The Senior School (Year 11 – 13) strives to foster and develop independence in every student, encouraging them to reach outside their comfort zones in all areas of their lives.
In Year 11, students sit NCEA Level 1. This is the foundation course for the dual qualification pathway and it is during Year 11 that the girls choose which qualifications they will take in Year 12. Queen Margaret College is an International Baccalaureate World School and offers its senior students a dual qualification pathway of either the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) or NCEA.
The IB Diploma Programme is a two-year programme for students from 16 to 19 years of age. The aim of the IBD is to promote international and intercultural understanding, encourage responsible citizenship, and student-centred learning.
NCEA is comprised of three levels and is New Zealand’s qualification for Year 11 – 13 secondary students. It is a standards-based assessment combining a mix of both internal and external assessments.
New Zealand Scholarship provides recognition and monetary reward to top students in their last year of schooling. New Zealand Scholarship assessments enable candidates to be assessed against challenging standards, and are demanding for the most able candidates in each subject. Assessment is by either a written/spoken examination or by the submission of a portfolio or report of work produced throughout the year.
Scholarship students receive extra classes, tutorials and reading lists plus opportunities to practise relevant examination questions. Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations. Approximately three percent of candidates nationwide are awarded scholarships.
Both International Baccalaureate Diploma students and NCEA students are eligible to sit these prestigious examinations.
Additional assistance is provided for selected students to ensure success in their studies. Students in the Senior School can access Learning Enrichment lessons where they work individually or in small groups with a teacher who can guide and support them in their learning. This additional support allows students to complete assessment tasks with confidence and to develop the skills required for successful study. We support students and their families as they apply for Special Assessment Conditions (SACs) with NZQA. The Learning Enrichment teacher also helps students discover the best way to use any SACs that are approved. This might include learning the best way to work with a reader, or to use the computer in assessments, and depends on the conditions that have been applied for and granted. Support may also include modifying programmes by including some additional credits in non-mainstream subject areas or adjusting an existing programme.
Extra extension activities in the Senior School are geared to develop critical thinking skills and creativity. Activities include debating, public speaking competitions, essay and creative writing competitions, peer tutoring (whereby students tutor other students at a lower level), and preparation for Scholarship examinations.
A few kind words
“The Senior School is where girls are truly able to take charge in shaping themselves into the women they want to be in the future. The opportunities that are available to students within their studies, sporting and cultural activities are endless. These opportunities and the leadership roles that come with them, not only help every single senior school girl to thrive in their own way, but drive younger students to seek the best within themselves and the environment around them.” – Georgia Taylor, 2017 Head Prefect
“The Senior School has given me numerous opportunities that have allowed me to grow and develop. The dual pathway means that we can choose a qualification that best suits our character and learning style. We are given so much support from teachers and other staff to allow us to succeed but also the space to become independent young women as we transition into the world.” – Estelle Macadre, 2017 Junior Sports Prefect
“QMC has been a great school for our girls. The learning and time management skills they have gained have prepared them well for their future. Ashleigh is in her first year at University in Australia and has found the transition to the different learning style quite natural. During their time in the Senior School both Ashleigh and Madeline raced go-karts in Australia as well as New Zealand. The school was very supportive in helping them to cope with the workload of NCEA and a demanding racing schedule.” – Andrea Stewart, Senior School Parent
“I started at Queen Margaret College this year, for Year 12. Even though I have only been here for a short time, I can easily say that I love it at QMC and could not feel more welcome. I am doing the IB Diploma Programme because it opens your world to a new and different way of learning. All my teachers are fantastic and invested in my learning outcome.” – Ayesha Burnett, Current Year 13 Student