Co-ed Updates

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

Online Q&A Evening, Recording
Student Testimonial
Sporting Update

Welcome to Amanda Gibbs
Co-curricular Opportunities

Online Q&A Evening

On Thursday 4 June we held an online Q&A evening with students and staff from Scots co-ed Senior School. The webinar covered the girls’ experience at Scots, the House system, pastoral care, sporting opportunities and many questions relating to boarding, cultural pursuits, curriculum and student support. Please watch a recording of the evening below.

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

Sporting Update

The initial goal, as envisaged by the Headmaster and Board, was to provide the same opportunities and support for girls across all sporting codes and our current female students have surpassed all expectations and have engaged fully in all that the sporting programme has to offer. Girls have taken the sports sphere of school life by storm and have extended their involvement beyond the academic, cultural, service and spiritual spheres of school life far quicker than we anticipated and as such, we have seen them involved in sports such as athletics (competitive), badminton (competitive and social), mixed handball (social), mixed touch rugby (competitive), netball (including a competitive and social team), futsal (competitive and social), floorball (social), hockey (competitive) rowing (competitive), mixed water polo (competitive) and basketball (social). Further involvement has extended to cricket, football and swimming although small numbers prevent us from entering full teams at present across cricket and football.

Girls participated in local and regional athletics events, College Sport Wellington competitions across most of the aforementioned codes and with the winter sports season upon us, we look forward to watching our netball and hockey teams demonstrate their skill sets. Girls participating in mixed badminton and basketball teams will also be provided with an opportunity to participate at a competitive and social level during the 2020 season. Charlotte Fuller (Cricket) and Nina Kondo (Football) have been involved with the respective sports programmes and whilst they are not representing the College in competition currently, we have facilitated them playing for their respective clubs. Sofia Pippos will also be representing the College in swimming at the National events during the course of the year.

Whilst no girls are currently involved in cycling, golf, tennis and underwater hockey, we have no doubt that these sporting codes will see greater interest going forward. Whilst we are some way off playing rugby union, we are hoping to have a rugby 7s team come the end of the year, so watch this space.

Equal access for girls, to the same coaching and sports science services has been well received and we are confident that we will see, sooner rather than later, a significant increase in competitive girls’ teams participating in College Sport Wellington competitions going forward. We envisage greater interest and participation as we move into 2021 and with increasing numbers we are likely to see a significant increase in girls only teams although, we don’t want to lose the value associated with playing in mixed teams.

Shane Gaffney,
Director of Sport


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

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:

Our Location

Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Strathmore Park
Wellington 6022
New Zealand
Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243
New Zealand