Ti­maru girls’ high school


Latitude Magazine - - FEATURE -

Iwould imag­ine that very few jobs are as dynamic, in­ter­est­ing, re­ward­ing and chal­leng­ing as work­ing in a busy se­condary state school! It is our aim at Ti­maru Girls’ High School for ev­ery girl to ex­pe­ri­ence suc­cess at high school. That means dif­fer­ent things for dif­fer­ent stu­dents. Strong re­la­tion­ships be­tween our teach­ers and stu­dents are a key fac­tor in help­ing our girls re­alise their po­ten­tial. When a stu­dent feels re­spected and sup­ported by her teach­ers, doors open up for au­then­tic learn­ing to take place.

We pride our­selves on really know­ing each in­di­vid­ual girl and be­ing re­cep­tive and flex­i­ble with how we can best meet her needs. Young peo­ple are won­der­fully com­plex be­ings! In­volv­ing them in the con­ver­sa­tions about their own progress and de­vel­op­ment is cru­cial. In this day and age, it is im­por­tant for young women to de­velop a strong sense of re­silience and con­fi­dence. Part of our job as ed­u­ca­tors, I be­lieve, is to in­stil in the girls a strong sense of self-be­lief and to help guide them as they nav­i­gate ob­sta­cles and chal­lenges in their lives.

Aca­demic achieve­ment is im­por­tant. Suc­cess aca­dem­i­cally, pro­vides a plat­form for the girls to have in­creased ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties later on in life. For a stu­dent to be truly suc­cess­ful, how­ever, she needs to also ‘achieve’ in other ar­eas of school life. Learn­ing to han­dle stress­ful sit­u­a­tions, de­vel­op­ing strong in­ter­per­sonal skills, ap­pre­ci­at­ing and re­spect­ing diver­sity, un­der­stand­ing the value and im­por­tance of be­ing kind to peo­ple, build­ing re­silience, chal­leng­ing one­self – these are all equally im­por­tant skills to have and learn as one moves through high school.

Whether it be through the Arts (per­form­ing and vis­ual), the Sport­ing arena, the Cul­tural realm, or the Aca­demic field, we en­cour­age all of our girls to cel­e­brate their own, and oth­ers’ suc­cesses. In an en­vi­ron­ment where it is cool to achieve, young peo­ple will push them­selves. In an en­vi­ron­ment where suc­cesses are reg­u­larly cel­e­brated, young peo­ple will thrive. In an en­vi­ron­ment where ev­ery­one is ac­cepted and re­spected for who they are, de­spite their dif­fer­ences, young peo­ple will learn and grow.

At Ti­maru Girls’ High School, we value and pro­mote the con­cept of a strong com­mu­nity. Ev­ery­one has a part to play in help­ing the Ti­maru Girls’ High Fam­ily to be the health­i­est fam­ily that it can be. Stan­dards need to be high. Peo­ple will rise to high stan­dards.

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