Kelston Girls' College

Kelston Girls’ College (KGC) is a single-sex girls state secondary school in Kelston, a suburb in the Waitakere region of Auckland, New Zealand. It was created in 1963 when the roll of Kelston High School (formed in 1954) became too large for the site on the corner of Archibald and Great North Roads.[2] The boys moved to a new site further down Archibald Road and the original site became the home of Kelston Girls’ High School (now Kelston Girls' College).

Kelston Girls’ College
Achibald Rd, Kelston, Auckland

New Zealand
TypeState single-sex girls secondary (Year 9–13)
MottoTo wisdom with honour
Ministry of Education Institution no.84
PrincipalSarah Stenson
School roll472[1] (March 2019)

Name change

In 2004 Kelston Girls’ High School Board of Trustees decided to undergo a change of name. Following consultation with the community, the school was renamed Kelston Girls’ College. At the time Board chairwoman Rosemary Caldwell commented that the name change would help to attract international students.[3]


Kelston Girls' College is a Te Kotahitanga school.[4] Te Kotahitanga is an education style aimed at raising Māori student achievement. It prescribes that the student is at the centre of learning in the classroom and that culturally responsive relational trust is the focus of all teachers.


As of 2014 the school’s ethnic composition was as follows:[5]
  • Māori 16%
  • NZ European/Pākehā 4%
  • Samoan 30%
  • Tongan 11%
  • Fijian 6%
  • Middle Eastern 6%
  • Indian 5%
  • African 3%
  • South East Asian 3%
  • Cook Island Māori 2%
  • Niue 4%
  • other Pacific 8%
  • other 2%

Kelston Girls' College receives a number of students who have come to New Zealand as refugees. These students are supported with an orientation programme, regular homework tutorials and career planning.

Hauora centre

Kelston Girls' College has an onsite Hauora centre. Students have access to a doctor, registered nurse, physiotherapist, guidance counsellors, youth work, social worker and family planning services. The purpose-built centre aims to support students' physical, emotional and mental health.

Notable alumni



  • Jacqui Church – Waikato District councillor for Awaroa ki Tuakau
  • Ruby Manukia-Schaumkel – Auckland councillor for Whau Local Board[10]

Notable staff


  1. "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  2. Cox, Charlotte (15 April 2004). "Schools combine for 50th jubilee". Western Leader. p. 5.
  3. Earnes, David (1 March 2005). "School eyes name change 'bait'". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  4. Ministry of Education
  5. Kelston Girls’ College Education Review Report 2014
  6. "Kelston at half century". Aucklander (West ed.). 20 October 2004. p. 14.
  7. Burnes, Campbell (23 June 2015). "Rugby: Meet the Black Ferns hard-nosed sisters". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  8. "Beverly Weigel". SR/Olympic Sports. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  9. Williams, Roy (18 December 2011). "Athletics: Rule's wacko for Jacko". The New Zealand Herald.
  10. "Whau candidate profiles" (PDF). Auckland Council. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  11. "Untitled". Auckland City Harbour News. 8 June 1994. p. 19.
  12. "Student profile: Haidee Tiffen". University of Canterbury. Retrieved 20 March 2016.

Kelston Girls’ College website

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