Our Community

Students benefit from high levels of support from the school community. Former students from across the generations take an active interest in what happens for young women at Waitaki Girls’ High School.

The Board Of Trustees

The BOT has the overall responsibility for the governance of the school and delegates the day to day management to the Principal and staff. The main concerns of the Board are policy development, strategic planning, management of funds, overseeing employment decisions, maintenance of school buildings and grounds, and ensuring the health and safety of students, staff, parents, and school visitors. The Board reports to the school community and to the Ministry of Education on a regular basis.

Board meetings are public events and parents are welcomed to attend; meetings begin at 5.30 pm in the Library.

General correspondence can be emailed to the Board Secretary, Mrs. Nila Sime:  nsime@waitakigirlshigh.school.nz

Back: Susie Sinclair, Lynda Wilson, Nicole Phillips, Susan de Geest. Front: Jess Kelly, Jessica Wright, Elizabeth Koni (Principal), Darryn Stewart


  • Susan de Geest [Chair]
  • Darryn Stewart [Parent Representative]
  • Lynda Wilson [Parent Representative]
  • Susie Sinclair [Parent Representative]
  • Nicole Phillips (Parent Representative]
  • Jessica Wright [Staff Trustee]
  • Jess Kelly [Student Trustee]
  • Elizabeth Koni [Principal]

Board Minutes:

September 2019

November 2019

February 2020

March 2020

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

August 2020

September 2020

October 2020

November 2020

February 2021

March 2021

May 2021

June 2021

July 2021

September 2021

Important Documents:

Governance Manual >

Parent-Teacher Association

Waitaki Girls’ High School PTA is an important part of the school community.

We are a group of enthusiastic volunteers and usually hold monthly meetings during term time where we meet with school representatives. Joining the PTA is a great way to meet new people and extend your networks within the school community.

We look to support our students and school community with fundraising and practical help. Our major fundraising effort centres on our school gala which held biennially – the next gal will be held in 2021. In the past, we have donated funds to the school for a new sound system in the hall, seating, electronic devices, and furnishings for our library and for landscaping the area in front of the library. We also get involved with other school events such as school’s open day/evening, the Waitaki formal, Choir night and Theatrix.

We welcome all parents to join the PTA in whatever capacity they are able to contribute – whether parents/caregivers come to monthly meetings, donate towards raffles, help out at school events. Your participation and help are greatly appreciated.

Whanaungatanga is about relationships and whānau working together to make decisions and act in ways that support the betterment of the whānau. Strong whānau invest their time and energy in activities they can do together and so we come together to work towards a better school for our students.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the PTA please contact Liz King on 022 4395087

PTA Minutes – February 2020

WGHS Old Girls

All ex-pupils and Staff are eligible to join Waitaki Old Girls. The National Executive of the Association is based in Oamaru, with a Committee consisting of members from our local Branch.

Our main aim is to be supportive of the School and its students by providing donations towards Prize Givings, a Bursary for a Year 10 student, who has completed two years at Waitaki Girls High School and is returning for further study.

We are privileged to attend Special Assemblies, Sports and Cultural occasions, Inter-house events and other school related activities.

A quarterly newsletter from National Executive is sent to all interested ex-pupils, providing news from the School Principal, with updates of development and improvements and also the many achievements attained by current students. This newsletter is of great interest to those unable to attend an Old Girls Branch.


Branches throughout New Zealand meet socially several times a year cherishing friendship, chatter, and laughter and reminiscing over years at Waitaki.

Branches exist in Auckland, Christchurch, Mid-Canterbury, Oamaru, Gore, Southland, and Central Otago.

How to join

All enquiries are most welcome to:

Jocelyn de Reus
106 Stonewall Rd
Oamaru 9492
New Zealand

Phone 03 434 5035

Email: p.j.dereus@farmside.co.nz

To join a Branch – On request a contact name can be given for a Branch.

Newsletter only – A subscription of $10 per year, receiving 4 newsletters per year can be forwarded to the above contact.