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Kia ora

It is a momentous decision to have a child; some say it is like choosing to have your heart walk around outside your body for the rest of your life. As parents, we may worry about what the future holds for them, especially in these times of exponential change. We want them to be the best they can be, so their school becomes another significant choice in the parenting journey.

The St Margaret’s College community is one that takes the time to know every girl, to understand her needs, provide appropriate challenge and help set her up for success – whatever that might be. The school maintains a strong partnership with home, working together to ensure the wellbeing of each child in our care. It is this individual attention that enables us to recognise the gifts that your daughter brings to school, affording us the opportunity to discover and nurture talents, and to fan the flame of passions uncovered along the way.

St Margaret’s is the only school in Canterbury and the only girls’ school in the South Island currently offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, alongside the quality National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). This is further testament to our commitment to respect the individual interests, learning styles and aspirations of our students.

These are times of unprecedented change. It is true that we are facing continuous disruption to our social and economic landscape, with rapid advances in technology and increased globalisation. St Margaret’s acclaimed Centre for Innovation offers our girls the opportunity to engage with cutting edge advances in technology, and to excel in areas of science, engineering and maths without the gender bias of co-educational classrooms. Our teachers are professional educators, well resourced and supported to ensure high quality academic offerings that reflect international best practice.

However, a St Margaret’s education is much more than just an academic one; for to empower young women we know the importance of nurturing the skills and attributes that will set them up to flourish in even the most uncertain of times.

Knowing and playing to your strengths, being an open-minded and flexible thinker, having confidence in your own skills and abilities, practising well-developed interpersonal and collaborative skills to be able to work well with others, and perhaps most importantly, demonstrating the resilience to embrace failure as a necessary means to realising a solution to new challenges – these will continue to be invaluable life skills for all ages.

Academic, social, physical and spiritual programmes, with opportunities in high performance sport, cultural pursuits, outdoor education and service learning, ensure our graduates step into the world as confident young women prepared to make a positive change.

More than anything, the students are at the centre of all we do, and our girls, teachers, parents and staff take the time to develop positive relationships across our community. This is a school I am proud to lead and one that I know will empower your daughter to live and lead.

Diana Patchett
Executive Principal