Illustrated Guide to Christchurch and Neighbourhood
The Girls' High School
The Girls' High School.
This school was opened in September, 1877, in the building now used as the School of Art, ninety pupils attending the first term. The building at first gave only limited accommodation, and a new stone building was erected in Cramner Square, the contract price being £4567, on ground purchased in 1878, to which the school was removed at the commencement of the third term of 1881.
The staff consists of a lady principal, three assistant teachers, and a teacher of needlework, and one for class singing, besides masters for drawing and the usual extra subjects. Latin is an optional subject; there is no extra charge for drawing, and special attention is given to physical training by means of drill and calisthenics. The Inspector-General's yearly reports have been most satisfactory. His last report is simply "I beg to report briefly that I find it one of the best schools I know.” In December last two Junior-University scholarships were gained by pupils of this school, and a scholarship given by the Board of Education was gained by a third. Indeed, each year since the establishment of the school a very goodly share of University scholarships, and also those offered by the Board of Education, have been carried off by students at this High School.