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