Board of Trustees

Welcome to the school website. Hamilton Girls’ High School is a busy, energetic and vibrant school where, each day, staff and students meet the current challenges of teaching and learning in a myriad of different ways. Underpinning all levels of operation of the school is the philosophy that Hamilton Girls’ High School is committed to providing a rich educational and pastoral environment where each girl can be encouraged to find her strengths, enhance her talents and reach her own potential. To contact the Board of Trustees please email [email protected].nz 

Student Bot Elections

Board of Trustees’ Election Declaration of Student Election Results


  • Alice McCarthny     470
  • Dahna Schou           69
  • Ashreya Bhardwaj  79
  • Shizuki Tong   65
  • Lynn Lee          193
  • Frankie Waldron (withdrawn)
I hereby declare
Alice McCarthny 
duly elected


Within the overall structure of Hamilton Girls’ High School, the Board of Trustees has responsibility for overall financial management and for long-term strategic planning. The Board also develops and reviews school policies, not only to ensure compliance with Ministry of Education requirements, but to provide a framework for school operations which ensures safety, equity, transparency and accountability.

Future focus for the Board of Trustees:

Property Update:

  • Security of the school – incorporates security cameras, the boundary fence, lighting
  • Building the mezzanine in Ngā Puawaitanga
  • Landscaping plans
  • Planning for a new gymnasium
  • Continuation of the Weather Tightness programme for the Anderson Technology block and the Administration block
  • Continue to upgrade staff workspaces and classrooms

Achievement Reporting

  • Regular reporting to the Board through department reviews and achievement data reporting


Sonninghill Hostel

  • Review of marketing image of the Hostel.


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Carissa McCay

Board of Trustees

Kia Ora, Fakalofa lahi atu and warm Pasifika greetings to you all.

It is an honour and privilege to accept the position of co-opted member to the HGHS Board of Trustees. As an experienced board member, I bring extensive governance knowledge and varied skills to support the vision, goals, and strategies of Hamilton Girls High School ensuring a positive and inclusive environment to achieve equitable and excellent outcomes for all students.

Kia monuina.

Dr Shane Edwards

Board of Trustees

Shane has 3 daughters at our school and is an educationalist by career.  He has worked as a teacher, lecturer and runs his own education consultancy.  His spare time is spent in Kawhia relaxing.  He enjoys all sports and loves to travel.  He has served on school boards before and is a commissioner for schools.  his favourite number is 9, favourite takeaway is butter chicken and any music by Elvis is always popular.

Jess Hona

Board of Trustees

Sarah King

Board of Trustees

I bring to the Board several years of governance and leadership roles in education.

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the HGHS community on the Board and believe every student should feel personal success through their academic, sporting or cultural achievements.

Josephine Satini

Board of Trustees

Santjie Stols

Board of Trustees



Staff Representative

I was elected for the role of Staff Representative for the Board of Trustees in October 2018 and was re-elected in June 2019. 

Since graduating in 1990 I have taught in various schools in New Zealand and overseas. I was first employed at Hamilton Girls’ High School from 2002 to 2006. 

After teaching in Christchurch I returned to Hamilton Girls’ High School in 2016 to work in the Mathematics Department. My partner and I have two children.

This is an exciting and interesting time to be involved in education. A strong curriculum, high quality leadership, good teacher morale and a Board that is supportive of the Principal, Senior Management and teachers’ professional development are fundamental to the success of Hamilton Girls’ High School.

Alice McCarthny

Student Representative