Queen Margaret College

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Basic Information

Address: 53 Hobson Street Thorndon Wellington NEW ZEALAND 6012
Phone Number: 04-473 7160
Director/Owner: Jayne-Ann Young

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Additional Information

Ages: Year 1 - 13
Nationalities: . We have 50 nationalities so girls make friends from all over the world. QMC is located in the Embassy suburb close to parliament.
Language(s): English
School Types: Elite private girls' school, with an onsite luxury boarding house.
Enrollment: https://www.qmc.school.nz/international-ready-to-apply/
School Schedule (Hours in Day): 8.30am - 3.30pm
School Size: 700
Classroom Size: Senior classes have 2 to 12 students, ensuring that each girl gets individual attention; we know every student well and can develop their talents.
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:20

Queen Margaret College has 100 years’ experience in delivering world class education to girls. We are an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School known for delivering outstanding academic results. Our curriculum promotes multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement, broadening perspectives and bringing new experiences to learning.

We offer dual-curriculum pathways for seniors, meaning they have a unique opportunity to choose the type of education they receive, depending on their individual strengths, interests and learning styles.

Senior school students in Years 11 -13 are given the choice of two academic pathways, NCEA or the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD).

In Year 11, students sit NCEA Level 1 as the foundation course for the dual qualification pathway before they make a decision.

NCEA stands for National Certificate of Educational Achievement is New Zealand’s qualification for Year 11-13 students. It is a standards-based assessment combining a mix of both internal and external assessments. At QMC girls have the opportunity to study levels 1-3 of NCEA. Credits are awarded as Achieved, Merit or Excellence.

The IB Learner profile is a set of learning outcomes that go beyond academic success. The profile aims to develop learners who are knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced and reflective. Learners are encouraged to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators and risk takers.

The IB model includes six academic subject groups that students study concurrently. Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups. Normally three subjects are studied at a higher level and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level.

There are three core requirements that are central to the philosophy of the IB Diploma; The Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE).

Our academic success is outstanding. QMC is proud to have a 100% pass rate for eight out of the nine years since the IB Diploma was introduced. This is even more impressive as, unlike many schools, QMC does not preselect students on academic ability. Our average is 36. Our continuous data tracking closely monitors student progress, and extra academic support is given if required.

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100%
Support Services:

Our team: Our wellbeing team is led by Deputy Principal, Marianne Duston alongside our Wellbeing Coach, Geneva Atkinson. The wider team includes our Director of International Students, our school nurses, a psychologist, year level Deans and Tutor teachers. When students arrive we ensure each member is introduced to all students in one-to-one meetings.

Mentors: We have a Wellington-based cultural group that provide assistance to students with course election evenings, parent and school liaison, school report translation and general support and guidance. Mentors help with cultural adaption, language barriers and practical day-to-day living.

THRIVE: THRIVE is a wellbeing programme that has been designed uniquely for our students. Our proactive wellbeing programme is facilitated by tutor teachers once a week and has been developed for each year level from Year 7-13. Sessions incorporate a range of activities, discussions and reflections that build on the 6 pillars of wellbeing.

Extracurricular Activities: At QMC we believe that experiences are enhanced and perspectives are challenged through participation in sports, performing arts and education outside the classroom. We have an extensive extracurricular programme that allows students to explore their interests and refine their skills. At QMC we're supporting our students academic success through a commitment to sports, performing arts and education outside the classroom. An integral part of our extra curricular programme is EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom). Experiences outside of the classroom enable students to set and reach individual goals, develop deeper connections with their peers and embrace new ways of thinking. Throughout their time at the college students are encouraged to engage in physical activity throughout their school life. Whether competitively or socially, sports are essential for our physical and mental health. We have a wide variety of sports to chose from including fencing, cricket, water polo and rowing. For girls who are interesting in the performing arts, students are empowered to express themselves, refine their craft, and compete in both regional and national competitions through performance and private tuition. We offer a wide range of extracurricular Performing Arts opportunities, including major biennial productions, House Performing Arts, a number of choirs, instrumental ensembles, a Pasifika performance group, Shakespeare Festivals, and specialist lessons in instrumental music, singing, Speech and Drama.
Uniform Guidelines:

Queen Margaret College is proud of our uniform which instils a sense of unity and belonging, and connects to our College’s rich history and the countless remarkable women who have previously studied on Hobson Street.

We ask that students maintain a high standard of dress and grooming during learning hours, while travelling to and from the College, and when representing QMC at events. Our uniform guidelines are available on our website under: Parent resources > uniforms.

Mission Statement:

Our vision is to be world class in all that we do to develop participatory citizens of a global community.

Our purpose is to empower young women to live, learn and lead adventurously.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

We live by our motto, Luce Veritatis, "By the Light of Truth".

Our school is built on the values and faith given to us by our Presbyterian founders, inheriting their values of compassion, service and kindness. We warmly welcome girls from all religions and backgrounds and we are proud to live by the following values:

- Integrity
- Courage
- Resilience
- Respect
- Generosity

School History:

Our namesake, Queen Margaret of Scotland, was known for her strength and conviction. And as an independent girls’ school, we instil these same values in our learners.

Our special character is nurtured by a rich history and respect for spirituality and different beliefs. Queen Margaret College first opened its doors on 19 February 1919 with 53 pupils. Our Scottish Presbyterian founders, The Hon. John Aitken and The Very Rev. Dr James Gibb, had a resolute belief in girls’ education.

The College’s original purpose was to provide a sound intellectual and moral education for girls. To build strong character on a broad religious basis.

Special assemblies such as Founders’ Day, Queen Margaret Day, Prefect Commissioning and House Banners keep the history and traditions of the College alive and expressed in our everyday life.

Our main building was originally built as a family homestead in Hobson Street, Thorndon by T.C Williams Queen Margaret College was established in 1919.

Visa Requirement:

To study in New Zealand you must have a student visa. For more information please go to www.immigration.govt.nz