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Ex Girls & Friends of Queen's

Est 1959 ~ Celebrating the Past, Nurturing the Future.

Once a Queen's girl, always a Queen's girl!


  • Queen's High School Photos 1955-1965
  • Queen's High School Photos 1965-1975
  • Queen's High School Photos 1975-1985
  • Queen's High School Photos 1985-1995
  • Queen's High School Photos 1995-2005
  • Queen's High School Photos 2005-2015

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This website contains photos and student anecdotes from the Queen's High School archives, which are included to provide enjoyment to ex girls and friends of Queen's High School. Should there be an issue with any content, please send an email to: enquiries@queenshighexgirls.school.nz

Snippets From the Past:

Girls Urged to Follow Ideal of Service:
"I am asking you to give to New Zealand in your day something better than you took from it in your youth."
Address given to school by the Minister of Education during official school opening.
1955

Amalgamation of Queen's and Kings. This was seriously considered.
1972

Ode to the Big H!!!!
"Mrs Harrison is my shep-Head I shall not want. She catcheth me not attending classes, and leadeth me into her office. She asketh me if I have started swotting yet, and swatteth me if I have not!"
(Full article on display at the reunion.)
Lyn Freeman, 1979

Queen's was amongst the last group of single sex state secondary schools founded in New Zealand. The dominant philosophy of co-education soon took total control of the state system as Taieri, Bayfield and Logan Park were built.

Lots of reporting that the new school called Queen's High, should not be built. The city did not need another single sex girls' school.
1954.

Article in ODT:
"Some 400 mothers and about four lonely looking fathers watched their children at Queen's High School as they demonstrated class-room activities"
1954.

The school ball was a combined one with Otago Girls, Otago Boys and King's High Schools - the "subscription" was £3.5/-
1958.

The King's-Queen's theatrical co-operation had been established and many a pupil from either school remembers the many productions with great affection - the Queen's gals have played more than their share in shaping many a life from the 'guys across the fence' ".
W. Larkins KHS, 1960.

Poem extract:
"Through Love of Learning We Learned To Live - T'was sound advice that Queen's did give."
Leslie Lumsden.

Lots of reporting that the new school called Queen's High, should not be built. The city did not need another single sex girls school.
1954.

Pandora publication - Trendsetter!
"Have you ever gone to a party wearing your favourite red and orange stripped trousers with your flowery shirt with gold high heeled shoes, only to find out that everyone else is wearing pastels? If your answer was yes, then stop worrying, there are other like you. There is a name for your conditions and it is not that you are going crazy. You are a TRENDSETTER."
(Full article on display at the reunion.)
Editor, Martine Smith, 1987

CAN YOU REMEMBER THE REST?!
"God be in my head
And in my understanding
God by in my eyes
And in my looking ..."

Amazing letter from Miss Ballard, who had to respond to a "letter to the editor" about Queen's High School spending $1500 on purchasing a piano for the school. The writer had suggested the money would have been better spent on the education of the girls!!!
1971.

Did you know that most of the area in the vicinity of Queen's was once a Chinese market garden?

Swimming very strong at QHS. Kate Stevely off to London to compete in World Junior Diving Champs.

Pandora's Box - do you remember this Queen's Newspaper, started by Mrs Strang?
1982.

"Tinted Glasses" Pippa Bray (6 Denton) attends the National Young Forum - What do I see through my culturally tinted glasses?
1986.

Queen's girls help DOC refloat stranded whale!!! Oops, it is an inflated whale for demonstration purposes??
1993.

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A Chance to Support Queen's High School

Below are opportunities within Queen’s High School which you could support through either donation or by giving of your time/expertise.

Ex Girls & Friends of Queen's Scholarship Trust

This Scholarship Trust was established in 1997 to provide scholarships for Year 13 students to study at tertiary level. We have awarded 30 so far and have regularly awarded two scholarships annually. The selection committee is made up of two ex girls, the school Principal and school’s Year 13 Co-ordinator. The Scholarship is awarded at Prize Giving each year. If you would like to contribute to this send an email to: Georgie Christie.

Queen's High School Information Centre (Library)

The Information Centre purchases library books specifically to support all students and staff at Queen’s. The Librarian maintains an extensive ‘wish list’ of titles to be purchased, based on student suggestions, curriculum requirements and books identified via numerous book review websites, magazines and newsletters. She is also always looking for particular resources to support specific groups of students: for example, ebooks and eaudio books to support students with reading disabilities, graphic novels for reluctant readers and to support visual literacy, and literary award winners for Scholarship English students. If you would like to support our students by donating money for the purchase of a specific book or type of book, please contact Carole Gardiner (Librarian) at school or via caroleg@queens.school.nz for more information on titles that are currently required.

Queen's High School Sports Council

Ways in which you could support sport at Queen's are:

  • purchasing some sporting equipment items; or
  • getting involved in Coaching/Managing a team or individual.

Any courses/training required will be provided. If you wish to contribute in this area please email sport@queens.school.nz or post to Noeline Burden, Sports Co-ordinator, Queen's High School, 195 Surrey Street, Dunedin.

Mentoring

You may feel you have time, energy, experiences and wisdom to share with a young woman. Where appropriate, students who have expressed an interest in having a mentor will be matched with a volunteer Queen’s Ex-Girl mentor. The finer details of how this would run are likely to be arranged on a case by case basis to ensure that the needs of both parties are met with each arrangement. Some training and support would be available as part of the programme. If you would like to know more, or would consider undertaking a mentoring role, please contact Colleen Lyons in the first instant. This is an option that could be managed from anywhere in world – not necessarily would it require face to face meetings.

Disclaimer:

This website contains photos and student anecdotes from the Queen's High School archives, which are included to provide enjoyment to ex girls and friends of Queen's High School. Should there be an issue with any content, please send an email to: enquiries@queenshighexgirls.school.nz