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Meet the Principal: St Margaret’s College


 

Diana Patchett – Executive Principal

 

“It is the atmosphere of encouragement that I love about St Margaret’s College. The girls are united in their aspirations to excellence, not only in the classroom but also wherever their co-curricular interests take them, and we all work together to help them be the best they can be. Passionate teachers, dedicated coaches, professional instructors and caring tutors all provide positive guidance. But it is the girls who lift each other up, with kindness and service to others at the heart of their endeavours. And best of all, we enjoy each other’s company and share a lovely sense of fun and school spirit along the way”.

 

 

 

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.

St Margaret’s College is the only girls’ school in the South Island to offer the dual senior 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 School (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 for wherever a girl’s interests may lie.

By the time she reaches Senior School (Years 11-13), she is in full possession of the skills she needs to succeed in her academic pursuits.

Professional teachers, small class sizes, modern facilities and well-resourced sport and cultural programmes combine to enable the girls to realise this success, whatever that 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 to live well and lead, it is important to nurture the skills and attributes that will set them up to flourish in even the most uncertain of times.

When a girl leaves St Margaret’s College, she will join over 10,000 SMC alumnae making a positive contribution to business, government and community around the world.


 

Meet the Principal 2019: Diana Patchett of St Margaret’s College


EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL DIANA PATCHETT

 

St Margaret’s College is the best of both worlds – it’s a modern school with incredible facilities and opportunities for girls, founded on traditional family and Christian values. It’s a traditional school, rich in culture and heritage, filled by modern girls who can realise gender equality in their future and modern families who share high expectations for their girls. These expectations are not just academic ones, for today’s parents know the importance of developing the so-called soft skills in setting each girl up for a bright future. St Margaret’s continues to be amongst the top academic schools in the country while giving our girls a rich and rewarding involvement in sports and the arts to an elite level.

 

 

Making that all important decision around schooling is one no parent takes lightly. It is a significant investment, but one that your child will reap the rewards of for the rest of their life. “No two children are the same, and that is a good thing,” Executive Principal Diana Patchett says. “At SMC, we celebrate diversity, we amplify it, for we know that each girl comes to us with her own gifts and abilities, and that it is our privilege to uncover those, and more, to set her up for success, whatever success looks like for her, as she moves through our school and then out into the world.”

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 are invaluable life skills for all ages. It is the aspiration of St Margaret’s College to set its students up for success.

The development of these powerful graduate attributes is intrinsic to the academic, social, physical and spiritual programmes they afford the girls in their care. In this way, any concerns for the unknown aspects of their future can become a tailwind that propels them forward and not a headwind to hold them back. St Margaret’s College looks forward to welcoming you to the school, so you can experience first-hand how they can set your daughter up for success.

Book your personal tour by contacting registrar Lizzie Dyer at enrol@stmargarets.school.nz. For further information visit www.stmargarets.school.nz.