About QMC

Founded in 1919 Queen Margaret College is an independent Presbyterian school for girls, providing seamless education from Pre-School to Year 13.

The College is located five minutes walk from the Wellington City Railway and Bus Station. The location offers students a central city classroom and our teachers take full advantage of close proximity to Te Papa, Parliament/Beehive, Katherine Mansfield Park, Thorndon Tennis and Squash Club, Thorndon Pool, The National Library, Carters Observatory, Archives New Zealand, Katherine Mansfield’s Birthplace and Wellington’s Waterfront.

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The College is led by four passionate female education practitioners. Above: Head of Junior School (Year 1 - 6) Kathleen McDonnell, Head of Middle School (Year 7 - 10) Rena Day, Principal Carol Craymer and Head of Senior School (Year 11 - 13) Jacqui Brown

Each Head is charged with ensuring a students curriculum and pastoral needs are meet while within their area of the College. They also transition students smoothly as they move from Junior to Middle and Middle to Senior.

Dual Qualification Pathway

As an IB World School senior students are given the choice of completing the IB diploma or the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (New Zealand) with opportunities for both pathways to enter the New Zealand Scholarship examinations. Queen Margaret College is the only girls’ school in Wellington to offer the IB Diploma.

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Academic Excellence

The Dual Qualification Pathway results in 2015 demonstrates the academic Excellence of the College.

  • 100% IB Diploma Pass rate
  • 100% NCEA Level 3 Pass rate
  • 100% NCEA Level 2 Pass rate
  • 99% NCEA Level 1 Pass rate

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1:1 Laptop Programme

All students Year 6 – 13  participate in the BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop). This is enhanced with iPads in the Pre-School and Preps, class sets of netbooks and laptops in the Junior School. The College has been running a successful 1:1 Laptop Programme since 2011.

World Class Facilities

Queen Margaret College is in a historical building constructed in the late 1800s. The Tower Block is the heart of the College and stands for its strength and resilience. Over the past 96 years the College has cared for and restored this building, while expanding school facilities to provide our students the highest quality learning environment.

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Growing Global Citizens

The College offers language exchanges and leadership experiences in Chile, Tahiti, France, Australia, China, Europe, USA, Fiji and Japan.

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Learning Extension

The Learning Enrichment and Acceleration Programme (LEAP) extends and inspires girls who need more challenging learning experiences. This programme offers a myriad of discussion groups, workshops, clubs, outside competitions and international exams.

An Extensive range of sporting and cultural activities

Our choirs and instrumental groups have received a number of regional and national titles. Along with this the College offers opportunities to participate in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, debating, theatre-sports and the annual joint musical production with Scots College.

The College has over 100 sports teams. We have a wide range of sports to suit everyone and options for social or competitive levels. 


The College has an onsite Pre-School which offers extended hours and participates in the Ministry of Education 20 hours Free ECE subsidy scheme. The Pre-School takes advantage of specialist staff, including a full-time Nurse and the College facilities such as the library, gym and music auditorium. The Pre-School is open Monday to Friday, 730am - 530pm and operates 48 weeks a year, with a four week close down period over the summer holidays.


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