We Work Hard

We Work Hard

We Are Responsible For All We Do

We Are Responsible For All We Do

We Respect Each Other

We Respect Each Other

We Treat All People Fairly

We Treat All People Fairly

We Take Care of Our Environment

We Take Care of Our Environment

We Are Honest

We Are Honest

Welcome to our website

I hope you find it inspiring and easy to navigate.

Warm greetings wherever in the world you are!

For anyone who is thinking about Year 7-13 education in Invercargill you will find plenty here to give you a clear sense of our school’s vibrancy, energy, culture, and philosophy. You will also discover our amazing range of opportunities and, above all, our commitment to a high quality of teaching and learning.

I encourage you to visit us in person, or make contact at least.

In the meantime, enjoy browsing our site and imagine yourself enjoying learning as much as those already here obviously do!

Andy Wood - Principal

Daily Notices

Day to day events and information from both Campuses


Monthly Newsletters

Our Prospectus

Download our Prospectus in PDF format

Contact Us

Phone and electronic points of contact.

Latest Articles

Mission Statement


James Hargest College fosters all round development and the pursuit of excellence in a stimulating and supportive environment so that our students are equipped to create the best possible future for themselves and their world.

C Block Rebuild


Time Lapse view of the rebuild


Jazz Fest


Olympic Gold


Ex Hargest Student Nathan Cohen

Studying Abroard


International Study by Eleanor

Our Vision

Our purpose is to fulfil the vision of the New Zealand Curriculum by the development of confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners in a way that reflects the expectations and needs of the Hargest community.

Our strong achievement focus is of prime importance, with sights set firmly on the pursuit of excellence and best performance by all.

We foster all round development by expecting students to demonstrate the values expressed in "The Hargest Way" and to engage in a diverse range of academic, sporting, cultural, leadership and service opportunities. We value the special place of tikanga Maori, and embrace cultural diversity.

We aim to epitomise education of superb quality in a supportive, stimulating environment. A highly professional staff provide programmes responsive to student needs, in partnership with parents, caregivers, whanau and the wider community.