St Margaret's College

St Margaret’s College in Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s leading day and boarding girls’ school with a proud history of academic, sporting and cultural excellence. An education at St Margaret’s College is holistic, embracing the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of the girls as well as their academic growth and development. St Margaret’s College is the only girls’ school in the South Island to offer the dual academic pathway of the International Baccalaureate Diploma as well as NCEA.

Throughout a girl’s time at St Margaret’s, she is seen as an individual and her learning is structured accordingly. A love of learning is instilled from a young age - throughout Junior (Years 1-6) and Middle School (Years 7-10), the girls are encouraged to discover and extend themselves, celebrate their successes, learn from their challenges and most of all, enjoy the thrill of learning. This is balanced by the extensive co-curricular programme in sport and the arts, full of opportunity wherever a girl’s interests may lie. By the time she reaches Senior School, she is in full possession of the skills she needs to succeed in her academic pursuits. Our professional teachers, small class sizes, modern facilities and well-resourced sport and cultural programmes combine to enable the girls to realise this success, whatever success might look like for each of them.

St Margaret’s College’s academic record in both International Baccalaureate and NCEA is consistently outstanding and while a strong academic focus will always be maintained to ensure students realise their post-school aspirations, education in this age of change is as much about character as content. To empower young women, it is important to nurture the skills and attributes that will set them up to flourish in even the most uncertain of terms. When a girl leaves St Margaret’s College, she will join over 10,000 SMC alumnae, making a positive change in business, government and community around the world.

The boarding community is at the heart of St Margaret’s. The three boarding houses are arranging in year groups, each tailored to the specific needs of each developmental age. They offer a warm, caring home-away-from-home atmosphere, providing the girls with the opportunity of a first-class education while building strong relationships and learning lifelong values.

For 110 years St Margaret’s College has been a family that values each girl for the gifts and talents she brings, providing a safe place for her to take on new challenges and empowering her to live and lead.
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Diploma Programme (DP)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is well-established at St Margaret’s College; the school has been offering the IB Diploma since 2001. Staff, students and parents all recognise the programme as stimulating and challenging, giving the graduates key skills to embrace their futures as global citizens. We are proud to see so many of our graduates taking their place on the global stage as successful women who are committed to making a difference in the world.


Each year we see the average points gained by our girls exceeding both the world average and the Australasian average. We applaud those who earn over 40 points – again an over-representation in percentage terms - as well as celebrate the achievement of all of the graduates of the Diploma. The success of the girls in gaining scholarships, in gaining entry to prestigious universities and competitive courses and to completing their tertiary work with high levels of attainment and commendation reflects the value of the IB Diploma to these students and to their future opportunities.


Our International Baccalaureate students profit from the good teaching facilities, small classes and caring and motivated teachers alongside a wide choice of co-curricular activities in sport and the arts. The breadth of discussion in Theory of Knowledge classes showcases the mixture of daygirls and boarders, New Zealanders and international students, talented musicians, polished performers and keen sportswomen. In the two years of sharing experiences, gaining and critically considering knowledge and working toward their futures, our International Baccalaureate Diploma students prepare themselves well for academic success, while developing as well-rounded individuals, and for bright and fulfilling futures.