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International exchanges in April

Every year students from Queen Margaret College visit and welcome students from other countries to broaden their international perspectives and see what life is like overseas.

Students get to experience life at one of our sister schools and build relationships around the globe.


QMC Year 9 and 10 students in Tahiti.
Year 9 and 10 students in Tahiti.

Year 9 and 10 students had the opportunity to visit Tahiti, live with a local family and practise French over the April school holidays.

The students who attended the trip agreed it broadened their perspectives when it came to their knowledge of other communities around the world.

“I thought that this trip would be a great opportunity to improve my French, learn more about the Tahitian culture and experience life with the locals,” Year 10 student Ishta Khot says.

“I would say that spending time with my host family was probably the biggest learning experience. We stayed with them and saw how they lived their everyday lives, and learnt about their culture and traditions.”

Anna Shaw, another Year 10 student, says the trip built her confidence in speaking French.

“I thought speaking French to someone who spoke French every day would be really difficult, but our host families were super understanding and patient with us,” she says.

“This trip showed me how different countries operate, as the culture and customs were different from New Zealand,” Year 10 student Kathryn Hollywood says.


QMC senior students in Japan.
Senior students in Japan.

Year 12 and 13 students jetted to Japan in the April school holidays to practise their language skills, attend school and find out more about Japanese culture.

The trip takes place every two years and sees a few of our Senior School students head overseas for two weeks and build a relationship with our Sister School, St Margaret’s Junior College in Tokyo.

Year 13 student Antonia King says she was interested in the exchange as she wanted to improve her Japanese and experience school life in a different country.

“Listening to natural Japanese conversations at school and at my host family’s home helped me improve my Japanese,” she says.

Highlights for Antonia included taking part in the Handbell Club at St Margaret’s and, of course, going to Tokyo Disneyland with her Japanese host family.

She says the adventure was an excellent opportunity to experience life in another culture.

“I have not done much international travel before. I loved learning about Japanese culture,” Antonia says.

Students from St Margaret’s visit Wellington later in the year.


QMC senior students swap uniforms with their sister school counterparts.
Senior students swap uniforms with their sister school counterparts.

Queen Margaret College has regular exchanges with St Margaret’s British School for Girls in Chile giving our Year 12 and 13 students the opportunity to spend April in Chile.

Year 12 student Brianna Kirkham says she enjoyed the opportunity to see what life in another country was like, from attending school to touring the many sights.

“My favourite trip while we were in Chile was to a town called Valparaíso.”

“In Valparaíso, we walked through the streets looking at the different shops and colourful buildings. Valparaíso is famous for its cable cars, one of which we went on to go up Concepcion Hill,” she says.

Brianna says she wanted to go on the trip as she had not done a lot of international travel before and wanted to see what life was like outside of Wellington.

“Experiencing the culture was a unique opportunity, which helped me to appreciate how different people live. The Chile trip broadened my global perspectives and helped to create a passion for travel.”