The Queen Margaret College Middle School (Year 7 – 10) aims is to ease the transition of our students from a primary school environment to that of a secondary school by ensuring the development of confidence, high self-esteem and sound work habits. This period requires a programme that helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. Learning how to think and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts.

Middle Years Programme

We are an International Baccalaureate World School authorised to teach the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP delivers a framework of academic challenges which encourage students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.

Building on the skills and knowledge developed through the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in the Junior School, the programme is ideal preparation for the dual qualification pathway delivered in the Senior School of either the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) or NCEA.

The programme can be illustrated by the MYP Curriculum Model which has the IB Learner Profile at the centre surrounded by the features of the programme, its outcomes and the curriculum students study. This provides a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.

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 communicators, inquirers, thinkers and risk takers.

     The MYP has distinctive features that help students develop disciplinary (and interdisciplinary) understandings

Approaches to Teaching and Learning
The approach to teaching and learning provides students with the tools to enable them to take responsibility for their own learning by developing awareness of how they learn best, of thought processes and of learning strategies.

Global Context
Global contexts provide shared starting points for inquiry into what it means to be internationally minded. The curriculum promotes multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement.

Concepts
The concepts studied are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across traditional subject areas. Over the course of the academic year, each year level participates in at least one interdisciplinary unit of work. This involves teachers in at least two subjects working together to design a unit of learning and assessment. Interdisciplinary learning allows students to make connections between subjects and to develop ideas and solutions that incorporate learning and knowledge from different spheres.

Inquiry Based Learning

Inquiry based learning allows students to take action by applying what they are learning in the classroom to the outside world. The Year 10 Community Project focuses on community and service. It gives each student the opportunity to develop awareness of community needs and address a specific need they feel concerned about.

Subject Options

The eight subjects students study are Language and Literature (English), Language Acquisition (Second Language), Individual and Societies, Mathematics, Design, Arts, Sciences, Physical Health and Education.

Learning Support and Extension

At Queen Margaret College we treat each girl as an individual and cater for different learning needs through small group teaching and targeted help.

In Year 7 and 8, teaching support in English and Mathematics is provided. In Year 9 and 10, we have an additional English programme which caters for students who need help with their literacy skills. This class is taken instead of a second language option. Students are advised if this is a suitable option for them.

Students who require learning extension are identified by the use of standardised tests and teacher feedback. They are catered for in a number of ways including differentiated classroom programmes, streamed mathematics classes in the upper Middle School, NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standards in Year 10 programmes, ICAS examinations in computer skills, English, mathematics, science, spelling and writing, and mentoring.

It also includes the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular competitions (Regional Science Fair, Mathswell, Tournament of Minds, Spelling Bee, Otago Problem Solving) and to join the Middle School Writers’ Group, Robotics Club and Chess Club.

A few kind words

Rena Day – Head of Middle School

Rena has a Bachelor of Arts in History, Geography and Sociology, a Higher Diploma in Education from the National University of Ireland. History is her passion and specialist subject. Rena sees the provision of an academically stimulating and caring environment, that enables each student to grow and develop into being resilient, capable learners and leaders as essential.

With extensive community involvement, and as a Board of Trustee member at her sons’ school, she appreciates the importance of building strong relationships with our school families to nurture and support each student make the most of their opportunities.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, travel, walking her dog and spending time with friends and family.

useful links

  • ERO Report

    Read the latest Education Review Office (ERO) reports on Queen Margaret College.

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    2017 Fees

    The fees for students from Year 1 to Year 13 for Queen Margaret College.

  • Scholarship

    The Academic Scholarships are for top achieving girls who would benefit from the opportunities offered by Queen Margaret College.

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