Co-ed Updates

Please see below the latest updates on the development of the co-educational Senior School

Student Testimonial
Welcome to Amanda Gibbs
Co-curricular Opportunities
International Tours and Exchanges
Development of Co-ed Senior School Update Feb 2019

SofiaStudent Testimonial

From the day I came here I felt very comfortable and part of a big family. Especially as one of the first girls to ever board, I was very fortunate to end up in such a caring environment as I did. I know that the situation with girls was new to everyone, so I appreciate even more how you always tried to fulfil our wishes, involved us in decisions and responded to us. I couldn’t have been happier here, you have made my time the best of my life. I wish you all the best and the future boarders (especially girls) are really lucky with the team here.” – Sophia Naraghi Bagherpour, Y12

Welcome to Amanda Gibbs

October 2019

At the start of this term we were delighted to officially welcome Amanda Gibbs into her role as Senior School Deputy Principal, Pastoral and Operations with responsibility for girls. Over the weekend Amanda hosted a well-attended luncheon for the girls attending Scots College from 2020 and we would like to thank all of the families who were able to attend and who were able to begin to build connections with each other.

Amanda joins Scots College from her previous role as Deputy Principal at St Oran’s College. She has taught Science and Chemistry and held leadership roles in co-educational and single sex, private, integrated and public schools both in New Zealand and overseas. In her previous role Amanda was part of the creating  ‘Fearless Girls Strong Women’ a two week experience of outdoor activities and wellbeing with a focus on providing an opportunity for Year 10 girls to connect with themselves, others and the environment. Amanda’s practice aligns with her vision to create strong relationships with learners, ensuring they are capable of achieving their full potential.

As a Science teacher Amanda enjoys the opportunity to be constantly learning due to the ever changing world of science. She places a strong emphasis of teaching and learning pedagogy into her practice as well as cooperative learning. Outside of teaching and her pastoral roles she is a keen swimmer, particularly ocean swimming, golf, yoga and her own experiments in the kitchen!

“My new role is a unique opportunity to be part of Scots co-educational senior school from 2020. Our students will spend their Year 11, 12 and 13 years in a highly engaged co-educational learning environment as they prepare for their future beyond school in a diverse society. Life is co-ed.”

Amanda will be in touch with the girls enrolled from 2020 and is looking forward to getting to know these families and the Scots College community.

Co-curricular Opportunities

March 2019

It is important that the girls attending Scots College involve themselves fully in all aspect of College life and I am delighted with the enthusiasm expressed so far to be involved in our co-curricular programmes.

We will run a major production next year and are trying to secure the rights for High School Musical. Currently we offer Orchestra, Strings and Jazz groups, Chamber music and Choral groups and look forward to welcoming girls to these groups. The Pipe Band will welcome girls into their performances, with one girl already learning towards taking up the Pipes. Additionally students are offered the chance to perform in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare competition, 48 Hour Film competition, Debating, arts festival week, Scots Got Talent and the Scots Spectacular.

Education outside the classroom (EOTC)
We are planning to fully integrate girls into our EOTC week in 2020.
Year 11 – Raglan rocks outdoor centre, mountain biking week and local walkways. We are currently considering another Abel Tasman walk option.
Year 12 – Attend OPC Tongariro, Great Barrier Island or can choose to attend a scuba diving course based in Wellington.
Year 13 – Locally based – With a week’s worth of activities including the Leadership conference, Social cooking and Swivel careers programme.

As well as this we are planning a residential course for girls prior to the commencement of the school year to allow the girls to get to know one another and an orientation to Scots. This will involve a wide range of College Staff.


