Liberal Arts Opportunities


 The Liberal Arts are all those associated activities that arise from English as a subject. Too diverse to be neatly categorised, they all involve using language as a thinking tool to communicate, persuade, argue, and understand deep issues of our life and times. These activities below develop logical thinking, analysis and awareness of the lives we lead. We celebrate our students' capacity with words in the following spheres: Debating, Mooting, the Philosophy group, and the Writing Club.

Debating Club


The Debating club hold practice debates for Y9 and Y10 students who want to learn how to debate and enter teams into a local (WBOP) schools competition - 2 debates each term in terms 1 & 2. We also enter teams into the National Debating competition from which the regional team is selected and a developmental tournament - each of these taking place over a whole Saturday. We also discuss lots of topics and argue quite a bit. It is lots of fun but also involves research and speech writing sort of stuff.


Any student interested in gaining any level of debating experience. Juniors meet weekly after school on Tuesdays from 3:20-4:30 and Seniors meet weekly on Thursdays for Years 11-13.  Email Mr Rumbold for more information.




Writing Club


Tragic Backstories is Tauranga Girls’ College’s writing club. Students are given opportunities to explore writing, develop their own creative style and have their work published. In addition to weekly meetings, students have the opportunity to attend the annual Auckland Readers and Writers’ festival and the Young NZ Writers’ Day Out. Both these events expose students to a range of writers, writing and writing opportunities. Past and present members of Tragic Backstories have had their writing published in numerous writing anthologies.

Philosophy Club


The Philosophy Club meet weekly on a Thursday lunchtime in A10 to explore issues and ideas in a philosophical way. Any student interested in philosophy and critical thinking can come along. Just turn up or email Mr Rumbold.

It's informative and great for becoming a more effective thinker!