St Margaret’s College is a multicultural community, spanning from Asia to Africa, the Pacific and Europe including girls from five to eighteen years old, boarders and day-girls, sportswomen, musicians, writers, mathematicians, actresses, orators, budding physicists as well as politicians in the making and would-be global ambassadors.
St Margaret’s values the cultural and global dimension that students from around the world bring to the college. Our international students are integrated into all school classes, and where appropriate, receive additional support in specific areas of the curriculum. Girls come to our school from many different countries. They are actively encouraged to experience and participate in the rich sporting cultural and social life of the school and the city.
St Margaret’s College is the only girls’ school in the South Island where your daughter can choose to study for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Our international student graduates leave school with qualifications to gain entrance to the best universities in New Zealand and around the world.
The IB programme is well established at St Margaret’s. It is a two-year course that espouses the best aspects of international education. It is acknowledged by universities worldwide as an excellent pre-university qualification and gives graduates an in-depth understanding of the importance of the international nature of knowledge in both the humanities and the sciences.
The IB is taught in more than 130 countries and has earned a fine reputation around the world. St Margaret’s is the only school in Christchurch to offer the IB Diploma.
The NCEA is the New Zealand qualification framework for students in the Senior School. Assessment for the qualification is both internal with inter-school moderation and by public examination for each subject.