in having an attendance rate that is relatively high. There is a direct correlation between attendance and achievement.
Period of
Years 1-10
Rate of
Level of
Average of
5 days
per term
90% 1 year Classified
as regular 
but not ideal
1 day
per week
80% 2 years Indicated
1.5 days
per week
70% 3 years Moderate
2 days
per week
60% 4 years Moderate
3 days
per week
40% 6 years Severe Risk
5 weeks
per term
50% 5 years Severe Risk


Winter uniform is to be worn by all students from the beginning of Term Two. All winter skirts need to be knee length. The uniform shop will not be open in the April school holidays. It will be open after school on 10-12 April from 3.30 – 5.30 pm.

The Uniform Shop is open:

     Monday & Tuesday 1.30 – 2.00 pm
     Wednesday 12.45 – 1.15 pm
     Thursday 1.30 – 2.00 pm

If you are happy for your daughter to come to the uniform shop during the hours noted above, she can be sized and a form will then be sent home with her, indicating the payment required. For those parents who require a WINZ quote, this signed letter should be sufficient. Please make your appointments with WINZ before you come in to school for your daughter’s winter uniform.

From the start of Term Two, we will no longer be accepting any second hand uniform items to sell on your behalf.


Pacific Pride Leader
Gloria Iosefo
Pacific Pride Deputy Leader
Deborah Maletino
Sabhyachar Leader
Hena Dugh
Sabhyachar Deputy Leader
Mae Gilmour
Hastings Girls' High School Website
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