Learning at SGHS
The school offers an integrated and inclusive learning environment for years 7 to 13. There is ‘visual learning every step along the way, inside and outdoors’ with street signs and colour schemes that guide girls around the campus.
The SGHS environment is one that reflects the traditions of the school but is innovative in its use of space, colour and design elements. The central piazza was designed to be a meeting, eating and learning place for the whole school, including staff. It features tradition in the engraved paving stones, learning in the shapes and angles for mathematical and visual perceptions, and the influences of significant women in the signage.
The design provides spaces for a variety of quality teaching and learning practices, both informal and structured. Learning spaces encourage reflective thought and action; facilitate shared learning; and provide sufficient opportunities to learn. There are self-managed macro and micro groups in shared labs and technology spaces. The gymnasium allows for whole classes, individual goal setting, and self-managed groups. There is a learning community across the unified campus.
37 interactive whiteboards, 35 data projectors and a video-conference centre; plus a Cyber Cafe and corridor PCs offer alternative learning opportunities in the informal learning spaces. With the shared, flexible and linked spaces, teachers can deliver the fully integrated curriculum.
With the advantage of modern specialist facilities and teaching methods, girls are provided with a well-rounded education to prepare them for successful futures. The key is balance; a balance between individual and community achievements; strong traditional values and progressive education; hard work and fun; support and challenge.
Subject class student numbers at Southland Girls’ are no more than 30 at junior levels, and usually no more than 25-28 in senior class.
Many specialised courses at senior level have small class numbers which gives exceptional learning opportunities for students.
Consistently over 90% of our graduating class continue to university and tertiary education.
Our powerful computer network and Intranet are designed to give access to curriculum resources for girls at school or for homework assignments.
The Intranet and Internet, along with Interactive Whiteboard, are invaluable information and communications resources for students.
All students have access to the internet and Intranet via our corridor computers. We believe we are the only school in New Zealand that offers this facility.
As well we provide four well-resourced computer rooms where girls can experience and experiment with both Emac and PC platforms.