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Careers and Transitions
Careers and Transitions

Careers and Transitions is an integral part of school life at SGHS. All year levels participate in programmes and activities integrated into their learning packages. Key outcomes are students recognising and developing their skills, strengths, and gaining a better understanding of what is important to them.

The school focuses on developing career key competencies, developing self-awareness, exploring opportunities and deciding and acting.

Some of the key ways we can help students are:

  • explore options for future pathways
  • find and research resources, so they can make informed decisions
  • form links with tertiary providers
  • consider alternative pathways
  • check entry requirements for courses
  • enquire about job opportunities
  • improve job interview skills
  • select subjects for future study
  • apply for University Scholarships, Halls of Residence and overseas Universities

All students are able to request a one to one career counselling session which can be scheduled during the school day. Students can make appointments by calling into the reception area in Connexions. Parents/caregivers can also email the team at [email protected] to make an appointment time for their child and/or themselves.

Rachel Smith – Careers & Transitions Administrator
Liz Dodds – Careers & Transitions Advisor/Gateway Co-ordinator
STAR/Gateway Courses
STAR Course Level 2, 3
Course Information STAR  provides learning opportunities for students in the Senior school. These are often short, introductory courses.

  • It provides a chance to gain new skills that are appropriate to the workplace.
  • It can lead to qualifications.
  • It can provide a practical, ‘hands on’ work-based experience.
  • It can allow students to experience a different learning experience environment.

Selection for this is made through enquiries at Connexions.

Course Cost The courses are available at a $30 deposit by the student, to be refunded on successful completion of the course and provided other criteria are met as per the SGHS/STAR course contract.

To view the 2023 STAR Course timetable please click HERE

Gateway Course Level 2, 3
Guideline Must be motivated to learn in the workplace, be able to manage individualised learning and assessment, have a strong interest in a particular industry or career direction, and be reliable. With a good attendance record.
Course Information Students can gain specific vocational skills leading to future employment and benefit from making significant progress towards qualifications.  A Gateway student could expect to spend one day a week over a period of 10 weeks on a work placement.

The student completes a work placement and has their learning assessed again Unit/or Achievement standards on the National Qualifications Framework and is integrated with their current programme of study.  The application process takes place in October and Gateway staff will select suitable candidates.

Careers Events/Notices

SGHS Careers Newsletters

Information to come.

University/Polytechnic Open Days


Click HERE for more information

Thursday 15th June 2023 5.30pm-7.30pm PIACT 135 Bowmont Street, Appleby, Invercargill


All Year 13 students have the opportunity to attend a one-day visit to Otago University each year, there is no cost to attend for students with the school providing bus transport to and from Dunedin.

This is a great way to find out what Degrees are available, and what campus life is really like.

OPEN DAYS 2023: 

Otago Polytechnic
University of Otago  (Invercargill Information evening)
SIT (Southern Institute of Technology) Friday 25 August
Lincoln University (Christchurch) Friday 29 September
Victoria University (Wellington) Friday 25 August
University of Canterbury Friday 8 September
University of Waikato
Telford Taster Day





University/Polytechnic Information

Click on the buttons below to view information for the following organisations:

University of Auckland
NZ Defence Force
University of Canterbury
Otago Polytechnic

Course Information

2022 Eng Presentation (with Forestry)

Liaison Officier visits for 2023: 

Most liaison visits will be held in Connexions at SGHS unless specified below.

Scholarships Available

Click on the buttons below to view scholarship information:

Lincoln University
Keystone Trust
Waikato University (Computer Science)
Winton A&P Association
Dame Jean Herbison

Western Southland Veterinary Club Inc Scholarship for 2023:

Criteria Information
Application Form



School Leavers

Click on the links below for more information about finishing High School at the end of the year:

CV (Curriculum Vitae)

Click on the links below for more information about CV’s:

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunity

E Hayes are looking for a student to work alternative weekends in their gift store on Dee Street.  You must be well presented, trustworthy, keen to learn and able to take direction.  Ideally over 17 years but if you are 16 and confident enough to answer customer queries (once fully trained) then E Hayes would love to hear from you.  Please call into the shop with your CV and ask for Debbie Hodges.

MoneyHub has updated its comprehensive directory of student jobs. With 50+ well-known employers listed and links to their student job application details, getting a part-time job is a lot easier with this guide: https://www.moneyhub.co.nz/student-jobs.html


Upcoming Events

My Mahi

Broadening Horizons, Improving Wellbeing, Discovering Strengths and Becoming Work Ready

My Mahi is an online interactive tool available to all students and staff at SGHS. Within My Mahi students are able to build a CV, explore education and training courses within New Zealand, develop a work-ready portfolio, and keep track of their NCEA credits.  Click HERE to log into MyMahi.

Contact details

Book a School Tour

Come and see all that Southland Girls’ High School offers students with a school tour that allows you to see our facilities in action, while meeting the staff and the students.

Student tour guides will answer questions and offer a student’s perspective, before meeting with a senior member of staff to discuss your child’s enrolment.

To book in for a tour of the school, please email Nicola Macpherson on  [email protected] or telephone 03 211 6030.

Book a Tour of Enwood House

Come and see all that Southland Girls’ High School offers boarders with a tour of Enwood House that allows you to see our facilities in action, while meeting the staff and the students.

To book in for a tour of the boarding house, please email Jenni Dennis, [email protected] or telephone 03 211 6030.

RISKS Disclosure

This event contains risks, including possible injuries. This event is managed by school staff or other organisations who will manage risk and hazards according to the school’s/organisation’s safety management plan. This includes careful consideration of all procedures while carrrying out the activites. While risks can be maintained to acceptable levels they cannot be totally eliminated. Some risk is retained for its learning and experiential value.

If you wish to come in to school to see our safety management systems or have any questions please phone 03 211 6030.


I understand that playing sport is an opportunity for me to learn, practice skills, and gain attitudes and values in an environment outside of the school.  I realise that this requires me to take on genuine responsibility for my own enjoyment and safety and that of others.

I agree to do the following to make this happen:

  • Show courtesy and consideration to others.
  • Follow the rules and instructions of staff and other supervisors at the events.
  • Look after myself and my personal belongings.
  • Declare medical conditions that could affect participation in the events.
  • Accept the rules set by the school for the events.

I understand that my parents / caregivers will be contacted and I may be sent home at their expense if:

  • My actions are considered unacceptable by staff / supervisors of these events.
  • I breach the behaviour / discipline standards of the school.
  • My actions put me or others in any danger.
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