It is my pleasure to welcome you to Queen Margaret College, Wellington’s leading, independent girls’ school, providing a world-class education for students from Pre-School through to Year 13.
Throughout its rich history, Queen Margaret College has been a leader in girls’ education. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, the College delivers the curriculum continuum of the three IB Programmes: the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The curriculum fits closely with the holistic philosophy and international vision of the College.
The school is the largest, independent girls’ school in Wellington and the only girls’ school in the lower North Island offering a dual qualification pathway of either the internationally recognised IB Diploma or New Zealand’s credential, The National Certificate of Education (NCEA).
Established in 1919 as a Presbyterian girls’ college, our location in a heritage building in inner-city Thorndon, provides ready access to all that a cosmopolitan capital city offers. We are situated close to embassies, high commissions and Parliament, a feature of the school from early in its history. The perspective gained here is culturally rich and internationally-minded.
The College will also offer onsite student accommodation from 2018 for Year 9 – 13. The boarding house will have forty-four rooms and will be the only girls’ school in Wellington offering such accommodation to its students.
The fine tradition of Presbyterian education with its strong academic emphasis is still the foundation of the College and we enjoy a reputation for outstanding academic results.
Girls have numerous opportunities for involvement, high-level performance and leadership through sporting and cultural activities and an extensive exchange programme with sister schools. The College is future focused with technology integrated throughout the curriculum equipping students for today’s digital world. Within this dynamic learning environment, girls are encouraged to develop their skills and talents across all areas and are challenged to pursue excellence and their personal best.
The College is very proud of its alumnae (Old Girls) who are regularly invited back to talk with our current students. A Queen Margaret College education aims to produce articulate, competent and compassionate young women with a desire to use their education and talents to make a positive contribution to society.
I have been privileged to lead Queen Margaret College since 2004 and, at the end of term, am retiring from the education sector. The College has appointed my successor, Ms Jayne-Ann Young, who will lead this outstanding school through to the Centenary in 2019 and beyond.
I hope you will take the time to visit us and experience the world of opportunities we offer at Queen Margaret College.
Ms Carol Craymer
MA Hons; Dip Tchg; Dip Ed; Dip SM was appointed Principal of Queen Margaret College in 2004. Prior to moving to Wellington, she was Assistant Principal at Orewa College and Deputy Principal at Takapuna Grammar School. She is currently on the Executive of the Australian Association of International Baccalaureate Schools.