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Welcome to St Margaret’s College Boarding, home to 150 girls from throughout New Zealand and around the world. Boarding is at the heart of the St Margaret’s community and provides a welcoming, safe and happy home-away-from-home for girls in Years 7 to 13.

With all three boarding houses on campus, the girls live, learn and socialise as an integral part of the school, with day girls joining them for lunch in the dining room and a fabulous selection of co-curricular activities right on their doorstep.


Boarding at St Margaret’s College is a rewarding experience for the girls. As well as learning to develop self-management, independence and consideration for others, they build friendships that will last a lifetime, something we are reminded of frequently by our Old Girls who are now in their 70s and still firm friends! Our girls are encouraged to step up as leaders and positively contribute to the boarding community, supporting each other and ensuring the school’s strong big sister-little sister culture extends into the way of life in boarding.

Each boarding house has a dedicated team of caring staff who are committed to ensuring the emotional health and wellbeing of each child. They provide support to allow the girls to flourish academically and succeed in their co-curricular aspirations while also maintaining high expectations around discipline and respect.

Boarding at St Margaret’s provides girls with the opportunity of a first-class education while building strong relationships and learning lifelong values, empowering each girl to learn, live and lead.

Typical Week Day in Boarding

7:00amWake up call, shower and dress (Julius House)
7:20amWake up call, shower and dress (Kilburn House)
7:00am – 8:00amBreakfast in the Dining Room
8:20amLeave boarding house for the school day
8:25amTutor time
3:30pmReturn to boarding houses – afternoon tea
3:30pmCo-curricular activities or free time
6:00pmDinner in the Dining Room
8:00pmFree time
8:35pmBedtime routines begin as per year group guidelines