Stars Programme – Nga Whetu

Stars is a proven mentoring programme, which pairs all incoming Year 9s with senior students trained to be amazing peer mentors! Stars offers proactive measures to support enhanced resilience, mental health and wellbeing of students.

Our Stars programme is made up of three main components: 

  • Adventure Camp: We head off to the Outward Bound facility at Anakiwa to kickstart the programme with a series of outdoor and indoor activities to develop positive relationships, resilience, and teamwork.
  • Peer Mentoring: Year 12 and 13 students are trained to be Stars Peer Mentors (to their junior mentees, the Year 9s) and together they follow a structured programme that addresses key life skills like goal setting, time management, good communication skills and building positive relationships.
  • Community Project: Towards the end of the year, the students plan, organise and spend time giving something back to the Marlborough community.

Donate to MGC Stars Programme and Help us to Build a Brighter Future 

The MGC Stars Programme is offered at no cost to our Year 9s and mentors. The generous sponsorship and support we have received in the first year of the programme has enabled us to remove any barriers to participation and gives everyone the opportunity to gain key skills for a bright future. 

It costs approximately $600 for each student on the Stars Programme. This cost covers the camp, mentoring, training, workshops and the Stars Programme Coordinator. With your support, we hope to be able to continue offering the Stars Programme at no cost to future students. 

Contact details

If you would like to Pay It Forward through a tax-deductible donation, please contact our Finance Office on

Bank details

Account Name: Marlborough Girls’ College
Account No: 123167-0188870-00

With many thanks to our key supporters

“Stars provides an effective platform to help our Year 9 students successfully navigate the transition to college and develop self-confidence and resilience. It also develops powerful mentor and leadership skills for more of our senior students, including those who may not have put themselves forward for leadership opportunities in the past. It is some of the best leadership training we have seen and is quite remarkable. We can also report a 98% drop in suspensions and stand-downs in 2020. Stars is a major contributor to this.”

MJ Lynch

Principal, Marlborough Girls’ College

Marlborough Girls’ College