Construction is well underway on Queen Margaret College’s new student boarding hostel, Queen Margaret House. The 40 room boarding hostel is set to open its doors to Year 9 – 13 students from 2018. “The construction will be completed in December this year and we have already enrolled a number of new students for the boarding house,” Principal Carol Craymer says. The hostel will provide accommodation for both international and domestic students, who live outside of Wellington.

Queen Margaret College will be the only girls’ school in Wellington offering such accommodation to its students. “The only boarding accommodation for secondary students in the capital is for boys. Up until now, there has been no equivalent for girls,” Carol says. “We have been looking at bringing in boarding for some time and we are delighted to be able to do that from 2018.”

Queen Margaret College is Wellington’s leading, independent girls’ school, providing education for over 700 students from Year 1 to 13, with a co-educational Pre-School. Established in 1919 as an inner-city, Presbyterian girls’ college, this International Baccalaureate (IB) World School is known for its outstanding academic results and offers students a variety of sporting, cultural and leadership opportunities. Queen Margaret College is the only girls’ school in Wellington to offer its senior students a dual qualification pathway of either the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) or the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).

The College was originally founded as a day school with a small number of girls boarding. In 1950, the Board decided to close the hostel as boarding had gone out of favour at that time. Today the situation is quite different, as demonstrated by the strong demand from international and domestic students for boarding at similar independent schools in New Zealand. “We will always be primarily a day school, but we are thrilled to add another dimension to the school,” Carol says.


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