  • We have had regular discussions with College Sport Wellington and regional sporting organisations regarding girl’s sporting options. It is important for us that the girls will get the same opportunities and support as the boys, and we are looking across all of our programmes to ensure we can do this. While we will have to wait until later in the year for confirmations the following options are available:
  • Athletics – athletics coaching is available and we regularly have teams competing at local regional and national events
  • Basketball – Director of Basketball Troy McLean is keen to establish a girls programme. We will also link with the NZBA programmes where appropriate.
  • Cricket – unfortunately it is unlikely that we will have a girls option for this first year, 2020, but girls who wish to play can play in our boys teams as well as club teams in the weekend
  • Cycling – girls will be able to join our cycling team which competes nationally
  • Football – we are exploring options with the Phoenix Academy to develop a girl’s academy. Director of Football Stu Jacobs will welcome girls into his academy. We will look at having a girls team in 2020 if at all possible and also leverage the opportunity to have girls involved with local clubs. We will also offer the opportunity for girls to be involved with our boys’ teams.
  • Futsal – we will offer a Futsal programme for girls
  • Floorball – we will offer Floorball for girls
  • Golf – a golf coaching programme is available at the nearby Miramar Links Golf Course
  • Handball – we are exploring options around a
    girls/mixed team
  • Hockey – Our Hockey Club and Director of Hockey is keen to develop a girls programme. We will look at options here dependent upon playing numbers. Girls will be welcomed into our academy training programmes.
  • Rugby Sevens – this is a fast growing Olympic sport and we will offer a rugby sevens programme overseen by our Director of Rugby Sam Rasch
  • Netball – we will establish a netball programme with an external court being developed outside the McKinnon building as well as a court inside our gymnasium. We are in discussions with netball organisations to establish a netball programme alongside these organisations
  • Rowing – Director of rowing David Carr-Smith is planning to involve girls into our rowing programme and our committee is excited about the prospects of the girls joining our programme
  • Swimming – we will offer entry to CSW swimming events. We expect as with boys most girls will compete via clubs as well
  • Tennis – we have a strong tennis programme and will offer access to coaching and entry to local, regional and national competitions as single sex or co-ed teams
  • Water Polo – we are investigating options for girls/mixed teams
  • Underwater Hockey – we have a long history in underwater hockey and we are keen to explore both single sex teams and the possibility of a co-ed team
  • Volleyball – we will offer a Volleyball programme for girls

Study in the USA Support

In recent years we have had a number of students leave to study at a tertiary level overseas, in particular in the USA. Many choose this pathway as a student athlete and apply for scholarships to help make these opportunities possible. To help assist our students navigate this pathway we have experience within the College through our Careers Advisor, Mr Henley-Smith, Senior Managers, as well as some of our Directors of Sport.

We also have a partnership with Platform Sports Management who have a proven reputation with Scots College families and have not only successfully placed a number of ours students in top universities but have continued to look after these students while they complete their university studies. More information is available online:

International Tours and Exchanges

March 2019

International Tours and exchanges are a great opportunity for students to travel, make new friends and experience different languages, cultures and customs.
Please see listed below the tours and exchanges that will be available to girls as a Senior School student in 2020 and 2021.


  • July: Design & Tech trip to NYC
  • July: Pipe Band tour to UK
  • Sept: Toin Gakuen, Japan (Year 11)
  • Dec: World Challenge trip to Costa Rica (TBC)
  • Individual exchanges:
    Brentwood College, Canada (Year 11)
    Louisenlund School, Germany (Year 11)
    Shanghai Southwest Weiyu School, China (Year 11)


  • Jan: International Schools Choral Festival
  • April: Chinese cultural Trip
  • July: Fiji Service Trip
  • July: Biology trip to Galapogos Islands
  • Sept: Toin Gakuen, Japan
  • Individual exchanges:
    Brentwood College, Canada (Year 11)
    Louisenlund School, Germany (Year 11)
    Shanghai Southwest Weiyu School, China (Year 11)
    March 2019

Developments of the Co-educational Senior School

February 2019

It is exciting to see the future focused learning strategy announced last year now well underway. With the McKinnon Block piling completed and the concrete pour beginning we are well on track to have this completed by November. The new timetable and Year 11 course have begun with Year 11 taking part in the BP Business Challenge, presenting at a Dragons Den Style event with advice from Old Boys over the previous two weeks. This launching them into their year-long collaborative project.

Planning ahead of the change to a co-educational Senior School is taking shape

  • Scholarships for girls entering Years 11, 12 and 13 in 2020 open on the College website, Friday March 1. Senior School Scholarships for boys will open in August. All information and applications will be available online from this date. On the same day Middle School Scholarship Applications will also open for internal and external candidates entering Years 7 or 9 in 2020.
  • Adrian Slack, Dean of Aitken House will visit Barker College in Sydney later this term as part of a staff scholarship focusing on the pastoral care of girls.
  • We are planning for a residential camp for all new girls at the start of 2020 and planning days to integrate the boys and girls at each level of the Senior School.
  • Girls Deputy Principal appointment – we have commenced advertising for this position and hope to introduce our families to the successful candidate later this year.
  • Building work has been undertaken in Gibb House to prepare the girls boarding facility and will be completed later in the year.
  • In May we will be holding an evening for all girls and their families who have enrolled or applied. This is an opportunity for them to meet one another, discuss any queries and co-curricular options.
  • We have confirmed a visit from staff and students from St Paul’s to share their experiences and will invite all interested families to attend in June.
  • In August we have Andrew Fuller, a leading Australian educational psychologist, visiting the College and will be holding a community evening with him.

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