Palmerston North Girls’ High School

Palmerston North Girls’ High School (PNGHS) is a girls only school of 1,250 domestic and 30 international students (approx).

With over 100 years of admirable tradition, Palmerston North Girls’ High School has an outstanding reputation for nurturing personal academic and co-curricular excellence since 1902. PNGHS performs amongst the top girls’ schools in New Zealand and consistently outperforms the national average.

In an all-girl study environment, students are encouraged to be innovative and bold, to explore and try things that they might otherwise not try in front of boys. Our teachers can focus on teaching methodology that best suits girls. Our students enjoy custom-tailored learning and instruction. They find much greater freedom and confidence to express themselves and pursue their interests.

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  • Smaller classes, individualised attention and specialised English classes for international students
  • Choice of a variety of subjects to specialise and focus on your future career
  • Extensive variety of co-curricular activities and sports programmes to enhance your sporting skills
  • Impressive facilities. Student and parent portal access for up to date newsletters, notices and information
  • Dedicated and personalised international student support and pastoral care
  • Caring, nurturing and quality homestay environment in a safe and quiet city providing affordable living
  • PNGHS offers a very broad range of subjects in many different disciplines including Business, Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Technology, and Sports
  • Choice of academic pathways. Students can choose to study univerisity approved subjects towards gaining National Certifcate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) as well as vocational courses.
  • Extensive academic opportunities and excellent academic support programmes
  • Excellent academic results – 95% of students achieved Level 2 in 2015. 55% were endorsed with Merit or Excellence.

We support over 30 sports codes including both individual and team pursuits. Most of our sports have teams selected to compete at the annual NZ Secondary School competition. Our individuals earn NZ representation status and many represent NZ in global competitions.

Palmerston North Girls’ High School offers a wide variety of sports for students to participate in. These include Archery, Artistic Roller Skating, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Canoe Polo, Cheerleading, Cricket, Croquet, Cross Country, Cycling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Indoor Netball, Lawn Bowls, Multi Sport, Netball, Netball Umpiring, Orienteering, Smallbore Rifle Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Touch and Volleyball.

The Arts

Students are able to participate and compete in activities such as debating, instrumental ensembles and choral groups, Diversity Dance Company, Pasifka Fusion, Kapa Haka, the annual Rock da House talent quest, school productions, cultural dance groups, the International Festival, Year 10 Wearable Art, writing, art exhibitions, speechmaking, media and much more.

Pastoral Care

Our International Office is open during school hours and offers support for all kinds of problems, including academic enquiries, homesickness or sometimes for students to just catch a breath between intense study hours. We are also contactable 24/7 in case of emergencies.


Palmerston North Girls’ High School – aerial flyover of the school grounds.

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Address: 238 Fitzherbert Ave, West End, Palmerston North 4410


To enrol in this school, download the form below, complete and return to ISENZ.

Download ISENZ Enrolment Form (PDF)

Email a completed and scanned copy to

Or post a completed copy to:
Russell Trethewey
PO Box 5329, Terrace End
Palmerston North, New Zealand

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For more information about this school, please contact ISENZ.