Whanganui Girls’ College

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Whanganui Girls’ College New Principal Appointment

The Whanganui Girls’ College Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that the current Deputy-Principal Ms Nita Pond, has been appointed as the new permanent Principal at the college. Board Chair/Presiding Member, Ms. Rachel Pedley said, “the Board was pleased with the number of enquiries and the calibre of applicants for the position and we congratulate Nita on winning the position of Principal and look forward to the college continuing to flourish under her leadership.”

Nita was born and grew up in Nelson before heading down to Dunedin to attend Otago University to complete her Bachelor of Physical Education (PPhEd) and her Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Geography. She then completed her Diploma of Teaching (DipTch) at Dunedin Teachers College.

Nita moved to Whanganui in 2000 to take up a teaching position at Whanganui High School where she set up the Dance programme and also taught Geography and Social Studies. She was heavily involved in the extra-curricular life of the school, running Stage Challenge, choreographing for the college’s many musicals and taking numerous sports teams like Volleyball, Lifesaving, Aerobics, Athletics, Netball and Gymnastics. After a gap year abroad teaching and travelling Nita returned to Whanganui High to teach and also took up a role in the pastoral care team as a Year Level Dean.

In 2011, Nita won the Assistant-Principal role at Whanganui Girls’ College where she had the opportunity to introduce Restorative Practices and take a lead role in the ASTRA programme – the core values that underpin the school. For the last eight years, Nita has been the Deputy-Principal at Whanganui Girls’ College, leading professional development and curriculum and she is passionate about working within the college and with local iwi to further improve cultural responsiveness and achievement at the college.

Most recently, Nita has been one of the three Lead Principals for Takitini Hauora working alongside iwi and the majority of kura from early-childhood through to secondary schooling in the Whanganui rohe focusing on successful transitions between schools, whānau engagement and improving Māori and all students’ well-being progress and achievement.

Nita is committed and passionate about Whanganui Girls’ College and its wider community. She enjoys getting involved in the creative arts, sports and spending time with her husband, daughter and wider whānau and friends. Nita said, “becoming the Principal of Whanganui Girls’ College has been my dream for some time. I am excited about continuing to grow Whanganui Girls’ College as a school of choice along with our vision of, ‘Where Girls Shine’.”

Kia ora, Welcome

Nau mai, Haere Mai

We are proud of the culture in our school which supports young women to become strong future leaders. At Whanganui Girls’ College, we are in the unique position of being the only single-sex school for girls in Whanganui, and we welcome you to come join us on your learning journey.

Our strong values are the foundation for the positive environment. We invest in the academic, social, sporting and creative elements of our students’ education to prepare them for the challenges they will face in an ever-changing world.

Our teaching ensures that students become creative, collaborative, critical and caring thinkers as they grow into confident young women.

Our students achieve academic excellence within a supportive environment where we meet the needs of every student.

Our students are committed to sustaining the natural beauty of Whanganui and New Zealand. We are proud to be an Enviroschool, and our students are leading us in our environmental journey.

Our teaching ensures that students become creative, collaborative, critical and caring thinkers as they grow into confident young women.

Our students achieve academic excellence within a supportive environment where we meet the needs of every student.

Our students are committed to sustaining the natural beauty of Whanganui and New Zealand. We are proud to be an Enviroschool, and our students are leading us in our environmental journey.

Our School

Recognising the challenges awaiting young women in the 21st century, the school develops the skills students need to build the businesses, careers and communities of the future.

The school provides a physical, social and intellectual environment which promotes achievement and personal growth. The mottos ‘Ad Astra’ and ‘Poutamatia’ are words of encouragement to our students to ‘aim high’ and strive for excellence in everything they do.

“WGC offers opportunities for you to be able to nourish, explore and reach your full potential.”

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