International Students  by Megan Kong

CGHS School Experience

Christchurch Girls’ High School Te Kura o Hine Waiora is one of the top girls' only high schools in New Zealand. School life is rich with academic, cultural, sporting and social opportunities. International students are encouraged and supported to find their place at our school and achieve well alongside their peers. Students who join the school are welcomed as a valued part of the Christchurch Girls' High School family.

Established in 1877, the decile 9 school has a longstanding tradition of providing an extremely high standard of education for girls with an excellent academic record of achievement. 

Girls are encouraged to live the school values of Manaakitanga (Respect and generosity), Whanaungatanga ( Belonging and a sense of connection and working together, Aroho (Empathy, compassion, love and concern for others) and Rangatiratanga ( Courage, strength of character and confidence) and there is an environment of sisterhood and support.

International students are enrolled in full immersion classes alongside their domestic peers. They are supported with ESOL tutors and we have several specialist ESOL focused classes which students can earn credits towards their qualification. Depending on availability students select from a range of subjects to personalise a programme of study for themselves. More information can be found in our curriculum handbook here:

There is a wide variety of school clubs, groups and sports teams that students can join, and various schoolwide events held throughout the year such as school camps, International week, Pink Day and Sports Day.

The shared commitment to excellence across the school community remains very evident.

Senior student achievement information, over time, reflects sustained levels of student success. This includes:

  • consistently high roll-based achievement across NCEA Levels 1-3 that is significantly higher than national comparisons
  • very high achievement in literacy and numeracy
  • almost all girls leaving the school with the NCEA Level 2 or 3 qualification.

NZQA achievement results 2020 CGHS vs National — Image by: Megan Kong

Christchurch Girls’ High School currently has no compliance notices or conditions imposed upon it under the Educations Act 2001 which ‘present risks to the operation of individual schools or to the welfare or educational performance of their students’. (Section 78H of the Education Standards Act 2001). Our 2020 ERO Report can be found online here: