Situated on Tweed Street it’s hard to miss our beautiful old building enriched in history sitting proudly in Invercargill.
As you enter through the big red doors and explore the school, you will see the many photos of students that grace the walls. If you are an Old Girl, you may like to find ‘yourself’ in the framed Year photos that are in the West Wing corridors. You might have even spotted photos of your relatives, whanau and friends. We are over 140 years old!
We are proud of our buildings and the history we have at SGHS. The weatherboard clad West Wing is the second largest wooden building in New Zealand. Our school grounds are surrounded in mature plantings and trees – some that are well over 50 years old. We have a large, grassed quad surrounded in gardens – students enjoy the interval and lunch times in the sunshine in this, and the two Quads in the East Wing during the warmer months.
As you come through the big red doors entrance you will walk past West Hall, a venue for our junior and senior assemblies, celebration events and school socials.
Students have access to modern teaching spaces – these include specialist science labs, technology rooms, visual art rooms, media rooms for video and audio production.
Our Music Department is currently getting a million-dollar upgrade. It will have modern facilities for individual tuition of musical instruments with special music rooms for various classes. You may have seen the plans on display boards when you came through for Open Day – we can’t wait to see the progress over the next few months on this.
The most recent upgrade has been in our Language teaching spaces, they are now state of the art classrooms, providing students with both a bright airy learning environment and specialist breakout spaces for smaller group activities.
Our purpose build specialist Dance and Performing Arts faculty has modern sound and lighting technology options to showcase the performances of students in dance and drama genre to Year 13 and Scholarship level. This also gives students the opportunity to gain skills and qualifications in the areas of Sound and Theatre tech.
The Gym or Sports Centre houses a full size international netball court, a large multi purpose area which affectionally we call the ‘Old Gym’, fitness centre, locker rooms, and staff offices.
Utilising Cloud based technology provisions, our students have access to modern IT learning spaces, allowing them to connect with each other, the wider community and as been invaluable recently, the ability to have efficient On-Line learning. We value this connection and the ways it helps further our students learning.
As a BYOD school, we have a secure wireless network covering all learning spaces allowing use of students own digital devices for learning.
The Foodhub is an integral part of the school, it is open at interval and lunchtimes. The Foodhub staff provide a menu that changes daily of hot and cold healthy, delicious food options.