Studying at QMC

Queen Margaret College is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School authorised to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Diploma (IBD). The College is known for its outstanding academic results and offering students a variety of sporting, cultural and leadership opportunities.

Academic Pathway

Our international students join regular learning programmes with local students and are fully immersed in the life of the school.

PYP prepares the Pre-School and Junior School students for the intellectual challenges of further education and their future careers, focusing on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

MYP is designed to help Middle School students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to participate responsibly in a changing and increasingly inter-related world.

Queen Margaret College offers a dual qualification of either the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) or the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) in Year 12 and 13. All Year 11 students complete NCEA Level 1.

International students at Queen Margaret College have regular additional English language classes as part of the timetable.


All International students who study at Queen Margaret College must be living with a parent (or legal guardian), in a college approved homestay, with a Designated Caregiver or in Queen Margaret House.

  • Year 1–8 must live with a parent (or legal guardian). However, girls in Year 7 and 8 can choose to board in Queen Margaret House
  • Girls from Year 9–13 may live with a Designated Caregiver or board in Queen Margaret House.

Queen Margaret House caters for students from all over New Zealand as well as International students. The boarding house will offer its students a well-supported learning environment, while also giving them the opportunity to establish life-long friendships. Our staff will make every effort to ensure the girls feel safe, welcoming, healthy and motivated to ensure your daughter achieves academic excellence and pursues her passions. To find out more information about boarding at Queen Margaret College, click here.

For some international students, homestay families can be arranged but they must be approved by Queen Margaret College. Our families are well connected to the school and value the opportunity to support and care for the international student during their time at QMC.

Pastoral Care

When students come to study in New Zealand, education providers have an important responsibility to ensure that those students are well informed, safe and properly cared for.

To support this, Queen Margaret College has agreed to observe and be bound by The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016. This document is also available in other languages. Click here for QMC’s Complaint Procedures.

The quality of pastoral care is a strength of the International Department. In addition to the normal issues of being a young woman, international students have the added pressures of living in a different culture, missing friends and family, and excelling academically in a foreign language.

The International Director is responsible for Pastoral Care.  She is available  24 hours a day 7 days a week and every girl has her cell-phone number. She oversees all pastoral areas including an overview of homestay placements and exchanges and student discipline.

In addition, International students have ready access to the Year Level Deans, their Form teachers, Wellbeing Coach, Tertiary Pathways Adviser, ESOL teacher, School Nurse and boarding house staff or Homestay parents. Student and Old Girl buddies will provide additional support. Our Student Counsellor is able to refer students to foreign language speaking counsellors. Our boarding house manager lives onsite.

We also have a number of staff who speak other languages including Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish.

Pastoral Care Staff

Principal:  Ms Jayne-Ann Young
Deputy Principal, Middle School and Wellbeing: Mrs Marianne Duston
Director of International Students: Ms Laura Davison
School Nurse: Mrs Jane Humphries and Mrs Judith Corcoran 
Wellbeing Coach: Ms Geneva Atkinson
Boarding Manager: Ms Bronwyn Petrie
Head of Schools: Ms Jan Treeby (Junior) Mrs Anne Winnall (Senior)
Future Courses/Careers/University advice: Dr Alison Stevens
Enrolments Director: Ms Rocio Monge

Staff who speak other languages
Mrs Lixin Wan
French               Ms Florence Hamon
Japanese          Ms Hidemi Fuke
Spanish            Ms Rocio Monge

We also have information on our Health and Wellbeing Centre in Japanese and Chinese.

Communicating with Parents

Queen Margaret College contacts the parents of any prospective international student under the age of 18 years prior to enrolling the student. If necessary this can be done through the agent.

Arrangements are made with the parents to ensure rapid communication in the event of an emergency and they are sent emergency contact details and procedures in their own language.

Newsletters, informal reports and originals of the June and December reports are sent at various intervals to the parents, mentors and homestay parents.

Parents are contacted regarding pastoral matters if there is a necessity. Parents are also informally sent photos, examples of their work.

The Director of International Students, Laura Davison, also regularly visits many families in China and Japan each year.

Communication between Students and Parents

Students are encouraged to contact their parents regularly and will be given designated time to ensure they do.

Queen Margaret House has internet access and all homestay caregivers are expected to provide internet access (use of internet paid for by the student). Internet use should be controlled by the caregiver however, and it may be turned off late in the evening.

If a student wishes to phone or Skype their parents from the College they may do so by arranging a time with the Director of International Students.

All students have laptops and cellphones and are encouraged to email their parents. Students are given guidelines to ensure they use their laptops appropriately, this includes how long they may use the internet, internet rules and internet safety.

We also encourage all parents’ visit their daughter while at the College.

A Typical School Day

The school days are Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 3:30pm. Students will have a 20 minute break for interval and a 55 minute break at lunchtime each day.

The day is structured into 6 periods (or lessons) per day. Most girls participate in extracurricular activities like arts or sports held either before or after school. There may be sports games or special music performances held over the weekend. Extra tutorials are offered in a range of subjects during the lunch break or after school.

For those staying in the boarding house, extra weekend activities will be arranged such as trips to the cinema, sporting events, concerts and outings.

For girls who are staying with a homestay family, the students will be able to participate in family activities with their host family on the weekend.