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Megan McKenzie

Southland Girls High School welcomes students from all over the world who want to experience a new culture and learning environment.

The International team at Southland Girls High School is a caring team of people who work hard to make all our students feel supported and extremely welcome. Dedicated staff oversee student attendance, well-being, academic progress and ongoing homestay support. We work closely with the wonderful staff who operate our Enwood Boarding House which is an accommodation option for both short-term and full-time students.

We also offer 24/7 emergency telephone assistance, so our students have the comfort of knowing someone from our International team is always available to them.

Our International Academic Teacher provides individual support to each student ensuring that all our students achieve academic success. All our teaching staff are experienced in assisting students to maximise the education they receive and to ensure their kiwi experience is one filled with memories and personal growth.

We look forward to your child joining us at Southland Girls High School, and receiving an overseas education experience that will be life-changing.

Southland Girls High School has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

Copies of the Code are available from the New Zealand Qualification Authority website here.

If you need further information please email our Director of International Students, [email protected] or telephone 03 211 6030.

A quality learning community where relationships count and excellence is expected.

Why study at SGHS

Southland Girls’ High girls are successful young women who enjoy and value all the advantages that our unique environment provides.

We have high expectations of our students, and have contact with our international girls each day at school as they use our international office facilities including equipment to heat their lunches. We keep in close contact with their parents / agents and find that many visit their girls here in Invercargill during the year.


Our school is located centrally in the City of Invercargill with convenient access to public transport.

Excellent facilities and shops are within walking distance and girls can take full advantage of city resources.

Invercargill is a city of just over 53,000 people, it is recognised as a friendly and safe environment for our international girls.

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Excellent Academic Programme

Our well-established programme provides specialist tuition in English (ESOL, IELTS). Cambridge Exams are also offered at Year 10. For the rest of the school day our girls are integrated into school classes where they are prepared for National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), at all levels.

Our international students achieve impressive results in national examinations and top rankings in the school. Over the last few years, three international students have been Dux of our school.

Girls are encouraged to participate fully in all aspects of school life and, develop their talents in all areas.


The school is extremely well equipped with modern classrooms, including a cyber café.  

Girls have free access to the Internet and computers.  The school also boasts an international sized Gymnasium,  dance suite, science rooms and labs, home economics rooms and a Piazza. 

All the rooms in our East Wing Block have been freshly redecorated in bright modern colours. 

The school is set in landscaped grounds and is only five minutes from the airport.

Contributing to the school community

Girls are encouraged to look beyond the school, to the rest of New Zealand, and to the Global Community.

Our Global Citizenship Committee is a newly formed group of Senior Girls who are very active in promoting cultural awareness in our School. They have held a lunch with our international girls, promoted various cultures during Languages Week, spoken at Assemblies and, organised cultural activities within our school.

Director of International Students

Our full time Director of International Students, Mrs Megan McKenzie, is responsible for the students’ progress, their pastoral care and their safety.

Meet some of our International Students

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.

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


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  • Look after myself and my personal belongings.
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  • My actions are considered unacceptable by staff / supervisors of these events.
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