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Welcome to Marlborough Girls' College Kia ora tatou katoa E mihi nui, e mihi nui. We warmly welcome you to Marlborough Girls' College.We are very proud of our school and the successes of our young women.

Principal's message

Technical Support

My name is Emily Harman and I am incredibly excited to be the Technical Prefect for 2017.  I am extremely privileged to be selected for this role as it will provide me with many great opportunities throughout the year. One I look forward to most is helping students to enhance their learning through the effective use of technology. This is incredibly relevant as we are now constantly surrounded with technology that is forever changing to provide us with new and exciting ways to enrich our learning.  

A second aspect of my role is supporting various events throughout the year by providing sound and lighting. Over recent years MGC has installed a fabulous tech booth at the back of the hall, with an ever expanding amount of sound and lighting equipment. This allows us to provide quality sound and lighting for assemblies, drama productions, house competitions, semi-formal, and prize givings, along with many other events. Not only is technical support a great way to get involved with a wide range of activities throughout the year, but it also provides students with skills and knowledge they will benefit from in the future.  

Along with the Technical Committee, I also aim to promote the safe use of technology within Marlborough Girls’ College as cyber safety is a key aspect of the wellbeing of all students.

2017 is going to be an action packed year, and I wish you all the best of luck in all of your endeavours!

Emily Harman - Technical Prefect 2017



All students and staff are members of a House, and they are encouraged to participate in as many House activities as possible.  

Most form classes are made up of students from one house, with some form classes comprising students of two houses. 

The Houses are Awatere (red), Kaituna (blue), Opawa (yellow) and Wairau (green).  House Prefects are appointed annually and House Deputies are elected by the House at the beginning of the year.

A series of Inter-House Competitions are held annually from February to November to foster involvement, team work and lively competition.  These include the swimming sports, athletic sports, cross country, House Drama and House Choir Competitions.  House points are awarded for participation and to winners. House placings are published and the banners in the Hall are displayed according to the previous year’s competition. 

 The Champion House for 2017 (Winner of the Rickard Shield) was AWATERE with 129 pts.

Close behind in second equal place were Opawa and Kaituna on 125 pts, followed by Wairau on 117 pts.

Well done to each and every student and staff member who participated in House events this year and helped to make it such a close competition.


Career Resources

Our Careers Resource Centre is well stocked with information for students to browse and pamphlets to take away.
• All NZ Universities-Auckland, AUT, Waikato, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury, Lincoln & Otago.
• All NZ Polytechnics
• Information from numerous ITOs (Industry Training Organisations)
• Regular newsletter and magazines from the Army, Navy & Airforce
• Brochures about Gap Year Programmes and International Student Exchange Programmes.
Students will find information on Careers Events, STAR Courses, Overseas Exchanges, Universities & Polytechs, Scholarships, Subject Selection, Finding a Job and Careers Exploration on the careers section on Marlborough Girls' College Moodle.
Guest speakers from a wide variety of tertiary providers come to speak to students at college throughout the year. Keep an eye on roll call, or check Moodle for upcoming sessions.
Students are welcome to come and browse during their free time. The Careers Resource Centre is situated in the Deanery along with the Guidance Team.
The careers area has 4 large touch screen computers available for students to access information from a wide range of tertiary providers on the internet as well as on DVDs and CD-ROMs.


Marlborough Girls' College offers a vibrant cultural programme for students. Some of these activities include Junior and Senior Combined Colleges' productions, Jazz Band, two choirs, itinerant music tuition, Stage Challenge entries and involvement in the National Shakespeare Festival.



Rotoiti Lodge

Marlborough Girls College principal Karen Stewart takes on lead role as head principal at Lake Rotoiti Outdoor Education Centre.

The Education centre is a lodge which caters for nine colleges in the Marlborough Tasman region. It has a purpose of providing youth with an outdoor experience while proving beneficial in strengthening relationships with each other and teachers. The lodge however does not just facilitate school groups, but it's also open to outside community groups looking to build leadership and ongoing relationships amongst group members.

The lodge and lodge activities are run day to day by a dedicated group of staff, led by manager, Russell Ferens. The lodge administration is overseen by the Principal's Trust which is lead by one of the principals from the nine schools based on a two year rotation. This year Mrs. Stewart has become the head principal in the Rotoiti trust for the lodge. Mrs. Stewart's responsibility in the trust will be to lead the governance team and create the future strategic plan for the lodge. Mrs. Stewart hopes to look at the educational programs and the safety procedures operating at the lodge.

Community support is a vital part of keeping the lodge running as all funding comes from community grants, charity donations, lotteries and fees, without these the operation of the lodge would not be possible. Over the past few years the lodge has seen many improvements in its facilities including improvements in its appearance with painting and tidying being done. Outdoor seating has been put in place and the showers have seen a much needed upgrade, no longer consisting of see-through walls!

Each year the lodge is used by year 10 students at Marlborough Girls' College who travel up in groups throughout the year for a week's stay, and the opportunity to participate in the range of activities on offer. These include mountain biking, orienteering, confidence courses, overnight tramps to Lake Head, flying kiwi, pamper pole and much more. The lodge is also used as a base for year 12 students while on their biology camp each year. Therefore being an important aspect of Marlborough Girls College that we wish to keep running for many years to come.

