School Spirit


Whanaungatanga. A sense of belonging 

School Spirit unites the students and teachers. It encourages the girls to work together, be adventurous, creative and proud of who they are. The Tauranga Girls’ College House structure gives our students a sense of belonging. A strong focus is placed on our values: Respect (Manaakitanga), Participation (Mahi Tahi) and Pride (Mana Motuhake). Every student belongs to a house, Inter-House competitions are held throughout the year starting with athletics and swimming. Lunchtime activities are also run by the Sports Committees where classes can compete in Inter-House or class challenges to vie for bragging rights and house points. Bat-down, crash-pad rounders, dodgeball, hockey, lip-sync, netball and theatre sports are some of the activities to create school spirit and build positive relationships between our senior and junior girls.

"Here at Tauranga Girls' College, we encourage everyone to get behind every school event! By taking part in these, the relationships between students and staff members grow, and a postive, friendly and empowered community is developed in our kura. The opportunity to meet new people from all year groups, fosters new friendships and encourages positive, fun rivalries between houses and grows our School Spirit."
Grace Pua, Deputy Head Girl School Spirit 2020

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Our Values


At the centre of Tauranga Girls' College are our Values.  Our values of Respect (Manaakitanga), Participation (Mahi Tahi) and Pride (Mana Motuhake) lead our students to be strong, independent and empowered women ready for today's world.

Encouraging individual responsibility, integrity and respect for the rights of others


Be positive, caring and encouraging

Be accepting of difference

Collaborate with others

Have good manners and act with integrity

Mahi Tahi

Aim high and get involved

Contribute to learning

Meet every challenge

Seize every opportunity

Mana Motuhake

Be the best we can be

Be proud of ourselves and of our achievements

Be proud to be problem solvers and innovators

Be proud to be a member of our diverse school community

Our History


Although Tauranga Girls’ College first opened its doors as a separate institution on 5 February 1958 with 524 students (Principal Mrs C J Allo), third form classes had been held in the buildings in 1957 with Mrs Wakelin who was Senior Assistant Mistress at the old Tauranga College. Until 1958 girls in Tauranga were educated at Tauranga College on the site known as “Hillsdene”, which was a co-educational college (from 1946-1957), this site is now known as Tauranga Boys’College. Prior to 1946 girls and boys were educated at Tauranga District High School, part of the primary school complex on Cameron Road between Arundel Street and Fifth Avenue.



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Our Board of Trustees



Board of Trustees

Mrs Yvonne Handley
Portfolio: Chairperson
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Mr Mark Pakes
Portfolio: Parent Representative
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Mr Joe Bourne
Portfolio: Parent Representative
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Ms Lisa MacKinnon
Portfolio: Parent Representative
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Mrs Fiona McTavish
Portfolio: Parent Representative
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Ms Tara Kanji
Portfolio: Principal
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Miss Ella Mitchell
Portfolio: Student Trustee
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Mrs Carolyn Nemeth
Portfolio: Staff Trustee
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2019 Annual Report


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Emergent Strategic Intent 2019-2021

Tauranga Girls’ College Vision: Empowering tomorrow’s women (for a different tomorrow)


Mission: To create a safe, stimulating and exciting learning environment that allows each student to develop her academic, cultural and sporting potential

Values: Respect (Manaakitanga) Participation (Mahi Tahi) and Pride (Mana Motuhake) Emergent Strategic Intent 2019-2021

Each emergent intent or statement is followed by an explanatory narrative:

Emergent Intent 1: Flexible student-centred learning.  Learning is designed to include opportunities where every student is encouraged to explore, challenge and innovate so that they may thrive now and move forward with confidence.

Emergent Intent 2: Active commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi Te Ao Maori (the Māori World) is woven into our school.

Emergent Intent 3: Positive connections with our community.  We reflect, understand and acknowledge our community by being actively engaged and participating to help create a better future for all.

Emergent Intent 4: Strength through diversity. We recognise and value the importance of personal differences, learning and growing through the sharing of the unique qualities we all possess.