Whanganui Girls College

Our Programmes

History

Founded in 1891, the school is one of the oldest single sex educational facilities in New Zealand.

Leading by example, our proud leadership has included Headmistresses who have etched their names in history through dedication and innovation. Headmistress, Miss Isabel Fraser, introduced the first kiwifruit seeds to New Zealand from China in 1904, making her responsible for generating an industry that forms a key platform in the New Zealand economy.

The honour roll of past student achievements is too long to list, so below is a small sample of our high achievers:

Arts: Millicent Mary Gilbert (1896) – First Class Award of the Department of Science and Art for the Committee of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council on Education.

Commerce: Winifred Dunkley (1921) – First woman in New Zealand to qualify and enter private practice as a qualified accountant.

Music: Gillian Weir (1953-1956) – CBE and Dame Commander of the British Empire for distinguished services to music.

Entrepreneur: Victoria Ransom (1989-1993) – Sold her business in 2012 for $310 million, making her one of the richest women in New Zealand.

Sport: Emily Travers (1992-1996) – NZ White Ferns Cricketer.

Stagechallenge Isobel Fraser