State girls' schools talk

New Zealand state girls' schools are looking more to community organisations to support their pupils' education, a national conference in Dunedin has shown.

The two-day 2014 New Zealand State Girls' School Conference began in the city yesterday and is being hosted by Queen's High School and Otago Girls' High School.

It has attracted 25 delegates - most of them principals - from 19 of the country's 25 state girls' schools.

Otago Girls' principal Linda Miller said the delegates would spend much of the conference exploring programmes available in the community which could help and support pupil learning.

One example was the Otago Youth Wellness Trust.

Trust staff will speak to the delegates today about issues relating to the mental health of pupils, and how it can affect their education.

University of Otago vice-chancellor and psychology professor Harlene Hayne also spoke to delegates yesterday.

''We're looking at networking within schools and within the community,'' Ms Miller said.

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