Getting Started

Term Dates

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2021Term Dates
Office opensWednesday 6 January
Preschool Staff Only DayMonday 11 January
Preschool OpensTuesday 12 January
Wellington Anniversary DayMonday 25 January
Term 1 Starts - All students except Year 10-12 (unless new to QMC)Monday 1 February
Term 1 Starts - Full SchoolTuesday 2 February
Public Holiday: Waitangi DayMonday 8 February
Good FridayFriday 2 April
Easter MondayMonday 5 April
Easter Tuesday (Teachers and students only)Tuesday 6 April
Term 1 EndsFriday 16 April
Term 2 StartsMonday 3 May
Staff only dayTuesday 8 June
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 7 - Tuesday 8 June
Term 2 EndsFriday 9 July
Term 3 StartsMonday 2 August
Founders HolidayMonday 30 - Tuesday 31 August
Staff only dayTuesday 31 August
Term 3 EndsFriday 1 October
Term 4 StartsMonday 18 October
Labour DayMonday 25 October
Senior School Prize GivingThursday 2 December (7pm-9pm)
Final Assembly/Carol ServiceFriday 3 December
Seniors dismissedFriday 3 December
Middle School Prize GivingWednesday 8 December (10am-12noon)
Junior School Prize GivingThursday 9 December (10am-12noon)
Staff only dayFriday 10 December
Preschool and Holiday Programme endTuesday 21 December
Preschool staff only dayWednesday 22 December
Office closedWednesday 22 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 168 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 or would like to be notified when an item becomes available, please email The College will email matching parties so the sale and purchase can proceed privately between them.


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 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. Pricing is as follows.

Pre-booking (3pm-5.30pm)$20
Pre-booking (pick-up by 4.15pm)$15
Casual users (less than 24 hours notice) (3pm-5.30pm)$25
Casual users (pick-up by 4.15pm)$20
Late fee pickup after 5.30pm$1 per minute

Middle School

For Year 7 – 10 students, the Library is open until 4.30pm.

To apply for After School Care, click here.

If you have any questions around the After School care, please email:

Holiday Programme

A holiday programme runs at QMC every holidays.  To book your daughter into the Holiday Programme, email

IT and Laptop Information

The College IT Office is open daily from 8.00am – 4.00pm. Cyclone provides the QMC IT support.

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.


QMC approved laptops

Approved Laptops can be purchased here.
Select Queen Margaret College from the dropdown menu and type in the following:

User: qmc
Password: qmcbyod

Laptop recommendations

  • 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, MuseScore, Notepad++, Lego Mindstorm etc.).

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.

Media Studies/Design/Senior Digital Technologies


  • Multicore processor with 64-bit support
  • Windows 10 (64 bit). Supporting Windows 10 Creator Edition & Dial
  • 8 GB of RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
  • 512GB SSD Hard Drive (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1280×800 display (1920×1080 or larger recommended)
  • Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft Windows Driver Model
  • External Hard Drive 512GB minimum for Backup


  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • macOS X  v10.11, v10.12 or v10.13
  • 8 GB of RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
  • 512GB SSD Hard Drive (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)1280×800 display (1920×1080 or larger recommended)
  • Sound card compatible with Apple Core Audio
  • Optional: Adobe-recommended GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance
  • External Hard Drive 512GB minimum for backup (Time Machine)

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.

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.