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Sharon Steer

Sharon Steer


I regard every student in our school as a taonga, a treasure, gifted to us by their whanau, and our job is to provide the best education for each and every one of our girls. It is my goal to ensure that students at WGC have the opportunity to develop in all aspects of their education. I believe that when we invest in the academic, social, sporting and creative elements of their education, we help your daughters to succeed.

Research on the development of the brain in the adolescent years shows that learning for girls is different from learning for boys. We know that one size does not fit all, and we are proud to be able to meet your daughter’s individual needs. I love that our school is small enough for us to know every single student but that we are still able to offer a wide range of subjects and opportunities. Each young woman is encouraged to develop her particular strengths and interests using the GROWTH mindset.

We are in the unique position of being the only single-sex school for students in Whanganui, and this gives us the opportunity to live our motto ‘Ad Astra’. It truly is a place “Where girls shine”.

Nita Pond

Nita Pond

Deputy Principal

At Whanganui Girls’ College, I have continued to share my love for teaching and passion for the performing arts.  I am in the privileged position of being able to support and guide many of our students through to academic and personal success as they make their journey through secondary school.

The family feel of the school along with its strong house spirit and ASTRA school values give students, staff and community a sense of belonging and self-worth.

Craig Ritani

Craig Ritani

Assistant Principal

I am originally from Christchurch but completed a Bachelor of Physical Education at Otago University. From there, I taught at Christchurch College of Education. I then traveled to London and worked in an all-boys school for two years before travelling around Europe and returning to New Zealand. I then applied for a job at Wanganui Collegiate School as Head of Physical Education and ended up working there for nine years. When an opportunity came up to work at Whanganui Girls’ College as Assistant Principal, I decided it was a great opportunity to gain more experience at a good school. I’ve also been heavily involved in hockey as a player and coach and enjoy coaching the 1st XI girls team here at Whanganui Girls’ College.

Our School Social Worker

School Social Worker – Te Mania O’Rourke

The role of the social worker is to provide confidential support, guidance and advocacy for students and their families/whanau to ensure students are emotionally safe, both at school and in their lives. Social work in New Zealand is governed by two professional bodies: ANZASW – Aotearoa/New Zealand Association of Social Workers and SWRB – Social Work Registration Board.


Te Mania’s qualifications include a Diploma in Social Work, a Certificate in Counselling, and Primary Certificate in REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy). She is accredited to facilitate Strengthening Families Meetings and is a member of ANZASW (Aotearoa / New Zealand Association of Social Workers). Te Mania is registered with the SWRB (Social Workers Registration Board).

Our Deans

Mrs Karen Laing

Year 13 Dean

Ms Sarah Drakefield

Year 12 Dean

Ms Brenda Thompson

Year 11 Dean

Ms Nina Barbezat

Year 10 Dean

Mrs Samantha Overweel

Year 9 Dean

Our HoDs

Mr Leslie Davis

Social Sciences

Ms Rachel Conley


Ms Caren Steed

English and Languages

Mrs Rosie James

Visual and Performing Arts

Mrs Blanche Cloete


Mrs Sandra Friedel


Ms Amy Fairhurst

Health and PE

Mrs Debra Tunbridge

Learning Support