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About Gore High School

Our History

Established in 1908 on the banks of the Mataura river, Gore High School was the first school and is the largest secondary school in Eastern Southland.The adjoining hostel was built in 1923 and the school opened on its present site in 1954.

The motto “Palma Non Sine Pulvere” translates as “No reward without effort”.  This traditional work ethic is still promulgated as an important factor in educational success.

The co-educational Year 9-13 school has a roll of 482 local students.  The school sits in nine acres of grounds in the heart of Southland surrounded by beautiful productive farm land, and close to stunning lakes and majestic mountain scenery. The community is dependent on a rural economy. Many of our students travel to school each day by bus.

Our History

Board of Trustees

The Gore High School Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance of the school.

Our mission is ‘Educating our young people to become purposeful and successful citizens, contributing to society, and pursuing their passions.’

Board members 2022


Brendon Harrex (Parent Trustee - Chairperson)

Melanie Hamilton (Rector)

Nadine Fletcher (Staff representative)

Bronnie Grant (Parent Trustee)

Wayne McClelland (Parent Trustee)

Richard Pasco (Parent Trustee)

Katie McKenzie (Parent Trustee)

This year’s meetings will be held in the Gore High School Meetings Room from 7.00 pm on the following dates:​


  • 16 February 2022

  • 16 March 2022

  • 13 April 2022

  • 18 May 2022

  • 15 June 2022

  • 6 July 2022

  • 17 August 2022

  • 21 September 2022

  • 19 October 2022

  • 16 November 2022

Financial Statements


A copy of the school's 2017 and 2018 Audited Accounts are available by clicking on the respective link.

Board of Trustees

Charter & Analysis of Variance

Please click on the link below to download our Charter and Analysis of Variance.

Charter 2022 (pdf)

Analysis of Variance 2021 (pdf)

If you have any queries in relation to and of our charter or analysis of variance, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Charter of Variance

Our Foundation

Gore High School celebrated its Centennial in 2008, 100 years of providing learning to the wider community of Eastern Southland.  The school was initially established by the river, with a new school on the current site in Coutts Road in 1954.

The school has produced many outstanding graduates but moreover has equipped all its students with the knowledge, confidence, and skills to build successful lives and sound careers in a broad range of areas.  The educational challenge of this modern information age requires new thinking, much initiative and imagination, as well as resourcing.

In 1998, the Gore High School Foundation was formed as a Charitable Trust by the Board of Trustees. The Foundation members include former pupils, the Rector, a representative from the PTA, the Board of Trustees, and a staff representative.

The ‘Future Foundation Fund’ was established to provide opportunities for students of today and tomorrow.

The purpose of the fund is not to provide money to supplement Ministry of Education funding, but to fund the school’s own projects, with the aim of students becoming ‘Connected Learners for Life’.


The Foundation provides scholarships at each year level for students who reflect some aspect of the school motto ‘No reward without effort’.

The Foundation Scholarships have been very well received by the students since their inception in 2005.  They are prestigious awards that sit at the very heart of the school.  They do not necessarily belong to the most academic students as many awards do, but rather award the outstanding effort of individuals, independent of academic ability. With your support, the Foundation plan to extend these scholarships.

Year 9 (Bronze medallion):

Courtesy both inside and outside of the classroom.


Year 10 (Bronze medallion): 

Effort inside and outside of the classroom.

Year 11 (Silver medallion):   

To honour commitment to extra-curricular activities associated with by the school.


​Year 12 (Silver medallion):

To honour outstanding improvement.


Year 13 (Gold medallion):

To honour outstanding service to the school.

If you would like to donate towards the ‘Future Foundation Fund’ or become a member of the Foundation Committee, please contact Olivia Grace (Foundation Secretary) via email or Lindsay Wright (Chairman) via

Copies of the 2017 2018, and 2019 Foundation Newsletters are available by clicking on the link.

Our Foundation
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