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QMC celebrates 100th birthday with students

Bubbles, birthday cake and even a special ice cream for staff and students marked Queen Margaret College’s first celebration of 100 years educating young women.

A group of nine QMC students dressed in past uniforms as part of the 100th birthday celebrations.
Students in examples of the old QMC uniforms on the 100th birthday.

QMC first opened its doors on Tuesday 19 February 1919 and in perfect symmetry the school’s 100th birthday, 19 February 2019, fell on a Tuesday this year.

Students made the most of the event and dressed up in archival uniforms to greet their classmates with bubbles as they arrived at school in the morning.

Staff and students shared traditional chocolate birthday cake to mark the occasion and a special assembly provided opportunity for current students and Old Girls to come together.

During assembly students modelled their finds from the school archives and Treasurer of the Old Girls’ Association Jane Ball invited everyone to reflect on the legacies of former students and the school as she read from the 1919 Yearbook.

Principal Jayne-Ann Young shared stories of former students, which included a school project by 1930s pupil Betty Sladden.

The project contains Betty’s ideas for the QMC uniform, complete with drawings, fabrics and notes and has been loaned to the school for the Centenary.

Head and Deputy Head Prefect Lucy Poole and Ashley Chandra presented a “Then and Now” of life as a student in the past and today. The duo used memoirs from Sally Whitehead, a junior boarder in the 1940s, as examples. Students were fascinated to hear about how different some aspects of life were, including the life of boarders and the physical landscape of the school. However, it’s safe to say the fierce inter-house competition referred to by Sally has not changed through the decades.

There was another special surprise treat at lunch: QMC “Old Fashioned Lemonade with Blueberry” flavoured ice cream commissioned by the Old Girls’ Association especially for QMC staff and students.

The idea was workshopped by the student centenary committee who wanted a birthday treat all students could enjoy. The result was a gluten and dairy free, vegan sorbet collaboration with Wellington based ice-cream boutique, Zelati. The choice of flavour proved popular with students and staff alike with lines spanning the front lawn at the beginning of lunchtime.

We can’t wait for our Centenary Weekend celebrations from 6–9 June. Click here for more information.