Getting Started

Term Dates

2018 Term Dates
Pre-School Staff Only Day Monday 15 January
Pre-School Opens Tuesday 16 January
TERM 1
Term 1 Starts Monday 29 January
Public Holiday: Waitangi Day Tuesday 6 February
Staff Only Day Thursday 29 March
Easter Break Thursday 29 March - Tuesday 3 April
Term 1 Ends Friday 13 April
TERM 2
Term 2 Starts Monday 30 April
Public Holiday: Queen's Birthday Monday 4 June
Staff Only Day Tuesday 5 June
Term 2 Ends Friday 6 July
TERM 3
Term 3 Starts Monday 30 July
Founders Weekend Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 September
Term 3 Ends Friday 28 September
TERM 4
Term 4 Starts Monday 15 October
Public Holiday: Labour Day Monday 22 October
Senior School Prizegiving Thursday 29 November 7pm
Final Assembly/Carol Service Friday 30 November
Senior School Dismissed Friday 30 November
Middle School Prizegiving Wednesday 5 December
Middle School Dismissed Wednesday 5 December 12pm
Junior School Prizegiving Thursday 6 December
Staff Only Day Friday 7 December
Preschool closes Thursday 20 December
School Holiday Programme ends Friday 21 December

2019 Term Dates
Pre-School Staff Only Day Monday 14 January
Pre-School Opens Tuesday 15 January
TERM 1
Term 1 Starts Monday 28 January
Public Holiday: Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February
Term 1 Ends Friday 12 April
TERM 2
Term 2 Starts Tuesday 30 April
Queen’s Birthday Monday 3 – Tuesday 4 June
Centenary Celebrations Friday 7 – Sunday 9 June
Term 2 Ends Friday 5 July
TERM 3
Term 3 Starts Monday 29 July
Founders Holiday Monday 2 September – Tuesday 3 September
Term 3 Ends Friday 27 September
TERM 4
Term 4 Starts Monday 14 October
Labour Weekend Monday 28 October
Senior Prize Giving Thursday 28 November (7pm-9pm)
Final Assembly/Carol Service Friday 29 November
Seniors Dismissed Friday 29 November
Middle School Prize Giving Thursday 5 December (10am-12noon)
Junior School Prize Giving Thursday 5 December (1pm-2.30pm)
Term 4 Ends Thursday 5 December
Preschool and Holiday Programme end Tuesday 17 December
Office closed Wednesday 18 December

QMC Uniform Requirements

Uniform is compulsory at Queen Margaret College from Preschool through to Year 13.

Students are expected to maintain a high standard of dress and grooming during school hours, travelling to and from school and when representing the College at functions.

New Zealand Uniforms is the exclusive stockist of the Queen Margaret College Uniform. To view the uniform requirements for each school, click here or view the PDF here. Our online shop makes purchasing uniform quick and easy with all uniform requirements available online.

New Zealand Uniforms is also open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 1pm at 167 Thorndon Quay. Phone 0800 698 643 for assistance.

Queen Margaret College also offers the opportunity to buy and sell second hand uniforms. Click here to view our current list. If you wish to buy second hand uniform items from the pdf above or would like to be notified when an item becomes available, please email secondhanduniform@qmc.school.nz. The College will email matching parties so the sale and purchase can proceed privately between them.

Stationery

Queen Margaret College partners with OfficeMax for all stationery requirements.

To view the stationery for Queen Margaret College click here. Search for Queen Margaret College and select the relevant year level.

Transport to and from QMC

There is a variety of ways QMC students can get to and from school.

Parents can register their daughter for the Eastbourne shuttle which transports girls to and from school from selected pick up and drop off points around the Eastbourne bays. Please email reception@qmc.school.nz to reserve a place.

