About Gore High School
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Lindsay Wright (Chairman) via email@example.com.