About our school
Our school has a long and proud history in our city. It was established over 80 years ago, our school has developed a broad and innovative curriculum, high academic standards and a wide, interesting range of co-curricular activities. Our highly qualified and experienced staff encourage girls to excel in a positive and focused learning environment.
Our ability to be able to continue this tradition, after the disruption of the February 2011 earthquake, delights us. We have an exciting future in a newly built facility on a new campus which opened in Term 2, 2019.
Our new campus- Ōrua Paeroa site
Term 2 2019 saw Avonside Girls’ High School make the move to the new campus in North New Brighton, following the rebuild necessitated by the impact of the 2011 earthquakes.
Despite the sadness of moving on from the much-loved Avonside site, it was a time to be celebrated in the history of the school, as it signalled a shift for staff and students to the wonderful new facilities of the brand new Orua Paeroa campus. On the campus, Avonside Girls’ High School and Shirley Boys’ High School operate side by side, along with a satellite class from Ferndale School, all working independently within their own school space but also having the opportunity to use key facilities that are shared.
All schools maintain their unique culture and identity while also taking advantage of the opportunities that come with sharing the campus. Those opportunities include sharing of facilities such as the two theatres, library, cafeteria, commercial kitchen for senior Hospitality classes, additional gymnasium, artificial sports turf, cultural space, etc. There is also some limited sharing of students in senior classes, where numbers make this a sensible option.
The teaching spaces for Avonside are organised according to learning areas and along with wonderful specialist facilities, they provide flexibility for teaching and learning, with a mix of single-cell classroom spaces and more open spaces, enabling teachers to organise the spaces according to suit the learning that is planned.
All the learning spaces are organised around a large attractive interior courtyard,, and downstairs learning spaces open to the outdoors so that learning can move outside for those learning areas located on the ground floor.
Performance and sporting facilities are first-rate, and provide a wonderful environment for both curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
Information on routes
Ecan have made a small change to one of the routes to AGHS & SBHS. Starting from 29 Jan 2020, the afternoon trip on Route 661 will be extended from Edgeware to the Bus Interchange. This change hopes to fix the overloading issue on Route 60, as many students who used the 60 got off at the interchange. Please note that the morning trip on Route 661 will still start from Edgeware.
For information on routes and times of all of our school buses:
The library is for all students to enjoy, using the extensive collection and the wonderful space. The meaning of Mᾱpuna is precious, valuable, prized.Our library is open Monday – Friday between 8am-4pm in term time only. Contact our Library staff on 03 3897199 ext 701
Wendy Wright, our Library Manager
Imogen Loakman, our Assistant Librarian
Louise Reichwein, our Assistant Librarian
The layout of our campus
Click here for a map of our school.
We have a Cafe on site catered by Ris’tretto Espresso with a lot of different food and drinks on offer.
The Cafe will be open from 8:30am Monday – Friday.
Their website: https://www.ristretto.co.nz/