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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 2022 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

University/Polytechnic Open Days


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 2022: 

Otago Polytechnic Sunday 31 July and Monday 1 August
University of Otago (Invercargill Information evening) Wednesday 15 June, Ascot Hotel 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
University of Otago (Dunedin) Sunday 31 July and Monday 1 August
SIT (Southern Institute of Technology)
  • Tuesday 24 May (Open Night), 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Friday 26 August, 10 am – 1:30 pm. Click HERE for the flyer.
Lincoln University (Christchurch) Friday 22 July
Victoria University (Wellington) Friday 26 August
University of Canterbury Friday 9 September
University of Waikato
  • Hamilton Campus: Friday 27 and Saturday 28 May
  • Tauranga Campus: Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June
  • Virtual Open Day: Wednesday 17 August
Telford Taster Day Tuesday 16 August

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)

Term 3 Liaison visits 2022: 

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

5 August Studylink
w/s 15 August

(exact date and time TBC)

Lincoln Course Planning session

Scholarships Available

Click on the buttons below to view scholarship information:

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

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

Fonterra Apprenticeships

ILT Stadium Southland

Stadium Southland are looking for their next reception superstar.  If you are a Year 11 or 12 student and interested at working at Stadium Southland, then apply through the link below. 


Waikiwi Gardens Resthome

(posted 19 August 2022)

Waikiwi Gardens are looking for casual carers to work after school or school holidays.  Shifts would be any day after school 4 pm – 7 pm and potentially on the weekend, 7 am – 1 pm.

This would ideally suit someone looking at doing Nursing or medical related and a great opportunity to gain some hands on, practical work experience.

If you are interested or would like to know more about it, please reply to Kate either via email on [email protected] or on her cellphone 021 534 072. 

Kiwi-Kraft Engineering & Marine Ltd

(Posted 19 August 2022)


Kiwi-Kraft Engineering & Marine Ltd, would like to offer to any male or female year 12/13 students an opportunity for placement/work experience, with us down at Kiwi-Kraft Engineering & Marine Ltd.

We manufacture aluminum pontoon boats and ideally, we are looking for up to two students that have some general understanding of welding, fabrication, and finishing or have completed a basic welding course and would like to further their skills in the industry. This is not a must, as we can offer training from our qualified and very experienced welders but a desire to become a boat builder would be important.

We can offer placement/work experience for after school and some weekends (Saturdays).

Successful students at the end of the placement/work experience, can have the opportunity to be taken on permanently as an apprentice.


We also have two full-time job openings available to any of your year 12/13 students that have completed a welding course (students that can mig and tig weld). These two spaces are open to students that are finishing or leaving school and are ready to be a part of the industry/work force. Here at Kiwi-Kraft Engineering & Marine Ltd, we can offer Full time employment, apprenticeships, and training to successful students.

If this sounds like you please contact Mikkayla Evans via email with your CV and a covering letter on [email protected]

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 Deb Hay, [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.

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