STAR Courses


STAR courses are available for students to meet their learning needs (including gifted and talented). Courses are purchased from outside providers and completed through distance learning. The courses are designed to provide a smooth transition from school to further training or directly into employment. These courses assist students to make informed decisions about their schooling and future work or study. Students gain new skills that are appropriate to the workplace, study a more personally relevant curriculum, study "hands-on" programmes. There is no cost to the student for these courses.

It is possible for a student to do a STAR course that takes up a subject line on the timetable and is studied as a normal class. Some examples of courses may be: Equine studies, Agriculture, Tourism, Computing, Sports Training, Childcare and Pre-Health Science.

Students interested in a particular STAR course need to discuss possibilities with Mrs West.


Many tertiary providers offer short STAR courses or Taster Weeks for students to explore tertiary courses or career options through the STAR (Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resources) programme. The courses vary in length from a half day to a week. There is no cost for the courses, which are paid for by the Ministry of Education. Students need to make their own transport and accommodation arrangements for any course they attend, if necessary.

To enrol on any of these courses see Mrs Asiamah at Form Time in the Careers Resource Centre.


Click to go to STAR Course information in Moodle




School Council

Hello everyone, my name is Caitlyn Woodley and this year I have the privilege of being your Head Of School Council Prefect for 2017. This year, I aim to run a successful and cohesive Student Council, which focuses on creating leadership opportunities, improving the school and empowering young women.

The first upcoming event is the MGC Student Expo. At the expo, we strive to educate and encourage all year levels at MGC to get involved within college life. The expo also includes lots of exciting food stalls and interesting activities to keep students involved and motivated for the upcoming year.There are many exciting events coming up this year, but the major ones that I will be working on are the Semi-Formal and Formal. Both these occassions are very exciting and daunting events for myself. I will also be working with the HOSC from MBC to create a project to better the lives of Marlborough students. This project will also include the drafted creation of ‘Work Days’ at MGC.

We also have the upcoming form class challenge. This is an inspirational and difficult task which each form captain and form class undertake. In order to support other people in the community. This is a fantastic project which I hope to work closely with my Student Councillors this year.

Caitlyn Woodley, 2017


How would you like to spend your work time? Do you want to do further training or go straight into the work force?


Situations Vacant

From time to time employers contact the Careers Department with part time and full time employment opportunities for students. These opportunities are advertised in the daily notices and on the school noticeboard.

For information on wages, employment relations, contracts, legal resources and much more contact the Department of Labour on 0800 20 90 20 or visit their website at www.ers.dol.govt.nz

Job Search Websites

My Career Marlborough




CVs and Cover Letters (Click to go to Careers NZ website with examples and templates of cvs and cover letters)

If you're planning to go directly into work from school be sure to have a CV first. Examples and templates for you to use are available on the above website (CareersNZ). If you would like help with your CV make an appointment with Mrs West, Careers Advisor.

Job Interviews (Click to go to Careers NZ website page on Job Interviews)

  • Preparing for an interview
  • Tips for answering interview questions
  • Questions you can ask at an interview
  • Tests at interviews
  • After the interview
  • If you don't get the job

Employability Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivation and a keenness to learn
  • Flexibility to manage multiple tasks
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Analytical problem solving and the ability to plan, organise, and reflect
  • Honesty, integrity and reliability

Modern Etiquette (Protocols & Manners) (Click to enter website)

Inland Revenue (Click to go to IRD website)

  • How to apply for an IRD Number
  • Personal Tax Summaries
  • Kiwi Saver
  • Student Loans
  • Rebates

Equal Employment Opportunities (Click on to go to website)

... eliminating barriers to ensure that all employees are considered for the employment of their choice and have the chance to perform to their maximum potential.



Online Resources

The library has a wide range of online resources which they encourage students to use.

For general information for teens the Christchurch City library's page provides interesting information:                -       http://thepulse.org.nz

If you are wanting something local: http://www.marlboroughlibraries.govt.nz/teen-zone/index.cfm

Research Databases

There are numerous databases which are useful when finding research information.

Index New Zealand: This index lists information about articles published in New Zealand newspapers, magazines, and journals. It has been developed to support teaching and learning in New Zealand: http://www.natlib.govt.nz/catalogues/innz

Another useful source is the National Library: http://www.natlib.govt.nz

The PROW is a website containing historical and cultural stories from Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough: http://www.theprow.

EPIC is an initiative by New Zealand libraries to give New Zealand schools access to a worldwide range of online resources:    http://www.tki.org.nz/r/epic

What is MGC School Spirit?

Marlborough Girls' College prides itself on offering a wide range of co-curricular and extra curricular activities throughout the school.  We have many different programmes and encourage all of our girls to join in as many activities as possible.  

Every student and staff member belongs to a House and school activities such as swimming sports and cross country are based around these Houses.  

We also celebrate Spirit Week in the middle of each year, and promote 'Mana Wahine' across the school.    


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