KELSTON GIRLS’ COLLEGE began life in 1954 as a school for girls and boys. It grew so rapidly that by 1959 the students were segregated on separate campuses and in 1963 Kelston Girls was officially established.
Over the years, Kelston Girls’ High School offered a clear choice of education for young women. It was and still is the only state secondary school for young women in West Auckland and has a strong tradition of excellence in academic, cultural and sporting endeavours of which students, staff and alumni are justifiably proud.
Kelston Girls’ College received an exemplary Education Review Office report in 2014, which says: “the college provides a highly supportive and inclusive environment where girls have a strong sense of pride and belonging.” To read the report click here
In 2004, Kelston Girls celebrated 50 years in existence. As part of planning for the next 50 years, the Board, in consultation with the community, decided to undergo a change of name. The school is now Kelston Girls’ College.
The original wooden panelled corridors remain in some parts of the school, but much else has been modernised. Half of D block has been modernised and we trust that the rest can be completed in 2018 – 2019.
Leadership opportunities are available for all students. The Student Council meets weekly and play a valuable role in the organisation of school activities. Trained Peer Supporters work with Year 9 students. Captains and coaches of sports teams receive leadership training. Students are invited to volunteer as buddies for visiting overseas students. Prefects receive leadership training and manage committees such as: Sports Committee, Student Council, Academic Committee, Environment Committee, The Arts Committee and The Kelston Way Committee.
- In Term One, the Family Fun Day which from next year has been re-named Cultural and Family Day, showcases the performances of our cultural groups who participate in Polyfest. The Kelston Girls’ College Samoan Group are the over all winners at Polyfest, this year. Cultural food as well as dance are highlights of this day.
- Wahine Toa is a popular evening for mothers, aunties, big sisters and ‘daughters’.
- Kelston’s Got Talent is organised by Church Unlimited and is open to students at Kelston Girls’ College and Kelston Boys High School. Youth workers and Prefects at Kelston Girls’ College organise this event.
- Senior Business students participate each year in a three day Business Challenge. We have outside presenters who help mentor the students in strategic planning, marketing, production,finance, innovation and teamwork. The students get the opportunity to take up directorship roles within the company such as CEO, Communications Manager, Finance Director, Productions Manager or Marketing Director.
- Combined Kelston School Ball is held annually in July.
- Sporting events are varied and change with the seasons. In 2016 we won the Secondary School Girls’ Waka Ama event. Grace Lui was the Secondary Schools’ Girls Athlete of the Year. We have a Rugby Academy.
- Drama, Music and The Arts showcase the creative talents of our students.