Girls can also take a school designated bus to and from school. There are school bus routes passing through Karori, Thorndon, Mairangi, Northland, Miramar, Kilbirnie, Mount Victoria, Hataitai, Roseneath, Oriental Parade, Moa Point, Breaker Bay, Seatoun, Wilton, Wadestown, Island Bay, Newtown and Te Aro. Click here for more information on the school bus routes. Parents can order Snapper Cards for buses through QMC, click here to order a card.

If students are travelling into school from further afield, the Wellington Train Station is a short walk from QMC. Trains run on the Johnsonville line, Kapiti line, Hutt Valley line, Melling line and the Wairarapa line.

After School Care Programme

Junior School

For Year 1 – 6 students, afterschool care is provided from 3.00pm to 5.30pm on weekdays. Afternoon tea is provided and students are encouraged to complete their homework before taking part in activities. There are vacancies for casual and regular users.

3.00pm – 5.30pm: $20 per afternoon
3.00pm – 4.15pm: $10 part afternoon (up to an hour)

Middle School

For Year 7 – 10 students, the Library is open until 4.30pm. If required, the students can join the Junior Afterschool Programme for the last hour.

To apply for After School Care, click here.

If you have any questions around the After School care, please email: afterschool@qmc.school.nz.

Holiday Programme

A holiday programme runs at QMC every holidays.  To book your daughter into the Holiday Programme, email holidayprogramme@qmc.school.nz.

IT and Laptop Information

The College IT Office is open daily from 8.00am – 4.00pm.

Assuming that the laptop has met the requirements provided and has not had its default connection settings altered, the school’s ICT centre will able to provide an internet connection. This will include a printing service via the internet.

While our technical staff will endeavour to support students with any connection issues, they cannot perform hardware repairs to students’ laptops. The same applies to trouble-shooting software issues due to neglect.

Email: IT@qmc.school.nz

QMC Approved Laptops

Approved Laptops can be purchased via www.cyclone.co.nz
Select Queen Margaret College from the dropdown menu and type in the following:

User:qmc
Password: QMC2017

1:1 Laptop Information 2018

i5 Processor (minimum), 8 gigs of Ram (absolute minimum).

Operating System – Windows 10 or Mac

Not suitable: Chromebooks, Tablet Devices (such as iPads and Android tablets), and laptops with eMMC storage.

Must have a battery life which is sustainable for the whole school day (five to six hours). This is crucial for Occupational Health and Safety purposes, as we do not allow laptop chargers in the classroom.

Students MUST have administrator rights. This enables students to download and install subject specific software in class under the guidance of her teacher (such as Paint.net, MuseScore, Notepad++, Lego Mindstorm etc.).

Full (non trial) anti-virus eg, AVG FREE. If a student laptop does not have suitable anti-virus/ anti-malware software installed they will not be connected to the network. (Does not apply to Apple Macs)

Note: Tablet devices such as iPads without a full operating system are not suitable as there are limitations regarding their suitability in certain subjects, eg:, Digital Technology, or Mathematics and Science which require spreadsheet software.

Key Responsibilities of the Student
Your daughter must bring her laptop to school every day, ready to use with a fully charged battery. The school does not provide charging stations for laptops so this is imperative.

Updates: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all updates are applied to key software programmes, i.e, MS Office.

Backing Up: It is the student’s responsibility to maintain the health of OneDrive.

Start of Year Set-Up Time
An email will go out late January detailing your daughters logon information and access to software downloads from our download portal. There will also be a day allocated before school starts for students to come in if they have any IT issues. At the start of the year there will still be laptop ‘set up’ sessions where all new students will activate their e-folio, and OneDrive as well as setting up their subject folders and running through the basics of computer usage, care and management. Internet safety and ethics will be covered at the outset, and other aspects of digital citizenship will be addressed over the course of the year.

Insurance
This is the responsibility of parents and they should ensure that their daughter’s laptop is covered under their own home insurance arrangements. All students must bring their own padlock. All students and parents will be required to read and sign the College’s Network Acceptable Usage Policy upon enrolment.